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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, May 31, 2015

News stories relevant to Native Americans, on topics including Lyle Thompson, St. Louis University, John Sayles, and the Oak Flat Apache Land Grab.
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It's our recap of the stories that mattered most:

PROMISING SIGN: The Inuit have yet to get a court decision on their attempt to stop underwater seismic testing, but it came as good news this week that the two companies attempting to map the sea floor using sonar have opted out for this year.

FRAUD: Conservative blogger Ellie Reynolds claims to be Oglala Lakota. She has appeared several times on Fox News Insider, leaning on her alleged heritage to speak in favor of Native American mascots. But on Thursday, the Oglala Lakota government in Pine Ridge, South Dakota rejected her claim that she is a citizen of their nation.

BRUTALLY HONEST: In a New York Times op-ed, Lydia Millet called the Oak Flat Apache land grab "an impressive new low in congressional corruption, unworthy of our country’s ideals no matter what side of the aisle you’re on."

BEST IN THE GAME: For the second year in a row, Lyle Thompson, Onondaga, was honored with the Tewaaraton Award, making him the second men’s player in the lacrosse award’s 15-year history to be a repeat winner.

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STORYTELLER: John Sayles, a director known for making affecting, critically acclaimed films, among them Matewan, Eight Men Out, Passion Fish, and Lone Star, recently announced that his next project will be To Save the Man, a film about the Carlisle Indian Industrial School.

SYMBOLIC STEP: St. Louis University has removed a statue of a Roman Catholic priest and two American Indians that was described in the campus newspaper as a depiction of "colonialism, imperialism, racism and ... Christian and white supremacy."

UNDRIP INACTION: Eight years after its ratification, and five years after its official endorsement in Canada, the tenets laid out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples have yet to be implemented down on the ground, indigenous leaders in Canada say.

WATER RISING: Flooding in Oklahoma briefly closed down the Comanche casino and postponed a Muscogee fishing tourney this week as tribes and municipalities contended with extreme weather.

REMAINS RETURN: The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan and its Ziibiwing Cultural Society recently repatriated and held a reburial ceremony for the ancestral remains of 43 ancestors.