Native Americans

FILE - In this March 5, 2020, file photo Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., Native American Caucus co-chair, joined at right by Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, speaks to reporters about the 2020 Census on Capitol Hill in Washington. O.J. Semans is one of dozens of tribal officials and vote activists around the country pushing selection of Haaland to become the first Native American secretary of Interior. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
November 21, 2020 - 12:36 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Native Americans are urging President-elect Joe Biden to make history by selecting one of their own to lead the powerful agency that oversees the nation’s tribes, setting up one of several looming tests of Biden’s pledge to have a Cabinet representative of Americans. O.J. Semans...
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Allie Young, second in line, a Diné woman on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, is among a group of Native Americans as they ride on horseback to the polls on Election Day in Kayenta, Ariz., Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. (Larry Price via AP)
November 19, 2020 - 2:31 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Voting rights advocates had long argued that if Native Americans and other minority groups were mobilized, they could be decisive in a tight race. This year proved that. Voter turnout on swaths of tribal land in Arizona surged compared with the 2016 presidential election,...
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FILE - U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo speaks at the Governors Awards on Oct. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. Harjo will serve a third 1-year term and has launched an online project that celebrates Native American poets around the country. Her re-appointment was announced Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020, by the Library of Congress, and her new term begins in September. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
November 19, 2020 - 7:14 am
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. poet laureate Joy Harjo will serve a third, one-year term and has launched an online project that celebrates Native American poets around the country. Her reappointment was announced Thursday by the Library of Congress, and her new term begins in September. “This has been a...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2020, file photo, is the Iron Gate Dam, powerhouse and spillway are on the lower Klamath River near Hornbrook, Calif. A new agreement announced Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, promises to revive faltering plans to demolish four massive hydroelectric dams on a river along the Oregon-California border to save imperiled salmon by emptying giant reservoirs and reopening hundreds of miles of potential fish habitat that's been blocked for more than a century. (AP Photo/Gillian Flaccus, File)
November 17, 2020 - 7:37 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An agreement announced Tuesday paves the way for the largest dam demolition in U.S. history, a project that promises to reopen hundreds of miles of waterway along the Oregon-California border to salmon that are critical to tribes but have dwindled to almost nothing in recent...
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U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., speaks at a campaign rally, Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Flagstaff, Ariz. Until recently, Congress hasn't had many Native American members but hope is growing as the Native delegation in the U.S. House increased by two on Election Day along with four Native Americans who won reelection including Mullin who is Cherokee.(AP Photo/Matt York)
November 10, 2020 - 1:02 am
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Internet access, health care and basic necessities like running water and electricity within Indigenous communities have long been at the center of congressional debates. But until recently, Congress didn't have many Indigenous members who were pushing for solutions and...
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Native American dancers perform at a Donald Trump rally Oct. 15, 2020 at the rodeo grounds in Williams, Arizona. Navajo Nation President Myron Lizer makes no qualms about it: As one of the top officials on the country's largest Native American reservation, he's a proud Donald Trump supporter. Lizer says Native American values - hard work, family and ranching - align more with the GOP than with Democrats. (AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca)
October 24, 2020 - 11:04 am
WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) — Myron Lizer has no qualms about it: As one of the top officials on the country's largest Native American reservation, he's a proud Donald Trump supporter. The Navajo Nation vice president says Native American values — hard work, family and ranching — align more with the GOP...
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Disco and dance club operators stage a protest against government's order for them to close in order to curb the spread of coronavirus, in Rome Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. Authorities in regions including Italy's three largest cities have imposed curfews in a bid to slow the spread of COVID-19 where it first struck hard in Europe, most of whose countries are now imposing, or mulling, new restrictions to cope with rapidly rising caseloads. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
October 22, 2020 - 7:01 pm
HELENA, Mont. — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says the state health department is pursuing legal action against several businesses in northwestern Montana for not following a mask mandate and other restrictions meant to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. The announcement came Thursday as the state...
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FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. Native American tribes opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline once again have asked a federal judge to stop the flow of oil while the legal battle over the line's future plays out. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)
October 20, 2020 - 9:37 am
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Native American tribes opposed to the Dakota Access Pipeline once again have asked a federal judge to stop the flow of oil while the legal battle over the line’s future plays out. The Standing Rock Sioux and other tribes succeeded on their first attempt, only to have an...
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A group of protesters toppled statues of former presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln in Portland's South Park Block late Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020. (Sean Meagher/The Oregonian via AP)
October 12, 2020 - 8:35 pm
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Protesters in Portland overturned statues of former Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln and vandalized the Oregon Historical Society in a declaration of “rage” toward Columbus Day. Protest organizers dubbed the event "Indigenous Peoples Day of Rage,” in response...
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A Marine is posted outside the West Wing of the White House, signifying the President is in the Oval Office, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
October 09, 2020 - 9:04 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s proclamation Friday commemorating Columbus Day veered from a typical White House holiday announcement, with stark warnings of “radical activists” seeking to tarnish the explorer’s legacy. Native American advocates have pressed states for years to change...
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