It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:
CASTING NEWS: HBO has named the Native American actress who will play Sacagawea in “Lewis and Clark,” the upcoming six-hour miniseries about the celebrated journey of the first two white men to travel west.
WOLF RETURNS: The big news at Marvel Comics is the introduction of a lineup of new characters and titles following the Secret Wars miniseries that is currently on newsstands. To build anticipation, Marvel released an image of 14 characters that includes a relative no-name: Native American hero Red Wolf.
PROMISES, PROMISES: While Canada moves toward reconciliation with First Nations peoples, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that would break yet one more promise to yet one more American Indian tribe.
NEW MISS: Muscogee (Creek) citizen Shannon Barnett was crowned Miss Muscogee (Creek) Nation June 6 at the MCN Scholarship Pageant in the Mvskoke Dome in Okmulgee, Okla. Muscogee (Creek) citizen Madeline Gouge was crowned Jr. Miss MCN.
SHIP NAMED: A new Canadian Coast Guard vessel will be plying the waters off Canada’s west coast, proudly named after a heroic Nuu-chah-nulth hereditary chief.
PELTIER INCLUDED: The Indigenous Fine Art Market (IFAM) has just announced that imprisoned Native activist Leonard Peltier applied for and was juried into this year’s Festival.
GAME OVER: For the first time since 1896, Haskell Indian Nations University will not field a football team. The football program, whose players were once called the “Lords of the Prairie,” is no more.
RALLY: Hundreds of tribal representatives as well as American Indian advocates and supporters are expected to rally in Washington D.C. on June 16 in front of the U.S. Capitol to bring attention to advancing economic development in Indian country.
HERO: President Russell Begaye ordered flags across the Navajo Nation to be flown at half-staff in honor of the late Navajo Code Talker Bahe Ketchum. Ketchum passed at the age of 96 at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday in Flagstaff.