The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, August 11, 2013
It's our weekly roundup of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:
MANTRACKER ATTACKED: The tables were turned on a former star of the reality show Mantracker, in which contestants become prey stalked by the series’ stars, when he was shot by Canadian police in Alberta on August 1 during a traffic stop.
CLEAN UP YOUR MESS: The Moapa Band of Paiutes and the Sierra Club have filed suit in U.S. District Court in Las Vegas to ensure that when the Reid Gardner Generating Station closes down, the area around it will be cleaned up.
MEGA PROTESTS: Protests against mega-loads through Nez Perce territory along scenic Highway 12 in North Central Idaho began on Monday, August 5; by Friday, 30 tribal members and their leaders had been arrested.
HERE WE GO AGAIN: Swedish retailer H&M has pulled an item that had been dubbed the “hipster headdress” off of Canadian shelves after Kim Wheeler, Ojibwe-Mohawk, called out the company in an e-mail.
OVERTAXED: The National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution recently urging Congress to recompense eligible Native American service members and veterans who were illegally taxed by the state in which their reservation was domiciled during their active service.
MEXICAN TRIBE: A January 2012 report from the U.S. Census Bureau—“The American Indian and Alaska Native Population: 2010”—says that 175,494 Mexicans (Mexican, Mexican-American, Chicano) self-identified as American Indian, making them the fourth largest tribal group in the country.
ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS SUED: Environmental group Columbia Riverkeeper has sued the Army Corps of Engineers and its commanding general in Federal Court for neglecting several dams in the Columbia River, thus causing the leak of oil, grease and other lubricants and pollutants, in violation of the Clean Water Act.
GRAND PRIZE WINTER: Winter in the Blood, starring Chaske Spencer of Twilight fame, won the Grand Prize at the Montreal First Peoples Festival.
NON-RUNNER: Indians and Democrats have joined forces in being disappointed that Denise Juneau, current Montana State Superintendent of Public Instruction, has decided against running for U.S. Senate.
SLATE TAKES A STAND: Slate magazine announced Thursday that it would no longer refer to the Washington football team as the ‘Redskins.’