The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, June 15, 2014
It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:
PREZ REZ VISIT: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in Cannon Ball, North Dakota. "We want every young person in America to have the same chance that we had—and that includes the boys and girls here in Indian country," the Chief Executive told a croud of nearly 2,000. Mainstream media didn't cover the trip extensively, but the #PrezRezVisit tag helped Natives follow it on Twitter.
NORMAL AND NATIVE: Native American pageant contestant Mekayla Diehl, Miss Indiana, reached the final 20 of the Miss USA contest, but ended up stealing the show when viewers applauded her so-called "normal" bikini body.
GAME ON: The 2014 FIFA World Cup got underway in Brazil -- soccer-loving Natives will be keeping an eye out for Chris Wondolowski, Kiowa, a high-scoring forward on the U.S. Men's National Team.
FIST OF TRUTH: Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson compared the racial-slur name of Washington's NFL team, "Redskins", to "Black Coons"?
BUFFALO BILL: First the iconic bison got its own day, and now it could join the eagle as a national animal. Congress is going to consider a bill "to adopt the bison as the national mammal of the United States.”
SPREADING THE MESSAGE: "Proud to Be," an anti-Redskins commercial that was prepared for the Super Bowl but did not air, was shown during the NBA Finals.
RAISING FUNDS: The Morongo Band’s 18th annual golf tournament netted roughly $60,000 for new backpacks, school supplies, hoodies and shoes for 800 low-income children in the San Gorgonio Pass.
IT'S CALLED SATIRE: Boycott threats were sent to the Westfest music festival from an individual claiming Ian Campeau, better known as Deejay NDN of A Tribe Called Red, promotes "racism" with his t-shirts and music.
READ THE DOCUMENT: A proposal granting a third party veto power over a tribe’s effort to re-petition for federal recognition is unconstitutional, according to the chief of the Schaghticoke Tribal Nation.
CROWDED FIELD: Navajo President Ben Shelly will face 16 opponents, including his former boss, in his bid for a second term. The race to become the Navajo Nation’s next president features a mix of lawmakers, former tribal officials and political newcomers.
CREEP: A man has been arrested for allegedly enticing underage girls in Iowa. His ruse: Claiming to be actor Kiowa Gordon, famous from the Twilight movies.
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