Latest Tribal governments News

Former tribal official sentenced to prison for bribery

Nov. 21, 2022 15:16 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former Three Affiliated Tribes official was sentenced Monday to six years and three months in federal prison after pleading guilty to a scheme that involved soliciting and accepting bribes and kickbacks from a contractor providing construction services on the Fort Berthold...

Bison spread as Native American tribes reclaim stewardship

Nov. 21, 2022 07:58 AM EST

BADLANDS NATIONAL PARK, S.D. (AP) — Perched atop a fence at Badlands National Park, Troy Heinert peered from beneath his wide-brimmed hat into a corral where 100 wild bison awaited transfer to the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Descendants of bison that once roamed North America's...

Politics, climate conspire as Tigris and Euphrates dwindle

Nov. 18, 2022 08:56 AM EST

DAWWAYAH, Iraq and ILISU DAM, Turkey (AP) — Next year, the water will come. The pipes have been laid to Ata Yigit’s sprawling farm in Turkey’s southeast connecting it to a dam on the Euphrates River. A dream, soon to become a reality, he says. He’s already grown a small corn...

US House eyes prospect of seating Cherokee Nation delegate

Nov. 16, 2022 19:07 PM EST

The Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma moved a step closer on Wednesday to having a promise fulfilled from nearly 200 years ago that a delegate from the tribe be seated in Congress. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin was among those who testified before the U.S. House Rules...

Former tribal leader gets 3 years in casino bribery case

Nov. 16, 2022 10:54 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The former leader of a Massachusetts Native American tribe convicted of accepting bribes including exercise equipment and a weekend stay at a luxury hotel from an architectural firm working with the tribe to build a casino has been sentenced to three years in prison. ...

Walmart to pay $3.1 billion to state, local and tribal governments over toll of opioids it dispensed

Nov. 15, 2022 07:26 AM EST
BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Walmart to pay $3.1 billion to state, local and tribal governments over toll of opioids it dispensed.

Buu Nygren uses familiar platform to win Navajo presidency

Nov. 09, 2022 18:16 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Buu Nygren entered the Navajo presidential race with a platform echoed by generations of candidates: deliver basic needs on the vast reservation where most roads are unpaved and thousands of families don't have running water or electricity. His expectation...

Justices seem to favor most of Native child welfare law

Nov. 09, 2022 17:01 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appeared likely Wednesday to leave in place most of a federal law that gives preference to Native American families in foster care and adoption proceedings of Native children. The justices heard more than three hours of arguments in a broad...

Buu Nygren wins Navajo Nation president, beats incumbent

Nov. 09, 2022 03:39 AM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Buu Nygren has ousted Jonathan Nez as president of the Navajo Nation, a position that wields influence nationally because of the size of the tribe’s reservation in the U.S. Southwest and its huge population. Nygren defeated Nez in the nonpartisan race with...

Navajo legislative leader to resign but remain a lawmaker

Nov. 07, 2022 19:20 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The head of the Navajo Nation's legislative branch said he will resign from his leadership role after he was photographed intoxicated in Las Vegas but will retain his position as a tribal lawmaker. Seth Damon announced Friday he would resign as Navajo Nation...