Latest Native Americans News

Report: Minority, disabled students suspended more often

Dec. 7, 2019 11:49 AM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana’s most disadvantaged students, especially Native American students, have missed a disproportionate number of school days due to out-of-school suspensions, referrals and arrests, according to an ACLU of Montana report released Wednesday. The report found that students...

Patients, relatives benefit from smudging at hospitals

Dec. 7, 2019 1:01 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Richie Richards remembers gathering with 20 of his relatives to visit their dying cousin in 2016. The group helped Joseph Marshal stand up next to his bed at the Regional Health hospice before moving burning sage over his body and passing it around to the entire group. Being able to...

Brainerd man charged after killing bear in Red Lake

Dec. 6, 2019 7:11 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Brainerd man was charged Friday with federal misdemeanor counts of wildlife trafficking and trespassing on Indian lands after he allegedly shot and killed a bear on the Red Lake Indian Reservation, sawed off the bear's head, and left most of the carcass behind. The U.S. Attorney's...

Stitt: Tribes would 'illegally' run games without new deal

Dec. 6, 2019 4:39 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Native American tribes would be illegally operating certain gambling games after Jan. 1 if they don't resolve a dispute over the tribes' compacts with the state, Gov. Kevin Stitt said. In the latest salvo in the state government's dispute with the tribes over whether the...

Authorities seek help locating stolen Native American items

Dec. 6, 2019 2:08 PM EST

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are seeking help finding several Native American pieces that were stolen during a residential burglary near Salina. The Saline County Sheriff's Office released photos Friday of several of the items that were taken during the May heist in an effort to locate them. The items...

Water-rights bill to include $1.9 billion for Montana tribes

Dec. 6, 2019 1:53 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — Montana U.S. Sen. Steve Daines said he plans to introduce legislation help to settle a long-awaited water rights deal with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The bill would quantify the tribes' water rights on and off the reservation and pay $1.9 billion to settle their...

Senate passes bill to save funding for black colleges

Dec. 5, 2019 6:23 PM EST

The Senate on Thursday passed a bipartisan deal that would permanently restore funding to historically black colleges and universities and other schools that serve large shares of minority students. The legislation also would simplify the federal form used to apply for student financial aid. Although the amended...

Oklahoma tribe warns 'intolerable risk' over gaming dispute

Dec. 5, 2019 5:06 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With a deadline for new Oklahoma gaming compact looming, a Native American tribe has warned the federal government that it might take legal action to avoid disruption to tribal casino operations in the state. Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby sent a letter Tuesday to the U.S....

Birney-area man sentenced for woman's strangulation death

Dec. 5, 2019 11:59 AM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A resident of Montana's Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for a woman's strangulation death in February 2018. Randy Lee Littlebird, 36, pleaded guilty in July to second-degree murder, strangulation and domestic abuse by an habitual...

Alaska governor seeks public input on Native tribal schools

Dec. 5, 2019 9:42 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska's governor wants public input on an upcoming bill to set up a legal framework for Alaska Native tribal governments to operate K-12 schools, officials said. Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy plans to introduce the bill during the next legislative session, The Anchorage Daily News...