Latest Native Americans News

GOP lawmaker pushes bill to prevent renaming of Indianapolis

Jan. 15, 2021 3:14 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Republican lawmaker has proposed a measure that would ban the changing of any Indiana city names in the wake of Native American protests that forced the renaming of professional sports teams. No efforts have emerged seeking to change the name of Indiana or Indianapolis along the lines...

University withdraws directive muting Kansas student paper

Jan. 15, 2021 1:21 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The president of Haskell Indian Nations University has walked back a directive instructing the school’s student newspaper editor not to contact any government agency for information while representing the newspaper or “attack” any student, faculty member or staff...

Plan to split Alaska Department of Health draws criticism

Jan. 15, 2021 12:27 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A proposal to split the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services into two organizations has been criticized by health care workers, social service organizations and tribal governments. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy announced the reorganization plan Dec. 22, saying the...

Federal judge orders IHS to release report on abusive doctor

Jan. 15, 2021 11:45 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered Indian Health Services to release a report investigating how one of its doctors was able to sexually abuse boys on Indian reservations in South Dakota and Montana. Stanley Patrick Weber, the former pediatrician, was sentenced last year to five consecutive...

White House, tribes joined to deliver Alaska Native vaccines

Jan. 15, 2021 9:33 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A partnership with the Trump administration has reduced disparities in Alaska Native access to COVID-19 testing, treatment and protective equipment, tribal health care leaders said. The administration’s coronavirus initiative has treated Indigenous tribes as sovereign...

Tribal chairman says time to 'mend' relationship with state

Jan. 14, 2021 6:38 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Native Americans and the South Dakota government should seek out ways to cooperate following a year in which Gov. Kristi Noem and tribal leaders clashed over coronavirus measures, the chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux said Thursday in the annual State of the Tribes address. Chairman...

FILE - In this June 28, 2019, file photo, Tremayne Nez stands outside the Coconino County courthouse in Flagstaff, Ariz. Nez, a Flagstaff man who was wrongfully arrested on suspicion of selling LSD has reached a settlement with the city. The settlement finalized Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, comes nearly seven months after Nez, who is Navajo, filed a federal lawsuit accusing Flagstaff police of ignoring evidence that showed he wasn't a drug dealer. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca, File)

Arizona man wrongfully accused of selling LSD settles suit

Jan. 12, 2021 4:23 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — An Arizona man who was wrongfully arrested on suspicion of selling LSD has reached a settlement with the city of Flagstaff that includes a $75,000 payment. The parties filed a document in court Monday to dismiss the federal case, several months after Tremayne Nez, who is Navajo,...

Anchorage considers formal relationship with Eklutna village

Jan. 12, 2021 9:21 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly is expected to consider an ordinance proposing a formal government relationship between the municipality and the Native Village of Eklutna. The prospective ordinance follows a 2019 assembly resolution seeking to establish the relationship with Eklutna's...

Native American land activist Carrie Dann dies in Nevada

Jan. 11, 2021 2:22 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Carrie Dann, a Native American land rights activist, Nevada rancher and longtime leader of the Western Shoshone Nation, has died. Dann and her older sister Mary Dann, who died in 2005, fought with the federal government for decades over ownership of their ancestral lands in central...

2 killed in small jet crash on Oregon tribal reservation

Jan. 10, 2021 9:26 PM EST

WARM SPRINGS, Ore. (AP) — A small private business jet crashed in mountainous terrain in the Warm Springs Indian Reservation of central Oregon, killing the pilot and a single passenger on board, authorities said Sunday. Warm Springs tribal police were notified by air traffic controllers in Seattle,...