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State of unease: Colorado basin tribes without water rights

Sep. 15, 2022 10:55 AM EDT

Garnett Querta slips on his work gloves as he shifts the big rig he’s driving into park. Within seconds, he unrolls a fire hose and opens a hydrant, sending water flowing into one of the plastic tanks on the truck’s flat bed. His timer is set for 5 minutes, 20 seconds — when...

California, tribal leaders announce new tourism initiative

Sep. 14, 2022 20:40 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a state with the second-most federally recognized Indigenous tribes in the country, California officials and tribal leaders announced an initiative Wednesday to drive up tourism in native communities. The initiative, Visit Native California, and its...

Malerba sworn in as 1st Native American in US Treasurer post

Sep. 12, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Mohegan Chief Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba was sworn in Monday as the Treasurer of the United States, the first Native American to hold that office. Her signature will now appear along with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on U.S. currency. Yellen...

Judge restores oil lease on land sacred to US, Canada tribes

Sep. 09, 2022 19:57 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the Biden administration to reinstate a drilling lease that has been in dispute for decades on land near the Blackfeet Indian Reservation that is considered sacred to Native American tribes in the U.S. and Canada. The...

Authorities rename 28 Wisconsin sites to remove racist word

Sep. 09, 2022 15:16 PM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The government has renamed more than two dozen lakes and other sites on federal land in Wisconsin to remove a racist term for a Native American woman. The changes announced Thursday capped a nearly yearlong process that began when Interior Secretary Deb...

US changes names of places with racist term for Native women

Sep. 08, 2022 21:34 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The U.S. government has joined a ski resort and others that have quit using a racist term for a Native American woman by renaming hundreds of peaks, lakes, streams and other geographical features on federal lands in the West and elsewhere. New names for nearly...

Containers are no hindrance for migrants on Arizona border

Aug. 30, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — Hours before Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey declared “a major step forward to secure our border” with the installation of 130 double-stacked shipping containers, hundreds of migrants found their way around them, belying his claim. They walked through tribal lands to...

Groups sue over lack of process to fix mail ballot mistakes

Aug. 23, 2022 20:12 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska elections officials are violating voters' rights by not providing a process through which voters can fix mistakes on mail ballot envelopes, a lawsuit filed Tuesday alleges. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Arctic Village Council, League of Women...

Yemen officials: UAE-backed forces take southern oil fields

Aug. 22, 2022 08:36 AM EDT

SANAA, Yemen (AP) — Yemeni forces backed by the United Arab Emirates seized control of vital southern oil and gas fields after nearly a week of fierce clashes with their rivals, loyal to the internationally recognized government, officials and tribal leaders said Monday. The...

Navajo Nation Council spokesman arrested after relative hurt

Aug. 18, 2022 20:11 PM EDT

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The communications director for the Navajo Nation Council has been arrested for allegedly injuring a relative at his Gallup home, the Gallup Independent reported. Alray Nelson, 36, is facing charges of aggravated battery, and evading or obstructing an officer,...