Monday, January 26, 2015

Last Week in Indian Country

A recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian Country:

TOO YOUNG: The death by leukemia of Makayla Sault, an 11-year-old First Nation girl who relapsed a few months after foregoing chemotherapy has sparked a coroner’s investigation along with grief.

EDUCATION: Five days after photographs from her cowboys-and-Indians birthday party sparked controversy online, British singer Pixie Lott apologized. Though virtually unknown in the United States, Lott is a mega-star in the UK.

LET THE FEATHERS FLY: For more than 20 years the three high schools within Grand Forks Public Schools have had a policy which says students are not allowed to include “personal additions” to their graduation attire. That means no eagle feathers—but a Native American group is trying to change that.

STILL THE SAME (BAD) TEAM: Get rid of the racial-slur name and erase the dehumanizing Native American caricature-logo. What do you have? You have what you've had all along – a Washington football team, says a new ad released by the Change The Mascot campaign.

IS THIS JUSTICE?: After attacking and shutting down an oil field in Ecuador in early January, most of the Waorani warriors who were arrested for the attack will be tried soon for sabotage and paralysis of public services according to various reports.

PROBLEMS IN PEG CITY: Branding Winnipeg Canada’s most racist city, the country’s most influential newsmagazine has put indigenous relations front and center, declaring them worse than the U.S.’s relations with its African-American population.

DESECRATION: The U.S. Forest Service is looking for information and individuals connected to vandalism to an archaeological site known as Jordan Cave near the Jordan Trailhead parking lot in Sedona, Arizona.

BAD TASTE: The German company Haribo, which invented gummy bears, its most popular product, over 90 years ago, has decided to alter its all-licorice "Skipper Mix" due to criticism that its depictions are racist.
OBS BILL? HA!: With nary a mention of climate change, Republican Senator Jodi Ernst of Iowa responded to the State of the Union address on January 20 by urging Americans to support passage of the "Keystone Jobs Bill."

REJECTED: The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal has struck down a B.C. First Nation’s bid to derail the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPPA), a controversial treaty that First Nations say could compromise their indigenous rights.

PIPELINE CREATES JOBS: Crews battled ice and freezing temperatures as they clean up a 50,000-gallon oil spill from a ruptured pipeline into the Yellowstone River in Montana. The spill occurred at about 10 a.m. on January 17.

CHRISTIAN CROWS: In an act of sovereignty overriding the United States' First Amendment prohibiting “the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion,” the Crow tribal government sponsored a large billboard sign proclaiming “Jesus Christ Is Lord on the Crow Nation” in late December.


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