Latest Native Americans News

AP Explains: Brownface part of racist face makeup history

Sep. 20, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The scandal surrounding Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after a yearbook photo showing him in brownface at a 2001 costume party was published is bringing attention to a practice that scholars say white people have been using for years to demean minorities. In the picture,...

Mississippi sheriff sets policies amid racial profiling suit

Sep. 19, 2019 5:35 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A county in south Mississippi has settled a racial profiling lawsuit and its sheriff's department is setting new policies that limit officers' use of race or national origin as a reason to stop and question people, attorneys say. A family with Latino and Native American background...

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...

Dems question Trump official on lands, Native Americans

Sep. 10, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Skeptical Democrats questioned a Trump administration official Tuesday on whether he's committed to preserving public lands and whether he respects Native Americans. William Perry Pendley, acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, appeared before the House Natural Resources...

The Latest: Next US lands director will be based in Colorado

Sep. 10, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Latest on moving the Bureau of Land Management headquarters west (all times local): 3:25 p.m. The Trump administration says the next permanent director of the Bureau of Land Management will be based at the agency's future headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado, although the current...

US seeks dismissal of tribes' lawsuit over Keystone pipeline

Sep. 10, 2019 2:25 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Attorneys for the Trump administration want a U.S. judge to throw out a lawsuit from Native American tribes trying to block the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to Nebraska. Tribes in Montana and South Dakota say President Donald Trump approved the pipeline without...

Oil drilling plan near Utah monument draws tribal opposition

Sep. 9, 2019 6:58 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The U.S. government will allow oil and gas companies to make lease bids Monday on lands considered archaeologically sensitive near a national monument stretching across the Utah-Colorado border that houses sacred tribal sites. Included in the Bureau of Land Management's September oil...

Maryland highway agency removes 'Negro Mountain' road signs

Sep. 9, 2019 12:54 PM EDT

CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Maryland's Highway Administration has removed several road signs for "Negro Mountain" over concerns about racial insensitivity in the name. Agency spokeswoman Lora Rakowski confirmed to news outlets Sunday that four signs along Interstate 68 and U.S. Alternate Route 40 were removed...

Kentucky state park celebrating 18th century attack on fort

Sep. 9, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) — Fort Boonesborough State Park is hosting its annual "1778 Siege of Boonesborough" weekend later this month. Events at the Madison County park will include a battle re-enactment on the afternoons of Sept. 28 and 29 and a night battle at dusk on the 28th, a Saturday. The event...

Oh how sweet it isn't: Navajo president bans candy at parade

Sep. 6, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Oh how sweet it isn't. Thousands of people will line a highway on the Navajo Nation this Saturday for the largest Native American fair parade in the country. But children gripping grocery bags, pillow cases or empty flour sacks eager to scoop up candy might not get any. Rather than...