The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, July 6, 2014

ICTMN Staff
7/6/14

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

NOT AGAIN: Despite efforts by the U.S. Embassy, Survival International, the Holocaust art Restitution Project, and even Federal Judge Diane Humetewa, an auction of sacred Hopi katsinam has once again taken place in Paris.

LANGUAGE REVIVED: It has been more than five years since the last Native born speaker of Alaska’s Eyak Indian language passed away. Now, Eyak descendants have found a high-tech way to bring their so-called “extinct” language back to life.

CATAWBAS' CASE: Three longtime congressional friends of Indian country have urged the Interior Department to approve the Catawba Indian Nation’s trust application for land in North Carolina where it plans to build a casino, arguing that justice will be served by doing so. But the Nation still faces fierce opposition from the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

KNOCKED OUT: The U.S. soccer team was eliminated from the FIFA World Cup with a loss to Belgium, although Kiowa striker Chris Wondolowski came painfully close to scoring a winning goal in the 92nd minute.

WORD UP: ICTMN contributor Gyasi Ross shared his memories of discovering hip hop with Gawker's readers in a piece called "Breakdances With Wolves: When Hip-Hop Came to Indian Reservations."

MAD SKILLS: Navajo Technical University showcased its talents at the 50th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference by medaling seven students competing in their respective trade and skill occupations.

IN IT TO WIN IT: The Iroquois Nationals lacrosse team began arriving in Denver, Colorado on July 3 to get acclimated and prepare for the 2014 Federal of International Lacrosse World Championship scheduled from July 10 to July 19 at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

BUFFALO ROAM: The Department of the Interior has reaffirmed its commitment to restore bison to “appropriate and well-managed levels on public and tribal lands” by working with states, tribes and other partners.

SCARRED BUT SMARTER: A protest took place at AT&T Park in San Francisco in response to the rough and humiliating treatment two Natives had suffered there at a recent Giants game, which happened also to be on Native American Heritage Night. The victims met with the team, which issued an apology, prompting one of them to take stock of the entire unpleasant episode

WTF?: A video game designer is seeking funds for "Deadskins," a proposed console game that many Natives will no doubt find troubling.

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