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National Museum of the American Indian hosts 'Safety for Our Sisters' symposium
National Museum of the American Indian hosts 'Safety for Our Sisters' symposium (March 21, 2019)

An event in Washington, D.C., will help draw attention to efforts to protect Native women from violence.


Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on public safety at field hearing
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on public safety at field hearing (March 20, 2019)

Tribal, federal and state officials are testifying about public safety and drug enforcement at a field hearing in North Dakota.


'An abomination': Republicans try to strip tribal jurisdiction from Violence Against Women Act
'An abomination': Republicans try to strip tribal jurisdiction from Violence Against Women Act (March 18, 2019)

A bill to renew the Violence Against Women Act is moving forward in a more partisan era, impacting how tribes are able to protect women.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation celebrates the women who make us strong
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation celebrates the women who make us strong (March 4, 2019)

Cherokee Nation is a matrilineal tribe, and reverence for women is deeply rooted in our culture.


Parents of Miccosukee child continue to press lawsuit over removal from hospital
Parents of Miccosukee child continue to press lawsuit over removal from hospital (February 19, 2019)

Citizens and officials of the Miccosukee Tribe are being sued in connection with a child welfare dispute that drew national attention last year.


Cronkite News: Indigenous Peoples March draws thousands to Washington D.C.
Cronkite News: Indigenous Peoples March draws thousands to Washington D.C. (January 21, 2019)

'It was just time,' organizer Kelly Holmes said of the first-ever Indigenous Peoples March in the nation's capital.


Republicans attempt to isolate lawmaker with history of racial statements
Republicans attempt to isolate lawmaker with history of racial statements (January 16, 2019)

Native advocates have long questioned Steve King's priorities. Now Republicans are turning against him.


'Shameful': Congress fails to take action on missing and murdered Indigenous women
'Shameful': Congress fails to take action on missing and murdered Indigenous women (January 10, 2019)

A candlelight vigil will call attention to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and the failure to address what has been called a national crisis.


Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo
Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo (December 7, 2018)

The Violence Against Women Act remains mired in partisan politics but tribes continue to utilize the law to protect their communities.


Mark Trahant: Congress still working on Indian Country funding bill
Mark Trahant: Congress still working on Indian Country funding bill (December 4, 2018)

The spending bill includes Indian Health Service, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education.


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.


Lakota woman remains in critical condition after brutal attack
Lakota woman remains in critical condition after brutal attack (November 13, 2018)

Sheena Between Lodges, 32, came out of a coma after being severely beaten. She remains under close watch in South Dakota.


Lakota woman fighting for her life after brutal beating
Lakota woman fighting for her life after brutal beating (November 9, 2018)

A 32-year-old Lakota woman suffered a traumatic brain injury after being beaten in South Dakota.


Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo
Another tribe asserts authority over non-Indians as VAWA remains in limbo (November 2, 2018)

The Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians is the latest to comply with the Violence Against Women Act, which recognizes the 'inherent' authority of tribes.


Jacqueline Keeler: Tribes are mobilizing to protect and get out the Native vote
Jacqueline Keeler: Tribes are mobilizing to protect and get out the Native vote (October 29, 2018)

Native voters in North and South Dakota embrace the value of their vote since Standing Rock.


'Open letter' with names of Native survivors roils Senate race
'Open letter' with names of Native survivors roils Senate race (October 17, 2018)

A campaign ad featuring the names of survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and rape has Sen. Heidi Heitkamp on the defensive.


Bill planned to address missing and murdered Native women
Bill planned to address missing and murdered Native women (October 11, 2018)

Two lawmakers in Nebraska are working to address the crisis of missing and murdered Native women.


Hearing addresses high rates of violence against Native women
Hearing addresses high rates of violence against Native women (October 4, 2018)

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights will be taking a closer look at violence against Native women.


'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.


'We need action': Native women seek solutions on Capitol Hill
'We need action': Native women seek solutions on Capitol Hill (September 20, 2018)

Native advocates are keeping an eye on efforts to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.


Deleana OtherBull: Native women deserve to be safe
Deleana OtherBull: Native women deserve to be safe (September 18, 2018)

Native women are 10 times more likely to be murdered than any other ethnicity, and Native women face domestic and sexual violence at disproportionately high levels.


Associated Press runs series on 'Missing in Indian Country'
Associated Press runs series on 'Missing in Indian Country' (September 5, 2018)

Indigenous women and girls are going missing and murdered at alarming rates.


Prominent Indian Country attorney reassigned after #MeToo allegations
Prominent Indian Country attorney reassigned after #MeToo allegations (August 31, 2018)

Native women are coming forward with complaints about their treatment at the National Congress of American Indians.


Mark Trahant: John McCain and his legacy in Indian Country
Mark Trahant: John McCain and his legacy in Indian Country (August 27, 2018)

John McCain is remembered as a patriot and a hero by many in Indian Country.


Another Native woman advances in historic year for Native candidates
Another Native woman advances in historic year for Native candidates (August 8, 2018)

Another Native woman is making history after winning her primary for a U.S. Congress seat in Kansas.


'Nine months of looking': Olivia Lone Bear's body recovered on reservation
'Nine months of looking': Olivia Lone Bear's body recovered on reservation (August 6, 2018)

After an agonizing 9-month search, the body of Olivia Lone Bear was found on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.


'Native women can't wait': Bill expands tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians
'Native women can't wait': Bill expands tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians (July 26, 2018)

The Violence Against Women Act will expire in two months unless Congress takes action.


Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect Native women and children
Bill John Baker: Cherokee Nation works to protect Native women and children (June 18, 2018)

Native women suffer from violent crime at some of the highest rates in the United States.


Cronkite News: Tribes are slowly reclaiming authority over their homelands
Cronkite News: Tribes are slowly reclaiming authority over their homelands (May 9, 2018)

For decades, tribal law enforcement had to refer serious crime to federal or state agencies with scant resources – and little interest, critics say – to investigate those crimes.


Tribes confront unique problems in battle against domestic violence
Tribes confront unique problems in battle against domestic violence (April 10, 2018)

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians have had particularly interesting experiences as they hold non-Indians accountable for domestic violence.


Cronkite News: Tribes assert authority in domestic violence cases
Cronkite News: Tribes assert authority in domestic violence cases (March 30, 2018)

A five-year-old law that let Native American tribes prosecute non-Natives in domestic violence cases 'has fundamentally changed the landscape of tribal criminal jurisdiction in the modern era,' according to a new report.


Miccosukee Tribe ties child welfare case to violence against women
Miccosukee Tribe ties child welfare case to violence against women (March 28, 2018)

The Miccosukee Tribe is defending its handling of a child welfare case that has drawn national attention.


Indian Country sees 'real progress' with $1.3 trillion spending bill
Indian Country sees 'real progress' with $1.3 trillion spending bill (March 26, 2018)

Increases for Indian schools, tribal courts, victims of crime and other key initiatives are now law thanks to bipartisan action in Congress.


Mark Trahant: Business as usual in D.C. is good for Indian Country
Mark Trahant: Business as usual in D.C. is good for Indian Country (March 26, 2018)

Federal Indian programs, some of which had been slated for either elimination or deep cuts by the Trump administration, continue on course.


Tribes cite progress since passage of Violence Against Women Act
Tribes cite progress since passage of Violence Against Women Act (March 20, 2018)

Prior to enactment of the Violence Against Women Act of 2013, tribes lacked authority to prosecute non-Indians who abused their partners.


Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill
Leader of National Congress of American Indians slams 'fugitives' bill (February 16, 2018)

A controversial bill is a threat to tribal sovereignty, the leader of the National Congress of American Indians said.


Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle targets 'racist narrative'
Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle targets 'racist narrative' (January 26, 2018)

Mary Kathryn Nagle, an attorney and citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is a campaign to overturn a U.S. Supreme Court decision that limits tribal sovereignty.


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.


Sen. Heitkamp introduces bill to address 'epidemic' of missing and murdered Native women
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
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.


Bishop Paiute Tribe can proceed with sovereignty complaint against county
Bishop Paiute Tribe can proceed with sovereignty complaint against county (July 19, 2017)

The Bishop Paiute Tribe is returning to federal court to face off against a longtime nemesis in California.


Pascua Yaqui Tribe reports first jury conviction of non-Indian offender
Pascua Yaqui Tribe reports first jury conviction of non-Indian offender (May 24, 2017)

A non-Indian man awaits sentencing for an incident involving his wife, a tribal citizen.


Fort Peck Tribes finally gain access to federal criminal databases
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
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
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.


Bill John Baker: Woman play important roles in Cherokee Nation
Bill John Baker: Woman play important roles in Cherokee Nation (March 27, 2017)

Historically, the Cherokee Nation has been a matriarchal society and has always looked to strong women for guidance and leadership


Mark Trahant: Trump set to deliver financial blow to Indian Country
Mark Trahant: Trump set to deliver financial blow to Indian Country (March 1, 2017)

A reminder about what’s at stake from Deborah Parker of the Tulalip Tribes.


Native women push for more action on missing and murdered sisters
Native women push for more action on missing and murdered sisters (February 16, 2017)

Advocates are hoping to build on the pro-tribal provisions of the Violence Against Women Act.


Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocates
Donald Trump's Cabinet grows with more anti-Indian advocates (February 13, 2017)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions won't support tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians while Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price wants to dismantle Obamacare.


Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's Cabinet
Another tribal sovereignty foe advances into Donald Trump's Cabinet (February 2, 2017)

As Oklahoma's attorney general, Scott Pruitt has fought tribes on jurisdiction, immunity and taxation.


Democrats force a delay in vote on President Trump's tribal jurisdiction foe
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.


Tiffany Midge: The new circus is in town and it's headed by Donald Trump
Tiffany Midge: The new circus is in town and it's headed by Donald Trump (January 31, 2017)

Good things are happening in response to the incoming administration.


Mark Trahant: Prepare for tribal budget cuts under President Donald Trump
Mark Trahant: Prepare for tribal budget cuts under President Donald Trump (January 23, 2017)

If this is day one, remember there are fourteen hundred and fifty-nine to go.


Donald Trump's Justice choice leaves door open to fight tribal jurisdiction
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.


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.


Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issues
Donald Trump's Interior pick offers mixed record on Indian issues (December 12, 2016)

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R) fought an off-reservation casino and opposed stronger protections for Native women during her time on Capitol Hill.


Mark Trahant: Trump's pick for Interior poses problems for tribes
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.


Tom Cole: Native Americans are a part of our nation's proud heritage
Tom Cole: Native Americans are a part of our nation's proud heritage (November 14, 2016)

The life and culture of our nation’s Native American tribes are written in nearly every chapter of America’s story.


Top officials take on violence against indigenous women and girls in North America
Top officials take on violence against indigenous women and girls in North America (October 17, 2016)

The first-ever meeting of the North American Working Group on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls took place at the White House.