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In this Jan. 14, 2020, photo, Margaret Bitsue displays a flier that features her son who she reported missing more than two years ago, Tuba City, Ariz. Bitsue hasn't seen or heard from Brandon Sandoval, the youngest of her four children, in more than two years.

Movement to highlight missing Native women expands to males

Jan. 26, 2020 7:21 PM EST

TUBA CITY, Ariz. (AP) — Margaret Bitsue's days are filled with prayer: that her son has a clear mind and that he remembers home, a traditional Navajo hogan at the end of a dirt road where a faded yellow ribbon hanging from the cedar trees points to her agony. Bitsue hasn't seen or heard from Brandon Lee...

Utah American Indian mascot change resolution draws protest

Jan. 26, 2020 2:39 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah legislator's proposed resolution discouraging schools from renaming mascots involving Native Americans prompted a protest at the state Capitol. “Native mascots at their very core are dehumanizing,” James Courage Singer, co-founder of the Utah League of Native...

Colleen Hill, left, council secretary and treasure of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe, and Laurelyn Baker stand for the beginning of of the pipe ceremony to honor the tribe's federal recognition, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at the Shawn Gilbert Event Center in Great Falls, Mont. (Rion Sanders/Great Falls Tribune via AP

Montana American Indian tribe celebrates federal recognition

Jan. 26, 2020 1:56 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Hundreds of members of the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Montana gathered Saturday to celebrate recent federal recognition, lining up outside the Holiday Inn and filling the banquet room until it nearly burst at the seams. “Tonight we commemorate an effort that...

Emergency crews work the scene of a fatal crash involving a charter bus and car on the AA highway in Campbell County, Ky., Saturday,  Jan. 25, 2020. Campbell County police say a charter bus filled with Covington Catholic students was coming from the March for Life in Washington, D.C., when the bus driver hit a vehicle. The driver of the vehicle died.  (Albert Cesare/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Covington Catholic bus involved in fatal crash in Kentucky

Jan. 25, 2020 11:50 AM EST

CALIFORNIA, Ky. (AP) — A charter bus carrying students from a Catholic high school collided with a car Saturday morning in northern Kentucky, killing the car's driver, police said. The crash on the AA Highway in Campbell County happened around 7:20 a.m. as the bus was bringing Covington Catholic High...

Seattle treatment center closing doors after 30 years

Jan. 25, 2020 10:02 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Roxanne White was in a “very desperate and very broken place” when she first came to Thunderbird Treatment Center in 2002. White, who is Nez Perce, Yakama, A’aninin (Gros Ventre) and Nooksack, was grappling with addiction and a history of trauma she had not yet...

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. 25, 2020 1:01 AM 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...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 1996, file photo, tourists cast their shadows on the ancient Anasazi ruins of Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico. Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around the national park as New Mexico's congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development from getting closer to the World Heritage site. Navajo Nation delegates voted Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, to support a buffer only half the size of the one proposed in legislation pending in Congress. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

Navajo lawmakers opt for smaller buffer around national park

Jan. 24, 2020 7:13 PM EST

Lawmakers from the country's largest American Indian reservation may have thrown a wrinkle into efforts aimed at establishing a permanent buffer around Chaco Culture National Historical Park, as New Mexico’s congressional delegation, environmentalists and other tribes try to keep oil and gas development...

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...