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Democrat-led New Mexico delves into political redistricting

Dec. 06, 2021 20:52 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to draw new political maps in New Mexico began in earnest Monday as a Democrat-led Legislature convened a special legislative session on redistricting. States must redraw their congressional districts every 10 years to reflect new population numbers....

Democrat-led New Mexico delves into political redistricting

Dec. 06, 2021 17:11 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Efforts to draw new political maps in New Mexico began in earnest Monday as a Democrat-led Legislature convened a special legislative session on redistricting. States must redraw their congressional districts every 10 years to reflect new population numbers....

Flathead forest still has two places with derogatory names

Dec. 05, 2021 16:55 PM EST

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) — In 1999, the Montana Legislature enacted a law, H.B. 412, requiring state agencies that own or manage public land to rename any sites or geographic locations that contain the derogatory word “squaw.” By doing so, Montana became the second...

Native American tracking unit in Arizona could be expanding

Dec. 05, 2021 10:02 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Shadow Wolves unit, Homeland Security’s only Native American specialized tracking team, is ready for a change after nearly 50 years of patrolling the Arizona desert. Bills that seek to strengthen and expand the Shadow Wolves’ authority were...

3 Native American artists share their work, journey

Dec. 05, 2021 01:08 AM EST

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — For artist Jill Joseph, art has helped her heal and deal with the trauma of a loved one attempting to commit suicide. For artist Dawn Silk, art is a compulsion, something she does for her spiritual health while also trying to share more about...

Penobscots don't want ancestors' scalping to be whitewashed

Dec. 04, 2021 15:36 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Most Americans know about atrocities endured by Native Americans after the arrival of European settlers: wars, disease, stolen land. But they aren’t always taught the extent of the indiscriminate killings. Members of the Penobscot Nation in...

Broadband access remains an issue in remote parts of Nevada

Dec. 04, 2021 13:14 PM EST

OWYHEE, Nev. (AP) — Three days and one hour into the 2021-22 school year, the internet went out at Owyhee Combined School in northern Nevada. Teachers scrambled to recreate their lesson plans and presentations and could not log attendance. “We...

Utah school names 1st Native student to homecoming royalty

Dec. 04, 2021 08:02 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Mahala Sutherland was still wearing her feather headband when the pageant judge placed the gold crown on her head. From under the bright lights of the stage, she couldn’t help but smile at the combination: the eagle plumes collected from her...

Governor apologizes for Nevada's role in Indigenous schools

Dec. 03, 2021 20:29 PM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — When it was time for Winona James to return to school, her family hid her in brush near their home in the Carson Valley to prevent officials from the Stewart Indian School from finding her. James, a member of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and...

University of Georgia asks to name buildings for Black grads

Dec. 03, 2021 15:58 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The University of Georgia is asking regents to name two buildings for some of the university's earliest Black graduates. This week's proposal followed a decision by the University System of Georgia regents not to remove names of any people associated with slavery, segregation...