The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, April 27, 2014


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

RELENTLESS ATTACK: Brothers Lyle and Miles Thompson, Onondaga, who play lacrosse for the University at Albany, are the two leading scorers in NCAA Men's Division I Lacrosse.

AWARDED: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington State a $500,000 Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant.

COWBOYS AND INDIANS, UNITED: Former Green Party Vice-Presidential candidate Winona LaDuke and the Cowboy and Indian Alliance made up of Native people, farmers and ranchers will ride on horseback into Washington, D.C. to show their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.

NOT IN OUR NAME: The Quileute Tribe is suing a manufacturer of movie collectibles over products that have been sold to fans of the Twilight films using the Tribe's name.

HAWAIIAN SOVEREIGNTY: The mission to take back the Hawaiian Kingdom after more than 100 years of United States occupation is a matter of exposing war crimes and seeking compliance through international venues, said Dr. Keanu Sai, political scientist and acting-ambassador for Hawai‘i. “This isn’t a matter of America doing the right thing. America will be forced to comply,” he said.

NATIVE LANGUAGES RECOGNIZED: A bill passed by the Alaska state legislature has conferred official status upon 20 Native languages, making them -- for the most part, symbolically -- as valid as English in the state's eyes.

CONTROVERSIAL OBJECTS: When stories of stolen Tlingit objects at the Yale Peabody Natural History Museum hit the press this week, museum officials came under fire.

GOODBYE COLUMBUS: After unanimous City Council and mayor approval of a resolution, Minneapolis will now recognize Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day on the second Monday of October.

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