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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, August 31, 2014

News stories of interest to Native Americans, on topics including Oklahoma State, Fort Berthold Reservation, Redskins, and Rebecca Sotherland.
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It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

SIGN OF STUPIDITY: A group of Oklahoma State University football fans have sparked outrage for a sign they created to hold during ESPN's GameDay football-preview show. The banner, which was shared widely on social media, said "Send 'Em Home #trail_of_tears #gopokes".

THERE'S A HAIR POLICY?: On Monday, in Seminole, Texas, a 5-year-old Native American boy was sent home on his first day of school and ordered to cut his hair short because it allegedly violated district policy.

FISH GIFT: A First Nations fisherman donated 500 sockeye salmon to organizations and a homeless encampment in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

AGAIN?: There has been a second leak of briny wastewater from oil production on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation, this time 3,000 barrels, or 126,000 gallons.

SHOCKING VIDEO: Rebecca M. Sotherland, an Oglala Sioux Tribe police officer, has been indicted for the use of “excessive force,” following a video that went viral last week showing her tazing an unresponsive man approximately 17 times.

CHANGE THE NAME: The Washington Post’s editorial board has decided to stop printing the word "Redskins" when referring to the Washington NFL team. However, the board’s Executive Editor Martin Baron said the paper’s news division will still use the name.

SO MONEY: Pechanga Band of Mission Indians hosted a two-day charity golf tournament recently that raised more than $100,000 for the Semper Fi Fund, School on Wheels, Operation SafeHouse, and United Friends of the Children.

IMPROVEMENTS: Building on last year’s Stafford Act amendment making tribes eligible to apply directly for federal disaster aid, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has upped its engagement with tribes even further.

GET 'EM NEXT YEAR: Shoni Schimmel and the Atlanta Dream were eliminated from the WNBA Playoffs, falling to the Chicago Sky in the Eastern Conference semfinals.

ROCK FOUND: The sacred rock, Mistaseni or “Big Rock” to the Cree, was blown to pieces with dynamite in 1966 to make way for the South Saskatchewan River Dam Project. This month, in 70 feet of cold, dark water, divers discovered pieces of the sacred rock in Lake Diefenbacker.