Latest Native Americans News

Another Grand Canyon visitor dies in fall from edge

Apr. 23, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Another visitor to Grand Canyon National Park has died after falling over the edge of the South Rim, authorities said Tuesday. A 70-year-old woman fell about 200 feet (61 meters) over the rim, the second over-the-edge death this month within the confines of the...

State defends South Dakota pipeline protest legislation

Apr. 19, 2019 12:06 PM EDT

South Dakota's governor and attorney general are asking a federal judge to throw out a lawsuit challenging a new law that aims to prevent disruptive demonstrations against the Keystone XL pipeline if it's built. The law allows officials to pursue criminal or civil penalties from demonstrators who engage in "riot...

After Notre Dame, support for torched black churches swells

Apr. 17, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The crowdfunding campaign to raise money for three African American churches gutted by arson in Louisiana began a week ago, but donations surged after flames engulfed the roof of Notre Dame cathedral in Paris and the outcry provoked a conversation about the disparate reactions to the...

Survivor of Texas tornado describes escape from grass house

Apr. 17, 2019 7:18 PM EDT

ALTO, Texas (AP) — A survivor of a deadly Texas tornado says he managed to crawl out of a grass house at a Native American historic site before the twister hurled it into the distance with two other people still inside. Jeff Williams of Nacogdoches (nak-uh-DOH'-ches) is president of Friends of Caddo...

California school district changing name tied to Confederacy

Apr. 17, 2019 3:46 AM EDT

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (AP) — The Dixie School District board voted Tuesday night to change the name of the 150-year-old district after critics linked it to the Confederacy and slavery. Trustees voted 3-1, with one abstention, to change both the name of the San Francisco Bay Area district and the name of its...

Tribes denounce North Dakota ID law in congressional hearing

Apr. 16, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Native American voters face poor access to polling sites, discrimination by poll workers and unfair identification requirements, tribal leaders told members of Congress who traveled Tuesday to a reservation in North Dakota where voting rights were a key issue in last year's U.S....

Indigenous leaders want less drilling near sacred sites

Apr. 16, 2019 3:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leaders of the Navajo Nation and Pueblo tribes expressed frustration Monday with federal oversight of oil and gas leases on public holdings near ancient Native American cultural sites and endorsed legislation to restrict natural gas development around Chaco Culture National Historic...

US lawmakers seek to protect national park in New Mexico

Apr. 9, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A renewed effort was launched Tuesday to halt federal leases for oil and natural gas development near a national park in New Mexico held sacred by Native Americans. Four members of New Mexico's all-Democratic congressional delegation introduced legislation to prohibit the expansion of...

Storm to hit Rockies before forming new 'bomb cyclone'

Apr. 8, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Flood, snow, avalanche and fire alerts popped up Monday from Idaho to Colorado, as parts of the U.S. interior that were paralyzed by blizzards and floods last month braced for round two of an unusual weather phenomenon. Welcome to springtime in the Rockies and parts of the Great...

Casino-operating tribes influence sports betting debate

Apr. 8, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Native American tribes have emerged as key players in the legislative debates over whether states should legalize sports betting, with some opposing the idea because it could threaten their casinos and others supporting legalization but only if they retain a monopoly. In many states,...