The Week That Was: The Big Stories In Indian Country


It's Sunday, which means it's time for our wrap-up of some of the big stories we covered this week from Indian country.

-Rob Capriccioso covered the Native women warriors who are lobbying for pro-tribal VAWA (Violence against Women Act) ever since the House of Representatives passed it's version of the Senate approved VAWA (which included major tribal court jurisdiction and protection order provisions for tribes in the lower 48) without those pro-tribal protections.

-Anthony “Thosh” Collins, a photographer from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Arizona who works extensively with the Native communities locally and internationally submitted this great photo this week. These two 'Rez Riders,' in their matching leather jackets, look ready to ride. It's a great shot by a great artist.

-The news has been very strange lately, has it not? That was surely the case in the story of the Texas man high on synthetic marijuana who killed and eat his neighbor's dog.

-We covered the wildfire that forced the evacuation on Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in southeastern Montana, destroying 11 homes on the reservation and seven on private land. The Ash Creek fire was 110,000 acres and had already burned 18 homes as of Wednesday, June 27.

-In brighter news, our story on how Native teens are preparing for higher education with a two-week program this summer called Indigenous Ways of Knowing (IWOK) at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, bodes well for the future. The summer academy helps Native students ease their introduction into the college experience by having them live in dorms, get a lot of SAT prep and gain a general understanding of liberate arts topics—all with a Native perspective.

-Jessica Metcalfe's series "The Tonto Files" went behind the face-paint this week to take a deeper look at the upcoming film The Long Ranger, and of course, more specifically, Johnny Depp's portrayal of Tonto, the fictional American Indian sidekick to the eponymous ranger.

-In yet more troubling news, cattle in Texas got a shock, and their deaths, when they rogue grass that manufactured cyanide. You read that right. The cattle went from munching on the grass in a field that had provided them sustenance for 15 years to convulsing, bellowing, and dying as ranchers watched 18 cattle drop.

-We covered Nasa's desire to mine a crater filled with what is possibly tons of ice on the moon's version of Antarctica. Ice deposits have been discovered deep in this crater on the moon's underside, the crater is more than 12 miles wide and two miles deep, which is about the depth of Mother Earth's oceans.