Latest Native Americans News

House Democrats who tangled with leader not backing down

Jul. 13, 2019 10:15 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Days after tensions with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi boiled over publicly, several House Democrats sent a message to Washington: We're not backing down. Three members of the "squad" — the cadre of liberal freshman lawmakers who are struggling with their party's more centrist...

Proposal would repeal US laws that hurt Native Americans

Jul. 11, 2019 2:49 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders of Oklahoma-based Native American tribes are praising a proposal to repeal unenforced federal laws that discriminate against Native Americans. Legislation sponsored by members of Congress from Oklahoma, Arizona and South Dakota would repeal discriminatory policies toward Native...

Oklahoma governor, tribes clash over casino gaming revenue

Jul. 10, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders with Oklahoma's powerful Native American tribes are voicing frustration with the state's Republican governor after they say he caught them off guard with plans to force renegotiations for a bigger piece of the billions of dollars tribal casinos generate each year. In an...

Sturgeon, America's forgotten dinosaurs, slowly coming back

Jul. 10, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

CHARLES CITY, Va. (AP) — Sturgeon were America's vanishing dinosaurs, armor-plated beasts that crowded the nation's rivers until mankind's craving for caviar pushed them to the edge of extinction. More than a century later, some populations of the massive bottom feeding fish are showing signs of recovery...

Alaska Native girl leads animated kids TV show in US first

Jul. 8, 2019 11:48 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Princess Daazhraii Johnson grew up eating dried salmon and moose-head soup — foods labeled weird by other kids who had no understanding of her culture and traditions. Now the Fairbanks woman and other Alaska Natives are presenting their world to a general audience with...

San Francisco to paint over historic George Washington mural

Jul. 4, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco will spend up to $600,000 to paint over historical artwork at a public school depicting the life of George Washington, a mural once seen as educational and innovative but now criticized as racist and degrading for its depiction of black and Native American people. The...

Tribe whose ancestors helped Pilgrims hosting annual powwow

Jul. 4, 2019 4:55 PM EDT

MASHPEE, Mass. (AP) — The Native American tribe whose ancestors broke bread with the Pilgrims nearly 400 years ago is hosting its annual powwow in Massachusetts. The Mashpee Wampanoag (WAHM'-puh-nawg) tribe's 98th powwow began Friday and runs through Sunday at its government center on Cape Cod. The...

State mapmaker brings creativity, whimsy to Ohio road maps

Jul. 2, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — If your summer travel plans involve traveling through Ohio and you're still a fan of paper maps, it's time you met Bruce Hull. He's the guy who's been injecting visual flair, handy information and a hidden bit of his own family history into Ohio's road maps for almost two decades....

Nebraska measure could tip the number of states with casinos

Jun. 30, 2019 9:34 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska voters may decide next year whether to legalize casino gambling in a ballot measure that could tip the number of states that allow commercial gambling into the majority. Supporters of legalized casinos have launched a petition drive to place the issue on the 2020 ballot with...

High court to hear arguments again in Oklahoma murder case

Jun. 27, 2019 5:24 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court said Thursday it will hear arguments a second time in a case involving an Oklahoma man who argued that the state had no right to prosecute him because he is a Native American and the crime occurred on land belonging to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The justices announced...