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Mashantucket Pequot

article Former tribal official pleads no contest to 2018 drunken-driving charge in California (6/11/2019)
(Connecticut) -- The former Mashantucket Pequot tribal official jailed in Los Angeles since being charged in a 2018 car crash in which his two teenage sons were injured...
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Yakama Nation

article 2 charged in connection with 5 deaths on Yakama reservation (6/11/2019)
(Washington) -- Two men arrested in connection with five slayings over the weekend on the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington state were charged Monday with assault...
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Fighting Sioux

article Man accused of burning down Fort Berthold church indicted (6/10/2019)
(North Dakota) -- A man accused of burning down a historic church on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation has been indicted on one charge of arson.
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Wind River

article Chief Wind River Tribal Judge, Other Defendants Plead Not Guilty to New Charges (6/10/2019)
(Wyoming) -- The chief judge of the Wind River Indian Reservation's tribal court and one other defendant pleaded not guilty to new drug-related charges during their...
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Mental Health

article Suicide in Northwest Jail highlights risk for Native American inmates (6/7/2019)
(Oregon) -- On Feb. 26, 2014, staff booked Shannon Jefferson into the Whatcom County Jail for a probation violation and failing to appear in court on a fourth degree...
article Suicides in Northwest jails highlight risk for Native American inmates (6/7/2019)
(Oregon) -- Shannon Jefferson was booked into Washington’s Whatcom County Jail on Feb. 26, 2014, for a probation violation and failing to appear in court on a...
article Suicide in Northwest Jail highlights risk for Native American inmates (6/5/2019)
(Oregon) -- On Feb. 26, 2014, staff booked Shannon Jefferson into the Whatcom County Jail for a probation violation and failing to appear in court on a fourth degree...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla

article Umatilla man sentenced for strangling victim near children (5/29/2019)
(Oregon) -- A Umatilla man was sentenced Tuesday to time served, having already served 22 months in custody, plus three years supervised release for strangling his...
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LGBTQ

article A federal inmate threatened another for being gay. Then guards moved them into the same cell. (5/21/2019)
(Colorado) -- The stepmother of inmate Alec Arapahoe called the prison facility where he was incarcerated to relay a message. It was early August 2014.
article Transgender inmate says surgery is life or death. Idaho officials say it’s more complex (5/20/2019)
(Idaho) -- On a late afternoon in September 2015, a 27-year-old transgender inmate named Adree Edmo wrote a note in her cinder block prison cell in Idaho. She wanted to...
article Idaho Transgender Inmate Surgery Postponed Until Appeals Court Decision (3/22/2019)
(Idaho) -- A federal appeals panel has granted the state of Idaho’s request to postpone sex reassignment surgery for a transgender inmate. The inmate’s case...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Shoshone-Bannock

article Court To Rule On Sex Reassignment Surgery For Idaho Inmate (5/16/2019)
(Idaho) -- On a late afternoon in September 2015, a 27-year-old transgender inmate named Adree Edmo wrote a note in her cinder block prison cell at the Idaho State...
1 Article on this Issue

Hard Rock

article Man who punched casino slot machine gets 6 days in jail (5/2/2019)
(Iowa) -- A man who punched a casino slot machine in Sioux City has been told to pay a $625 fine and to cover the damage he caused. The Sioux City Journal reports that...
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Tuscarora Nation

article Two-time felon charged with Christmas Day holdup try at 7-Eleven (5/2/2019)
(New York) -- Lucas R. Mitten, who has two violent felony convictions, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Niagara County Court to charges that he tried to rob a convenience...
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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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Opioid Crisis

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...
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Arizona Gaming

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...
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Nevada Gaming

article Man arrested for looking for deceased gambling executive's buried treasure (4/17/2019)
(Nevada) -- The Nye County Sheriff's Office says that it has arrested 56-year-old Richard Cleaves for trying to find any buried treasure left behind by Ted Binion at...
article Knowing Nevada: A casino inside the Nevada State Prison (9/21/2018)
(Nevada) -- Some of the roughest and toughest inmates have been known to come out of the Nevada State Prison while it was still operating, but from 1931 until 1967, the...
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Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation searches for funding to replace decrepit jails (3/26/2019)
(Arizona) -- Navajo Nation officials are in search of funding to replace two deteriorating tribal jails. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan toured one in Shiprock, New Mexico, last...
article Navajo Nation searches for funding to replace decrepit jails (3/25/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Navajo Nation officials are in search of funding to replace two, deteriorating tribal jails. U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan toured one in Shiprock last week...
article Officials tell Luján money needed to replace aging police, court buildings (3/24/2019)
(New Mexico) -- From ceiling leaks to inadequate air ventilation, the status of the buildings that house the Shiprock Police epartment and district court are...
article Navajo Nation jail closures delayed until April (3/10/2019)
(Arizona) -- Two Navajo Nation jails that were scheduled for closure are expected to continue operating until April. The Gallup Independent reported Thursday that the...
article Two Navajo Men sentenced to seven years in federal prison (3/1/2019)
(Arizona) -- On Feb. 19, Harry Tsosie, 48, of Blue Gap and Jeremy Tsosie, 38, of Smoke Signal, both members of the Navajo Nation, were each sentenced by U.S. District...
article FBI: Navajo Man Faces Life In Prison On Abuse Charge (11/30/2018)
(New Mexico) -- Wilfred Garcia, 53, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Shiprock, appeared in federal court Wednesday in Albuquerque on a criminal...
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...
8 Total Articles on this Issue

Pine Ridge

article Woman who killed husband, Pine Ridge officer gets 20 year sentence (3/23/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A woman who killed her husband, a police officer with the Oglala Sioux Tribe, was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison during an emotional hearing...
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Choctaw Nation

article Choctaw Indian to serve 45 years for beating tribe member to death with fists, pipe and shovel, then burning body (3/21/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- Jerome Steve, 33, of Philadelphia, was sentenced today by Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel P. Jordan III to 540 months in prison, followed by five years of...
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Rosebud Sioux Tribe

article SD Inmates Donate Money To Rosebud Non-Profit (2/13/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Just because they're paying their debt to society doesn't mean South Dakota inmates can't pay it forward. They've sent a special...
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Sports Betting

article Central Massachusetts man admits to running illegal gambling business, taking bets on NFL games (1/14/2019)
(Massachusetts) -- A 38-year-old Holden man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to running an illegal sports gambling ring, taking bets on NFL and college games....
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Maine Gaming

article Maine Man Behind Illegal Sports Betting Operation Gets 15 Months in Federal Prison (1/9/2019)
(Maine) -- The man who ran what is believed to be the biggest illegal sports betting operation in Maine has been sentenced to 15 months in a federal prison.
article Maine man gets 15 months for state’s largest gambling operation (1/8/2019)
(Maine) -- A Maine man who netted millions running an illegal sports gambling operation is going to prison for 15 months. Sixty-two-year-old Stephen Mardigan was...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

Fort Peck

article On a Reservation, a Second Chance for Prisoners and Their Warden (12/28/2018)
(Montana) -- Every day, Ron Jackson walks into work and is reminded of his failures. As the warden of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation adult correctional facility...
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Ryan Zinke

article Zinke picks fight with key Dem at an odd time (12/4/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- Rep. Raúl Grijalva is prepared to work with Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, who on Friday tweeted that it is “hard” for the Arizona...
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Nisqually Tribe

article Nisqually jail sued over inmate's stroke (11/14/2018)
(Washington) -- A lawsuit has been filed against the Nisqually tribe's jail by a man who says he was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting, spent 19 days in custody...
article Scrutiny for Nisqually jail after shoplifting suspect has stroke during 19 days in custody (11/13/2018)
(Washington) -- The Nisqually tribe’s jail is again under scrutiny after a 43-year-old Lacey man, arrested on suspicion of shoplifting, spent 19 days in custody...
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Leonard Peltier

article Leonard Peltier Freedom Riders Reach White House After 1,500 Mile Spirit Ride (11/6/2018)
(Washington D.C.) -- I’m not used to being looked at by a horse. Being Tlingit, born in Alaska and raised in Seattle, I know virtually nothing about them. So as I...
article Peltier ride reaches destination, looks towards D.C. (10/5/2018)
(Florida) -- The group of Lakota who set off in late July from Mankato, Minnesota to the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex in Florida in support of presidential...
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...
5 Total Articles on this Issue

Dakota Access Pipeline

article Pine Ridge man sentenced to 3 years in prison for DAPL protest (9/28/2018)
(North Dakota) -- A South Dakota man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for starting a barricade fire on a bridge during protests in North Dakota...
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Las Vegas Gaming

article Las Vegas Drai’s Nightclub Shooter Benjamin Frazier Sentenced for Row Over $30 Club Entry That Left One Man Dead, Two Injured (9/28/2018)
(Las Vegas) -- Benjamin Frazier — whose impetuous actions with a gun at Drai’s nightclub in Las Vegas in 2013 left one man dead and two security guards...
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Spirit Lake Tribe

article Tribes confront incarceration problem (9/23/2018)
(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...
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MMIW

article Advocates for incarcerated women renew calls to ban strip searches in Canadian prisons (9/19/2018)
(Quebec) -- Strip-searching female inmates in Canadian prisons amounts to "institutionalized violence against women," Kassandra Churcher, the executive...
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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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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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Other News

article New York Teachers Fight for Divestment From Prison Industry (6/12/2019)
(New York) -- Teachers in Rochester, New York, recently discovered, to their horror, that their pensions are invested in the private prison and immigrant detention...
article Local woman gets 21 months in federal prison for scissor attack (6/10/2019)
(Oregon) -- Christina Sue Barkley of Pilot Rock is heading to federal prison for stabbing someone multiple times during a scissor attack.
article Settlement allows Alaska inmate to wear some religious Native regalia (6/10/2019)
(Alaska) -- A settlement will allow a descendant of the Cherokee Nation to wear some religious Native regalia while serving time in Alaska. According to an American...
article South Dakota Women’s Prison group fights meth addiction (6/10/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A Native American woman is bringing attention to the impact of methamphetamine addiction from within the South Dakota Women’s Prison in Pierre....
article South Dakota Women's Prison group fights meth addiction (6/9/2019)
(South Dakota) -- A Native American woman is bringing attention to the impact of methamphetamine addiction from within the South Dakota Women's Prison. Heather...
article ACLU of Alaska settles Native religious rights suit against Dept. of Corrections (6/5/2019)
(Alaska) -- An American Indian man, currently serving time at Goose Creek Correctional Center, has settled a native religious rights suit against the Alaska Department...
article Ex-Fed-Turned-Lawyer Who Gambled Away Elderly Woman's Savings Sentenced to Prison (5/23/2019)
(Pennsylvania) -- An Elkins Park lawyer who took $95,000 of an 85-year-old woman’s money on a gambling spree has been sentenced to spend nearly four years behind bars,...
article Village jails, where 3 have died in 2 weeks, are part of a system unregulated by the state (5/19/2019)
(Alaska) -- Over two weeks, three people died in Western Alaska village jails that the state says it has no authority to regulate. On April 28, the Napakiak public...
article Billings casino robber sentenced to 10 years in prison (5/17/2019)
(Montana) -- A Billings man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison after being convicted in a 2018 casino robbery. Antonio Francisco Gutierrez, 36, was...
article Man's death in west Alaska village jail is 3rd in 2 weeks (5/12/2019)
(Alaska) -- An Alaska man has died while in police custody, the third person to die in a western Alaska community jail in the past two weeks, authorities said. Robert...
article Minimum security inmate missing from Rapid City job site (4/29/2019)
(South Dakota) -- The South Dakota Department of Corrections is looking for a minimum security inmate who went missing on Sunday. Robert White Plume-Janis, 33, left a...
article Two prisoners killed, guard injured in jail fire in Southwest Alaska village (4/28/2019)
(Alaska) -- Two prisoners died in their jail cells early Sunday when the Napakiak jail in Southwest Alaska went up in flames, the Alaska State Troopers said. A jail...
article Death Can be a Slow Traveler: Peltier, Mumia and Rap Brown (4/26/2019)
(USA) -- When the history of our times is recorded, any volume on domestic political prisoners must, per force, begin with the legendary ones of conscience. To these...
article Ex-WFAN host Craig Carton sentenced to 42 months for fraud conviction (4/5/2019)
(New York) -- Former WFAN sports radio host Craig Carton was sentenced on Friday to 3 1/2 years (42 months) in prison and three years probation for his involvement in a...
article Woman arrested in racist graffiti that targeted Democrats in Oklahoma (4/4/2019)
(Oklahoma) -- A woman has been arrested in a series of racist graffiti in the Oklahoma town of Norman, and she is also thought to have been behind Nazi and other hate...
article Rate of arrests growing faster than South Dakota population, per AG report (4/2/2019)
(South Dakota) -- Arrests in South Dakota have increased for the eighth year in a row, according to newly released data from the state. The Office of Attorney General on...
article Lawsuit: Native American inmates 'prohibited' from practicing religion (3/28/2019)
(New Mexico) -- Four Native American prisoners, most serving lengthy sentences for violent crimes, are suing the Department of Corrections, claiming they're not...
article 3 Native American inmates win right to long hair in Texas (3/19/2019)
(Texas) -- Three male Native American inmates in Texas will be allowed to grow their hair long as an expression of their religious beliefs after winning a lawsuit...
article Oregon sends foster kids to former jails, not families (3/15/2019)
(Oregon) -- A move to improve the care of foster children relegated to living in hotels has resulted in 25 percent more children removed from their families being housed...
article Ontario human rights watchdog renews calls for end to segregation after Adam Capay decision (2/28/2019)
(Ontario) -- Ontario's chief human rights commissioner is again calling on the province to phase out segregation for inmates in jail and is urging the current...

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