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Stories tagged: Native American

UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 9:56 a.m.

Joy Harjo, collaborator with a Spokane tribe poet, first Native American named U.S. poet laureate

Joy Harjo, the first Native American to be named U.S. poet laureate, has been ready for a long time.

Kalispel Tribe receives federal grant to help victims of crime

The Department of Justice announced Thursday the award of nearly $700,000 to the Kalispel Tribe of Indians as part of grant to help victims of human trafficking.

Native American voting assistance passes Legislature

Some unique challenges tribal members face in voting could be removed under a bill that received final legislative approval Friday.

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 3:35 p.m.

Country sees high number of Native American candidates

Deb Haaland is not the first Native American woman to run for Congress, but she could be one of the first elected Tuesday. More than 100 Native Americans are seeking …

Trump lashes out at Warren over DNA test, calls her ‘phony!’

President Donald Trump lashed out at Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday over DNA test results she released that indicate she has some Native American heritage, saying she is “getting slammed” …

Warren DNA analysis points to Native American heritage

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday released the results of a DNA analysis that she said indicated she has some Native American heritage, a direct rebuttal to President Donald Trump, who …

UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 8, 2018, 9:49 p.m.

Veterans gather to celebrate service at ninth annual American Indian Memorial and Honoring Ceremony

Michael Sebastian grew up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, and after serving for more than 22 years in the U.S. Military – including three tours of duty in Iraq – …

Nearly every Native American woman in Seattle survey said she was raped or coerced into sex

In the survey of 148 Native American and Alaska Native women, more than half the women — 53 percent — were homeless at the time they answered the questions.

Democrats pick gay, Native American nominee in Kansas 3rd

Sharice Davids shattered the mold for a congressional primary winner from ruby red Kansas on Wednesday, becoming the state’s first Native American and gay nominee for Congress.

School board member resigns after making slur against tribe

A school board member resigned earlier this month after making statements on social media that insulted Native Americans.

‘Modern-day medicine people:’ Students get hands-on experience at Na-ha-shnee Health Sciences Institute

The Na-ha-shnee Health Sciences Institute, a fusion of summer camp and in-depth health education for Native American high school students, is underway this week.

Sen. Warren’s challengers weigh Trump’s use of ‘Pocahontas’

Most candidates hoping to unseat U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren in next year’s election aren’t shying away from President Donald Trump’s criticism of her claims of Native American heritage, although all …

Washington state tribes consider own carbon emissions plan

Tribal leaders might move ahead with their own plan to tax carbon emissions in Washington state after another group working on a statewide carbon-tax initiative for the November 2018 ballot …

New court to connect Native American foster kids with family

Officials involved in Montana’s foster care system lament the shortage of homes where Native American kids who have been removed from their parents can still grow up with family and …

Tribe wants centuries-old remains found in Idaho

A tribe says it 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 …

Washington seeks to overturn tribe’s fuel tax exemption

Washington state is asking the nation’s highest court to overturn a state Supreme Court decision that exempted the Yakama Nation from paying state taxes on out-of-state fuel delivered to the …

UPDATED: Mon., June 19, 2017, 5:21 p.m.

Justices say law on offensive trademarks is unconstitutional

The Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of a law that bans offensive trademarks in a ruling that is expected to help the Washington Redskins in their legal fight …

Native Americans walk out of musical depicting stereotypes

The University of Wyoming is warning audiences about offensive material in a traveling musical after Native American high school students walked out of a performance of “The Fantasticks.”

Yakama Nation to commemorate Treaty of 1855

Life changed for thousands of Native Americans in Central Washington 162 years ago Friday.

Graduate not allowed native regalia despite state law

Administrators at a northwestern Montana high school have apologized after a graduate was prevented from wearing a mortarboard decorated with Native American regalia just 42 days after the governor signed …

ACLU files racial discrimination complaint against school district

The ACLU of Montana has filed a discrimination complaint on behalf of four Native Americans who said they were denied early entry to a high school basketball game in Reed …

UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 10 p.m.

Nevada firm, executives agree to pay Montana tribe $2.5M

Three executives of Nevada-based consulting firm will pay a Native American tribe in Montana $2.5 million and face possible prison time for their roles in funneling cash from the tribe’s …

UPDATED: Sun., April 23, 2017, 9:41 p.m.

Wisconsin tribes clash in casino expansion fight

According to the National Indian Gambling Commission, 240 tribes offered gambling in 28 states as of January. With casinos restricted to reservations and land held in federal trust, tribes have …

UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 9:05 p.m.

Montana lawmakers seek to make Native America a destination

Some Mon tana lawmakers want the state to invest more into drawing visitors to places of historical and cultural importance to the state’s Indian tribes – not only to spark …

UPDATED: Sun., April 9, 2017, 12:17 a.m.

Anti-suicide bill moves forward in Montana Legislature

Alarmed by suicide rates persistently among the highest in the nation, Montana lawmakers moved closer Saturday to sending legislation to Gov. Steve Bullock authorizing $1 million to address a crisis …

Washington’s Cowlitz tribe wins casino legal fight

A decision by the U.S. Supreme Court has cleared the way for the Cowlitz Indian Tribe to open a $510 million casino in southwestern Washington state near the border with …

Oregon school district reaches mascot deal with tribe

Rogue River High will remain the Chieftains. The Grants Pass Daily Courier reports the school board last week ratified an agreement that allows the school to keep the mascot.

American Indians protesting Trump, pipeline with march

Members of American Indian tribes from around the country are gathering in Washington for four days of protests against the Trump administration and the Dakota Access oil pipeline that will …

Bill would allow Native graduates to wear regalia

Aspen Many Hides recalled being in tears as she stood in line five years ago waiting to receive her high school diploma in Polson. Her mother was frantically trying to …

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 24, 2017, 9:20 p.m.

Tempers flare after calls to separate Native American basketball tournaments from other tourneys

The topic of race entered the Montana high school basketball conversation this week as divisional tournaments begin around the state.