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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, May 18, 2014

ICTMN Staff
5/18/14

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

TOO MANY: Aboriginal women are “overrepresented” among totals of murdered and missing women in Canada, accounting for 16 percent of female homicide victims while comprising just 4.3 percent of the female population in the country, an official police tally has revealed.

THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY: An 11-year-old Ojibwe girl stricken with cancer has refused chemotherapy and opted to rely solely on traditional medicine instead.

HUNGER: In the largest food scarcity survey to take place across the Four Corners, results revealed that nearly 40 percent of Navajo Reservation residents don’t have access to enough food on a daily basis, and 60 percent said the foods they want can't be found on the reservation.

HERO: Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly ordered flags on the Navajo Nation to be flown at half-staff in honor of Navajo Code Talker Cpl. Tom Jones Jr. from sunrise on May 14, to sunset on May 17, 2014. Jones passed on May 12 at San Juan Regional Medical Center in Farmington, New Mexico after a battle with pneumonia and other medical conditions.

TRAILBLAZER: The Senate voted unanimously May 14 to confirm Diane Humetewa to become a judge for the U.S. District Court for Arizona, making her the first Native American woman federal judge in U.S. history and the third Native American to ever hold such a position.

FOOLISH: Hip hop artist and "vaping" advocate Emerson Windy has gone all in with a faux-American Indian look and attitude, and Natives are asking him to cease and apologize. ICTMN took a look at 12 tracks by Native hip hop artists that are better than Windy's "Peace Pipe."

TRIPLE THREAT: On May 10, the University of Albany’s Lyle, Miles and Ty Thompson – the dexterous Native American lacrosse trio – scored 11 of the team’s 13 goals against Loyola University (Md.) during the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Baltimore. The Great Danes defeated the No. 3 seeded Greyhounds 13-6.

NOT FUNNY: American Indians cried racism when photos surfaced of a group of University of North Dakota students wearing T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Siouxper Drunk” and a chief in a headdress drinking from a beer bong.

SEAL THE DEAL: R&B/pop artist Spencer Battiest, Seminole Tribe of Florida, has signed to Hard Rock International Records.

ANGRY WHITE PEOPLE: ATVs have not been allowed through Recapture Canyon since 2007, but that didn’t stop a group of protesters on Saturday, May 10 from riding the trail—which is full of Native American sacred sites.

TALK IT OUT: Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA), a ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee has called for a congressional hearing on the word "Redskins."

INDIGENOUS ISSUES, AND PRIDE: The 13th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues kicked off, running at the U.N. in New York May 12-23. The annual event usually draws more than 2,000 representatives of Indigenous Peoples and nations from around the world. Concurrently, Indigenous people took to Twitter and Facebook to post "Proud2BIndigenous" images.

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