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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, August 9, 2015

News stories of interest to Native Americans, on topics including Washington Redskins, Keystone XL Pipeline, Brian Cladoosby and Bethany Yellowtail
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It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

SHUTOUT: The Cheyenne River Sioux tribal council voted Wednesday to reject all current and future monetary offers from the Washington NFL team’s Original Americans Foundation.

COMING HOME: Eighteen Crow medicine bundles will soon be on their way from Portland, Oregon, back to the Crow people in Montana.

NEW FIX: There’s a new “Carcieri fix” in town and a leading tribal organization has provisionally approved it. The United South and Eastern Tribes, which represents 26 tribal nations along the eastern and southern sea coasts said in a statement that S. 1879, the Interior Improvement Act, “would achieve a major USET goal, which is to overturn the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Carcieri v. Salazar.”

KEYSTONE FOLLIES: Vague answers, a lack of tribal consultation, and a top engineer’s questionable credentials emerged on Tuesday as TransCanada Corp. argued its right to run the Keystone XL pipeline through South Dakota.

IN IT TO WIN IT: Designer Bethany Yellowtail and her b.Yellowtail creations will compete in the annual Martha Stewart American Made competition.

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RUNNING AGAIN: Brian Cladoosby, chairman of the Swinomish Tribe, is seeking a second term as NCAI president. He made the announcement to NCAI delegates during the organization’s mid-year meeting in St. Paul, Minnesota.

SETTLED: A lawsuit filed two years ago by the Moapa Band of Paiute Indians over contaminants from the coal-fired Reid Gardner Power Generation Station near Las Vegas has been settled for $4.3 million.

CONTACT: Peru is planning a "controlled contact" effort to communicate with the Mashco-Piro, a voluntary isolated people, that has been unexpectedly appearing in other indigenous communities and has been left items by tourists on the so-called “human safaris” but some advocates are warning that any contact can result in tragedy.

LANGUAGE LESSONS: The Navajo people have narrowly approved a controversial change to the election code, which required the Nation’s top two elected leaders to be fluent in the Navajo language. Fifty-two percent – or 13,017 people – voted in favor of amending the code, finally putting to rest the long-simmering debate over the requirement that the president and vice president be able to understand and speak Navajo fluently, and read and write English.

SCUM: Mark M. Beatty, 56, of Ohio, pleaded guilty August 5 to purchasing Native American human remains, and violating the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, reports a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Ohio.

ART WRIT LARGE: At 9 PM on Saturday, "Little Cheyenne Girl," a painting by American Indian artist J. NiCole Nahmi-A-Piah (Hatfield), was digitally projected for the first time on a building in Philadelphia, PA. The artwork was selected after a national call for artwork on the theme of Native American health.