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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, May 12, 2013

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It's our weekly roundup of the stories that mattered most in Indian Country:

Native Heritage for Amanda Berry: “Help me, I am Amanda Berry, I’ve been kidnapped and I’ve been missing for 10 years. And I’m here, I’m free now,” those were the words a 911 dispatcher heard the night of May 6.

A Wounded Knee Whodunit: On May 1 the site of the Wounded Knee massacre was put on the open market by owner James Czywczynski with a price tag of $4.9 million. He says three of the five standing offers he has could benefit the Oglala Sioux Tribe, who he would prefer to sell to but have not yet made an offer.

Advice for Graduates: We are firmly in graduation season. All of my graduations happened at least a decade ago, so I barely remember them. I do vaguely remember my law school graduation—I was at a crossroads in my life, facing HUGE student loans and not wanting to simply toil my life away at a large law firm making some ridiculously rich people even richer. That whole time in my life was stressful and I made some big decisions; those decisions turned out right, but could’ve easily blown up in my face.

Native Boy Takes a Bite Out of the Big Apple: Harvard wanted him. Yale wanted him. Dartmouth, UCLA, Stanford—they all wanted him. So who finally landed Julian Brave NoiseCat? Columbia University in New York City.

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Fighting for Baby Veronica: It is dinner time at the Brown home in Oklahoma. As dusk settles over the horizon, ground venison sizzles in a skillet on the stove as Veronica Brown and her father, Dusten, feed two pet geese in the backyard. Two small dogs trail behind, climbing over each other to stay with the little girl. A joyful bundle of dimples and curly dark hair, Veronica Brown is the master and commander of her backyard empire.

A Villian's Justification: The villain in the blockbuster action flick Iron Man 3 has a list of grudges against the United States -- and one is a historical event that only periodically gets attention outside of Indian country.

Misapropriation of Native WomenNancy Marie Mithlo, Chiricahua Apache, is an Associate Professor of art history and American Indian studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison who recently gave a TEDx talk in Albuquerque regarding images of Native women in popular culture

A First in Arizona: The Navajo Nation will open the doors to its first casino on the Arizona side of its reservation on May 24.

Olympics Bound: Kiyana Price, Lakota/Wampanoag, of Dixon, Montana has qualified for the 2013 Junior Olympic National Gymnastic Championships in Minneapolis.

There's an App for That: After observing how his 12-year-old daughter fiddled obsessively with the family’s iPad, computer programmer Darrick Baxter designed an app just for her, downloaded it secretly onto the device and waited to see what would happen.