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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, May 25, 2014

A recap of news stories from Indian country, on topics including Inuit seal hunting, Mark Twain, and the federal recognition process.
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It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

TIME FOR CHANGE: 50 U.S. Senators have put pressure on the NFL to stand on the “right side of history” and change the team’s name. In a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, the senators urged the league to officially support changing the team’s name.

RECOGNITION REFORM: Proposed regulations to reform the cumbersome, opaque and sluggish process to federally recognize Indian nations have been published in the Federal Register, kicking off a 60-day comment period that will ultimately lead to final regulations being put in place.

SOLD, SADLY: A Tlingit clan hat was auctioned by Sotheby's over objections of Alaska Native leaders and a crowdfunding effort that came up short.

OH THE IRONY: School officials in Seminole County, Oklahoma, told Native American seniors at Seminole High School that they are prohibited from wearing eagle feathers on their graduation caps.

SEAL, THE DEAL: Inuit leaders were fuming on May 22 as the World Trade Organization (WTO) upheld the European Union’s ban on seal products, saying the move was an imposition of European values on a traditional indigenous sustenance practice.

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VIP VISIT: President Barack Obama is planning to visit a North Dakota Indian reservation in June, say officials familiar with the plans.

CONFIRMED: The discovery and scientific examination of one of the oldest human remains found in the Americas confirms what Native people have known all along: that they are the original inhabitants of this hemisphere.

OFF THE MARK: A state panel in Nevada has opted to not name a Lake Tahoe cove for Mark Twain, saying the author was racist against Native Americans.

FREE SPEECH: Joshua Brubaker of Blair County, Pennsylvania has been cited for displaying an upside down American flag spray-painted with “AIM” across it for what he says was expressing his American Indian heritage beliefs.

CASE CLOSED: A federal judge ruled against a group of Ramapough Lunaape who filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against the makers of the film Out of the Furnace.

WINDY SPEAKS: Rapper Emerson Windy, under fire for a music video that Native Americans find deeply disrespectful, posted a long statement to his Facebook page discussing the matter.