Column: Are Native American mascots 'hostile and abusive'? (March 23, 2011)

"Hostile and abusive. There is no wiggle room in that. The NCAA used those words six years ago to describe schools using Native American mascots for their sports teams. They were strong-sounding words about ethics and heart. Now, running right...

Northern Cheyenne Tribe looks to benefit from coal swap bill (March 23, 2011)

Legislation introduced in the 112th Congress would help the Northern Cheyenne Tribe of Montana resolve a long-running dispute over coal on the reservation. H.R.1158, the Montana Mineral Conveyance Act, transfers 147 million tons of coal to the tribe. The tribe...

Choctaw Nation Chief Greg Pyle begins re-election campaign (March 23, 2011)

Greg Pyle is running for chief of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma again and it looks like he'll be unopposed again. Pyle has served as chief since 1997. Except for an election in 1999, he has never faced an opponent...

Travel: A weekend in Metlakatla Indian Community of Alaska (March 23, 2011)

"Traveling in Southeast Alaska in spring is always an adventure, with no guarantees of on-time departure or arrival. This is particularly true when the journey involves a bumpy crossing in a small WWII-era de Havilland Beaver floatplane. Fortunately, one windswept...

Lummi Nation makes a new offer for ferry dock on tribal land (March 23, 2011)

The Lummi Nation has reportedly made another offer to host the Lummi Island ferry. The tribe wants $200,000 per year over 35 years, with annual inflation adjustments, plus $110,000 per year with inflation adjustments for upland acreage. The tribe will...

Cobell attorneys host meetings in Alaska to explain settlement (March 23, 2011)

Attorneys for the Indian trust fund lawsuit will be in Alaska next week to explain the $3.4 billion settlement. David Smith and Justin Guilder will be at the Cook Inlet Tribal Council Rasmusson Conference Room, 3600 San Jeronimo Drive, in...

Opponents of 'Fighting Sioux' name not ready to give up fight (March 23, 2011)

Opponents of the "Fighting Sioux" nickname and logo at the University of North Dakota aren't giving up efforts to drop the controversial symbol once and for all. Most Indian students and Indian alumni, along with most faculty, oppose the use...

Editorial: Stop paying lip service and address problems at IHS (March 23, 2011)

"Tribal leaders from six states are visiting Rapid City today through Friday to discuss Indian Health Services. Let's hope the meeting produces some substantive results, instead of winding up as just another costly junket for government employees. Dr. Yvette Roubideaux,...

'Smiling Indians' video a response to historic Ed Curtis photos (March 23, 2011)

Two Indian artists, Sterlin Harjo and Ryan Red Corn, recently posted a video to YouTube that has an unusual dedication. "This film is dedicated to Edward S. Curtis," the opening to Smiling IndiansSmiling Indians states. Edward S. Curtis is...

Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe chooses a treasurer again (March 23, 2011)

The following story was written and reported by Ernestine Chasing Hawk. All content © Native Sun News. PINE RIDGE, SOUTH DAKOTA — For the second time since submitting his application, Mason Big Crow was selected for the position of Oglala...

Five candidates seek chairman's post for Southern Ute Tribe (March 23, 2011)

Five candidates are running for chairman of the Southern Ute Tribe of Colorado. Matthew Box resigned as chairman last month. But he is seeking to regain his post in a special election on April 12. Also running are Pearl Casias,...

Column: Structural racism and Indian voting case in Wyoming (March 23, 2011)

"Somebody lied on the way to changing Wyoming law governing the creation of election districts for county commissioners. The story begins last spring, when U.S. District Judge Alan B. Johnson ruled in favor of five Native American plaintiffs who challenged...

Reservations in South Dakota home to large youth population (March 23, 2011)

Eight of the top 10 cities in South Dakota with large youth populations are on reservations, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. On the Pine Ridge Reservation, 43 percent of the population in Oglala is under 18. On the nearby...

Oklahoma beneficiaries question payment to Cobell attorneys (March 23, 2011)

Attorneys for the Indian trust fund lawsuit faced questions about their request for $233 million in fees at a meeting in Oklahoma last week. Some beneficiaries said the request was too high. The fees will come out of the same...

Sauk-Suiattle Tribe shuts down offices for a week for cleanup (March 23, 2011)

The Sauk-Suiattle Tribe of Washington has shut down its offices for a week due to concerns that an employee may have been infected with the MRSA bacteria. The tribe is spending $20,000 to clean up the offices as a precaution....

IHS wants youth treatment center on D-Q University campus (March 23, 2011)

The Indian Health Service wants to build a youth treatment center on part of the D-Q University campus in California. The $17 million facility would take up 12 acres of the 642-acre campus. It would provide substance abuse services to...

Figure in Abramoff lobbying scandal going to trial a third time (March 23, 2011)

Kevin Ring, an associate of convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff, is going on trial for a third time in the case. Ring's first trial, originally on 10 counts, ended in a mistrial. His second trial resulted in a jury finding...