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Navajo Nation gains access to national criminal data with Obama-era program
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Navajo Nation gains access to national criminal data with Obama-era program (November 21, 2017)
The Navajo Nation has joined the small but growing list of tribes with access to national criminal databases.

Tribal safety measures encounter little resistance from Department of Justice
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Tribal safety measures encounter little resistance from Department of Justice (October 26, 2017)
The last time the Department of Justice went before Congress to discuss Indian issues, the affair didn't go so well.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on public safety measures
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Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on public safety measures (October 24, 2017)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is focusing on public safety with bills to address victim services, human trafficking and missing and murdered women.

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.

Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women
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Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women (October 5, 2017)
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota) is seeking to bring justice to missing and murdered Native women with a new bill named in honor of a citizen of the Spirit Lake Nation who was brutally killed.

Department of Justice announces Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism
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Department of Justice announces Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism (October 3, 2017)
The Trump administration announced another round of Indian Country initiatives after facing criticism on Capitol Hill about its commitments to the first Americans.

Department of Justice invites more tribes to gain access to criminal databases
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Department of Justice invites more tribes to gain access to criminal databases (August 17, 2017)
The Department of Justice is expanding a program that gives tribes access to federal criminal databases.

North Dakota tribal organization passes on #NoDAPL foe with endorsement
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North Dakota tribal organization passes on #NoDAPL foe with endorsement (July 28, 2017)
Despite tribal complaints, Drew Wrigley, who called Dakota Access Pipeline opponents 'unlawful,' appears poised to secure the top federal prosecutor's spot in North Dakota.

Fort Peck Tribes finally gain access to federal criminal databases
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Fort Peck Tribes finally gain access to federal criminal databases (April 19, 2017)
Law enforcement on the reservation in Montana believe the information will help them address drug trafficking and other crimes.

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.

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women hosts summit
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Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women hosts summit (March 29, 2017)
Attendees will focus on ways to address violence against Native women and Native children.

Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians
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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.

Justice Department opens criminal databases to more tribes
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Justice Department opens criminal databases to more tribes (October 26, 2016)
A key provision of the Tribal Law and Order Act is still being implemented by the Obama administration.

Tribes gain access to federal criminal databases with pilot program
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Tribes gain access to federal criminal databases with pilot program (August 2, 2016)
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe pf Arizona will be entering orders of protection and domestic violence criminal convictions into a key national system.

Republican who goes against tribes credits 'civilization' to White people
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Republican who goes against tribes credits 'civilization' to White people (July 19, 2016)
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) questioned whether non-Whites have contributed to advances in society.

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes ask state to give up jurisdictional role
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Shoshone-Bannock Tribes ask state to give up jurisdictional role (July 18, 2016)
The state assumed authority under Public Law 280 more than 50 years ago.

Mille Lacs Band slams county for ending law enforcement deal
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Mille Lacs Band slams county for ending law enforcement deal (June 30, 2016)
The county took offense after the Obama administration sided with the tribe and confirmed that the Mille Lacs Reservation continues to exist.

Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill
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Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill (June 22, 2016)
Only a handful of tribes have entered the marijuana industry but Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) wants to punish them by cutting off their federal funds.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting (June 20, 2016)
Bills to expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians, improve law and order in Indian Country and boost tribal participation on federal forest lands are on the agenda.

Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for tribal sovereignty
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Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for tribal sovereignty (June 14, 2016)
Native women and their advocates call the unanimous ruling an important step in their quest for justice in Indian Country.

Supreme Court upholds use of tribal convictions in federal system
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Supreme Court upholds use of tribal convictions in federal system (June 13, 2016)
A unanimous decision from the nation's highest court ensures that Native women in all states can be protected by a federal law that was written to address high rates of violence in tribal communities.

Crow Tribe demands justice after woman was found badly burned
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Crow Tribe demands justice after woman was found badly burned (June 13, 2016)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Indian Affairs aren't saying much about the brutal attack.

Donald Trump releases list of potential Supreme Court nominees
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Donald Trump releases list of potential Supreme Court nominees (May 18, 2016)
Allison H. Eid doesn't have much of a record on Indian issues at the Colorado Supreme Court but her husband is well known for his advocacy efforts.

Fort Peck Tribes in 'crisis mode' over drugs and sex trafficking
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Fort Peck Tribes in 'crisis mode' over drugs and sex trafficking (May 18, 2016)
Chairman Floyd Azure said women and girls on the Montana reservation are selling themselves for drugs.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on justice issues
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on justice issues (May 17, 2016)
Two landmark tribal justice laws have made a significant impact in Indian Country in the last six years and key members of Congress are looking to build on those gains.

Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on three bills
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Witness list for Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on three bills (May 16, 2016)
The committee will take testimony on bills to expand tribal jurisdiction, reauthorize the Tribal Law and Order Act and address leasing issues for a New Mexico tribe.

Kevin Washburn: Empower tribes to prosecute reservation crime
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Kevin Washburn: Empower tribes to prosecute reservation crime (May 11, 2016)
The remnants of colonization are strong. It will take years to undo. But the solution to this problem is tribal self-governance.

Jennifer Denetdale: Navajo Nation commission examines gender violence
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Jennifer Denetdale: Navajo Nation commission examines gender violence (May 5, 2016)
Violence on tribal nations has its roots in colonization and it has taken new forms under capitalism and neoliberalism.

Supreme Court case prompts spirited defense of tribal judiciary systems
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Supreme Court case prompts spirited defense of tribal judiciary systems (April 19, 2016)
A brief that tried to raise doubts about courts in Indian Country is being called an attack on sovereignty and self-determination.

Senate committee hosts roundtable on Tribal Law and Order Act
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Senate committee hosts roundtable on Tribal Law and Order Act (February 24, 2016)
Three panels will discuss ways to improve justice systems in Indian Country by focusing on law enforcement, courts and re-entry and recidivism.

Senate committee to host roundtable on Tribal Law and Order Act
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Senate committee to host roundtable on Tribal Law and Order Act (February 8, 2016)
The committee will discuss ways to improve justice systems in Indian Country.

Meskwaki Tribe moves closer to removing state from jurisdiction
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Meskwaki Tribe moves closer to removing state from jurisdiction (January 21, 2016)
The state of Iowa could relinquish authority over crimes committed by tribal members on the Meskwaki Settlement.

Mille Lacs Band kept outsiders from State of the Band address
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Mille Lacs Band kept outsiders from State of the Band address (January 13, 2016)
Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin still managed to make news by promising tougher punishments for drugs dealers and gang members under federal law.

Mille Lacs Band hails return of federal jurisdiction on reservation
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Mille Lacs Band hails return of federal jurisdiction on reservation (January 12, 2016)
Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin said the decision will help the tribe combat drugs and gangs.

Tulalip Tribes man sentenced to two years for illegal firearms
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Tulalip Tribes man sentenced to two years for illegal firearms (January 11, 2016)
Raymond Lee Fryberg was able to buy firearms because the tribe's domestic violence protection order was never entered into a national criminal database

Lawmakers concerned about late and missing tribal justice reports
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Lawmakers concerned about late and missing tribal justice reports (December 3, 2015)
The Department of Justice sent an investigation and prosecution report to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee less than one hour before a hearing on the Tribal Law and Order Act.

Witnesses for SCIA hearing on Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010
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Witnesses for SCIA hearing on Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (December 1, 2015)
Three federal officials and one tribal leader will testify about justice systems in Indian Country.

Senate committee to examine Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010
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Senate committee to examine Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (November 19, 2015)
The law was the first significant Indian Country crime bill enacted by Congress in decades.

Tribes to access criminal databases with DOJ pilot project
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Tribes to access criminal databases with DOJ pilot project (November 6, 2015)
The tribes will be gain access to national criminal databases as required by the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.

Navajo Nation now requires law degree for top chief justice
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Navajo Nation now requires law degree for top chief justice (November 4, 2015)
The Tribal Law and Order Act and the Violence Against Women Act requires presiding judges with law degrees.

Tulalip Tribes man convicted for buying guns despite court order
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Tulalip Tribes man convicted for buying guns despite court order (September 30, 2015)
Raymond Lee Fryberg was able to buy firearms because the tribe's domestic violence protection order was never entered into a national criminal database.

Tulalip Tribes man on trial for acquiring guns despite court order
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Tulalip Tribes man on trial for acquiring guns despite court order (September 23, 2015)
Raymond Lee Fryberg was able to buy five firearms because the tribe's domestic violence protection order was never entered into a national criminal database.

Southern Ute Tribe hosts top DOJ officials at crime conference
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Southern Ute Tribe hosts top DOJ officials at crime conference (August 27, 2015)
The 23rd annual Four Corners Indian Country Conference is underway in Colorado.

DOJ moves to implement key part of Tribal Law and Order Act
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DOJ moves to implement key part of Tribal Law and Order Act (August 20, 2015)
Tribes have been seeking access to national criminal information databases for years.

Maine tribes denied seat at table in law enforcement matters
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Maine tribes denied seat at table in law enforcement matters (August 4, 2015)
The state is home to five federally recognized tribes but officials and politicians sometimes act as if they don't exist.

Man from Tulalip Tribes pleads not guilty to new gun charges
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Man from Tulalip Tribes pleads not guilty to new gun charges (July 24, 2015)
Raymond Lee Fryberg Jr allegedly made repeated visits to a store on the reservation and purchased firearms.

DOJ seeks to open criminal databases to tribal governments
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DOJ seeks to open criminal databases to tribal governments (July 17, 2015)
Five years later, a key provision of the Tribal Law and Order Act has not been fully implemented.

Navajo Nation woman sentenced to year for death of daughter
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Navajo Nation woman sentenced to year for death of daughter (July 16, 2015)
The sentence for the death of 2-year-old Kiara Harvey was limited by the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968.

Ambassador Harper discusses violence against indigenous women
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Ambassador Harper discusses violence against indigenous women (July 9, 2015)
Ambassador Keith Harper and former White House aide Jodi Gillette participate in a discussion at the session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

Appropriations bill adds $10M for tribal courts in PL280 states
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Appropriations bill adds $10M for tribal courts in PL280 states (July 1, 2015)
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said the money will help tribes strengthen their justice systems.

Senate votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as next attorney general
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Senate votes to confirm Loretta Lynch as next attorney general (April 24, 2015)
The federal prosecutor from New York is the first African American woman to lead the Department of Justice.

Senate to vote on long-delayed Attorney General nomination
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Senate to vote on long-delayed Attorney General nomination (April 22, 2015)
If confirmed, Loretta Lynch would be the first African American woman to lead the Department of Justice.

Tribes seek access to criminal system in child placement cases
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Tribes seek access to criminal system in child placement cases (April 20, 2015)
The state of Washington will no longer provide criminal background check information to tribes.

Man from Tulalip Tribes enters not guilty plea to firearms charge
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Man from Tulalip Tribes enters not guilty plea to firearms charge (April 17, 2015)
Raymond Lee Fryberg is accused of unlawfully acquiring five firearms, including the one used in a fatal school shooting last October.

County still lacks record of order in Tulalip Tribes domestic case
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County still lacks record of order in Tulalip Tribes domestic case (April 8, 2015)
The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 was supposed to address sharing of tribal data but the law has not been fully implemented.

Tribal courts seek greater access to state and federal systems
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Tribal courts seek greater access to state and federal systems (April 6, 2015)
Tribes can access the National Instant Criminal Background Check System but can't submit data despite the requirements in the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010.

Tribes in Maine face opposition to jurisdiction over non-Indians
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Tribes in Maine face opposition to jurisdiction over non-Indians (February 24, 2015)
Attorney General Janet Mills claims the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 does not apply to tribes in the state.

Bill requires law degree to join Navajo Nation Supreme Court
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Bill requires law degree to join Navajo Nation Supreme Court (February 3, 2015)
The change could enable the court to exercise expanded authority under the Tribal Law and Order Act and the Violence Against Women Act.

Attorney General Eric Holder to step down after six-year tenure
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Attorney General Eric Holder to step down after six-year tenure (September 26, 2014)
From the Cobell settlement to tribal jurisdiction provisions in the Violence Against Women Act, the Department of Justice led a dramatic shift in the federal-Indian relationship.

Interview with Sarah Deer about violence against Native women
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Interview with Sarah Deer about violence against Native women (September 24, 2014)
Mary Hudetz interviews attorney and professor Sarah Deer about her work to prevent violence against Native women.

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