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Oklahoma governor combines Columbus, Native American days

Apr. 25, 2019 8:58 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that a broad coalition of Native American groups endorsed to celebrate a day for indigenous people on Columbus Day was signed into law Thursday by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, the first governor in the U.S. to be enrolled as a member of a Native American tribe. The Republican said...

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...

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,...

Judge orders closer look at Great Lakes oil spill plans

Apr. 1, 2019 5:25 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a government agency to take a closer look at pipeline company Enbridge's plans for dealing with potential oil spills in the waterway connecting Lakes Huron and Michigan. U.S. District Judge Mark Goldsmith instructed the Pipeline and Hazardous...

Tribes urge US to put off oil, gas leases near sacred sites

Mar. 27, 2019 3:33 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Tribal leaders are calling on U.S. land managers to put off an upcoming oil and gas lease sale, the latest in an ongoing battle over energy development in a region that's home to a national park and other sites of cultural and historical significance. The tribes say the federal...

Navajo Nation company ends bid to buy power plant, mine

Mar. 22, 2019 10:43 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the West will close this year as planned after a Navajo Nation company ended its long-shot bid Friday to acquire it. The Navajo Generating Station has operated for decades in northeastern Arizona near the Utah border, providing a hefty...

Tribes urge US to ban drilling around sacred New Mexico site

Mar. 21, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

ACOMA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site that features massive stone structures and other remnants of an ancient civilization but are facing the Trump administration's pro-drilling stance....

Dakotas tribes seek more crime-fighting help from feds

Mar. 20, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Indian reservations in the Dakotas need more resources and cooperation from the federal government to combat crime and improve safety, tribal leaders told members of Congress on Wednesday as they detailed a range of problems including drug trafficking, sex crimes, and missing...

Tribe, 3 countries plan 400th Pilgrim anniversary in 2020

Mar. 15, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Native American leaders are teaming up with groups in the U.S., Britain and the Netherlands to ensure next year's commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim landing showcases the harsh legacy of colonization. Events are planned in all three countries in 2020 to reflect on the...

Democrats, tribes renew criticism of Trump's monument cuts

Mar. 13, 2019 3:15 PM EDT

Congressional Democrats and tribal leaders renewed criticism Wednesday of President Donald Trump for scaling back two national monuments in Utah following a wider review of lands protected around the country by past presidents. The 2017 national monument review had a predetermined outcome and didn't take into...