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Supreme Court vacates ruling in Nogales cross-border shooting
Supreme Court vacates ruling in Nogales cross-border shooting (March 10, 2020)

Border patrol agents who shot and killed two Mexican teens in two separate incidents cannot be sued in the U.S. court system.


Cayuga Nation's division leads to a 'human rights catastrophe'
Cayuga Nation's division leads to a 'human rights catastrophe' (March 4, 2020)

A Cayuga Nation leader’s decision to tear down 12 properties with the assistance of newly-sworn in tribal police officers has sparked a series of protests and altercation in New York.


Brian Lightfoot Brown: Carcieri 'fix' still in limbo more than a decade later
Brian Lightfoot Brown: Carcieri 'fix' still in limbo more than a decade later (February 24, 2020)

Ever since Europeans began venturing to and settling in the New World, the ultimate removal of the Indigenous peoples was to be the plan.


'We’ve got to pay attention': Omaha Tribe declares emergency amid health and safety crisis
'We’ve got to pay attention': Omaha Tribe declares emergency amid health and safety crisis (February 24, 2020)

The Omaha Tribe of declared a state of emergency following weeks of tragedy in the community.


Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding
Tribal officials press for more, and more predictable, federal funding (February 20, 2020)

Tribal officials raised issues ranging from polluted water to underfunded police but there was one message they all had for lawmakers – the government needs to be a more reliable partner on critical projects.


Trump administration faulted for efforts to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country
Trump administration faulted for efforts to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered in Indian Country (February 10, 2020)

The Trump administration plans to spend more money on the crisis of missing and murdered Native Americans amid complaints that it isn't doing enough to address what is widely considered an epidemic.


ProPublica: Law enforcement in Native villages under scrutiny
ProPublica: Law enforcement in Native villages under scrutiny (February 5, 2020)

An investigation by the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica found that dozens of police officers had been hired in rural Native villages despite criminal convictions.


Honoring Selena Not Afraid
Honoring Selena Not Afraid (January 31, 2020)

In honor of missing and murdered indigenous women, a group of relay runners traveled 350 miles for the memorial service of Selena Not Afraid, a 16-year-old Crow girl who went missing and was found dead.


Lumbee Tribe mourns passing of official on overseas business
Lumbee Tribe mourns passing of official on overseas business (January 27, 2020)

Terry Hunt, the president of the Lumbee Tribe's economic development arm, died while on official business in Kenya.


Body of missing teen from Crow Tribe found in Montana
Body of missing teen from Crow Tribe found in Montana (January 20, 2020)

The body of Selena Faye Not Afraid, a 16-year-old from the Crow Tribe, was found nearly three weeks after she went missing in Montana.


'When they do turn for help, nobody believes them': Native women hold vigil in honor of Ashlea Aldrich
'When they do turn for help, nobody believes them': Native women hold vigil in honor of Ashlea Aldrich (January 14, 2020)

As authorities investigate the death of Ashlea Aldrich, Native women gathered to discuss the violence that plagues their communities.


'This is one of the most heartbreaking issues': Young Native woman's death tied to domestic violence
'This is one of the most heartbreaking issues': Young Native woman's death tied to domestic violence (January 10, 2020)

The aunt of a Native woman whose body was found in a field on her reservation this week said Ashlea Aldrich’s gruesome death demonstrates the need for swift and aggressive action by tribal leaders to combat domestic violence.


Death of woman on Omaha Reservation under investigation
Death of woman on Omaha Reservation under investigation (January 8, 2020)

Ashlea Aldrich, a young mother, was killed in what her mother said was a crime of domestic violence.


Remembering Neil Stonechild and exposing systemic racism in policing
Remembering Neil Stonechild and exposing systemic racism in policing (December 16, 2019)

On November 29, 1990, the body of Neil Stonechild was found frozen in a field on the outskirts of town. He was just 17 years old at the time of his death.


Supporting state and federal efforts to address MMIW
Supporting state and federal efforts to address MMIW (December 11, 2019)

For too many Native women, violence is an ever-present threat.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hosts business meeting and confirmation hearing (December 11, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is advancing legislation and taking testimony from one of President Donald Trump's nominees.


Pueblo artist can't sue police officers for handcuffing him at gunpoint
Pueblo artist can't sue police officers for handcuffing him at gunpoint (December 5, 2019)

A well-known Pueblo artist can't sue the police officers who pointed an assault rifle at him, handcuffed him and detained him, a court has ruled.


Navajo Nation pays tribute to Korean War veteran Oliver Leo Kirk
Navajo Nation pays tribute to Korean War veteran Oliver Leo Kirk (December 2, 2019)

Flags are flying at half-staff in honor of Oliver Leo Kirk, a veteran and tribal police officer who passed away at the age of 88.


Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women
Trump creates panel on issue of missing, murdered indigenous women (December 2, 2019)

President Trump authorized creation of an eight-member panel to coordinate the federal response to the problem of murdered and missing indigenous women.


'I don't feel safe around cops'
'I don't feel safe around cops' (December 2, 2019)

The slap heard round the world, or at least Indian Country, has caused quite the commotion.


Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony
Tribal leaders share statements about White House signing ceremony (November 27, 2019)

Appearing in public with President Donald Trump can be toxic. How did it go for the tribal leaders who met with him at the White House?


President Trump promises action on missing and murdered in Indian Country
President Trump promises action on missing and murdered in Indian Country (November 26, 2019)

He didn't offend anyone. He didn't brag about himself. He didn't lash out at his opponents. He was just the president, among a group of tribal leaders.


Court weighs whether Border Patrol can be sued in Mexican teens’ deaths
Court weighs whether Border Patrol can be sued in Mexican teens’ deaths (November 19, 2019)

U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared split on whether the family of a Mexican teen who was shot across the border and killed by a Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue the agent.


Native American Child Protection Act up for first hearing
Native American Child Protection Act up for first hearing (November 13, 2019)

A bipartisan bill to address child abuse and neglect in tribal communities has the support of Indian Country organizations.


Upstanding Officer Jekyll and criminal Mr. Hyde
Upstanding Officer Jekyll and criminal Mr. Hyde (November 6, 2019)

Law enforcement should never choose protecting one of their own, over protecting children from that officer’s excessive policing.


'Were you there?'
'Were you there?' (November 6, 2019)

The Native community is outraged after police officer struck a Native middle school girl while trying to break up a fight.


ProPublica: Alaska Native village loses only public safety officer
ProPublica: Alaska Native village loses only public safety officer (November 1, 2019)

One spring day in 2005, a man in a crisp brown uniform stood before a group created by Congress to fix rural Alaska’s lack of cops. In his soft-spoken way, Simeon Askoak explained his dilemma.


Rep. Tom Cole: Protecting Native women and children
Rep. Tom Cole: Protecting Native women and children (October 31, 2019)

A disproportionate number of sexual predators have preyed on Indian Country and Native women.


'The spirits are talking': Leaders speak of hope and healing in reservation border town
'The spirits are talking': Leaders speak of hope and healing in reservation border town (October 30, 2019)

The wind speaks in this place. Sometimes it’s loud and abrasive and seeks to humble those who have failed to listen to the truths it has breathed upon them.


The legacy of Oka in an era of supposed reconciliation
The legacy of Oka in an era of supposed reconciliation (October 29, 2019)

Tensions are rising between the Kanien’kéha:ka (Mohawk) of Kanehsatà:ke and the Québec municipality of Oka.


ProPublica: Alaska Natives struggle with law enforcement
ProPublica: Alaska Natives struggle with law enforcement (October 28, 2019)

A tiny Alaskan village got a police officer. He’s never had to make an arrest. Meanwhile, larger communities with more crime have often been left behind as the state’s two-tiered policing crisis gets worse.


A made for TV-style crime probe into the looting of ancestral remains
A made for TV-style crime probe into the looting of ancestral remains (October 28, 2019)

This is the story of the first Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act prosecution in Ohio.


Tim Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure
Tim Giago: Families of murdered men still waiting for closure (October 28, 2019)

I will keep writing every year until the deaths of Native American men and women are resolved.


Tribal reps withdraw from DOJ’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force over AG’s support for Keystone XL
Tribal reps withdraw from DOJ’s Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force over AG’s support for Keystone XL (October 15, 2019)

Two tribal representatives pulled out of a new Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force in Montana due to the state's defense of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


'We’re going to bring them home': Rally for the missing and the murdered
'We’re going to bring them home': Rally for the missing and the murdered (October 15, 2019)

Bearing signs that read 'Violence is Not My Tradition' and 'Indigenous Day, Not Columbus Day,' a crowd drew attention to the missing, murdered and abused in their communities.


Native man shot by police officer mounts appeal after lengthy sentence
Native man shot by police officer mounts appeal after lengthy sentence (October 11, 2019)

A bullet is lodged in Micah Taylor's neck after he was shot by a police officer. He's the one going to prison.


Murder of Native woman in California still unsolved
Murder of Native woman in California still unsolved (September 30, 2019)

A year ago, a grim discovery was made in California. A young Native woman was found shot in the head.


Lakota Wakinyapi (Prophecies) must be heeded
Lakota Wakinyapi (Prophecies) must be heeded (September 27, 2019)

Our elders have been telling us to find our original teachings and to live by them.


The Oglala Sioux Tribe passes hate crime law protecting its LGBTQ citizens
The Oglala Sioux Tribe passes hate crime law protecting its LGBTQ citizens (September 23, 2019)

The Oglala Sioux Tribe may be first to pass a hate crime law providing protections for LBGTQ and two spirit people, but citizens remain divided over decision.


House panel questions officials on efforts to help Native women
House panel questions officials on efforts to help Native women (September 13, 2019)

Key lawmakers questioned the Trump administration's efforts to address missing and murdered indigenous women – and they weren’t always satisfied with the answers.


House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples convenes hearing on #MMIW crisis
House Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples convenes hearing on #MMIW crisis (September 11, 2019)

What is the Trump administration doing about missing and murdered Indigenous women? Lawmakers are seeking answers.


Native man shot in neck by police officer hit with maximum sentence
Native man shot in neck by police officer hit with maximum sentence (September 10, 2019)

A bullet remains lodged in Micah Taylor's neck after he was shot by a police officer in Nebraska.


Police captain discusses children lost to the system
Police captain discusses children lost to the system (September 9, 2019)

Like many indigenous nations in the United States, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has been losing children to the state for generations.


Oglala Sioux Tribe considers passing hate crime law
Oglala Sioux Tribe considers passing hate crime law (September 3, 2019)

A hate crime law could be the first for tribal governments offering protection for LGBTQ citizens, Mary Annette Pember reports in Indian Country Today.


Trump administration announces change to eagle policy in Indian Country
Trump administration announces change to eagle policy in Indian Country (August 13, 2019)

Bald and golden eagle remains that are found in Indian Country will be able to stay there under a new policy adopted by the federal government.


YES! Magazine: Immigration raid prompts outpouring of support
YES! Magazine: Immigration raid prompts outpouring of support (August 13, 2019)

When federal agents engineered the nation’s largest single-state immigration raid in Mississippi, a network of activists knew their work was about to get much harder.


Albert Bender: Neighborhood stands up to immigration raid
Albert Bender: Neighborhood stands up to immigration raid (August 13, 2019)

A father and son who were targeted by U.S. immigration agents managed to escape with the help of their neighbors.


James Giago Davies: Indian people still mistreated on their own homelands
James Giago Davies: Indian people still mistreated on their own homelands (July 26, 2019)

There is no doubt about it: law enforcement is racially profiling people, and weeding out the likely loiterers from the white citizenry.


Native Sun News Today: North Dakota seeks $38 million for DAPL crackdown
Native Sun News Today: North Dakota seeks $38 million for DAPL crackdown (July 26, 2019)

A new lawsuit blames the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for encouraging Indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline.


Spirit Lake Nation jurisdiction bill about to clear first hurdle in Congress
Spirit Lake Nation jurisdiction bill about to clear first hurdle in Congress (July 24, 2019)

A bill to repeal a termination-era law that affects citizens of the Spirit Lake Nation is being advanced by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.


Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux council member arrested on drug charges
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux council member arrested on drug charges (July 18, 2019)

Cora White Horse has faced no action so far from the Oglala Sioux Tribe after being accused of distributing prescription drugs.


Cronkite News: More body cameras in deadliest city for police shootings
Cronkite News: More body cameras in deadliest city for police shootings (July 10, 2019)

Arizona's largest city, known for its high rate of police shootings, continues to roll out body cameras to 2,000 first responders.


'There's going to be change': Native activists count coup on enemies in the community
'There's going to be change': Native activists count coup on enemies in the community (July 9, 2019)

Drawing inspiration from the late Frank LaMere, Native activists are taking aim at the seemingly endless cycle of addiction and poverty.


Arrest made in fatal shooting of North Fork elder and historian Gaylen Lee
Arrest made in fatal shooting of North Fork elder and historian Gaylen Lee (July 8, 2019)

Gaylen D. Lee, an elder and historian from the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, was killed at his home in California.


Mark Trahant: 10 Indian Country questions for the presidential debate
Mark Trahant: 10 Indian Country questions for the presidential debate (June 25, 2019)

Democrats are holding their first presidential debates but the candidates most familiar with Indian issues are not participating.


Cronkite News: Frustrations boil over after police incident goes viral
Cronkite News: Frustrations boil over after police incident goes viral (June 21, 2019)

One by one, members of the community stepped up to the microphone at the City Council meeting, some trembling and angry.


Witness list for Senate hearing on Indian Country safety legislation
Witness list for Senate hearing on Indian Country safety legislation (June 18, 2019)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is taking testimony on legislation to address the crisis of the missing and murdered and to expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians.


Cronkite News: Parents sue after police pull guns on 4-year-old daughter
Cronkite News: Parents sue after police pull guns on 4-year-old daughter (June 18, 2019)

A couple held at police gunpoint after their 4-year-old daughter allegedly shoplifted from a dollar store said officials haven't done enough to make up for the terrifying incident.


Indian Country and allies say goodbye to 'hero' Frank LaMere
Indian Country and allies say goodbye to 'hero' Frank LaMere (June 17, 2019)

Peace and justice activist Frank LaMere is being laid to rest on the Winnebago Reservation as Native leaders and allies celebrate his legacy.


The Conversation: Grassroots efforts bring #MMIW crisis to light
The Conversation: Grassroots efforts bring #MMIW crisis to light (June 13, 2019)

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls final report concludes that the long-term and ongoing murders and disappearances is an ongoing genocide.