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Coastal Washington tribe builds tsunami refuge tower

Aug. 08, 2022 20:27 PM EDT

TOKELAND, Wash. (AP) — There’s a new option to escape a tsunami for people on the southwest coast of Washington. The Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe dedicated a 50-foot tall (15.2-meter) evacuation tower in Tokeland, Washington, on Friday, the Northwest News Network reported. ...

Sudan accuses Chad of cross-border attack it says killed 18

Aug. 06, 2022 09:23 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Sudan has accused neighboring Chad of a cross-border attack earlier this week that a top commander says killed at least 18 nomads in Sudan's western Darfur region. According to Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, armed Chadian assailants crossed into West Darfur...

Oglala Sioux ban missionary, require ministries to register

Aug. 03, 2022 18:04 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The Oglala Sioux Tribe is requiring churches and missionaries to register with the tribe before entering the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota after an evangelist was banned from entering the reservation for distributing a pamphlet that disparaged traditional...

Jonathan Nez, Buu Nygren advance in Navajo presidential race

Aug. 03, 2022 02:53 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Voters on the country's largest Native American reservation have advanced incumbent Jonathan Nez and Buu Nygren to the general election for the Navajo Nation presidency in November. Voters narrowed the list of 15 presidential hopefuls to two on Tuesday...

'His heart was in it': Reporter covered Navajo for 5 decades

Aug. 02, 2022 00:22 AM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Bill Donovan, a prolific journalist who covered the Navajo Nation for five decades at newspapers in New Mexico and Arizona, has died. He was 76. Donovan recently was hospitalized with pneumonia and died Saturday night at his home in Torrance, California,...

Navajos narrow list of 15 presidential hopefuls in primary

Jul. 29, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Natalia Sells has a list of qualities she wants to see in the next Navajo Nation president: Approachable. Adaptable. Inspiring. Someone who upholds traditional values but also is progressive. She'll join thousands of other tribal members on Tuesday in...

Biden approves disaster declarations for Nebraska

Jul. 27, 2022 10:59 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — President Joe Biden has approved a request for a federal disaster declaration for a portion of Nebraska that suffered damage from severe storms and straight-line winds in May. The designation allows state, local and tribal governments and some private nonprofit...

MN Chippewa Tribe votes to end blood requirement for members

Jul. 27, 2022 10:01 AM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Chippewa Tribe has voted to remove a decades-old requirement that members have a minimum of 25% Chippewa blood. Officials say 65% of voters on an advisory referendum say the blood quantum requirement should be removed from membership in the...

Drugmaker Teva latest to settle opioid lawsuits nationally

Jul. 26, 2022 19:40 PM EDT

Drugmaker Teva announced Tuesday that it has agreed to contribute more than $4.3 billion in cash and medications to settle lawsuits in the state and local governments and Native American tribes that claimed the company contributed to the U.S. opioid epidemic. The deal in principle...

Tribal leaders, members react to pope's apology on schools

Jul. 26, 2022 01:35 AM EDT

MASKWACIS, Alberta (AP) — Pope Francis' apology Monday for the Catholic Church’s role in Canada's residential school system and the abuses that took place within it was a full-throated denunciation of a decadeslong policy of forced assimilation that aimed to strip Indigenous children of their...