Latest Native Americans News

North Carolina board rejected Native American charter school

Nov. 13, 2019 2:32 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina advisory board has rejected a new charter school catering to Native Americans, saying its curriculum is too activist and not inclusive enough. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the N.C. Charter Schools Advisory Board voted Tuesday to reverse its recommendation...

School board to give $1.6M surplus to district employees

Nov. 13, 2019 1:12 PM EST

OBERLIN, La. (AP) — Employees of a Louisiana school district can expect an extra paycheck in December. The American Press reports the Allen Parish School Board approved giving a $1.6 million surplus to teachers, administrators and other employees. Gaming compact funds from the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana...

Anxiety grows in New Mexico over 2020 Census

Nov. 13, 2019 12:14 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico state officials want to spend an additional $8 million to ensure residents are not left out of the 2020 Census. Population-studies expert Robert Rhatigan of the University of New Mexico told a panel of lawmakers Tuesday that state finance and workforce officials still fear...

Most distant world ever explored gets new name: Arrokoth

Nov. 12, 2019 9:12 PM EST

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The most distant world ever explored 4 billion miles away finally has an official name: Arrokoth. That means "sky" in the language of the Native American Powhatan people, NASA said Tuesday. NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past the snowman-shaped Arrokoth on New Year's Day, 3...

New Mexico picks new testing system for young students

Nov. 12, 2019 7:41 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico has selected a new annual testing system to assess academic progress in grades three through eight at public schools across the state that takes up less time and can be tailored later to reflect New Mexico's cultural roots, the Public Education Department announced Tuesday....

South Dakota State-Tribal Relations body to meet

Nov. 12, 2019 6:36 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota's State-Tribal Relations body is meeting in Pierre to discuss ways the state can work with Native American groups. Tuesday's meeting is the first since tension between Gov. Kristi Noem and some tribes over laws passed aimed at potential protests of the Keystone XL...

New social studies standards adopted for Nebraska students

Nov. 11, 2019 8:42 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska State Board of Education has approved new social studies standards aimed at encouraging students to look at history from multiple perspectives, including those of religious, racial and ethnic groups, women, LGBTQ people and Native American nations. The standards adopted...

Oklahoma tribes with casinos say no to compact arbitration

Nov. 9, 2019 1:30 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's 35 tribal nations with casinos have rejected arbitration in a dispute with the state over whether existing gaming compacts automatically renew at the end of the year. The Tulsa World reports that the tribes say in a letter to state Attorney General Mike Hunter that they...

Tribe members: Ancient bison kill site desecrated by mining

Nov. 9, 2019 12:59 PM EST

SARPY CREEK, Montana (AP) — When a coal company contractor working under federal oversight used a backhoe to dig up one of the largest known Native American bison killing grounds and make way for mining, investigators concluded the damage on the Crow Indian Reservation broke federal law and would cost $10...

Film probes history of Native Americans in the US military

Nov. 9, 2019 11:44 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Before Chuck Boers joined the U.S. Army, the Lipan Apache member was given his family's eagle feathers. The feathers had been carried by his great-great-great-grandfather on his rifle when he was an Apache scout. They also were carried by relatives who fought in World War I, World...