Latest Native Americans News

Navajo cancer center will cut tribal members' travel time

Jun. 27, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

TUBA CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Colon cancer took a heavy toll on Loren McCabe's family. His great-grandmother was diagnosed too late to fight it. His grandfather didn't want to travel for treatment because he felt better protected within the Navajo Nation's four sacred mountains. McCabe's mother died, too, after...

Tribe's push to build casino spurs Carolinas political fight

Jun. 26, 2019 1:12 AM EDT

CATAWBA INDIAN NATION, S.C. (AP) — Two of the Carolinas' most prominent American Indian tribes are battling over geography and lucrative gambling turf. The Cherokee in North Carolina, with two casinos established in the mountains, say their opponents should stay in their own state to the south. The Catawba...

Lawmakers seek to revoke Wounded Knee medals for US soldiers

Jun. 25, 2019 8:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Advocates for Native Americans called Tuesday for Congress to revoke the Medals of Honor given to the U.S. soldiers who participated in the Wounded Knee massacre. They're being supported by three members of Congress: Republican Paul Cook of California and Democrats Denny Heck of...

Tribes to get more documents sought in Dakota Access lawsuit

Jun. 25, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered the Army Corps of Engineers to turn over more documents that four Native American tribes say could bolster their lawsuit seeking to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg directed the federal agency to give...

Correction: Sports Betting-States story

Jun. 24, 2019 1:59 PM EDT

CHERRY HILL, N.J. (AP) — In a story June 23 about regional differences in sports betting legalization, The Associated Press reported erroneously that sports betting has been legalized in two states in the Deep South. It has been legalized in only one Deep South state, Mississippi. The story erroneously...

California campus removes bell marking Catholic missions

Jun. 21, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A university in Northern California removed a bell marking the 18th century Catholic missions that Native Americans say glorifies racism. The University of California, Santa Cruz invited community members to the campus to witness the removal Friday of the El Camino Real Bell. Named after...

Senators press feds on commitment to Native American safety

Jun. 19, 2019 10:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers pressed the Trump administration on Wednesday to respond with urgency in addressing violence against Native American women and children after they say two officials arrived at a key U.S. Senate hearing unprepared to take concrete positions on proposed legislation. The...

The Latest: Senators press feds on response to Native safety

Jun. 19, 2019 6:31 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on federal legislation aimed at addressing violence against Native American women (all times local): 4 p.m. Lawmakers are pressing the Trump administration to respond with urgency in addressing violence against Native American women and children after two officials...

Joy Harjo is first Native American named US poet laureate

Jun. 19, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be named U.S. poet laureate, has been ready for a long time. "I've been an unofficial poetry ambassador — on the road for poetry for years," the 68-year-old Harjo wrote in a recent email to The Associated Press. "I've often been the only poet...

California governor calls Native American treatment genocide

Jun. 18, 2019 9:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom formally apologized Tuesday and pushed the state to reckon with California's dark history of violence, mistreatment and neglect of Native Americans, saying it amounted to genocide. The Democratic governor met with tribal leaders at the future site of the...