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The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, September 21, 2014

News of interest to Native Americans, on topics including the Cobell settlement, the Washington Redskins, Patricia Michaels, and A Tribe Called Red
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It's our recap of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

CHECKS IN THE MAIL: On September 15, the Garden City Group, Inc. and Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, made the announcement that the first checks were finally mailed out to the Trust Administration Class in the Cobell Indian Trust Settlement according to a press release from Garden City.

GENIUS: Sarah Deer, 41, a professor at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, is among a group of 21 diverse 2014 fellows of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The five-year, $625,000 stipend is commonly referred to as a "Genius Grant."

HONOR THE TREATIES: Tribes are lauding Congress’s passage of the Tribal General Welfare Exclusion Act of 2013 this week, which in effect mandates that the Internal Revenue Service respect the treaties, signaling a victory for both Indian country and unity, Native leaders said.

ALL STAR: Patricia Michaels, the Taos Pueblo designer who made it to the finals on season 11 of Project Runway, will return to the TV franchise in the Project Runway All-Stars spinoff. 

VINDICATION: Dozens of Inuit people victimized by so-called Pedophile Priest Eric Dejaeger in the 1970s and ’80s have now been vindicated, as a court has found the 67-year-old defrocked cleric guilty on 24 of the 68 charges he had been up against.

THE FIRST SEAHAWK: A $22,000 fundraising campaign is underway to bring a cedar mask that is currently in Maine to an exhibit in Seattle, Washington. The mask is believed to have inspired the logo of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks.

DOESN'T MAKE IT RIGHT: There are more than 2,100 schools across the U.S. with a Native American mascot and moniker and no one is talking about them, a new report suggests.

LE MOT JUSTE: Canadian Aboriginal DJ trio A Tribe Called Red canceled its plans to perform at the opening festivities at the new Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The group criticizes the museum for avoiding the word "genocide."

THWARTED: Mohegan Sun Massachusetts lost its bid to build a resort casino in the highly-lucrative Greater Boston market primarily because multi-billionaire Steve Wynn brought a bigger checkbook to town.

PAY UP: Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Washington) announced that she will introduce legislation to revoke the National Football League's tax-exempt status due to its refusal to take action on the Washington Redskins name, which is defined in most dictionaries as a derogatory racial slur.

FIGHTER: Olympic Medalist and professional mixed martial arts fighter Sara McMann shared her winning spirit and athletic expertise with young people on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

SEE YOU IN COURT: Two attendees of “Native American Heritage Night” sponsored by the San Francisco Giants on June 23 are filing a claim in excess of $10,000 against the City and County of San Francisco for damages.