The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country

ICTMN Staff
9/9/12

The conventions are over and the presidential campaign now enters the home stretch. With that in mind, we've dedicated a page on ICTMN to election coverage as well as a space in our print edition until the elections on November 6. So let's take a look at the big stories out of Indian country this week, many of which concern politics and the presidential election.

-Rob Capriccioso wrote about a potential conflict of interest for Keith Harper, one of the high profile lawyers representing the American Indian plaintiffs in the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement. Harper served as a party leader in this past week's Democratic National Convention (DNC) for the District of Columbia (despite living in Bethesda, Maryland.)

-Gyasi Ross applauds the performance of Denise Juneau at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), a "powerful young educator of Mandan, Hidatsa and Blackfeet ancestry." Juneau is running for re-election as Montana's State Superintendent of Public Instruction, and gave a rousing speech at the DNC this past Wednesday night.

-Capriccioso also covered the large presence of American Indians at the Democratic National Convention as well as the pro-tribal platform released by the Democracts. There were 161 Native Democratic delegates at the convention, auguring for an increased participation in national politics from Natives who are doing what they must to make their voices heard. The Democratic platform centers on supporting tribal sovereignty.

-Valerie Taliman covered the story of a Native family allegedly attacked by white supremacists in Shasta Lake. A self-proclaimed white supremacist allegedly attacked Sage Frank, 18, on the evening on August 23 and he and two of his cousins were skateboarding on a street in front of their home. The alleged attacker, Charles Petrisevac, 36, jumped out of bushes near Frank's home yelling "white pride," then allegedly threatened to kill the boys as they engaged in a verbal confrontation.

-In another dark and sad story, we covered the 11-year old son of a Tribal Chieftan who was gunned down in the Philippines. The child was the son of Timuay Lucenio Manda, an anti-mining activist in the southern Philippines. His son was killed when gunmen ambushed Manda's car as the Subanen tribal chieftain drove him to school.

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