- Arizona copper mine stirs debate pitting profits vs religion Updated: Jul-02-15 2:25 am
SUPERIOR, Arizona - Outside of an aging mining town in the mountains east of Phoenix, a copper company has burrowed a shaft 1.3 miles into the high desert landscape in what is believed to be the deepest such mine in the U.S.
- More tribes sign gambling agreements with New Mexico Updated: Jul-01-15 7:40 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - One northern New Mexico tribe is digging in its heels, but others have signed new gambling agreements with the state in recent weeks to ensure they can operate their casinos for another two decades.
- Experts say new rules could help 4 tribes in Oklahoma Updated: Jul-01-15 3:14 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Experts say that new U.S. Department of Interior regulations may benefit four tribes in Oklahoma in their efforts for federal recognition.
- The Latest: Maine Legislature OKs $100M in bond proposals Updated: Jun-30-15 10:55 pm
AUGUSTA, Maine - The latest on the Maine Legislature's rush to finish its work for the session (all times local):
- Archaeologists call on feds to protect Chaco Canyon area Updated: Jun-30-15 6:16 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - Tucked away among northwestern New Mexico's sandstone cliffs and buttes are the remnants of an ancient civilization whose monumental architecture and cultural influences have been a source of mystery for years.
- South Dakota board reverses, votes to keep Harney Peak name Updated: Jun-29-15 8:35 pm
PIERRE, South Dakota - Harney Peak should keep the name of an army general whose soldiers in the 1850s killed Native Americans, a state board voted Monday in a reversal, even though some Indians may find the peak's name offensive.
- Connecticut officials praise changes on tribal recognition Updated: Jun-29-15 6:45 pm
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut's top elected leaders are declaring victory in their efforts to see that it does not become easier for local American Indian tribes to obtain federal recognition.
- Indian tribe recognition process overhauled Updated: Jun-29-15 4:54 pm
WASHINGTON - Some Indian tribes may have a clearer path toward federal recognition under a new Obama administration rule that relaxes some requirements and speeds decision-making, potentially affecting hundreds of groups.
- Man faces sentencing or possessing turtles, birds Updated: Jun-29-15 3:05 am
ATTICA, New York - A western New York man faces sentencing for illegally possessing more than 100 turtles, a screech owl and several other birds.
- Large Alaska tribe to boycott FedEx for its NFL sponsorship Updated: Jun-27-15 5:56 pm
JUNEAU, Alaska - Alaska's largest tribe is boycotting FedEx until the company pulls its sponsorship from the Washington, D.C. NFL team or that team changes its name.
- Native American code talkers from WWII posthumously honored Updated: Jun-27-15 2:31 pm
CROW AGENCY, Montana - Four Native American World War II code talkers from Montana have been posthumously honored for their service.
- Connecticut tribes see advantage with MGM casino delay Updated: Jun-27-15 11:56 am
HARTFORD, Connecticut - Connecticut's two tribes are predicting their plans for a satellite casino along the state's border with Massachusetts will benefit from MGM's recent request to delay the opening of its plan planned resort in Springfield for a year.
- 70-year-old man killed in Big Horn County crash Updated: Jun-25-15 6:07 pm
BILLINGS, Montana - A 70-year-old man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 90 in Big Horn County.
- FBI confirms man was killed by law officers on reservation Updated: Jun-25-15 9:47 am
BISMARCK, North Dakota - Federal authorities have confirmed that law officers shot and killed a man on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation last week.
- Carey Price wins Hart, Vezina, Lindsay honors at NHL Awards Updated: Jun-24-15 10:44 pm
LAS VEGAS - Carey Price came away from the NHL Awards show with a hat trick.
- Indian tribes sue to block Southern California solar plant Updated: Jun-24-15 9:47 pm
RIVERSIDE, California - A group of Indian tribes is suing to block construction of a huge solar power plant in California's Mojave Desert.
- SD Indian tribe signs contract with marijuana growing group Updated: Jun-24-15 9:17 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - An Indian tribe in South Dakota that plans to start selling marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes envisions its single point of sale on the reservation as a facility that will also have a bowling alley, a bar and other entertainment features.
- Advocates allege religious discrimination at VA hospital Updated: Jun-24-15 8:19 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - Members of a Native American sweat lodge at a VA hospital in Wichita have been subjected to discrimination and "blatant hostility" aimed at shutting down their religious services, according to a letter sent by a religious liberties group Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
- Tribal leader: Casino bill failure widens rift with state Updated: Jun-24-15 6:01 pm
PORTLAND, Maine - An American Indian tribal leader says the failure of a bill to create a tribal casino in northern Maine widens the rift between the tribes and state leaders.
- Massachusetts' first slots parlor is open for business Updated: Jun-24-15 5:39 pm
PLAINVILLE, Massachusetts - Massachusetts jumped into the casino game Wednesday as the state's first slots parlor opened for business to a large and eager crowd of gamblers.
- Businessman hit with more charges in tribal corruption probe Updated: Jun-24-15 2:19 pm
HELENA, Montana - A new criminal indictment charges a businessman with bribing the head of the Chippewa Cree tribe's roads department and overcharging for the work his company did as part of a $10.6 million federal stimulus grant to the tribe.
- Inslee asks that Kennewick Man be returned to tribes Updated: Jun-23-15 7:34 pm
SPOKANE, Washington - Gov. Jay Inslee has sent a letter requesting that the remains of "Kennewick Man" be returned to Native American tribes.
- Buffalo approves renaming Squaw Island; name deemed racist Updated: Jun-23-15 7:03 pm
BUFFALO, New York - Squaw Island will be called Unity Island following a unanimous vote by Buffalo city lawmakers Tuesday in response to complaints that the 336-year-old name of the Niagara River parkland is racist and sexist.
- Confederate flag case cited in Redskins trademark battle Updated: Jun-23-15 3:38 pm
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia - A U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week on license plates and the Confederate flag could be bad news for the Washington Redskins.
- Southern Ute tribe challenges new federal fracking law Updated: Jun-21-15 2:38 pm
DURANGO, Colorado - The Southern Ute Indian Tribe has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Interior, challenging the Bureau of Land Management's new hydraulic fracturing rule because tribe members say they have the right to decide their own land-use policies.