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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, March 1, 2015

News stories of internet to Native Americans, on topics including Misty Upham, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Comanche Boy, and Tribes growing marijuana.
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It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

ENTER THE HERO: Film director Zack Snyder Tweeted a photo of Native Hawaiian actor Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and movie geeks everywhere voiced their approval.

NOT YOUR MASCOT: The Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission may have the final say in determining whether a Neshaminy High School, located northeast of Philadelphia, can keep its controversial Redskins mascot.

ICWA FINE-TUNED: Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has published revised, sweeping new guidelines to ensure the rights and protections of Native families and children under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

RESPECT: Misty Upham, the late Blackfeet actress known for her performances in Frozen River, Jimmy P., and August: Osage County, was included in the "In Memoriam" montage at the 2015 Oscars.

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SOVEREIGNTY'S REWARD: Residents of Poplar River First Nation in Manitoba, Canada are being credited with spearheading a sovereignty movement that in effect combats global warming by preserving their boreal forest homelands.

IMPRESSIVE YOUNG MAN: Neechie Gear founder Kendal Netmaker was honored with the National Youth Aboriginal Entrepreneur Award by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and an Indspire Award, and will soon travel to Dubai to give a presentation as the only North American finalist in the Youth Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

VANDALISM: The well-known murals of Chief Joseph, Chief Seattle, Sitting Bull and Geronimo at the Wilson-Pacific school in Seattle were vandalized—but days later restored by the artist who created them.

POT CONFAB: The first Tribal Marijuana Conference featured a variety of quality speakers from all avenues, to discuss a wide-range of issues associated with embarking on marijuana cultivation on reservation lands.

BOXING ABROAD: George (Comanche Boy) Tahdooahnippah, who has Comanche and Choctaw ancestry, will travel to Denmark to square off against Danish boxer Patrick Neilsen on Mar. 14.