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Opioid Crisis

7/13/2018

article Children of the Opioid Epidemic
(Washington D.C.) -- The United States addiction epidemic has reached alarming rates and is showing no signs of slowing. To illustrate this point, synthetic opioids were...
article How tribal leaders are responding to the opioid crisis in Michigan's Native American communities
(Michigan) -- The opioid crisis is taking a tragic toll on families nationwide. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than 64,000 Americans died from drug...

7/9/2018

article The secret story of how America lost the drug war with the Taliban
(Washington D.C.) -- As Afghanistan edged ever closer to becoming a narco-state five years ago, a team of veteran U.S. officials in Kabul presented the Obama...

7/5/2018

article Swinomish tribe sues drug companies
(Washington) -- The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has joined the ranks of governmental organizations filing lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid...

7/4/2018

article Connelly: Swinomish tribe sues 'Big Pharma' for pushing opioids
(Washington) -- The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community is suing Purdue Pharmaceutical and other manufacturers of opioid drugs, charging that false and deceptive marketing...
article Swinomish Tribe Sues Drug Companies Over Opioid Crisis
(Washington) -- The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community has joined the ranks of governmental organizations filing lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies over the opioid...

6/28/2018

article Celebrating a new tsunami vertical evacuation refuge for the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe
(Washington) -- A long planned tsunami vertical evacuation tower in Tokeland received $2.2 million in federal funding on June 26 to help pay for the construction of a...

6/26/2018

article Four Pueblo Governors Meet With U.S. Department Of Justice Opioid Coordinator And U.S. Attorney
(New Mexico) -- Governors and other representatives of the Eight Northern Indian Pueblos met Monday in Ohkay Owingeh with U.S. Department of Justice Opioid Coordinator...

6/14/2018

article McKesson Tries To Keep Tribal Opioid Suit In Federal Court (sub req)
(New York) -- McKesson Corp. has urged a California federal court not to send the Round Valley Indian Tribes’ suit accusing the company and others of helping...

6/12/2018

article Walgreens opens 1,000th drug disposal kiosk in Las Vegas
(Las Vegas) -- If you need to get rid of old or expired medication, there are now 11 local Walgreens where you can get the chore done. The company opened its 1,000th...

6/11/2018

article Increased Drug Overdoses Worry Northeast Montana Officials
(Montana) -- Authorities in northeastern Montana are worried after a series of drug overdoses believed to involve heroin mixed with fentanyl. The Billings Gazette...
article Lawsuits Blaming Prescription Drug for Compulsive Gambling Climb to Over 1,000
(Ottawa) -- The lawsuits against common prescription drug Abilify have climbed to more than a thousand in the United States, with several more suits filed in Canada. The...

6/10/2018

article County joins lawsuit against drug manufacturers, distributors
(New Mexico) -- Hundreds of counties and municipalities across the country are hoping to hold opioid drug manufacturers and distributors accountable for an alleged...
article Is medical marijuana the key to slowing the pace of opioid overdose deaths in Wisconsin?
(Wisconsin) -- Colette Nycz was inside her Burnham Park home on Milwaukee’s south side the day she nearly died. Caught in the throes of addiction, she snorted a...

6/9/2018

article Fort Peck Indian Reservation sees first fatal heroin overdoses in recent memory, sheriff's office says
(Montana) -- A rash of heroin overdoses in the past month in northeast Montana has law enforcement on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation worried.

6/7/2018

article Nebraska cases against opioid drug manufacturers go to Ohio judge
(Ohio) -- A federal judge in Ohio has given tribal governments a separate track from others across the country who are pursuing lawsuits that accuse opioid manufacturers...

6/6/2018

article Federal judge allows Nebraska tribes to pursue opioid lawsuits separately from states
(Nebraska) -- Native American tribes, including the four in Nebraska, will be allowed to raise their own legal issues as part of the national litigation intended to hold...
article BLOG: Addiction Treatment in Poplar Needed to Assist American Indian Reservation
(Montana) -- Leaders of the Fort Peck Reservation Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes in Poplar, Montana met with government officials in late May to discuss how to expand...
article Montana view: Drug scourge makes reservations lethal to children
(Montana) -- Google "Indian boarding schools" and what it returns is a haunting and harrowing look at good intentions which built a virtual hell. After the...

6/5/2018

article American Indian Nations Act to Ensure Their Inclusion in Opioid Settlement Talks
(USA) -- Among the Ponca in Oklahoma, Casey Camp-Horinek has “watched heroin and opiate addiction sweep though…over the past decade,” creating what...

6/2/2018

article State Awards $2.4 Million For Opioid Treatment
(Wisconsin) -- The state has awarded 17 counties and four tribes around $2.4 million for opioid treatment. Wisconsin health officials say the long-term goal is to reduce...
article View from Away: Congress should hold opioid manufacturers accountable in the drug epidemic
(Washington D.C.) -- State officials across the country are stepping up to show the leadership that Congress has failed to muster to urge that opioid manufacturers be...

5/31/2018

article Feds seize nearly $5M in drugs, arrest 86 on Arizona tribal lands
(Arizona) -- A federal task force announced Thursday that it had seized nearly 10,000 fentanyl pills, hundreds of pounds of marijuana and arrested 86 in a drug bust on...
article Taskforce Completes Successful Opioid Bust Near Tribal Reservations in Arizona
(Washington D.C.) -- From May 15, 2018 through May 26, 2018, the Department of the Interior (DOI) Opioid Reduction Task Force conducted a Criminal Interdiction Operation...
article Zinke: Interior Dept., Tribal Police Join Forces to Fight Drugs
(Washington D.C.) -- A new partnership between the Department of the Interior and law enforcement from the nation's Native American reservations are working together...

5/29/2018

article Origins of an Epidemic: Purdue Pharma Knew Its Opioids Were Widely Abused
(USA) -- A confidential Justice Department report found the company was aware early on that OxyContin was being crushed and snorted for its powerful narcotic, but...

5/27/2018

article On Fort Peck Reservation, where 107 kids are in foster care, tribes ask feds for help with drug problems
(Montana) -- Meth has overtaken the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, whose leaders told Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke they need federal help....
article Tribes Ask Interior Secretary for Help With Meth Addiction
(Montana) -- Leaders of a tribal executive board in Montana are asking U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for help battling meth addiction in their community.

5/24/2018

article Rio Arriba County Commission Protests Federal Opioid Grant Program Focus
(New Mexico) -- Rio Arriba County Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution on Thursday, May 24, protesting federal public health grants that are supposed to focus...

5/22/2018

article Nez Perce Tribe joins opioids suit
(Idaho) -- The Nez Perce Tribe has joined a multi-district lawsuit targeting opioid manufacturers and distributors. The tribe said in a news release that a lawsuit was...

5/21/2018

article Nez Perce Tribe Suing Opioid Drug Manufacturers
(Idaho) -- The Nez Perce Tribe is suing a variety of manufacturers and distributors of opioid drugs. According to a press release the complaint alleges that the opioid...

5/18/2018

article Rural Opioid Grants Target Mostly White Counties, None In New Mexico
(New Mexico) -- Congress boosted the budget for the battle against the opioid epidemic this year, and a chunk of it—$100 million—is slated for treatment and...

5/15/2018

article North Dakota joins lawsuit against maker of OxyContin
(North Dakota) -- North Dakota and five other states are filing new lawsuits accusing a pharmaceutical company of using deceptive marketing to boost drugs sales that...

5/11/2018

article Feeling Marginalized In Massive Opioid Lawsuit, Native Americans Request Own Day In Court
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American tribes are among those the opioid epidemic has hit the hardest, though scant attention has been paid to how the crisis is ripping...
article Judge overseeing opioid suits seeks steps to address crisis
(Ohio) -- The federal judge overseeing more than 600 lawsuits filed by government entities collectively seeking billions of dollars to address the nation’s opioid...
article Native Americans Demanding Chance to Try Opioid Suits Separately
(USA) -- Native American tribes devastated by the U.S. opioid epidemic asked a judge set up a separate track for their lawsuits targeting makers and distributors of the...
article Talks In Opioid Lawsuits Called 'Very Fruitful'
(Washington D.C.) -- Attorneys handling hundreds of lawsuits over the opioid crisis say they’re making progress in discussions between local governments and drug...
article The 'forgotten people' of the opioid epidemic
(Washington D.C.) -- Members of the Seneca Nation of Indians and others from the surrounding western New York community gathered together in mourning.

5/10/2018

article Four Nebraska tribes now suing drug companies over opioid epidemic
(Nebraska) -- All four Nebraska Indian Nations now have sued drug manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers, seeking repayment as sovereign governments for...

5/9/2018

article BREWER: Tribes are taking the lead in battle against opioids
(New York) -- “Female Possible Overdose.” The text message at 4 a.m. was short and to the point. Rory Wheeler sprang from bed and hurriedly pulled on his...
article Three Nebraska tribes join Ponca in opioid lawsuit
(Nebraska) -- Three Nebraska tribes have joined the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska in attempting to hold the pharmaceutical industry responsible for the opioid problem in the U...

5/8/2018

article Helping Native Americans tackle the opioid epidemic
(Oklahoma) -- Overdoses and deaths blamed on the nation's opioid epidemic continue to grow. And one specific demographic group in Texoma is especially vulnerable:...
article Opioid epidemic threatens the children — and future — of Cherokee Nation
(Oklahoma) -- Nikki Baker-Limore never thought she would see anything worse than methamphetamine hit her community. But the executive director of the Indian Child...

5/3/2018

article Two more N.D. tribes file lawsuits against opioid industry
(North Dakota) -- Two more North Dakota Native American tribes have filed federal lawsuits against the opioid industry. The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians and...

5/1/2018

article Sessions to opioid distributors: ‘I’m not shedding any tears if you’re no longer making profits’
(Washington D.C.) -- Next week, top executives from the nation’s largest distributors of prescription painkillers will testify before Congress about the role their...

4/28/2018

article Sessions pledges help on Montana drug problem
(Montana) -- To illustrate the violence often associated with the drug, Sessions pointed to the 2016 murder of a 13-month-old girl, Kenzley Olson, on Montana's Fort...

4/27/2018

article Opioid lawsuits filed in Nebraska: Native Americans, county allege suffering at hands of pharmaceutical industry​
(Nebraska) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and Knox County have waded into the legal fight over the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic, arguing that the Native...

4/26/2018

article Ponca Tribe, Knox County sue drug companies over opioid epidemic
(Nebraska) -- The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska and Knox County this week sued more than two dozen drug manufacturers and distributors of opioid painkillers. The Omaha...

4/22/2018

article Sen. Warren lauds opioid bill at forum
(Massachusetts) -- Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren is promoting a federal bill that could alter the devastation of the opioid crisis in her home state of...

4/21/2018

article Arapaho tribe's opioid lawsuit merged with Ohio case
(Wyoming) -- he Northern Arapaho Tribe's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers has been joined with nearly 600 other cases that have been consolidated in the federal...
article Arkansas, Oklahoma divided on opioid withdrawal alternative
(Arkansas) -- Legislation on an alternative substance that some say could help mitigate the effects of opioid withdrawals is divided along state lines. Kratom, a...
article Oregon Tribe Sues Pharma Cos. Over Opioid Epidemic
(Oregon) -- The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation on Thursday became the latest tribe to file a lawsuit against a host of drug distributors and...
article Sen. Warren to discuss impact of opioid bill on tribal areas
(Massachusetts) -- Sen. Elizabeth Warren is planning to visit Mashpee to discuss what impact her opioid bill would have on tribal communities. The Democrat has joined...

4/16/2018

article Indian tribes fear being killed off by opioid epidemic
(Washington D.C.) -- While much of the country is suffering, American Indians are particularly reeling from the opioid crisis. Some tribes say it amounts to an...
article Lack Of Health Funding Led To Opioid Crisis On Reservations
(Wyoming) -- The opioid crisis has hit Native American communities harder than any other racial group in the country. Overdose deaths in Indian Country are 519 percent...

4/13/2018

article DOI: In First Raid, New Opioid Task Force Seizes $2.5 Million worth of Meth and $22,000 in Marijuana, Heroin and Other Narcotics
(New Mexico) -- Just two weeks after U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke announced the Department was forming a new Joint Task Force (JTF) to combat the opioid...
article HOPKINS: Native American Tribes Are Suing the Opioid Industry As People Continue to Die
(Washington D.C.) -- In this op-ed, Ruth Hopkins, a Native woman who has worked as a judge for the Oceti Sakowin tribes, explains why Native Americans are suing opioid...

4/11/2018

article Navajo Nation lawsuit blames opioid makers for overdose deaths, addiction
(Arizona) -- The Navajo Nation on Tuesday filed a sweeping federal lawsuit against opioid makers, distributors and pharmacies for their role in an epidemic blamed for a...
article Navajo Nation Sues ‘Opioid Supply Chain’
(Washington D.C.) -- Navajo Nation, the “largest Indian tribe in the United States,” filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the “opioid supply chain”...

4/10/2018

article Lac du Flambeau tribe files federal lawsuit
(Wisconsin) -- The Lac du Flambeau Tribe of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians has filed a lawsuit against pharmaceutical companies in response to the opioid epidemic. The...

4/9/2018

article Lac Du Flambeau Tribe files federal lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors
(Wisconsin) -- The Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is the latest Wisconsin tribe to file a lawsuit against the makers and distributors of opioid...

4/8/2018

article White Earth State of the Nation: Tribe is determined to win opioid battle
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth State of the Nation event on Thursday was a feast for the senses: Inside the big conference hall at the Shooting Star event center, the...

4/7/2018

article As the opioid epidemic rages, the fight against addiction moves to an Ohio courtroom
(Ohio) -- The opioid epidemic has affected nearly every aspect of life in Vinton County. Teachers buy shoes for students whose addicted parents send them to school in...

4/6/2018

article Lac Du Flambeau Tribe Files Federal Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers And Distributors
(Wisconsin) -- The Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is the latest Wisconsin tribe to file a lawsuit against the makers and distributors of opioid...
article Northern Arapaho tribe joins opioid lawsuit
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arapaho Tribe has joined a growing list of governmental entities nationwide in suing opioid manufacturers and their distributers. The tribe...
article Second Oklahoma tribe files opioid lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- A second Oklahoma tribe is suing manufacturers and distributors of opioids, and large pharmacies for their alleged part in an overdose epidemic. The...

4/5/2018

article Lac du Flambeau Tribe: Files federal lawsuit against opioid industry
(Wisconsin) -- The Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians filed a federal suit against prescription drug manufacturers, distributors and pharmacies for...
article Second Oklahoma tribe files opioid lawsuit
(Oklahoma) -- A second Oklahoma tribe is suing manufacturers and distributors of opioids, and large pharmacies for their alleged part in an overdose epidemic.
article Naloxone nasal spray for opioid overdoses now free for eligible First Nations and Inuit, feds say
(North Canada) -- Naloxone nasal spray will now be covered for First Nations and Inuit, the federal government says. Naloxone can be a life-saving tool to help someone...

4/4/2018

article Another tribe suing drug companies as Creeks say opioid crisis 'threatens the very existence' of some tribes
(Oklahoma) -- The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is suing some of the largest players in the pharmaceutical and health care industries, accusing them of “fueling (the)...
article Creeks, fearful of 'losing children from the tribe forever,' sue opioid makers and distributors
(Oklahoma) -- The Muscogee (Creek) Nation on Tuesday became the second of Oklahoma's tribes to sue manufacturers and distributors of opioids — along with large...
article Muscogee (Creek) Nation sues opioid makers, distributors
(Oklahoma) -- The Muscogee (Creek) Nation filed a lawsuit against the opioid manufacturers Purdue Pharma L.P., Purdue Pharma Inc., The Purdue Frederick Company, and Endo...
article Northern Arapaho Tribe Sues Opioid Companies
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arapaho Tribe on the Wind River Reservation has filed a lawsuit against some of the country’s biggest opioid manufacturers and...

4/3/2018

article Northern Arapaho Tribe sues drug companies, citing opioid epidemic on central Wyoming reservation
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arapaho Tribe sued several opioid manufacturers and distributors in federal court Monday, claiming the companies knowingly caused a public...

4/2/2018

article Northern Arapaho Tribe Sues Drug Companies Over Opioid Epidemic
(Wyoming) -- The Northern Arapaho Tribe has sued six pharmaceutical companies and three drug distributors that do business in Wyoming for the harm done to tribal members...
article The Health 202: Opioid company blames government for Native American crisis
(USA) -- A top U.S. opioid distributor is pointing fingers at the government for the deluge of prescription painkillers that have poured into Native American communities...

4/1/2018

article Reduce violent crime by tackling opioid addiction crisis
(Canada) -- REMEMBER when Thunder Bay was Canada’s “murder capital” in 2015 . . . and 2014 and 2012 and 2010? Things aren’t quite that bad any...

3/31/2018

article Oglala Sioux latest SD tribe to sue opioid industry groups
(South Dakota) -- The Oglala Sioux Tribe is the latest South Dakota American Indian tribe to sue opioid manufacturers and distributors. The tribe sued 24 opioid industry...

3/29/2018

article Omnibus Bill Includes Additional USDA Funds To Address Opioid Epidemic
(Washington D.C.) -- The Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett praised an omnibus spending bill that includes an additional $20 million for a key...
article Tlingit & Haida forms committee to address local opioid addiction
(Alaska) -- With an eye on fighting the opioid epidemic on a local level, Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska (CCTHITA) has formed an...

3/25/2018

article Federal Govt. to Spend $4.6 Billion Fighting Opioids This Year
(Washington D.C.) -- The federal government will spend a record $4.6 billion this year to fight the nation’s deepening opioid crisis, which killed 42,000 Americans...

3/24/2018

article Tribe in Oklahoma sues opioid manufacturers, distributors
(Oklahoma) -- A tribe in Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit accusing 26 drug manufacturers and distributors of contributing to the tribe's opioid epidemic by fraudulently...

3/23/2018

article Murkowski sheds light on Utqiaġvik's opioid crisis
(Washington D.C.) -- The North Slope hub community's trouble with opioids was in the spotlight at a recent hearing before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs.

3/22/2018

article Cantwell Combats Opioids In Indian Country
(Washington) -- U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., along with nine of her Congressional colleagues sent a letter to the U.S Senate Appropriations Committee advocating...
article Interior Secretary Zinke talks opiods with Wash. tribes
(Washington) -- Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with members of two Indian tribes in the Spokane area to discuss how the agency can assist with reducing the abuse of...

3/21/2018

article Oneida Meet With Interior Secretary Zinke To Talk Opioid Addiction
(Wisconsin) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke met with officials from the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin Tuesday to discuss the effects of the opioid epidemic on Native...

3/20/2018

article Interior Secretary Zinke: Tribes will define own opioid case sentencings
(Arizona) -- United States Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke addresses the opioid crisis with members of Phoenix-area tribal community. At an afternoon press...
article Interior Secretary: Death Penalty for Drug Dealers Could Involve Tribal Communities
(Arizona) -- President Trump’s call for the death penalty for drug dealers could extend to tribal communities, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said during an Arizona...
article Ryan Zinke, tribal leaders discuss solutions to Native American opioid epidemic
(Arizona) -- Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke met Monday with Arizona tribal leaders to discuss possible solutions for the national opioid crisis, which affects Native...
article Zinke Addresses Opioid Crisis At Meeting With Tribal Leaders On Salt River Reservation
(Arizona) -- U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke is creating a task force to combat the opioid crisis in Indian Country. After a roundtable discussion with tribal...
article Overdose Deaths In Native American Communities Skyrocket
(USA) -- Native Americans and Alaska Natives saw a fivefold increase in overdose deaths between 1999 and 2015, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease...
article US Sec. Ryan Zinke visits Wisconsin, talks about combating opioid abuse on reservations
(Wisconsin) -- A member of President Donald Trump's cabinet took a break from the hustle and bustle of Washington to visit Wisconsin. U.S. Secretary Ryan Zinke said...

3/19/2018

article Interior Sec. Ryan Zinke talks opioid crisis in Arizona’s Indian country
(Arizona) -- U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke had told tribal leaders in the Phoenix area that federal law enforcement will work with them to fight distribution of...
article Ryan Zinke, tribal leaders discuss solutions to Native American opioid epidemic
(Arizona) -- Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke met Monday with Arizona tribal leaders to discuss possible solutions for the national opioid crisis, which affects Native...
article Senators Heitkamp, Udall and Hoeven and NCAI Weigh In On Opioid Crisis In Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week, U.S. Senator and vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Tom Udall (D-NM) and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), led...
article Oglala Sioux Tribe joins legal fight against opioid industry
(South Dakota) -- National law firm Robins Kaplan announced Monday it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of South Dakota’s Oglala Sioux Tribe against the opioid...
article Tribes, hit hardest by opioid crisis, have least access to federal help
(Washington D.C.) -- The opioid crisis has hit rural Native Americans significantly harder than any group in the nation, and the problem may be even worse because of...
article Senators Heitkamp, Udall and Hoeven and NCAI Weigh In On Opioid Crisis In Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Last week, U.S. Senator and vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Tom Udall (D-NM) and Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), led...
article Trump vows tougher borders to fight opioid epidemic
(USA) -- President Trump is vowing to toughen borders to fight the opioid crisis. "90 percent of the heroin in America comes from our southern border, where...

3/17/2018

article Senate Panel Addresses Native Americans' Opioid Troubles
(Washington D.C.) -- Native American tribes need federal funding to help tackle the opioid epidemic and new legislation can help, witnesses told the Senate Committee on...

3/16/2018

article A Native American tribe is using traditional culture to fight addiction
(Maine) -- A year and half ago, Gabe Stewart stood in tribal court pleading guilty to felony charges because he stole money from his family to support his opioid...

3/15/2018

article Menominee Latest Tribe To Sue Pharma Cos. Over Opioids
(Wisconsin) -- The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin on Thursday became the latest Native American tribe to file suit against major drugmakers and distributors over...
article Overdose Deaths Spike Among Tribes, APS Board Opposes Arming Teachers
(New Mexico) -- Federal officials say the scope of the opioid epidemic's impact on Native American communities is immense and straining tribal resources. But the...
article Senate Panel Addresses Native Americans' Opioid Troubles
(Washington) -- Native American tribes need federal funding to help tackle the opioid epidemic and new legislation can help, witnesses told the Senate Committee on...

3/14/2018

article Native American Overdose Deaths Surge Since Opioid Epidemic
(New Mexico) -- Overdose deaths in Native American communities have skyrocketed in the time the opioid epidemic has swept the U.S. and federal officials are looking for...
press release Hoeven Holds Hearing on Combating the Opioid Abuse Epidemic in Indian Country
(Washington D.C.) -- Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, today convened a committee oversight hearing on solutions to combat...

3/9/2018

article Tribal Lands To Get Funding Boost To Curb Opioid Crisis
(California) -- Across the country, American Indian and Native Alaskan people die from unintentional drug poisoning at almost twice the rate of the overall population....

3/6/2018

article Tribes sue pharmaceutical companies for 'flood' of opioids
(Washington) -- The Port Gamble S’Klallam, Suquamish and the Jamestown S’Klallam tribes have filed a lawsuit against several pharmaceutical companies and...
article America's opioid epidemic: The tribal connection
(Oklahoma) -- The number of overdoses and deaths resulting from the nation's opioid epidemic continue to mushroom. "If you look at opioid deaths from 1999 to...
article Bad River overdose cases prompt notice from LdF tribe
(Wisconsin) -- On Feb. 27, the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa Indians issued a public notice. "We've received information from local...
article Blood Tribe to set up temporary consumption site to tackle opioid crisis
(Alberta) -- The Kainai First Nation near Lethbridge is establishing a temporary drug consumption site after a state of emergency was called in the community on Friday....
press release Emergency Department Data Show Rapid Increases in Opioid Overdoses
(USA) -- Data from emergency departments (EDs) show that the U.S. opioid overdose epidemic continues to worsen, according to the latest Vital Signs report by the Centers...

3/4/2018

article Rosario: Grandmothers on front lines of opiate crisis need to be heard and helped
(Minnesota) -- One Minnesota grandmother is raising and caring for three generations under one roof and woke up one morning two years ago to find her 47-year-old son...

3/2/2018

article ‘It’s time to quit’: Blood Tribe hit with 21 drug overdoses in 5 days
(Alberta) -- The Blood Tribe in Alberta has been hit with a spike in overdoses in the less than a week that has put a heavy strain on its emergency services. “We...

2/28/2018

article Justice Department Throws Weight Behind Massive Lawsuit Against Companies That Make Painkillers
(Washington D.C.) -- The lawsuit, pending in Ohio, consolidates more than 400 complaints by cities, counties and Native American tribes nationwide, who are accusing...
article Cherokee Slam Bid To Take Opioid Suit To Federal Court
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation on Wednesday assailed McKesson Corp.'s effort to transfer from Oklahoma state court to federal court the tribe’s suit against...
article Blood Tribe woman remembers ‘beautiful soul’ who died in recent spate of overdoses
(Alberta) -- A Blood Tribe woman was a “sweet girl” and “beautiful soul” who had compassion, understanding and love for family, especially in...

2/27/2018

article Justice Dept. Backs High-Stakes Lawsuit Against Opioid Makers
(Washington D.C.) -- The Justice Department is throwing its weight behind plaintiffs in a sprawling, high-stakes prescription opioids lawsuit in Ohio, Attorney General...

2/22/2018

article Cherokee Nation calls for opioid justice
(Oklahoma) -- In April 2017, the Cherokee Nation sued CVS Health, Walgreens, Walmart and several drug distributors in tribal court for neglectfully allowing prescription...

2/21/2018

article Sen. Kaine Joins Colleagues to Introduce Bill Expanding Funding for States Fighting Opioid Epidemic
(Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) joined Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) to introduce the Opioid Response Enhancement Act to...

2/18/2018

article Standing Rock Tribe Sues Drug Manufacturers Over Opioid Crisis in Indian Country
(South Dakota) -- All too rapidly, opioid and heroin abuse has hit crisis levels in communities across the United States and Native American tribes have some of the...

2/16/2018

article New type of tribal concerns committee advances in Oneida County
(New York) -- The Oneida County board's administration and labor relations committees Monday approved a resolution creating the Tri-County/Tribal Controlled...

2/15/2018

article Indian Health Service budget promises funding for opioid epidemic
(Washington D.C.) -- Among the few bright spots for Indian Country within President Donald Trump’s proposed budget is a $413 million increase for the Indian Health...
article More opioid fight money sought, but no promises
(Minnesota) -- Gov. Mark Dayton wants to increase spending to battle an opioid epidemic, focusing on communities that have the biggest problems, such as American Indians...

2/13/2018

article Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in North and South Dakota sues major opioid manufacturers and distributors
(North Dakota) -- A federal lawsuit filed Tuesday on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux alleges that major manufacturers and distributors of opioids created a public...

2/12/2018

article Tribe Continues Suit Against Drug Distributors; Refiles in State Court
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation has refiled a lawsuit against opioid distributors in state court after a federal judge ruled that tribe’s court system had no...
press release Robins Kaplan LLP Represents Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in Legal Battle Against Opioid Industry
(South Dakota) -- National trial firm Robins Kaplan LLP® announced today that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe against major...

2/9/2018

article In Tampa visit, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recommends aspirin over opioids for pain relief
(Florida) -- U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has drawn jeers for suggesting that people in pain should consider over-the-counter Bufferin instead of opioids. On...
article South Dakota, Sisseton-Wahpeton tribe team up on drug fight
(South Dakota) -- The state of South Dakota and the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate are teaming up to fight illegal drugs. Attorney General Marty Jackley says the state and...
article Tribe refiles suit against drug distributors in state court
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation has refiled a lawsuit against opioid distributors in state court after a federal judge ruled that tribe's court system had no...

2/8/2018

article CN files opioid lawsuit in state court
(Oklahoma) -- Following a Jan. 9 federal court ruling stating the Cherokee Nation could not sue six opioid drug distributors and retailers in its judicial system, the...

2/3/2018

article Texas doctor prescribed millions of pills during 2 years
(Texas) -- A Texas doctor linked to at least six overdose deaths has been sentenced after pleading guilty last year to one count of possession with the intent to...

1/27/2018

article The Sackler family made billions from OxyContin. Why do top US colleges take money tainted by the opioid crisis?
(USA) -- A controversy is enveloping one of America’s wealthiest families. It involves the fraught relationship between pharmaceutical companies at the heart of...

1/26/2018

article Discussion on state opioid epidemic to be held in Dillingham
(Alaska) -- State representatives are seeking local input on Alaska's response plan to the opioid epidemic. Last January, a statewide opioid task force published...
article Native American, Rural Women Hit Hardest by Opioid Crisis, Experts Say
(Indian Country) -- Native American females and women in rural communities suffer the highest risk of deaths from opioids and other drugs, advocates and caregivers...
press release Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians Takes Lead in Suing Major Drug Manufacturers and Distributors Over Opioid Epidemic
(California) -- On January 26, 2018, the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians filed suit in San Francisco against prescription drug manufacturers, distributors and...

1/22/2018

article Cherokee Nation Opioid Suit on Move to State Court
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation’s lawsuit accusing opioid distributors and retail pharmacies of fomenting an opioid crisis in the Cherokee Nation moved from...

1/20/2018

article The Cherokee Nation vs. Big Pharma
(Indian Country) -- Asserting its role as the sovereign protector of its people, the Cherokee Nation filed an unprecedented lawsuit last year against some of the largest...

1/18/2018

article HILTZIK: Republicans figure out opioid crisis — it's the fault of Medicaid expansion! (Spoiler: They're wrong)
(Washington D.C.) -- Washington tourists with time on their hands Wednesday could have popped into the Capitol to witness an ancient phenomenon: Senators doing their...
article BLOG: Indian Tribes Lack Jurisdiction Over Consumer Protection and Common Law Tort Claims
(Oklahoma) -- Jurisdiction is hardly the spiciest of topics we discuss on this blog and yet it definitely qualifies for frequent-blogging status. That’s likely...

1/17/2018

article Cherokee sues opioid companies
(North Carolina) -- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has filed a federal lawsuit seeking damages from 23 companies that manufacture or distribute opioid drugs....

1/16/2018

article Cherokee can't sue opioid distributors in tribal court, judge rules
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge in Oklahoma ruled that the Cherokee Nation cannot sue pharmacies and distributors of opioid analgesics in its own tribal court. The...

1/13/2018

article 3 SD tribes sue drug companies over opioid crisis
(South Dakota) -- Three South Dakota tribes are suing a slew of pharmaceutical companies, alleging they contributed to the opioid crisis on reservations by selling...

1/12/2018

article Blocked in tribal courts, Cherokee Nation to pursue opioid lawsuit in state court, officials say
(Oklahoma) -- Blocked from pursuing the case in tribal court, the Cherokee Nation plans to sue several major corporations in state court for allegedly creating “an...
article Cherokees Plan To Move Opioid Lawsuit To State Court
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation leaders say that since a federal judge has ruled that the tribe cannot sue opioid distributors in a tribal court, it will sue in state...

1/10/2018

article Judge deals setback to Cherokee Nation lawsuit over opioids
(Oklahoma) -- A federal judge in Oklahoma has dealt a blow to a Cherokee Nation lawsuit seeking to stop the flow of addictive opioid painkillers in its territory by...
article Lawmakers look to step up oversight on discount drug program
(Washington D.C.) -- House Republicans are demanding more oversight and transparency for a discount drug program they say has grown out of control in recent years. The...

1/9/2018

article 3 Native American tribes sue opioid industry groups
(South Dakota) -- Three Native American tribes in the Dakotas are suing opioid manufacturers and distributors, alleging they concealed and minimized the addiction risk...
article 3 S.D. Indian tribes sue drugmakers over opioid addiction
(South Dakota) -- Three American Indian tribes in South Dakota have sued the country’s top opioid manufacturers and distributors, accusing them of concealing and...

1/8/2018

article Native American tribes file federal lawsuit against opioid industry
(South Dakota) -- Three Native American tribes from the Dakotas filed a federal lawsuit on Monday against major opioid manufacturers and distributors, seeking monetary...
article South Dakota tribes sue drugmakers over opioid painkillers
(South Dakota) -- Three Native American tribes in South Dakota have sued opioid industry players in federal court, alleging they sold addictive drugs without warning of...
press release Robins Kaplan LLP Represents South Dakota Tribes in Legal Battle Against Opioid Industry
(South Dakota) -- National trial firm Robins Kaplan LLP® announced today that it has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three American Indian Tribes against major...

1/6/2018

article Looking ahead: Tribal health, opioid crisis take center stage in Leech Lake ‘State of the Band’ address
(Minnesota) -- Though the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe made significant strides in 2017, Tribal Chairman Faron Jackson, Sr. spent much of his first-ever “State of the...

1/3/2018

article Fight of their lives: White Earth leads way in opioid battle
(Minnesota) -- The White Earth Reservation has been hard hit by the opioid epidemic, but the Ojibwe band north of Detroit Lakes has not taken the problem lying down, and...
article Family Spirit program aims to help Native parents improve kids’ prospects
(Minnesota) -- Everyone loves their children but not everyone understands that the way we care for the youngest among us will have an impact on our society for years to...

12/28/2017

article Killer Crisis: 'The cure is the culture' for Minn. tribes fighting opioid abuse
(Minnesota) -- When Ryan Neadeau Sr. started his journey toward sobriety, he found motivation and comfort in his cultural roots. "What pushed me to get clean was...

12/23/2017

article Pharm companies seek to thwart CN opioid suit
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation and six pharmaceutical companies have been battling in the courtroom since the tribe filed a petition in April, claiming the...

12/22/2017

article Cherokees offer safe havens for parents, newborns
(Oklahoma) -- A lawsuit the Cherokee Nation filed against six major pharmaceutical companies in April has pushed the tribe into the national spotlight for claiming the...

12/21/2017

article Leech Lake Ojibwe Sue 6 Opioid Manufacturers
(Minnesota) -- The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is filing a lawsuit against a group of opioid manufacturers. A press release from a representative for the tribe said that...

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