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In this Dec. 11, 2019 photo, Henry Red Cloud points to his property where flooding rose as high as 3-feet in March on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He fears what winter storms will do after flooding damaged their home last spring. They ran workshops on solar panel and wind turbine installation, but had to halt the classes when flooding damaged their tools and property. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

Reservations brace for winter storms amid slow recovery

Jan. 18, 2020 11:05 AM EST

PINE RIDGE, S.D. (AP) — Snow blanketed the living room of Erna Shepard’s home the morning after a storm on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. “I’m going to freeze,” she said. It’s been 10 months since the “bomb cyclone” that dumped the snow and rain that...

Winnipeg Jets' Blake Wheeler (26) celebrates his goal with teammates Patrik Laine (29) and Mark Scheifele (55) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canadian network kicks off 6 NHL broadcasts in Plains Cree

Jan. 18, 2020 3:11 AM EST

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP) — Clarence Iron believes he is on a divine mission to revitalize the Plains Cree language through hockey. He will be the play-by-play announcer with host Earl Wood and analyst John Chabot on Sunday night when APTN televises the Winnipeg Jets game in Chicago against the Blackhawks....

Louisiana, Alaskan tribes file UN climate change complaint

Jan. 17, 2020 7:05 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Four coastal Louisiana tribes and one in Alaska that say the U.S. government violated their human rights by failing to take action on climate change have submitted a formal complaint to the United Nations in Switzerland. The complaint was filed Wednesday, The Advocate reported....

National Park Service, Tribe investigating site desecration

Jan. 17, 2020 6:10 PM EST

NEWHALEM, Wash. (AP) — The National Park Service is investigating the desecration of an archaeological site in the North Cascades National Park Service Complex, and the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe is hoping to bring those responsible to justice. The Skagit Valley Herald reports evidence of digging was found...

Native American curriculum rolls out in Oregon classrooms

Jan. 16, 2020 11:59 AM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — This month, Oregon’s Department of Education finally rolled out the first pieces of new statewide curriculum on the history and culture of Native Americans in Oregon after lawmakers passed Senate Bill 13 in 2017 with the hope of remedying years of incomplete or inaccurate...

New Washington Supreme Court Justice Raquel Montoya-Lewis, left, reacts to applause after she was sworn in, Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Montoya-Lewis was appointed by Gov. Jay Inslee to fulfill the remaining term of former Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst, who retired in January as she battles cancer. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Correction: Supreme Court Swearing In story

Jan. 15, 2020 3:41 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In a story January 6, 2020, about a new Washington state Supreme Court justice, The Associated Press erroneously reported the name of the Native American tribe Raquel Montoya-Lewis is a member of. She is a member of the Pueblo of Isleta tribe of New Mexico, not Pueblo Iselta. A...

Tribes break ground on hatchery that aims to restore salmon

Jan. 15, 2020 12:09 PM EST

MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. (AP) — The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation has broke ground on a long-awaited hatchery in the Walla Wall River basin. During a ground-breaking event at the South Fork Walla Walla Chinook salmon spawning facility outside Milton-Freewater, Tribal Board of...

National Endowment for the Humanities Chairman Jon Parrish Peede announces $31 million in direct public grants to museums, historical sites and colleges across the country on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, N.M. The relatively small-but-popular museum plans to combine federal grant funds and local contributions to expand exhibition space and consolidate downtown Santa Fe properties into a museum campus. Federal funding for the humanities is on the upswing despite repeated proposals by President Donald Trump to close down national endowments for the arts and humanities. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Georgia O'Keeffe Museum is backdrop to US humanities grants

Jan. 14, 2020 3:54 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The National Endowment for the Humanities is seeking to inspire private and local matching investments in cultural institutions as it designated $31 million in public grants Tuesday to support humanities projects in 45 states. Federal funding for the humanities is growing despite...

Kentucky congressman draws challenge from prominent attorney

Jan. 10, 2020 6:12 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Todd McMurtry, an attorney who represented a Kentucky student embroiled in media lawsuits after a viral encounter with a Native American activist, stepped forward Friday to challenge U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, setting up an intraparty fight in a solidly Republican congressional...

ACLU sues school district over 'bloody Indian' comment

Jan. 8, 2020 3:07 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico on Wednesday sued the state's largest school district and a former teacher over a 2018 incident where the teacher allegedly cut a Native American student's hair during class on Halloween and asked another student if she was dressed...