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American Indian

Health care access hard to measure for Native Americans

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Access to health care for American Indians is difficult to gauge because the agency that oversees it does a poor job of tracking patient wait times, a report by a federal watchdog found.

Date: 04/29/2016 | Nation & World

Corps determines Kennewick Man is Native American

SPOKANE, Wash. — The ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man is related to modern Native American tribes, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday, opening the process for returning to a tribe for burial one of the oldest and most complete set of bones ever found in North America.

Date: 04/27/2016 | Northwest

Bill introduced in Senate to return Kennewick Man to tribes

SPOKANE — A bill has been introduced in the U.S. Senate to require the federal government to give the bones of Kennewick Man back to the Indian tribes from which he descended.

Date: 04/26/2016 | Northwest

Former Mount Vernon woman held in Neah Bay carver’s death

PORT ANGELES — Authorities have named a 45-year-old female as a suspect in the homicide of Native American master carver George C. David of Neah Bay.

Date: 04/26/2016 | Northwest

Feds deciding if coal-export project violates tribal rights

SEATTLE — For centuries, Lummi tribal fishermen have harvested, dug up clams and fished for salmon in the tidelands and waters of northwest Washington state.

Date: 04/24/2016 | Northwest

Spokane Tribe receives $200,000 to study salmon recovery

SPOKANE — The Spokane Tribe has received $200,000 to study whether salmon could survive above Grand Coulee and Chief Joseph dams.The Northwest Power and Conservation Council approved the funding last week.

Date: 04/19/2016 | Northwest

Panel suggests Seattle allow drinking in designated parks

SEATTLE — Seattle’s Community Police Commission has recommended the city allow public drinking in in designated areas as a way to cut down on unequal enforcement.

Date: 04/15/2016 | Northwest

DNA helps to track Native American history

It all began with a tiny, brave band of people who strode across the land bridge connecting Asia to Alaska and into the unknown. Within a few millennia they would conquer the Americas, laying the groundwork for civilizations as varied as any in the world — the prehistoric creators of Clovis points;...

Date: 04/10/2016 | Nation & World

Crow Tribe elder Joe Medicine Crow dies at 102

BILLINGS, Mont. — Joseph Medicine Crow, an acclaimed Native American historian and last surviving war chief of Montana’s Crow Tribe, has died. He was 102. Medicine Crow died Sunday, Funeral home director Terry Bullis said. Services will be announced Monday, he said.

Date: 04/03/2016 | Nation & World

Bison coming ‘home’ to Montana Indian reservation

BILLINGS, Mont. — Descendants of a bison herd captured and sent to Canada more than a century ago will be relocated to a Montana American Indian reservation next month, in what tribal leaders bill as a homecoming for a species emblematic of their traditions.

Date: 03/27/2016 | Nation & World

Missing and endangered alert issued for 2 Montana boys

HELENA, Mont. — The state Justice Department has issued a missing and endangered person advisory for two Browning boys who were taken by their non-custodial father last month.

Date: 03/21/2016 | Northwest

Shop owners charged with selling fake Alaska Native artwork

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Four shops catering to Alaska cruise ship visitors sold whale and walrus bone carvings for $1,000 or more each that they falsely claimed were made by Alaska Native artists, according to federal prosecutors.

Date: 03/04/2016 | Northwest

Officials link fatal measles case to tribal health clinic

SEATTLE — Washington health officials have found the woman who was killed by measles was likely exposed at a Port Angeles tribal health clinic.

Date: 03/01/2016 | Northwest

Native Hawaiian group adopts a constitution

HONOLULU — A constitutional convention of Native Hawaiians has adopted a governing document that will go out to a vote for ratification, the organization behind the gathering announced.

Date: 02/28/2016 | Nation & World

Komplex Kai brings Native American perspective to hip-hop

Komplex Kai (AKA Kisar Jones-Fryberg), 28, is a Tulalip Tribes member and a hip hop artist. He offers a free concert at 7 p.m. Friday in the Canoes Cabaret at the Tulalip Resort Casino.

Date: 02/23/2016 | The Chat

Port Angeles street signs honor Klallam tribal history

PORT ANGELES — New street signs using both English and Klallam have been put up in the northwest Washington state town of Port Angeles.

Date: 02/14/2016 | Northwest

Puyallup Tribe to open marijuana testing laboratory

TACOMA — The Puyallup Tribe of Indians is opening a marijuana testing laboratory, marking its first foray into the Washington’s budding marijuana industry.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Northwest

Better life found in Skagit Valley

LA CONNER — Getting to and from school used to be a challenge for Felix Lester.He dodged drunks, drug dealers and the occasional fight to get to classes at Solen High School on the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe reservation in North Dakota.

Date: 01/28/2016 | Northwest

Environmental group sues Indian Health Service

YAKIMA — An environmental group based on the Yakama Indian Reservation has filed a federal lawsuit against the Indian Health Service for failing to respond to records requests about groundwater nitrate pollution.

Date: 01/27/2016 | Northwest

Tribe asks feds to stop armed group's free travel at refuge in Oregon

The Burns Paiute Tribe wants federal officials to bar armed activists from traveling back and forth to a national wildlife preserve they are occupying in southeastern Oregon, fearing tribal artifacts will go missing or the group will disturb burial grounds.

Date: 01/25/2016 | Northwest

Tribe, Wash. state officials investigate Chinook burial site dig

ASTORIA, Ore. — Washington State and tribal officials are investigating after the Pacific County Public Utilities District dug in an area that is known as a Chinook Indian burial site.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Northwest

Hibulb exhibit all about remembering

TULALIP — Former Tulalip Tribes vice chairman Deborah Parker has been working for years to encourage legislation and other efforts to stop violence against women — “especially indigenous women” — who make up a disproportionate number of victims.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Entertainment

School districts add Native American culture to curriculum

MOUNT VERNON — Though a channel divides the town of La Conner from the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community reservation, the two cultures are intertwined in Michael Carrigan’s shop class at La Conner High School.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Northwest

Washington football team owner donates millions to Native Americans

The foundation Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder created to support Native Americans contributed $3.7 million during its first year, providing items such as vans, computers and winter coats for more than 20 tribes that desperately needed assistance.

Date: 01/15/2016 | Nation & World

Threats to interracial Oregon family is possible hate crime

SALEM, Ore. — Salem police are investigating a possible hate crime after an interracial couple and their children received several written racist death threats signed by the Ku Klux Klan.

Date: 01/14/2016 | Northwest

Tribe: Armed group ‘desecrating’ land

BURNS, Ore. — The leader of an American Indian tribe that regards an Oregon nature preserve as sacred issued a rebuke Wednesday to the armed men who are occupying the property, saying they are not welcome at the snowy bird sanctuary and must leave.

Date: 01/06/2016 | Northwest

Spokane Tribe asks Inslee to seek halt to ski area expansion

SPOKANE — Gov. Jay Inslee was asked Wednesday to help stop the proposed expansion of the Mt. Spokane ski area located within the largest state park in Washington.

Date: 01/06/2016 | Northwest

Washington wildlife refuge to be renamed for Indian activist

SEATTLE — The U.S. Senate has passed legislation to rename Nisqually Wildlife Refuge for the late Indian fishing activist Billy Frank Jr.

Date: 12/15/2015 | Northwest

American Indian activist, poet John Trudell dies at 69

LOS ANGELES — John Trudell, who was a spokesman for American Indian protesters during their 1969 occupation of Alcatraz Island and later headed the American Indian Movement, died Tuesday. He was 69.

Date: 12/10/2015 | Nation & World

Lummi Nation youth bring climate film to summit in France

BELLINGHAM — The Lummi Nation has a message for global leaders gathered at the COP21 United Nations conference on climate change in France: The Earth is alive.

Date: 12/06/2015 | Northwest

Feds to cancel lease on land sacred to Blackfoot Indian tribes

BILLINGS, Mont. — The Interior Department plans to cancel a long-suspended oil and gas drilling lease near Glacier National Park that’s on land considered sacred to the Blackfoot tribes of the U.S. and Canada, according to court documents filed Monday.

Date: 11/23/2015 | Northwest

Fishing at the heart of Lummi Nation

LUMMI RESERVATION — Members of Lummi Nation say that for them, fishing is different.

Date: 11/22/2015 | Northwest

Quinault Nation opens crab fishery around Grays Harbor

GRAYS HARBOR — The Quinault Indian Nation has opened its crab fishery in the Grays Harbor area. The tribal fishing area is one of the few spared by a toxic algal bloom on the Pacific coast.The tribe says its crabs are being tested regularly by the Washington Department...

Date: 11/22/2015 | Northwest

Census weighs changes to counting American Indians in 2020

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Census Bureau is testing new questions on tribal enrollment to try to get a more accurate count of American Indians in 2020.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Northwest

Disagreements threaten uneasy truce between tribes, Maine

PLEASANT POINT, Maine — Eighty-one years after a neglected tribal water supply caused a devastating outbreak of typhoid fever and a century after the state outlawed spearfishing of the salmon that fed their ancestors, Native American tribes who trace their history back millennia say their trust in...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

Inca boy’s DNA shows how humans spread to South America

It sounds like something straight out of a "Hunger Games" novel: The rulers of a sprawling empire select beautiful children from throughout their vast territories and kill them in a ritualistic event to reinforce their power.During the Inca civilization, which...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

Ex-Swinomish police chief gets 16 months for stealing from tribe

SEATTLE — A Stanwood resident who is the former police chief of the Swinomish Police Department has been sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing nearly $34,000 from the northwest Washington tribe.

Date: 11/10/2015 | Northwest

Should Congress control tribal recognition?

BILLINGS, Mont. — A Republican proposal to let only Congress decide whether American Indian tribes deserve federal recognition threatens the legitimacy of hundreds of tribes and would add delay to what was long a broken system, an Obama administration official said Wednesday.

Date: 10/29/2015 | Nation & World

Yakama tribe to get authority for some court cases

YAKIMA — Some civil and criminal cases involving members of the Yakama Nation will be returned to the tribe’s jurisdiction, after being handled for decades by the state.The federal Bureau of Indian Affairs on Monday granted the tribe’s petition for what is called “retrocession.”

Date: 10/20/2015 | Northwest

More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— More cities are recognizing Native Americans on Columbus Day this year as they revive a movement to change the name of the holiday to celebrate the history and contributions of indigenous cultures around the country.

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Five myths about Christopher Columbus

As Columbus Day gives way to “fall break” and drops off many workers’ calendars altogether, it has become easy to overlook a perennial teaching moment. When Christopher Columbus does come up in the media or the classroom, he is usually simply bashed or praised, depending on the viewpoint of the...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World

Land trust buys Lummi Island quarry site for $1.08M

LUMMI ISLAND — A land trust group has purchased 105 acres of quarry land on Lummi Island for $1.08 million with plans to restore the area for conservation, low-impact recreation and saltwater access.

Date: 10/06/2015 | Northwest

Man pleads guilty in killing of two American Indians

LANDER, Wyo. — A Wyoming man pleaded guilty Thursday in the shooting two American Indian men that exposed racial tensions in a reservation border town.

Date: 10/01/2015 | Nation & World

Chinook’s new leader spearheads fight for recognition

LONGVIEW — Every day for the last three months, the Chinook Indian Nation has addressed a letter to President Barack Obama about a subject that tribal chairman Tony Johnson calls “a matter of life or death.”

Date: 09/21/2015 | Northwest

State could get first tribe-owned pot store

SUQUAMISH — North Kitsap may be getting the state’s first tribe-owned pot shop.

Date: 09/17/2015 | Business Wire

Nation’s first state-tribal marijuana compact signed

OLYMPIA — The Suquamish Tribe and Washington State Liquor Cannabis Board have signed what they say is the nation’s first state-tribal marijuana compact.

Date: 09/14/2015 | Northwest

Judge allows Swinomish tribe’s lawsuit over oil trains to proceed

SEATTLE — A federal judge is allowing a lawsuit by the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community to proceed against BNSF Railway over oil train shipments.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Northwest

'Helping the greater good'

Cultural Kitchen allows sharing of foods from around the world

Date: 09/11/2015 | Local News

Sen. Murray introduces bill to return Kennewick Man bones to tribes

SPOKANE — The ancient skeleton of Kennewick Man should be returned to a group of Columbia Basin tribes, according to a bill introduced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray.

Date: 08/06/2015 | Northwest

U.S., Russia ease travel rules for Bering Strait natives

ANCHORAGE — The United States and Russia are in the midst of their most tense relations since the Cold War, but for a small number of residents of both countries, things are warming up a bit.It will now be easier and cheaper for Alaska and Russia Native residents to...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World

Card counting risky at tribal casinos

For gamblers skilled at counting cards, it can be especially risky to play at America's tribal casinos: Those who have gotten caught tell stories of seized winnings, wrongful detentions, or worse.Casino bosses everywhere have ways of making so-called "advantage...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Business Wire

Snake beliefs lead tribal zoo to end exhibit

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A zoo on the nation’s largest American Indian reservation has eliminated its snake exhibit because cultural beliefs about the reptiles as bad omens were deterring visitors from seeing other animals.

Date: 06/13/2015 | Nation & World

Canada ponders ‘cultural genocide’ of native population

Genocide might be one of the most hard-hitting words in the entire world. Coined by Polish-Jewish lawyer Raphael Lemkin in 1944, the word combined the Greek word “geno” (tribe) with the Latin word “cide” (killing) to create a new way to describe the deliberate and systematic destruction of a...

Date: 06/07/2015 | Nation & World

Student keeps Native American spirit alive at Lakewood school’s graduation

LAKEWOOD — When Waverly “Wave” Wilson walked across the stage at Lakes High School graduation ceremonies Wednesday night, it was with her head held high and her Native American pride intact.

Date: 06/05/2015 | Northwest

Pay raises and a Tubman $20

Time to tie up a couple of loose ends from earlier editorials.Poorly timed raise: In March, we advised the state Legislature to complete its work, including passage of state budgets...

Date: 05/19/2015 | Editorials

Northwest Indian College launches space center

BELLINGHAM — Six years ago, a handful of Northwest Indian College robotics students were looking for something to do when they came up with what they considered a relatively easy and fun idea: launching rockets.

Date: 05/15/2015 | Northwest

Federal judge dismisses Lake Quinault ownership lawsuit

TACOMA — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit that sought to revoke the ownership of Lake Quinault from the Quinault Indian Nation.

Date: 05/05/2015 | Northwest

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