Latest Native Americans News

Alaska lawmakers advance bill to protect cemetery

Apr. 10, 2021 11:36 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House of Representatives has advanced a bill that would protect an Alaska Native cemetery at Funter Bay and add about 251 acres (about 102 hectares) of state land. The Unangax cemetery holds more than 30 graves of people from the state...

Judge orders delay amid debate over Dakota Access pipeline

Apr. 09, 2021 16:05 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge on Friday delayed a decision on whether the Dakota Access Oil pipeline should be shut down while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts an environmental review on the project, after lawyers for the pipeline asked for more time to outline the effects of...

Utah high school announces new mascot following backlash

Apr. 09, 2021 16:00 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A mostly white high school near Salt Lake City revealed its new mascot Friday that will replace its contentious Braves mascot, as school and professional sports teams nationwide face increasing backlash about using Native American names and symbols. ...

Summit and trail are renamed after Native American outcry

Apr. 09, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (AP) — A summit of a Massachusetts mountain with a literary connection is being renamed, along with one of its trails, after outcry from Native American groups that call the area home. Indian Monument Trail is being renamed the Mohican Monument...

Biden halts sale of National Archives center in Seattle

Apr. 08, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — The Biden administration has halted its predecessor’s decision to sell the federal archives building in Seattle, following months of opposition from people across the Pacific Northwest and a lawsuit. Washington Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Maria...

Sun, tribal owners add Native American images to jerseys

Apr. 08, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

While many teams have been moving away from using Native American names and symbols, the Connecticut Sun have added them to their jerseys as a way to honor the heritage of the team's tribal owners. The WNBA on Thursday unveiled three new looks for each of its 12 teams as...

Michigan city seeks expert to discuss future of Custer site

Apr. 08, 2021 17:56 PM EDT

MONROE, Mich. (AP) — A city in southeastern Michigan wants to hire an expert to try to reach a community consensus over the future of a monument dedicated to Gen. George Custer. Custer, who lived in Monroe, has long been recognized as a heroic Army officer, first during...

Native Americans: Move Boston Marathon from Oct. 11 holiday

Apr. 08, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Native Americans in Massachusetts are calling on the organizers of the Boston Marathon to move the already rescheduled date for the storied race because it now conflicts with a day meant to commemorate the contributions of Indigenous people. The Boston...

Vandals mar ancient petroglyphs in north Georgia mountains

Apr. 08, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Federal authorities are searching for vandals who damaged ancient petroglyphs in the north Georgia mountains — sacred rock carvings that date back thousands of years. Archaeologist Johannes Loubser discovered the vandalism on March 26 and reported...

Plans move forward for Indigenous-led school in Rapid City

Apr. 08, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Grassroots organizers are planning to open the first Indigenous-led community school in Rapid City which will be focused on building educational equity for Native American students. After two years of attempting to pass legislation that would...