Latest Native Americans News

Elevated opioid risks found at Native American hospitals

Jul. 22, 2019 4:23 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. government hospitals put Native American patients at increased risk for opioid abuse and overdoses, failing to follow their own protocols for prescribing and dispensing the drugs, according to a federal audit made public Monday. The report by the U.S. Department of Health and...

The Latest: Navajo Nation wants feds to address opioid risk

Jul. 22, 2019 4:07 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Latest on a federal audit that found U.S. government hospitals put Native Americans at risk of opioid abuse (all times local): 1:05 p.m. Navajo Nation leaders are troubled by a federal audit that found government hospitals have put Native American patients more at risk for...

Canada mine waste prompts calls for better water protection

Jul. 22, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — Towns, tribes and politicians in U.S. states bordering British Columbia are seeking better oversight and stricter regulations to protect them from hazardous pollution that flow downstream from coal mines in the Canadian province. Leaders in Libby, Troy and Eureka, towns along the...

Pioneering Native American author honored with peace prize

Jul. 22, 2019 8:37 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Native American author whose writings have highlighted his indigenous culture is this year's winner of a lifetime achievement award celebrating literature's power to foster peace, social justice and global understanding. Dayton Literary Peace Prize officials selected novelist, poet and...

Protest decries plan to detain migrant kids at Oklahoma base

Jul. 20, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — More than 100 demonstrators protested Saturday in withering heat outside an Oklahoma Army base against the Trump administration's plans to detain migrant children there. Japanese Americans and Native Americans are among those who took part in Saturday's march to Fort Sill and rally in...

US lawmakers propose ban on export of tribes' sacred items

Jul. 18, 2019 5:10 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of U.S. lawmakers made another push Thursday to ban collectors and vendors from exporting Native American ceremonial items to foreign markets, including Paris, where there has been uproar over auction houses listing tribal pieces for sale over the years. The lawmakers...

Ex-CIA operative Plame's House bid gets many small donors

Jul. 17, 2019 6:40 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of small campaign contributions have helped propelled former CIA operative and author Valerie Plame to the financial lead in a crowded primary competition for an open New Mexico congressional seat in 2020. The Democrat raised $236,000 in May and June, with nearly 3,700...

Alaska village will install new river power generator

Jul. 17, 2019 6:25 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A tiny Native village in southwest Alaska has turned to an emerging technology to transform the power of a local river into a sustainable energy source that's expected to free residents from dependency on costly diesel fuel. The village council in Igiugig is the first tribal entity...

Federal data shows opioid shipments ballooned as crisis grew

Jul. 17, 2019 1:29 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — Newly released federal data shows how drugmakers and distributors increased shipments of opioid painkillers across the U.S. as the nation's addiction crisis accelerated from 2006 to 2012. The data, released this week by a federal court in Ohio as part of a far-reaching opioids case, shows...

Feds missed 2nd deadline for Congress' tribal safety bills

Jul. 16, 2019 12:26 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. officials tasked with carrying out federal public safety policy for tribes missed a deadline to provide input on legislation to curb violence against Native American women for a second straight month. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota, had set a July 8 deadline for...