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Chan, Zuckerberg fighting Native American vaccine hesitancy

Jan. 18, 2022 15:15 PM EST

Dallas Goldtooth, known for his role in the hit FX television series “Reservation Dogs,” slowly swivels in his chair to face the camera in a recent TikTok video. As he looks at the audience, a voice-over announcer says, “When people refuse to get vaccinated but also talk about protecting...

Tribal chairman gives South Dakota lawmakers history lesson

Jan. 13, 2022 18:02 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The chairman of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate offered South Dakota's Legislature a history lesson on Thursday during the annual State of the Tribes address, as he emphasized tribal sovereignty and government-to-government relations. Chairman Delbert Hopkins Jr....

Blackfeet tribe retracts COVID-19 restrictions

Jan. 11, 2022 19:08 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana's Blackfeet Tribe on Tuesday retracted the COVID-19 restrictions that were announced a day earlier. The chair of the Tribal Business Council said Monday's restrictions were based on case guidelines that were in effect early in the pandemic. ...

Charges filed against Electron Hydro over river pollution

Jan. 11, 2022 13:39 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Three dozen criminal charges have been filed against Electron Hydro and its chief operating officer Thom Fischer in connection with a 2020 spill of crumb rubber into the Puyallup River. Washington Attorney General Robert Ferguson filed the 36 gross misdemeanor...

Newly affirmed, tribe looks at casino plans with fresh eyes

Jan. 09, 2022 10:06 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — As he begins his first full year in office, the new head of a Massachusetts tribe says he intends to take a cautious approach to gambling while turning attention to social challenges and other economic opportunities for its members. Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Chairman...

Navajo council votes to send big checks to tribal members

Jan. 05, 2022 15:16 PM EST

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation's tribal council has voted to send $2,000 checks to each qualified adult and $600 for each child using $557 million in federal coronavirus relief funds. Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez will have 10 days after formally receiving the...

1972 ushered in post-termination era of change for US tribes

Jan. 05, 2022 11:25 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Fifty years ago, Standing Rock Sioux writer and activist Vine Deloria Jr. offered this prescription of sorts. “In the long run, I think we are on our way back at the same time the rest of American society is going down,” he said in a 1972 interview. “Almost any...

Overdue education plan frustrates New Mexico native leaders

Jan. 04, 2022 19:43 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s plan to address the needs of underserved Indigenous students hasn’t been shared with tribal leaders or the public despite promises made by state officials that they would do so last year. Tribal leaders were expecting to be invited to comment...

US judge blocks work at Nevada geothermal plant for 90 days

Jan. 04, 2022 19:16 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge said Tuesday he intends to temporarily block any construction work for 90 days at a proposed geothermal power plant in Nevada that opponents said would destroy a sacred tribal site and could result in extinction of a rare toad being considered for endangered...

Yucca Mountain remains in debate over nuclear waste storage

Jan. 01, 2022 13:11 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Mounting opposition to proposed nuclear waste storage sites in Texas and New Mexico has kept Yucca Mountain in Nevada in the national debate over what to do with the growing stockpile of radioactive material scattered around the country. The Biden administration is...