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Feds get Native American tribal shield after yearslong push

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — When a ceremonial Native American shield returned to New Mexico, tribal leaders were there last week to greet it — a sacred piece that had held a place in their cycle of cerem...

Fugitive priest sentenced to 30 years in US sex abuse case

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic priest who fled the country decades ago was sentenced Friday in New Mexico to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing an alta...

US lawmakers propose ban on export of tribes' sacred items

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A group of U.S. lawmakers made another push Thursday to ban collectors and vendors from exporting Native American ceremonial items to foreign markets, including Paris, where t...

Federal agencies missed 2nd deadline for tribal safety bills

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — For the second month in a row, U.S. officials tasked with carrying out federal public safety policy for tribes missed a deadline to provide input on legislation to curb violen...

2019 APME awards honor AP journalists for powerful stories

NEW YORK (AP) — Accounts of perseverance in the wake of disaster, deep investigative looks into cyber threats against American democracy, and images that highlighted the human side of controversial po...

WWII Code Talker and longtime NM lawmaker dies at 94

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — John Pinto, a Navajo Code Talker in World War II who became one of the nation's longest serving Native American elected officials as a New Mexico state senator, has died. He was ...

Oregon joins effort to solve crimes against Native women

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Native American women have gone missing or been killed at alarming rates, federal and private studies show, and there is growing concern that confusion by law enforcement over who h...

Courthouse evacuated ahead of hearing for militia leader

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal courthouse has been evacuated ahead of a hearing for the leader of an armed group that detained asylum-seeking families near the U.S.-Mexico border. ...

Powwow to focus on missing, murdered Native American women

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the largest annual gatherings of indigenous people in the United States begins Friday in New Mexico, where organizers of the two-day powwow say they want to build aware...

Autopsy: Migrant boy who died in US had flu infection

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — An autopsy report confirms that an 8-year-old Guatemalan boy who died while in the custody of the U.S. border patrol on Christmas Eve succumbed to a flu infection. ...

US won't seek death penalty after boy found dead at compound

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against four adults who lived at a New Mexico compound where authorities found the remains of a toddler who was reported missi...

Fugitive priest accused of abusing boy faces trial

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A priest who was captured after fleeing the U.S. decades ago is facing a federal trial on charges that he sexually abused a New Mexico boy in the early 1990s at an Air Force b...

Attorneys: 5 charged in terror case because they are Muslims

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys for five people facing federal terrorism-related charges following their arrests last summer in a New Mexico compound raid said Thursday their clients are being pros...

5 suspects at New Mexico compound face terror charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Five extended family members who lived at a ramshackle New Mexico compound where a 3-year-old boy was found dead last year are due in federal court Thursday to face new charge...

New Mexico compound suspects face new conspiracy charges

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Five extended family members who had been living on a remote New Mexico compound where authorities say a 3-year-old boy died before it was raided last year have been indicted ...