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Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe cannabis trial opens in South DakotaFiled Under:
Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe cannabis trial opens in South Dakota (May 18, 2017)
A non-Indian consultant who tried to help the tribe open a marijuana resort is being charged in state court.
Federal court dismisses lawsuit over fry bread incident at Indian schoolFiled Under: Education | Law | National
Federal court dismisses lawsuit over fry bread incident at Indian school (May 11, 2017)
Attorneys for the Bureau of Indian Affairs admitted the student suffered burns while making fry bread but a judge said the federal government can't be held liable.
Patrick Sullivan: 'Inherent' tribal court jurisdiction still up in the airFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Patrick Sullivan: 'Inherent' tribal court jurisdiction still up in the air (May 2, 2017)
Will Inherent Tribal Court Authority Over Non-Members Survive Dollar General?
Cherokee Nation blames pharmaceutical industry for opioid crisisFiled Under: Health | Law | National
Cherokee Nation blames pharmaceutical industry for opioid crisis (April 20, 2017)
The tribe is suing the largest drug companies and drug stores in the United States in tribal court.
Attorney General Sessions vows help for public safety in Indian CountryFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Attorney General Sessions vows help for public safety in Indian Country (April 18, 2017)
The new leader of the Department of Justice is heeding calls to pay more attention to high rates of crime in Indian Country.
Red Lake Nation citizen loses attempt to diminish reservation borderFiled Under: Law
Red Lake Nation citizen loses attempt to diminish reservation border (April 4, 2017)
A unanimous decision from a federal appeals court confirms that Congress did not reduce the boundaries of the reservation.
Narragansett Tribe files lawsuit over failed transfer of historic sitesFiled Under: Environment | Law
Narragansett Tribe files lawsuit over failed transfer of historic sites (April 4, 2017)
The state of Rhode Island refused to transfer the land until the tribe waived its immunity and accepted state jurisdiction.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meetingFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs approves five bills at meeting (March 29, 2017)
The bills address health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of billsFiled Under: Health | National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs considers new round of bills (March 27, 2017)
Health care for Native veterans, outdated federal Indian laws, economic development, criminal jurisdiction and Columbia River treaty tribes are on the agenda.
James Giago Davies: The beginning of the end for tribal sovereigntyFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: The beginning of the end for tribal sovereignty (March 2, 2017)
North Dakota wants jurisdiction on Standing Rock. This would mean the beginning of the end for tribal sovereignty.
Montana county complains about costs of policing the reservationFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Montana county complains about costs of policing the reservation (March 1, 2017)
Officials in Lake County says Public Law 280 isn't working out anymore.
Wyoming tribes lose major ruling in reservation boundary caseFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Wyoming tribes lose major ruling in reservation boundary case (February 22, 2017)
The Eastern Shoshone Tribe and the Northern Arapaho Tribe can't exercise authority in a border town known as Riverton.
Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agendaFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribal sovereignty foe in charge of nation's environmental agenda (February 20, 2017)
Scott Pruitt, as attorney general in Oklahoma, repeatedly fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation fronts.
Native women push for more action on missing and murdered sistersFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Native women push for more action on missing and murdered sisters (February 16, 2017)
Advocates are hoping to build on the pro-tribal provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.
James Giago Davies: Tribes face bigger threat than Dakota AccessFiled Under: Opinion
James Giago Davies: Tribes face bigger threat than Dakota Access (February 16, 2017)
The Orange Ogre in the White House is just the latest politician to take full advantage of Lakota turning on Lakota.
Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocatesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocates (February 13, 2017)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions won't support tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians while Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price wants to dismantle Obamacare.
Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's CabinetFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's Cabinet (February 2, 2017)
As Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt has fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation.
Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee well versed in Indian lawFiled Under: Law | National | Politics | Trust
Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee well versed in Indian law (February 1, 2017)
Neil Gorsuch, a federal appeals court judge, has sided with Indian interests in some major cases.
Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foeFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foe (January 31, 2017)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) has refused to say whether he will defend the tribal jurisdiction provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.
Agreement in allows Alaska tribe to prosecute low-level offensesFiled Under: Law
Agreement in allows Alaska tribe to prosecute low-level offenses (January 11, 2017)
The Anvik Tribe will develop culturally-appropriate punishments for those who choose to go through its system.
Donald Trump's Justice choice leaves door open to fight tribal jurisdictionFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Justice choice leaves door open to fight tribal jurisdiction (January 11, 2017)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) refused to repudiate his opposition to tribal jurisdiction despite acknowledging that non-Indians contribute to high rates of crime.
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-IndiansFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians (January 10, 2017)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) was forced to admit that he opposed landmark provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.
Nooksack Tribe tries to evict family amid mass enrollment purgeFiled Under: Law | National
Nooksack Tribe tries to evict family amid mass enrollment purge (December 22, 2016)
A disenrollment dispute continues to make waves in Washington.
Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issuesFiled Under: Business | National | Politics | Trust
Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issues (December 12, 2016)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) fought an off-reservation casino and opposed stronger protections for Native women during her time on Capitol Hill.
Mark Trahant: Trump's pick for Interior poses problems for tribesFiled Under: Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Trump's pick for Interior poses problems for tribes (December 9, 2016)
Washington Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers is President-elect Donald J. Trump’s choice to head the Department of the Interior.
Tribal sovereignty foe Scott Pruitt slated to join Donald Trump's administrationFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Tribal sovereignty foe Scott Pruitt slated to join Donald Trump's administration (December 7, 2016)
Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt has fought tribes on jurisdiction, sovereign immunity and taxation fronts.
Bureau of Indian Affairs apprehended Dakota Access security guard with rifleFiled Under: Environment | Law | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs apprehended Dakota Access security guard with rifle (October 31, 2016)
Kyle Thompson, a military veteran from North Dakota, confirmed he was working for the Dakota Access Pipeline.
White House hosts meeting on violence against indigenous women and girlsFiled Under: Law | National | World
White House hosts meeting on violence against indigenous women and girls (October 13, 2016)
Top officials from the United States, Canada and Mexico are working to address high levels of violence.
Oneida Nation battles longtime foe over activities on trust landFiled Under: Law | Trust
Oneida Nation battles longtime foe over activities on trust land (October 5, 2016)
The tribe went to court after the village of Hobart threatened to interfere with a popular family festival.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four billsFiled Under: National | Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on four bills (September 12, 2016)
Land-into-trust, state jurisdiction in Indian Country, Columbia River treaty rights and a water settlement are on the agenda.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds another hearing to scheduleFiled Under: Law | Politics | Trust
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs adds another hearing to schedule (September 6, 2016)
The committee will be taking up four bills at the September 14 hearing.
Federal judge stays off Ute Tribe sovereignty case despite protestFiled Under: Law
Federal judge stays off Ute Tribe sovereignty case despite protest (August 30, 2016)
After nearly four decades on the case, Judge Bruce Jenkins was kicked off by a higher court.
Judge takes aim at Ute Tribe after being kicked off sovereignty caseFiled Under: Law | National
Judge takes aim at Ute Tribe after being kicked off sovereignty case (August 24, 2016)
After nearly four decades on the case, Judge Bruce Jenkins was kicked off by a higher court and he's not happy about it.
Chemehuevi Tribe wins decision barring county from citing membersFiled Under: Law
Chemehuevi Tribe wins decision barring county from citing members (August 23, 2016)
A federal judge agreed that the California tribe's sovereignty is at stake in a dispute with the local sheriff.
Navajo Nation wants Mormon Church abuse lawsuit to stay in tribal courtFiled Under: Education | Law | National
Navajo Nation wants Mormon Church abuse lawsuit to stay in tribal court (August 22, 2016)
The tribe is defending its court system from an 'attack' by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Brandon Ecoffey: Anti-Indian fighter lurks off radar in South DakotaFiled Under: Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Anti-Indian fighter lurks off radar in South Dakota (August 17, 2016)
Indian Country has dealt with the likes of Slade Gorton and other anti-Indian politicians but there is one who is potentially far more dangerous lurking just off the radar.
Non-Indians enter pleas in Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe marijuana caseFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Non-Indians enter pleas in Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe marijuana case (August 16, 2016)
One consultant pleaded guilty to a marijuana charge while the other is contesting a charge filed by the state of South Dakota.
Ute Tribe calls on state to end 'constant attacks' on its sovereigntyFiled Under: Law | National
Ute Tribe calls on state to end 'constant attacks' on its sovereignty (August 11, 2016)
Will a new court ruling put an end to 40 years of litigation? Tribal leaders hope so.
Ute Tribe prevails in reservation boundary dispute yet another timeFiled Under: Law | National
Ute Tribe prevails in reservation boundary dispute yet another time (August 10, 2016)
The tribe has won the case seven times in the last 40 years. But officials in Utah keep on fighting.
Muscogee Nation brothers accused of murder in messy jurisdictional caseFiled Under: Law | National
Muscogee Nation brothers accused of murder in messy jurisdictional case (August 9, 2016)
The Osage Nation charged Jeremy Reece and Tyler Reece after murder charges in Oklahoma court were dismissed.
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes ask state to give up jurisdictional roleFiled Under: Law | National
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes ask state to give up jurisdictional role (July 18, 2016)
The state assumed authority under Public Law 280 more than 50 years ago.
Lakota Country Times: Senate committee approves tribal justice billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: Senate committee approves tribal justice bill (July 6, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed a bill that could strengthen the ability of tribal courts to hold offenders accountable.
Mille Lacs Band slams county for ending law enforcement dealFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Mille Lacs Band slams county for ending law enforcement deal (June 30, 2016)
The county took offense after the Obama administration sided with the tribe and confirmed that the Mille Lacs Reservation continues to exist.
Effort builds for missing and murdered Native women and girlsFiled Under: First Nations in Canada | Law | National | Politics
Effort builds for missing and murdered Native women and girls (June 29, 2016)
A resolution in Congress seeks to designate May 5, 2017, as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.
Richard Peterson: A new era of tribal-state cooperation in Alaska Filed Under: Law | Opinion | Politics
Richard Peterson: A new era of tribal-state cooperation in Alaska (June 29, 2016)
Whether you’re a mom, dad, or grandparent, state and tribal programs can now work together in a spirit of cooperation to help make child support a reliable source of income for children.
Supreme Court puts an end to another tribal jurisdiction disputeFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Supreme Court puts an end to another tribal jurisdiction dispute (June 28, 2016)
A case that Indian Country all but forgot was disposed by the nation's highest court without comment after a lengthy delay.
Tribes rest easy as Supreme Court wraps up a surprising sessionFiled Under: Law | National
Tribes rest easy as Supreme Court wraps up a surprising session (June 24, 2016)
With four Indian law case on the docket, tribes were preparing for the worst.
Non-Indian man charged for trespassing at Nambe Pueblo in New MexicoFiled Under: Law | National
Non-Indian man charged for trespassing at Nambe Pueblo in New Mexico (June 24, 2016)
The tribe banished Steve Romero in February 2016 but he has repeatedly returned to the reservation.
Matthew Fletcher: A 'huge win' for Mississippi Choctaw court systemFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Matthew Fletcher: A 'huge win' for Mississippi Choctaw court system (June 23, 2016)
Huge win for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians tribal court and most especially for the family of John Doe.
Supreme Court deadlocks in closely-watched tribal jurisdiction caseFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Supreme Court deadlocks in closely-watched tribal jurisdiction case (June 23, 2016)
Dollar General must now answer to a lawsuit filed in the courts of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill (June 22, 2016)
Only a handful of tribes have entered the marijuana industry but Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) wants to punish them by cutting off their federal funds.
Editorial: Reopen settlement to improve tribal relations in Maine Filed Under: Opinion
Editorial: Reopen settlement to improve tribal relations in Maine (June 22, 2016)
Maine’s tribes need a relationship with the state just as the state can’t ignore the 8,000 tribal members who live here.
Anti-Indian figure appears in segment on tribal court jurisdictionFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Law | National | Politics
Anti-Indian figure appears in segment on tribal court jurisdiction (June 21, 2016)
Indian Country isn't the only one paying attention to a tribal jurisdiction case that's pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Cherokee tribes support Senate bill to expand criminal authorityFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Cherokee tribes support Senate bill to expand criminal authority (June 21, 2016)
S.2785, the Tribal Youth and Community Protection Act, recognizes the 'inherent' authority of tribes to arrest, prosecute and sentence any person for drug crimes and domestic violence against children.
Supreme Court enters final stretch of historic yet unusual termFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court enters final stretch of historic yet unusual term (June 20, 2016)
A record four Indian law cases were on the docket and tribes are still waiting for a decision a closely-watched jurisdiction dispute.
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meetingFiled Under: Politics
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting (June 20, 2016)
Bills to expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians, improve law and order in Indian Country and boost tribal participation on federal forest lands are on the agenda.
Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian CountryFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country (June 17, 2016)
Key members of Congress vowed to support an expansion of tribal jurisdiction after a new report exposed the extent of the crisis.
Supreme Court still holding onto ruling in tribal jurisdiction caseFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court still holding onto ruling in tribal jurisdiction case (June 16, 2016)
With the nation's highest court down to just eight members, the justices have yet to reach clear consensus in the closely-watched dispute.
Vice President Joe Biden urges early work on Violence Against Women ActFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Vice President Joe Biden urges early work on Violence Against Women Act (June 15, 2016)
Deborah Parker, a former vice chair of the Tulalip Tribes, reminded attendees of the United State of Women Summit not to forget about the first Americans.
Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and menFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and men (June 14, 2016)
A new report from the Department of Justice makes the case for expanding tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians.

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