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Janet Davis, an enrolled member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, stands alongside Pyramid Lake between Nixon, Nev. and Sutcliffe, Nev. on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. As a tribal council member, Davis hopes the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t reverse recent progress to expand access to voting on rural reservations like the Pyramid Lake Paiute’s and supports lifting limits on ballot assistance to allow tribal members to collect and return ballots on behalf of their neighbors. (AP Photo/Sam Metz)

Tribes see ballot collection as a lifeline in Indian Country

Sep. 27, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

NIXON, Nev. (AP) — Many older people living on the expansive Pyramid Lake Paiute Reservation in northern Nevada relied on the tribe's senior services van to get to the grocery store or the doctor before the coronavirus pandemic ended that option. Now, tribal officials worry how elders and others who don't...

Montana judge extends deadline for returning mailed ballots

Sep. 26, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge has extended the state's deadline for returning 2020 general election ballots by mail, saying that uneven U.S. Postal Service delivery times could result in ballots being delayed, unfairly requiring some people to vote earlier than others or requiring voters to risk...

Judges: Alaska Native corporations ineligible for aid funds

Sep. 25, 2020 8:27 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Native corporations are not eligible to receive a share of the $8 billion in federal coronavirus relief funding set aside for tribes, a federal appeals court panel ruled Friday in overturning a lower-court decision. The three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court of Appeals...

South Dakota women's prison reports more coronavirus cases

Sep. 25, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The coronavirus is infecting more women in South Dakota's prison system in Pierre, despite efforts to control an outbreak, with the Department of Corrections reporting Friday that mass testing had detected 51 additional women with the virus. The infections have spread into two...

Montana law preventing absentee ballot gathering overturned

Sep. 25, 2020 4:26 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A Montana judge on Friday struck down a voter-enacted law that restricted third-party collection of absentee ballots after several Native American groups argued they rely on ballot collection efforts to vote. The Ballot Interference Prevention Act exacerbated the barriers many rural...

War god carving returned to New Mexico tribe by auctioneer

Sep. 25, 2020 12:04 PM EDT

ZUNI PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — A hand-carved figure held sacred by a Native American community in New Mexico has been returned to the tribe by an Ohio auction house, the company said. The 15-inch wooden war god was returned to Zuni Pueblo authorities in late August after it was discovered in an estate collection...

Judge mulls giving more time to count Navajo Nation ballots

Sep. 22, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge is mulling whether to order officials to count mail-in ballots up to 10 extra days after election day for Navajo Nation members who live on the tribe’s reservation in Arizona and whose ballots are postmarked by the close of voting on Nov. 3. A lawyer representing six Navajo...

New push to retire Native team names headed to Legislature

Sep. 22, 2020 11:18 AM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The first Native American woman elected to the Washington state House of Representatives says she is drafting legislation to remove Native-themed mascots and team names at public schools. This has been a goal of Native American leaders, but has new-found momentum after the Washington,...

Savanna's Act passes House, headed to president's desk

Sep. 22, 2020 10:03 AM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A bill named for a Fargo murder victim to address cases of missing and murdered Native Americans is heading to President Donald Trump’s desk for his signature. Savanna’s Act, which is named for Savanna Greywind, passed the House Monday after passing the Senate earlier this...

Feds indict Indian men whose cases led to sovereignty ruling

Sep. 21, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation convicted of murder in state court and another convicted of sexually assaulting a child in cases at the center of a major U.S. Supreme Court ruling on tribal sovereignty are now facing felony charges in federal court, U.S. Attorney Brian...