The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, December 28, 2014


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

RESPECT FOR THE PEOPLE: The Marysville, Washington, School Board on December 8 unanimously adopted the “Since Time Immemorial” curriculum as core curriculum for all district schools. The district’s K-12 schools will now be required to teach the history, culture, governance and current affairs of indigenous nations in their area.

TRAIL BLAZER: Charisse Arce was recently chosen by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., from a large pool of highly talented and qualified individuals, as the first Gaye L. Tenoso Indian Country Legal Fellow. Arce of Bristol Bay, will serve a three-year term in the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Arizona.

SOLAR STYMIED: The Moapa Paiute Tribe in Nevada got a monkey wrench for Christmas this year, when the state power commission stymied plans for its second solar project. But the small tribe is undaunted and says it will regroup after the first of the year.

EVERYONE'S ELDER: Actor and public speaker Saginaw Grant will be honored next month with an award by a California nonprofit for his commitment to Native American communities.

KEEP FIGHTING: West Moberly First Nation, whose treaty lands will be flooded when the $8.8-billion Site C dam is completed in a decade, is vowing to step up its ongoing legal battle against the project after it was approved by the province last week.

GEARING UP: The Iroquois Nationals have announced their general manager and coaching staff for the 2015 FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championship. Landon Miller will oversee the Iroquois team as its general manager, while Rich Kilgour will serve as the head coach.

A PIECE OF HISTORY: A copy of the Lord’s Prayer in the Cherokee language carried by a Cherokee World War II veteran is now in the possession of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

SISTER ACT: Award-winning Kiowa artists Teri Greeves and Keri Ataumbi have been named the Living Treasures for the 2015 Native Treasures Indian Arts Festival (May 23-24, 2015), which benefits the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture (MIAC) in Santa Fe.

NO DRILLING: Chevron Corp. has canceled its plans to drill for oil in the Beaufort Sea because of plummeting oil prices, according to reports. It is the fourth oil conglomerate to suspend offshore drilling in the Arctic over the past couple of years.

DON'T LEAVE US OUT: The Yakama Nation is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for allegedly excluding the tribe from cleanup input at the Bradford Island Superfund site on the Columbia River. “The Yakama Nation has a key role in cleanup and had numerous meetings with the Corps, but they still fail to meaningfully include the Yakama Nation,” Gerald Lewis, Tribal Councilman, said in a statement.

TRAGIC: A Native man who participated in an anti-police brutality march and rally in Rapid City, South Dakota, was shot and killed by police a day later, according to reports. Rapid City Police identified the victim as Allen Locke, 30, of Rapid City.

FISTS OF FURY: Despite being the women's International Boxing Association (IBA) middleweight champion, Kali Reis is hardly a household name. But she's hoping the popularity of women's boxing increases so she can at least start making some decent money from her bouts. Reis, a 28-year-old who has Cherokee, Nipmuc and Seaconke Wampanoag ancestry, captured her title in Bermuda.

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