Latest Native Americans News

Native students exercise right to wear regalia at graduation

May. 26, 2022 17:13 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. ...

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...

Native American student told to remove feather at graduation

May. 19, 2022 12:59 PM EDT

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — A Native American student was forced to remove an eagle feather prior to her high school graduation ceremony in northeastern Oklahoma. Broken Arrow student Lena’ Black, who is Otoe-Missouria and Osage, told the Tulsa World the feather was attached to...

Native fish returns to Maine lake after two-century absence

May. 19, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

CHINA, Maine (AP) — A species of fish has returned to a central Maine lake for the first time in generations. Alewives, a kind of herring, reached China Lake this month, WMTW-TV reported on Wednesday. That hasn't happened since the Revolutionary War era, the station reported. ...

2 Pine Ridge dams to get repairs from infrastructure deal

May. 19, 2022 05:44 AM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A pair of dams on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota will get safety repairs with part of $29 million in funding from the federal infrastructure deal, the Department of the Interior announced Wednesday. Both the Oglala Dam and Allen Dam are...

Panel recommends replacing Massachusetts seal, motto

May. 18, 2022 15:38 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The commission put together to study the racial implications of the Massachusetts state seal and motto has voted unanimously to recommend that both be replaced. The Special Commission on the Official Seal and Motto of the Commonwealth, made up of lawmakers, members of...