Latest Native Americans News

Former Yankton Sioux Tribe's police chief charged with fraud

Dec. 07, 2022 11:28 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The former police chief of the Yankton Sioux Tribe in South Dakota has been charged by federal prosecutors with wire fraud and theft from the tribe. Federal prosecutors allege that Chris Saunsoci sought wages both from the tribe and a local ministry that...

Hockey's history shows handful of non-white pioneers

Dec. 06, 2022 17:31 PM EST

Taffy Abel carried the American flag at the 1924 Olympics, where his team won silver in hockey. Henry Elmer “Buddy” Maracle played 11 games in the early-1930s NHL. Paul Jacobs may have played in the league’s second season in 1918-19. But in the commonly known history of hockey,...

Farmers of color sue government for promised federal aid

Dec. 06, 2022 11:22 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The federal government has illegally broken a promise to pay off the debts of a group of Black farmers, according to a class-action lawsuit. The group hopes to put pressure on officials to keep their word and to restore funding that was dropped after a group of white...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2022

Dec. 05, 2022 13:17 PM EST

One would have to go back hundreds of years to find a monarch who reigned longer than Queen Elizabeth II. In her 70 years on the throne, she helped modernize the monarchy across decades of enormous social change, royal marriages and births, and family scandals. For most Britons, she...

In Georgia, how sports explain a political battleground

Dec. 04, 2022 09:37 AM EST

SMYRNA, Ga. (AP) — The reception area of a metro Atlanta office suite is a veritable museum of Herschel Walker’s football success for the University of Georgia Bulldogs and the NFL. The office is part of the Atlanta Braves' real estate development in the Major League Baseball franchise's new...

Gov. Burgum, North Dakota tribes sign gambling compacts

Dec. 02, 2022 16:51 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Doug Burgum announced Friday that he has signed agreements with North Dakota’s American Indian tribes that lowers the legal gambling age from 21 to 19 at tribal-owned casinos and allows gamblers on reservations to use credit or debit cards to place bets. ...

Panel picks finalists for New Mexico regulatory commission

Dec. 02, 2022 16:18 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s governor will have nine candidates to choose from as she fills a powerful regulatory commission that oversees utility rates and will help chart the state’s course toward more renewable energy development. A nominating committee voted...

Biden pledges new commitments, respect for tribal nations

Nov. 30, 2022 19:48 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday pledged to give Native Americans a stronger voice in federal affairs, promising at the first in-person summit on tribal affairs in six years that he will bolster tribal consultations, inclusion of Indigenous knowledge in decision-making and...

Biden: Nevada site sacred to tribes to be national monument

Nov. 30, 2022 17:28 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — President Joe Biden told a gathering of tribal leaders in Washington on Wednesday that he intends to designate an area considered sacred by area Native Americans in southern Nevada as a new national monument. “When it comes to Spirit Mountain and the surrounding...

S. Dakota AG hires missing Indigenous, trafficking positions

Nov. 30, 2022 14:30 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's attorney general on Wednesday announced that he has filled a position to coordinate efforts from state, tribal and local law enforcement agencies, as well as nonprofit organizations, to tackle alarming rates of Indigenous people going missing or having their...