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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, October 19, 2014

News stories of interest to Native Americans, on topics including Misty Upham, the Washington Redskins, Columbus Day, and sacred feather headdreses.
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It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

AN AVOIDABLE TRAGEDY: The search for Misty Upham came to a sad end when a body discovered near the White River in Washington state was identified as the missing Blackfeet actress. Charles Upham, her father, says that she fell down the steep side of the ravine while hiding from police

COURAGEOUS KID: In October 2013, the staff of the Playwickian, the student newspaper of Neshaminy High School Redskins in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, became one of the first in the country to ban the use of the word “Redskins.” A year later, its editor in chief, Gillian McGoldrick, is returning to her position after being suspended for banning the word.

VOTE: Two more South Dakota counties have agreed to provide Indian-reservation polling places during the state’s pre-election early-voting period.

FRACK OFF: The renowned Native astronomical and sacred site of Chaco Canyon and its environs may be in danger from encroaching fracking wells, environmental groups fear.

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FOREVER A CHAMPION: Fifty years ago this week, Billy Mills was in Tokyo running the most memorable race of his life. Mills, now 76, is still the only American in track and field history to win an Olympic gold medal in the 10,000 meter run.

CELEBRATING A MONSTER: Columbus Day happened, again, and many people in the United States celebrated the "mascot of American colonialism." A poem for the occasion by Brian Vallie, "Indian Holocaust," struck a chord with many ICTMN readers. Also on Monday, the Bellingham City Council voted 6-0 to recognize the second Monday of October as Coast Salish Day.

COMMON SENSE IN THE UK: Glastonbury Festival, a giant five-day music festival in England, has announced it is restricting the sale of "warbonnet" style feather headdresses.

DEFENDING A DO-GOODER: Hundreds of Humboldt State University students protested the firing of Jaquelyn Bolman, an administrator on this small northern California campus and a woman known for promoting American Indians and other “untapped” populations in science, technology, engineering and math.

SNYDER'S NEW PAL: At least 150 protesters, led by Amanda Blackhorse, gathered to protest the name Redskins in Glendale, Arizona, during Sunday’s NFL football game, Cardinals vs. Redskins. Redskins owner Dan Snyder watched the game with a surprising guest at his side—Navajo Nation president Ben Shelly.