The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, May 4, 2014

ICTMN Staff
5/4/14

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

ATLEO OUT: Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo announced his resignation on Friday May 2, citing a standoff with the Canadian government over the controversial First Nations Education Act.

PRO SPORTS' DOUBLE STANDARD: The NBA banned L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling for life, prompting many in Indian country to wonder why the Washington NFL team is allowed to keep its clearly racist name. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) noted the inconsistency, and Senator John McCain (R-Arizona), a former Presidential candidate, said he would "probably" change the name. commented that he In related mascot news, Eradicating Offensive Native Mascotry called on Nike to stop producing and selling merchandise that features the grinning, red-faced, cartoonish image of the Cleveland Indians’s mascot, Chief Wahoo.

NATIVE WOMEN IN CRISIS: The official tally of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada has hit nearly 1,200—and it’s not Native groups giving this number, it’s the country’s own police force.

POACHING CHARGES: The Passamaquoddy Tribe’s battle with the State of Maine over Native fishing rights became an interstate issue recently when New York State authorities lodged multiple felony poaching charges against a Passamaquoddy fisheries official.

A NEW INDIAN MARKET: John Torres Nez, Tailinh Agoyo, and Paula Rivera announced the formation of an alternative Indian art market that will compete with the Santa Fe Indian Market. The new event will be called The Indigenous Fine Art Market, or IFAM.

A CALL FOR TRUTH: Canadian mining projects have led to severe human rights violations and environmental damage in indigenous Colombian communities; now Amnesty International (AI), along with First Nations activists, are calling on the Canadian government to include these facts in their upcoming human rights report for the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.

THE FALLIN CONTROVERSY: Christina Fallin, daughter of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, has been under fire for what seems to be a trend of trivializing Native culture. In an extensive interview, she gave ICTMN her side of the story.

MEET THE NEW MISS: Taylor Thomas, 21, was crowned Miss Indian World at the 31st Annual Gathering of Nations pow wow at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. The Idaho State University student is a member of the Shoshone Bannock tribe, and was chosen out of 23 Native American women who competed in tribal knowledge, dancing ability, public speaking and personality assessment.

BEGAY ON THE MEND: Golfer Notah Begay III is recovering from a heart attack he suffered in Dallas, Texas.

DON'T BAN THIS BOOK: A grassroots effort has arranged for the distribution of 700 copies of Sherman Alexie's The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian in Idaho, where the book has been challenged by parents for mentions of sex, raw language, and possible "anti-Christian" themes.

ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Sundance TV has announced that it will be producing a second season of The Red Road, a drama set in northeastern New Jersey starring Native actors Jason Momoa and Kiowa Gordon.

CHIEF RED WING DAY: Another Minnesota city is moving toward recognition of this country’s first peoples. The Red Wing City Council voted on Monday, April 28 to celebrate Chief Red Wing Day instead of Columbus Day on the second Monday in October.

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