- Maine residents debate area high school's 'Indians' nickname Updated: May-05-15 4:10 am
SKOWHEGAN, Maine - Somerset County residents turned out to voice their opinions on the issue of whether a local high school should change its mascot.
- Oscar-winning writer of 'Dances With Wolves' novel dies Updated: May-04-15 8:13 pm
TUCSON, Arizona - Michael Blake, the writer whose novel "Dances With Wolves" became a major hit movie and earned him an Academy Award for the screenplay, has died.
- Law professors side with Wyoming tribes in boundary dispute Updated: May-04-15 6:47 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Eight law professors from around the country are seeking to get involved in a legal dispute over whether Riverton and surrounding lands remain legally part of the Wind River Indian Reservation.
- Rapid City man wins $10K grant to start youth running camp Updated: May-03-15 11:14 am
RAPID CITY, South Dakota - A Rapid City man wants to use a $10,000 grant he was awarded by a national organization to help people living on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation get a running start on their health and fitness.
- Pope defends soon-to-be saint vs Native American objections Updated: May-02-15 2:52 pm
ROME - Pope Francis on Saturday praised the zeal of an 18th-century Franciscan missionary he will make a saint when he visits the United States this fall but whom Native Americans say brutally converted indigenous people to Christianity.
- Arts center in Rapid City to unveil 2 Oscar Howe paintings Updated: May-02-15 8:59 am
RAPID CITY, South Dakota - A performing arts center in Rapid City will be unveiling two paintings from renowned artist Oscar Howe later this month as part of its forthcoming project dedicated to Native American artists.
- Pope stokes flames ahead of US trip even as he ends problems Updated: May-01-15 8:05 am
VATICAN CITY - When Pope Francis visits the United States this fall, he can expect the same rock-star adulation that greets him wherever he goes. But his positions on hot-button issues such as the death penalty and climate change could quickly set the stage for conflict. That may explain why Francis has been clearing the decks on a host of less high-profile matters of contention that could also have marred the visit.
- Activists work for Native American-friendly site names Updated: May-01-15 12:52 am
WOUNDED KNEE, South Dakota - South Dakota's Shannon County will now be Oglala Lakota County, removing the name of a man who Oglala Sioux Tribe activists say helped with negotiations that were a precursor for the breakup of tribal lands.
- Mankato will offer Dakota language courses Updated: Apr-30-15 5:35 am
MANKATO, Minnesota - Minnesota State University, Mankato will offer Dakota language and culture courses beginning this fall.
- Colorado Senate halts bill to limit Native American mascots Updated: Apr-29-15 9:36 pm
DENVER - A GOP-led Senate committee has rejected legislation that would have prohibited Native American mascots at Colorado schools unless a tribe approved.
- Federal government orders $648,000 to ousted tribal chairman Updated: Apr-29-15 6:01 pm
GREAT FALLS, Montana - Montana's Chippewa Cree Tribe must pay thrice-elected tribal chairman Ken St. Marks more than $648,000 for ousting him from office based on unsubstantiated allegations that he broke tribal laws, a federal agency ordered.
- 1920s silent film, Native American cast get due decades late Updated: Apr-29-15 3:10 pm
DALLAS - A long-lost silent film admired by historians as a rare visual account of Native American customs is being released after a private detective in North Carolina stumbled across a damaged copy.
- Correction: American Indians-Stereotypes story Updated: Apr-29-15 2:08 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - In an Associated Press story April 24 about American Indian stereotypes, the AP erroneously reported comments by Elise Marubbio, an American Indian Studies professor at Augsburg College, about the portrayal of Lakota Indians. She said that other Great Plains tribes, such as the Comanche, but not the Lakota, were portrayed as living in Monument Valley.
- Maine Native Americans want deal with state on fishing Updated: Apr-28-15 5:37 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - Maine's American Indian tribes want state officials to come to the table for a potentially wide-reaching agreement about the way the tribes harvest commercial species of fish.
- Feds designate Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as Promise Zone Updated: Apr-28-15 1:28 pm
PINE RIDGE, South Dakota - The Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is among eight communities that the Obama administration has designated as a Promise Zone under a program that seeks to revitalize high-poverty areas.
- Tiny California tribe turns to adoption to boost revenue Updated: Apr-27-15 9:47 pm
ALTURAS, California - A tiny, casino-owning Native American tribe in Northern California has pursued an unusual strategy to boost revenue: Adoption.
- Utah Navajo lead push for new conservation area Updated: Apr-26-15 1:59 pm
BLUFF, Utah - Utah Navajos are leading a campaign to create a new conservation area in the southeastern corner of the state to stake a claim to what they consider their homeland.
- New Mexico Democrats choose new party chairwoman Updated: Apr-25-15 6:01 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A Democratic activist and tribal administrator from Albuquerque is the new leader of New Mexico's Democratic Party.
- Native youth kick off Generation Indigenous challenge Updated: Apr-25-15 4:28 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Janay Jumping Eagle is on a mission to curb teen suicide in her hometown on South Dakota's Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
- North America's largest powwow draws thousands to New Mexico Updated: Apr-24-15 6:59 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Droves of Native American and other indigenous performers and spectators have converged in New Mexico for the 32nd annual Gathering of Nations, North America's largest powwow. Here are some things to know about the event:
- North Carolina Cherokees challenge Tribal Council pay raises Updated: Apr-24-15 4:37 am
RALEIGH, North Carolina - In an unusually public fight, a Cherokee advocacy group is challenging a half-million dollars in extra pay the Tribal Council recently approved for itself, saying the North Carolina tribe can't afford raises for top officials while other services suffer.
- American Indian actors quit Adam Sandler movie over names Updated: Apr-23-15 3:44 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A group of American Indian actors have walked off the set of an Adam Sandler movie over complaints about stereotypes and offensive names.
- Lawmaker tells administration: Pull back Indian tribe rules Updated: Apr-23-15 2:00 pm
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee is demanding that the Obama administration hold off on new rules that could make it easier for Indian groups to win federal recognition as tribes.
- Attorney general asks judge to dismiss irrigators' challenge Updated: Apr-22-15 7:29 pm
HELENA, Montana - The Montana Attorney General's office asked a state judge on Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit intended to stall the Flathead tribal water compact.
- Alaska village confirms banishment after troopers' deaths Updated: Apr-22-15 6:58 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A man banished from his rural Alaska village after officials there determined he influenced the suspect in two Alaska State Troopers' deaths has lost his court appeals of the traditional form of justice, according to village officials.