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Cherokee Nation blames pharmaceutical industry for opioid crisisFiled Under: 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.
Navajo Nation prevails in dispute over self-determination contractFiled Under: Law | Trust
Navajo Nation prevails in dispute over self-determination contract (April 4, 2017)
The tribe sought $17 million to fund its judicial branch but the Bureau of Indian Affairs awarded only $1.3 million.
Trump administration calls out Nooksack Tribe for 'abuses of power'Filed Under: Law | National | Politics
Trump administration calls out Nooksack Tribe for 'abuses of power' (April 4, 2017)
A dispute tied to the ouster of more than 300 people from the rolls is simmering in federal court.
Harold Monteau: Tribal governments are abusing their own peopleFiled Under: Law | Opinion | Politics
Harold Monteau: Tribal governments are abusing their own people (March 23, 2017)
Recent corruption and Civil Rights abuse of Indians means an Indian Civil Rights Act refresher may be needed.
Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foeFiled Under: 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 offensesFiled Under: 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 jurisdictionFiled Under: 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.
Lakota Country Times: Bureau of Indian Affairs seizes Oglala citizen's cattle againFiled Under: Law | National
Lakota Country Times: Bureau of Indian Affairs seizes Oglala citizen's cattle again (December 15, 2016)
One Oglala Lakota rancher believes that his right to due process has been undermined by the Bureau of Indian Affairs' refusal to adhere to a tribal court ruling.
Mark Trahant: Trump's pick for Interior poses problems for tribesFiled Under: 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.
Bureau of Indian Affairs rebuffs Nooksack Tribe on disenrollmentFiled Under: National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs rebuffs Nooksack Tribe on disenrollment (November 17, 2016)
Despite warnings from the federal agency, the tribe has started removing more than 300 people from the rolls.
Gabe Galanda: Every tribe should be troubled by disenrollmentsFiled Under: Opinion
Gabe Galanda: Every tribe should be troubled by disenrollments (November 17, 2016)
'The disenrollment club is one club you don’t want your tribe to join.'
Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll 306 after holding referendumFiled Under: Law | National
Nooksack Tribe moves to disenroll 306 after holding referendum (November 10, 2016)
The referendum came after the Bureau of Indian Affairs said it would not recognize any actions taken by the tribal council due to a lack of a quorum.
Grand Ronde Tribes seek new judges after losing disenrollment disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Grand Ronde Tribes seek new judges after losing disenrollment dispute (November 8, 2016)
The Oregon tribe is replacing three judges whose last ruling put an end to a long-running disenrollment dispute.
Shingle Springs Band asserts jurisdiction in child welfare disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Shingle Springs Band asserts jurisdiction in child welfare dispute (October 31, 2016)
Another Indian Child Welfare Act battle is brewing in California.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe removes members amid per cap issuesFiled Under: Law | National
Saginaw Chippewa Tribe removes members amid per cap issues (October 20, 2016)
The Michigan tribe earlier this year lowered the annual payment to $60,000 for most adults.
Bureau of Indian Affairs questions Nooksack Tribe's governmentFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs questions Nooksack Tribe's government (October 18, 2016)
The agency won't recognize any actions taken by the council, a decision that affects a disenrollment dispute on the reservation.
Nooksack Tribe creates new court and puts chairman in chargeFiled Under: Law | National
Nooksack Tribe creates new court and puts chairman in charge (October 14, 2016)
Chief Justice Bob Kelly is reviewing a disenrollment lawsuit in which he is named as a defendant.
White House hosts meeting on violence against indigenous women and girlsFiled Under: 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.
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe fires judges after boy's deathFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe fires judges after boy's death (October 7, 2016)
Justice for a little boy, who in two years of life experienced more tragic events than many experience in a life time, is happening on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Descendants of treaty signer back on rolls of Grand Ronde TribesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Descendants of treaty signer back on rolls of Grand Ronde Tribes (October 6, 2016)
A dispute that helped draw nationwide attention to the disenrollment epidemic in Indian Country has resulted in victory.
Grand Ronde Tribes yet to add descendants of chief back to rollFiled Under: Law | National
Grand Ronde Tribes yet to add descendants of chief back to roll (September 20, 2016)
The 86 descendants of Chief Tumulth won a major tribal court case more than a month ago.
Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux Tribe wins sovereignty caseFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Lakota Country Times: Rosebud Sioux Tribe wins sovereignty case (September 15, 2016)
A ruling from the South Dakota Supreme Court has reaffirmed the authority of the Rosebud Sioux Tribal Court and recognized the sovereignty of the Sicangu Nation.
Eastern Cherokee group loses lawsuit over pay raise for councilFiled Under: Law | Politics
Eastern Cherokee group loses lawsuit over pay raise for council (September 14, 2016)
Members of the North Carolina tribe's council gave themselves $10,600 raises and made them retroactive.
United Keetoowah Band readies for council election in NovemberFiled Under: Politics
United Keetoowah Band readies for council election in November (August 31, 2016)
Former chief George Wickliffe, who was impeached in May, is seeking to get his seat back.
Native Sun News: Pine Ridge mother charged in beating death of 2-year-old sonFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News: Pine Ridge mother charged in beating death of 2-year-old son (August 26, 2016)
The family of Kylen T. Shangreaux, 2, whose lifeless body was found battered and bruised, would like to see changes in the way child custody cases are handled in tribal court.
Former Navajo Nation lawmakers sentenced for misuse of fundsFiled Under: Law | Politics
Former Navajo Nation lawmakers sentenced for misuse of funds (August 25, 2016)
The tribe's special prosecutor alleged misuse of $843,535 in funds that were doled to lawmakers and their family members.
Navajo Nation wants Mormon Church abuse lawsuit to stay in tribal courtFiled Under: 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.
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe ordered to reinstate five ousted membersFiled Under: Law | National
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe ordered to reinstate five ousted members (August 17, 2016)
The disenrollment effort violated 'basic tenets of justice and fairness,' a tribal court judge ruled.
Opinion: Court project sees success in protecting Native survivorsFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Opinion: Court project sees success in protecting Native survivors (August 15, 2016)
On any given day the Family Justice Center in downtown Minneapolis is filled with individuals seeking help for domestic violence.
Leader of Grand Ronde Tribes appears to concede loss in disenrollment caseFiled Under: Law | National
Leader of Grand Ronde Tribes appears to concede loss in disenrollment case (August 9, 2016)
The descendants of a chief who signed a tribal treaty won a landmark ruling in a case that has attracted national attention.
Muscogee Nation brothers accused of murder in messy jurisdictional caseFiled Under: Law | National
Muscogee Nation brothers accused of murder in messy jurisdictional case (August 9, 2016)
The Osage Nation charged Jeremy Reece and Tyler Reece after murder charges in Oklahoma court were dismissed.
Grand Ronde disenrollment dispute takes new turn with court rulingFiled Under: Law | National
Grand Ronde disenrollment dispute takes new turn with court ruling (August 8, 2016)
The descendants of a chief who signed an 1855 treaty are celebrating but the tribe's leader is already raising questions about the new decision.
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe defends effort to remove five from rollsFiled Under: Law | National
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe defends effort to remove five from rolls (August 5, 2016)
A judge heard arguments from both sides of the dispute on July 25 and a decision is expected shortly.
Tribes gain access to federal criminal databases with pilot programFiled Under: Law | National
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.
Ousted chief of United Keetoowah Band loses bid for reinstatementFiled Under: Law | Politics
Ousted chief of United Keetoowah Band loses bid for reinstatement (August 2, 2016)
But George Wickliffe will be able to run for office again after a tribal judge ruled in his favor.
Nooksack Tribe ignores court orders as disenrollment dispute stallsFiled Under: Law | National
Nooksack Tribe ignores court orders as disenrollment dispute stalls (August 1, 2016)
Chairman Bob Kelly said the Nooksack Tribal Court of Appeals can't tell the tribe what to do.
Naomi Schaefer Riley: Tribal justice systems trample on rights of their own peopleFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Naomi Schaefer Riley: Tribal justice systems trample on rights of their own people (July 11, 2016)
The justice system on many reservations is a disaster thanks to our desire to respect 'tribal sovereignty.'
Mississippi Choctaw chief sues council over new personnel policyFiled Under: Law | Politics
Mississippi Choctaw chief sues council over new personnel policy (July 8, 2016)
Chief Phyliss Anderson contends the new policy interferes with the executive branch's authority.
Hualapai Tribe wins dismissal of lawsuit by former business partnerFiled Under: Business | Law
Hualapai Tribe wins dismissal of lawsuit by former business partner (July 7, 2016)
A judge in Arizona determine that proceeding with the lawsuit would violate the tribe's sovereignty.
Lakota Country Times: Senate committee approves tribal justice billFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Lakota Country Times: Senate committee approves tribal justice bill (July 6, 2016)
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed a bill that could strengthen the ability of tribal courts to hold offenders accountable.
Richard Peterson: A new era of tribal-state cooperation in Alaska Filed Under: Law | Opinion | Politics
Richard Peterson: A new era of tribal-state cooperation in Alaska (June 29, 2016)
Whether you’re a mom, dad, or grandparent, state and tribal programs can now work together in a spirit of cooperation to help make child support a reliable source of income for children.
Navajo Nation leaders reflect on historic Supreme Court sessionFiled Under: Education | Law | National | Politics
Navajo Nation leaders reflect on historic Supreme Court session (June 28, 2016)
Tribal leaders hailed positive outcomes on tribal court jurisdiction, domestic violence and affirmative action.
Native women hail Supreme Court decision on domestic violenceFiled Under: Law | National
Native women hail Supreme Court decision on domestic violence (June 28, 2016)
The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center submitted a brief in defense of a federal law that bars domestic violence offenders from possessing firearms.
Supreme Court puts an end to another tribal jurisdiction disputeFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Supreme Court puts an end to another tribal jurisdiction dispute (June 28, 2016)
A case that Indian Country all but forgot was disposed by the nation's highest court without comment after a lengthy delay.
Opinion: Supreme Court exposes Indian people to federal powersFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Opinion: Supreme Court exposes Indian people to federal powers (June 27, 2016)
Federal prosecutors are now licensed to target Indians – and only Indians – who faced prosecution without assistance of counsel in tribal court proceedings.
Tribes rest easy as Supreme Court wraps up a surprising sessionFiled Under: Law | National
Tribes rest easy as Supreme Court wraps up a surprising session (June 24, 2016)
With four Indian law case on the docket, tribes were preparing for the worst.
Federal charges filed in kidnapping of girl on Fort Peck ReservationFiled Under: Law
Federal charges filed in kidnapping of girl on Fort Peck Reservation (June 24, 2016)
John William Lieba II is charged with one count of kidnapping, one count of aggravated sexual abuse and assault resulting in serious bodily injury.
Matthew Fletcher: A 'huge win' for Mississippi Choctaw court systemFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Matthew Fletcher: A 'huge win' for Mississippi Choctaw court system (June 23, 2016)
Huge win for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians tribal court and most especially for the family of John Doe.
Supreme Court deadlocks in closely-watched tribal jurisdiction caseFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Supreme Court deadlocks in closely-watched tribal jurisdiction case (June 23, 2016)
Dollar General must now answer to a lawsuit filed in the courts of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
Anti-Indian figure appears in segment on tribal court jurisdictionFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Law | National | Politics
Anti-Indian figure appears in segment on tribal court jurisdiction (June 21, 2016)
Indian Country isn't the only one paying attention to a tribal jurisdiction case that's pending before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Supreme Court enters final stretch of historic yet unusual termFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court enters final stretch of historic yet unusual term (June 20, 2016)
A record four Indian law cases were on the docket and tribes are still waiting for a decision a closely-watched jurisdiction dispute.
Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian CountryFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country (June 17, 2016)
Key members of Congress vowed to support an expansion of tribal jurisdiction after a new report exposed the extent of the crisis.
Supreme Court still holding onto ruling in tribal jurisdiction caseFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court still holding onto ruling in tribal jurisdiction case (June 16, 2016)
With the nation's highest court down to just eight members, the justices appear to be unable to come to a clear consensus in the closely-watched dispute.
Noah Feldman: Supreme Court puts more Indian people in federal prisonFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Noah Feldman: Supreme Court puts more Indian people in federal prison (June 16, 2016)
The bottom line is therefore that the federal law is likely to lead to more Native Americans ending up in federal prisons – without having had the benefits of legal representation when they were convicted of the underlying crimes that helped put them there.
Matthew Fletcher: Takeaways from Supreme Court's new decisionFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Matthew Fletcher: Takeaways from Supreme Court's new decision (June 14, 2016)
Professor Matthew Fletcher analyzes the U.S. Supreme Court decision in US v. Bryant, an Indian Country domestic violence case.
Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for tribal sovereigntyFiled Under: Law | National
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.
Dominique Alan Fenton: Tribal citizens go without lawyers in courtFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Dominique Alan Fenton: Tribal citizens go without lawyers in court (June 14, 2016)
Native Americans who live on more than 300 federal reservations are afforded rights outlined in the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968, but the scope of indigent representation is left for tribes to determine.
Turtle Talk: Tribes caught off guard by new background check lawFiled Under: Law | Opinion
Turtle Talk: Tribes caught off guard by new background check law (June 14, 2016)
The Native American Children's Safety Act may turn out to be a law with drastic unintended consequences.
Mary Annette Pember: Rosebud Sioux Tribe battles meth epidemicFiled Under: Law | National
Mary Annette Pember: Rosebud Sioux Tribe battles meth epidemic (June 13, 2016)
Despite the Rosebud Sioux tribe’s’ best efforts to offer meth specific treatment programs both inside jail and out, addicts have a high relapse rate.
Long wait continues for decision in tribal court jurisdiction disputeFiled Under: Law | National
Long wait continues for decision in tribal court jurisdiction dispute (June 13, 2016)
It's been 189 days since the Supreme Court heard arguments in Dollar General Corporation v. Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.

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