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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, August 25, 2013

A roundup of Native American news, including the return of Bison to Fort Belknap Reservation, Ben Shelly on Obamacare, and August Schellenberg
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It's our weekly recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian Country:

PREZ ACKNOWLEDGES: During a town hall-style event in Binghamton, New York on August 23, President Barack Obama addressed the legacy of discrimination in the United States, “from slavery to laws that required the separation of blacks and whites,” and how it “has meant that institutional barriers to success exist for many groups, particularly blacks, Latinos and Native Americans."

GET THE FRAC OUT: On August 22, the Lower Wisconsin Riverway Board voted 6-2 to deny a frac sand mine that is owned by Pattison Sand Co., an Iowa-based company, the right to extend 41 acres into the protected riverway.

BISON RETURN: On Thursday, 34 genetically pure bison were set loose on the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana. It marks the first time in a century the animals have roamed the area.

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SHELLY CONCERNED: Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly said he was concerned about the health care Navajo people may receive under the Affordable Care Act and the health insurance exchanges the act creates.

ADIOS, AUGUST: Emmy-Nominated Mohawk Actor August “Augie” Schellenberg, who was known for his roles as Sitting Bull, Chief Powhatan, Geronimo and most recently, King Lear, walked on at the age of 77 due to complications from cancer.

BITUMEN SEEPING: As debate rages south of the 49th Parallel over developments such as the Keystone XL pipeline, bitumen from four underground oil spills is quietly seeping into wetlands and soils in the oil sands in northern Alberta—and has been for at least three months, if not longer.

NY REGULATOR SUED: The Otoe-Missouria Tribe, located near Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, based in southern Michigan, sued a New York regulator for blocking their online-lending operations from serving New York State residents.