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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on public safety measures
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on public safety measures (October 19, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is moving quickly on legislation to address pressing public safety and justice issues in tribal communities.

North Dakota accepts $15M from wealthy backers of Dakota Access Pipeline
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North Dakota accepts $15M from wealthy backers of Dakota Access Pipeline (September 29, 2017)
The state of North Dakota has accepted a $15 million 'donation' to cover the costs of its brutal response to the #NoDAPL movement.

Yankton Sioux Tribe blasts police officers for use of force against elderly citizen
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Yankton Sioux Tribe blasts police officers for use of force against elderly citizen (September 20, 2017)
An elderly citizen of the Yankton Sioux Tribe was hospitalized after being roughed up by police officers in Wagner, South Dakota.

Native Sun News Today: Police officers cleared in shooting of Oglala Sioux citizen
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Native Sun News Today: Police officers cleared in shooting of Oglala Sioux citizen (September 15, 2017)
The Oglala Sioux Tribe is calling for an independent investigation into the shooting death of Rex Vance Wilson by police officers in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Native Sun News Today Editorial: It's never too early to talk about the Lakota Nation Invitational
Opinion | Sports
Native Sun News Today Editorial: It's never too early to talk about the Lakota Nation Invitational (September 6, 2017)
We know it is still a little early to talk about the Lakota Nation Invitational, a tournament that even made the pages of Sports Illustrated Magazine.

Cronkite News: City orders independent review of police actions at Donald Trump rally
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Cronkite News: City orders independent review of police actions at Donald Trump rally (August 29, 2017)
The city of Phoenix is hiring an outside firm to conduct an independent review of the controversial police response to protesters after Donald Trump’s presidential rally.

Steve Russell: President Trump throws brown people under the bus with pardon of ex-sheriff
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Steve Russell: President Trump throws brown people under the bus with pardon of ex-sheriff (August 28, 2017)
By pardoning Joe Arpaio, our law and order president has endorsed treating brown people differently than white people, Steve Russell writes on Indian Country Media Network.

Jenni Monet: Indigenous rights activists respond to White supremacist rhetoric
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Jenni Monet: Indigenous rights activists respond to White supremacist rhetoric (August 28, 2017)
Indigenous and Latino rights advocates stood together to protest racial inequality in Arizona’s justice system as President Donald Trump returned to their state for the first time since the election.

Cronkite News: Sen. McCain blasts President Trump for pardoning sheriff who targeted minorities
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Cronkite News: Sen. McCain blasts President Trump for pardoning sheriff who targeted minorities (August 28, 2017)
In Washington, reaction to President Donald Trump’s pardon of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio was swift and strong.

Cronkite News: Police face allegations of brutality at Donald Trump rally in Arizona
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Cronkite News: Police face allegations of brutality at Donald Trump rally in Arizona (August 24, 2017)
Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton said the city’s police department will conduct a “thorough and transparent” review of the police response after President Donald Trump’s downtown rally.

Cronkite News: Officials emphasize safety as President Trump returns to Arizona for rally
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Cronkite News: Officials emphasize safety as President Trump returns to Arizona for rally (August 22, 2017)
Local law enforcement leaders, school officials and businesses are bracing for President Donald Trump’s visit to Arizona, with public officials saying they are calmly working to avoid violent clashes between supporters and counter-protesters.

North Dakota secures $10 million in federal funds to pay for #NoDAPL response
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North Dakota secures $10 million in federal funds to pay for #NoDAPL response (August 15, 2017)
The state of North Dakota has secured a $10 million in federal funds to pay for its often brutal response to the #NoDAPL movement.

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.

Crow Tribe mourns shooting victims as details remain scarce about triple homicide
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Crow Tribe mourns shooting victims as details remain scarce about triple homicide (August 10, 2017)
Two citizens of the Crow Tribe were laid to rest in Montana as federal authorities continue to investigate a triple homicide.

Crow Tribe weighs stronger response after site of triple homicide burns to ground
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Crow Tribe weighs stronger response after site of triple homicide burns to ground (August 9, 2017)
Leaders of the Crow Tribe continue to look for ways to address violent crime after a shooting left three citizens dead and two others injured.

Crow Tribe seeks to improve public safety after shooting deaths of three citizens
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Crow Tribe seeks to improve public safety after shooting deaths of three citizens (August 8, 2017)
Federal authorities continue to investigate a shooting that left three citizens of the Crow Tribe dead and two others injured.

Cronkite News: Victim of racial profiling celebrates verdict against Trump ally
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Cronkite News: Victim of racial profiling celebrates verdict against Trump ally (August 4, 2017)
The driver who was at the heart of former Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s contempt of court case said the sheriff’s guilty verdict shows 'justice is being served,' but he is still affected by the encounter seven years ago.

Sen. Heitkamp defends law enforcement's response to #NoDAPL movement
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Sen. Heitkamp defends law enforcement's response to #NoDAPL movement (August 2, 2017)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is known as an outspoken advocate for Indian Country's most vulnerable, particularly youth, but her efforts don't extend to the #NoDAPL movement.

Cronkite News: Trump ally found guilty of contempt in racial profiling case
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Cronkite News: Trump ally found guilty of contempt in racial profiling case (August 1, 2017)
Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is guilty of criminal contempt for deliberately defying a court order arising from a racial profiling case, a federal judge in Arizona ruled.

Two police officers charged with assault for death of Rosebud Sioux citizen
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Two police officers charged with assault for death of Rosebud Sioux citizen (July 27, 2017)
Zachary Bearheels died after being repeatedly punched and shocked with a stun gun by police officers in Omaha, Nebraska.

Sherwood Valley Band calls in authorities to take down marijuana operation
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Sherwood Valley Band calls in authorities to take down marijuana operation (July 27, 2017)
Tribal, local and federal authorities raided a marijuana operation on the Sherwood Valley Rancheria in northern California.

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.

Report confirms Native women suffer from high rate of homicide in United States
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Report confirms Native women suffer from high rate of homicide in United States (July 24, 2017)
American Indian and Alaska Native women experience one of the highest homicide rates in the nation and nearly half die at the hands of an intimate partner.

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.

Mary Annette Pember: Oglala Sioux Tribe works on law enforcement pact
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Mary Annette Pember: Oglala Sioux Tribe works on law enforcement pact (July 17, 2017)
High rates of violent crime -- including 17 homicides last year -- have prompted the Oglala Sioux Tribe to enter into talks with local law enforcement.

Rosebud Sioux man dies after being tased and struck by police officers
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Rosebud Sioux man dies after being tased and struck by police officers (July 17, 2017)
Zachary Bearheels, 29, was tased 12 times and hit and punched at least 15 times by officers in Omaha, Nebraska.

North Dakota still hoping to secure taxpayer funds for #NoDAPL response
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North Dakota still hoping to secure taxpayer funds for #NoDAPL response (July 14, 2017)
North Dakota is flush with billion of dollars in energy tax revenues but the money apparently isn't enough to cover the costs of the state's response to the #NoDAPL movement.

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.

Officials in North Dakota claim ignorance on Dakota Access security firm
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Officials in North Dakota claim ignorance on Dakota Access security firm (June 29, 2017)
Top officials in North Dakota relied on a security firm hired by the wealthy backers of the Dakota Access Pipeline but none of them bothered to ask about the firm's legal status.

Dakota Access security firm was denied license but kept working anyway
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Dakota Access security firm was denied license but kept working anyway (June 28, 2017)
A security firm hired by the wealthy backers of the Dakota Access Pipeline continued to engage in questionable activities in North Dakota despite lacking a license.

Family from Crow Tribe wins right to pursue lawsuit against federal agent
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Family from Crow Tribe wins right to pursue lawsuit against federal agent (June 27, 2017)
A family from the Crow Tribe is closer to securing some justice for the loss of their loved one in Montana.

Mark Trahant: Dakota Access decision offers a chance to return to respect
Law | Opinion
Mark Trahant: Dakota Access decision offers a chance to return to respect (June 16, 2017)
The federal court decision could start a new chapter in the DAPL saga, beginning with dropping prosecution of water protectors.

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.

Peter d'Errico: Defending tribal sovereignty in the post-DAPL era
Opinion
Peter d'Errico: Defending tribal sovereignty in the post-DAPL era (June 6, 2017)
The defense of Native sovereignty demands more than an understanding of federal Indian law, writes Peter d'Errico in Indian Country Media Network.

Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs
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Budget document details cuts slated for Bureau of Indian Affairs (June 5, 2017)
The Trump administration has finally released the 'greenbook' for the Bureau of Indian Affairs although few are happy to be reading it.

Miami Nation citizen takes top law enforcement post at Interior
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Miami Nation citizen takes top law enforcement post at Interior (May 31, 2017)
Darren Cruzan, a long-time Bureau of Indian Affairs employee, has take on a new law enforcement role at the Department of the Interior.

Lawmakers dug deep to help North Dakota with #NoDAPL response
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Lawmakers dug deep to help North Dakota with #NoDAPL response (May 19, 2017)
A $15 million appropriation funds a program that is open to states, but not tribal governments.

Albert Bender: Police slaughter of Red and Black people rages unabated
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Albert Bender: Police slaughter of Red and Black people rages unabated (May 18, 2017)
We don’t know who will be the next victim, but what we do know is that there will be more victims.

Ruth Hopkins: Americans left with $15M bill for Dakota Access Pipeline's 'private army'
Opinion
Ruth Hopkins: Americans left with $15M bill for Dakota Access Pipeline's 'private army' (May 17, 2017)
Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) added monies to the Department of Justice’s budget for FY 2017 to reimburse North Dakota for incurred costs.

Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation opens public safety complex
Law
Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation opens public safety complex (May 10, 2017)
The North Dakota-based tribe financed the $17.2 million facility with mineral royalties and taxes.

Bureau of Indian Affairs pays tribute to fallen tribal police officers
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Bureau of Indian Affairs pays tribute to fallen tribal police officers (May 2, 2017)
Three names are being added to the Indian Country Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in New Mexico.

Gary DuBois: Tribal spirit saved lives during 1992 Los Angeles riots
Opinion
Gary DuBois: Tribal spirit saved lives during 1992 Los Angeles riots (May 1, 2017)
25 years later, one Native guardsmen at the epicenter of the LA Riots recalls how a tribal sense of community helped settle the unrest

Albert Bender: Navajo family still waiting on justice for loved one
Opinion
Albert Bender: Navajo family still waiting on justice for loved one (April 27, 2017)
Where is Justice for slain Navajo mother, Loreal Tsingine?

Police use tear gas and rubber bullets at indigenous protest in Brazil
World
Police use tear gas and rubber bullets at indigenous protest in Brazil (April 26, 2017)
An estimated 2,000 to 3,000 people took part in the protest in the nation's capital city.

Cronkite News: Donald Trump seeks to hire thousands of border officers
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Cronkite News: Donald Trump seeks to hire thousands of border officers (April 26, 2017)
A Trump administration plan to hire thousands of border and immigration officers has advocates concerned about corruption and misconduct.

Navajo Nation citizen faces death penalty for murder of tribal officer
Law
Navajo Nation citizen faces death penalty for murder of tribal officer (April 21, 2017)
Historically, the tribe has opposed capital punishment but views have changed in recent years in response to certain cases.

Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Citizen retires after 50 years in law enforcement
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Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribal Tribune: Citizen retires after 50 years in law enforcement (April 19, 2017)
Harvey Pratt is considered one of the leading forensic artists in the United States, spending 50 years completing thousands of witness description drawings and thousands of soft tissue reconstructions.

Cronkite News: Attorney General Sessions links sanctuary cities to gangs
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Cronkite News: Attorney General Sessions links sanctuary cities to gangs (April 19, 2017)
Attorney General Jeff Sessions repeated criticisms of sanctuary cities, calling them a threat to U.S. safety that “dangerously undermine” efforts to stop transnational criminal gangs.

Secretary Zinke committed to addressing 'heart-breaking' crimes against Native women and girls
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Secretary Zinke committed to addressing 'heart-breaking' crimes against Native women and girls (April 18, 2017)
The Department of the Interior is part of a new law enforcement group aimed at increasing collaboration and coordination in Indian Country.

Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Looking at racism through some new eyes
Opinion
Elizabeth Cook-Lynn: Looking at racism through some new eyes (April 18, 2017)
So, we are concerned about racism in Rapid City, South Dakota?

Karl Jageris: Working together to address the crisis at Pine Ridge
Law | Opinion
Karl Jageris: Working together to address the crisis at Pine Ridge (April 12, 2017)
The reality is that the Pine Ridge Reservation and Rapid City aren’t separate communities anymore.

Tim Giago: Deaths of Indian homeless in Rapid City still unresolved
Opinion
Tim Giago: Deaths of Indian homeless in Rapid City still unresolved (April 3, 2017)
It started in May of 1998. Bodies began to show up in or near Rapid City Creek.

Muckleshoot Tribe still seeking answers for fatal shooting by officers
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Muckleshoot Tribe still seeking answers for fatal shooting by officers (March 22, 2017)
Renee Davis, a 23-year-old mother, was shot and killed by deputies from King's County in Washington.

Murder charge filed for fatal shooting of Navajo Nation police officer
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Murder charge filed for fatal shooting of Navajo Nation police officer (March 22, 2017)
Houston James Largo, 27, was fatally shot while responding to a domestic violence call on the New Mexico portion of the reservation.

Navajo Nation pays tribute to slain officer with suspect in custody
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Navajo Nation pays tribute to slain officer with suspect in custody (March 17, 2017)
Houston Largo, 27, had only been on the force for five years but was remembered as someone who always went beyond the call of duty.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights takes up racism in South Dakota
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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights takes up racism in South Dakota (March 14, 2017)
The South Dakota Advisory Committee will be discussing the 'subtle effects of racism' on March 24 in Aberdeen.

Navajo Nation mourning loss of police officer killed in line of duty
Law
Navajo Nation mourning loss of police officer killed in line of duty (March 13, 2017)
Houston James Largo, 27, was shot while responding to a domestic violence call on the New Mexico portion of the reservation.

Native Sun News Today: Water protectors take Dakota Access fight to D.C.
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Native Sun News Today: Water protectors take Dakota Access fight to D.C. (March 9, 2017)
With throngs headed to Washington, D.C., journalists received an answer to their plea to drop court claims against colleagues who were arrested for covering the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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.

Native Sun News Today: City debates options for mental health services
Health | National
Native Sun News Today: City debates options for mental health services (March 2, 2017)
South Dakota’s criminalizing of mentally ill patients has become a topic of discussion in Rapid City, South Dakota.

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