The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, January 4, 2015


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

ELECTION SCHEDULED: For the largest Native American reservation, the journey to naming a new president now has an end site. The Navajo Nation Council approved legislation to hold a primary election on June 2 and a general election on August 4.

A VOICE FOR INDIAN COUNTRY: Cherokee Nation Deputy Attorney General Sara Hill can now prosecute criminal cases occurring on Indian land in federal court after being sworn in as a tribal special assistant United States attorney.

KXL BILL MEETING: Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, announced that she has scheduled a meeting of the Senate Committee on Energy and Resources for Thursday, January 8, to mark up an original bill to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.

CLASSIC ROCK: A pre-contact Quileute petroglyph that depicts K’wati, or the Transformers, killing of a monster that terrorized the Quileute people is considered by Quileute officials to be the most significant archaeological find to date.

NEEDED FUNDS: The U.S. Department of Labor announced an $882,032 National Emergency Grant supplemental award to provide continued employment-related services to approximately 630 workers affected by fishing industry layoffs in the Lummi Nation.

ECHO SHOT?: A wolf whose October sighting at the Grand Canyon, the first in decades, evoked elation among conservationists and wildlife experts may have been shot in Utah, according to reports. 

AYATOLLAH TWEETS: Iran’s supreme leader took to Twitter Monday to excoriate the U.S. over a massacre it exacted upon Native Americans more than 100 years ago and for its recent maltreatment of ethnic minorities by police.

NEVER? REALLY? HOW ABOUT NOW: Hundreds of protesters gathered and marched outside FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, to protest the name of the Washington football team. Many wore "RETHINK" T-shirts while others gripped banners that read, "Change The Name" and "Snyder Says 'Never' We Say 'Now!'"

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