The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, November 3, 2013


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

BREAKUP: Foxwoods Resort Casino has announced the end of its relationship with Las Vegas-based MGM Resorts International.

FIGHT GOES ON: It was a big week for the "Change the Mascot" campaign being spearheaded by Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter. On Monday, at the opening session of the United South and Eastern Tribes annual meeting, Halbritter spoke about the ongoing efforts to get the owner of the Washington, DC, football team to banish its racist "Redskins" name and mascot. On Wednesday, Halbritter and Psychologist Michael Friedman spoke about the harmful effects of the mascot and team name at a press conference following an hour-long meeting with NFL officials.

HORRORSHOW: Halloween came and went on Thursday evening, and racially-insensitive Native American costumes were (as always) a topic of impassioned discussion -- with one young poet posting a particularly effective video to YouTube. A related story was the rash of public displays of blackface, although it remains to be seen whether the outrage these evoked will raise awareness of the prevalence of redface. 

WHAT NEXT?: The Boston Red Sox won the World Series, and though Native star player Jacoby Ellsbury was key to the victory and had much to celebrate, there is also a cloud of uncertainty hanging over his future, as free-agency negotiations with the team are looming.

MEMO FROM THE PREZ: Fresh from his election as the 21st president of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), Brian Cladoosby has made it a priority to get aid for tribal members whose homes or livestock were wiped out by the record-breaking, early-season blizzard that devastated South Dakota and the Pine Ridge Reservation earlier this month.

STOLEN CHILDREN: A class-action lawsuit against the Canadian government on behalf of tens of thousands of indigenous children who were seized and moved to white families in an adoption wave known as the “Sixties Scoop” can now proceed after being approved by an Ontario judge.



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