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Justice Department to investigate fatal shooting of Navajo woman by police officer
Justice Department to investigate fatal shooting of Navajo woman by police officer (August 1, 2016)

Loreal Tsingine, a 27-year-old mother, was shot and killed in Winslow, Arizona, a community near the reservation border.


Lydia Millet: Deaths of Native people ignored by national media
Lydia Millet: Deaths of Native people ignored by national media (October 13, 2015)

American Indians are more likely than any other racial group to be killed by the police, according to the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice.


FBI leader cites 'hard truths' about race and law enforcement
FBI leader cites 'hard truths' about race and law enforcement (February 13, 2015)

Native Americans are more likely to be killed by law enforcement than any other racial or ethnic group.


Jenny Durkan: Cop who killed Native man wasn't charged either
Jenny Durkan: Cop who killed Native man wasn't charged either (November 25, 2014)

In August 2010, a police officer shot and killed John Williams, a Native woodcarver.


Gyasi Ross: Police shootings aren't just a 'people of color' issue
Gyasi Ross: Police shootings aren't just a 'people of color' issue (November 19, 2014)

Police shootings represent a trend that goes back several hundred years.


Attorney General Eric Holder to step down after six-year tenure
Attorney General Eric Holder to step down after six-year tenure (September 26, 2014)

From the Cobell settlement to tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Act, the Department of Justice led a dramatic shift in the federal-Indian relationship.


Gyasi Ross: Native people are all too familiar with police brutality
Gyasi Ross: Native people are all too familiar with police brutality (August 22, 2014)

Gyasi Ross explains why the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer resonates among Native people.


KUOW: Totem pole dedicated to slain Native woodcarver
KUOW: Totem pole dedicated to slain Native woodcarver (February 28, 2012)

"Raising the John T. Williams memorial totem pole was part celebration and part hard work. Volunteers carried the pole from Pier 57 on the waterfront, where it was carved, to...


Brother of carver shot by officer makes   most influential  list
Brother of carver shot by officer makes most influential list (October 20, 2011)

Rick Williams, the older brother of John T. Williams, a traditional woodcarver who was shot to death by a police officer, has been named one of the most influential...


Memorial pole to be dedicated in honor of Native woodcarver
Memorial pole to be dedicated in honor of Native woodcarver (August 30, 2011)

A memorial totem pole is being dedicated today in honor of John T. Williams, a traditional woodcarver who was shot to death by a police officer in Seattle, Washington, on...


Artscape: Indian youth stage play on Nisqually Chief Leschi
Artscape: Indian youth stage play on Nisqually Chief Leschi (June 6, 2011)

"It’s been more than nine months since a Seattle police officer killed First Nations woodcarver John T. Williams, and tensions are still running high among Native Americans. They say the...


DOJ conducting interviews as part of probe of  Seattle police
DOJ conducting interviews as part of probe of Seattle police (May 11, 2011)

The Department of Justice is in Seattle, Washington, this week as part of its investigation of the city's police force. DOJ opened a civil rights inquiry after the death of...


City to pay $1.5M to estate of  Native carver shot by officer
City to pay $1.5M to estate of Native carver shot by officer (May 2, 2011)

The city of Seattle has agreed to pay $1.5 million to the estate of John T. Williams, a traditional Native woodcarver who was killed by a police officer. The city...


Editorial: Federal charges possible over   shooting of Native man
Editorial: Federal charges possible over shooting of Native man (April 4, 2011)

"Seattle Police Chief John Diaz might have been trying to cast an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice in a favorable light when he said he welcomed the "free...


DOJ   investigates officer's fatal shooting of Native woodcarver
DOJ investigates officer's fatal shooting of Native woodcarver (April 1, 2011)

The Department of Justice has opened a criminal inquiry into the fatal shooting of John T. Williams, a traditional Native woodcarver, by a police officer in Seattle, Washington. Williams, who...


Seattle mayor proclaims John T. Williams Day in honor of  carver
Seattle mayor proclaims John T. Williams Day in honor of carver (March 1, 2011)

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn proclaimed Sunday as John T. Williams Day. John T. Williams was a member of the Dididaht First Nation of British Columbia who was fatally shot by...


Editorial: Decertify officer who fatally shot Native woodcarver
Editorial: Decertify officer who fatally shot Native woodcarver (February 18, 2011)

"The disturbing findings of the Seattle Police Department's Firearms Review Board investigation into the fatal shooting of John T. Williams must be used to ensure Officer Ian Birk will never...


Officer who fatally shot Native woodcarver resigns from force
Officer who fatally shot Native woodcarver resigns from force (February 17, 2011)

The Seattle, Washington, police officer who fatally shot John T. Williams, a traditional woodcarver, resigned from the force on Wednesday. Ian Birk had been on paid leave since the August...


No charges against officer who fatally shot Native woodcarver
No charges against officer who fatally shot Native woodcarver (February 16, 2011)

Prosecutors in King County, Washington, won't file charges against a Seattle police officer who fatally shot John T. Williams, a traditional woodcarver. The county conducted an inquest into the death...


SocialistWorker: Inquest verdict 'damning' to police officer's story
SocialistWorker: Inquest verdict 'damning' to police officer's story (January 27, 2011)

"Four-point-six seconds. That was the amount of time John T. Williams had to respond to Seattle police officer Ian Birk's order to put down his legal three-inch carving knife before...


Gyasi Ross: No  victory  after inquest in Native woodcarver's death
Gyasi Ross: No victory after inquest in Native woodcarver's death (January 27, 2011)

"Last Thursday, I bit my tongue when the jurors in the Ian Birk inquest handed down their findings. I wanted to smile when four jurors agreed with what common sense...


DOJ opens investigation of Seattle police after   Native man's  death
DOJ opens investigation of Seattle police after Native man's death (January 25, 2011)

The Department of Justice has opened a preliminary investigation of the police department in Seattle, Washington, in response to a series of high-profile incidents, including the fatal shooting of John...


Inquest split  over fatal  shooting of Native man by a police officer
Inquest split over fatal shooting of Native man by a police officer (January 21, 2011)

An inquest into the shooting of John T. Williams by a Seattle, Washington, police officer returned a mixed verdict on Thursday. Four out of eight jurors found that Williams, who...


Gyasi Ross: Native perspective on inquest of Native man's death
Gyasi Ross: Native perspective on inquest of Native man's death (January 21, 2011)

"Lord Jeffrey Amherst, after whom the town of Amherst, Mass., and Amherst College are both named, routinely passed out smallpox-filled blankets to members of the Ottawa Nation during the French...


Police officer questioned over fatal shooting of Native woodcarver
Police officer questioned over fatal shooting of Native woodcarver (January 13, 2011)

An inquest began into the fatal shooting of John T. Williams , continued with two days of testimony from f the officer who fired and killed the traditional Native woodcarver...


Inquest begins into   officer's fatal shooting of Native wood carver
Inquest begins into officer's fatal shooting of Native wood carver (January 11, 2011)

An inquest began on Monday into the fatal shooting of John T. Williams, a traditional Native woodcarver, by a police officer in Seattle, Washington. Williams, 50, was a member of...