Skip to main content

The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, November 9, 2014

This week's top news includes stories on the Washington Redskins protest, the Navajo Nation election, rapper MC Redcloud and piano player Ryan Arcand.
  • Author:
  • Updated:

It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

WARRIORS: Across Canada, aboriginal veterans were remembered on November 8 for their years of service with the country’s military at home and abroad.

HERITAGE WORTH PRESERVING: The historic farmhouse at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School has been saved from the wrecking ball, but input from stakeholders from across the country is needed to develop a proposed heritage center.

BACK IN THE RUNNING: Russell Begaye is gearing up for a fast-track campaign for president of the Navajo Nation. The third-place finisher from the primary is now back on the ballot after the Navajo Supreme Court disqualified Chris Deschene and ordered election officials to postpone the presidential election.

STRONG NATIVE WOMAN: An accomplished Alaska Native bodybuilder has qualified for the Professional Natural Bodybuilding Association's "Natural Olympia XVII" competition in San Diego, and she's reaching out for the necessary expenses she will incur. 

CANDIDATES: Three people have officially thrown their names into contention for the Assembly of First Nations’ National Chief slot vacated by Shawn A-in-chut Atleo last May.

DENIED: Half of American Indians applying for mortgages last year didn't get one, according to federal data.

SHAMEFUL: Leilani Dowding, a British model who appeared on the 2011 VH-1 reality series Tough Love Miami, has worn what may be the most offensive Native American Halloween costume we've seen.

MR. MAYOR: Winnipeg, Manitoba has the highest indigenous population of any city in Canada, and as of Tuesday November 4 it has its first-ever aboriginal mayor. Brian Bowman, who won on October 22 in an unexpected landslide, was sworn in during a ceremony preceded by an elder’s blessing.

PHENOMENON: A video shot on the street in Edmonton of homeless piano player Ryan Arcand, a member of the Alexander First Nation, has become a YouTube sensation, racking up over 3.5 million views in a week and a half.

LISTEN TO THE CHILDREN: A group of young men from the Leech Lake Reservation performed an honor song, written for the 2014 Capitol Christmas tree, as it left Bemidji, Minnesota. The tree was cut down on October 29 and will make its way to the Capitol by November 20.

TOO MANY TO IGNORE: On Sunday, a crowd that may have been as large as 5000 strong protested the name of the Washington NFL team outside a stadium in Minneapolis, where the team was playing against the Vikings. Those addressing the crowd included Amanda Blackhorse, Clyde Bellecourt, and Winona LaDuke.

FREESTYLE MARATHON: Hip hop artist MC RedCloud, of noted hip hop duo LightningCloud is going for a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records, and he's doing it for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).

RUNNING TO WIN: Team One Spirit, also known as the Lakota Five, returned to the New York City marathon on November 2 with one goal: To raise enough money to build youth centers on the Pine Ridge Reservation. The team wants to provide safe havens for all Lakota youth.