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UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 14, 2019

Pacific Northwest tribes: Remove Columbia River dams

Two Pacific Northwest tribes are demanding the removal of three major hydroelectric dams on the Columbia River. The Lummi and Yakama nations said Monday that the U.S. government was in …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 13, 2019

Washington, D.C., approves emergency measure renaming holiday ‘Indigenous Peoples’ Day’

City lawmakers have been trying for five years to rename the holiday. They succeeded last week, passing an emergency measure that brings Washington, D.C., in line with several other cities …


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 29, 2019

Report: US Native American health agency at crossroads

Emergency rooms shut down for months. Hospital policies put patients at risk for opioid abuse and overdoses. A longtime pediatrician was charged with sexually abusing children.


Rueful over heritage claim, Warren woos Native American vote

Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren offered a public apology Monday to Native Americans over her past claim to tribal heritage, directly tackling an area that’s proved to be a big …


Lawrence B. A. Hatter: Canada must honor indigenous rights

The so-called “Jay Treaty” of 1794 is having unintended consequences on indigenous, transnational communities of the Pacific Northwest more than two centuries later.


Washington state attorney general announces consent rule for tribes

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has announced a new policy requiring consent from tribes that might be affected by projects or initiatives from his office.


For many Native Americans, embracing LGBT members is a return to the past

The sound of drums, singing and prayers marked the opening of a powwow in Phoenix on a Saturday afternoon this month. Marchers carried the flags of the United States and …


Tribes urge US to ban drilling around sacred New Mexico site

Tribes are urging U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site with massive stone structures and other remnants of an ancient civilization


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019

Spokane River’s story one of geology, settlement

Timeline from the “The Spokane River Story” in The Spokesman-Review in 1991.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019

States weigh bills addressing Native deaths, disappearances

Lawmakers in at least seven states have introduced legislation to address the unsolved deaths and disappearances of numerous Native American women and girls.


Boys school shuts down amid fallout over protest videos

A Kentucky boys’ school shut down its campus Tuesday as a precaution and a small protest was held outside their diocese as fallout continued over an encounter involving white teenagers, …


Shutdown puts strain on hundreds of Native American tribes

Fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting Native Americans as dwindling funds hamper access to health care and other services. The pain is especially deep in tribal communities with …


Mark Anthony Rolo: Thanksgiving for a Native American

Every year at this time I wonder why we, as American Indians, bother to celebrate Thanksgiving. Despite all our social ills and battles with state and the federal government, we …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 23, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.