The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, June 29, 2014

ICTMN Staff
6/29/14

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

HISTORIC GRANT: The Supreme Court of Canada granted a declaration of Aboriginal title to the Tsilhqot’in over 1,750 square kilometres [675 square miles) of territory in a historic ruling that the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network called "the first time the high court has ever granted a declaration of Aboriginal title to a First Nation."

LAWSUIT: Pearl Means, the widow of longtime Native American activist Russell Means has filed a lawsuit in New Mexico accusing doctors of overlooking her late husband’s esophageal cancer.

KEEPING UP WITH THE KULTURE: Reality-TV celebrity Khloe Kardashian caused controversy by wearing a feather headdress to North West's first birthday party; she later responded favorably to a Twitter invitation to visit a Tribal museum.

SHORTLIST: Nominees for the 2014 ESPY Awards have been announced, and Onondaga lacrosse player Lyle Thompson is among the five candidates for Male College Athlete of the Year.

BAD FOR BUSINESS: The National Congress of American Indians sent a letter to FedEx CEO Fredrick W. Smith encouraging him to dissolve his company’s relationship with the Washington Redskins on the grounds that the team name is pejorative and that by using it the team continues to honor the legacy of a segregationist.

PLAYING TIME: Striker Chris Wondolowski, Kiowa, played in the 87th minute of Team USA’s game against Portugal on June 23, 2014.

TELESCOPE TUSSLE: In Hawaii, scientists and Native Hawaiians are going toe-to-toe over the decision to build the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) atop a sacred mountain. The summit of Mauna Kea already holds 13 telescopes, but this one would be vastly larger than the others.

HOMES ON THE REZ: The nonprofit organization Make It Right, founded in 2007 by Brad Pitt, plans to bring sustainable housing to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, in Montana, home to the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes.

HARPER SPEAKS: Describing violence against indigenous women and girls as a “global scourge,” Keith Harper, the United States ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council, called on the world peace organization to use everything in its toolbox to address the problem.

SOMETHING TO CELEBRATE: Native American Day has consistently been a proclamation for the state of California, recognizing the fourth Friday of September for the celebration; on June 24, that proclamation became an official state holiday.

CORN AGAINST KXL: Members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance and their allies are quietly yet profoundly protesting the owners and supporters of the Keystone XL Pipeline. They recently converged at the farm of Art Tanderup near Neligh, Nebraska, to hand plant sacred Ponka red corn seeds along the proposed route.

GIANT MESS: A Native American Heritage night sponsored by the San Francisco Giants turned ugly following an altercation involving a man wearing a war bonnet.

POCAHOTTIES: The Washington Redskins Cheerleaders pulled a social-media blunder by posting to Instagram pictures of the sexualized faux-Indian getups that their ancestors wore in the 1960s.

BIG GRANTS: The U.S. Department of Labor announced grants totaling $154,757,547 awarded to 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation through the Job-Driven National Emergency Grant program.

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