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Menominee Tribe

article Man sentenced to federal prison for child sex abuse on reservation (8/6/2020)
(Wisconsin) -- A Neopit man has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for child sex abuse on the Menominee Indian Reservation. On Aug. 6, Robert Kapishkowit, 26...
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Mescalero Apache

article Mescalero man charged with sexual abuse of a minor (8/5/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Pasqual Francis Ortega, 35, a member of the Mescalero Apache Nation was sentenced in federal court in Las Cruces, on Aug. 4 for sexual abuse of a minor.
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Law Enforcement & Security

article U.S. Set to Execute Only Native American on Federal Death Row Despite Tribe's Objections (7/30/2020)
(Indiana) -- Against the wishes of tribal officials, the only Native American on federal death row is set to be executed in August, the U.S. government announced.
article Chantel Moore's family calls for removal of officer who killed her (7/3/2020)
(New Brunswick) -- It's been four weeks and a day since Martha Martin received the call telling her that her daughter, Chantel Moore, had been shot dead by a police...
article Indigenous man faces rare hate-speech charge (6/25/2020)
(Canada) -- The lawyer for an Indigenous B.C. man charged with inciting hatred says she's wondering why the Crown decided to level a rarely used section of the Criminal...
3 Total Articles on this Issue

Atlantic City Gaming

article Four men held in ‘potentially deadly’ Atlantic City casino fight (7/29/2020)
(Atlantic City) -- Four men accused in a “melee” on an Atlantic City casino floor that led to three people being stabbed have been ordered held pending trial.
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Torres-Martinez

article Torres Martinez scraps plan for 8,400-bed prison near Salton Sea (7/23/2020)
(California) -- A Native American tribe’s proposal to build an 8,400-bed prison on its remote reservation near the Salton Sea is not moving forward, at least for...
article Torres Martinez tribal members thought prison plan near Salton Sea was 'dead,' even as chairman pushed forward (7/15/2020)
(California) -- The chairman of a Native American tribe in Southern California has been recently advocating for a proposal to build an 8,400-bed prison on the tribe'...
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Miccosukee Tribe

article WATCH: Flagler Sheriff crushes, destroys illegal gambling machines (7/21/2020)
(Florida) -- Five illegal gambling machines were crushed and destroyed by the Flagler County Sheriff's Office more than a year after they were seized, according to a...
article Former supervisor at Miccosukee Tribe’s casino gets four years for $5 million caper (7/20/2020)
(Florida) -- A former supervisor at the Miccosukee Tribe’s gaming complex was sent to prison Monday for a casino caper that churned out more than $5 million.
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Jack Abramoff

article Lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleads guilty in AML BitCoin fraud case (7/18/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Political lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges of conspiracy and violating the Lobbying Disclosure Act in his involvement...
article DOJ files charges against disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff (6/27/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department is prosecuting the legendary lobbyist Jack Abramoff on felony conspiracy charges. Again. More than 14 years after he pleaded...
article What Abramoff’s prosecution means for K Street (6/27/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- WHAT ABRAMOFF’S PROSECUTION MEANS FOR K STREET: “The Justice Department is prosecuting the legendary lobbyist Jack Abramoff on felony...
article MORON ALERT: Lobbyist Jack Abramoff Charged in Crypto-Currency Case, U.S. Says (6/25/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- Jack Abramoff, the onetime Washington insider who went to prison in a lobbying scandal, was charged by the U.S. with illegally lobbying for a...
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Crow Tribe

article Crow Tribal Police eye former BIA jail to begin detention operations (7/17/2020)
(Montana) -- The Crow Tribal Police and Crow leadership are eyeing a closed Bureau of Indian Affairs jail on the reservation to meet the newly formed police force’...
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Paycheck Protection Program

article Los Angeles Man Stole Over $8.5 Million in Coronavirus Relief Money, Feds Say (7/17/2020)
(California) -- A Los Angeles man was arrested and charged on Thursday with fraudulently seeking over $8.5 million in coronavirus relief funds.
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Navajo Nation

article Navajo Nation president expresses concern over county jail conditions (7/7/2020)
(New Mexico) -- While New Mexico grapples with a delayed roll-out of reopening businesses and cancelled public events, some detention centers are grappling with...
article Navajo death row inmate loses appeal to probe racial bias (5/2/2020)
(Arizona) -- The only Native American on federal death row lost a bid Thursday to look into potential racial bias in his case. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals...
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Black Hills

article Black Hills treaty defender faces felony charges (7/6/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The leader of an Indigenous-led advocacy organization, who spent the holiday weekend in jail after defending his people’s unceded territory in...
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COVID-19

article Coronavirus: Cases climb past 100 at Idaho prison; mass testing for Nez Perce Tribe (7/3/2020)
(Idaho) -- The coronavirus pandemic is hitting Idaho’s prison system, but the good news is that most inmates who have tested positive are asymptomatic, Idaho...
article NAC: Coronavirus behind bars (5/14/2020)
(Indian Country) -- Almost 5,000 inmates in prisons and jails across the country have tested positive for the coronavirus. Nearly 100 of them have died according to the...
article Billy Walters Released, ‘Extremely Grateful’ After Feds Amend Insider Trading Sentence (5/6/2020)
(California) -- In his first public statement since being moved to home confinement late last week, Billy Walters said on Tuesday he wanted to thank those who offered...
article Grandmother says Eagle Butte woman should have never been transferred to prison while pregnant (5/3/2020)
(South Dakota) -- The grandmother of the Eagle Butte woman who died of the coronavirus while incarcerated in Texas says she should have never been transferred to prison...
article Petition seeks release of New Mexico prisoners amid outbreak (4/14/2020)
(New Mexico) -- Some attorneys and prisoner advocates petitioned the New Mexico Supreme Court on Tuesday for the release of more inmates from the state corrections...
article Prisoner worried for fellow inmates' lives at Baffin Correctional Centre amidst COVID-19 (4/1/2020)
(North Canada) -- Confined in close quarters during a pandemic, prisoners at the Baffin Correctional Centre worry for their lives amidst COVID-19, says a prisoner at the...
article Tension, fear rising inside Dorm 3 of Ottawa jail over COVID-19 (3/20/2020)
(Ottawa) -- Prisoners in a provincial jail in Ottawa say they are not receiving proper medical care for flu-like symptoms sweeping through the facility during the COVID-...
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Leonard Peltier

article Leonard Peltier 75 Years Old, 44 Years in Prison. Indian Lives Matter? (6/30/2020)
(USA) -- June 26, 1975, 45 years ago. United States, Native American reservation in South Dakora, Oglala. It is a period of enormous tension in that area; there have...
article Citing COVID-19, Representatives Deb Haaland & Raúl Grijalva Ask Trump to Release Leonard Peltier Immediately (5/12/2020)
(Washington D.C.) -- In a letter released Monday, U.S. Representatives Deb Haaland (D- NM, 1st District) and Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ (3rd District) asked for the release of...
article San Francisco demands release of Leonard Peltier, all political prisoners (2/9/2020)
(California) -- Activists and allies with the Indigenous liberation movement rallied Feb. 6 for a speak-out to mark the International Day of Solidarity with Leonard...
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Crow Creek Sioux

article Former chairman Brandon Sazue sentenced to prison for stealing from Crow Creek tribe (6/20/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A federal judge this week in Pierre sentenced the sixth of six who pleaded guilty in an embezzlement scheme the feds say stole $1 million from the Crow...
article Former Tribal Treasurer & Former Council member Sentenced to 42 and 30 Months, Respectively, for Embezzlement Scheme (5/7/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Two former Crow Creek Sioux Tribe council members and one former employee were sentenced in federal court this week (May 5) for their roles in an...
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Wind River

article Wind River inmates contract COVID-19 (5/29/2020)
(Wyoming) -- A health official said Thursday that at least two inmates at the Wind River Reservation’s jail had tested positive for the coronavirus, making it the...
article Coronavirus outbreak found at Wind River Reservation jail, health official says (5/28/2020)
(Wyoming) -- A health official said Thursday that at least two inmates at the Wind River Reservation’s jail had tested positive for the coronavirus, making it the...
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Turtle Mountain

article Turtle Mountain quarantines inmate who tested positive for coronavirus (5/15/2020)
(North Dakota) -- A sick inmate at the jail in Belcourt, N.D., was taken to a nearby medical center on Wednesday, May 13, where he later tested positive for COVID-19,...
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Pine Ridge

article Oglala Sioux Tribe President admits to being arrested (5/3/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Oglala Sioux Tribe President Julian Bear Runner says in a statement released Sunday night he was arrested over the weekend. In a letter, Bear Runner...
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First Nations

article Former Sagkeeng First Nation principal sentenced to life in prison for vigilante killings of drug dealers (4/16/2020)
(Manitoba) -- A former principal of a Manitoba First Nation school has been sentenced to life in prison for the vigilante killings of two drug dealers. Claude Francis...
article Over-representation of Indigenous people in federal prisons reaches 'disturbing' historic high (1/21/2020)
(Canada) -- The over-representation of Indigenous people in federal custody has reached a new historic high according to a statement released by Canada's...
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Warm Springs Tribe

article Warm Springs man accused of abusing child in 1990s (3/11/2020)
(Oregon) -- A Warm Springs man has been charged with sexually abusing a minor victim nearly three decades ago on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation, federal prosecutors...
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Opioid Crisis

article Federal indictment made in fentanyl overdose death case (2/26/2020)
(North Carolina) -- A federal grand jury sitting in Charlotte returned a criminal bill of indictment on February 20, 2020, charging Shannon White, 42, an enrolled member...
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Georgia Gaming

article 12 arrested in Bibb County gambling bust (2/22/2020)
(Georgia) -- With the help of SWAT, Bibb County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit and the Sheriff Response Team arrested a dozen people in a gambling...
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New York Gaming

article New York Man Changes Plea, Admits He Tried to Pay Players to Fix a College Basketball Game (2/22/2020)
(New York) -- Benjamin Bifalco initially entered a not guilty plea when he was arraigned in October on an attempted sports bribery charge. He now faces up to five years...
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Yakama Nation

article Murder charges filed in Yakima Co. mass shooting that killed 5 (2/14/2020)
(Washington) -- Eight months after five people were shot and killed in a mass shooting in Yakima County, murder charges have been filed in federal court. The Yakima...
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IHS

article Five consecutive life sentences for ex-IHS pediatrician in South Dakota case (2/12/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A former Indian Health Services pediatrician sentenced to 18 years behind bars for abusing young boys on Montana’s Blackfeet Indian Reservation...
article Former IHS Pediatrician gets five life sentences for sexually abusing Native American boys (2/10/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A federal judge in Rapid City sentenced 71-year-old Stanley Patrick Weber to five consecutive life sentences in prison Monday. Weber is already serving...
article Former reservation doctor convicted in Montana gets 5 life sentences for child sex abuse in South Dakota (2/10/2020)
(South Dakota) -- A former pediatrician with the Indian Health Service will spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually abusing four Native American boys over a 12...
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Black Friday

article PokerStars founder Isai Scheinberg surrenders to US authorities (1/26/2020)
(New York) -- Former PokerStars owner Isai Scheinberg has surrendered to US authorities to face charges related to the Black Friday online poker indictments. Last Friday...
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PokerStars

article The Incredible Rise Of PokerStars Cofounder Isai Scheinberg—And His Surrender To Federal Agents (1/24/2020)
(USA) -- Last Friday, Isai Scheinberg, the 73-year-old cofounder of PokerStars, the world’s biggest online poker company, boarded a plane in Switzerland for the 9-...
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Sports Betting

article The Vibrant (and Still Illegal) Sports Gambling Scene That Exists Behind Bars (1/24/2020)
(New York) -- "Just go to NFL.com real quick," Red barks into the prison phone in the exercise yard. He’s standing in a caged dugout-like area, where 23...
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Japan Gaming

article Japanese lawmaker Akimoto to be re-arrested on further charges in 500.com bribery scandal (1/14/2020)
(Japan) -- Japanese House of Representatives member Tsukasa Akimoto is set to be served with a fresh arrest warrant by the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors’...
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Tulalip Tribe

article In murder for casino winnings, brothers sentenced to decades (1/5/2020)
(Washington) -- Two brothers must serve lengthy prison sentences for murdering a man in Marysville to steal his casino winnings, a Snohomish County Superior Court judge...
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Other News

article Hawaii Imprisons Native Islanders at Astonishing Rates. This Election Could Start to Change That. (8/8/2020)
(Hawaii) -- Thousands of miles away from Minneapolis, hundreds of surfers paddled into the ocean surrounding the Hawaiian Islands on June 5 and sat silently on the waves...
article Councilman Jose Huizar Arrested by FBI on Federal Racketeering Charges (6/23/2020)
(California) -- Special agents with the FBI this morning arrested Jose Huizar, an elected member of the Los Angeles City Council, on a federal racketeering charge that...
article How José Huizar Became Embroiled in the Worst Corruption Scandal in Almost a Century (6/23/2020)
(California) -- On a balmy evening in June 2017, hundreds of Los Angeles grandees packed together downtown to salute the latest addition to the city’s skyline—a billion-...
press release Beaumont businessman, family sentenced for gambling ring (6/15/2020)
(Texas) -- A Beaumont businessman accused of running a multimillion-dollar gambling ring and his family were sentenced Friday on federal charges of tax evasion and money...
article Grandma sentenced to prison, grandson died in hot car while she gambled (6/11/2020)
(Oklahoma) -- A Oklahoma City woman was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Scott Palk to serve 210 month in federal prison for causing the death of her five-year-old...
article Famed Las Vegas gambler released from prison in COVID-19 program (5/1/2020)
(New York) -- A prominent Las Vegas professional gambler who was convicted and sentenced in New York in a federal insider trading case linked to pro golfer Phil...
article SD inmates make staff for ride honoring killed ancestors (3/21/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Tohani Isnana Mani was hand-crafted by a man behind bars, but the staff will take a significant journey across the plains. At a powwow in the gym at...
article Native American Corrections Officer overcomes challenges to help juveniles in trouble (3/11/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Sometimes the moral of the story is not in the ending, but in the journey. That's the case for Nick Wright, a Corrections Officer at the Western...
article Nikko Jenkins' ex-wife, once suspected in nonfatal shooting, is now in prison too (3/8/2020)
(Nebraska) -- She has similar face and neck tattoos as her one-time paramour and husband. Now she has similar surroundings. Chalonda Jenkins, who was married to Nikko...
article Kaktovik is crawling with polar bears. Now a man is going to prison for wasting one. (3/6/2020)
(Alaska) -- At the southern edge of Kaktovik, a tiny village on Alaska’s North Slope, the polar bear came around Chris Gordon’s yard on a winter night in...
article Alaska Native groups object to prison sentence for Kaktovik man who killed and wasted polar bear (3/4/2020)
(Alaska) -- The Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission and two other Native organizations say they are “outraged” after a judge handed down a prison sentence and...
article Minnesota prisons begin tracking tribal affiliations of Native American inmates (2/26/2020)
(Minnesota) -- Minnesota prisons recently began to record the tribal affiliations of Native Americans inmates. Officials hope that the years-in-the-making move will shed...
article Man gets 50 years in decapitation death (2/26/2020)
(Montana) -- The first of two men accused of decapitating a casino patron with $6 in his pocket in 2017 was sentenced to 70 years in the Montana State Prison with 20...
article Jail for man who stole £1,500 from Swindon pub fruit machines (2/25/2020)
(UK) -- Robert Bernal-Soria, 38, of Haydon Place, Guildford, stole £1,110 from the slot machines at the Rodbourne Cheney Club, £400 from The Dolphin pub,...
article Lakota healing program aims to keep incarceration numbers down (2/24/2020)
(South Dakota) -- Pennington County is trying something new to fight rising jail numbers in the Native American community. The Seven Directions Lakota Culture initiative...
article Canada. One in three inmates is Native American, Inuit or Métis, Aboriginal people make up less than 5% of the country’s population (2/23/2020)
(Canada) -- In his report, Zinger an independent government investigator, explained that nearly one in three inmates in Canada is Native American, Inuit or Métis, while...
article Bond set at $10K for Excalibur employee accused of starting fire, lying about sexual assault (2/20/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- A Las Vegas judge on Thursday set bond at $10,000 for an Excalibur employee accused of lying about being sexually assaulted to cover up an arson. Under...
article US jury in Las Vegas mulling accused Vagos racketeering case (2/20/2020)
(Las Vegas) -- Jurors in Las Vegas began deliberating Wednesday whether federal prosecutors proved after five months of contentious testimony that eight accused Vagos...
article Man on escape status from Sioux City work release facility (2/10/2020)
(Iowa) -- State Corrections Officials are looking for a man, convicted of Willful Injury Causing Serious Injury and other crimes in northwest Iowa's Woodbury County.
article Killer sexual predator granted unescorted passes to B.C. healing lodge (2/8/2020)
(Ontario) -- Killer Stuart McKellar Cameron has finally admitted harbouring a “deep-seated resentment” of Asian women when he terrorized four victims 20...

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