The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, July 21, 2013
It's our roundup of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:
PLAY BALL: An Arizona Diamondbacks game against the Milwaukee Brewers became the first ever Major League Baseball game to be broadcast in the Navajo language.
NO BUD FOR YOU: High Plains Budweiser announced that it would no longer be delivering alcohol to the town of Whiteclay, Nebraska.
WELCOME BACK, FRIEND: One of the Hopi katsinam connected to a controversial Parisian auction in April has come home to the Hopi people.
HARVEST CAMP THREATENED: In a sudden about face, Iron County may be retracting an agreement to allow members of the Penokee Harvest Camp an extended permit to camp in the Penokee Hills.
SAND CREEK ACTION: Some Sand Creek massacre descendants, fed up with government inaction and the probable mishandling of reparations for their ancestors’ murders, are taking legal action to force an accounting of funds and a fulfillment of other provisions of an 1866 treaty.
BABY VERONICA ADOPTION: The South Carolina State Supreme Court ordered the finalization of the adoption of Veronica Brown to Matt and Melanie Capobianco of James Island. The Court has ordered the case to the Family Court judge in Charleston for finalization.
BAD SCIENCE: First Nations leaders are expressing their outrage at revelations that the Canadian government used starving aboriginal children as lab rats to study nutrition.
SAVED, FOR NOW: At the eleventh hour, Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, pulled out a save for drastic cuts to Indian education planned by his fellow House Republicans. The cuts had been widely decried by Native advocacy organizations, tribes, and House Democrats, as they would have stripped millions of dollars in funding and eliminated some successful Indian-focused programs altogether.
THE TONTO EFFECT: A ridiculous commercial for Charlie Clark Nissan in Brownsville, Texas, which features an actor dressed as Johnny Depp's character Tonto in The Lone Ranger, has been criticized as racist.