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Court weighs whether Border Patrol can be sued in Mexican teens’ deaths
Court weighs whether Border Patrol can be sued in Mexican teens’ deaths (November 19, 2019)

U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared split on whether the family of a Mexican teen who was shot across the border and killed by a Border Patrol agent in Texas can sue the agent.


Shoshone-Bannock Tribes win regulatory case on hazardous waste storage
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes win regulatory case on hazardous waste storage (November 18, 2019)

The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are in a long-running dispute with a non-Indian company that refuses to pay for the storage of hazardous waste.


Another tribal homelands bill on the agenda in a heated political era
Another tribal homelands bill on the agenda in a heated political era (November 6, 2019)

Partisan presidential politics are affecting Indian Country's legislative agenda.


Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity
Supreme Court opens new term with little new Indian law activity (October 9, 2019)

So what's going on with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation case? No one knows.


Court stays execution of Navajo man to hear claim of possible jury bias
Court stays execution of Navajo man to hear claim of possible jury bias (October 9, 2019)

A divided appeals court has stayed the scheduled execution of Navajo citizen Lezmond Mitchell, who is the only Native American on federal death row.


Rosemont copper mine suffers another setback in decade of legal battles
Rosemont copper mine suffers another setback in decade of legal battles (September 3, 2019)

A copper mine opposed by the Tohono O’odham Nation, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Hopi Tribe has hit another snag.


Cupeño Indians being 'terminated' a century after being evicted from homelands
Cupeño Indians being 'terminated' a century after being evicted from homelands (August 8, 2019)

The Cupeño people survived near genocide and forced removal. They may not be able to overcome disenrollment and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


More 2020 presidential candidates line up for historic Native issues forum
More 2020 presidential candidates line up for historic Native issues forum (August 6, 2019)

The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum continues to grow as more Democratic candidates reach out to Native voters early in the 2020 election cycle.


Cronkite News: Environmental groups lose challenge to tribal coal mine
Cronkite News: Environmental groups lose challenge to tribal coal mine (July 31, 2019)

Sovereign immunity has protected a coal mine owned by the Navajo Nation from being sued without the tribe's consent.


Cronkite News: President Trump declares 'big victory' on border wall
Cronkite News: President Trump declares 'big victory' on border wall (July 30, 2019)

Advocates will continue to fight the use of federal funds for the construction of a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.


Cronkite News: Trump administration sets execution date for Navajo inmate
Cronkite News: Trump administration sets execution date for Navajo inmate (July 26, 2019)

Lezmond Mitchell, the only Native American on federal death row, is being put to death on December 11, 2019, according to the Department of Justice.


Cronkite News: Salt River man wins reprieve from life prison sentence
Cronkite News: Salt River man wins reprieve from life prison sentence (July 11, 2019)

Riley Briones, Jr. was only 17 years old when he was accused of leading a gang that 'terrorized' the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.


Cronkite News: Supreme Court set to rule on high-profile death penalty case
Cronkite News: Supreme Court set to rule on high-profile death penalty case (July 8, 2019)

There is no question that James McKinney murdered two people in 1991. But should he be put to death for it?


YES! Magazine: Youth hope for trial in climate change lawsuit
YES! Magazine: Youth hope for trial in climate change lawsuit (June 24, 2019)

Despite continued court delays, confidence remains high among the young people -- including Native youth -- suing the government for its support of fossil fuels.


Montana Free Press: Appeals court reverses Keystone XL injunction
Montana Free Press: Appeals court reverses Keystone XL injunction (June 19, 2019)

The fight against the long-delayed Keystone XL Pipeline is far from over despite a recent setback in the courts.


Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case
Supreme Court affirms sovereignty doctrine as wait continues in tribal case (June 18, 2019)

It only took 194 days for the Supreme Court to issue one sovereignty decision. Where's the other one?


'Not welcome': Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe bars Keystone XL workers from reservation
'Not welcome': Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe bars Keystone XL workers from reservation (June 12, 2019)

The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe is sending a strong but simple message to the developers of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case
Supreme Court passes on more Indian law petitions as decision looms in big case (June 11, 2019)

After a blockbuster season in which tribal treaties have been front and center, it looks like the Supreme Court is taking a little break from Indian Country.


Cronkite News: Supreme Court agrees to hear border shooting case
Cronkite News: Supreme Court agrees to hear border shooting case (June 11, 2019)

A 15-year-old Mexican teen was shot and killed in 'cold-blooded murder' by a border patrol agent, his family told the U.S. Supreme Court.


'Seeds of resistance': Ponca corn planted in path of Keystone XL Pipeline
'Seeds of resistance': Ponca corn planted in path of Keystone XL Pipeline (June 10, 2019)

As a light rain turned the soil beneath their feet soft, water protectors and farmers stepped forward from a long line and dropped corn seeds on Ponca land in Nebraska.


Cronkite News: Native youth aim to hold U.S. accountable for climate change
Cronkite News: Native youth aim to hold U.S. accountable for climate change (June 7, 2019)

Can the government be sued for climate change? Native youth are hoping they can.


Harold Frazier: Keystone XL Pipeline threatens treaty territory
Harold Frazier: Keystone XL Pipeline threatens treaty territory (June 7, 2019)

This land is not the land of the free, ask any Indian.


Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision
Indian Country endures another long wait for Supreme Court decision (June 4, 2019)

It's been more than six months since oral arguments in a closely-watched tribal case but who's counting?


Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon
Tribes back bill to ban new uranium mining around Grand Canyon (June 4, 2019)

Fresh off one policy strike against the Trump administration, tribes and Democrats in Congress are looking to score another.


Cronkite News: Groups score win in effort to protect California condors
Cronkite News: Groups score win in effort to protect California condors (May 31, 2019)

Environmental groups are trying to ban the use of lead shot out of concern for endangered California condors.


Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket
Supreme Court enters final stretch with no new Indian law cases on docket (May 28, 2019)

It looks like Indian Country can rest easy for now, with no new cases added to the U.S. Supreme Court's docket.


A 'monster': Outrage over Indian Health Service doctor convicted of abuse
A 'monster': Outrage over Indian Health Service doctor convicted of abuse (May 1, 2019)

A former Indian Health Service pediatrician who was convicted of sexual abuse and awaits trial on more charges continues to cause headaches for the beleaguered agency.


Cronkite News: Convicted of racial profiling, Trump ally vows to keep fighting
Cronkite News: Convicted of racial profiling, Trump ally vows to keep fighting (April 30, 2019)

'The battle continues, I am not surrendering,' disgraced sheriff Joe Arpaio said.


Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket
Indian Country awaits outcome of final cases on Supreme Court docket (April 15, 2019)

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation's sovereign boundaries and the Crow Tribe's treaty rights are at stake before the highest court in the land.


Makah Nation once again asks for approval to exercise treaty whale hunting rights
Makah Nation once again asks for approval to exercise treaty whale hunting rights (April 4, 2019)

The Makah Nation is the only tribe with a treaty-guaranteed right to hunt whales but hasn't been able to exercise those rights in 20 years.


'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny
'Institutional and systemic breakdown' at Indian Health Service under scrutiny (March 26, 2019)

An Indian Health Service pediatrician abused young patients on two reservations for years without being held accountable.


Supreme Court upholds law denying bail to some undocumented immigrants
Supreme Court upholds law denying bail to some undocumented immigrants (March 20, 2019)

Undocumented immigrants can be held without bail, possibly years after they have committed a deportable crime.


Mark Trahant: Divided Congress gives President Trump a mixed victory
Mark Trahant: Divided Congress gives President Trump a mixed victory (February 27, 2019)

Congress sent a message to the White House by rebuking Donald Trump's border emergency while confirming a judge opposed by tribes.


Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court
Democrats warn of 'termination of tribal nations' as Trump nominee lands spot on key court (February 26, 2019)

Democrats are sounding the alarm after Republicans confirmed a Trump nominee for a lifetime spot on a key federal appeals court despite Indian Country's objections.


AUDIO: Sen. Maria Cantwell on Trump nominee and tribal sovereignty
AUDIO: Sen. Maria Cantwell on Trump nominee and tribal sovereignty (February 26, 2019)

A Trump nominee who has repeatedly advocated against tribal interests is up for a lifetime appointment to a key federal appeals court.


Swinomish Tribe prepares for appeals court hearing in oil train lawsuit
Swinomish Tribe prepares for appeals court hearing in oil train lawsuit (January 24, 2019)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will be hearing arguments in a dispute between the Swinomish Tribe and rail company in Washington state.


Cronkite News: New trial ordered for woman with history of being abused
Cronkite News: New trial ordered for woman with history of being abused (January 14, 2019)

A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial for an Arizona woman, saying she was wrongly denied the chance to present evidence of battered woman syndrome.


Cronkite News: Havasupai Tribe wins ruling in uranium mining dispute
Cronkite News: Havasupai Tribe wins ruling in uranium mining dispute (November 1, 2018)

The Havasupai Tribe and environmental advocates will be able to challenge an existing uranium mine near the Grand Canyon.


Cronkite News: Trump nominee defends Indian law record at nearly empty hearing
Cronkite News: Trump nominee defends Indian law record at nearly empty hearing (October 30, 2018)

One of President Trump's court nominees tried to dispel concerns about his record on tribal law, saying his previous work did not reflect how he would rule as a judge.


Tribal officials, Democrats push back on 9th Circuit judicial nominee
Tribal officials, Democrats push back on 9th Circuit judicial nominee (October 23, 2018)

The National Congress of American Indians and the Native American Rights Fund are opposing one of President Trump's judicial nominees.


Trump ally still trying to clear his name in racial profiling case
Trump ally still trying to clear his name in racial profiling case (October 11, 2018)

A controversial county sheriff who was convicted of racial profiling plans to take his case to the Supreme Court.


Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases
Supreme Court gains new member as Trump's shadow looms large in Indian cases (October 9, 2018)

Opposition in Indian Country wasn't enough to derail President Trump's controversial nominee to the Supreme Court.


Tulalip Tribes lose decision in closely-watched dual taxation case
Tulalip Tribes lose decision in closely-watched dual taxation case (October 5, 2018)

Should states and counties be able to tax businesses in Indian Country? One federal judge says yes.


'The best news we've heard': Uranium mining ban at Grand Canyon stands
'The best news we've heard': Uranium mining ban at Grand Canyon stands (October 2, 2018)

The Supreme Court has let stand an Obama-era moratorium on new uranium mines on about 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon.


Supreme Court takes up Indian law petitions amid major controversy
Supreme Court takes up Indian law petitions amid major controversy (September 24, 2018)

With a high-stakes nomination in doubt, the Supreme Court is preparing for a term that's already going to be a busy one for tribal interests.


Disenfranchising Native Americans: Court divided on voting law in Arizona
Disenfranchising Native Americans: Court divided on voting law in Arizona (September 13, 2018)

Arizona has a long history of discriminating against Native voters. A new law may help those efforts.


Chippewa Cree Tribe loses bid to silence whistleblower
Chippewa Cree Tribe loses bid to silence whistleblower (August 21, 2018)

The Chippewa Cree Tribe remains on the hook for nearly $650,000 for retaliating against a former chairman who blew the whistle on corruption.


Gila River Indian Community denied funds for tribal veterans
Gila River Indian Community denied funds for tribal veterans (August 17, 2018)

The Department of Veterans Affairs does not have to reimburse the Gila River Indian Community for services provided to tribal veterans.


Yakama Nation business loses treaty claim in taxation case
Yakama Nation business loses treaty claim in taxation case (August 14, 2018)

A tobacco manufacturer on the Yakama Nation is on the hook for almost $58 million in federal taxes after losing a treaty rights case.


Appeals court won't rule on challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act
Appeals court won't rule on challenge to Indian Child Welfare Act (August 7, 2018)

A federal appeals court has turned away a closely-watched conservative challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act.


A 'banana republic' no more? Nooksack Tribe claims turnaround on disenrollment drama
A 'banana republic' no more? Nooksack Tribe claims turnaround on disenrollment drama (August 7, 2018)

The Nooksack Tribe is claiming victory in a long-running disenrollment dispute after a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a group of ousted citizens.


'Repeated bad-faith violations': Appeals court affirms racial profiling ruling
'Repeated bad-faith violations': Appeals court affirms racial profiling ruling (August 1, 2018)

Racial profiling under former sheriff Joe Arpaio continues to haunt a county in Arizona.


'Egregious' and 'reckless': Court rebukes immigration raid of business
'Egregious' and 'reckless': Court rebukes immigration raid of business (July 27, 2018)

A federal appeals court overturned immigration violations against an Arizona business, saying the investigation was sparked by an illegal raid.


Alaska in focus at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on subsistence
Alaska in focus at Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on subsistence (June 19, 2018)

The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs is focusing on Native subsistence just as the Supreme Court takes up a case with potential impacts.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on subsistence
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on subsistence (June 18, 2018)

Key members of Congress are taking a look a subsistence, just a week after tribes scored an unusual victory in a treaty rights case.


Treaty tribes score unusual victory in closely-watched Supreme Court case
Treaty tribes score unusual victory in closely-watched Supreme Court case (June 11, 2018)

A closely-watched treaty rights case has resulted in victory for tribes but the nation's highest court was so divided that it was unable to reach a decision.


Cronkite News: Former sheriff pardoned by Trump seeks to clear conviction
Cronkite News: Former sheriff pardoned by Trump seeks to clear conviction (April 19, 2018)

A controversial former sheriff who targeted Native people and other minorities is trying to clear his record.


Tribal lenders worried about 'mixed signals' from Trump administration
Tribal lenders worried about 'mixed signals' from Trump administration (April 12, 2018)

Tribal lenders cheered when the Trump administration started taking the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in a new direction but an appeal is generating some concerns.


Nooksack Tribe scores as Trump administration recognizes council
Nooksack Tribe scores as Trump administration recognizes council (March 12, 2018)

A year after being called out by the Trump administration, the Nooksack Tribe has won recognition of its leadership amid a long-running disenrollment dispute.


Tribal elders prepare appeal in bulldozing of burial grounds in Oregon
Tribal elders prepare appeal in bulldozing of burial grounds in Oregon (March 5, 2018)

Three tribal elders are planning an appeal in order to hold the federal government accountable for bulldozing a sacred site in Oregon.