Statue Removal

An appeals court in California upheld the removal of a 124-year-old statue — depicting a cowboy and Catholic priest standing over a fallen Native American — in San Francisco’s Civic Center in 2018. The plaintiffs claimed its removal in the early morning hours the day after a city board approved it was illegal, but the court ruled they can use the “electoral process as a means to continue advocating for their point of view.”

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Sex Abuse

A federal court in New York ordered the Indian Health Service to release to the New York Times a report it commissioned of a private investigation into “numerous acts of rape and sexual abuse” committed against Native American children by former IHS pediatrician Stanley Patrick Weber. In 2018 and 2019, Weber was convicted of several charges in Montana and South Dakota.

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Navajo Nation, New Mexico Reach Settlements Over Mine Spill

The Navajo Nation and the state of New Mexico have reached multimillion-dollar settlements with mining companies to resolve claims stemming from a 2015 spill that resulted in rivers in three Western states being fouled with a bright-yellow plume of arsenic, lead and other heavy metals, officials confirmed Wednesday.

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Ex-Cop Faces Federal Murder Charge After Seeking Release Under High Court Ruling

Federal prosecutors announced Friday the murder indictment of a former Tulsa cop convicted in state court for killing his daughter’s boyfriend, but who is now demanding his release after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling invalidated Oklahoma’s criminal jurisdiction on Native American tribal lands.

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California Tribes Fight Border Wall Disruption of Religious Sites

The Kumeyaay Nation, 13 federally recognized Indian tribes living in Southern California, urged a federal judge on Friday to force the Trump administration to survey the grounds around an under-construction border wall to prevent the disruption of religious sites, including burial grounds.

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