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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, April 12, 2015

News stories of interest to Native Americans, on topics including sacred Mauna Kea, a sculpture garden in Rapid City, and Indians for Rand Paul.
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It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

THE WHOLE STORY: A bill that would require schools in Washington State to include local indigenous nations in their history instruction is on its way to becoming law.

TRIBUTE: In Rapid City, SD, a sculpture garden paying tribute to Native Americans is moving closer to becoming a reality.

CULTURE FILMS:The Ways, a series of documentary films about Great Lakes Native culture and people, has been nominated for a People's Voice Webby Award, and viewers can vote online.

NOT AGAIN: Activists thought they were victorious and done protecting Conestoga Indian Town in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, when they stopped a natural gas pipeline from being built through it. But now, a local farmer has taken a bulldozer to a hill on his property, which some historians and Native activists believe is a Native American burial mound.

VICTORY, FOR NOW: After almost two weeks of Native Hawaiian demonstrations against the construction of a giant telescope on top of sacred Mauna Kea Mountain, the governor of Hawaii called for a week’s moratorium on the project.

COURTING THE NATIVE VOTE: Just two days after Republican Senator Rand Paul announced his run for the presidency, a Twitter account was launched solely to organize and galvanize Native American supporters.

GRATITUDE: The Sauk-Suiattle Tribe has received the State of Washington’s highest honor for its assistance in the aftermath of Oso landslide, which wiped out a neighborhood and killed 43 people on March 22, 2014.