Latest Native Americans News

New Mexico tribe loses claim to national preserve

Sep. 18, 2019 4:04 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has rejected an effort by a Native American tribe to reclaim Valles Caldera National Preserve. U.S. District Judge James Browning recently issued a sealed opinion denying Jemez Pueblo's claim that its aboriginal property rights were never extinguished. In a court...

Girl found dead in 2016 in Texas may be from Arizona

Sep. 18, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

MADISONVILLE, Texas (AP) — The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children says a girl whose remains were found three years ago in a suitcase along a Texas pasture was likely from Southeast Arizona or Mexico. The group on Wednesday cited pollen analysis in efforts to identify remains discovered...

Parties renegotiate costs of New Mexico water system

Sep. 18, 2019 12:55 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Federal managers, Native American tribes and others have renegotiated the costs of a drinking water system that will serve communities in northern New Mexico. The Bureau of Reclamation says with the signed agreement, the start of construction on the Pojoaque Basin regional water...

Michigan Boy Scouts sells campsite near Port Huron for $1.8M

Sep. 17, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Crossroads Council of Boy Scouts sold a campground near Port Huron to a gravel mining company for $1.8 million, officials said. Christopher Hopkins, the council's chief information officer, said the sale of the nearly 270-acre (110-hectare) Silver Trails Scout...

Montana Native storyteller awarded national arts fellowship

Sep. 16, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Native American storyteller is expected to be honored as a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts. The Billings Gazette reports traditional Crow storyteller Grant Bulltail is one of 10 people chosen by the NEA to receive a 2019 fellowship. Bulltail...

Human remains found on Fort Hall Indian Reservation

Sep. 16, 2019 11:28 AM EDT

FORT HALL, Idaho (AP) — The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes say remains have been found on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation that may belong to a man who has been missing for more than a year. The Idaho State Journal reports the FBI is still trying to identify the body, but tribes officials believe the remains...

State offering grants to modernize recreational facilities

Sep. 15, 2019 3:16 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The state is offering $5 million to help communities acquire or improve outdoor recreational facilities. The Department of Environmental Management says outdoor recreation matching grants are available to help local municipalities and Native American tribes acquire, develop or...

Electronic pulltabs' popularity soars in North Dakota

Sep. 15, 2019 10:51 AM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakotans poured more than $410.5 million into electronic pulltabs in the first nine months after launch, creating a boom for charities and the state treasury but stirring concern about problem gambling and the impact on American Indian casinos. The Las Vegas-style games approved...

Oregon schools rolling out indigenous studies curriculum

Sep. 14, 2019 10:05 AM EDT

ROSEBURG, Ore. (AP) — Inside a room at the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians' new tribal community center are three framed sketch drawings by a Native artist. K'Ehleyr McNulty, the tribe's youth development specialist, pointed to a drawing of a traditional Cow Creek home — a plankhouse, with...

Oklahoma AG hires outside attorneys on gambling negotiations

Sep. 13, 2019 5:39 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general has agreed to pay a Michigan law firm up to $250,000 to help represent the state in negotiations with Oklahoma-based Native American tribes over compacts that allow gambling. Republican Mike Hunter's office signed the agreement last week with the national...