Latest Native Americans News

Seaside towns offer free beach passes to Native Americans

May. 28, 2022 07:40 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Seaside communities in New England are providing free beach access to Native Americans as the summer season kicks off this Memorial Day weekend. Officials in Narragansett, Rhode Island, earlier this month approved free seasonal beach passes for anyone with a valid...

Tribal request to halt Arizona copper mine work is denied

May. 27, 2022 15:58 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected a request by Native American tribes to stop Toronto-based Hudbay Minerals Inc. from preparing a planned new Arizona copper mine's site in the Santa Rita Mountains near Tucson. U.S. District Judge James Soto refused to issue a...

Native students exercise right to wear regalia at graduation

May. 26, 2022 20:50 PM EDT

CEDAR CITY, Utah (AP) — She walked up a red carpet and crossed a stage to accept her diploma wearing an eagle feather beaded onto her cap that her mother had gifted her. Amryn Tom graduated this week from southern Utah's Cedar City High School. Her family cheered. ...

San Francisco schools ban 'chief' from occupational titles

May. 26, 2022 20:04 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco Unified School District will no longer use the word “chief” in job titles because of concerns from Native Americans. District officials said they haven't decided what they will use instead of “chief.” The San Francisco Chronicle first...

Federal judge: South Dakota violating voter registration act

May. 26, 2022 18:34 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A judge ruled Thursday that South Dakota is violating federal laws by failing to make it easier to vote. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Piersol of South Dakota sided with two American Indian tribes, the Rosebud Sioux and the Oglala Sioux. The tribes argued in...

Lower Brule tribe sues Lyman County over redistricting plan

May. 24, 2022 12:27 PM EDT

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Lower Brule Sioux Tribe is suing Lyman County in federal court for delaying a redistricting plan that would ensure the timely election of tribal candidates to the County Commission. The tribe says the delay prevents them from electing two commissioners in...

New Mexico advocates review plan aimed at education deficits

May. 22, 2022 01:50 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's governor has presented a long-awaited plan that would set goals for academic proficiency as the state struggles to resolve a lawsuit by frustrated parents who won a court ruling saying the state is failing to provide an adequate education for the vast majority...

Nearly 8,000-year-old skull found in Minnesota River

May. 21, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. (AP) — A partial skull that was discovered last summer by two kayakers in Minnesota will be returned to Native American officials after investigations determined it was about 8,000 years old. The kayakers found the skull in the drought-depleted Minnesota River...

2 New Mexico tribes closer to recreational cannabis sales

May. 20, 2022 15:29 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico tribes have signed an agreement with state officials recognizing the tribe’s authority to collect taxes on sales of cannabis products. The move announced by state officials Thursday after it was signed last week further formalizes potential...

Minnesota sports betting bill advances as budget items stall

May. 19, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A proposal to legalize sports betting survived a test Thursday amid lawmakers' efforts to pull together the pieces of a package to spend Minnesota's enormous budget surplus with just days remaining in the legislative session. The bill, authored by Republican...