The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, April 20, 2014

ICTMN Staff
4/20/14

It's our roundup of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

CHEATED: Native Americans on an oil-rich North Dakota reservation have been cheated out of more than $1 billion by schemes to buy drilling rights for lowball prices, a flurry of recent lawsuits assert. And, the suits claim, the federal government facilitated the alleged swindle by failing in its legal obligation to ensure the tribes got a fair deal.

AVALANCHE: Mount Everest’s Nepal side was shut down following an avalanche that killed more than a dozen Sherpa guides who were bringing supplies up to a base camp in advance of climbing season. About 50 people were among the group hit by the avalanche, which roared down the mountain about 20,000 feet up.

IT HAS TO STOP: Racial bullying continues to occur at a Northern California high school, even after several students from the Pit River Tribe took a stand against peers who have systematically taunted and belittled them.

WE'LL BE WATCHING: Scalped, a somewhat controversial comic book about crime on a fictional Indian reservation, will be made into a TV series.

CHURCH HATES EVERYTHING: The Westboro Baptist Church, infamously known for its offensive protest signs which celebrate the death of soldiers, God’s hate toward homosexuals and more, plans to protest the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage on Sunday June 1.

NEW RULES: Seeking to reduce the sometimes years-long wait for eagle feathers and other parts for ceremonial purposes, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued new rules for access to these items from the National Eagle Repository.

NEXT LEVEL: Shoni Schimmel, the high-scoring University of Louisville guard who recently ended her college career, became the highest drafted Native American player in WNBA history when she was selected eighth overall by the Atlanta Dream.

BIG PETITION: On Tuesday, April 15, the Onondaga Nation filed a petition against the United States with the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington, D.C. The petition accuses the U.S. of human rights violations by stealing 2.5 million acres of the Nation’s land since 1788 in what is now central New York state.

UNFUNNY: CNN reporter Jeanne Moos, in hot water after a segment she did was criticized as racist, issued an apology that one of her critics called "lackluster."

PLAYED: A celebrity golf tournament put on by KTNN, the Navajo Nation's radio station, turned controversial when it was revealed that the Washington Redskins would be the event's title sponsor. Jacqueline Keeler, Navajo/Yankton Sioux, of Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry, told ICTMN she was "alarmed at the underhanded way this event was handled."

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