Schools on reservations in Montana see jump in test scores (April 9, 2012)

Three public schools on reservations in Montana have seen an improvement in their standardized test scores after participating in a new program. Frazer High School on the Fort Peck Reservation Plenty Coups High School on the Crow Reservation and Lame...

Opinion: A model in dental care from Alaska Native villages (April 9, 2012)

"A more immediate solution is to train dental therapists who can provide preventive care and routine procedures like sealants, fillings and simple extractions outside the confines of a traditional dentist’s office. Dental therapists are common worldwide, and yet in the...

Senate Indian Affairs Committee upcoming events in April (April 9, 2012)

The Senate Indian Affairs Committee has scheduled a number of events for the month of April. Two events take place this week in Hawaii. The committee hosts a roundtable on development on Native Hawaiian home lands on Tuesday and a...

Del Laverdure, Crow, to serve as acting assistant secretary (April 9, 2012)

Del Laverdure, a member of the Crow Tribe of of Montana, will serve as acting Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, the Obama administration announced today. Laverdure has served as principal deputy assistant secretary at the Bureau of Indian Affairs...

Colville Tribes win decision in Columbia River pollution case (April 9, 2012)

The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington won a ruling in its lawsuit against a Canadian company accused of polluting the Columbia River. A federal judge said Teck Resources can't raise a “divisibility defense” to the lawsuit, The...

Navajo business saw highest yield corn plot in New Mexico (April 9, 2012)

Navajo Agricultural Products Industry, a business owned by the Navajo Nation, won an award for the highest-yield corn plot in New Mexico, The Farmington Daily Times reports. NAPI saw a yield of 270.7 bushels per acre in 2011. That's far...

Editorial: Big price to pay for tribal water rights settlement (April 9, 2012)

"Those are serious roadblocks to economic self-determination, and it is little wonder that tribal officials looking to modernize the Rez will grasp at hasty opportunities that, in the long run, may be self-defeating. The so-called Confluence Plan that calls for...

Column: Indian lawyers share Supreme Court experiences (April 9, 2012)

"You could hear the snap, crackle and pop of intellectual athletics as a different kind of Indian all-stars team, The First Thirteen, assembled at the University of New Mexico Law School in Albuquerque recently. These were the first Native American...

Robert Chanate: Conquering fear of speaking, Native style (April 9, 2012)

"From time to time, a news article will appear and report public speaking to be a fear which ranks right up there with death. The article may quote a communications professor who will go on to relate some of the...

Stew Magnuson: Conference looks at Wounded Knee 1973 (April 9, 2012)

The following opinion by Stew Magnuson appears in the latest issue of the Native Sun News. All content © Native Sun News. View from a Wasicu By Stew Magnuson On Feb. 27, 1973, American Indian Movement leaders and a few...

Man said to be Cherokee is arrested for killings in Oklahoma (April 9, 2012)

A man who is said to be of Cherokee ancestry was arrested in connection with the killings of three African-Americans in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Jake England, 19, is due to be charged with three counts of first-degree murder for the shooting...

Editorial: Long overdue justice for genocide against Mayans (April 9, 2012)

"Under the brief, bloody and brutal tenure of Gen. Efrain Rios Montt, one of Latin America’s most notorious dictators, Guatemala’s military government earned a global reputation for cruelty 30 years ago. With scorched-earth tactics to prosecute a war against leftist...

Religion: Prayers answered with Kateri Tekakwitha as saint (April 9, 2012)

"The longtime prayers of Holy Family Parish on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation will be answered in October when Kateri Tekakwitha becomes the first Native American saint in the history of the Catholic Church throughout the world. Almost all of the...

Marc Simmons: A tale behind Bandelier National Monument (April 9, 2012)

"At the age of 12, I first visited the Bandelier National Monument, squeezed between the Rio Grande on the east and the Jemez Mountains on the west. That was more than 60 years ago, and to this day, I have...

Kim Teehee: White House Rural Council hears tribal issues (April 9, 2012)

"Yesterday, the White House Rural Council hosted a Native American Food and Agriculture Roundtable Discussion, bringing together tribal leaders and experts on Native American agricultural economic development with Administration officials from the White House Domestic Policy Council, National Economic Council,...

Opinion: Indians usually blamed for false 'attacks' in 1800s (April 9, 2012)

"The stagecoach bounced along the uneven trail through Indian lands. A year ago there would have been danger from Indians. But Ulysses Grant had sent General Philip Henry Sheridan, who had brought the horrors of war to Confederate civilians, to...

Tim Giago: A month of tears, tragedy and happiness in April (April 9, 2012)

Notes from Indian County By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji) © Unity South Dakota Foundation In April of 1921 Vaudevillian entertainer Al Jolson stood on the stage in Jolson’s 59th Street Theatre in New York City in blackface in the...