The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, May 19
It's our weekly roundup of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:
DESTRUCTION: A construction company in Belize all but destroyed a Mayan pyramid more than 2,000 years old, using the crushed rock for road fill.
UNCOMPROMISING: The debate over whether to change the name of the Washington Redskins ratcheted up another few notches in the wake of inflammatory remarks from team owner Dan Snyder. "We will never change the name of the team," Snyder said. "It's that simple. NEVER — you can use caps."
BIG DO: More than 300 of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s impeccably dressed, closest friends and supporters attended a black tie gala grand opening of a $74 million casino expansion including the completion of an elegant new hotel. The casino expansion and hotel amenities have earned the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino a new name: the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort.
SECOND LADY SPEAKS: Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and English teacher at Northern Virginia Community College delivered the 33rd commencement address at Navajo Technical College in Crownpoint, New Mexico. "As a community college educator, I know how important community colleges are to students, employers, and communities all over our country," she told ICTMN in an excusive interview.
FAREWELL ELIJAH HARPER: Revered aboriginal leader and politician Elijah Harper walked on at age 64 from heart failure induced by diabetes complications on Friday morning May 17. “Elijah was a wonderful man, father, partner. He was a true leader and visionary in every sense of the word,” his family said in a statement announcing his death.
NATIVES ON THE RED CARPET: Native actresses Michelle Thrush and Misty Upham flew to Cannes, France, for the annual Cannes Film Festival. Both have significant roles in Jimmy P., one of the most anticipated films of the fest, starring Benicio del Toro.