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Tribes confront unique problems in battle against domestic violence
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Tribes confront unique problems in battle against domestic violence (April 10, 2018)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have had particularly interesting experiences as they hold non-Indians accountable for domestic violence.

Quapaw Tribe goes to bat for Trump's embattled environmental official
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Quapaw Tribe goes to bat for Trump's embattled environmental official (April 9, 2018)

With his job in jeopardy, the leader of the Environmental Protection Agency can count on at least one defender in Indian Country.

Trump administration sides with industry in reservation boundary case
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Trump administration sides with industry in reservation boundary case (April 3, 2018)

The Trump administration is siding with industry interests in a closely-watched reservation boundary case pending at the U.S. Supreme Court.

Cronkite News: Tribes assert authority in domestic violence cases
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Cronkite News: Tribes assert authority in domestic violence cases (March 30, 2018)

A five-year-old law that let Native American tribes prosecute non-Natives in domestic violence cases 'has fundamentally changed the landscape of tribal criminal jurisdiction in the modern era,' according to a new report.

Miccosukee Tribe ties child welfare case to violence against women
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Miccosukee Tribe ties child welfare case to violence against women (March 28, 2018)

The Miccosukee Tribe is defending its handling of a child welfare case that has drawn national attention.

Tribes cite progress since passage of Violence Against Women Act
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Tribes cite progress since passage of Violence Against Women Act (March 20, 2018)

Prior to enactment of the Violence Against Women Act of 2013, tribes lacked authority to prosecute non-Indians who abused their partners.

Agua Caliente Band opposes proposal to ban short term rentals
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Agua Caliente Band opposes proposal to ban short term rentals (March 13, 2018)

Sites like Airbnb are boasting tens of thousands of stays in Palm Springs, California, but some want to change that.

Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court
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Tribes see continued challenges as more cases head to highest court (February 21, 2018)

An unusually large number of Indian law petitions have been presented to the nation's highest court as tribes face continued challenges to their sovereignty.

Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill
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Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill (February 16, 2018)

The leader of the National Congress of American Indians singled out a controversial bill as a threat to tribal sovereignty as he called on lawmakers to work on more productive ways to improve public safety in tribal communities.

Native Sun News Today: Tribal sovereignty threatened by new bill
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Native Sun News Today: Tribal sovereignty threatened by new bill (February 5, 2018)

There is major concern amongst South Dakota’s tribal leaders about a bill to authorize the arrest of fugitives in Indian Country.

Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle targets 'racist narrative'
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Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle targets 'racist narrative' (January 26, 2018)

Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is a campaign to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision that limits tribal sovereignty.

Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court
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Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court (January 17, 2018)

The opioid epidemic has hit Indian Country hard and tribes are looking for ways to hold drug companies accountable by going to court.

Another tribal treaty rights dispute looms on the Supreme Court's docket
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Another tribal treaty rights dispute looms on the Supreme Court's docket (January 16, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court could soon be delivering another jolt to Indian Country, as another treaty rights case is looming on the horizon.

Cherokee Nation seeks to hold drug companies accountable for opioid epidemic
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Cherokee Nation seeks to hold drug companies accountable for opioid epidemic (December 18, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation is attempting to hold the pharmaceutical industry accountable for the opioid epidemic in northeastern Oklahoma but the tribe's lawsuit may never get off the ground.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe marijuana consultant 'free' after state sentence
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Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe marijuana consultant 'free' after state sentence (November 21, 2017)

A marijuana consultant who worked with the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe on a failed marijuana operation was sentenced in South Dakota for his role in the controversial case.

Appeals court won't revisit historic decision in Muscogee Nation boundary case
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Appeals court won't revisit historic decision in Muscogee Nation boundary case (November 9, 2017)

A closely-watched reservation boundary case could be headed to the nation's highest court, setting up a clash between tribes, states and the Trump administration.

Meskwaki Tribe praises action on bill to remove state jurisdiction on settlement
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Meskwaki Tribe praises action on bill to remove state jurisdiction on settlement (November 8, 2017)

A bill to repeal one of the vestiges of the termination era is inching forward in Congress.

Yakama Nation sues county for arresting minor on homelands in Washington
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Yakama Nation sues county for arresting minor on homelands in Washington (November 6, 2017)

The Yakama Nation is asserting authority over a disputed portion of its territory with a new lawsuit in federal court.

Coeur d'Alene Tribe wins state court recognition of ruling against non-Indians
Law

Coeur d'Alene Tribe wins state court recognition of ruling against non-Indians (November 6, 2017)

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is welcoming a new court decision that recognizes judgments from its judicial system.

Pawnee Nation seeks earthquake damages from energy companies in tribal court
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Pawnee Nation seeks earthquake damages from energy companies in tribal court (November 2, 2017)

The Pawnee Nation is attempting to hold the energy industry accountable for damage suffered during a 2016 earthquake.

House set to approve bill to remove state jurisdiction on Meskwaki Settlement
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House set to approve bill to remove state jurisdiction on Meskwaki Settlement (October 31, 2017)

Another termination-era law, this one affecting the Meskwaki Nation, is on the chopping block.

Supreme Court puts end to case challenging Colorado River Indian Tribes lease
Law

Supreme Court puts end to case challenging Colorado River Indian Tribes lease (October 10, 2017)

It looks like a long-running lease dispute between the Colorado River Indian Tribes and a non-Indian tenant is finally over.

Muscogee Nation citizen heads to trial for fourth time on murder charge in Oklahoma
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Muscogee Nation citizen heads to trial for fourth time on murder charge in Oklahoma (October 2, 2017)

A Muscogee (Creek) Nation is going to trial for murder for a fourth time after a judge said a dispute over the boundaries of the tribe's reservation remains unresolved.

Cronkite News: 'Tribal Justice' documentary highlights issues facing tribal courts
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Cronkite News: 'Tribal Justice' documentary highlights issues facing tribal courts (October 2, 2017)

Law students, professors and tribal members gathered recently at the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law in downtown Phoenix to watch the new documentary 'Tribal Justice.'

Muscogee Nation citizen seeks dismissal of murder charge as boundary case heats up
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Muscogee Nation citizen seeks dismissal of murder charge as boundary case heats up (September 29, 2017)

A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is waiting to hear whether his murder case will be dismissed as industry interests in Oklahoma flock to court in a closely-related reservation boundary case.

Yerington Paiute Tribe sues owners of abandoned mine for millions of dollars
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Yerington Paiute Tribe sues owners of abandoned mine for millions of dollars (September 8, 2017)

The Yerington Paiute Tribe is trying to hold the prior owners of an abandoned copper mine in Nevada accountable for polluting the environment.

Oklahoma plans to ask court to reconsider ruling on Muscogee Nation boundaries
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Oklahoma plans to ask court to reconsider ruling on Muscogee Nation boundaries (August 24, 2017)

A landmark decision that affirmed the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is already having an impact on cases in Oklahoma.

Muscogee Nation issues citizenship card to former police officer accused of murder
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Muscogee Nation issues citizenship card to former police officer accused of murder (August 14, 2017)

A landmark court ruling that confirmed the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation is already having an impact in Oklahoma.

Cherokee Nation ready to move forward with opioid lawsuit in tribal court system
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Cherokee Nation ready to move forward with opioid lawsuit in tribal court system (August 10, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation is ready to proceed with a lawsuit against the pharmaceutical industry, the tribe's top legal official said.

Muscogee Nation welcomes decision affirming the boundaries of its reservation
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Muscogee Nation welcomes decision affirming the boundaries of its reservation (August 9, 2017)

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is welcoming a federal court decision that confirms the boundaries of its reservation in Oklahoma remain intact.

Muscogee Nation citizen wins reversal of death penalty conviction in Oklahoma
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Muscogee Nation citizen wins reversal of death penalty conviction in Oklahoma (August 8, 2017)

A citizen of the Muscogee Nation has secured a stunning court victory that not only reverses his death penalty conviction but also reaffirms the historic boundaries of his tribe's reservation.

Trump team moves quickly to finalize big tribal economic development proposal
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Trump team moves quickly to finalize big tribal economic development proposal (August 7, 2017)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is poised to help tribes resolve a long-standing taxation issue even as a powerful lawmaker from President Trump's own party expresses resistance.

Ex-leader of North Dakota tribe ordered to return nearly $3 million in royalties
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Ex-leader of North Dakota tribe ordered to return nearly $3 million in royalties (August 3, 2017)

A former chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation is giving up nearly $3 million after being mistakenly overpaid by an energy developer on his tribe's reservation

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe welcomes recognition of authority on ancestral land
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St. Regis Mohawk Tribe welcomes recognition of authority on ancestral land (July 25, 2017)

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will continue to provide law enforcement services on its ancestral territory thanks to a bill signed into law in New York state.

Cherokee Nation details devastating impacts of opioid crisis in Oklahoma
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Cherokee Nation details devastating impacts of opioid crisis in Oklahoma (July 25, 2017)

The Cherokee Nation is defending its right to pursue drug companies and drug stores for flooding its homeland with prescription opioids.

House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills
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House Committee on Natural Resources set to advance more Indian bills (July 24, 2017)

Bills to address jurisdiction for the Meskwaki Tribe, the status of an Alaska Native village and a land-into-trust application for the Chumash Tribe are on the agenda.

Bishop Paiute Tribe can proceed with sovereignty complaint against county
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Bishop Paiute Tribe can proceed with sovereignty complaint against county (July 19, 2017)

The Bishop Paiute Tribe is returning to federal court to face off against a longtime nemesis in California.

Ute Tribe hails decision requiring non-Indian officers to return to court on reservation
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Ute Tribe hails decision requiring non-Indian officers to return to court on reservation (July 12, 2017)

Thanks to a federal court ruling, the Ute Tribe is finally hoping to secure some justice for the death of one of its young citizens.

Bureau of Indian Affairs officers can't be sued for arresting non-Indian in Montana
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Bureau of Indian Affairs officers can't be sued for arresting non-Indian in Montana (July 12, 2017)

A non-Indian woman who contested the jurisdiction of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe has lost another lawsuit.

Cronkite News: Navajo Nation welcomes decision in school jurisdiction case
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Cronkite News: Navajo Nation welcomes decision in school jurisdiction case (June 29, 2017)

A federal appeals court ruled that the Navajo Nation Labor Commission can decide a labor dispute between school districts and their employees on Navajo land.

Appeals court ruling opens door for tribal jurisdiction over public schools
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Appeals court ruling opens door for tribal jurisdiction over public schools (June 28, 2017)

Two public school districts in Arizona have lost their challenge to the Navajo Nation's sovereignty.

Federal judge confirms land within reservation in New Mexico is Indian Country
Law

Federal judge confirms land within reservation in New Mexico is Indian Country (June 6, 2017)

A tribal citizen who was convicted of second-degree murder was rightfully prosecuted in federal court, a federal judge in New Mexico has concluded.

Trump Cabinet officials 'invited' to House hearing on Indian bills
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Trump Cabinet officials 'invited' to House hearing on Indian bills (June 6, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is holding its first legislative hearing of the year but the witness list isn't quite there yet.

Oglala Sioux Tribe might enter extradition pact in South Dakota
Law

Oglala Sioux Tribe might enter extradition pact in South Dakota (June 6, 2017)

High rates of crime have prompted the Oglala Sioux Tribe to enter into discussions with law enforcement agencies off the reservation.

House subcommittee finally takes up tribal bills after going silent
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House subcommittee finally takes up tribal bills after going silent (May 31, 2017)

The House Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs is taking up three pro-tribal bills at a hearing on June 7.

Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes
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Bill removes blood quantum requirement for citizens of Five Civilized Tribes (May 26, 2017)

Citizens of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee and Seminole nations are treated differently when it comes to their allotments.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe cannabis consultant found not guilty
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Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe cannabis consultant found not guilty (May 25, 2017)

Despite the setback, South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley, a Republican, defended his decision to assert jurisdiction over activities that occurred on the reservation.

Pascua Yaqui Tribe reports first jury conviction of non-Indian offender
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Pascua Yaqui Tribe reports first jury conviction of non-Indian offender (May 24, 2017)

A non-Indian man awaits sentencing for an incident involving his wife, a tribal citizen.

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe cannabis trial opens in South Dakota
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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 school
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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 air
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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 crisis
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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 Country
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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 border
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 sites
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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 meeting
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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 bills
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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 sovereignty
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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 reservation
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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 case
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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.