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UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 2:06 p.m.

Tribal members settle abuse cases against Mormon church

Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct Mormon church foster program decades ago filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements, …


Native American bones will be turned over to tribes

The University of Idaho and U.S. Forest Service’s Boise National Forest say they’ve identified human remains from Native Americans in their holdings that will be turned over to present-day tribes.


John McCain had complicated relationship with Indian Country

John McCain hadn’t been elected to the U.S. Senate when a fellow veteran and friend spotted him at the annual Navajo Nation Fair.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 11:04 a.m.

Lawmakers seek answers for why Native American women vanish

Ashley’s disappearance is one small chapter in the unsettling story of missing and murdered Native American women and girls. No one knows precisely how many there are because some cases …


Archaeologists dig Native American fort found in Connecticut

Archaeologists are marveling at the site of a 1600s Native American fort in Connecticut that was uncovered as part of a rail bridge replacement project.


Homeless kids: It’s not just an urban issue

A recent state report shows a 10 percent homeless rate among Native American youths in the county. That’s nearly triple the state average of 3.7 percent and greater than any …


Elite Native American crew fights fires, serves community

Members of the Warm Springs Hotshots were getting ready to head home when the radio buzzed – a wildfire had started – and the elite crew launched into motion to …


It Happened Here: Chewelah artist’s herd has watched over travelers for 30 years

The installation’s name is “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies,” a sculpture by Chewelah artist David Govedare. It has stood watch over Interstate 90 and the Columbia for nearly 30 years. …


UPDATED: Sun., July 8, 2018, 4:25 p.m.

Breakout Idaho gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan faces uphill race

Democrat Paulette Jordan breaks the mold of the typical Idaho candidate.


UPDATED: Fri., June 22, 2018, 5:02 p.m.

Root dig about much more than searching for food

Driving west, past Davenport and into the hard scrubby scablands of eastern Washington, I’m reminded just how little I know of this place I call home.


Curtis’ legacy: MAC exhibit explores photographer’s work

The show, consisting of 80 images by Curtis, 40 historical artifacts from the MAC’s collection and 10 recordings Curtis made of Native American songs, will run from Saturday through Sept. …


500-year-old skeletons sought by 3 Native American tribes

Somewhere in Boise, the 500-year-old skeletons of two Native Americans found last year when a badger apparently unearthed them from their resting place in Idaho’s high desert sagebrush steppe are …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 6, 2018, 11:17 p.m.

Tribes seek Native American bones found at unique Idaho site

The U.S. government is negotiating with three Native American tribes to return the 500-year-old skeletons of a young adult and child found at a southwestern Idaho site that authorities first …


Native American veterans will be honored with memorial on National Mall

WASHINGTON – The National Mall is studded with monuments to iconic people and events, from presidents to wars to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. Later this month, finalists …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 15, 2018, 8:55 p.m.

MLK Day marked by Trump criticism, pledges to fight racism

Martin Luther King Jr.’s children and the pastor of an Atlanta church where he preached decried disparaging remarks President Donald Trump is said to have made about African countries, while …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 3, 2018, 2:11 p.m.

Ancient DNA gives glimpse of ancestors of Native Americans

DNA from an infant who died in Alaska some 11,500 years ago is giving scientists the best look yet at the genetics of the ancestors of today’s native peoples of …


Court recognizes Native American hunting rights in Canada

The Supreme Court of British Columbia has upheld a Washington state man’s right to hunt in the province by recognizing the traditional hunting grounds of his ancestors.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, 2:19 p.m.

Tribes oppose planned bioterror tests near Oklahoma graves

Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government’s plan, saying the …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 5, 2017, 8:40 p.m.

Tribes: Trump’s monument order disrespects native people

President Donald Trump’s rare move to shrink two large national monuments in Utah triggered another round of outrage among Native American leaders who vowed to unite and take the fight …


Lawsuit filed by Dakota Access protesters to proceed

An appeals court ruled Tuesday that a federal judge in North Dakota was correct in not barring police from using harsh methods against Dakota Access pipeline protesters.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 8:44 p.m.

Deadline near for tribal members to claim settlement money

American Indian tribal members and their descendants have until Nov. 27 to ask for their share of the remainder of $3.4 billion in settlement money awarded to Native Americans after …


Killer of Navajo Nation girl gets life prison sentence

A man who pleaded guilty to the murder and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl on the largest American Indian reservation was sentenced Friday to life in prison in a …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 1, 2017, 9:57 p.m.

General Council focuses on police staffing

Day three of the Nez Perce Tribe’s General Fall Council simmered to an end, and several agenda items were disregarded in favor of robust public comment.


Joel Clement: How Trump threatens Alaska natives and made me a whistleblower

I am not a member of the deep state. I am not big government. I am a scientist, a policy expert, a civil servant and a worried citizen. Reluctantly, as …


UPDATED: Thu., July 20, 2017, 10:49 p.m.

Tribe wants centuries-old remains found in Idaho

At least one tribe will seek possession of human bones found protruding from an Idaho badger hole after tests determined they weren’t from modern day homicide victims but belonged to …


Native Americans say grizzly bear decision violates religion

Native American tribes, clans and leaders from seven states and Canada say the U.S. government’s recent decision to lift protections for grizzly bears in the Yellowstone National Park area violates …


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 10:27 p.m.

Tribes bash proposed Trump budget cuts to Native Americans

Dozens of Native American tribes in six Western states expressed outrage Thursday at President Trump’s proposed budget cuts to American Indian programs, saying they would erase significant progress on child …


Gaming gone bust, tribe turns to marijuana farming

A small Indian tribe in a remote stretch of San Diego County has traded in its failed dream of casino riches for what could be the next big payout: marijuana …


Washington state tribes fear White House will be a buzzkill for their marijuana business

Four state tribes have signed compacts with the


UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017, 9:51 p.m.

After years of work, Cowlitz Tribe opens casino this week

The Cowlitz Indian Tribe is opening its new $510 million casino this week, an effort years in the making.