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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, March 29, 2015

News stories of interest to Native Americans, on topics including Jacoby Ellsbury, Longmire, cultural appropriation, and a young Navajo filmmaker.
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It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

ALL STAR: Nike unveiled its spring 2015 N7 apparel collection featuring Yankee centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

BETTER ENERGY: Eleven tribal communities are receiving a total of $6 million toward renewable energy projects and technologies, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced.

SHOW OF CULTURE: At Mile 17 of this year’s Los Angeles Marathon, runners saw and heard something a little different: a powwow dancer and a drum group. It was a subtle reminder that they were on Gabrielino Tongva land—and that the land’s first inhabitants are still here.

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ROLL 'EM: Longmire, the popular crime series set in the fictional Absaroka County, Wyoming, has begun filming its much-celebrated fourth season in Santa Fe, Las Vegas (NM), and other north New Mexico locations.

HATERS GONNA HATE: As the Republican-lead Senate in Colorado is expected to kill a bill that would regulate Native American mascots in the state, the bill sponsor continues to be inundated with hate mail.

MR. JONES GOES TO WASHINGTON: Keanu Jones' short film "Giving Back the Navajo Way" was one of 15 that screened in the 2015 White House Film Festival. Jones, an 18-year-old high school senior at Flagstaff Arts and Leadership Academy, was on hand at the screening, and got to meet President Obama.

FAIR PAY: The Ho-Chunk Nation asserted their sovereign authority to establish a base minimum wage of $10 an hour for their workforce.

UGLY INCIDENT: A shop clerk's response to a Native American woman protesting the sale of culturally appropriated items has drawn caustic debate online.