Latest Tribal governments News

Bureau of Indian Affairs officers to begin training in ND

Sep. 21, 2020 12:32 PM EDT

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. (AP) — The federal government plans to train Bureau of Indian Affairs law officers year-round at the National Guard's Camp Grafton in North Dakota, with training to begin this fall. As many as a dozen federal staff could work at Camp Grafton, training potentially hundreds of recruits on...

Tribes' ancestral remains return home to American Southwest

Sep. 17, 2020 12:35 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Tribal leaders have reburied the remains of their ancestors that were taken more than a century ago from what's now a national park in Colorado. A Swedish researcher unearthed the remains of about 20 people and more than two dozen funerary objects from southwestern Colorado in 1891....

Vote to impeach Oglala Sioux tribal president has failed

Sep. 15, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A vote to impeach the president of South Dakota's Oglala Sioux Tribe has failed. The tribal council needed a two-thirds vote, or 14 votes to impeach Julian Bear Runner. The vote Monday was 11-5 with five council members abstaining, KOTA-TV reported. The council earlier suspended...

Navajo Nation weighs mandatory sentences for curfew offenses

Sep. 11, 2020 2:28 PM EDT

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A proposal to require mandatory sentences for people caught breaking the coronavirus curfew on the Navajo Nation is awaiting consideration by the Navajo Nation Council, their highest legislative body. Police have been charging curfew violators with public nuisance, which gives judges...

57 bison relocated from North Rim of Grand Canyon

Sep. 10, 2020 8:42 PM EDT

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — Dozens of bison have been relocated from the Grand Canyon's North Rim and sent to Native American tribes in the Great Plains. A recent two-week roundup led to the transfer of 57 bison to the InterTribal Buffalo Council, Grand Canyon National Park officials said. ...

Vancouver Public Schools retires chieftain mascot

Sep. 9, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — The Vancouver Public Schools Board of Directors on Tuesday unanimously voted to stop using the chieftain name and mascot at Columbia River High School and Minnehaha Elementary School. Board members last month expressed their desire to halt the use of the image of a Native American...

Lawsuit challenges Alaska witness requirement for ballots

Sep. 8, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A lawsuit filed Tuesday asks a judge to block election officials from enforcing during the COVID-19 pandemic a requirement that Alaska absentee voters have someone witness them signing their ballots. The plaintiffs are the Arctic Village Council, a tribal government; the League of...

This undated photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Pvt. Corlton L. Chee. The Navajo Nation has joined calls for an accounting of the deaths at Fort Hood after one of its members became the latest soldier from the U.S. Army post to die this year. Chee, a 25-year-old soldier from Pinehill, New Mexico, died Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, after he collapsed following a physical fitness training exercise five days earlier, according to officials at the central Texas post. He was the 28th soldier from Fort Hood to die this year, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. (U.S. Army via AP)

Navajo Nation calls for investigation into Fort Hood deaths

Sep. 6, 2020 2:42 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Navajo Nation has joined calls for an accounting of the deaths at Fort Hood after one of its members became the latest soldier from the U.S. Army post to die this year. Pvt. Corlton L. Chee, a 25-year-old soldier from Pinehill, New Mexico, died Wednesday after he collapsed following a...

North Dakota approves plan to host specialized BIA training

Sep. 4, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal officials have approved a plan to conduct specialized training at Camp Grafton in North Dakota for Bureau of Indian Affairs officers, and though a tribal chairman welcomed the news, he also said much more needs to be done to improve staffing and policing on reservations. U.S....

Oglala Sioux president suspended on improper contact charge

Sep. 1, 2020 3:30 PM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — The president of the Oglala Sioux Tribe in South Dakota has been suspended and will face an impeachment hearing after he was accused of inappropriate contact with a 17-year-old boy. The tribal council voted last week to suspend Julian Bear Runner, the president of the tribe located...