Posts Tagged ‘federal’

Broken Promises

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

By BYRON L. DORGAN / NEW YORK TIMES / July 10,2013

Byron L. Dorgan, Democrat of North Dakota, served in the House from 1981 to 1992 and in the Senate from 1992 to 2011. He is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

WASHINGTON — WHEN I retired in 2011 after serving 30 years in Congress, there was one set of issues I knew I could not leave behind. I donated $1 million of unused campaign funds to create the Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute, because our country has left a trail of broken promises to American Indians.

As chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, I once toured a school near an Indian reservation where I encountered a teacher who told me that when she asked a young Indian student what she wanted for Christmas, she said she wanted the electricity turned on in her house so she could study at night.

That type of story is all too familiar. I believe that American Indian children are the country’s most at-risk population. Too many live in third-world conditions. A few weeks ago, I traveled to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. It’s hard just to get there. A two-hour drive from Rapid City brings you to Shannon County, the second poorest county in the United States. (more…)

Case Reopened On Pine Ridge Reservation Deaths

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

by  (SDPR) / National Public Radio / August 18, 2012

In the late 1960s, Native Americans fed up with what they saw as years of mistreatment by the federal government formed an organization known as the American Indian Movement.

Founded in Minnesota, the group followed in the footsteps of the civil rights movement and took up protests across the country. One of those protests took place in 1973, when some AIM members occupied the South Dakota town of Wounded Knee, located on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. (more…)

South Dakota tribe asks US attorney to re-examine more reservation deaths spanning 50 years

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

By KRISTI EATON (Associated Press) / Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE / July 11, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Oglala Sioux tribal officials want federal authorities to reopen investigations into 16 more unresolved deaths and disappearances at a South Dakota reservation, including one dating back nearly 50 years, a lawyer for the tribe said Wednesday.

Tribal officials presented the list of names to U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson during a meeting in Rapid City. The list adds to the 28 deaths on or around the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that Johnson agreed to re-examine nearly a month ago. (more…)

Nebraska activists seek return of Indian land

Friday, June 29th, 2012

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS / LINCOLN JOURNAL-STAR / June 29, 2012

Two Democratic National Convention delegates from Nebraska are asking President Barack Obama to return a piece of the state to a South Dakota Indian tribe.

Frank LaMere said he and his daughter, Lexie, will present delegates with a resolution aimed at Whiteclay at the party meeting in Charlotte, N.C. Both are members of Nebraska’s Winnebago Indian Tribe. (more…)

Feds will re-examine 39 deaths at Pine Ridge

Friday, May 25th, 2012

OMAHA WORLD-HERALD / May 25, 2012

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Dakota will re-examine a list of nearly 40 deaths that Oglala Sioux tribal officials say were insufficiently prosecuted or investigated, U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson said Thursday. (more…)

Brendan Johnson on Bootlegging Indictments and More

Monday, April 9th, 2012

By STEPHANIE WOODARD / INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY / April 9, 2012

A federal grand jury has indicted five individuals for possessing and selling alcohol on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, says the U.S. Attorney’s Office for South Dakota, an arm of the Department of Justice. According to U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson, the indictments resulted from a cooperative operation targeting bootlegging by his office, the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Office of Justice Services. (more…)

US Attorney: Federal bootlegging charges ‘unique’

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

By Kristi Eaton / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

SIOUX FALLS — Federal bootlegging charges against several people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation were filed in part because of concerns raised by community members, the top federal prosecutor for South Dakota said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Dakota announced last week that five people had pleaded not guilty in federal court in February to charges of possessing and selling alcohol on the dry reservation, where alcoholism is rampant. (more…)

5 indicted for selling alcohol on dry reservation

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

By Kristi Eaton, ASSOCIATED PRESS

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal grand jury has indicted five people for possessing and selling liquor on a dry American Indian reservation home to a tribe suing some of the nation’s largest beer makers, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Thursday. (more…)

Native activists protesting “bad man” clause violation Friday in Whiteclay

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Published Thursday January 14, 2010
BY MARY GARRIGAN
RAPID CITY JOURNAL

A small group of Native American activists will march into Whiteclay, Neb., at 1 p.m. today to present a lawsuit they plan to file accusing four Whiteclay beer sellers and a Christian ministry of violating the “bad man” clause of the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty. (more…)

Crime in Indian country targeted

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Published Tuesday January 12, 2010
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
OMAHA WORLD-HERALD

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department on Monday ordered prosecutors in 33 states — including Nebraska and Iowa — to step up their efforts to combat violent crime on Indian reservations, particularly offenses against women and children. (more…)