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


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

LEADERS STAND TOGETHER: Members of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights voted unanimously for a resolution urging the owner of the Washington Redskins to change the team’s offensive name.

A NATIVE FAREWELL: Nelson Mandela, or Madiba as he is known, will be laid to rest with a First Nations eagle feather, Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo said.

BIE GETS DIRECTOR: Dr. Charles M. “Monty” Roessel was named Director of the Bureau of Indian Education while touring a BIE tribally controlled grant school located on the Pueblo of Laguna in Laguna, New Mexico.

DISGRACEFUL: Three traveling scam artists claiming to be Cherokee Nation members running an arts and crafts program for disabled children lifted 42,500 pounds of scrap copper wire off a Seattle utility.

DEBATE CONTINUES: The music video for UK duo Chase & Status’ single Alive, filmed on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Browning, Montana, has prompted much discussion in the past week.

TIGER JOBA: Free agent Joba Chamberlain is no longer a Yankee. Chamberlain, Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska, signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Detroit Tigers.

TESTER PICKS A PAIR: Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) announced Carla Lott and Sierra Howlett have been tapped to lead his outreach to and work with Montana’s Native Americans according to press release from the Senator’s office.

RACISM WITH SIDE OF TOTS: A Sonic Drive-In Restaurant in Belton, Missouri displayed a street sign emblazoned with the following phrase: “KC CHIEFS” WILL SCALP THE REDSKINS FEED THEM WHISKEY SEND – 2 – RESERVATION. Within a few minutes of the sign being displayed, social media erupted against it.

ANGEL BIDDER: An auction house in Paris went ahead with a sale that included numerous Hopi katsinam despite international efforts to stop it. The next day, it was revealed that the Annenberg Foundation had anonymously bought almost all of them to return to the tribe.

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