Latest Native Americans News

Elixer kombucha growing popular in Kansas

Jan. 24, 2020 1:01 AM EST

Wichita, Kan. (AP) — Although kombucha has more than $1 billion in sales in the U.S. each year, most people have not heard of this fermented drink. Hannah Crum and Alex LaGory, of Kombucha Brewers International, a nonprofit trade organization based in California and dedicated to promoting kombucha, want to...

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2019 file photo, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., speaks during a news conference in Tahlequah, Okla. The Cherokee Nation is creating a work group to study the burgeoning hemp and cannabis industries in Oklahoma. It hopes to have a report by the end of May 2020.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Largest US tribal nation studies growing marijuana industry

Jan. 23, 2020 5:56 PM EST

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation plans to create a working group to study how the tribe might get involved in the burgeoning hemp and cannabis industries. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. appointed the seven-member committee on Wednesday and asked the group to develop its...

New suicide prevention program targets kids, tribes, farmers

Jan. 23, 2020 5:46 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota officials are trying to get suicide prevention programs into communities across the state following an increase in suicides in recent years. Gov. Kristi Noem’s administration detailed plans on Thursday to make suicide prevention part of its agriculture, tribal...

University of New Mexico asks students to vote on new seal

Jan. 23, 2020 12:07 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's largest university is asking students to help with picking a new school seal to replace one that had sparked protests. The University of New Mexico is allowing students to vote on five options. One has a howling Lobo and the Sandia Mountains in the background. Others...

Oklahoma governor asks judge to rule casino gambling illegal

Jan. 22, 2020 8:27 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt asked a federal judge late Wednesday to order tribal casinos across the state to stop offering most electronic and table games. In the court filing, attorneys for Stitt also asked the judge to declare the tribes' operation of Class III electronic games illegal...

Man held in brother's death on Pine Ridge Reservation

Jan. 22, 2020 7:16 PM EST

PORCUPINE, S.D. (AP) — Authorities have detained a man after his brother died in a fight on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in southwestern South Dakota. Officers from the Oglala Sioux Tribe's Department of Public Safety were called about an assault at a home near Porcupine early Wednesday. A witness...

Blackfeet feel Baker Massacre's effects 150 years later

Jan. 22, 2020 6:04 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — When Carol Murray of Two Medicine was a freshman in college, she didn’t know what to write about for a research class. A Native American literature professor suggested she write about the Baker Massacre, which occurred Jan. 23, 1870, when the U.S. 2nd Cavalry, led by Maj....

Online sports betting in Michigan will wait until 2021

Jan. 22, 2020 5:32 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Sports bettors should be able to place wagers in person at casinos this spring but will wait until 2021 to do so online, Michigan's regulatory agency said Wednesday. Mary Kay Bean, spokeswoman for the Michigan Gaming Control Board, gave the update about a month after Gov. Gretchen...

Richie Plass shows his exhibit Bittersweet Winds at Shawano Community High School, Nov. 26, 2019. Plass portrayed the school's mascot in 1968.  (Rob Mentze/Wisconsin Public Radio via AP)

Ex-high school mascot wants end to American Indian mascots

Jan. 22, 2020 5:15 PM EST

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — Richie Plass was 16 when he became his high school's mascot. The school principal approached him about it, along with the basketball coach and the athletic director. The Shawano Community High School mascot at the time was the Indians. Plass is Menominee and Stockbridge/Munsee, and...

Blackfeet feel Baker Massacre's effects 150 years later

Jan. 22, 2020 5:09 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — When Carol Murray of Two Medicine was a freshman in college, she didn’t know what to write about for a research class. A Native American literature professor suggested she write about the Baker Massacre, which occurred Jan. 23, 1870, when the U.S. 2nd Cavalry, led by Maj....