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American Samoa culture plays role in US citizenship ruling

Jun. 16, 2021 14:06 PM EDT

HONOLULU (AP) — In a decision citing American Samoa cultural traditions, those born in the U.S. territory shouldn't have citizenship automatically forced on them, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling reverses a lower court...

Advocates work toward new southern Nevada national monument

Jun. 14, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Advocates in southern Nevada are building momentum toward setting aside a wide desert area rich with biological diversity and Native American cultural significance for permanent environmental protection. The site would be called Avi Kwa Ame National...

Illinois historic preservation group awards $17K in grants

Jun. 14, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A historic preservaton group is giving out $17,000 in grants to projects across Illinois, including restoration of a 1920s era post office and a virtual reality experience at a site that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Landmarks Illinois...

‘In the Heights’ lifts hopes for a Latino film breakthrough

Jun. 09, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Color. Dance. Music. Joy. An all Latino cast! The hype for “In the Heights” has brought great expectation for Latinos in the United States, a group that’s been historically underrepresented and widely typecast in films. And with upcoming titles...

Bolivia's 'People of the Water' try to survive loss of lake

Jun. 09, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

PUNACA TINTA MARIA, Bolivia (AP) — For many generations, the homeland of the Uru people here wasn't land at all: It was the brackish waters of Lake Poopo. The Uru — “people of the water” — would build a sort of family island of reeds when they married and would...

'For the culture': The moment arrives for 'In the Heights'

Jun. 08, 2021 18:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As a student at Wesleyan, Lin-Manuel Miranda began writing what would become “In the Heights,” the musical that would launch him as a playwright and performer and that would lead, two decades later, to Jon M. Chu’s upcoming lavish big-screen adaptation. He was...

Proposed conservation plans could affect Alaska mine project

Jun. 08, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An agreement announced Tuesday between an Alaska Native village corporation and conservationists would restrict development on lands in the Bristol Bay region where a mine developer has proposed a road, a move that could create another obstacle for the proposed Pebble...

Trump's grievances cloud Republican agenda heading into 2022

Jun. 06, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Republicans are fighting to seize control of Congress. Just don't ask what they'd do if they win. Look no further for evidence of the GOP's muddled governing agenda than battleground North Carolina, where party leaders packed into a convention hall...

Jemez-area ranch purchase to expand Santa Fe National Forest

Jun. 05, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

The federal government plans to purchase a private ranch in the Jemez River Valley to expand the Santa Fe National Forest io northern New Mexico. Acquisition of the 3.1 square miles will both protect land rich in natural and cultural resources and provide public access to...

Washington & Lee University to keep Confederate's name

Jun. 04, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Va. (AP) — Washington and Lee University announced Friday that it won't remove the name of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from the school, but it will change names on campus buildings and symbols while committing $225 million to diversity and inclusion initiatives and a new...