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'Vindication and justice': Paskenta Band hails guilty pleas in major theft case
'Vindication and justice': Paskenta Band hails guilty pleas in major theft case (August 15, 2019)

Members of a once powerful family of the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians admitted to stealing nearly $5 million from their tribe.


Former chief of Muscogee (Creek) Nation indicted for bribery
Former chief of Muscogee (Creek) Nation indicted for bribery (August 15, 2019)

George Tiger is being accused of soliciting and accepting bribes while working for the Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town.


Trump 'superfan' who claimed false ties to Seminole Tribe sentenced for domestic terrorism
Trump 'superfan' who claimed false ties to Seminole Tribe sentenced for domestic terrorism (August 5, 2019)

A Donald Trump 'superfan' who falsely claimed he was connected to the Seminole Tribe was sentenced to 20 years for mailing pipe bombs to critics of the president.


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.


Ramapough Lenape Nation sees some support from Trump administration
Ramapough Lenape Nation sees some support from Trump administration (April 22, 2019)

The Ramapough Lenape Nation is fighting for its right to use ancestral land for ceremonies and other purposes.


All charges dropped in road rage homicide case at Ohkay Owingeh
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All charges dropped in road rage homicide case at Ohkay Owingeh (April 12, 2019)

Federal prosecutors concluded they could not secure a conviction 'beyond a reasonable doubt' in the death of 53-year-old Phillip Glock.


'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.


Former police officer won't face charges for death of Native man
Former police officer won't face charges for death of Native man (March 1, 2019)

Zachary Bear Heels, 29, died after being repeatedly shocked and punched by police officers in Nebraska.


Lakota mother seeks justice for son shot to death by tribal officer
Lakota mother seeks justice for son shot to death by tribal officer (January 29, 2019)

Jamie Lee Brave Heart was shot and killed by an Oglala Sioux police officer on June 3, 2016.


Pueblo of Acoma reclaims sacred items with help of federal authorities
Pueblo of Acoma reclaims sacred items with help of federal authorities (December 19, 2018)

The Pueblo of Acoma celebrated the return of sacred objects and other items of cultural patrimony that were stolen from the tribe.


High Country News: It's business as usual for crime on tribal lands
High Country News: It's business as usual for crime on tribal lands (November 29, 2018)

Federal prosecutors in Indian Country declined a third of referred cases in 2017, a quarter of which were sexual assault cases.


Trump administration argues against tribal sovereignty in Supreme Court case
Trump administration argues against tribal sovereignty in Supreme Court case (November 27, 2018)

The Trump administration's disjointed treatment of Indian Country was on full display as Native American Heritage Month came to a close.


Supreme Court set for major showdown in tribal sovereignty case
Supreme Court set for major showdown in tribal sovereignty case (October 11, 2018)

Oral arguments in a closely-watched reservation boundary case take place on November 27.


'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case
'All-out assault': Battle brews in Supreme Court sovereignty case (September 27, 2018)

Tribes across the nation, advocates for Native women and a bipartisan group of former federal prosecutors are taking a stand in one of the most consequential Supreme Court cases in recent history.


Trump administration takes credit for increase in tribal safety grants
Trump administration takes credit for increase in tribal safety grants (September 20, 2018)

The Trump team is touting a tribal set-aside in the national Crime Victims Fund despite having little to do with it.


Three sentenced for roles in murder on Winnebago Reservation
Three sentenced for roles in murder on Winnebago Reservation (September 10, 2018)

Three tribal citizens have been sentenced for the murder of a 32-year-old man on the Winnebago Reservation in Nebraska.


Omaha Tribe theft case results in guilty pleas from all defendants
Omaha Tribe theft case results in guilty pleas from all defendants (September 10, 2018)

Nine people have admitted they misused health care funds that were provided to Omaha Tribe.


Indian activist known for anti-mascot work sentenced for theft
Indian activist known for anti-mascot work sentenced for theft (August 30, 2018)

The former head of the American Indian Education Center will serve four months in prison for stealing $77,000 in federal funds.


'We're never going to heal': Crow family upset after killer goes released
'We're never going to heal': Crow family upset after killer goes released (August 23, 2018)

A citizen of the Crow Tribe who murdered his uncle and assaulted a former partner has been released from prison.


News reports link Rep. Markwayne Mullin to indicted member of Congress
News reports link Rep. Markwayne Mullin to indicted member of Congress (August 8, 2018)

A criminal indictment of a fellow lawmaker is putting Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Oklahoma), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, back in the news.


Red Fawn Fallis won't appeal sentence for #NoDAPL incident
Red Fawn Fallis won't appeal sentence for #NoDAPL incident (July 24, 2018)

Water protector Red Fawn Fallis is due to spend another three years behind bars for a non-fatal gun incident in North Dakota.


Federal authorities seized more than $1 million in property in Winnebago raid
Federal authorities seized more than $1 million in property in Winnebago raid (July 19, 2018)

The economic development arm of the Winnebago Tribe stands to lose more than $1 million in property thanks to the federal government.


Red Fawn Fallis sentenced to nearly five years for #NoDAPL incident
Red Fawn Fallis sentenced to nearly five years for #NoDAPL incident (July 13, 2018)

A non-fatal gun incident will keep Dakota Access Pipeline opponent Red Fawn Fallis in federal prison.


Community on Navajo Nation terrorized by 'Red Skin Kingz' gang
Community on Navajo Nation terrorized by 'Red Skin Kingz' gang (July 6, 2018)

The leaders of the Red Skin Kingz, a violent gang on the Navajo Nation, were finally brought to justice after years of brutal crimes.


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.


Prosecutors drop charges in fatal stabbing on Northern Cheyenne Reservation
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Prosecutors drop charges in fatal stabbing on Northern Cheyenne Reservation (June 26, 2018)

Federal prosecutors have dropped charges in connection with a fatal stabbing on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation in Montana.


Indian activist known for anti-mascot work pleads guilty to theft
Indian activist known for anti-mascot work pleads guilty to theft (May 17, 2018)

Apache activist Robert Roche, who appeared in an iconic photo confronting a baseball fan, faces prison time for stealing federal funds.


Choctaw citizen leads Native committee at Department of Justice
Choctaw citizen leads Native committee at Department of Justice (February 8, 2018)

R. Trent Shores, a Choctaw Nation citizen who serves as a top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma, has taken on a new leadership role within the Trump administration.


Red Fawn Fallis enters guilty plea for #NoDAPL gun shooting incident
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Red Fawn Fallis enters guilty plea for #NoDAPL gun shooting incident (January 23, 2018)

Red Fawn Fallis, a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, is facing a prison term for firing a gun during the #NoDAPL protests in North Dakota.


Omaha Tribe leaders and former leaders headed to trials for theft of federal funds
Omaha Tribe leaders and former leaders headed to trials for theft of federal funds (December 15, 2017)

Eight current and former leaders of the Omaha Tribe are headed to trials in connection with the theft of federal health funds.


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.


Tribal safety measures encounter little resistance from Department of Justice
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.


Department of Justice opens civil rights investigation into Charlottesville death
Department of Justice opens civil rights investigation into Charlottesville death (August 14, 2017)

Federal authorities have opened a 'civil rights investigation' into the death of a woman at a White supremacist rally as President Donald Trump continues to face questions about his handling of the incident.


Oglala Sioux Tribe secures restitution for funds stolen by former district official
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Oglala Sioux Tribe secures restitution for funds stolen by former district official (August 11, 2017)

A former district official who stole funds from the Oglala Sioux Tribe has agreed to pay $2,500 in restitution.


Navajo Nation citizen sentenced to life in prison for murdering 11-year-old girl
Navajo Nation citizen sentenced to life in prison for murdering 11-year-old girl (August 2, 2017)

A citizen of the Navajo Nation was sentenced to life in federal prison after pleading guilty for the murder of an 11-year-old girl.


North Dakota tribal organization passes on #NoDAPL foe with endorsement
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.


Critic of #NoDAPL movement under consideration for U.S. Attorney post
Critic of #NoDAPL movement under consideration for U.S. Attorney post (July 25, 2017)

Former North Dakota lieutenant governor Drew Wrigley accused everyone at the #NoDAPL encampment of engaging in an 'unlawful' protest.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on human trafficking
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules hearing on human trafficking (July 17, 2017)

According to the Government Accountability Office, federal agencies are failing to collect data on Native trafficking victims.


Hobby Lobby agrees to $3M fine for importing thousands of artifacts
Hobby Lobby agrees to $3M fine for importing thousands of artifacts (July 6, 2017)

According to federal authorities, Hobby Lobby purchased more than 5,500 clay artifacts from dealers in the Middle East but did not confirm whether the items had been properly acquired.


Federal judge confirms land within reservation in New Mexico is Indian Country
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Federal judge confirms land within reservation in New Mexico is Indian Country (June 6, 2017)

A tribal citizen who was convicted of second-degree murder was rightfully prosecuted in federal court, a federal judge in New Mexico has concluded.


Chippewa Cree Tribe set to recover $2.5M from online lending firm
Chippewa Cree Tribe set to recover $2.5M from online lending firm (May 4, 2017)

The guilty pleas are the latest to emerge from a wide-ranging corruption investigation on the Rocky Boy's Reservation in Montana.


Prosecutors announce charges against 15 for trafficking of eagles
Prosecutors announce charges against 15 for trafficking of eagles (May 2, 2017)

Operation Dakota Flyer was a two-year, undercover investigation that could lead to even more charges.


More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country
More data needed to address human trafficking in Indian Country (April 19, 2017)

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 Reservation
Native Sun News Today: Rise in violent crime seen on Pine Ridge Reservation (April 13, 2017)

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 Dakota
Native Sun News Today: Trump prosecutor purge fails to affect South Dakota (March 28, 2017)

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 duty
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Navajo Nation mourning loss of police officer killed in line of duty (March 13, 2017)

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 Reservation
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Guilty pleas for murder and assault charges on Crow Reservation (March 8, 2017)

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 site
Miami Nation handles reburial of remains stolen from burial site (March 3, 2017)

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-Indians
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.


Paskenta Band hails charges against ex-treasurer and ex-employees for $6M theft
Paskenta Band hails charges against ex-treasurer and ex-employees for $6M theft (January 6, 2017)

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 Reservation
Federal authorities investigate shooting deaths on Pine Ridge Reservation (October 24, 2016)

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 boxes
Bureau of Indian Affairs investigates 'sacred' items kept in boxes (October 19, 2016)

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 investigations
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Eastern Cherokee chief vows cooperation with federal investigations (October 12, 2016)

The Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Justice are looking into the North Carolina tribe.


Opinion: New Mexico tribes join fight against opioid epidemic
Opinion: New Mexico tribes join fight against opioid epidemic (September 21, 2016)

'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 case
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Former housing official for Chehalis Tribe sentenced in fraud case (September 2, 2016)

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 Pueblo
Judge grants warrant for sacred shield stolen from Acoma Pueblo (September 1, 2016)

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 church
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Lengthy sentence for murder at historic Eastern Cherokee church (August 17, 2016)

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 lands
California doctor admits stealing 20K Native artifacts from federal lands (August 17, 2016)

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 case
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.


Young member of Warm Springs Tribes reaches deal in marijuana case
Young member of Warm Springs Tribes reaches deal in marijuana case (August 5, 2016)

Amid widespread attention, federal prosecutors are planning to drop their case against Devontre Thomas, 19.