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Tribal liaison dives into Minnesota ski area expansion talks

Nov. 28, 2021 11:46 AM EST

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — The Superior National Forest's first full-time tribal liaison says he wants to work with the federal government on proposed expansion of the Lutsen Mountains Ski Area. Juan Martinez started his new role in January, but he didn’t move to Minnesota...

Federal grant will connect all 4 Nelson Island communities

Nov. 26, 2021 15:00 PM EST

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — A federal grant will allow an extensive trail system to connect all four communities on Nelson Island, just off Alaska’s western coast. The $12 million grant will pay to take the trail the last link, from Toksook Bay, which received the federal...

Native American leaders say Chaco prayers being answered

Nov. 25, 2021 11:12 AM EST

CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORIC PARK, N.M. (AP) — The stillness that enveloped Chaco Canyon was almost deafening, broken only by the sound of a raven's wings batting the air while it circled overhead. Then a chorus of leaders from several Native American tribes began...

Marcella LeBeau, WWII nurse and tribal leader, dies at 102

Nov. 23, 2021 15:08 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Marcella Rose LeBeau, an Army nurse who was honored for her service during World War II and leadership in the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, has died. She was 102. Family members said she “passed on to journey to the next world” late Sunday in...

Interior head: Chaco protections ‘millennia in the making’

Nov. 22, 2021 18:32 PM EST

CHACO CULTURE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, N.M. (AP) — A few big rigs carried oilfield equipment on a winding road near Chaco Culture National Historical Park, cutting through desert badlands and sage. Mobile homes and traditional Navajo dwellings dotted the landscape, with a smattering of...

California governor pardons 2 in Native American recognition

Nov. 19, 2021 19:47 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday said he had pardoned two members of California Indian tribes coinciding with Native American Heritage Month. The month “honors the vibrancy and resiliency of Native American culture,” his office said, and the...

Capitol's Mason statue sparks debate — should it be removed?

Nov. 18, 2021 17:56 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The idea of relocating a 1.5-ton (1,500 kg) statue of Capt. John Mason, located on the Connecticut State Capitol building, sparked strong opinions Thursday, with tribal leaders saying it's an affront to still have a marble figure of the man who led the 1637 massacre...

Tribes welcome infusion of money in infrastructure bill

Nov. 17, 2021 18:42 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tribes welcomed an infusion of money in the massive infrastructure bill to expand broadband coverage, fix roads and address water and sanitation needs, but they say real change will come only with sustained investment. President Joe Biden signed...

Mason City school district drops 'Mohawk' mascot, name

Nov. 16, 2021 13:32 PM EST

MASON CITY, Iowa (AP) — Mason City schools will drop the mascot “Mohawks” in favor of a brand that doesn’t exploit Native American tribal symbols and imagery. The Mason City Board of Education voted Monday to retire the “Mohawk” name and mascot and begin the...

Biden boosts crime fighting efforts on Native American lands

Nov. 15, 2021 17:28 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Monday ordered several Cabinet departments to work together to combat human trafficking and crime on Native American lands, where violent crime rates are more than double the national average. Speaking at a White House summit on...