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Wisconsin city council to vote on removing Columbus statue

Jul. 1, 2020 5:34 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Wis (AP) — A Wisconsin city that is named after Christopher Columbus will vote on whether to remove a statue of its namesake at a time when monuments honoring controversial white people are being criticized following protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Columbus alders will...

Navajo Nation reports 17 additional COVID-19 cases, 1 death

Jul. 1, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation health officials have reported 17 additional cases of coronavirus with one additional death. That put the number of positive COVID-19 cases on the reservation at 7,549 as of Tuesday night with the known death toll at 364. Reports from a dozen health care facilities...

A seal of Bernalillo, New Mexico, with a Spanish conquistador helmet and a colonial ax sits on a town water tank along New Mexico Highway 550 on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Roger Fragua, a Jemez Pueblo member and executive director of the nonprofit group Flower Hill Institute, sent a letter to the town of Bernalillo on June 17, 2020, asking the mayor to talk about the large depiction on the state highway that runs through many Pueblo lands. Many Native Americans find conquistador imagery offensive. (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)

'Conquistador' image on New Mexico water tank targeted

Jul. 1, 2020 12:14 AM EDT

BERNALILLO, N.M. (AP) — A Jemez Pueblo activist is seeking to start talks with a New Mexico town around a conquistador image on a water tank as protesters pressure local towns and cities to remove Spanish colonial references some Native Americans find offensive. Roger Fragua, a Jemez Pueblo member and...

1-year-old eastern Montana boy safe after going missing

Jun. 30, 2020 10:05 PM EDT

POPLAR, Mont. (AP) — An Amber Alert has been canceled Tuesday for a 1-year-old eastern Montana boy who was abducted from the town of Poplar and is now safe. Malachai Talley was taken by Dejerreh Talley, 22, who was armed with a baseball bat, officials said. The alert was issued Tuesday morning. Dejerreh...

In this June 25, 2020 photo, Cheyenne and Arapaho filmmaker Chris Eyre, an advisor to Camel Rock Studio, talks about Tesuque Pueblo's new film studio in Santa Fe, N.M. The Native American tribe in northern New Mexico has opened up the movie studio at the site of a former casino aimed at attracting big productions in what is believed to be a first by a Indigenous tribal government in the U.S. (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)

New Mexico tribe transforms old casino into movie studio

Jun. 30, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

TESUQUE PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — A small northern New Mexico Native American tribe has opened a movie studio in a former casino that it hopes will lure big productions. The Tesuque Pueblo recently converted the building near Santa Fe into a movie studio campus called Camel Rock Studios with more than 25,000...

Navajos concerned with COVID-19 spikes in surrounding areas

Jun. 30, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation has extended the closure of tribal government offices and ordered residents to stay home for another three weeks as the number of coronavirus cases rises outside the reservation. Navajo President Jonathan Nez said Tuesday that the tribe had been developing a plan...

FILE - In this April 15, 2020 file photo New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham gives an update on the COVID-19 outbreak in the state Capitol during a news conference in Santa Fe, N.M. The leader of one of the largest Native American tribes in the U.S. called Wednesday, June 23, 2020, on Lujan Grisham to end efforts to fight a court ruling that orders improvements in education for members of his tribe and other vulnerable groups. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP, Pool,File)

New Mexico judge rejects bid to dismiss education case

Jun. 29, 2020 9:43 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico judge on Monday rejected a motion by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to dismiss a landmark education lawsuit that was filed against the state and cleared the way for groups behind the complaint to further scrutinize the state's efforts. First District Judge Matthew Wilson had...

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John Wayne's name on California airport faces new scrutiny

Jun. 29, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

In the latest move to change U.S. place names tied to racist groups and ideas, leaders of Orange County’s Democratic Party are pushing to drop film legend John Wayne’s name from the county’s airport because of his racist and bigoted comments. The request was immediately contested by the head...

George Washington University Law School Law Professor Jonathan Turley, center, testifies beside U.S. Navy veteran and Black Lives Matter protester Kishon McDonald, left, and Amelia Brace of Australia's Seven News, Monday, June 29, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington, during the House Natural Resources Committee hearing on the police response in Lafayette Square.  (Michael Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Administration skips hearing on violence against protesters

Jun. 29, 2020 5:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. Park Police refused to appear Monday to answer lawmakers’ questions on violence against demonstrators and journalists outside the White House, saying he couldn’t as long as the federal force remains on highest alert for protests and attacks against...

Washington tribes sue insurance group for virus coverage

Jun. 29, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — Two Washington state Native tribes sued a group of insurance providers they said have not covered claims for business losses resulting from the coronavirus. The Suquamish and Port Gamble S’Klallam tribes and their business arms filed separate lawsuits against Tribal First...