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More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian CountryFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country (04/19)
Of the four federal agencies that investigate or prosecute human trafficking, three aren't required to confirm whether a victim is Native American.
Native Sun News Today: Rise in violent crime seen on Pine Ridge ReservationFiled Under: Law | National
Native Sun News Today: Rise in violent crime seen on Pine Ridge Reservation (04/13)
More gun violence erupted over the weekend on the Pine Ridge Indian reservation just days after tribal, state and federal officers met to talk about combining efforts to curb gun violence on the reservation.
Native Sun News Today: Trump prosecutor purge fails to affect South DakotaFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Native Sun News Today: Trump prosecutor purge fails to affect South Dakota (03/28)
The new U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions abruptly ousted 46 remaining U.S. Attorneys appointed by President Barack Obama.
Navajo Nation mourning loss of police officer killed in line of dutyFiled Under: Law
Navajo Nation mourning loss of police officer killed in line of duty (03/13)
Houston James Largo, 27, was shot while responding to a domestic violence call on the New Mexico portion of the reservation.
Guilty pleas for murder and assault charges on Crow ReservationFiled Under: Law
Guilty pleas for murder and assault charges on Crow Reservation (03/08)
A non-Indian man admitted he shot and killed a Crow couple and shot and wounded the couple's daughter.
Miami Nation handles reburial of remains stolen from burial siteFiled Under: Environment
Miami Nation handles reburial of remains stolen from burial site (03/03)
The first criminal enforcement of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act in southern Ohio led to indictments against four people.
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-IndiansFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Donald Trump's Justice pick opposed tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians (01/10)
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama) was forced to admit that he opposed landmark provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.
Paskenta Band hails charges against ex-treasurer and ex-employees for $6M theftFiled Under: Law | Politics
Paskenta Band hails charges against ex-treasurer and ex-employees for $6M theft (01/06)
Federal authorities announced a whopping 69 charges against a former treasurer and two former employees of the California tribe.
Federal authorities investigate shooting deaths on Pine Ridge ReservationFiled Under: Law | National
Federal authorities investigate shooting deaths on Pine Ridge Reservation (10/24)
Chunta Suta Win 'Annie' Colhoff-Poor Bear and Vincent Von Brewer III were killed in separate incidents that some have linked to drug trafficking.
Bureau of Indian Affairs investigates 'sacred' items kept in boxesFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Bureau of Indian Affairs investigates 'sacred' items kept in boxes (10/19)
Tribal leaders sat in shock as a non-Indian witnesses brought out cardboard boxes containing what he said were sacred items.
Eastern Cherokee chief vows cooperation with federal investigationsFiled Under: Law
Eastern Cherokee chief vows cooperation with federal investigations (10/12)
The Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice are looking into the North Carolina tribe.
Opinion: New Mexico tribes join fight against opioid epidemicFiled Under: Health | Law | Opinion
Opinion: New Mexico tribes join fight against opioid epidemic (09/21)
'It doesn’t matter where you live – East Liverpool or Washington D.C., in rural or urban America or Indian country – nearly everyone has been touched by this national epidemic.'
Former housing official for Chehalis Tribe sentenced in fraud caseFiled Under: Law
Former housing official for Chehalis Tribe sentenced in fraud case (09/02)
Hector Canales admitted that he lied about his assets in order to qualify for assistance from the tribe's housing program.
Judge grants warrant for sacred shield stolen from Acoma PuebloFiled Under: Law | National | World
Judge grants warrant for sacred shield stolen from Acoma Pueblo (09/01)
An auction house in France is holding on the ceremonial shield, which was taken from the New Mexico tribe sometime in the 1970s.
Lengthy sentence for murder at historic Eastern Cherokee churchFiled Under: Law
Lengthy sentence for murder at historic Eastern Cherokee church (08/17)
Tribal police helped investigate a crime that led to the 16-year sentence for the death of Tyler Britton Gaddis in March 2015.
California doctor admits stealing 20K Native artifacts from federal landsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
California doctor admits stealing 20K Native artifacts from federal lands (08/17)
Jonathan Bourne took the items -- including some from burial sites -- and kept them in his home.
Muscogee Nation brothers accused of murder in messy jurisdictional caseFiled Under: Law | National
Muscogee Nation brothers accused of murder in messy jurisdictional case (08/09)
The Osage Nation charged Jeremy Reece and Tyler Reece after murder charges in Oklahoma court were dismissed.
Young member of Warm Springs Tribes reaches deal in marijuana caseFiled Under: Education | Law | National | Politics
Young member of Warm Springs Tribes reaches deal in marijuana case (08/05)
Amid widespread attention, federal prosecutors are planning to drop their case against Devontre Thomas, 19.
Native Sun News: Nine former leaders of Winnebago Tribe indictedFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Native Sun News: Nine former leaders of Winnebago Tribe indicted (08/03)
A federal grand jury has indicted nine former Winnebago Tribal Council Members, including former Chairman John Blackhawk, on charges including wire fraud, theft, conspiracy and misapplication of funds.
Federal authorities file warrant for shield stolen from Acoma PuebloFiled Under: Law | National | World
Federal authorities file warrant for shield stolen from Acoma Pueblo (08/02)
The Acoma Pueblo ceremonial shield is being held by an auction house in France that has made millions of dollars by selling tribal items.
Former official admits he kept tribal ancestors in garbage bagsFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Former official admits he kept tribal ancestors in garbage bags (07/12)
Wounds remain open for 20 tribes whose ancestors were illegally removed from the Effigy Mounds National Monument and kept in garbage bags in a top official's garage.
Authorities find no foul play in deaths of young men at Pine RidgeFiled Under: Law | National
Authorities find no foul play in deaths of young men at Pine Ridge (07/08)
Tevin Tyon, 21; Juan LaMont, 24; and Tyrell Wilson, 23, died after their car fell down a ravine, federal and tribal authorities said.
Omaha Tribe cooperates with federal investigation into paymentsFiled Under: Law | National
Omaha Tribe cooperates with federal investigation into payments (06/27)
Several council members and some employees received $389,000 in 'incentive' payments that are now being questioned.
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe warned not to launch marijuana operationFiled Under: Business | Law | National
St. Croix Chippewa Tribe warned not to launch marijuana operation (06/24)
Growing or processing marijuana will lead to federal prosecution, U.S. Attorney John Vaudreuil said.
Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for tribal sovereigntyFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court decision hailed as a victory for tribal sovereignty (06/14)
Native women and their advocates call the unanimous ruling an important step in their quest for justice in Indian Country.
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes threaten disenrollment in murder caseFiled Under: Law
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes threaten disenrollment in murder case (06/03)
The tribal council is calling on witnesses to come forward with information about the murder of Darrel Auck on the Fort Hall Reservation in Idaho.
Former council member from Makah Nation sentenced for theftFiled Under: Law
Former council member from Makah Nation sentenced for theft (05/16)
Ryland Chad Bowechop admitted that he used a tribal credit card for about $30,000 in personal expenses.
Seven accused of defrauding Oglala Sioux Tribe in bond schemeFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Seven accused of defrauding Oglala Sioux Tribe in bond scheme (05/12)
Federal authorities accused the defendants of cheating a tribal corporation and investors of more than $60 million.
Department of Justice accuses city of trespassing on Pueblo landsFiled Under: Law
Department of Justice accuses city of trespassing on Pueblo lands (05/06)
Rights-of-way for water and sewer lines expired in 1994 and 2002 but the city of Espanola, New Mexico, has continued to use the lands without the consent of Santa Clara Pueblo.
Leader of Navajo Nation Council criticizes coverage of girl's deathFiled Under: Law | National
Leader of Navajo Nation Council criticizes coverage of girl's death (05/05)
Speaker LoRenzo Bates said some accounts have included unnecessary details about Ashlynne's tragic passing.
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Reservation plagued by abuse and assault casesFiled Under: Opinion
Vi Waln: Rosebud Sioux Reservation plagued by abuse and assault cases (05/03)
In researching the United States Attorney’s website, I found there have been 11 sexual assault cases brought against men from the Rosebud Reservation since January 2016.
Man in long fight with Shingle Springs Band faces longer sentenceFiled Under: Law
Man in long fight with Shingle Springs Band faces longer sentence (04/28)
Cesar Caballero was sentenced to 60 days in a mail fraud case but never turned himself in. Now he's facing a year in prison.
Supreme Court ready to hear fourth Indian law case on the docketFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Supreme Court ready to hear fourth Indian law case on the docket (04/18)
US v. Bryant will determine whether tribal convictions can be used against offenders who repeatedly abuse American Indian women.
Lending firm accused of stealing $3.5M from Chippewa Cree TribeFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Lending firm accused of stealing $3.5M from Chippewa Cree Tribe (04/13)
The case stems from a long-running investigation into corruption on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana.
Chippewa Cree Tribe yet to emerge from wide-ranging scandalFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Chippewa Cree Tribe yet to emerge from wide-ranging scandal (03/29)
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Montana has uncovered a significant number of crimes on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in the last few years.
North American Inter-Tribal Drug Task Force meets in South DakotaFiled Under: Health | Law | National
North American Inter-Tribal Drug Task Force meets in South Dakota (03/23)
Tribal leaders and federal officials will discuss substance abuse and methamphetamine issues in Indian Country.
Members of Winnebago Tribe call for indictments of ex-leadersFiled Under: Law | Politics
Members of Winnebago Tribe call for indictments of ex-leaders (03/22)
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Attorney’s Office have reportedly conducted interviews on the reservation.
Supreme Court schedules hearing in Indian Country domestic violence caseFiled Under: Law | National
Supreme Court schedules hearing in Indian Country domestic violence case (03/11)
Arguments in US v. Bryant, a case being watched closely by Native women and their advocates, will take place on April 19.
9th Circuit affirms murder conviction on Tohono O'odham NationFiled Under: Law
9th Circuit affirms murder conviction on Tohono O'odham Nation (03/10)
The non-Indian defendant questioned whether the homicide victim was 'Indian' in what the appeals court said was a question of first impression.
Five people charged for selling fraudulent Native artworks in AlaskaFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Law | National
Five people charged for selling fraudulent Native artworks in Alaska (03/07)
In one case, a shop owners allegedly admitted that an item marketed as Native was produced by someone in Cambodia.
Bundy family members finally charged for 2014 armed standoffFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Bundy family members finally charged for 2014 armed standoff (02/18)
Cliven, Ammon and Ryan Bundy and two of their supporters were indicted for taking up arms against federal officers in Nevada.
Armed occupiers dug road and latrine near tribal sites at refugeFiled Under: Environment | Law | National
Armed occupiers dug road and latrine near tribal sites at refuge (02/17)
The trenches were large and at least one of them was found to contain human feces, according to a document filed in federal court.
Stakes raised as Supreme Court weighs domestic violence caseFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Stakes raised as Supreme Court weighs domestic violence case (02/16)
Before the passing of Antonin Scalia, the justices agreed to determine whether tribal court convictions can be used against repeat domestic violence offenders.
Brandon Ecoffey: Marijuana can boost economy on reservationFiled Under: Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Marijuana can boost economy on reservation (02/16)
The fact of the matter is that the people of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation deserve a functioning economy.
Man pleads guilty for dealing meth on Mescalero Apache NationFiled Under: Law
Man pleads guilty for dealing meth on Mescalero Apache Nation (02/11)
Wallace Rice, 23, admitted that he sold .75 grams of the drug to an undercover federal agent.
Miami Nation agrees to forfeit $48M from online lending businessFiled Under: Business | Law | National
Miami Nation agrees to forfeit $48M from online lending business (02/11)
The Oklahoma tribe admitted it acted as a front for Scott Tucker and Timothy Muir, two men charged with running an illegal $2 billion lending enterprise.
Appeal filed in child abuse case on Standing Rock ReservationFiled Under: Law
Appeal filed in child abuse case on Standing Rock Reservation (01/11)
Velnita Jolette Hairy Chin was sentenced to 37 months after she admitted that she abused her infant in June 2015.
Brandon Ecoffey: Still no justice for our people in South DakotaFiled Under: Opinion
Brandon Ecoffey: Still no justice for our people in South Dakota (12/28)
I hope one day the feds see my people as human too.
Ex-US Attorney welcomes review of domestic violence caseFiled Under: Law | National
Ex-US Attorney welcomes review of domestic violence case (12/17)
The U.S. Supreme Court is looking closely at a federal law aimed at protecting Native women from repeat domestic violence offenders.
Dozens charged for dealing meth on Mescalero Apache NationFiled Under: Law | National
Dozens charged for dealing meth on Mescalero Apache Nation (12/14)
Federal authorities said a 51-year-old tribal member named Lorenzo Saenz led the drug trafficking ring on the reservation.
Chippewa Cree Tribe received $420M in federal funds over five yearsFiled Under: Business | Law
Chippewa Cree Tribe received $420M in federal funds over five years (12/03)
Tribal leaders, employees and associates have stolen millions of dollars through various theft, embezzlement and bribery schemes on the reservation.
Lawmakers concerned about late and missing tribal justice reportsFiled Under: Law | National | Politics
Lawmakers concerned about late and missing tribal justice reports (12/03)
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.
Plea deal entered in Chippewa Cree Tribe online lending caseFiled Under: Business | Law
Plea deal entered in Chippewa Cree Tribe online lending case (11/17)
Neal Rosette and Billi Anne Morsette are admitting to bribery, theft and income tax charges and have agreed to repay the tribe a total of $1.2 million.
Former US Attorney backs review of domestic violence caseFiled Under: Law | National
Former US Attorney backs review of domestic violence case (11/13)
The U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to ensure that American Indian and Alaska Native women everywhere are protected from repeat domestic violence offenders.
Former police chief from Swinomish Tribe sentenced for theftFiled Under: Law
Former police chief from Swinomish Tribe sentenced for theft (11/10)
Thomas J. Schlicker admitted that he stole more than $33,000 from the tribe by directing funds to a secret bank account.
New Mexico trio charged for violating Indian Arts and Crafts ActFiled Under: Arts & Entertainment | Law | National | World
New Mexico trio charged for violating Indian Arts and Crafts Act (10/29)
Customers were sold jewelry made by members of the Navajo Nation. The items were really produced in the Philippines.
Woman pleads guilty for stealing $585K from Choctaw NationFiled Under: Law
Woman pleads guilty for stealing $585K from Choctaw Nation (10/16)
Carma Lynn Elliott admitted she stole the money from the Oklahoma tribe over a six-year period beginning in 2005.
Santa Clara Pueblo seeks payments for use of land for utility linesFiled Under: Law
Santa Clara Pueblo seeks payments for use of land for utility lines (10/02)
The city of Espanola admits installing water and sewer lines on the reservation but refuses to pay for the use of the tribe's land.
Judge rejects plea over brutal murder of Yavapai Apache manFiled Under: Law
Judge rejects plea over brutal murder of Yavapai Apache man (09/22)
Dwayne Beauty was 40 years old when he was killed on the reservation in June 2013. A non-Indian man admitted his role in the crime.
Obama settles long-running tribal contract support costs casesFiled Under: Health | Law | National | Politics
Obama settles long-running tribal contract support costs cases (09/17)
A class action lawsuit filed by the Ramah Navajo Chapter, Zuni Pueblo and the Oglala Sioux Tribe has finally been resolved.

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