The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, March 15, 2015


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

WELCOME RETURN: Nine years almost to the day after his eagle feathers were seized at a powwow, Robert Soto has gotten them back.

FORTUNATE FIND: Crews digging a ditch uncovered a rare Native American pendant in Newtown, Ohio—the shell pendant is actually a gorget, and was found among human remains and other artifacts.

GIANT THANK YOU: Plans are underway to erect a sculpture that memorializes the aid that the Choctaw people sent to Ireland during the Great Irish Famine.

MANKILLER, THE MOVIE: Writer and producer Gale Anne Hurd is known as the "First Lady of Sci Fi" for her work on highly successful films in the genre; now she's looking to tell the life story of Wilma Mankiller, first female Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

RACISM LIVES: A shocking video of a University of Oklahoma fraternity chanting a racist song was posted to YouTube, prompting the national headquarters to shutter the chapter immediately.

PROTECT CHACO: Environmental groups including the Navajo organization Diné CARE filed suit against two federal agencies on March 11 in an attempt to keep fracking from harming the ancient astronomical site of Chaco Canyon.

RED ROAD REDUX: SundanceTV has released new video clips promoting its popular series The Red Road, about the strained relationship between a New Jersey town and the Lenape Indians who live nearby, which returns for its second season on April 2.

NATIVE SHOWCASE: This year's South by Southwest (SXSW) festival, an annual showcase of music and film that takes place in Austin, Texas, features the return of the Native American Showcase, Remembering The Ancestors, giving a few successful Native acts a chance to wow the cultural cognoscenti.

ROAD RACERS: When the Los Angeles Marathon 30th Edition kicked off on Sunday, among the 25,000-plus runners were five Native Americans who are running to save an Apache sacred site from destruction by an international mining company.

SAD STATEMENT: Teepee poles erected by the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Native Studies were vandalized with toilet paper and vinyl flag tape. The teepee had been up as part of a memorial that said "Justice for our Sisters."

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