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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, November 23, 2014

Stories of interest to Native Americans, on topics including Keystone XL Pipeline, Greg Grey Cloud, Lyle Thompson, Navajo Nation, and Easter Island.
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It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

THE PEOPLE SAY NO: Greg Grey Cloud, along with other protesters, was arrested on Tuesday for starting a Native American song in the gallery following the Senate’s 59-41 vote that fell short on approving the Keystone XL Pipeline. Recalling the elation that led to the song, Grey Cloud told ICTMN's Gyasi Ross that "Goosebumps crawled up my arms and I thought to myself, SING! Sing you fool! Honor these leaders who stood up for the people!"

WAITING GAME: The turmoil that has continued to surround the elections for the Navajo Nation, the largest federally recognized tribe in the country, is just too much to clear up by the original postponed date of December 23—Tribal officials are now saying there won't be a vote until 2015.

DIFFERENT DEAL: The Department of Housing and Urban Development section 184 American Indian mortgage has just gotten more expensive for Indians. New recipients of the popular loan will see an increase in the “points” they pay at closing, and many existing 184 borrowers will have to pay a .15 percent yearly premium.

SKY WOMAN, READY FOR HER CLOSEUP: The Iroquois Creation Story is an oral tradition that has been documented hundreds, if not thousands, of times by Iroquoian artists—but a project in progress at Ganondogan, in upstate New York, looks to present the story on film for the first time.

NEWS OUT OF NCAI: The National Congress of American Indians members passed more than five dozen new resolutions at its annual meeting recently, but one of the first things the organization will deal with during the lame duck session – the period of time between Election Day and when the new legislators enter Congress in the new year – is a three-year-old resolution opposing the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline.

HAWAIIAN ON THE RISE: For the first time since 1984, Hawaiian could be used to fulfill the foreign language requirement at Harvard University.

NOTABLE: Lacrosse Magazine has named Lyle Thompson the 2014 Person of the Year, a designation awarded to the person who has had a tremendous influence on the sport and has transcended all levels of the game.

FAREWELL: Bob Hicks, Muscogee Creek, a longtime advocate for American Indians in Hollywood, has died at the age of 80. Hicks co-founded First Americans in the Arts, and served as the organization's first president.

NATIVES AT SEA: New findings from the journal Current Biology indicate that Native Americans had visited Easter Island before Columbus sailed to the Americas. The article follows on the heels of other genetic studies that have linked Polynesians to American Indians, yet these earlier studies had largely been dismissed by archaeologists, usually advocates of the “Bering Strait Theory” of the populating of the Americas, who believe that ancient peoples were too “primitive” to sail the oceans.