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Navajo Nation battles in court over sale of 'Navajo' products (April 2, 2013)

The Navajo Nation is continuing its lawsuit against retailer Urban Outfitters over the sale of "Navajo" items. The tribe asked Urban Outfitters back in June 2011 to stop selling items labeled "Navajo" or "Navaho." But the company didn't change the...

Quapaw Tribe expects long fight on trust management case (April 2, 2013)

The Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma is expecting its trust mismanagement lawsuit to be in court for at least three more years. The tribe originally sued in 2002 and thought a settlement was near. But the Department of Justice backed out...

Indian Peaks Band breaks ground on first economic project (April 2, 2013)

The Indian Peaks Band of Paiute Indians broke ground on an RV park on Monday. The Indian Peaks RV Campground is the first economic development project for the band, the smallest within the Utah Paiute Tribe. The facility will feature...

Passamaquoddy leaders cite threat from governor on fishing (April 2, 2013)

Passamaquoddy tribal leaders said Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) threatened to withdraw support for Indian issues in an ongoing dispute over elver fishing in the state. LePage called tribal leaders on Monday to discuss the dispute. Newell Lewey, a council...

Beyond Buckskin branches out with online fashion boutique (April 2, 2013)

Jessica Metcalfe, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, started her fashion blog, Beyond Bucskin, four years ago and expanded with an online boutique last year. "Creativity is our tradition and there's a lot of talent in...

Celebration planned for 100 years of of Chiricahua freedom (April 2, 2013)

The Mescalero Apache Nation of New Mexico and the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma will be commemorating 100 years of freedom for the Chiricahua people this weekend. The Chiricahua Apache were taken into captivity in 1886 and kept...

Supreme Court sets times for oral argument in ICWA dispute (April 2, 2013)

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order on Monday in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, an Indian Child Welfare Act case. The justices will hear the case on Tuesday, April 16. Oral arguments will last 60 minutes, which will include...

Hopi Tribe seeks to block auction of cultural items in France (April 2, 2013)

The Hopi Tribe of Arizona is seeking to stop the auction of cultural items in France. The tribe doesn't know how the ceremonial items ended up in Europe. But the tribe said they belong with their rightful owners. These are...

Yakama Nation calls on USDA to approve horse slaughtering (April 2, 2013)

The Yakama Nation of Washington wants the Obama administration to allow horse slaughtering. An estimated 12,000 wild horses roam the tribe's reservation. Chairman Harry Smiskin says there could be a market for the meat if the Department of Agriculture agrees...

Frontline: Small progress in addressing abuse at Spirit Lake (April 2, 2013)

Robin Poor Bear, center, and her two children, Darian and Anthony, are all now involved in the fight against sexual abuse. Photo © Native Sun News. Frontline on efforts to address child abuse on the Spirit Lake Nation in...

Dave Palermo: Carcieri still at issue four years after decision (April 2, 2013)

It's been more than four years since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar threw a wrench into the land-into-trust process: The 2009 U.S. Supreme Court ruling limiting the Department of Interior’s ability to place land in trust...

Montana tribes battle opposition to bison restoration efforts (April 2, 2013)

Montana tribes are running into opposition to their efforts to restore bison to their lands. The Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribe and the Fort Belknap Indian Community agreed to take 61 bison from Yellowstone National Park last year. But...

Native Sun News: Natives united to protect our Mother Earth (April 2, 2013)

As a National Week of Action to Stop Tar Sands Profiteers came to a close March 23, in the movement to block completion of TransCanada Corp.’s Keystone XL Pipeline, participants in an indigenous encampment in northern Minnesota marked three weeks of continuous protest against another Canadian oil pipeline.

Native Sun News: Picking the Lakota Basketball Dream Team (April 2, 2013)

The Native Sun News announces our own dream team, a squad that if assembled would be both fun to watch, but also hard to stop on the courts. One would have to imagine this squad working independent of their respective schools, but working together as one team; the Dream Team.

Opinion: Ponce de Leon started lengthy Indian war in Florida (April 2, 2013)

Author T. D. Allman on the Spanish explorer who started the 300-year Indian war in Florida: This week is the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Juan Ponce de León’s purported discovery of Florida. Commemorations include the unveiling of “The...

Hayley Elkins: Native women armed with their own arsenals (April 2, 2013)

Hayley B. Elkins on Native women in Texas: We young West Texas women—especially young Native women—come out of the chute with our own arsenals. We don’t have access to a lot of the fancier products found in urban markets: no...

Oliver Semans: Native people pay high price for voting rights (April 2, 2013)

Oliver J. Semans on Indian voting rights: “Everyone talks about rights, but they have a cost,” said attorney Sara Frankenstein in a recent article on ICTMN.com (“With 2014 Elections Looming, Ninth Circuit Agrees to Hear Native Voting-Rights Appeal”; February 28,...