Latest Native Americans News

Syracuse University appoints diversity director for sports

Jul. 10, 2020 2:02 AM EDT

Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack has added a position to his department, bucking a trend toward athletic cuts during the coronavirus pandemic. Salatha T. Willis was named associate athletic director for diversity, culture and climate this week. He is charged with developing and implementing new ways to...

Two people walk down the steps outside the Supreme Court, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Justices rule swath of Oklahoma remains tribal reservation

Jul. 9, 2020 3:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma remains an American Indian reservation, a decision that state and federal officials have warned could throw Oklahoma into chaos. The court's 5-4 decision, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, means that Oklahoma...

Local restrictions in place as COVID-19 cases increase

Jul. 8, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Local governments and agencies are placing restrictions on gatherings and are urging residents to wear masks as the number of reported COVID-19 cases in Montana continues to increase. Another eight people associated with Canyon Creek Memory Care in Billings have tested positive for...

Native American groups urge change for Utah school team

Jul. 8, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

BOUNTIFUL, Utah (AP) — A Native American group asked a Utah school district to stop using the name “Braves” for a high school team. James Courage Singer of the Utah League of Native American Voters urged the Davis School District to stop using the name and mascot at Bountiful High School in...

Governor's vetos could cost New Mexico tribes some funding

Jul. 8, 2020 5:42 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham used her line-item veto power to preserve executive control over hundreds of millions of dollars in federal coronavirus relief funding, a move that could mean the loss of additional financial assistance for some Native American communities. Lujan...

In this Nov. 24, 2019 photo, a sculpture of former slave and later abolitionist, writer Olaudah Equiano by London based artist Christy Symington, sits on display at the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool, England, Britain. Activists and towns in the U.S. are left wondering what to do with empty spaces that once honored historic figures tied to racism as statues and monuments fell in June 2020. The Equiano image has been suggested as a replacement. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Monuments and statues are falling. But what comes next?

Jul. 8, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

TIERRA AMARILLA, N.M. (AP) — The dusty town of Tierra Amarilla perches in the shadows of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Here, five decades ago, this poor northern New Mexico community saw one of the most violent clashes in civil rights history when armed Mexican American ranchers raided a courthouse in a...

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. A federal judge on Monday, July 6, 2020, sided with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and ordered the Dakota Access pipeline to shut down until more environmental review is done. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Judge rejects Dakota Access request for emergency order

Jul. 8, 2020 2:18 AM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday rejected a request for an emergency order to delay the process of shutting down the Dakota Access pipeline while attorneys appeal a ruling to shutter the pipeline during the course of an environmental review. Pipeline attorneys filed the motion — along...

FILE - San Francisco Police Auxiliary Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) volunteer David Flynn offers face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus at Dolores Park in San Francisco, Sunday, May 24, 2020. California is creating roving

The Latest: New Zealand to charge patient who went shopping

Jul. 7, 2020 10:21 PM EDT

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand authorities say they will press charges against a coronavirus patient who escaped quarantine in Auckland and went shopping at a supermarket. Air Commodore Darryn Webb, the head of managed isolation and quarantine, said the 32-year-old man escaped through a fence at...

FILE - In this June 23, 2013, file photo, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, of Slovakia, hoists the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-2 in Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals in Boston. Hossa has been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame's class of 2020. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

Blackhawks say team name honors namesake who inspired

Jul. 7, 2020 9:28 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks say they will continue to use their team name because it honors a Native American leader who has been an inspiration to generations. “The Chicago Blackhawks name and logo symbolizes an important and historic person, Black Hawk of Illinois’ Sac & Fox...

FILE - This June 10, 1999, file photograph shows the bronze statue of Andrew Jackson in front of Jackson, Miss., City Hall. The City Council voted 5-1, Tuesday, July 7, 2020, to relocate the bronze figure in a less prominent spot. It's the latest of many changes in the United States as people reconsider monuments to historical figures with connections to slavery and racism. Jackson, the nation's seventh president, owned enslaved people and oversaw the forced migration of Native Americans in which many died. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Andrew Jackson statue loses status in city named for him

Jul. 7, 2020 8:54 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi city named after former U.S. President Andrew Jackson will remove a downtown statue of him and put it in a less prominent spot. The City Council in Jackson, Mississippi, voted 5-1 Tuesday to relocate the bronze figure that has stood outside City Hall for decades. It's...