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US District Court upholds Mille Lacs Indian Reservation

“This decision confirms what Shaboshkung began to fight for in the 1860s, what all leaders have pursued since and what we have always known – that our reserve has never been diminished, that we are irremovable and that this reserve will be our home in perpetuity,” Melanie Benjamin, executive director of Mille Lacs Band of […]

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Ethics and Religion Discussion: Should Racist Comments by Teenagers Affect Their Adult Lives?

Imam Kip Curnutt, Director of Religious Education and Associate Imam of Masjid At-Tawheed in Grand Rapids, responds: “I think this problem comes down to how we deal with moral responsibility and forgiveness. In Islam, once a person reaches puberty, they are morally responsible for their actions. This means that being a teenager does not mean […]

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Triple homicide on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Details Through Darren Thompson January 12, 2022 In the early morning hours of January 5, a triple homicide occurred at Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. On January 10, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Department of Public Safety of the Oglala Sioux Tribe released the names of […]

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Browning man convicted of child rape on Blackfeet Indian Reservation | ABC Fox Great Falls

GREAT FALLS, Mt. – A Browning man was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by life probation after he admitted to repeatedly raping two children on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, US Attorney Leif M. Johnson said. Jonathan Cadotte, 60, pleaded guilty in August to a substitute information charging him with aggravated sexual abuse and […]

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Ashland man convicted of assault on North Cheyenne Indian reservation | criminality

BILLINGS – A 34-year-old Ashland man who admitted assaulting a man, causing him several head injuries while brandishing a gun in the North Cheyenne Indian Reservation, has been sentenced to 48 months in jail followed by three years of interim probation, lawyer Leif M. Johnson said. In April, Channing Lee Ziler pleaded guilty to assault […]

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Assault on Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation Sends Ashland Man to Jail | USAO-MT

BILLINGS – An Ashland man who admitted assaulting a man, causing him multiple head injuries while brandishing a rifle in the North Cheyenne Indian Reservation, was today sentenced to 48 months of jail followed by three years of supervised release, Acting US Attorney Leif M. Johnson said. Channing Lee Ziler, 34, pleaded guilty in April […]

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Rocky Boy Indian Resident Admits Trafficking In Fentanyl Pills | USAO-MT

GREAT FALLS – Resident of Rocky Boy Indian Reservation accused of helping Michigan fentanyl supplier distribute pills from his Box Elder residence today admitted to a trafficking crime, Acting US Attorney Leif said Mr. Johnson. Larry Albert Bernard, 37, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute controlled substances. Bernard faces a maximum sentence of […]

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Box Elderly Man Admits Distributing Fentanyl on Rocky Boy Indian Reservation | USAO-MT

GREAT FALLS – A Box Elder man today admitted to selling fentanyl pills on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif M. Johnson said. Timothy Michael Koop, 61, pleaded guilty to distributing fentanyl. Koop faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $ 1 million and at least three […]

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Armed methamphetamine trafficker involved in high speed pursuit on Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Billings sentenced to 12 years in prison | USAO-MT

GREAT FALLS – A Billings man who admitted to methamphetamine trafficking and gun crimes involving two high-speed chases was today sentenced to 12 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release, the prosecutor said Acting American Leif M. Johnson. Elijah James Rideshorse, 30, pleaded guilty on May 12 to possession with intent to […]

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Poplar Woman Admits Oxycodone Trafficking in Fort Peck Indian Reservation | USAO-MT

GREAT FALLS – Poplar woman suspected of being a longtime distributor of oxycodone pills on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation today admitted to drug trafficking and money laundering crimes, the US prosecutor said Acting Leif M. Johnson. Kaycee Lynn Menz, 31, pleaded guilty to an indictment charging her with possession with intent to distribute oxycodone […]

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Methamphetamine Trafficking in the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation Sends Ashland Man in Jail for 10 Years | USAO-MT

BILLINGS – An Ashland man who admitted to smuggling methamphetamine on the North Cheyenne Indian Reservation was sentenced to 10 years in prison today, followed by five years of supervised release, Acting US Attorney Leif said Mr. Johnson. Robert Joseph Speelman, 48, pleaded guilty on January 27 to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. US […]

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Browning Man Sentenced to Jail for Distributing Methamphetamine on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation | USAO-MT

GREAT FALLS – A man from Browning who admitted to distributing methamphetamine on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation was today sentenced to 20 months in prison and four years on probation, Acting US Prosecutor Leif M. Johnson. Dakoda Blu Wade Iron Shirt, 28, pleaded guilty on February 4 to distributing methamphetamine. Chief Justice of the United […]

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Opening of a support center for victims of sexual assault on the Menominee Indian reserve

MENOMINEE COUNTY, Wisconsin (WBAY) – It is often difficult to prosecute crimes of sexual assault when victims are silenced by fear and embarrassment. “Sometimes they blame themselves or the victim of the abuser blames it and so the victim internalizes that,” said Courtney Carlton, sexual assault lawyer for Menominee County Social Services. A family rights […]

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man from Le Havre admits to trafficking methamphetamine on the Rocky Boy Indian reservation | USAO-MT

GREAT FALLS – A man from Le Havre accused of supplying large amounts of methamphetamine to individuals on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation pleaded guilty to a crime of trafficking today, Acting US Prosecutor Leif Johnson said. Clayton Cree Morsette, 23, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Morsette faces at least 10 […]

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man from Ashland admits assaulting person with gun in North Cheyenne Indian Reservation | USAO-MT

BILLINGS – An Ashland man accused of hitting another man in the head with a gun pleaded guilty to assault today, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said. Channing Lee Ziler, 33, pleaded guilty to assault causing grievous bodily harm. Ziler faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $ 250,000 and […]

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Browning man admits murder and kidnapping on Blackfeet Indian Reservation | USAO-MT

GREAT FALLS – A man from Browning today admitted to murdering a man and holding a woman hostage with a knife point on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said. Jason Avery Mattson, 30, has pleaded guilty to second degree murder and kidnapping, as charged in an indictment. Mattson faces a maximum […]

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Washington Woman Sentenced for Methamphetamine Trafficking on Rocky Boy Indian Reservation, Great Falls | USAO-MT

GREAT FALLS – A Washington woman who admitted to smuggling methamphetamine on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation and Great Falls was sentenced on March 3 to seven years in prison and five years on probation, the acting US prosecutor said Leif Johnson. Georgie Elaine Russell, 41, of Spokane, Wash., Pleaded guilty on October 22, 2020 […]

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woman from Spokane admits methamphetamine trafficking on the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation | USAO-MT

GREAT FALLS – A woman from Spokane, Wash., Suspected of being a long-time methamphetamine trafficker in and around the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation today admitted trafficking charges, prosecutor said Acting American Leif Johnson. Kristina Dawn Russette, 30, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine. Russette faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years […]

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These new “Mille Lacs Indian Reservation” signs | Other notices

A big topic of Thousand Lakes these days is the new signage for the “Thousand Lakes Indian Reserve” on Highways 47, 169 and other roads. The new signs mark the boundaries of the original 61,000-acre Thousand Lakes Reservation, the furthest on the maps, which is about 15 times the size of the “reservation” long recognized […]

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Utah man who smuggled methamphetamine from camper on Fort Peck Indian reservation sentenced to 10 years in prison | USAO-MT

GREAT FALLS – A Utah man who towed a motorhome to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and smuggled methamphetamine into the community was today sentenced to 10 years in prison and five years in prison. supervised release, Acting U.S. Attorney Leif Johnson said. Andrew Michael Gomez, 33, of Ogden, Utah, pleaded guilty on September 14, […]

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Supreme Court Says Much of Oklahoma Belongs to Indian Reservation

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that much of Oklahoma belonged to Native American tribes in a huge victory for a reservation that challenged the state’s authority to prosecute crimes on its territory. In Decision 5-4, the majority ruled that the disputed area covering approximately half of the state and most of the city of Tulsa […]

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Nearly half of Oklahoma is an Indian reservation, Supreme Court finds

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that much of eastern Oklahoma remains a Native American reservation, a move that state and federal officials say could plunge Oklahoma into chaos. The court decision 5-4, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, means that Oklahoma prosecutors do not have the power to initiate criminal proceedings against Native American defendants in […]

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Murder of 5 people on Indian reservation underscores violent crime challenge

In February 2018, leaders of the Yakama Nation faced what they called a public safety crisis at its sprawling reservation in central Washington state. the tribal council said it was faced with an “epidemic of drug use, a scourge of criminal activity, disregard for the rule of law, and general civil unrest” across the reservation, […]

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Should eastern Oklahoma be considered an Indian reservation? : NPR

The Supreme Court is hearing a landmark case in which it will have to decide whether nearly half of Oklahoma, a vast area including much of Tulsa, is an Indian reservation. MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST: Today the Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the entire eastern half of Oklahoma should be considered an Indian reservation. […]

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Horrific crimes on Indian reservation in Montana lead to prison sentences |

MATTHEW BROWNAssociated Press Two defendants were sentenced to lengthy federal prison terms last year for gruesome, back-to-back crimes against children that rocked residents of a Montana Indian reservation and prompted tribal leaders to blame rampant drug use. . US District Judge Brian Morris sentenced a Fort Peck reservation woman to 20 years in prison for […]