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Bishop Paiute Tribe can proceed with sovereignty complaint against county
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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.

Tom Cole: Native Americans are a part of our nation's proud heritage
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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
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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.

Mark Trahant: Native Republican Tom Cole won't abandon Donald Trump
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Native Republican Tom Cole won't abandon Donald Trump (October 14, 2016)
When the issues involve tribes, and especially, tribal sovereignty, Tom Cole has been one of the most important members in the history of Congress.

Toni Tsatoke-Mule: Native women are needed now more than ever
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Toni Tsatoke-Mule: Native women are needed now more than ever (October 14, 2016)
Our collective reality, as Native women, is that violence lives alongside many of us.

White House hosts meeting on violence against indigenous women and girls
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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.

Barack Obama: Creating a future worthy for the seven generations
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Barack Obama: Creating a future worthy for the seven generations (September 30, 2016)
'Our country has accomplished so much in the past eight years, and our tribal nations have been central to that progress.'

Republican who goes against tribes credits 'civilization' to White people
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Republican who goes against tribes credits 'civilization' to White people (July 19, 2016)
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) questioned whether non-Whites have contributed to advances in society.

Effort builds for missing and murdered Native women and girls
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Effort builds for missing and murdered Native women and girls (June 29, 2016)
A resolution in Congress seeks to designate May 5, 2017, as the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill
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Senate panel rejects marijuana amendment in tribal jurisdiction bill (June 22, 2016)
Only a handful of tribes have entered the marijuana industry but Sen. James Lankford (R-Oklahoma) wants to punish them by cutting off their federal funds.

Cherokee tribes support Senate bill to expand criminal authority
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Cherokee tribes support Senate bill to expand criminal authority (June 21, 2016)
S.2785, the Tribal Youth and Community Protection Act, recognizes the 'inherent' authority of tribes to arrest, prosecute and sentence any person for drug crimes and domestic violence against children.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs schedules business meeting (June 20, 2016)
Bills to expand tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians, improve law and order in Indian Country and boost tribal participation on federal forest lands are on the agenda.

Native women confront high rates of violence in Indian Country
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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.

Vice President Joe Biden urges early work on Violence Against Women Act
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Vice President Joe Biden urges early work on Violence Against Women Act (June 15, 2016)
Deborah Parker, a former vice chair of the Tulalip Tribes, reminded attendees of the United State of Women Summit not to forget about the first Americans.

Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and men
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Capitol Hill briefing set on violence against Native women and men (June 14, 2016)
A new report from the Department of Justice makes the case for expanding tribal jurisdiction over non-Indians.

Matthew Fletcher: Takeaways from Supreme Court's new decision
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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 sovereignty
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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.

Supreme Court upholds use of tribal convictions in federal system
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Supreme Court upholds use of tribal convictions in federal system (June 13, 2016)
A unanimous decision from the nation's highest court ensures that Native women in all states can be protected by a federal law that was written to address high rates of violence in tribal communities.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch meets with Alaska Native leaders
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Attorney General Loretta Lynch meets with Alaska Native leaders (June 9, 2016)
The marks the start of a new government-to-government relationship between the Department of Justice and Alaska tribes.

Mark Trahant: Tulalip citizen Deborah Parker lands role in crafting Democratic platform
Opinion | Politics
Mark Trahant: Tulalip citizen Deborah Parker lands role in crafting Democratic platform (May 24, 2016)
Deborah Parker, a former vice chairwoman of the Tulalip Tribes, was an early supporter of Bernie Sanders.

Cronkite News: Tribes support efforts to expand criminal authority
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Cronkite News: Tribes support efforts to expand criminal authority (May 19, 2016)
Witnesses at a Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing agreed that giving local authorities the power to pursue prosecutions is the best course

Donald Trump releases list of potential Supreme Court nominees
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Donald Trump releases list of potential Supreme Court nominees (May 18, 2016)
Allison H. Eid doesn't have much of a record on Indian issues at the Colorado Supreme Court but her husband is well known for his advocacy efforts.

Fort Peck Tribes in 'crisis mode' over drugs and sex trafficking
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Fort Peck Tribes in 'crisis mode' over drugs and sex trafficking (May 18, 2016)
Chairman Floyd Azure said women and girls on the Montana reservation are selling themselves for drugs.

Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on justice issues
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Senate Committee on Indian Affairs focuses on justice issues (May 17, 2016)
Two landmark tribal justice laws have made a significant impact in Indian Country in the last six years and key members of Congress are looking to build on those gains.

Kevin Washburn: Empower tribes to prosecute reservation crime
Law | Opinion
Kevin Washburn: Empower tribes to prosecute reservation crime (May 11, 2016)
The remnants of colonization are strong. It will take years to undo. But the solution to this problem is tribal self-governance.

Tribes to finally see funding to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians
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Tribes to finally see funding to exercise jurisdiction over non-Indians (May 9, 2016)
The Department of Justice is accepting applications for a program that was authorized by the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.

Nottawaseppi Huron Band to prosecute non-Indians under VAWA
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Nottawaseppi Huron Band to prosecute non-Indians under VAWA (May 5, 2016)
The Michigan tribe adopted a domestic violence code in March to comply with the federal law.

Study confirms high rate of violence against Native women and men
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Study confirms high rate of violence against Native women and men (May 5, 2016)
The Department of Justice is making the case for restoring tribal jurisdiction with data that confirms Native women and Native men are more likely to be victimized by non-Natives.

Jennifer Denetdale: Navajo Nation commission examines gender violence
Opinion
Jennifer Denetdale: Navajo Nation commission examines gender violence (May 5, 2016)
Violence on tribal nations has its roots in colonization and it has taken new forms under capitalism and neoliberalism.

Supreme Court case prompts spirited defense of tribal judiciary systems
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Supreme Court case prompts spirited defense of tribal judiciary systems (April 19, 2016)
A brief that tried to raise doubts about courts in Indian Country is being called an attack on sovereignty and self-determination.

Bill in Senate expands tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders
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Bill in Senate expands tribal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders (April 14, 2016)
The Tribal Youth and Community Protection Act recognizes the 'inherent authority' of tribes to arrest and prosecute any person for drug related crimes, domestic violence against children and crimes committed against tribal law enforcement officers.

Mary Annette Pember: Missing and murdered Indian women go forgotten
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Mary Annette Pember: Missing and murdered Indian women go forgotten (April 14, 2016)
In a three-part series, Mary Annette Pember reports on the thousands of indigenous women who have gone missing or who have been murdered in the United States and Canada.

Mark Trahant: Chase Iron Eyes launches campaign for Congress
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Mark Trahant: Chase Iron Eyes launches campaign for Congress (April 4, 2016)
Chase Iron Eyes is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, a founder of Last Real Indians and an attorney for the Lakota People’s Law Project.

Capitol Hill briefing on Violence Against Women Act in Indian Country
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Capitol Hill briefing on Violence Against Women Act in Indian Country (February 22, 2016)
The 2013 reauthorization of the law recognizes the 'inherent power' of tribes to arrest, prosecute and punish non-Indians for certain domestic violence offenses.

Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders campaign starts Indian policy group
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Mark Trahant: Bernie Sanders campaign starts Indian policy group (February 5, 2016)
Nicole Willis, a member of the Umatilla Tribes, just joined the Democratic candidate's campaign as an advisor.

Cherokee Nation working to prosecute non-Indians under VAWA
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Cherokee Nation working to prosecute non-Indians under VAWA (January 7, 2016)
The largest tribe in the United States is close to meeting the requirements of the landmark 2013 law, a senior official said.

Supreme Court agrees to review yet another Indian law dispute
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Supreme Court agrees to review yet another Indian law dispute (December 14, 2015)
The justices will determine whether tribal convictions can be used against repeat domestic violence offenders.

Rep. Markwayne Mullin endorses Sen. Marco Rubio for president
Politics
Rep. Markwayne Mullin endorses Sen. Marco Rubio for president (November 23, 2015)
The Republican from Florida has one big mark against him -- he voted against the Violence Against Women Act in 2013.

Senate committee to examine Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010
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Senate committee to examine Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (November 19, 2015)
The law was the first significant Indian Country crime bill enacted by Congress in decades.

DOJ asks Supreme Court to hear Indian domestic violence case
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DOJ asks Supreme Court to hear Indian domestic violence case (November 11, 2015)
The Obama administration is warning that American Indian and Alaska Native women could be terrorized even more unless the justices resolve an issue affecting repeat offenders.

Navajo Nation now requires law degree for top chief justice
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Navajo Nation now requires law degree for top chief justice (November 4, 2015)
The Tribal Law and Order Act and the Violence Against Women Act requires presiding judges with law degrees.

Vice President Joe Biden reflects on triumphs of Obama's Indian policies
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Vice President Joe Biden reflects on triumphs of Obama's Indian policies (October 28, 2015)
A reception for five contemporary Native artists offered a glimpse into the Obama administration's impact in Indian Country.

Tribes still waiting on funds from Violence Against Women Act
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Tribes still waiting on funds from Violence Against Women Act (October 16, 2015)
Alfred Urbina, the attorney general for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, estimated it could cost up to half a million dollars to comply with the law.

Pioneering tribes share experiences with prosecuting non-Indians
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Pioneering tribes share experiences with prosecuting non-Indians (October 7, 2015)
The Tulalip Tribes and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe are finally bringing all domestic violence offenders to justice.

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