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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, January 11, 2015

News stories on topics including the Cherokee Nation, Chris Wondolowski, Barack Obama, Derek Miller, and Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women.
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It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

STOP THE KILLING: A Portland, Oregon–based wind-farm company, the second to be sentenced to fines for killing hundreds of protected birds in Wyoming with its turbines, will pay $2.5 million in fines, restitution and community service.

SHAMEFUL: In 2011, according to police documents, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police took an intoxicated Native woman home from a police station, telling his fellow officers he intended to "pursue a personal relationship" with her.

SCI-FI ON THE REZ: Travis Holt Hamilton's science-fiction thriller Legends From the Sky, set on the Navajo Nation and featuring Natives in most roles, has booked eight theaters for its January 30 opening.

WONDO ON THE ROSTER: Chris Wondolowski, Kiowa, was one of 28 players called into training camp on Friday morning by Jurgen Klinsmann, head coach of the United States Men’s National Team. This is the team’s first training camp of 2015, indicating an early glimpse, perhaps, of the players who might lead team USA in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.

LISTEN TO SCIENCE: The Alberta oil sands region is high on the list of fossil fuel deposits that must be left underground in order to avoid potentially catastrophic global warming, a new study has found.

COP JOB: Actor Chaske Spencer made his debut as former Tribal police officer Billy Raven on the Cinemax series Banshee, which started its third season January 9.

RUNNING AGAIN: Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker announced he would seek a second term as head of the Cherokee Nation setting a vision to have the Cherokee Nation debt free by 2019 as one of his biggest goals.

QUESTIONABLE CHOICE: President Barack Obama traveled west Wednesday and passed the evening in a hotel with a denigrating word in its name, the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Hotel in Phoenix, Arizona.

THE NATIVE JIMMY FALLON?: On Tuesday, January 6, the Guilt Free Zone, an irreverant late-night talk show hosted by Mohawk blues musician Derek Miller, made its TV premiere on the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

JUSTICE STEPS IN: The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday it will intervene in a case to defend the constitutionality of a federal statute that stripped the Washington football team of six of seven trademarks.

RAISING AWARENESS: Toronto-based cartoonist and illustrator Evan Munday has pledged to tweet one portrait of a missing or murdered woman to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper every day.

REJECTED: The South Dakota Public Utilities Commission has turned down a request by four tribes and a host of opponents to send TransCanada back to the drawing board on its proposal to route the Keystone XL oil pipeline through the state.

COMICS TOME: The most exciting comics project we've heard of recently is Moonshot, a 200-page collection of illustrated stories from top Indigenous talent. The book will be published by Toronto-based AH Comics.