The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, July 20, 2014
It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:
ISSUES: The Navajo Nation Oil and Gas Company has survived months of upheaval in the makeup of its board of directors—and the company isn’t on solid ground quite yet.
STILL UNANSWERED: Nearly a century and a half after a congressional panel recommended that John Evans be removed as governor of the Colorado Territory, the man is on trial again. Evans, founder of Northwestern University and the University of Denver, was believed to be partly responsible for the Sand Creek Massacre.
AN ISLANDER FOR ISLANDS: Esther Puakela Kia’aina, Native Hawaiian, was nominated on September 10, 2013 to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Insular Areas at the U.S. Department of the Interior. On June 26, the United States Senate confirmed Kia’aina for the position.
PIPELINE SUITS: Several First Nations and some environmental groups have filed suit to block the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed by Enbridge Inc. through their territory, with a total of four legal challenges mounted as of Monday July 14.
HOLDER JOINS CHORUS: An overwhelming majority of Democrats have said that the Redskins should change their name: Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, 49 US Senators and President Obama included. Now, add to the list U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
TRIBES ASK EPA: The Wisconsin Federation of tribes has asked the Environmental Protection Agency to use the 404 C portion of Clean Water Act to stop mining activity by Gogebic Taconite (GTAC) in the Penokee Mountains located on the edge of the Bad River Ojibwe Reservation.
ROOKIE SENSATION: The WNBA is reporting that Umatilla rookie Shoni Schimmel has the league's most popular jersey, according to sales from WNBAStore.com that were tallied from the start of the 2014 regular season.
CLIMATE CHANGE CASH: President Barack Obama on July 16 released another set of climate-change-resilience guidelines, this batch geared specifically toward tribes, and announced the allocation of $10 million to help tribes cope with climate change.
IROQUOIS PRIDE: The Iroquois Nationals competed in the FIL World Championship of lacrosse, advancing to the semifinals but falling to Canada. The Nationals defeated the Australian team to take third place honors in the tournament.
ANOTHER FUMBLE: The Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation paid a visit to the Quechan Tribe, and proposed to fund a skate park the tribe had been planning. The tribe listened to the proposal, but decided not to accept the offer.
GONDOLA GROUNDED: A gondola at the Grand Canyon Escalade, proposed for the Navajo side of the Grand Canyon, has been delayed by a year, because the controversial plan didn’t make it on the Navajo Nation Council’s summer legislative agenda.
NESTLE GRIPE: As California’s drought worsens, some residents living near the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in the Coachella Valley west of Palm Springs are directing their ire at the tribe for its leasing of land to a Nestlé plant. The plant draws water from the tribe’s springs in Millard Canyon.
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