The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country

ICTMN Staff
8/12/12

It's Sunday, which means we're bringing you some of the big stories out of Indian country this week:

-Rob Capriccioso has been covering the Cobell settlement for us (and there has been a lot to cover), filling a few pieces this week. The first article covered the overarching issue that the Cobell lawyers are raising with regards to the Native American Rights Fund (NARF), as the lawyers for the Indian plaintiffs filed a notice in federal court stating that they do not want lawyers for NARF to receive contingency fees for that organization's role in the Indian trust legal proceedings related to the lawsuit.

-In the second piece, Capriccioso delves into the potential hypocrisy in how the lawyers for the plaintiffs in the $3.4 billion case chastised lawyers with the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) for working on behalf of tribes in trust cases beginning in 2006. The argument is that this representation created a conflict of interest, which is one reason the plaintiffs believe NARF lawyers should not be awarded any contingency fees for their role in the case.

-We initially reported in April about how the president of the California Fish and Game Commission, Dan Richards, was under intense scrutiny after going to a hunting lodge in Idaho and killing a mountain lion. Well, that scrutiny turned into decisive action as the commission voted to remove Richards from his post. Mountain lions are protected in the state of California, and although Richards actions in Idaho were legs, his "flagrant flaunting of his disagreement with the electorate put him out of sync with California," said Jennifer Fearing to the AP, state director of the Humane Society of the United States.

-Gale Courey Toensing has been covering the naming ceremony of the white buffalo in northwestern Connecticut (as well as it's birth, and much of its life thus far.) She interviewed Lakota Medicine Man Steve Stonearrow, who named the calf Yellow Medicine Dancing Boy Amid Fire, Water and Thunder.

-Photographer Anthony "Throsh" Collins's weekly "Thing About Skins" photo was of Amberae, Ojicree, a picture that's definitely worth a thousand words.

-Always a fount of wisdom, our story on some of the insensitive remarks made about American Indians on The Real Housewives of New York City and The Real Housewives of New Jersey further elucidates the lack of an even basic understanding of American and American Indian history celebrities and proto-celebrities alike have.

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