The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, December 1, 2013

A look at the week's news stories, including coverage of Thanksgiving, Code Talkers at the Redskins game, and the American Book Awards

It's our roundup of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

CARSON TAPPED: On November 22, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint Brad R. Carson, Cherokee, as the Under Secretary of the Army in the Department of Defense.

ON GRATITUDE: Americans of all ethnicities observed Thanksgiving, a holiday that many Natives greet with mixed emotions. Here are a few highlights from ICTMN's Thanksgiving coverage:
• Native Pride Celebrated at the 87th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
• 'Thanksgiving,' a Poem by Jonathan Garfield
• Thanksgiving in Space: A Chickasaw Eats From Can, Floating in Corner
Gyasi Ross: Why I Am Thankful: Survival, Fashion, Language and Family
Vincent Schilling: 6 Thanksgiving Myths, Share Them With Someone You Know

NMAI TRAGEDY: The National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. was evacuated Saturday, November 23 after a man fell to his death from the fourth floor railing.

OUTKAST '97 REDUX: Pop singer Katy Perry dressed in a "geisha" costume at the American Music Awards, and immediately elicited protests from Asian Americans and others for her "yellowface" act.

STANDING UP FOR EAGLES: Duke Energy Renewables Inc. has pleaded guilty to killing eagles with its wind turbines—the first wind-power company to be found criminally liable under the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act—and will pay a total of $1 million in fines.

HIM AGAIN: James Arthur Ray, the purported self-help guru who in 2009 led a "Spiritual Warrior" weekend retreat outside Sedona, Arizona that claimed three lives and hospitalized 18, told CNN's Piers Morgan he is still remorseful.

A NEW LOW: Four Navajo Code Talkers were honored during the Redskins-49ers football game on Monday night, a display that many who are opposed to the Redskins name saw as a tasteless PR stunt.

NATIVE WRITERS REPRESENT: Louise Erdrich and Joy Harjo were among nearly half a dozen Native American winners of the 34th annual American Book Awards, awarded at the Miami International Book Festival on November 23.