The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, April 21, 2013
It's our weekly roundup of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:
TRAGEDY IN BOSTON: On Monday, two explosions went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three people, including an eight-year-old boy, and injuring numerous others. The story dominated the news week, and culmitated in a manhunt that saw the second suspect apprehended on Friday night.
ANOTHER THORPE WIN: The two surviving children of sports great Jim Thorpe won a critical ruling Friday in federal court that could clear the way for his remains to be removed from a mausoleum in the Pennsylvania town that bears his name and reinterred on American Indian land in Oklahoma.
MILLS HONORED: On Thursday, April 18, the NCAA dedicated a room at its national office in Indianapolis to Billy Mills, continuing the organization’s tradition of recognizing athletes who used their sport to cultivate leadership skills that made a difference in their communities. “Billy Mills’s accomplishments on and off the track are what dreams are made of and nothing short of amazing,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert.
SAND CREEK EXHIBIT RECONSIDERED: A controversial museum exhibit about the Sand Creek Massacre of 1864 will be closed to the public as History Colorado consults with tribes whose ancestors were killed by U.S. Army volunteers at a southeastern Colorado encampment where they had been promised safety.
NO NGS DECISION, FOR NOW: The Navajo Nation Council has tabled a decision on a lease renewal with the Navajo Generating Station, the controversial, coal-fired power plant on tribal land near Page, Arizona. Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly’s office is claiming the delay could kill prospects for the plant’s continued operations.
STUDI DEEMED A GREAT: On Saturday, Cherokee actor Wes Studi became just the second Native American actor inducted into the 'Hall of Great Western Performers' at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. The other, Jay Silverheels, famed for playing Tonto on the Lone Ranger television series and in movies, was inducted in 1993.
BABY VERONICA GOES TO THE SUPREMES: On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in the much publicized "Baby Veronica" case, which concerns a complicated set of circumstances surrounding the proposed adoption of a Native child by a non-Native couple. The case promises to have a significant impact on the Indian Child Welfare Act.
CODE TALKER WALKS ON: Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly said the Navajo Nation collectively mourned the loss of Navajo Code Talker Albert Smith, 88, who passed away Wednesday morning. President Shelly ordered the Navajo Nation Flag be lowered from sunrise April 19 through sundown April 22 in honor of Code Talker Smith.