The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, September 15, 2013

September 15, 2013

It's our weekly roundup of the biggest stories in Indian country:

BIG FLOOD: Parts of the Navajo Nation are recovering after severe flooding caused by heavy rain in the reservation’s Central Agency area, displacing families and affecting people in Chinle, Many Farms, Rock Point, Tselani/Cottonwood, Dennehotso, and Tonalea among other towns.

NO LOADS ON OUR LAND: The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission has joined the growing chorus of official Native opposition to the transportation of mega-loads bearing equipment bound for the oil sands of Alberta, Canada, through Nez Perce and other tribal territories.

TIPPED OFF: A server at Famous Dave's in Bismarck, North Dakota, is out of a job after a photo of her holding a sign that implied Native Americans are bad tippers showed up on Facebook. Later, she told a TV interviewer she takes "full responsibility" for the incident 

VOTING ISSUES: Two major organizations—the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association and the American Civil Liberties Union—have supported a federal civil-rights complaint filed by voting-advocacy group Four Directions on behalf of three South Dakota tribes.

UN SUPPORTS BABY VERONICA: The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, Switzerland, issued a declaration demanding that the United States “take all necessary measures to ensure the wellbeing and human rights” of Veronica Brown, known as "Baby Veronica".

CHANGE ON THE AIRWAVES: The "Change the Mascot" campaign launched by the Oneida Indian Nation is running a new radio advertisement in cities where the Washington Redskins will be playing football games this season.

COMPACT APPROVED: A joint committee of the Massachusetts legislature gave the green light to the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe’s revised tribal-state gaming compact, bringing the tribe’s proposed $500 million Project First Light destination resort casino a step closer to reality.

FISH STUCK: A pipeline leak is causing a massive fish kill of thousands in the waters off Honolulu, but forget the usual suspects, diesel fuel or tar sands bitumen. The culprit this time is molasses.

TRAGEDY VS. TRAGEDY: On the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a group of five protesters disrupted a memorial to the nearly-3,000 killed in order to draw attention to historical injustices done to Native Americans.

PUSHBACK: Indian Health Service (IHS) officials are pushing back against tribal concerns over an Obama administration plan that would cut contract support cost (CSC) reimbursements to tribes as part of the federal budget’s continuing resolution currently being considered by Congress.

LAY OFF MY MOM: Amid the Oklahoma State football scandal, which was brought on by an article in Sports Illustrated accusing the program of widespread wrongdoing, Native actress Kimberly Norris Guerrero spoke to ICTMN to defend her late mother, who was mantioned in the article.

THE MOOSE IS LESS: Three Minnesota tribes have canceled their seasonal moose hunts because of the animals’ dwindling numbers.


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