Traditional healers from the Pine Ridge Reservation are helping keep drug defendants out of prison in South Dakota.
Jimcy McGirt was sentenced to 500 years in prison, as well as life without parole, by the state of Oklahoma. His fate will be decided by the nation's highest court.
All of Indian Country is waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court to do what is morally and legally right.
An Oglala Sioux man wants his freedom after serving nearly 30 years in the South Dakota State penitentiary system.
Officials and experts are exploring a vexing question about the revolving bars of the criminal justice system: How can we stop people from ending back in prison?
In South Dakota, 33 percent of the male prison population and 63 percent of the female prison population is Native American.
South Dakota is the only state in the union that brands drug addicted individuals with a felony conviction through ingestion.
'Before going to prison, I was like any other youth raised in the violence and poverty, the alcohol and addiction. I was lost.'
South Dakota has to be the kindest, most thoughtful state when it comes to the treatment of its American Indian prison population.
After spending the past 21 years behind bars for dealing meth, LaVonne Roach is seeking clemency.
On Christmas Eve, an Indian inmate was declared brain dead after suffering from a brain aneurysm.
A prominent federal judge who has questioned whether certain criminal laws should be based on 'Indian blood' and whether tribal courts are fair is resigning after being repeatedly accused of sexual harassment.
Am anti-meth event, spiritual conference and powwow brought several Lakota leaders to the medium-maximum prison in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Native Americans only make up about 10 percent of Pennington County’s population but 51 percent of the jail population in the South Dakota county.
Wednesday was just another busy day for Neil Gorsuch and the federal appeals court where he has served as a judge for a decade.
Elders on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation can receive free wood from a most unlikely source – the Bureau of Indian Affairs inmate work program.
Family Connection’s hospitality houses provide housing and facilities to support visiting families who may not be able to afford a local hotel/motel room or have family in Sioux Falls to stay during prison visits.
Three Indian inmates were placed into the segregated housing unit at the Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield, South Dakota, for violations related to botanicals used during ceremonies in the minimum security prison.
The Flathead Reservation Reentry program helps former inmates with employment, housing, transportation and other issues.
The decision came as President Barack Obama banned the placement of juvenile offenders in solitary confinement in federal prisons.
A longtime advocate of fair sentencing and equal treatment for Native prisoners in South Dakota, Rita Means knows better than most how even the smallest of gestures can work wonders within these walls.
The Massachusetts Department of Corrections shut down a sweat lodge after just six months due to alleged health risks.
As a result of the recent articles on Native Sun News’ visits to the state penitentiary, the newspaper was asked to present information gained to the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association’s meeting in Rapid City.
The pow wow at the Jameson Annex in the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls returned to the gymnasium on October 17 after being banned by prison officials in recent years.
Robert Sioleski, 58, claims his grandmother was Cherokee and wants membership in order to participate in ceremonies in prison.
The LDN (Lakota, Dakota, Nakota) Spiritual Group inside the South Dakota State Prison system is looking for presenters and participants for its cultural conference and powwow.
The law does not forgive a person who is in a blackout during the commitment of a crime in South Dakota, especially when the victim is viciously beaten to death.
Collaborative efforts by the Sheriff’s Office, inmates, and community volunteer advocates have succeeded in bringing the traditional Native American music back to the Pennington County Jail in South Dakota.
The long-running dispute could be headed back to the Supreme Court.
Native American inmates in the state penitentiary were able to host invited family members to their first quarterly powwow since the summer of 2014.
The tribe is working with federal officials in two states to help convicts re-enter society.
In May, Pennington County was the recipient of a $150,000 grant awarded by the MacArthur Foundation as part of a larger initiative to examine, assess, and institute changes in local jails across the country.
Prisoner Schlemm is a member of the Navajo Tribe and has been imprisoned in Wisconsin since 1999.
Sweat lodges are a part of the recovery program at Native American Connections in Phoenix, Arizona.
David Schlemm, a member of the Navajo Nation, has won the right to wear a headband and eat venison during times of ceremony while his case proceeds.
Wesley Eugene Brooks said a chemical dependency treatment program conflicted with his beliefs.
Indian inmates in Alabama are being prevented from growing long hair.
An update on a religious rights case that affects Indian inmates.
Daryl Legg, who served three prison sentences, is helping Indian inmates with education and job training.
Attorney Gabe Galanda explains why Huy was formed to protect the religious rights of Indian inmates.
Attorneys discuss recent federal court decisions affecting tribes and individual Indians.
The Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate signed an agreement to allow tribal members to serve their parole on the reservation.
On Friday, April 25, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a ruling of Judge Karen Schreier that the South Dakota Department of Corrections cannot ban tobacco from Native American inmates using it for religious purposes.
The 8th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with Indian inmates in a dispute over tobacco use.
The Indiana Department of Corrections has reached a settlement with Indian inmates who said their religious rights were being violated.
In response to the continued denial of religious freedoms to Native American prisoners in multiple states across the country, several prominent advocacy groups have approached the United Nations Human Rights Committee with a complaint.
Native American men and women are over-represented in the prison system in Montana.
The jail in Coconino County, Arizona, is building a new sweat lodge for its large Indian inmate population.
In a speech to the American Bar Association last week, United States Attorney General, Eric Holder, introduced a dramatically different approach to how the federal government will now prosecute and sentence non-violent drug offenders.
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