Latest Native Americans News

Arizona Indigenous cold cases to be probed by new task force

Aug. 13, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. officials are opening an office in Arizona aimed at investigating cold cases involving Indigenous people who have been killed or are missing. The office will open in the Gila River Indian Community south of Phoenix on Thursday. The task force is part of an effort to address unsolved...

State seeks to intervene in lawsuit over mineral rights

Aug. 13, 2020 8:21 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The state of North Dakota wants to intervene in a lawsuit filed by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation over mineral rights under Lake Sakakawea within the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. MHA Nation is suing the federal government over a decision the U.S. Department of the...

Native American man seeks further delay of federal execution

Aug. 12, 2020 9:10 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Attorneys for the only Native American on federal death row are asking a judge to delay his upcoming execution while they argue that the procedures should be consistent with Arizona law. Lezmond Mitchell, who is Navajo, is set to be put to death on Aug. 26 at the federal prison in...

New office in New Mexico to focus on Indigenous cold cases

Aug. 12, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. officials have opened an office in New Mexico dedicated to investigating cold cases involving Indigenous people who are missing or have been killed. The office in Albuquerque is part of an effort to address violence against Native Americans and Alaska Natives, particularly...

Stitt seeks another hearing in tribal gaming agreements case

Aug. 12, 2020 5:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is seeking another hearing before the state Supreme Court regarding its recent ruling on tribal gaming compacts that deemed the state's agreements with two Native American tribes invalid. The state's high court determined last month that Stitt's compacts with...

Tribe says new border wall harming burial sites; sues Trump

Aug. 12, 2020 4:38 PM EDT

San Diego (AP) — A California tribe whose ancestral lands span across the U.S.-Mexico border is suing the Trump administration to block construction of a section of border wall that the Kumeyaay people say is desecrating sacred burial sites. The La Posta Band of Diegueno Mission Indians filed the lawsuit...

History Colorado offers to display toppled Civil War statue

Aug. 12, 2020 2:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A history museum in Colorado has offered to display the Civil War statue toppled by protesters outside of the state capitol earlier this summer. History Colorado said it would display the statue, which depicts a Union cavalryman, along with an explanation for why it was created, KUSA-TV...

FILE - In this June 20, 2018, file photo, U.S. Attorney Trent Shores speaks at a news conference Tulsa, Okla. Federal prosecutors from as far away as New York and Florida are helping the U.S. attorney in Tulsa deal with what he describes as a

US attorney experiencing 'tidal wave' of cases after ruling

Aug. 11, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors from as far away as New York and Florida are helping the U.S. attorney in Tulsa, Oklahoma, deal with what he described Tuesday as a “tidal wave" of new cases resulting from a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of...

Tourists relax the use of their pandemic masks while gathered to view a seal swimming near their tour boat, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, off Portland, Maine. The state has one of the lowest number of coronavirus cases in the country. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

"Masked Moose" among public health projects on way in Maine

Aug. 11, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Dozens of cities, towns and tribal governments around Maine will receive $4 million in grants to improve their response to the coronavirus pandemic, the administration of Gov. Janet Mills said Tuesday. The grants are designed to help fund projects that support public education...

File - In this Jan. 15, 2019, file photo, Jonathan Nez addresses a crowd after he was sworn in as president of the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance, Arizona. Nez has asked President Donald Trump to commute the death sentence of fellow tribe member Lezmond Mitchell to life in prison. Nez cited the tribe's longstanding opposition to the death penalty in a July 31, 2020, letter to Trump. Mitchell is scheduled to be executed on Aug. 26. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)

Navajo Nation president asks Trump to commute death sentence

Aug. 11, 2020 4:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez has asked President Donald Trump to commute the death sentence of a Navajo man convicted in the 2001 killing of a fellow tribal member and her 9-year-old granddaughter. Nez cited the tribe’s longstanding opposition to the death penalty in a July 31...