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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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
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...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

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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Navajo Nation

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...
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...
4 Total Articles on this Issue

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...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

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...
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...
8 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...
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...
2 Total Articles on this Issue

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...
1 Article on this Issue

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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Nevada Gaming

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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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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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...
1 Article on this Issue

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...
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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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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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Other News

article Manitoba to look at connection between youth incarceration and child welfare (2/15/2019)
(Manitoba) -- Manitoba is taking a hard look at youth justice and its connection to child welfare after a study found more than half of kids incarcerated had also been...
article Federal court sentences Pendleton man (2/9/2019)
(Oregon) -- Shane Britton of Pendleton is serving five years on probation for abusive sexual contact on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. A federal jury in October in...
article Ailing man sues over 8-hour trip in 'sardine can' prison transport van (1/21/2019)
(Ottawa) -- A federal inmate who says he was shackled in a cramped transport van for almost eight hours — despite a heart condition and other ailments — is...
article Nova Scotia wants to hire more black and Indigenous jail guards (1/19/2019)
(Nova Scotia) -- Nova Scotia's Justice Department wants to hire more African-Nova Scotian and Indigenous correctional workers for casual relief positions in its four...
article Bills Would Boost Housing, Recovery Options For Native Americans Leaving Prison (1/12/2019)
(Montana) -- Native Americans who have been incarcerated in Montana need more help finding housing and re-entering their communities. That’s the premise of a bill...
article ‘I don’t understand’: Indigenous advocates question why non-Indigenous offenders in healing lodges (1/9/2019)
(Canada) -- Indigenous advocates and government critics say new data showing that “White” and non-Indigenous offenders have made up 15 per cent of those in...
article Thousands raised to free Aboriginal women jailed over debts (1/9/2019)
(Australia) -- Campaigners in Australia have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to help free Aboriginal women jailed for being unable to pay fines. Western...
article Prison officials ordered to accommodate Native Hawaiian religion [sub req] (1/5/2019)
(Hawaii) -- The state Department of Public Safety violated federal law when it ignored a Halawa Correctional Facility inmate’s requests to engage in certain Native...
article Nine arrested in Hong Kong flat used as gambling den with HK$240,000 in betting chips and cash seized (12/28/2018)
(Hong Kong) -- Police arrested nine people and seized about HK$240,000 (US$31,000) in betting chips and cash when they raided a flat used as an illegal gambling den in...
article Western Iowa County Agrees To House Out-Of-State Native Americans In Its Juvenile Detention Center (12/12/2018)
(Iowa) -- A western Iowa county has agreed to use space in its juvenile detention center to house a South Dakota tribe’s troubled youth. Under the agreement,...
article South Dakota woman organizes first female-led anti-meth rally in prison (12/10/2018)
(South Dakota) -- Heather Shooter, a 37-year-old Rapid City resident, was sent to state prison after fleeing from police and crashing into vehicles while driving high on...
article Class at the jail is in session, and this is no laughing matter (12/9/2018)
(New Hampshire) -- The photo, a slide in a power-point presentation at the Merrimack County jail, was a direct hit, on two fronts. First, the little boy in the doctored...
article Las Vegas gambler Walters loses insider trading appeal (12/4/2018)
(New York) -- A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the insider trading conviction and five-year prison sentence of famed Las Vegas sports gambler William “...
article States of Incarceration focuses on incarceration of Natives in Minnesota (12/3/2018)
(Minnesota) -- An unusual collaboration of academic institutions, issues organizations and Native groups has opened a traveling exhibit at the Minnesota History Center...
article Man gets life in prison for fatally punching casino manager (11/30/2018)
(Nevada) -- A 65-year-old man will spend the rest of his life behind bars after fatally punching a manager during a dispute at a Nevada casino.
article Arrests made in 2009 cold case homicide of Native American spiritual leader from Midvale (11/27/2018)
(Utah) -- Officials with the Unified Police Department announced Monday that they had made arrests in connection with a 2009 Midvale cold case homicide.
article Exhibit explores incarceration in America, confinement of American Indians in Minnesota (11/23/2018)
(Minnesota) -- "States of Incarceration" is a national traveling exhibit created by students and featuring historic photos, original artwork and videos. It...
article Red Cliff meth kingpin sentenced (11/20/2018)
(Wisconsin) -- A Bayfield man who conspired with three others to sell more than 1.5 pounds of methamphetamine on the Red Cliff Indian Reservation was sentenced in...
article Meth addiction takes toll on South Dakota women (11/18/2018)
(South Dakota) -- Statistics from the state Attorney General’s Office reveal that the methamphetamine epidemic has worsened in recent years. In 2017, a total of 3,...
article California man gets prison for selling meth in Montana (11/18/2018)
(Montana) -- A California man has been sentenced to eight years in federal prison after bringing multiple pounds of methamphetamine to a Montana city and nearby Indian...

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