Latest Native Americans News

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...

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...

Native American football enjoys a rebirth in South Dakota

Nov. 8, 2019 12:03 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — When the Kul Wicasa Oyate of Lower Brule High School meet the Crow Creek Chieftains in the first All Nations Football Conference championship in South Dakota on Friday, only one team will fulfill its dream of claiming a league title. But for many players in this new Native American...

People of color make gains in mayoral races across the US

Nov. 7, 2019 1:29 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — People of color made history this week by winning municipal races in places their families were once ignored or prevented from voting, including a New Mexico mayor whose father was forced into a Japanese internment camp during World War II. From Arizona to Massachusetts, the gains...

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...

2 dead, 14 injured during traditional ceremony in New Mexico

Nov. 6, 2019 7:43 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The call for help came at 8:30 a.m. from an especially secluded pocket of the Navajo Nation: A man and woman were unresponsive inside a traditional structure and 14 others were suffering from smoke inhalation after a nighttime ceremony. Navajo Nation police said Wednesday they are...

Correction: Trump-Native Heritage Month story

Nov. 6, 2019 4:00 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — In a story Nov. 5 about Native American Heritage Month, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Nathan Wright is Sioux. He is from the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. A corrected version of the story is below: Trump honors Native Americans, US founders in same...

Sen. Warren dropped from libel lawsuit by 'Covington Boys'

Nov. 6, 2019 7:47 AM EST

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been dismissed from a libel lawsuit filed by 10 Kentucky teens over an encounter with Native Americans that blew up on social media. The Courier Journal reports a judge ruled Tuesday that the Democratic presidential candidate acted within the scope of her...

Native students want U of Arizona head to apologize for quip

Nov. 4, 2019 5:45 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A group of University of Arizona students is demanding the school's president apologize for remarks he made using Native American stereotypes. Members of Native SOAR, a university mentoring program for Native American students, posted on social media Sunday that they want a...