Latest Native Americans News

Work begins managing water rights on Flathead reservation

Jan. 23, 2022 08:19 AM EST

RONAN, Mont. (AP) — After seven years of work and controversy, the Flathead Water Compact officially got in gear managing one of the Flathead Indian Reservation’s most valuable assets. On Thursday, four new board members took their seats and outlined the rules for granting,...

Yellowstone National Park to mark 150th anniversary in 2022

Jan. 22, 2022 10:19 AM EST

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park is about to turn 150 years old on March 1, and an array of activities are planned to honor the occasion. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, park staff haven’t scheduled large-scale events commemorating Yellowstone’s sesquicentennial....

Virginia’s Patawomeck tribe seeks federal recognition

Jan. 22, 2022 09:09 AM EST

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Ancestors of a local Native American tribe hope Congress will help them achieve federal recognition. “Our native ancestors were the first people here,” Patawomeck Chief Charles “Bootsie” Bullock said. “It’s time to be recognized, just as the...

High court could limit 2020 tribal land decision in Oklahoma

Jan. 21, 2022 18:47 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider limiting a recent decision about Native American land in Oklahoma that the state says has produced chaos in its courts. The justices said they would take up a question to clarify whether the state can prosecute...

Western Native Voice sets up voter registration kiosks

Jan. 21, 2022 17:17 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An organization whose work includes increasing Native American participation in elections wants to make it easier for people to register to vote after the 2021 Legislature ended Election Day registration. Western Native Voice has begun placing voter...

New approach to teaching race in school divides New Mexico

Jan. 20, 2022 18:57 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A proposal to overhaul New Mexico’s social studies standards has stirred debate over how race should be taught in schools, with thousands of parents and teachers weighing in on changes that would dramatically increase instruction related to racial and social identity...

Native American tribe, New Mexico ink water leasing deal

Jan. 20, 2022 18:48 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Native American tribe has agreed to lease more of its water to help address dwindling supplies in the Colorado River Basin, officials announced Thursday. The agreement involves the Jicarilla Apache Nation, the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission and...

Gov. issues emergency order over green crab infestation

Jan. 19, 2022 19:43 PM EST

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee has issued an emergency order to address the exponential population growth of the invasive European green crab within the Lummi Nation’s Sea Pond, Makah Bay, Grays Harbor, and Willapa Bay. The emergency order was issued Wednesday in an...

Feds OK renaming Lake County creek to remove offensive name

Jan. 19, 2022 12:51 PM EST

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — A federal board has renamed a Lake County creek to remove its longtime name considered offensive to Native Americans. The U.S. Board on Geographic Names approved the change in December that officially renamed Squaw Creek to Manitou Creek, although it will take...

Indigenous woman to lead Smithsonian American Indian museum

Jan. 19, 2022 12:48 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An Indigenous New Mexico woman has been named to lead the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Cynthia Chavez Lamar will be the first Native American woman to serve as the museum’s director when she takes over on Feb. 14. She’s...