Latest Native Americans News

S. Dakota AG hires missing Indigenous, trafficking positions

Nov. 30, 2022 14:30 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's attorney general on Wednesday announced that he has filled a position to coordinate efforts from state, tribal and local law enforcement agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations, to tackle alarming rates of Indigenous people going missing or having their...

Biden pledges new commitments, respect for tribal nations

Nov. 30, 2022 13:32 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday pledged to give Native Americans a stronger voice in federal affairs, promising at the first in-person summit on tribal affairs in six years that he would foster “respect for Indigenous knowledge and tribal consultations” in government...

Naturopath who sold fake vaccine cards gets nearly 3 years

Nov. 29, 2022 20:27 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A naturopathic doctor who sold fake COVID-19 immunization treatments and fraudulent vaccination cards during the height of the coronavirus pandemic was sentenced in California on Tuesday to nearly three years in prison, federal prosecutors said. Juli A. Mazi...

Researchers seek lost Native American boarding school graves

Nov. 29, 2022 17:08 PM EST

GENOA, Neb. (AP) — The bodies of more than 80 Native American children are buried at the former Genoa Indian Industrial School in central Nebraska. But for decades, the location of the student cemetery has been a mystery, lost over time after the school closed in 1931 and memories...

Judge orders Enbridge, tribe to form emergency pipeline plan

Nov. 29, 2022 11:55 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered energy company Enbridge Inc. and an American Indian tribe to come up with an emergency plan to prevent potential spills from an aging oil pipeline running across the tribe's reservation. The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa...

Braun, protester of Dakota Access pipeline, dies at 53

Nov. 28, 2022 19:48 PM EST

EAGLE BUTTE, S.D. (AP) — Joye Braun, a fierce advocate for Native American rights and an organizer of protests against the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines, has died. Braun, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux, died Nov. 13 at age 53 at her home in Eagle Butte, South...

Asian faiths try to save swastika symbol corrupted by Hitler

Nov. 27, 2022 09:13 AM EST

Sheetal Deo was shocked when she got a letter from her Queens apartment building’s co-op board calling her Diwali decoration “offensive” and demanding she take it down. “My decoration said ‘Happy Diwali’ and had a swastika on it,” said Deo, a physician, who was...

Next act for Palin unclear after Alaska House losses

Nov. 24, 2022 12:44 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Republican Sarah Palin re-emerged in Alaska politics over a decade after resigning as governor with hopes of winning the state’s U.S. House seat. She had a lot going for her: unbeatable name recognition, the backing of former President Donald Trump in a state he carried...

Peltola, 1st Alaska Native in Congress, wins full term

Nov. 24, 2022 07:15 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mary Peltola has been elected to a full term in the House, months after the Alaska Democrat won a special election to the seat following the death earlier this year of longtime Republican Rep. Don Young. Peltola defeated Republicans Sarah Palin and...

Bison's relocation to Native lands revives a spiritual bond

Nov. 22, 2022 15:58 PM EST

BULL HOLLOW, Okla. (AP) — Ryan Mackey quietly sang a sacred Cherokee verse as he pulled a handful of tobacco out of a zip-close bag. Reaching over a barbed wire fence, he scattered the leaves onto the pasture where a growing herd of bison — popularly known as American buffalo — grazed in...