Latest Tribal governments News

Football brings some peace to Sioux family after suicide

Nov. 16, 2019 12:51 PM EST

VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Teenagers Jashawn and Jayton Pease embraced in the end zone while celebrating the 74-39 victory that made their Crow Creek Chieftains the champions of South Dakota’s tribal school league. But as they hugged, tears streamed down their faces. Jashawn, 15, pounded his fist...

Former tribal official under indictment faces more charges

Nov. 15, 2019 6:41 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former member of the Tribal Council for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is facing more charges. Randy Anderson of Conehatta is already accused of defrauding a tribal government. Now the 46-year-old Choctaw faces a superceding indictment accusing him of committing an abusive...

South Dakota tribe wants 1863 removal law changed

Nov. 12, 2019 6:38 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota tribe is asking for the state's help to change an 1863 federal law that technically keeps them from owning land in Minnesota. The law removed Dakota people from Minnesota and relocated them to several states in the Midwest. It was signed by President Abraham Lincoln...

Cherokee Nation considers cutting school funds over policies

Nov. 8, 2019 4:03 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation Tribal Council is considering whether the tribe should cut funding to schools that ban Native American students from observing cultural practices during events such as graduations. The council's Rules Committee approved the proposal during a meeting on Oct. 31, the...

Court to rehear law on adoptions of Native American children

Nov. 7, 2019 12:41 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court announced Thursday that it will take a second look at an emotionally fraught lawsuit governing the adoption of Native American children. In August, a three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. It was a...

Erdogan: Joint patrols with Turkey and Russia start Friday

Oct. 30, 2019 2:38 PM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — Joint Turkish-Russian patrols will begin Friday in northeastern Syria, following a Russian-brokered cease-fire that promised to have Syrian Kurdish forces withdraw to the south, Turkey's president said Wednesday. Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his ruling party that Turkey won't hesitate to...

Report: Dysfunction at agency led to overpayments to tribes

Oct. 29, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's legislative auditor's office said Tuesday that it found "troubling dysfunction" at the state Department of Human Services that resulted in $29 million in overpayments of federal money to two tribes for opioid treatment programs. "The department did not have legal...

Pope asks forgiveness for theft of Amazon statues

Oct. 25, 2019 2:18 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis asked forgiveness Friday from Amazonian bishops and tribal leaders after thieves stole indigenous statues from a Vatican-area church and tossed them into the Tiber River in a bold show of conservative opposition to history's first Latin American pope. Francis insisted that...

Southwest tribes oppose spent nuclear fuel storage plans

Oct. 22, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Native American leaders from New Mexico are opposing plans that call for storing in the desert Southwest tons of spent nuclear fuel from power plants around the U.S. The All Pueblo Council of Governors in a resolution adopted late last week affirmed its commitment to protecting...

In Oklahoma, governor tests power of tribal gambling

Oct. 16, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

ADA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's history is so deeply intertwined with the 39 Native American tribes located there that the state's creation in 1907 was celebrated with a symbolic wedding ceremony between the Indian and Oklahoma territories. The relationship between Oklahoma and the tribes has sometimes been...