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3 S.D. Indian tribes sue drugmakers over opioid addiction

Three American Indian tribes in South Dakota have sued the country’s top opioid manufacturers and distributors, accusing them of concealing and minimizing the addiction risk in tribal communities that have been devastated by such drugs.

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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...
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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