The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, September 14, 2014


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

MASTER: Alanis Obomsawin, undoubtedly the most accomplished Aboriginal filmmaker in Canada, if not all of Turtle Island, has been recognized at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival with inclusion in the TIFF Masters Program.

ETSY TAKES A STAND: On Tuesday, Etsy, the huge e-commerce website that sells handmade and vintage items, announced it would no longer sell Redskins products. Products with the team’s name and logo will be taken down, but sellers will be allowed to continue selling items with the team’s colors and location.

EVACUATION: A near-breach of the Muddy River in Nevada prompted the evacuation of about 190 people from the Moapa Band of Paiutes reservation as severe rainstorms pummeled the region and caused flash flooding throughout the Southwestern United States on September 8 and 9.

ALL STARS: The Chickasaw Nation announced the cast of its planned biopic of Te Ata, and three of Indian country's favorite actors have landed the central roles: Q'orianka Kilcher will play Te Ata; Gil Birmingham will play her father; and Graham Greene will play the Chickasaw Nation Governor.

TAKE IT BACK: A group of nuns is urging Pope Francis to rescind the Doctrine of Discovery, the set of 15-century papal bulls that gave tacit permission to seize lands and justify colonization of Indigenous Peoples, most notably on Turtle Island.

THE INUIT WERE RIGHT: The discovery of a ship that had been missing since 1846 has at least partially solved one of Canada's favorite mysteries; what's more, its location confirms the veracity of Inuit accounts that never squared with the accepted version of what happened.

MONEY: The U.S. Mint has announced its designs for the 2015 and 2016 Native American one-dollar coins, commemorating Mohawk Iron Workers and Code Talkers.

FCC BOSS: Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, told Broadcasting & Cable magazine that the Washington Redskins name is “offensive and derogatory.”

STOP THE SAFARIS: Peruvian indigenous activists and allies are calling on the Peruvian government to halt the so-called ‘human safaris’ that take tourists to the home regions of uncontacted Indigenous Peoples who are vulnerable to western diseases; many indigenous have died from these contacts in the last decade.


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