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Yerington Paiute Tribe sues owners of abandoned mine for millions of dollars
Environment | Law
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
Law | National
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
Law | National
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
Law | National
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
Law | National
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
Business | National | Politics
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
Law | National | Politics
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
National | Politics | Trust
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
Law | National
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
Law | National
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
Law | National
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
Education | Law | National
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
Health | Law | National | Politics
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
Business | Health | National | Politics
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
National | Politics | Trust
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
Law | National
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
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 air
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 crisis
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 Country
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 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
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 meeting
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 bills
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 sovereignty
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 reservation
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 case
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 agenda
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 sisters
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 Access
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 advocates
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 Cabinet
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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 law
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 foe
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 offenses
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 jurisdiction
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-Indians
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 purge
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 issues
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 tribes
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 administration
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 rifle
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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 girls
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 land
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 bills
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 schedule
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 protest
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 case
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 members
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 court
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 Dakota
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 case
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.

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