The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, October 12, 2014


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

MISSING: Actress Misty Upham, Blackfeet, has gone missing, according to her family, who are appealing to Indian country for help. She was last seen on the Muckleshoot Reservation in Washington. Her father says he is concerned that she may have committed suicide.

A BETTER WAY: A new 17-member task force has been charged with identifying resources and improving the quality of life for Native Americans in Albuquerque. The task force is the result of city officials and the Navajo Nation coming together to aid the area’s Native American homeless population.

ANOTHER BLOW AGAINST ICWA: Last month, the Alaska Supreme Court issued its decision in Native Village of Tununak II v the State of Alaska and the result has many Native observers dismayed. The language in the September 12 decision incorporates analysis from last year’s “Baby Veronica” ruling that legal experts, Indian child welfare advocates and tribal leaders say strikes yet another blow at the Indian Child Welfare Act.

BISON FOR CHEROKEE: Greeted with a welcome blessing, 38 female bison trundled their way down a ramp from a tractor-trailer onto Cherokee Nation land on Thursday October 9, ending a 900-mile journey from Badlands National Park in South Dakota.

DOING THE RIGHT THING: The Seattle City Council unanimously voted on Monday, October 6 to proclaim the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a date previously celebrated as Columbus Day.

JUDE'S TURN: On Wednesday, the Louisville Cardinals women’s basketball team held their first practice of the season, and for the first time in four years Shoni Schimmel was not with the team. But, Jude Schimmel, Shoni’s sister is on track to help lead.

SCHOOL BUS STRUCK: A low velocity projectile hit a school bus in Omaha, Nebraska and the local tribal council says its students faced an “act of terrorism.” Students from Omaha Nation High School were returning home after a football game against Pender High School when the incident occurred.

DEMAND FOR JUSTICE: Tens of thousands of protestors in seven countries along with human rights advocates from around the world are demanding answers and justice regarding the 43 Mexican students, many of them indigenous, who were kidnapped and probably murdered by Mexican police in collusion with a local drug gang.

FOOLISHNESS AS USUAL: Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck stirred controversy after he donned a Native American headdress he claimed was worn during the "first resurrection of the Tea Party," on the Glenn Beck Program October 6.

STILL ON THE MARKET: One year after Wounded Knee landowner James Czywczynski told Oglala Sioux Tribe President Bryan Brewer he would be accepting outside bids if the OST would not pay the hefty price tag of $4.9 million; the infamous historic site still has not been sold.

SALMON BOOMING: The fall Chinook salmon return is still on track to blast through previous records, with this year surpassing even last year’s, the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) announced in September.

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