The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, July 14, 2013
It's our wrapup of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:
TONTO TALKS: A Daily Mail feature on Johnny Depp contained a quote in which the actor suggested he would buy Wounded Knee and return it to the Lakota. Oglala Sioux Tribal President Bryan Brewer and landowner James Czywczynski both expressed enthusiasm for such a deal. Online, Natives launched a petition.
A GREENER FUTURE: By this time next year, the Forest County Potawatomi Community-owned FCPC Renewable Generation, LLC is anticipated to complete its food waste-to-energy facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The company recently broke ground on the $18.6 million renewable energy facility in the Menomonee Valley.
TELLING IT LIKE IT IS: Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, a non-voting delegate from American Samoa, criticized the Washington Redskins name on the House floor, saying "It is a racist, derogatory term."
POPPY POWER: Dogs indigenous to Turtle Island were once thought to have been extinct, but a recent study says these breeds weren’t wiped out by the arrival of Europeans, and are actually thriving. “Our results confirm that American dogs are a remaining part of the indigenous American culture, which underscores the importance of preserving these populations,” said a researcher.
RAY RELEASED: James Arthur Ray, the purported self-help guru who went to jail in 2011 for negligent homicide after three people died in his sweat lodge, is out on parole.
ENEMY MINE: Ojibwe mining opponents have built a Harvest Camp to protest plans by Gogebic Taconite to dig a giant open pit iron ore mine adjacent to the Bad River Reservation in northern Wisconsin. Local tribes, environmentalists and concerned citizens say that the mine will pollute water in the Bad River watershed, home to several rivers that drain into Lake Superior.