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North Dakota, tribes reach settlement over voter ID lawsuit

Feb. 13, 2020 12:26 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota reached a proposed settlement agreement Thursday with American Indians who sued over the state’s voter ID laws requiring residents to provide a street address, arguing they are a form of voter suppression. A merican Indians argue that such addresses are not always...

A protester holds a placard at a rally of advocates to voice opposition to efforts by the Trump administration to weaken the National Environmental Policy Act, which is the country's basic charter for protection of the outdoors on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Push to scale back US environmental law draws ire at hearing

Feb. 11, 2020 5:04 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday hosted the first of two hearings on its proposal to speed energy and other projects by rolling back a landmark environmental law. Opponents from Western states argued the long-term benefits of keeping the environmental reviews. Among other changes,...

National Democratic Front of Bodoland cadres shout slogans at an event to celebrate signing of a peace accord in Kokrajhar, a town 250 kilometers (150 miles) west of Gauhati, India, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. Modi said on Friday that his government will continue its peace push in insurgency-wracked northeast bordering China and Myanmar where signing of accords with key rebel groups led to surrender by thousands of fighters. The prime minister said decades of violent insurrection ended in the Bodo tribal heartland in Assam state following the signing of the Jan. 27 agreement by the government with the rebel group. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

India to continue rebel peace accord push in troubled areas

Feb. 7, 2020 9:02 AM EST

GAUHATI, India (AP) — Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Friday his government will continue its peace push in insurgency-wracked northeastern India, where accords with key rebel groups have led to the surrender of thousands of fighters. Modi said decades of violent insurrection ended in the Bodo tribal...

An aerial view of the Guarani Mbya tribe's land, below center, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Jan. 31, 2020. Members of the tribe, living in the smallest demarcated indigenous land of Brazil, were surprised by workers with chainsaws who were making way for a five-building apartment complex in a nearby forested area. They say they weren’t consulted, as the law states, but the company has permits to build. The tension between a builder with projects in nine Brazilian states and a 40-family indigenous community is a microcosm of what’s playing out elsewhere in the country. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Tiny indigenous land highlights Brazil's environmental woes

Feb. 4, 2020 7:33 PM EST

SAO PAULO (AP) — Their bodies painted black, dozens of members the Brazil’s Guarani Mbya tribe lift their hands and sing a mourning song for hundreds of felled trees beside their village. They weep, chant and perform funeral rites for a lost patch of forest on the edge of Latin America’s...

Yemen sources: US drone destroyed building housing al-Qaida

Feb. 1, 2020 1:04 PM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Tribal leaders said Saturday a suspected U.S. drone strike destroyed a building housing al-Qaida militants last week in eastern Yemen. President Donald Trump, meanwhile, retweeted several tweets and media reports that seemed to offer confirmation the Jan. 25 strike killed top al-Qaida...

FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2011, file photo, Leland Anthony, Arizona Rep. for Indian Health Incorp., left, speaks with Navajo code talker Joe Vandever Sr. during Native American Day at the roundhouse in Santa Fe, New Mexico. One of the few remaining Navajo Code Talkers who used their native language to confound the Japanese in World War II has died. Joe Vandever Sr. died of health complications Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Haystack, New Mexico, west of Grants, according to his family. He was 96. Tribal leaders called Vandever a

Navajo Code Talker dies at 96; less than a handful remain

Jan. 31, 2020 2:22 PM EST

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — One of the few remaining Navajo Code Talkers who used their native language to confound the Japanese in World War II has died. Joe Vandever Sr. died of health complications Friday in Haystack, New Mexico, according to his family. He was 96. Tribal leaders called Vandever a...

Ex-militiaman arrested in Guatemala in war crimes case

Jan. 29, 2020 5:49 PM EST

GUATEMALA CITY (AP) — A former member of Guatemala's paramilitary community patrols was arrested Wednesday on charges of crimes against humanity, after he was deported from the United States. Francisco Cuxum Alvarado allegedly participated in mass rapes of indigenous women between 1981 and 1985, during...

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2019 file photo, a supporter of Shiite rebels, known as Houthis, holds a banner with Arabic writing that reads,

Fighting sharply rises in Yemen, endangering peace efforts

Jan. 29, 2020 7:57 AM EST

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A drastic escalation in fighting between the Saudi-led military coalition and Houthi rebels in Yemen has killed and wounded hundreds of people over the past week, officials and tribal leaders said Monday. The U.S.-backed Arab coalition battling to restore Yemen’s internationally...

Pakistani legislator and leader of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement, Mohsin Dawar arrives at a Press Club to address a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. Dawar condemned the arrest of Manzoor Pashteen and announced countrywide protests. Pakistani security forces have arrested Pashteen the leader of a prominent human rights group. The group accuses the military of committing widespread abuses in its war on terror. A local police official said. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Pakistan arrests human rights leader who criticized army

Jan. 27, 2020 11:18 AM EST

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani security forces on Monday arrested the leader of a human rights group that has accused the military of committing widespread abuses in its war on terror. Manzoor Pashteen was detained along with six others in a pre-dawn raid in the the northwestern city of Peshawar, said...

In this May 30, 2018, photo, Montville High School's Alexis Michon throws a pitch during a playoff game against Waterford in Montville, Conn. As Native American logos and mascots face growing scrutiny from state lawmakers, the Mohegan Tribe, which traces its local history back for centuries, said it no longer supports the use of Indian-related team names. (Sarah Gordon/The Day via AP)

Connecticut tribe takes issue with schools’ Indian names

Jan. 27, 2020 11:16 AM EST

MONTVILLE, Conn. (AP) — For decades the Montville High School athletic teams have competed as the “Indians” with the blessing of the Mohegans, the Native American tribe that traces its local history back centuries and today operates one of the world’s biggest casinos. Then last week,...