Latest Native Americans News

Judge sides with Treasury in tribes' coronavirus relief case

Jan. 28, 2022 18:42 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge has sided with the Treasury Department in a case that challenged the distribution of coronavirus relief aid to Native American governments. Tribal governments had received $4.8 billion from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security...

LA, NYC killings spark anger, raise risk for homeless people

Jan. 28, 2022 00:24 AM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three random killings — a woman pushed in front of a train, another punched at a bus stop and a third stabbed to death while working alone in a store, all allegedly committed by homeless men — have reignited anger, fear and frustration with the intractable issue of...

California museum returns massacre remains to Wiyot Tribe

Jan. 27, 2022 13:07 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The most vulnerable members of the Wiyot Tribe were asleep the morning of Feb. 26, 1860, when a band of white men slipped into their Northern California villages under darkness and slaughtered them. Many of the children, women and elderly slain in what became...

New Mexico Democrats seek sweeping voting access changes

Jan. 26, 2022 16:17 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A statewide holiday on Election Day to encourage voting. Automated restoration of voting rights for ex-convicts. More time to distribute and count absentee ballots. Democratic lawmakers have a lengthy wish list in New Mexico as they seek to expand access to...

Canada First Nation finds possible burial sites at school

Jan. 25, 2022 22:39 PM EST

WILLIAMS LAKE, British Columbia (AP) — A First Nation in Canada says a preliminary geophysical investigation has identified 93 possible burial sites around the site of a church-run boarding school. Chief Willie Sellars of the Williams Lake First Nation said Tuesday that excavation...

California redwood forest returned to Native American tribes

Jan. 25, 2022 20:42 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The descendants of Native American tribes on the Northern California coast are reclaiming a bit of their heritage that includes ancient redwoods that have stood since their ancestors walked the land. Save the Redwoods League planned to announce Tuesday that it is...

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...