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    BARRE, Mass. (AP) — One by one, items purportedly taken from Native Americans massacred at Wounded Knee Creek emerged from the dark, cluttered display cases where they’ve sat for more than a century in a museum in rural Massachusetts. Moccasins, necklaces, clothing, ceremonial pipes, tools and other objects were carefully laid out on white backgrounds...
    By Felicia Fonseca and Lindsay Whitehurst | Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling expanding state authority to prosecute some crimes on Native American land is fracturing decades of law built around the hard-fought principle that tribes have the right to govern themselves on their own territory, legal experts say. The Wednesday...
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A U.S. Supreme Court ruling expanding state authority to prosecute some crimes on Native American land is fracturing decades of law built around the hard-fought principle that tribes have the right to govern themselves on their own territory, legal experts say. The Wednesday ruling is a marked departure from federal...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Mohegan Chief Marilynn “Lynn” Malerba, the nation’s first Native American U.S. treasurer, comes from a line of chiefs who instilled in her the need to keep her tribe healthy and to survive. “It’s our job to leave footprints on the path for those who come behind us — so they may...
    Women and girls from the Colorado River Indian tribes dance after arriving at a protest encampment near Cannon Ball, North Dakota. Why is it that when colonizers need help, they turn to the very people they’ve been oppressing for centuries? The latest comes from social media, where Rachael Lorenzo, an Indigenous abortion rights advocate, tells...
    (CNN)In an unprecedented move, federal officials signed an agreement to collectively manage the more than 1.3 million acres of Utah's Bears Ears National Monument with five Native American tribes.The Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, along with representatives from the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the Pueblo of...
    Democratic Socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she has 'awakened' to her 'indigenous heritage'. Ocasio-Cortez, who is Puerto Rican, claims she is part Taino - the people indigenous to the Caribbean who resided in places like Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, The Bahamas, and the northern Lesser Antilles. During an Instagram live Q&A, she said that meeting American indigenous groups while protesting...
    Dancers from Anahuacalmecac International University Preparatory of North America and Indigenous students pray during an Indigenous Peoples Day celebration on Oct. 8, 2017, in Los Angeles. In a state with more than 100 federally recognized tribes, the University of California system announced earlier this month that it will be offering Native American students free tuition...
    Many Native American students will receive free tuition at the University of California starting in the fall semester. In a letter sent to UC chancellors, President Michael V. Drake said that tuition will be covered for all California residents from federally recognized Native American, American Indian and Alaska Native tribes through existing state and university...
    The University of California system announced it will cover all tuition and other costs for Native Americans who are members of federally recognized tribes. U.C. system President Michael Drake made the announcement in a letter to chancellors about the “U.C. Native American Opportunity Plan,” which will “advance critical efforts to expand student diversity and make...
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Native American leaders said Tuesday they were excited about a series of meetings this week with land managers as the Biden administration considers prohibiting new oil and gas development on hundreds of square miles of federal land in northwestern New Mexico that several tribes consider sacred. Top officials with the All...
    By Alaa Elassar | CNN California is calling upon Native American tribes to bring back the once-prohibited practice of lighting controlled burns to help prevent devastating wildfires that have wreaked havoc on the state. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force has launched a new plan — “Strategic Plan for Expanding the Use...
    (CNN)California is calling upon Native American tribes to bring back the once-prohibited practice of lighting controlled burns to help prevent devastating wildfires that have wreaked havoc on the state.Gov. Gavin Newsom's Wildfire and Forest Resilience Task Force has launched a new plan -- "Strategic Plan for Expanding the Use of Beneficial Fire" -- that relies...
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — It was a quick trip for U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland with stops to hike through desert scrub near the U.S.-Mexico border and to marvel at the jagged Organ Mountains before soaking in what life was like in one of the oldest settlements along a historic trade route. For Haaland, the...
    GENESEE, Colo. (CBS4)– The City and County of Denver is giving bison from its mountain park herd to three indigenous tribes. Those bison will head to tribal lands across the West. (credit: CBS) There was a ceremony at Genesee Park Monday morning to recognize the effort to rebuild Native American herds. The City and...
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday proposed giving Native American tribes $100 million so they can purchase and preserve their ancestral lands.The proposal is part of his pledge to make sure nearly one-third of California's land and coastal waters are preserved by 2030. But rather than have the government do all of...
    This week everyone is talking about the sovereignty of nations. Everyone is standing with Ukraine and horrified by Putin, because Ukraine is a sovereign independent nation and the Russian army invaded for no reason. There have been a lot of jokes that Putin’s justifications of the invasion are the same as if Mexico invaded...
    The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) has for the first time acknowledged the school was built on land once owned by Native Americans. In a press release, UTA officials said an 11-member task forced researched the land and concluded the campus sits on indigenous lands once owned by the Wichita and affiliated tribes, who had built...
    A Riverside high school teacher who was recorded mocking Native Americans by wearing a faux headdress and chanting during a math lesson in October was fired last week after months of protest, Native American advocates said. Community members representing local tribes and some from out of state spoke at last week’s Riverside school board meeting...
    (CNN)Native American tribes, who have "suffered some of the worst consequences of the opioid epidemic of any population in the United States," have reached a settlement in principle with Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceuticals and three drug distributors, attorneys representing the tribes said Tuesday.The settlement -- which has been agreed to in principle, but...
    Native American tribes in the U.S. have reached settlements over the toll of opioids totaling $590 million with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and the country's three largest drug distribution companies, according to a court filing made Tuesday. The filing in U.S. District Court in Cleveland lays out the broad terms of the settlements with Johnson...
    Three major drug distributors in the United States and Johnson & Johnson have agreed to pay tribal communities up to $665 million for the opioid public health crisis. According to a court filing Tuesday, drug distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson have come to a deal to pay $515 million over the next six...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Native American tribes agree to $590 million opioid settlement with Johnson & Johnson and big drug distributors. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Native American high school athletes from across the country will be heading to the U.S. Bank Stadium for the Indigenous Bowl this weekend. On Friday, the Minnesota Vikings announced that the fourth annual event is the result of a partnership with the 7G Foundation. Players are already in the Twin Cities for...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Native American tribes fighting for the return of human remains and funerary artifacts excavated from an ancient settlement in present-day Alabama got help for their argument Tuesday when a federal advisory committee found the site to be culturally linked to their tribes. The Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee...
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Saturday said progress has been made by Indigenous people during a visit to Alcatraz Island, which became a symbol of the struggles of Native People for self-determination following its takeover in the 1960s, but more remains to be done. Haaland visited the island off of San...
    The Biden administration banned new oil and gas leases on a large swath of federal lands in New Mexico after a group of Native American tribes requested the action. President Joe Biden said he would soon be “taking action to protect the Greater Chaco Landscape in northwestern New Mexico from future oil and gas drilling...
    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — As the third president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Francis Amasa Walker helped usher the school into national prominence in the late 1800s. But another part of his legacy has received renewed attention amid the nation’s reckoning with racial justice: his role in shaping the nation’s hardline policies toward Native...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — A new way to honor Native Americans is on its way to the California State Capitol. One year after the statue of Spanish missionary Junipero Serra was toppled, Gov, Gavin Newsom signed legislation paving the way for a memorial in honor of those he’s accused of oppressing. READ MORE: Damage Assessment Teams...
    (CNN)Six Native American tribes are suing the state of Wisconsin, claiming that the state's planned wolf hunts go against their treaty-protected rights.The lawsuit, filed Tuesday by six Ojibwe tribes, comes months after the state's first legal wolf hunt in decades in February, considered a disaster by critics. That hunt occurred following the removal of wolves...
    Six Ojibwe tribes filed a federal lawsuit against Wisconsin on Tuesday, accusing the state of violating their treaty rights by allowing large wolf hunts, nonprofit environmental law organization Earthjustice, who is representing the tribal nations, said. The treaty protects tribal nations' rights to an equal share of harvestable resources and species conservation. According to the lawsuit,...
    Six Native American tribes filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday seeking to halt Wisconsin’s wolf hunt in November. The complaint in a Wisconsin federal court alleges that the state's Natural Resources Board violates the tribes’ rights established under treaties signed in 1837 and 1842 when the board set quotas for the Nov. 6 hunt. ...
    For years, many Native American tribes have felt their history has not been given its due by schools in Connecticut, a state that takes its name from an Algonquian word meaning “land on the long tidal river.” Soon, however, schools will be required to teach Native American studies, with an emphasis on local tribes, under...
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case that centers on whether Native Americans should receive preference in adoptions of Native children. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a sharply divided ruling in April over the federal Indian Child Welfare Act. The law gives Native American...
    Within five years, all California Native American skeletal remains will be reburied. Assemblyman James Ramos, D-Highland, and other California lawmakers gathered in Sacramento  on Aug. 25 to hear from tribal representatives and University of California system leaders about the “progress” in repatriating Native American remains to tribes after a June 2020 audit illustrated the complexities...
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated Oregon resident and tribal citizen Charles F. “Chuck” Sams III to head the National Park Service. If confirmed by the Senate, Sams would be the first Native American to hold the position. He is Cayuse and Walla Walla and a citizen of the Confederated...
    WASHINGTON - The powerful chair of the U.S. House Committee on Financial Services is bringing new attention to a longstanding controversy over the rights of the Freedmen, the lineal descendants of African American slaves who in the early 1800s accompanied their Native American owners along the Trail of Tears to present-day Oklahoma.   On July...
    Native American tribes, students, and faculty are pushing colleges to do more for Indigenous communities. When Samantha Maltais steps onto Harvard's campus this fall, she'll become the first member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe to attend its prestigious law school. It's a "full-circle moment" for...
    A county commissioner in Illinois is resisting the renaming of Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day because of the documented history of Native Americans owning slaves, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday. Stanley Moore, Cook County Commissioner, stated that before any vote could take place on renaming the holiday, Native American tribes should acknowledge their history...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Minnesota tribes will be receiving over $13 million in national funding to help carry out affordable housing activities during the pandemic. On Thursday, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge announced $450 million in Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) to tribes across the country; $13.1 million will...
    WASHINGTON —  On Monday, Rep. Deb Haaland became the first Native American confirmed to serve in the president’s Cabinet — a historic moment celebrated by American Indians throughout the country. In California, which is home to 109 federally recognized tribes and more people of Native ancestry than any other state, expectations are high. Not...
    Cherokee, a famous Jeep 4X4 from the 50s, may have had to change its name, believing it was time for businesses and sports teams in the United States to stop using their name. A spokesman for the Cherokee tribe confirmed to AFP on Monday that Chuck Hoskin Jr., the leader of the Cherokee tribe, “told...
    TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — It is time for Jeep to stop using the Cherokee Nation’s name on its Cherokee and Grand Cherokee SUVs, the chief of the Oklahoma-based tribe said. Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. said in a statement first reported by Car & Driver magazine that he believes corporations and sports teams should stop using...
    A FULL Snow Moon will be illuminating the sky this weekend. The Snow Moon will be at its fullest on February 27 but should look big for a few days around this time. 2The Full Moon will appear this SaturdayCredit: Alamy Live News The Snow Moon got its name because traditionally it coincided with heavy...
    As Monica Harvey watched, crowds flocked to a Sam's Club in northern Arizona where she works, picking shelves clean of toilet paper and canned goods. Native American seniors couldn't move fast enough, and Harvey saw their faces fall when they reached empty shelves. The Navajo woman wanted to help tribal elders get household staples without...
    President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday said the U.S. government has “long broken promises to Native American tribes,” in remarks officially introducing Rep. Deb HaalandDebra HaalandOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Government scientists predicted border wall construction could harm wildlife refuge | Haaland nomination generates excitement in Native American communities | Trump officials wrongly awarded Alaska grant in bid to...
    Naming Deb Haaland as interior secretary breaks a 245-year record of non-Natives serving as the very top federal official over American Indian affairs. President-elect Joe Biden plans to nominate New Mexico Rep. Deb Haaland as interior secretary, according to a person familiar with the decision,...
    URBANA, Ill. -- The University of Illinois says it will establish new traditions related to Native Americans some 13 years after it retired its divisive Chief Illiniwek.An implementation plan released last week was developed from recommendations of the university's commission on Native American imagery. Chancellor Robert Jones outlined several keys steps that will be taken...
    Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke toured Bears Ears National Monument in May. Scott G Winterton/The Deseret News via AP Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters.This story was originally published by The Huffington Post and is reproduced here as...
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