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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, September 1, 2013

A roundup of news stories from Indian country
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It's our weekly roundup of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

• Kevin Washburn, assistant secretary for Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior, has asked Wisconsin’s Republican Gov. Scott Walker to approve an off-reservation casino for the Menominee Tribe, despite objections from another tribe in the state.

• 39½-year-old “Bear No. 56” died peacefully of old age.

• The Republican American newspaper reported August 16 that Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy “is lining up to oppose the latest efforts to grant federal recognition to three Connecticut Indian tribes.”

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• In the closing hours of August 29, President Barack Obama declared a major disaster exists for the Karuk Tribe as a result of a wildfire from July 29 to August 2.

• Seeking to take advantage of a captive audience, all 22 tribes in the state of Arizona are expected to be represented at an American Indian Village as part of the 2015 Super Bowl XLIX in Phoenix.

• Native American Super Middleweight Champion George "Comanche Boy" Tahdooahnippah partnered with the Comanche Diabetes Program to help teach youth campers the importance of eating healthy and getting exercise.

• Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) has announced that two brothers, Joe and TJ Young, will be carving totem poles and a screen for the Gajaa Hít building in Juneau’s Indian Village.

• Sacred site advocate Wayland Gray was convicted by an Alabama court of disorderly conduct and misdemeanor criminal trespassing for trying to pray at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s sacred Hickory Ground ceremonial site last winter.