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Indiana Gaming

article Audit: Money for Indiana veterans was spent on child care, casino retreats (4/24/2019)
(Indiana) -- State auditors have found that an Indiana veterans affairs agency may have misspent nearly $775,000 in federal welfare funds. The spending at the Indiana...
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MMIW

article MMIWarriors: Women confront violence (4/24/2019)
(Montana) -- The violence that brutalizes Indigenous people at epidemic levels was recently confronted by a group of women on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning....
article Hanna's Act clears final hurdle in Legislature (4/23/2019)
(Montana) -- A bill known as Hanna’s Act to help efforts to find missing persons survived a legislative roller coaster and passed its third reading Tuesday with a...
article For sexual assault victims, it's a struggle to just get evidence collected (4/19/2019)
(Washington) -- U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) is pushing for more resources for survivors of sexual assault. For the third time, she's sponsoring a bill to...
article Walkers raise awareness of missing, murdered Native women (4/19/2019)
(Montana) -- A University of Montana student is walking 80 miles (about 130 kilometers) across the Flathead Indian Reservation to raise awareness about missing and...
article Missing and murdered Indigenous women's inquiry wages court fight for RCMP files (4/15/2019)
(British Columbia) -- The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is fighting in court for access to two RCMP files the national police force is...
article Native American Women Are Facing a Crisis (4/12/2019)
(Indian Country) -- Native American women and girls are facing an epidemic of violence that is hiding in plain sight. They are being killed or trafficked at rates far...
article Concert to raise awareness for MMIW at Minot State (4/12/2019)
(North Dakota) -- The topic of missing and murdered indigenous women isn't specific to North Dakota, but it does have a strong connection here.
article 15-year-old Native American girl reported missing in Polson (4/12/2019)
(Montana) -- A 15-year-old Native American girl has been reported missing in Lake County. According to the Montana Missing Persons Clearinghouse, Whisper Littleowl-...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

St. Croix Chippewa

article St. Croix Chippewa's hemp consultant did prison time for drug dealing before big casino payout (4/24/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- The St. Croix Chippewa tribe paid a hemp consultant who did a decade in prison on drug charges more than $300,000 and also paid for his flights to Hawaii...
article Tribal members cited for misappropriation of gaming revenues; St. Croix Chippewa (4/24/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Federal investigators have cited members of the St. Croix Band of Chippewa with 527 violations of federal tribal gaming laws, according to a report from...
article St. Croix Chippewa accused of misusing $1.5M from casino's gaming revenue (4/23/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Several council members and the chair of a northern Wisconsin tribe are accused of violating federal Indian gaming laws. The National Indian Gaming...
article St. Croix Chippewa Accused of Embezzling (4/22/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Several council members and the chair of a northern Wisconsin tribe are accused of violating federal Indian gaming laws. The National Indian Gaming...
article St. Croix Chippewa Indian Tribe of Wisconsin accused of embezzling $1.5M from casino (4/22/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- According to federal regulators, tribal leaders of the St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin pocketed a minimum of $1.5 million in casino funds or used...
article St. Croix Chippewa Tribe accused of numerous violations of gaming laws (4/22/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- The St. Croix Chippewa Indians are facing millions of dollars in fines and penalties for allegedly violating gaming laws at the tribe's casinos in...
article Tribal officials charged with misappropriation of funds (4/22/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Federal investigators have cited members of the St. Croix Band of Chippewa with 527 violations of federal tribal gaming laws, according to a report from...
article St. Croix Chippewa Indians May Face Federal Inquiry after Allegations Involving $1.5M of Casino Funds (4/21/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- St. Croix Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin risk paying up to $27 million in fines after audits claim more than $1.5 million of tribal casino money was...
article St. Croix Chippewa Accused Of Embezzling $1.5M From Casino's Gaming Revenue (4/20/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Several council members and the chair of a northern Wisconsin tribe are accused of violating federal Indian gaming laws. The National Indian Gaming...
article St. Croix Chippewa misspent at least $1.5 million in casino cash, regulators say (4/19/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- At least $1.5 million in casino funds were pocketed by St. Croix Chippewa tribal leaders, or used for a variety of expenses including trips to Hawaii and...
article Wisconsin tribe accused of embezzling $1.5M from casino (4/19/2019)
(Wisconsin) -- Federal gaming regulators are accusing St. Croix Chippewa tribal leaders of pocketing at least $1.5 million in casino funds with little or no...
11 Total Articles on this Issue

Arizona Gaming

article Man sentenced for casino robbery (4/23/2019)
(Arizona) -- On April 15, Ryan Pearson, 32, of Payson, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Susan M. Brnovich to five years in prison followed by three years of...
article Man sentenced to prison after stealing $650,000 from Mazatal Casino in Payson, Arizona (4/18/2019)
(Arizona) -- A Payson man was sentenced to five years in prison for last year's armed robbery of $650,000 at Mazatal Casino, according to federal officials. Ryan...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Colorado River Indian Tribes

article ‘Warn the people you love;’ couple raises awareness of drugs and violence on the CRIT reservation (4/23/2019)
(Arizona) -- Raymond Meza and Phyllis Rayes Robledo are two people on a mission. They want to end the substance abuse and violence that plague the Colorado River Indian...
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Omaha Tribe

article Walthill church says they're being vandalized (4/23/2019)
(Nebraska) -- Light of the World Gospel Ministries said they have been struggling for five years to build a new church in the town of Walthill. That's located on the...
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Opioid Crisis

article 2 men plead guilty to dealing heroin in case that left 2 dead on northern Minnesota reservation (4/23/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Two men have pleaded guilty to heroin distribution on a northern Minnesota Indian reservation in a case that also involves a shooting that killed two...
article California man sentenced for trafficking oxycodone on Rocky Boys Reservation (4/19/2019)
(Montana) -- A California man who admitted supplying prescription pain pills for distribution on the Rocky Boys Indian Reservation was sentenced on April 18 to 92 months...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Peggy Flanagan

article ‘Invisible’ American Indian women say they need help to stop sexual violence (4/23/2019)
(Minnesota) -- “We are statistically insignificant.” That is why little attention is paid to what many describe as an epidemic of murdered and missing...
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Red Lake Tribe

article 2 men plead guilty to dealing heroin in case that left 2 dead on northern Minnesota reservation (4/23/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Two men have pleaded guilty to heroin distribution on a northern Minnesota Indian reservation in a case that also involves a shooting that killed two...
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Seneca Niagara

article Police chief questions Niagara Falls crime stats amid call for 'saturation patrols' (4/23/2019)
(New York) -- A Niagara Falls councilman and the president of a business group held a news conference Tuesday to demand "saturation patrols" to combat crime,...
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Shoshone-Bannock

article Sho-Ban Tribes get grant money (4/23/2019)
(Idaho) -- U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis joined the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) this week in announcing more than $8.4 million in grant...
article Shoshone-Bannock Tribes receive $650K from Office for Victims of Crime (4/23/2019)
(Idaho) -- U.S. Attorney Bart M. Davis joined the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) this week in announcing more than $8.4 million in grant...
article Sho-Ban Tribes receive crime victims grant (4/18/2019)
(Idaho) -- The Shoshone-Bannock and Coeur d'Alene tribes will receive a share of $8.4 million in grant awards to support crime victims in Native American communities...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Missouri Gaming

article 'It's unheard of'; Woman says valet gave away her car (4/22/2019)
(Missouri) -- She thought her car would be safe in the hands of a casino valet, but fast forward two days and a Florissant woman is still wondering what happened to her...
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Oklahoma Gaming

article Oklahoma City woman accused of 5-year-old grandson’s death at casino (4/21/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- An Oklahoma City woman has been charged with felony murder of a child after she allegedly left her 5-year-old grandson in a hot car for hours last summer...
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Atlantic City Gaming

article Is it fair to compare Atlantic City, Las Vegas crime data? (4/20/2019)
(Atlantic City) -- David Schwartz read off the headlines of a Las Vegas newspaper Wednesday afternoon in quick succession; police were arresting suspects and...
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IHS

article IHS says it won't reach out to Weber victims (4/20/2019)
(South Dakota) -- After meeting with the head of the Indian Health Service last month to learn what steps it's taking in the wake of a former doctor being convicted...
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Leech Lake Band

article Relatives, friends identify man shot by police in Coon Rapids (4/20/2019)
(Minnesota) -- Authorities continued Friday to investigate the circumstances surrounding Thursday morning’s fatal shooting of a motorist after a traffic stop in...
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Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla

article FBI investigating shooting on Umatilla Indian Reservation (4/19/2019)
(Oregon) -- The FBI is investigating a shooting that happened on the Umatilla Indian Reservation Thursday evening. Umatilla Tribal Police Public Safety Director Ray...
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Connecticut Gaming

article CT casino guest guilty of fraud (4/18/2019)
(Connecticut) -- An Indian national whom authorities say swindled $800,000 in a "provisional credit'' scheme while staying and gambling at Connecticut...
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Detroit Gaming

article Man sentenced for role in girlfriend’s death at Detroit casino (4/17/2019)
(Michigan) -- "Rot in hell.” Those were the last words called out to Daniel Michalak as he was led from a Wayne County Circuit courtroom Wednesday morning,...
article Police make arrest after man stabbed outside Greektown Casino (4/13/2019)
(Detroit) -- Detroit police have arrested a 31-year-old man after a stabbing outside Greektown Casino Friday night. Police say the victim is in critical condition....
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Dowagiac Casino

article Woman accused of leaving dogs in a hot car appears in court (4/17/2019)
(Michigan) -- The woman accused of leaving her dogs in a hot car for several hours at a Four Winds Casino in Dowagiac, which killed two of them, appeared in court today...
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Louisiana Gaming

article Casino employee attempts to run over robber after being held at gunpoint (4/17/2019)
(Louisiana) -- Shreveport police are investigating following an armed robbery at a downtown casino. It happened overnight at the ElDorado Hotel and Casino's parking...
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Nez Perce Tribe

article Report: Nez Perce Tribal Police Officer shot in north Idaho home, suspect dead (4/17/2019)
(Idaho) -- A Nez Perce Tribal Police Officer was shot in his home in the Lewiston Orchards area Wednesday. The officer was off-duty when police say a man arrived at his...
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Blackfeet Nation

article Former employees of Blackfeet Tribe’s Head Start program sentenced for theft and fraud (4/14/2019)
(Montana) -- Three former employees of the Blackfeet Tribe’s Head Start program were sentenced Thursday to months in prison for their roles in an overtime pay...
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Yakama Nation

article Yakama Nation Tribal PD investigating house fire as a possible arson (4/14/2019)
(Washington) -- Yakama Nation Tribal PD is investigating a house fire on 400 1st Street in White Swan as a possible arson. On arrival, they found the residence had smoke...
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Kickapoo Tribe

article Eagle Pass man charged with embezzling from Kickapoo tribe (4/13/2019)
(Texas) -- The FBI has arrested an Eagle Pass man on charges of embezzling more than $1,000 from the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas. Eduardo Riojas Villarreal, 48...
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Mississippi Band of Choctaw

article Choctaw Indian couple indicted for bomb threats, bank robbery on reservation (4/13/2019)
(Mississippi) -- David Keith Frazier, 33, and Lauren C. Willis, 26, both members of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, have been indicted by a federal grand jury...
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Mississippi Gaming

article Slots Supervisor Accused of Rigging Jackpots at Mississippi Casino Says She Hasn’t Got the Money (4/13/2019)
(Mississippi) -- A former slots supervisor at the Silver Slipper Casino in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi is facing felony charges of embezzlement over accusations she fixed...
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Navajo Nation

article Former Navajo Nation official sentenced in theft case (4/13/2019)
(Arizona) -- A former manager of the Navajo Nation's Tuba City Chapter has been sentenced to jail time and probation in a theft case. Priscilla Littlefoot had...
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Other News

article Defendant acquitted in connection with brutal beating of Lakota woman (4/25/2019)
(South Dakota) -- In a strange twist in a case involving the near fatal beating of a Lakota woman last year, a federal judge has reversed a jury’s conviction last month...
article More than $700,000 going towards Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians’ Domestic & Sexual Violence Advocacy Center (4/24/2019)
(Maine) -- U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded $717,102 to the Houlton Band of...
article Newhall Lottery Ticket Thief Caught On Camera (4/24/2019)
(California) -- Footage of a Newhall lottery ticket thief was captured using a security camera Monday night, and detectives have released the video in hopes of...
article Man not guilty in retrial of Hard Rock parking lot sexual battery case (4/24/2019)
(Florida) -- James Amelio was convicted of sexual battery in 2017 and sentenced to 10 years in prison. On Wednesday, after a two-day retrial, he was a free man — a...
article Albuquerque man learns sentence in 2009 murder case (4/24/2019)
(New Mexico) -- The Albuquerque man who got away with murder for nearly a decade was sentenced Wednesday. In 2009, Roger Paul Preston beat Cato Benally to death near...
article Man wanted for stealing car from Isleta Resort & Casino (4/24/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Crime Stoppers is asking for your help after a car was taken from the valet at Isleta Casino and Resort. According to police, the man caught on camera...
article Rivers Casino scuffle sends state trooper to the hospital (4/24/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- A scuffle Tuesday evening at the Rivers Casino left two state police troopers injured and a man in jail accused of assault and heroin possession,...
article Unsolved homicides cause unease on Hopi reservation (4/23/2019)
(Arizona) -- Hopi lives matter. Native American lives matter. Hopi Chairman Timothy Nuvangyaoma emphasizes this when he speaks, but he doesn’t believe the federal...
article Pair snatch cash voucher from female casino patron (4/23/2019)
(California) -- Early on the morning of Friday April 19th, Tribal Security from the Jackson Rancheria called the Amador County Sheriff’s Office to report a robbery...
article Santa Clara potter sent to prison after violating probation in sex case (4/23/2019)
(New Mexico) -- A Santa Clara potter who had the majority of his 15-year sentence suspended in favor of probation after pleading guilty in 2016 to a charge of criminal...
article Man Accused Of Murdering Ex-Wife, Mother Of 5 In Custer County (4/22/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- OSBI agents have arrested Brandon Benevento on a complaint of first-degree murder. Investigators said on Saturday, April 20, Benevento shot his ex-wife at...
article Anthony Seariac of Holden sentenced to supervised release for running illegal gambling business that placed bets on NFL, NBA games (4/22/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- Anthony Seariac stood in front of a federal judge, his wife and family crying in the background, and promised to never make a mistake that would bring...
article Former employee of Roseville hockey association admits to part in theft scheme (4/22/2019)
(Minnesota) -- One of three longtime employees of the Roseville Area Youth Hockey Association accused of pocketing thousands of dollars in cash from the Roseville Bingo...
article Oklahoma woman accused of 5-year-old child's death at casino (4/19/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- A 50-year-old Oklahoma woman has been charged in her 5-year-old grandson’s death last year while left in a hot car for hours while she was in a...
article Chehalis Tribe member sentenced for sexual contact (4/19/2019)
(Washington) -- A 31-year-old member of the Chehalis Tribe was sentenced Friday in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 21 months in prison and five years of supervised...
article Feds: Swanton woman admits Abenaki embezzlement (4/18/2019)
(Vermont) -- The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Vermont has charged a Franklin County woman for helping embezzle about $140,000 from the Abenaki Self-Help Association Inc. in...
article South Dakota tribal treasurer indicted for sexual assault (4/18/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribal Council had been indicted in federal court on three counts of sexual assault. Council Treasurer Roland Hawk Sr...
article Harrah's casino murder suspect refused to show up to court: records (4/18/2019)
(Illinois) -- A 25-year-old man charged with fatally stabbing and robbing a man at Harrah’s Casino hotel in Joliet refused to appear in court this week, records...
article Cherokee man pleads guilty after shooting father in the back following burn-ban argument (4/17/2019)
(North Carolina) -- Cherokee man who shot his father in the back with a shotgun in 2016 has pleaded guilty to assault with a deadly weapon. Ray Leonard Stamper III, 34,...
article Former employee sentenced for Payson casino robbery (4/17/2019)
(Arizona) -- A former employee of Mazatal Casino was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after officials said he used a firearm to rob his workplace last July. Ryan...

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