The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, March 30, 2014
It's our roundup of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:
DAN SNYDER AND THE 'OAF': With a four-page letter released late in the day on Monday, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder announced the launch of the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation, taking his stubborn defense of the team's name to a new level. The move has not played at all well in the court of public opinion, with Natives and mainstream media ridiculing the "OAF" as a crude PR tactic. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid labeled it a "phony deal," and satirist Stephen Colbert did a controversial comedy bit in which he announced a fictional charity that would be plainly insulting to Asian Americans.
LANDSLIDE RELIEF: The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe has donated $275,000 to landslide relief efforts, giving $50,000 each to the Darrington, Arlington and Oso fire departments, as well as to the Red Cross, Cascade Valley Relief Foundation and $25,000 to K-9 relief. As the death toll from the devastating landslide in Oso, Washington climbed to 16 and a heartbreaking 90 people remained unaccounted for, Northwest tribes stepped forward with personnel assistance and steady prayer.
SUPAMAN SOARING: Chris Parrish, aka Supaman, an Apsaalooke (Crow) Nation indie rapper with pow wow fancy dancing skills was named Artist of the Week by MTV's Iggy blog, a site that touts the best new music.
EARTHWORKS SAVED: A winning bid of $650,000 by a conservancy group was enough to save the last privately owned Hopewell earthworks site in Ohio from development.
ET TU, HEIDI?: Model Heidi Klum, who was host of Project Runway when Taos Pueblo designer Patricia Michaels made her exciting run on the show, has proudly endorsed an Indian-themed photo shoot for Germany's Next Top Model (of which she is also host) that many Natives are finding patently offensive.
MOOSE FACTORY'S OWN: Equinox, a superhero modeled on real-life First Nation teens, is set to make her debut in the DC Comics publication Justice League United.
UNTO THE BREACH: The Quinault Indian Nation has declared a state of emergency due to flooding via a breach in the seawall at Taholah.
GIVING: The Cherokee Nation donated a total of nearly $200,000 to eight Boys & Girls Clubs within the Cherokee Nation’s jurisdiction, including more than $80,000 to the Cherokee County Boys & Girls Club, on Thursday at a presentation in the Cherokee Nation Tribal Complex.
CONTROVERSIAL LOOK: Johna Edmonds, Lumbee, Miss North Carolina 2013, posted several photos of herself portraying a glamorized version of Pocahontas to her Facebook page, provoking considerable backlash from Natives.
STATE ARTIFACT: "Sandy," an 18-inch sandstone statue of a kneeling male figure that was carved between 1000 and 1350 A.D. during the Mississippian period, is now the official state artifact of Tennessee.
REQUEST DENIED: Tribes have asked for the return of Native scalps on display at the Karl May Museum in Radebeul, Germany, but have thus far been denied.
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