The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, October 27, 2013


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

DISASTER AREA: The Santa Clara Pueblo was severely affected by storms and flooding September 13 – 16. On October 24, President Barack Obama declared a major disaster exists for the tribal community in Espanola, New Mexico.

MASCOT DEBATE ESCALATES: Representatives of the Oneida Indian Nation and NFL officials announced that they will meet next week in New York City to talk about the on-going “Redskins” name-change controversy. After two Washington, D.C., radio stations refused to air radio ads put out by the Oneida Indian Nation last week, the “Change the Mascot” campaign is having better luck in Denver.

AIM INVOLVED: The American Indian Movement of Minneapolis plans to hold a demonstration march and protest against the Thursday November 7, 2013 Redskins vs. Vikings NFL game to be played at the Minneapolis Metrodome.

MEET THE NEW PREZ: Brian Cladoosby, chairman of the Swinomish Tribal Community out of Washington State, has been elected President of the National Congress of American Indians.

THE DIRTY SOUTH: American Indians and others who oppose the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline have lost their last legal battle, enabling TransCanada to finish the project by year’s end.

TRIBAL LAW TRIUMPHS: Although Oklahoma prohibits same-sex marriages, a gay couple has found a way to wed through Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal law in Concho, Oklahoma.

TOPPLERS FIRED: The two men who were seen in a Facebook video toppling a rock formation in Goblin Valley State Park in Utah not only face possible felony charges, but have now been removed as Boy Scout leaders.



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