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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...
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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...
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.
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LGBTQ

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...
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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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...
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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...
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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...
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...
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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...
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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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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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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...
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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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Other News

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...
article Ponemah man charged with murder in wife's death (2/27/2019)
(Minnesota) -- A 38-year-old Ponemah man will face multiple murder charges following the death of his wife. U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald issued a statement Tuesday,...
article Breaches of Ontario man's charter rights so 'abhorrent, egregious' that murder charge stayed, judge rules (2/26/2019)
(Ontario) -- The "complete and utter failure" of Ontario's corrections system to properly manage the solitary confinement of a mentally ill man in...
article Segregation, pepper spray overused on incarcerated Manitoba youths, reports say (2/21/2019)
(Manitoba) -- Two independent reports into Manitoba youth correctional facilities show an overuse of solitary confinement and pepper spray, and a lack of oversight. The...
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,...

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