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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, July 19, 2015

News stories of interest to Native Americans on topics including Leonard Peltier, Pan Am Games, David Guetta, and Nathan Chasing Horse.
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It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

UNWELCOME: Fort Peck tribal leaders voted to ban actor and Lakota “spiritual leader” Nathan Chasing Horse from the Fort Peck Reservation. The motion, which alleges human trafficking, drug dealing spiritual abuse and intimidation of tribal members, will stop Chasing Horse from coming onto the reservation and holding a Sundance and ceremonies.

PITCHMEN: Attackmen Miles and Lyle Thompson, who both play lacrosse for the Florida Launch, are featured in Nike’s “Short a guy” TV advertisement.

THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES: The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has passed a resolution calling for a full environmental impact statement on a proposed oil pipeline that would cut through indigenous wild rice lands.

WHAT ABOUT PELTIER?: President Obama on Monday commuted the sentences of 46 federal prisoners who had been convicted of drug offenses. But Monday’s commutations have left Native Americans wondering if Obama will, in fact, commute the sentence of political prisoner Leonard Peltier before the end of his term.

TASTELESS: On the Mediterranean party island of Ibiza, off the coast of Spain, a nightclub and famous French DJ are perpetrating a display of tasteless cultural appropriation, trivialization, and female sexualization that may rival any other we've seen in recent years.

COVETED PRIZES: The medals for the Pan Am Games, currently in full swing and running through July 26, were designed by Metis artist Christi Belcourt.

YOUNG GIFTED AND NATIVE: At the Sundance Native Filmmakers Lab, participants, Razelle Benally (Navajo/Oglala Lakota) and Randi LeClair (Pawnee), received grants and expert advice on their film projects.

GETTING ONLINE: President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced a new initiative to connect low-income homes with high-speed Internet during a visit to the Choctaw Nation in Oklahoma, saying access to the Internet is not a luxury but a necessity in today’s world.

PROTEST: As many as 100 people marched through the streets of Denver on Tuesday to protest the death of a mentally ill Native American man who was shot multiple times by police late Sunday.

BIG IN JAPAN: Shannon Ritch, the 44-year-old mixed martial artist with Choctaw ancestry is gearing up for his next fight, scheduled for Aug. 9 in Tokyo. “I’m not really famous here in the United States, but in Japan, I’m really famous,” said Ritch, who lives in Glendale, Ariz.