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Incarceration

Native Voices

article CORONADO: Mass Incarceration Is a Huge Problem for Indigenous Peoples in Oklahoma. Here's What I’m Doing to Help (9/17/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- My name is Isabel Coronado and I am a citizen of the Mvskoke (Creek) Nation. I am of the wind clan and Thlopthlocco tribal town. I recently turned 22 years...
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Sycuan Tribe

article 15 years in prison for DUI driver who hit, killed El Cajon pedstrian (9/13/2018)
(California) -- A Lakeside man who was driving drunk when he struck and killed a pedestrian in El Cajon last year was sentenced Wednesday to 15 years in state prison....
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Crow Tribe

article Arrest warrant issued for Crow Tribe chairman citing contempt of court (9/6/2018)
(Montana) -- The Crow Tribal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Crow Tribal Chairman, Alvin "A.J." Not Afraid, after his administration failed to comply...
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Leonard Peltier

article The Leonard Peltier Freedom Ride (8/22/2018)
(Minnesota) -- On July 28th a group of riders rode out from Mankato, Minnesota, planning to arrive at Coleman prison in Coleman, Florida on September 22nd. Coleman...
article Riding cross-country for clemency: Riders hope trek prompts freedom for imprisoned activist (7/28/2018)
(Minnesota) -- A group who began riding horseback from Mankato to Florida Saturday hope their cross-country trek prompts clemency for longtime prisoner and Native...
article Freedom ride raising awareness for longtime prisoner (7/26/2018)
(Minnesota) -- Mankato will be the starting point of a cross-country horseback ride to raise awareness for the free Leonard Peltier movement. Peltier, a Native American...
article RALLY: Free Leonard Peltier! (6/28/2018)
(California) -- On June 26, supporters of American Indian Movement (AIM) leader Leonard Peltier gathered in a park to commemorate the 43rd anniversary of the shoot-out...
article Peltier supporter says pardon request 'worth the effort' (6/9/2018)
(South Dakota) -- A supporter of jailed American Indian activist Leonard Peltier says he considers President Donald Trump "a wild card" who might be willing to...
article Supporters formally ask Trump to pardon Leonard Peltier (6/8/2018)
(North Dakota) -- President Trump has been formally requested to grant a pardon, or sentence commutation for Leonard Peltier. Peltier is serving life in prison for the...
article Imprisoned activist Leonard Peltier, son ordered to pay $17K in painting flap (11/1/2017)
(Washington) -- A federal judge has ordered Native-American activist and convicted cop-killer Leonard Peltier and his son to pay more than $17,000 in costs and attorneys...
7 Total Articles on this Issue

Navajo Nation

article Council delegate: Navajo Nation’s correctional facilities do not have nurses or medical staff (7/31/2018)
(Arizona) -- On July 23, the Indian Health Service was requested to assign adequate medical staff at all of the Navajo Nation correctional facilities to ensure the...
article Navajo Nation committee calls for nurses in tribal jails (7/25/2018)
(Arizona) -- A committee of Navajo Nation lawmakers says it has voted to ask federal officials to assign medical staff to jails on the sprawling reservation that covers...
article FBI: Navajo Woman Sentenced To Ten Years (5/31/2018)
(New Mexico) -- Elmira Curley, 22, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Navajo, was sentenced Tuesday in Federal Court in Albuquerque, to 120 months in...
article Navajo Nation Department of Corrections: more funding needed for detention services (11/28/2017)
(Arizona) -- On Nov. 20, the Law and Order Committee (LOC) issued a “do not pass” for legislation seeking to authorize renewal contracts and annual funding...
article Navajo Leader Supported Death Penalty in Case (10/21/2017)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation president Russell Begaye says he told prosecutors that the tribe would have supported the death penalty for the killer of an 11-year-old girl.
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Cheyenne River Sioux

article Eagle Butte woman sentenced for stealing from tribal store (7/30/2018)
(South Dakota) -- Eagle Butte woman has been sentenced to a month in custody for embezzling from a tribal business on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation. The U.S....
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Tuscarora Nation

article N.C. ALE arrests “Sovereign Citizens” in Robeson County for illegal casinos (7/25/2018)
(North Carolina) -- Members of a group who identify themselves as the “Tuscarora Nation” faced charges Monday, July 23 of gambling, manufacturing controlled...
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Red Lake Tribe

article 'Race' called a factor in Minnesota reservation jail appeal (7/19/2018)
(Minnesota) -- The attorney for a Red Lake woman imprisoned for a 2011 drug crime argued Thursday, July 19, that his client should receive credit for time she spent in...
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LGBTQ

article Native American Trans Inmates Reveal Abuses (7/18/2018)
(Hawaii) -- Each time Cathy Kapua, a transgender Native Hawaiian inmate who was serving time in a men’s prison for an offense committed when she was male, was...
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Pine Ridge

article South Dakota mother gets 40 years for killing bed-wetting son (7/18/2018)
(South Dakota) -- A South Dakota woman accused of beating her 2-year-old son to death after he wet his bed has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.
article 10 Year Sentence For Accessory After The Fact In Pine Ridge Killing (5/24/2018)
(South Dakota) -- A man who admitted helping the suspects in a fatal shooting on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation a year ago has been sentenced to 10 years in prison...
article Pine Ridge woman gets 15 years in fatal 2016 shooting (3/6/2018)
(South Dakota) -- A Pine Ridge woman accused of driving a getaway car in a fatal shooting outside a youth center on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation has been sentenced...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Trump Adminstration

article Cleaning Toilets, Following Rules: A Migrant Child’s Days in Detention (7/14/2018)
(Texas) -- Do not misbehave. Do not sit on the floor. Do not share your food. Do not use nicknames. Also, it is best not to cry. Doing so might hurt your case. Lights...
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Payday Loans

article Payday lending enterprise head sentenced to 15 years (7/8/2018)
(Pennsylvania) -- The head of a multimillion-dollar payday lending enterprise accused of evading state regulations by using Native American tribes and a bank as fronts...
article 'Godfather of payday lending' sentenced to 14 years in U.S. prison (7/6/2018)
(Pennsylvania) -- A Pennsylvania businessman known as the "godfather of payday lending" was sentenced on Friday to 14 years in prison for conspiring to collect...
article Main Line's 'godfather of payday lending' sentenced to 14 years, stripped of $64M, for preying on financially vulnerable (7/6/2018)
(Pennsylvania) -- A former Main Line investment banker who made a career of flouting state laws and preying on cash-strapped people to build one of the nation’s...
article Wilmington lawyer sentenced to eight years in prison for massive payday loans scheme (5/29/2018)
(Delaware) -- A prominent Wilmington lawyer has been sentenced to eight years in prison for his part in a massive payday loan scheme that charged customers more than 780...
article Payday lender lawyer sentenced to 8 years in prison (5/28/2018)
(Pennsylvania) -- The lawyer who represented payday lenders accused of evading state regulations by using Native American tribes and a bank as fronts has been sentenced...
article Payday lending king, lawyer receive prison sentences (1/8/2018)
(Kansas) -- The Leawood businessman who rode a payday lending empire to a second career as a race car driver will be making a long pit stop in prison. U.S. District...
article Las Vegas businessmen sentenced in Rocky Boy corruption case (8/30/2017)
(Montana) -- Two Las Vegas businessmen were sentenced to federal prison last week for their work in defrauding millions of dollars from the Chippewa Cree Tribe with the...
article Two Las Vegas Executives Get Prison Time in Corruption Case (8/28/2017)
(Montana) -- Two Las Vegas businessmen have been sentenced to 20 months in prison for their roles in defrauding a Montana Indian tribe’s online lending company.
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Fort Peck

article All but one of 13 missing inmates returned to Fort Peck jail (7/5/2018)
(Montana) -- All but one of the 13 inmates who recently escaped a tribal jail on the Fort Peck Reservation have been recaptured by law enforcement, according to the...
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First Nations

article Canada’s indigenous population is overrepresented in federal prisons — and it’s only getting worse (7/1/2018)
(Toronto) -- For more than two decades, Canada’s crime rate has been steadily declining. And since hitting an all-time high in 2012, Canada’s incarceration...
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Dakota Access Pipeline

article 'He's a political prisoner': Standing Rock activists face years in jail (6/28/2018)
(North Dakota) -- Standing Rock saved Little Feather’s life. Then the US government took it from him. Little Feather was one of thousands of Native Americans who...
article Little Feather Reaches Non-Cooperating Plea Agreement (2/5/2018)
(Indian Country) -- On Thursday February 8, Michael Giron will appear in federal court in Bismarck for a change of plea hearing as per the terms of a non-cooperating...
article Red Fawn Fallis trial delayed to January (10/9/2017)
(North Dakota) -- Chief Judge Daniel Hovland has continued the federal jury trial of Red Fawn Fallis to late January. Fallis is charged with discharging a handgun as...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Pala Tribe

article Las Vegas Paiutes, Henderson renew agreement on prisoners (6/26/2018)
(Nevada) -- A renewed agreement between the city of Henderson and the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe will provide alternative inmate housing for the tribe. The six-year contract...
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Tribal Courts

article Cayuga Nation plans to house inmates in Pennsylvania (6/25/2018)
(Pennsylvania) -- The Cayuga Nation has taken another step in establishing its own judicial system, as federal representative Clint Halftown and his council have signed...
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Quapaw Tribe

article Former Quapaw Tribe Leader Gets Prison Time (6/6/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- The former Vice Chairman of the Quapaw Tribe's Business Committee was sentenced in federal court today (June 6, 2018). According to a probable cause...
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Online Gaming

article Do Americans risk jail time for gambling online? (4/3/2018)
(Georgia) -- What kind of a person are you? One that does things always by the book? Are you careful not to flout laws or break rules? Or are you of the opinion that...
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Chippewa Cree

article Former CFO gets prison time for stealing $111k from Montana health clinic (2/19/2018)
(Montana) -- The former CFO of Rocky Boy Health Clinic of the Chippewa Cree Tribe in Box Elder, Mont., was sentenced Feb. 14 to 12 months and one day in prison for wire...
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Hard Rock

article Suspect in armed robbery at Hard Rock casino arrested (2/7/2018)
(Florida) -- The man who robbed a cashier inside the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa was located in Georgia, police say. Seminole police, who are part of the law enforcement...
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MMIW

article 11-year-old Teresa Robinson's killer sentenced to four more years behind bars (2/6/2018)
(North Canada) -- A Garden Hill First Nation 17-year-old who killed 11-year-old Teresa Robinson in 2015 received a sentence of six years in custody minus time served,...
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Mascot Issue

article Arena incident leads to UI prof's arrest (1/23/2018)
(Illinois) -- University of Illinois Professor Jay Rosenstein was arrested Monday night for allegedly videotaping a former Chief Illiniwek in a bathroom at State Farm...
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Hopi Tribe

article Alcatraz Had Some Surprising Prisoners: Hopi Men (11/20/2017)
(California) -- Al Capone. Whitey Bulger. The list of Alcatraz prisoners reads like a litany of gangsters and hardened criminals. But in the 19th century, the infamous...
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Crown Ltd

article Crown Casino accountant Jason O’Connor returns home from being in a Shanghai jail (9/23/2017)
(Australia) -- Jason O’Connor is a fragile if not broken man. After spending 10 months in a Shanghai prison, he is rebuilding his life at home but is far from...
article China frees Crown Resorts workers (7/12/2017)
(Australia) -- China on Wednesday released 10 employees of Australia’s Crown Resorts Ltd., including two Australian citizens, after they completed nine months in...
article China has released all but six Crown Casino staffers jailed for gambling offences (7/11/2017)
(China) -- CHINA has released 10 employees of Australian casino giant Crown Resorts, the first of 16 who were detained in October and sentenced in June for gambling...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Mohegan Sun

article Federal prison awaits Dallas man who gambled away ‘American dream’ (8/4/2017)
(Texas) -- Mark Heltzel was living “the American dream.” But a loving family and the prosperity brought by a successful career in finance was gambled away...
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Poker

article Minnesota Man Gets 12.5 Years In Prison For Slaying Over Bar Poker Game With $0 Buy-In (6/17/2017)
(Minnesota) -- A bar poker game gone horribly wrong has resulted in a prison sentence of 12.5 years for one Minnesota man. According to a report from ABC Newspapers, 45-...
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Other News

article Tribes confront incarceration problem (9/18/2018)
(Wyoming) -- The tribal jail in Fort Washakie, which serves the entire Wind River Indian Reservation, has a capacity problem. But the three judges of the newly...
article OP/ED: Mass Incarceration Is a Huge Problem for Indigenous Peoples in Oklahoma. Here's What I’m Doing to Help (9/17/2018)
(Oklahoma) -- In this op-ed, Isabel Coronado explains the impact of the Justice System on children with incarcerated parents and how she’s doing her part to...
article Online sports bookie in Texas must serve 3 years, pay $7 million (9/13/2018)
(Texas) -- A convicted online bookie in West Texas must serve three years in federal prison and pay $7 million in what prosecutors call an illegal sports gambling and...
article Man gets life in prison for 2016 beating death (9/12/2018)
(New Mexico) -- A judge sentenced Nigel Myron Johnson, 20, to life imprisonment Wednesday for the beating death of Irvin Sanchez, an elderly homeless man, near Kathryn...
article Why Are So Many Indigenous People in Montana Incarcerated? (9/11/2018)
(Montana) -- Indigenous people have suffered several centuries of injustice at the hands of the United States government. In Montana, the injustices continue,...
article Woman ‘left dad, 87, helpless on floor for four days to go on gambling bender’ (9/11/2018)
(Colorado) -- A woman left her disabled 87 year-old father to lie in his own urine and feces for four days while she went on a gambling bender. Ben Parker was found face...
article ACLU study criticizes state parole and probation (9/10/2018)
(Montana) -- The state’s probation and parole system increases rather than decreases recidivism and detention rates, feeding mass incarceration, according to a...
article Why Canadian Prisoners Are Participating in the US Prison Strike (9/5/2018)
(Canada) -- Prisoners are once again on strike. Since August 21, prisoners have been engaging in various forms of protest in at least ten states. And prisoners in...
article McKinney man arrested on illegal gambling charges in Smith County (9/4/2018)
(Texas) -- A McKinney man was arrested on illegal gambling charges in Smith County. Amerier Siddique, 33 was taken to the Smith County Jail and charged with keeping a...
article Lack of detention facilities in Quebec's North violates charter rights, says Superior Court (8/30/2018)
(Quebec) -- The Public Security Ministry has failed to offer equal services for Inuit people serving minor sentences, a Quebec Superior Court judge has ruled. While it...
article Wood shortage could threaten South Dakota prison sweat lodge ceremonies (8/28/2018)
(South Dakota) -- For Mousseau, along with hundreds of other South Dakota State Penitentiary inmates, sweating is an important religious and cleansing experience, a key...
article New Report Finds Disparities Among Arrest Rates Of White, Black, And Native American Kids (8/17/2018)
(Wisconsin) -- A new report from Kid's Forward found that while the number of arrests of white juveniles is declining, the arrest rates for Black and Native American...
article Testimony ends Friday in Iron County murder trial (8/10/2018)
(Michigan) -- Jurors in the Iron County murder trial of Richard Allen and Joseph Lussier will return Monday morning to receive instructions and listen to closing...
article Gladue Awareness Project travels Saskatchewan to talk about Indigenous incarceration rates (8/8/2018)
(Saskatchewan) -- The organizers behind the Gladue Awareness Project in Saskatchewan hope it will help reduce the overrepresentation of Indigenous people behind bars in...
article Kazuo Okada arrested in Hong Kong (8/6/2018)
(Hong Kong) -- Controversial gaming mogul Kazuo Okada has been arrested by Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) in relation to a range of...
article Babysitter arrested after leaving 2 children in car at Atlantic City (8/2/2018)
(Atlantic City) -- A babysitter has been arrested for leaving two children in a car while she went into a casino to apply for a job. Police say a patron found a 6-year-...
article Kevin Wade Folsom pleads guilty in Haycamp slaying, gets 25 years (7/30/2018)
(Colorado) -- Kevin Wade Folsom on Monday pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of James Lloyd Box Jr., who was fatally shot Jan. 2 on Haycamp Mesa east of Dolores...
article Police: Native American activist accused of rape in Seattle, Santa Fe (7/26/2018)
(Arizona) -- A Native American activist accused of raping unconscious women and recording the assaults on video in Seattle and Santa Fe has been arrested after police in...
article Phoenix police arrest tribal activist wanted on rape charges (7/25/2018)
(Arizona) -- Phoenix police on Tuesday night arrested Redwolf Pope, 41, a man facing rape charges in Santa Fe. A Santa Fe Magistrate Court judge issued an arrest warrant...
article Nevada tribal member gets 9 years in prison for lamp attack (7/25/2018)
(Nevada) -- A northern Nevada tribal member who admitted assaulting a man with a broken glass lamp in Lovelock on New Year's Day 2016 has been sentenced to nine...

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