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The House of Representatives passed the Repealing Existing Substandard Provisions Encouraging Conciliation with Tribes (RESPECT) Act last week, which would abolish 11 outdated federal laws that are related to the treatment of Native peoples, including provisions on “hostile tribes”, alcohol, work requirements, penalties for truancy, and placement of youth in reform schools without the consent of a parent or guardian.

All charges against NDN Collective President and CEO Nick Tilsen (Oglala Lakotawere dismissed by South Dakota prosecutors last week. Tilsen and 21 other treaty defenders were charged with misdemeanors from a July 3, 2020 protest when former President Donald Trump visited the Black Hills as part of Trump’s speaking event at Mount Rushmore for an Independence Day celebration.

According to a new report, more than a quarter of missing girls in Hawaii are Native Hawaiian, and members of the U.S. military play an outsized role in the sexual exploitation of children in the state. Publicly available data in 2022 showed that 38% of those arrested for soliciting sex online from law enforcement posing as a 13-year-old during undercover operations were active-duty military personnel, the report said.

To provide a more unified response for investigating crimes on tribal nations, including the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples crisis, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) updated their guidelines on criminal investigations in Indian Country. The memo of understanding states that it aims to establish guidelines concerning the individual jurisdictions of the BIA and the FBI in relation to certain investigative matters and to provide for the effective and efficient administration of criminal investigations in Indian Country.

Keep reading for a full news update. 


RESPECT Act Passes House Of Representatives, Will Go To President’s Desk For Signing

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, December 16

House Votes To Repeal Outdated Laws On Native Americans

Law360, Ali Sullivan, December 15

Charges Dismissed Against Nick Tilsen, CEO Of NDN Collective, For 2020 Mt. Rushmore Protest 

Native News Online, Darren Thompson, December 14

Charges Against Black Hills Treaty Defender Dropped

Indian Country Today, Kalle Benallie, December 14

BIA, FBI Update Criminal Investigation Guidelines For Indian Country

Arizona Mirror,  Shondiin Silversmith, December 13

Tribes Reach New Great Lakes Fishing Deal

AP News, John Flesher, December 13


Report: Native Hawaiians Hit By Missing And Murdered Scourge

AP News, Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, December 14


Native Americans Ramp Up Calls For Longer-Term Health Funding

The Washington Post, Rachel Roubein, December 16

COVID-19 Is Not Over: 13 Deaths Reported On Navajo Nation In The Past Week

Native News Online, December 16

Biden Administration Offers Free COVID Tests to Households

Native News Online, December 15


First Native American In California Legislature, James Ramos, Appointed To Head Powerful Rules Committee

Native News Online, December 17


​​Cowlitz Campaign To Push Out Casino Rivals Raises Questions

The Oregonian, Jeff Manning, December 14


Tribal College President Selected For Prestigious Art Fellowship

Missoulian, Nora Mabie, December 17

More Questions Than Answers At Colorado River Meetings

AP News, Ken Ritter, December 16

Chief Standing Bear Film Receives Green Light

Nebraska Examiner, Jazari Kual, December 16

American Indian College Fund Announces $38 Million In Grants To Help Increase Native Student Enrollment, Retention, & Career Readiness  

Native News Online, December 15

Perpetrators Publicly Apologize At KU For Stealing Native American Art

Native News Online, December 15

Indigenous Candidate Begins Miss America Competition

Indian Country Today, December 14

Fierce, Not Afraid. Indigenous Photography Takes The Spotlight

Forbes, Chad Scott, December 13