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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, May 17, 2015

News stories of interest to American Indians, on topics including Rickie Fowler, Jodi Gillette, Loretta Sanchez and the Washington Redskins.
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It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

NEVER OK: Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez apologized Sunday for offending Native Americans after a video surfaced of her making a stereotypical Indian “war whoop” when addressing a room of Indian Americans. “In this crazy and exciting rush of meetings yesterday, I said something offensive, and for that I sincerely apologize," she said.

ON FIRE: With four birdies and an eagle on his last six holes in regulation play during the Player’s Championship Golf Tournament, Navajo golfer Rickie Fowler put himself into a playoff, and then bested everyone to win one of the game’s biggest prizes.

PERSPECTIVE: Following NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision to suspened Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in light of the "DeflateGate" controversy, Senator Harry Reid said on the Senate floor that he finds it "stunning that the National Football League is more concerned about how much air is in a football than with a racist franchise name that denigrates Native Americans across the country."

NO THANKS: A First Nation in northern British Columbia has said no thank you to a $1 billion ($960 million US) offer from a Malaysian company looking to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on ancestral land.

HALT: A Peruvian court has ruled that plans to dredge parts of the Amazon and its major tributaries must be suspended until indigenous communities along the rivers are consulted.

MOVING ON: Jodi Archambault Gillette, President Barack Obama’s special assistant for Native American affairs, departed the White House May 14 to accept a new position as policy advisor at the law firm of Sonosky, Chambers, Sachse, Endreson & Perry, LLP.

CAPPED OFF: Superintendent Barry Simpson, of the Bishop Unified School District, in California has had a change of heart about beaded graduation caps after a meeting with local tribal leaders. Simpson had originally told graduating senior Leticia Gonzalez, of the Bishop Paiute Tribe, that she would not be able to wear the cap her grandmother hand-beaded for her ceremony.