The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country


Here's our weekly wrap-up of some of the big stories that happened in Indian country:

-Patti Jo King's piece "Rapid City Has a KKK Problem" discussed the Vernon Traversie case, a legally blind Cheyenne River Sioux tribal elder who left the Rapid City Regional Hospital in Rapid City, South Dakota, with scars on his abdomen "described by several eyewitnesses as 'carvings' or 'bran dings' of the letters KKK.

-Rob Capriccioso's piece "Forgotten No More: Oneidas Donate to Start a Revolutionary Museum" highlighted the Oneida Indian Nation's donation of $10 million dollars to the non-profit American Revolution Center "in order to help build a Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia" that will pay homage to the role American Indians played during the war.

-Valerie Taliman is reporting from Turfu, Finland, where the Iroquois Nationals are bringing the creator's game to the world at the International Lacrosse World Championships. The Nationals decimated England in their first game 24-2 on July 13.

-Eisa Ulen covered the story of the 26-year old Sunny Clifford, Lakota, a Pine Ridge Tribal park ranger, who has launched a Change.org petition that "seeks to improve the quality of women's lives by making Plan B available—and affordable—throughout Indian Country."

-Rob Capriccioso took a look at the investigation by the United States Congress into the possibility that the U.S. Department of the Interior has "twice delayed a tribal labor force report under the Obama administration…in violation of federal law that requires biennial reporting."

-We could all use a little sunshine in our days (preferably without the humidity) and our photo gallery of impossibly cute pow wow kids certainly qualifies .

-Tourists in New York City's Times Square have long grown accustomed to the Naked Cowboy, but now there's a new player on the scene, a man who calls himself the Naked Indian. There is no evidence, as of yet, to prove that Adam David, the self-titled Naked Indian, has any tribal affiliation.

-We covered the death of a Decorah eagle, in Decorah, Iowa, who was apparently electrocuted after coming into contact with a power line. The Decorah eagles have become internet sensations, as millions of people follow them via live Web streaming. The eagle's feathers will be "distributed to the Indian community," Bob Anderson, executive director of the nonprofit Raptor Resource Project, said to the Des Moines Register.