The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, April 19, 2015


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

OUT OF A JOB: Sabres general manager Tim Murray released former head coach Ted Nolan, Ojibwa, from his contract Sunday, citing the team’s losing streak. For the second straight season, the Buffalo Sabres had the worst record in the NHL, finishing 23-51-8, a slight improvement from last year’s 21-51-10.

MONEY FOR HEALTH: The Notah Begay III Foundation’s (NB3) Native Strong: Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures program, has awarded $80,000 to two Native nonprofits. The program focuses on negating childhood obesity, and improving the health of Navajo children.

STOP THE 'SCOPE: Opposition to the construction of a giant $1.4 billion telescope on top of sacred Mauna Kea Mountain gained momentum Monday, April 13 when hundreds of students and faculty members at the University of Hawaii at Manoa staged a walk-out, thousands rallied on the Big Island and Oahu to call for an end to the project, and support poured in from around the world.

SURPRISING STUDY: Native American attorneys often feel invisible and that their experiences are not valid or real, according to a ground-breaking study by the National Native American Bar Association  (NNABA) and the NNABA Foundation.

BID LOST: A group of American Indians in Michigan have lost their bid to block a land transfer of nearly 9,000 acres to a company proposing a limestone mine—the “largest single public land deal in Michigan history,” according to the Detroit Free Press.

NATIVE OF NEVERLAND: Rooney Mara, a non-Native actress who has controversially been cast as Tiger Lily in the upcoming Pan film, explained her view of the character and her Tribe. "They are natives of Neverland, and it’s a completely made up place.'" she said.

TRIBUTE: Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient Suzan Shown Harjo was honored Friday in Concho, Oklahoma with a homecoming celebration, hosted by the Cheyenne and Arapaho people.

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