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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, November 16, 2014

In the news this week: Suzan Shown Harjo, Frank Waln, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Seattle Seahawk, and the Washington Redskins
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It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

NATIONAL AUDIENCE: MTV premiered Rebel Music: Native America, a show spotlighting American Indian musicians, on its Facebook page. Inez Jasper, one of those profiled, spoke with ICTMN

BETTER EFFORT: While the Washington NFL franchise has shown defiance and thrown out token trinkets like the treaty makers of old, the Kansas City Chiefs have solicited Native input through a partnership with the American Indian Center of the Great Plains. This outlet gives local Native leaders an opportunity to explain why traditions, culture and ceremony are important to Native people across the country.

BIG SHINDIG: The glitterati were out in full force on November 10 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) in New York City. The fanfare includes "Glittering World," a major exhibit of the work of the Yazzie family of Navajo jewelry makers.

CHOW DOWN: The Oklahoma-based Citizen Potawatomi Nation, a tribe long known for its diverse and unique business portfolio, is adding a new endeavor into the mix: a fry bread and Indian taco restaurant.

ORIGINAL SEAHAWK: The Kwakwaka'wakw mask that inspired the Seattle Seahawks logo will be on display next week in the Here & Now: Native Artists Inspired exhibit at the Burke Museum in Seattle.

SHH!: According to data from CBS, Fox, NBC and ESPN, the R-word has been spoken by broadcasters during NFL games at least 605 times in the last ten weeks. Deadspin noted that after ten weeks into the 2013 season, the word was mentioned 1,040 times, which means its use is down 42 percent. Also, referenes to “Washington” are up 10 percent.

MUST-SEE MOVIES: Two highly acclaimed films, Rhymes for Young Ghouls and Drunktown's Finest, split most of the major honors at the American Indian Motion Picture Awards Show, the finale of the 39th annual American Indian Film Festival, held on Sunday in San Francisco.

ABOUT TIME: After years of complaints by human rights and Native groups about escalating crime in the Bakken oil field region, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced on November 14 that it will open a permanent office in Williston, North Dakota, its first since 2006.

HIGHEST HONOR: On November 10, President Barack Obama named writer, curator and activist Suzan Shown Harjo among the 19 honorees to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

SOCCER GREAT: Harry Xulsimalt Mason, Snuneymuxw First Nation, one of the first indigenous soccer stars to break down racial barriers in the late 1800s and early 1900s, is being inducted into Canada's National Soccer Hall of fame in Vaughan, Ontario.