Latest Native Americans News

Federal judge overrules Alaska attempt to block special hunt

Nov. 24, 2020 9:42 AM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A judge has ruled that the federal government was correct in allowing a southeast Alaska tribe to organize an out-of-season hunt because of the coronavirus pandemic. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy's administration sued to block future hunts, arguing that permitting a special moose and...

FILE - In this June 29, 2018 photo, tanks stand at the Enbridge Energy terminal in Superior, Wis.Minnesota utility regulators reaffirmed their support Thursday, June 25, 2020, for Enbridge’s plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 to reject petitions for reconsideration filed by several Ojibwe bands, environmental groups and the state Commerce Department. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Army Corps of Engineers grants final federal Line 3 permit

Nov. 23, 2020 6:28 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Monday approved the final federal permit for Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 crude oil pipeline replacement across northern Minnesota, bringing the project a step closer to construction. In a release from its St. Paul office, the Corps said it...

Projects to focus on missing, murdered Indigenous peoples

Nov. 23, 2020 6:12 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma and five other states will participate in pilot projects to better coordinate investigative efforts surrounding cases of missing or murdered Indigenous peoples, U.S. Attorneys Trent Shores and Brian Kuester announced Tuesday. The U.S. Department of Justice projects created...

Tribal leaders back bill on teaching Native American history

Nov. 23, 2020 3:38 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Leaders of American Indian tribes in Connecticut voiced their support Monday for proposed state legislation that would require the teaching of Native American history in public schools. The tribal leaders issued a statement with state Sen. Cathy Osten, a Sprague Democrat, in support...

This photo provided by the University of Maryland shows Brooke Czwartacki taking a measurement in a well in Awendaw, South Carolina. Czwartacki regularly checks the salinity of well water as saltwater invades the state’s aquifers. (Hunter Musi/Stanford University via AP)

Coastal harm from invading saltwater ‘happening right now’

Nov. 23, 2020 1:48 PM EST

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Four Native American tribes on Louisiana’s Gulf Coast requested United Nations assistance this year to force action by the U.S. government on invading salt. Their formal complaint cited “climate-forced displacement’’ and said saltwater had poisoned their...

Susannah Remillard, middle, speaks to one of her sixth-grade students at Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School, Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, in East Harwich, Mass. In a growing number of U.S. schools, students are now learning a more complex Thanksgiving story that involves conflict, injustice and a new focus on the native people who lived in New England for hundreds of years before European settlers arrived. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Thanksgiving lessons jettison Pilgrim hats, welcome truth

Nov. 23, 2020 8:05 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A friendly feast shared by the plucky Pilgrims and their native neighbors? That’s yesterday’s Thanksgiving story. Students in many U.S. schools are now learning a more complex lesson that includes conflict, injustice and a new focus on the people who lived on the land for...

Toppled Civil War statue at Colorado Capitol to be replaced

Nov. 22, 2020 3:36 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — The Civil War statue toppled by protesters outside the Colorado state Capitol over the summer will be replaced by a sculpture of a Native American woman mourning the atrocities of the Sand Creek Massacre. The Capitol Building Advisory Committee voted 7-2 Friday in favor of the new sculpture...

Red Lake Nation uses crowdfunding to bet big on solar energy

Nov. 21, 2020 1:02 AM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Red Lake Nation is betting big on solar energy. The Chippewa Indian reservation in northern Minnesota will soon be home to one of the region’s largest solar arrays, a 240-kilowatt installation atop a workforce training center that will generate about half the...

FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., Native American Caucus co-chair, joined at right by Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, speaks to reporters about the 2020 Census on Capitol Hill in Washington. O.J. Semans is one of dozens of tribal officials and vote activists around the country pushing selection of Haaland to become the first Native American secretary of Interior.  (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

'Something very historical': Push for diverse Biden Cabinet

Nov. 21, 2020 12:36 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Native Americans are urging President-elect Joe Biden to make history by selecting one of their own to lead the powerful agency that oversees the nation’s tribes, setting up one of several looming tests of Biden’s pledge to have a Cabinet representative of Americans. O.J....

This photo provided by Carol Davis shows Cherilyn Yazzie speaking to a voter on Nov. 3, 2020, in the Navajo community of Dilkon in northeastern Arizona. Turnout on tribal land in northern Arizona surged this year, helping Joe Biden carry a state that hadn't gone to a Democratic presidential candidate since 1996. (Carol Davis via AP)

Native American votes helped secure Biden's win in Arizona

Nov. 19, 2020 3:13 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Voting rights advocates had long argued that if Native Americans and other minority groups were mobilized, they could be decisive in a tight race. This year proved that. Voter turnout on swaths of tribal land in Arizona surged compared with the 2016 presidential election, helping...