Mescalero Apache Nation looking to reacquire ancestral lands (April 26, 2013)

The Mescalero Apache Nation is looking to reacquire a portion of its ancestral territory in southern New Mexico. President Frederick Chino said the land at issue was reserved for the tribe under an 1852 treaty. But when the survey was...

Outspoken chairwoman of Ute Tribe ousted in council election (April 26, 2013)

Irene Cuch, the outspoken chairwoman of the Ute Tribe of Utah, lost her bid for re-election on Wednesday. Cuch was unseated by Bruce Ignacio in the council seat representing the Uintah Band. She had 88 votes compare to 102 for...

Stephanie Woodard: Native vote plays role in control of Senate (April 26, 2013)

Stephanie Woodard reports on the power of the Native vote in Montana in light of the retirement of Sen. Max Baucus (D-Montana): The decision of U.S. Senator Max Baucus (D-Montana) not to run in 2014 means that the state’s Native...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe questions agenda for ICWA summit (April 26, 2013)

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is questioning the agenda for a long-awaited Indian Child Welfare Act summit in South Dakota. After a lengthy delay, the Bureau of Indian Affairs scheduled the summit for May 15-16 in Rapid City. But the...

California commission backs tribes in dispute over sacred site (April 26, 2013)

The California Native American Heritage Commission is siding with tribes in a dispute over a wind energy project. The commission designated the location of the Ocotillo Wind Energy Facility as a sacred site. The decision won't stop the project but...

Indian law students in Montana hand out Elouise Cobell Award (April 26, 2013)

The Native American Law Students Association at the University of Montana handed out the first Elouise Cobell Award, Char-Koosta News reports. The award went to Terry Payne of the Payne Financial Group. Payne was instrumental in the new Payne Family...

MinnPost: Plaque at state capitol in honor of Indian veterans (April 26, 2013)

MinnPost reports on the signing of a bill to honor Indian veterans: American Indian veterans will be honored with a memorial plaque to be placed on the state Capitol grounds. Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill this week authorizing placement...

9th Circuit rules for Hualapai Tribe in Skywalk business dispute (April 26, 2013)

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has sided with the Hualapai Tribe of Arizona in a closely-watched business dispute. The tribe owns the Grand Canyon Skywalk, a popular tourist attraction that was managed by David Jin, a non-Indian developer. Their...

Bill reimburses Fort Lewis College for Indian student's tuition (April 26, 2013)

A bill in the 113th Congress helps Fort Lewis College in Colorado pay for the tuition of Indian students. Any American Indian or Alaska Native student can attend the college free of charge. The state agreed to the waiver in...

Audio from House subcommittee hearing on Indian energy bill (April 26, 2013)

The House Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs held a hearing this morning on H.R.1548, the Native American Energy Act. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska), the chairman of the subcommittee, introduced the bill on April 12. The measure speeds up...

Lateline: Oglala Sioux Tribe weighs fate of Wounded Knee site (April 26, 2013)

Image from Lateline report on the sale of Wounded Knee. © Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Lateline, an Australian Broadcasting Corporation program, reports on the controversial sale of the Wounded Knee massacre site in South Dakota: ANE COWAN, REPORTER: At a...

Court revives Hopi Tribe's suit over wastewater at sacred site (April 26, 2013)

The Hopi Tribe of Arizona will be able to pursue a lawsuit over the use of wastewater at the sacred San Francisco Peaks. The tribe sued the city of Flagstaff for agreeing to sell wastewater that will be used to...

Brandon Ecoffey: Native Sun News is a forum for Native writers (April 26, 2013)

Throughout history Native people have been forced to endure the misappropriation of essentially every aspect of our culture and life by mainstream America.

Patricia Michaels comes very close to winning Project Runway (April 26, 2013)

Fashion designer Patricia Michaels of Taos Pueblo almost won it all on the season finale of Project Runway on Thursday night.

Most of Indian farmer discrimination settlement goes unspent (April 26, 2013)

Less than half of the $760 million Keepseagle settlement has been distributed to Indian farmers and ranchers, The New York Times reports. The Obama administration reached the settlement to resolve claims of discrimination at the Department of Agriculture. It included...

Native Sun News: Addressing the crisis in the Lakota language (April 26, 2013)

With only 2 to 5 percent of children currently speaking Lakota, Thomas Short Bull, president of the Oglala Lakota College, said the time has come to raise the alarm.