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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country

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Our Sunday wrap-up of some of the big stories we covered this week from Indian country.

-Rob Capriccioso draws attention to the lack of campaigning by President Obama and Mitt Romney in Indian country. This lack of outreach to tribes across the country is in stark contrast to attention both Obama and John McCain paid to Natives during the 2008 campaign.

-The Little Bear wildfire raged in New Mexico’s White Mountain Wilderness and Lincoln National Forest, crossing into the Mescalero Apache Reservation and was closing in on the tribe’s major source of revenue, the Ski Apache resort area.

-With the Little Bear wildfire in mind, our story on the possibility that Tribes will be able to directly request emergency support from the President of the United States and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is timely. President Obama and FEMA said they were in favor of this some six months ago.

-We shed some light on the great work from Anthony “Thosh” Collins, a photographer from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community in Arizona, who provided us our photo of the week: Native Woman Power.

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-Margo (Kickingbird) DeLaune and Cole R. DeLaune wrote about the need to denounce the conduct of Harvard and Elizabeth Warren. As an alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Kickingbird DeLaune has “little doubt that the HLS (Harvard Law School) bureaucracy and Professor Warren perpetrated nothing less than ethnic fraud.”

-In happier news, we covered the efforts of two Native professional hockey players, Dwight King, Métis, and Jordan Nolan, Ojibwe, to help their Los Angeles Kings team grab the Stanley Cup by beating the New Jersey Devils in the NHL finals.

-We touched upon recent studies that show that humans didn’t kill off mammoths, but were rather bit players in a global drama that involved climate change, a comet’s impact and other factors.

-On June 12, we took a look back at the landmark Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia on the 45thth anniversary of the court’s unanimous decision to honor the Lovings marriage and overturn their convictions of breaking Virginia’s 1924 Racial Integrity Act (Richard was white, Mildred was black and American Indian).

-And finally, we took a photographic tour of 13 rock stars who’ve worn Native headdresses (and probably shouldn’t have).