The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, May 10, 2015


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

TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY: Ricky Lee, a Native American actor who worked on The Ridiculous Six, has told the New York Daily News that the controversy over the film is overblown and those who left the set to protest the script were in the extreme minority.

WAR ON POVERTY: The Obama administration has designated Pine Ridge Indian Reservation as a one of its Promise Zone communities. The initiative is in place to help lift communities across the country out of poverty.

METAPHORS MATTER, EXAMPLE 1: A high-ranking Royal Canadian Mounted Police official described the Idle No More movement as "like bacteria" in a 2012 brief.

AN ELDER SPEAKS: Actor Saginaw Grant took to his Facebook page on Wednesday evening to address the controversy still swirling around the Adam Sandler film The Ridiculous Six.

IDIOCY: A pair of Hispanic restauranteurs have cooked up controversy in Colorado over their plan to offer discounts to whites only one day next month. It all started as a joke, but now Edgar Antillon and Miguel Jimenez, owners of Rubbin' Buttz BBQ in the town of Milliken, will host a "White Appreciation Day" on June 11.

ACHIEVERS: Students from Navajo Technical University took 62 medals home from the NM SkillsUSA championships held in Albuquerque, New Mexico from April 9-11. They were up against students from other higher education institutions across the state competing in hands-on trade, technical, and leadership contests.

METAPHORS MATTER, EXAMPLE 2: In an attempt to criticize President Barack Obama, Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas, instead offended Native Americans by connecting them with jihadists during a speech Tuesday when he announced his candidacy for president.

MOTHER NATURE: About 40 tribal leaders, elders and others attending the May session of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Council on May 6 were trapped, and several injured, when a “tornado or a microburst” slammed into the Cherry Creek Community building.

JEWELL ON THE DAIS: On May 8, for the first time, a U.S. Secretary of the Interior delivered the commencement address at Haskell Indian Nations University when Sally Jewell did just that at the 2015 graduation ceremony.

METAPHORS MATTER, EXAMPLE 3: An Air Force General has resigned after he commented that a fellow officer appeared to be “drunker than 10,000 Indians.”

MUSIC OF CHANGE: MTV released a second episode of "Rebel Music: Native America" on Thursday, narrowing in on the Native Lives Matter movement as well as the campaign to raise awareness of the thousands of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada.

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