The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country


All the top stories we covered this past week, compiled for your reading pleasure.

-Gale Courey Toensing wrote about the baby white buffalo born in northwest Connecticut, on the Mohawk Bison ranch. Lakota Nation elders from South Dakota will be traveling to the ranch where a Lakota Medicine Man will lead the naming ceremony.

-Minnesota is holding its first managed wolf hunting and trapping season this fall, despite steadfast opposition from Natives in the state. Last year Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that gray wolf populations in the Great Lakes region had recovered and no longer required the protection of the Endangered Species Act. Tribes across Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan oppose the hunt.

-The Iroquois Nationals are headed to Finland to compete in the World Lacrosse Championships. Gale Courey Toensing writes how the Nationals, the only indigenous team in the world playing in international competition, is hoping to put past year's troubles behind them (recall their inability to play in 2010 due to visa issues with the British government, stemming from their Haudenosaunee passports) and do what they do best, kick butt on the lacrosse field.

-Former tribal chairman and passionate warrior for renewable energy and indigenous sustainability, Patrick Neil Spears, walked on shortly after midnight on July 2 in Pierre, South Dakota. The long time president of the Intertribal Council on Utility Policy was an enrolled member of the Lakota Kul Wicasa (Lower Brule Indian Tribe).

-Simon Moya-Smith's Tonto Files this week covers, among quite a few topics, an old episode of The Long Ranger (from the 1940s) that he attempted to watch, the notion of "getting over it," a statement often hurled at Natives, and a quick thought on what Johnny Depp could do with all his millions (instead of, say, owning an island in the Caribbean).

-Ruth Hopkins wrote a reminder on July 4th of the pivotal role American Indians have played in the shaping of American history.

-Jose Barreiro's piece on the summer ceremony on the plateaus of the southern Black Hills, a beautiful days-long gathering of praying, dancing and receiving family, friends and neighbors.

-A reader pointed us in the direction of this great video montage of the Pechanga Pow Wow in Temecula, California.

-Adrian Jawort wrote about Native Max Magazine, created by 21-year old Kelly Holmes, Lakota, who grew up on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in Eagle Buttle, South Dakota. Holmes lives in Denver now, and recently the launched the premiere issue of Native Max, which features Maria Watchman of 'America's Next Top Model' fame.