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Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Protecting tribal sovereignty and tribal communities
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Protecting tribal sovereignty and tribal communities (October 31, 2019)

Combatting the opioid crisis in Indian Country has been an uphill battle.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Putting an end to the opioid epidemic
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Putting an end to the opioid epidemic (September 30, 2019)

On average, 130 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose.


Native American communities, hard hit by the opioid crisis, seek innovative solutions
Native American communities, hard hit by the opioid crisis, seek innovative solutions (September 25, 2019)

Native American advocates are seeking more funding and new ways to tackle the opioid crisis in Indian Country as overdose death rates continue to rise.


Pete Buttigieg touts health care plans as benefit for Indian Country
Pete Buttigieg touts health care plans as benefit for Indian Country (August 23, 2019)

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg didn't attend a historic Native forum like several others but he's still reaching out to Native voters.


Presidential candidates focus on Native issues at historic forum
Presidential candidates focus on Native issues at historic forum (August 20, 2019)

Democratic presidential candidates are reaching out to Native voters at a historic forum in one of the most critical states in the 2020 campaign.


Cronkite News: Deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide are growing
Cronkite News: Deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide are growing (August 19, 2019)

Deaths of despair – the catchall name for deaths from drug overdoses, alcohol and suicide – have seen 'alarming' increases across the country since 2005.


Cronkite News: 'Radical harm reduction collective provides critical service
Cronkite News: 'Radical harm reduction collective provides critical service (August 7, 2019)

While the debate around clean needle exchange programs continues, one organization works in a legal gray area to help stop the spread of disease.


White Earth Nation chooses new leader after passing of chairman
White Earth Nation chooses new leader after passing of chairman (August 5, 2019)

Voters of the White Earth Nation are going to the polls to elect a new chairman.


Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe dispels rumors about treatment facility
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe dispels rumors about treatment facility (July 31, 2019)

The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe plans to open a $20 million medication-assisted treatment facility, provided it can overcome local opposition.


Rodney Bordeaux: Rosebud Sioux Tribe must address harmful drugs
Rodney Bordeaux: Rosebud Sioux Tribe must address harmful drugs (July 26, 2019)

The time for action is now! Our children and families depend on it.


Recap: Opening day of 10th annual National Tribal Health Summit
Recap: Opening day of 10th annual National Tribal Health Summit (May 13, 2019)

More than 600 tribal health leaders are attending the 10th annual annual National Tribal Public Health Summit.


Bay Mills Indian Community files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers
Bay Mills Indian Community files lawsuit against opioid manufacturers (April 23, 2019)

The opioid crisis has hit Indian Country hard, with high rates of addiction, overdoses and deaths been seen across the nation.


Amy Goodman: Tribes fight the invisible crisis of opioids in their communities
Amy Goodman: Tribes fight the invisible crisis of opioids in their communities (April 12, 2019)

Drug overdoses among rural Native Americans and Native Alaskans increased by 519 percent, more than twice the national average.


Montana Free Press: Urban Indian provider helped man get back on track
Montana Free Press: Urban Indian provider helped man get back on track (April 8, 2019)

Jason McNees benefited from services provided by the Helena Indian Alliance. Now he's helping others.


Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior
Trump nominee inches closer to top spot at Department of the Interior (April 4, 2019)

The Trump administration has been one policy disaster after another, according to tribal leaders, and it's about to get even more rocky at the Department of the Interior.


Cronkite News: Opioid treatment options limited for rural residents
Cronkite News: Opioid treatment options limited for rural residents (April 3, 2019)

Fighting opioid addiction always is tough, but it’s even tougher for rural residents who live miles from treatment clinics.


Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Bipartisan bill expands successful health program
Rep. Markwayne Mullin: Bipartisan bill expands successful health program (March 25, 2019)

A pilot program that has provided assistance for those in need of mental and addiction care runs out of funding at the end of the month.


Chairman of Red Lake Nation schedules annual State of the Band Address
Chairman of Red Lake Nation schedules annual State of the Band Address (January 24, 2019)

Chairman Darrell G. Seki, Sr. will provide his annual address to the Red Lake Nation on February 22.


Mary Annette Pember: Opioid crisis affects mothers and newborns in Indian Country
Mary Annette Pember: Opioid crisis affects mothers and newborns in Indian Country (October 17, 2018)

Inadequate funding for the Indian Health Service hinders treatment and addiction programs for expecting mothers in tribal communities.


'Fake News!': Tribe swept up in Trump administration's law and order push
'Fake News!': Tribe swept up in Trump administration's law and order push (October 2, 2018)

The Trump administration is more than happy to promote drug busts in Indian Country but one tribe is striking back.


Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation sue opioid manufacturers
Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation sue opioid manufacturers (August 6, 2018)

The Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation are the latest to sue opioid manufacturers for the drug crisis in Indian Country.


U.S. Attorney: Substance abuse on the rise in Indian Country
U.S. Attorney: Substance abuse on the rise in Indian Country (June 27, 2018)

Tribal communities have been hit particularly hard by drugs, including opioids and methamphetamine.


High Country News: Tribes are taking the lead in battle against opioids
High Country News: Tribes are taking the lead in battle against opioids (May 9, 2018)

Native communities have been flooded with prescription pain pills.


Navajo Nation joins parade of tribal lawsuits targeting opioid industry
Navajo Nation joins parade of tribal lawsuits targeting opioid industry (April 11, 2018)

What started off as a single lawsuit has turned into a full-blown movement in Indian Country against the opioid industry.


Indian Country sees 'real progress' with $1.3 trillion spending bill
Indian Country sees 'real progress' with $1.3 trillion spending bill (March 26, 2018)

Increases for Indian schools, tribal courts, victims of crime and other key initiatives are now law thanks to bipartisan action in Congress.


Cronkite News: Tribes hit hard by opioid crisis but federal support remains elusive
Cronkite News: Tribes hit hard by opioid crisis but federal support remains elusive (March 20, 2018)

The opioid crisis has hit rural Native Americans significantly harder than any group in the nation, and the problem may be even worse because of racial misclassification on death certificates.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs convenes hearing on opioids
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs convenes hearing on opioids (March 14, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is once again tackling the opioid crisis in tribal communities


Tribes sound alarms about rise in heroin overdose cases in Wisconsin
Tribes sound alarms about rise in heroin overdose cases in Wisconsin (March 6, 2018)

Two tribes are warning their citizens about recent overdoes from heroin in northern Wisconsin.


Indian Health Service budget promises funding for opioid epidemic
Indian Health Service budget promises funding for opioid epidemic (February 13, 2018)

Among the few bright spots for Indian Country within President Donald Trump’s proposed budget is a $413 million increase for the Indian Health Service.


Indian Health Service enters another year without permanent leader
Indian Health Service enters another year without permanent leader (January 25, 2018)

New leadership is coming to the Department of Health and Human Services but it's not for one of the most important positions in Indian Country.


Tribes continue battles against drug companies amid a setback in court
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.


Cherokee Nation seeks to hold drug companies accountable for opioid epidemic
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.


Choctaw Nation citizen taking oath of office as top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma
Choctaw Nation citizen taking oath of office as top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma (December 12, 2017)

A ceremonial swearing-in is taking place for R. Trent Shores, a citizen of the Choctaw Nation who serves as the U.S. Attorney for Northern Oklahoma.


Bad River Band declares 'emergency' to address substance abuse on reservation
Bad River Band declares 'emergency' to address substance abuse on reservation (November 8, 2017)

According to Chairperson Robert Blanchard, the Bad River Band has seen a rise in opioid, heroin and methamphetamine addiction.


YES! Magazine: President Trump's war on opioid abuse won't work for the nation
YES! Magazine: President Trump's war on opioid abuse won't work for the nation (November 2, 2017)

More compassionate drug policy reforms in California have resulted in a drug death rate 40 percent below the national average.