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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, February 2, 2014

A roundup of the week's news stories, on topics including the State of the Union Address, Shoni Schimmel's stellar play, and the death of Pete Seeger.
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It's our weekly roundup of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

JOBS NUMBERS: The Interior Department has published the latest report on the American Indian population and labor force, updating and improving on the previous report that was published in 2007 with data from nine years ago.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN: Climate change adaptation was the subtext of President Barack Obama’s references to environmental issues in his State of the Union speech on January 28, woven into talk of reduced carbon power-plant emissions, increased use of natural gas, and the need to invest in alternative energy to decrease dependence on fossil fuels.

MOVING FORWARD: Hopi citizen Diane Humetewa smiled through a positive nomination hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on January 28 in her effort to be confirmed as a U.S. district judge in Arizona.

STAR PLAYER: University of Louisville Senior Shoni Schimmel was recognized by ESPNW and the American Athletic Conference as Player of the Week on Monday. Schimmel finished last week averaging 27.0 points per game, with 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists for Louisville as the Cardinals improved to 8-0.

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FAREWELL, PETE: Pete Seeger has walked on from natural causes at the age of 94 near his home in Beacon, New York, leaving behind a world immeasurably better for his time in it.

NEW LEADERS: For the first time in nearly two decades, the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas is welcoming a new principal and second chief. The 1,200-member tribe, located on 4,500 acres of land north of Houston, elects its chiefs to life terms.

JUNK FOOD TAX: The Navajo Nation Council on Thursday approved a 2-percent increase in sales tax for junk food sold on the 27,000-square-mile reservation, becoming the first tribe in the country to install a so-called "junk food tax."

ORIGINAL SEAHAWK: With the Super Bowl just around the corner, the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture has done some research on the Seattle Seahawks' beloved and Native-inspired Seahawk logo, and you don't have to be an expert to conclude they've found the exact piece it was modeled on.

EXIT CANTWELL: After a tenuous year of leading the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) has confirmed that she is moving on.