The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, July 28, 2013
It's our weekly roundup of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:
SOVEREIGNTY CHALLENGED: A federal appeals court has ruled that the slot machines leased by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe from non-tribal businesses can be taxed.
GREASY GRASS DISCUSSED: After no word from Johnny Depp about buying Wounded Knee, Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer and three members of the Descendants of Wounded Knee met with James Czywczynski, the owner of the land, hoping to come to some sort of agreement.
CAMP TARGETED: The Iron County Forestry Committee met to consider how the county should proceed regarding the Penokee Harvest Camp, and issued a statement recommending “the County Board authorize pursuit of criminal and civil action to enforce County ordinances and to fulfill the County's obligations under state law.”
PROS AND CONS: Art Monk and Darrell Green, two of the Washington Redskins' most celebrated players of all time, came out Tuesday in favor of changing the contentious name. But on Thursday, Green told Washington’s 106.7 The Fan that he does not favor a name change.
PETITIONS DENIED: On Wednesday, the South Carolina Supreme Court denied petitions for rehearing in the "Baby Veronica" case, Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, filed by both the Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation citizen Dusten Brown. Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker called the decision a "travesty." The following day, Veronica's birth mother filed yet another suit in South Carolina federal court claiming that placement preferences for Indian families violates equal protection provisions because the law uses “race” as a factor in custodial placement.
CONSTRUCTION, DESTRUCTION: Tribes in California fear the destruction of cultural resources with the construction of a solar project dubbed Palen developed by Brightsource Energy.