The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, April 26, 2015


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

NOT FUNNY: Approximately a dozen Native actors and actresses, as well as the Native cultural advisor, left the set of Adam Sandler’s newest film production to protest a script they found disrespectful and insulting. ICTMN obtained a page from the script as well as video of a heated discussion in which producers told concerned actors "If you are overly sensitive about it… then you should probably leave."

WORKING WITH WEED: Another California tribe has announced its venture into the medical marijuana business. The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians in Thermal, about 32 miles southeast of Palm Springs, recently entered into a partnership with Red Crow, a Native-owned cannabis company that designs, builds, manages and finances marijuana growing facilities for medical purposes.

CANDIDATE COMES COURTING: Presidential hopeful Hillary Rodham Clinton is once again vying for the Native American vote. Hidden deep in her campaign’s website, Native Americans in support of Clinton can join a "Native Americans for Hillary" group.

A MUST READ: University of Colorado Professor Elizabeth A. Fenn's book, Encounters at the Heart of the World: A History of the Mandan People, won the Pulitzer Prize on April 20 for piecing together the rich history of the Mandan people of the Dakotas.

NIGA CHAIR CONFIRMED: After a year-and-a-half in the dual role of acting chairman and vice chairman of the National Indian Gaming Commission, Jonodev Osceola Chaudhuri was confirmed by the Senate to serve as chairman of the gaming regulatory agency for a three-year term.

TRY AGAIN: On Monday, a TV network based in Montreal launched a French-language music show titled Pow Wow, but after 24 hours of social media backlash, ICI Radio-Canada Télé was forced to change the show’s name.

WE HAVE A WINNER: With a margin of more than 10,000 votes, Russell Begaye easily defeated a two-term former president during Tuesday’s special presidential election on the Navajo Nation.

FUNDS FOR NAGPRA: Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation grants totaling $74,348 went out on April 14 to assist in the repatriation of human remains and sacred objects, objects of cultural patrimony and funerary objects, the National Park Service announced.


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