Latest Native Americans News

Senate passes bill to save funding for black colleges

Dec. 5, 2019 6:23 PM EST

The Senate on Thursday passed a bipartisan deal that would permanently restore funding to historically black colleges and universities and other schools that serve large shares of minority students. The legislation also would simplify the federal form used to apply for student financial aid. Although the amended...

Oklahoma tribe warns 'intolerable risk' over gaming dispute

Dec. 5, 2019 5:06 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With a deadline for new Oklahoma gaming compact looming, a Native American tribe has warned the federal government that it might take legal action to avoid disruption to tribal casino operations in the state. Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby sent a letter Tuesday to the U.S....

Birney-area man sentenced for woman's strangulation death

Dec. 5, 2019 11:59 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A resident of Montana's Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for a woman's strangulation death in February 2018. Randy Lee Littlebird, 36, pleaded guilty in July to second-degree murder, strangulation and domestic abuse by an habitual...

Alaska governor seeks public input on Native tribal schools

Dec. 5, 2019 9:42 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's governor wants public input on an upcoming bill to set up a legal framework for Alaska Native tribal governments to operate K-12 schools, officials said. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy plans to introduce the bill during the next legislative session, The Anchorage Daily News...

Appeals court tosses lawsuit from artist over dog poop flap

Dec. 5, 2019 12:30 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico appeals court has upheld a decision to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Native American artist who was cleaning up dog poop but mistaken for a burglar. The Albuquerque Journal reports the state Court of Appeals recently affirmed a District Court decision that the...

Washington state gets first Native American justice

Dec. 4, 2019 5:49 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee named Judge Raquel Montoya-Lewis to the state Supreme Court on Wednesday, saying the appointment of the first Native American justice to the state’s highest court marked a historic day. Montoya-Lewis, an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Isleta who is...

Broken lights close Alaska tribal airport to night flights

Dec. 4, 2019 9:27 AM EST

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska Native community airport has been unable to receive night flights or medevac flights because of disabled runway lights, officials said. Alaska's Energy Desk reported that officials noticed Quinhagak’s runway lights were not working properly in September. The damage...

School district to appeal ruling on use of ‘Redskins,’ logos

Dec. 3, 2019 4:28 PM EST

LANGHORNE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania school district will appeal a state commission’s ruling that it can continue to call its sports teams “Redskins” but must remove logos that “negatively stereotype Native Americans.” The Neshaminy School District board voted 9-0 Monday...

Greta Thunberg’s North Dakota photo is at national library

Dec. 2, 2019 6:57 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A photo of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg at a Native American reservation in North Dakota has been archived at the Library of Congress in Washington. Shane Balkowitsch, who took the photo, preserved the image on a glass plate and titled it “Standing For Us...

Research team to take fresh look at delicate artifacts

Dec. 2, 2019 6:11 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Sandals and baskets that have withstood the ravages of time will be among the perishable artifacts analyzed by a team of scientists looking to learn more about a corner of the southwestern United States that was first excavated decades ago. Depending on what they uncover, officials...