The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, April 13, 2014
It's our weekly review of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:
BORDER DISPUTE: Wyoming and the tribes who share the Wind River Indian Reservation in the state are still waiting for their day in court to resolve a border dispute on the reservation, but U.S. Senator Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) has drafted a bill that would do it without the courts.
PACKED HOUSE: The Jingle Dress, starring Native actors Stacey Thunder, Chaske Spencer and Kimberley Guerrero, made its debut in a sold-out sneak preview screening at the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival.
BIG ISSUE ON CAMPUS: Tensions are on the rise at the University of North Dakota, where Student Body President Nick Creamer vetoed an allocated $2,000 to the ‘Buffalo Feed’ meal that Native students give to pow wow participants and guests. In addition, the Gamma Phi Beta sorority posted a banner which stated, “You Can Take Away Our Mascot But You Can’t Take Away Our Pride.”
VIDEO PREMIERE: A Tribe Called Red released the first video for a track from their acclaimed second album, Nation II Nation. Called "Sisters," the high-energy tune is visualized with a story of Native sisters going to a rave, and stars actress Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, who won praise for her role in the 2013 film Rhymes for Young Ghouls.
CHIEF ON THE HILL: Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker delivered testimony before the U.S. House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, April 8. He addressed the need for Indian Health Services to restart its joint venture construction program with tribes this year, as well as the significance of the Tribal 8(a) program and problems because of the perceived cap.
JOINING THE FIGHT: The Navajo Nation Council has adopted a bill opposing the use of the name redskins, a term that the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has called a “hurtful reminder. . .of the long history of mistreatment of Native American people in the United States.”
SUIT DROPPED: The legal team for Christinna Maldonado, the birth mother of “Baby Veronica” and lead plaintiff, has quietly dropped its class action suit, which sought to overturn portions of the Indian Child Welfare Act, contending it is “race-based” legislation.
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