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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, January 18, 2015

A review of news relevant to American Indians, on topics including the Keystone XL Pipeline, Washington Redskins, and the Apache Land Grab
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It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

LET US PRAY: It took a 12-person jury in Wetumpka, Alabama, less than 45 minutes to decide that Wayland Gray, a Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizen, was wrongly convicted of disorderly conduct and misdemeanor criminal trespassing when he tried to pray for his ancestors at the Nation’s sacred Hickory Ground ceremonial site two years ago.

ANCIENT PORTRAIT: “Naia,” the human skeleton found off the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, has been reconstructed by artists to provide a hypothetical image of what she looked like. Believed to have been a young girl of 15 or 16, Naia apparently fell to her death in a sinkhole sometime between 12,000 and 13,000 years ago.

RENAME, RETHINK: Tribal nations in Wyoming and Montana want Yellowstone National Park to change two geographic names derived from men who were “proponents and exponents of genocide.” The Wyoming & Montana Tribal Leaders Council targets Hayden Valley and Mt. Doane.

APOLOGY: A fan of the Washington football team who was made infamous after he was photographed in December flipping off protesters outside FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, has apologized for the situation he claimed got out of hand.

MOVING PICTURES: The photography exhibition "For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw" is now on display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York, and a New York Times reviewer is calling it "an instant candidate for the long-term memory bank."

ACTION: A "Stop Apache Land Grab" petition on the White House website, created to fight the granting of Apache land to Resolution Copper, gathered the 100,000 signatures needed to trigger a review by the executive branch. The support of the online petition has generated a response from Jodi Gillette, Special Assistant to the President for Native American Affairs.

POT'S OK: The Fort Peck Tribal Executive Board approved a resolution 7-4 on Monday, January 12 to legalize medical marijuana on the reservation.

STOP KXL: Several indigenous leaders have officially asked President Barack Obama to reject the Keystone XL oil pipeline, citing concerns about consultation, treaty rights and impact on tribal homelands.

DISMISSED: The court case against Greg Grey Cloud, an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux tribe and a Native American activist who sang an honor song for the 41 Senators who voted against the Keystone XL Pipeline, was dismissed.

MUSICAL TRIBUTE: Celebrated Lakota leader Crazy Horse is the subject of a full symphony, titled "Crazy Horse: Legendary Hero of the Lakota," that debuted Saturday in Great Falls, Montana.

STOPPED: Just a week after starting a campaign to raise awareness of the issue of Canada's Missing or Murdered Aboriginal Women (MMIW), artist Evan Munday announced that he was stopping the project over concerns that he may be doing more harm than good for the families of the victims.