It's our weekly roundup of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:
REZ BALL RUN: The Louisville Cardinals, due largely to the play of Native stars Shoni and Jude Schimmel, made it to the finals of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. Unfortunately, the team ran into a buzzsaw in the final game against the University of Connecticut, losing 93-60. But there is little doubt that the story of the Schimmel sisters has already inspired many young players in Indian country.
FAREWELL: Indian country lost two legendary entertainers on Thursday. Maria Tallchief, Osage, a celebrated ballerina, who died at age 88 in Chicago, Illinois, and comedian Jonathan Winters, who passed at his home in Montecito, California, aged 87.
NEW, NATIVE BLOOD AT HEARD: James Pepper Henry was announced as the first Native American director of the famed Heard Museum.
FRIENDS FOR SALE: Auctioneer Gilles Neret-Minet spoke with ICTMN and was unyielding in his determination to auction 70 Hopi katsinam in Paris. A last-minute legal challenge failed, and to the chagrin of many Hopi the auction happened on April 12, despite passionate protests both outside and within the auction hall.
THE MEANING OF BABY VERONICA: Chrissi Nimmo, the counsel of record for the Cherokee Nation, spoke with ICTMN about the controversial "Baby Veronica Case," asserting that "any adverse decision would impact every tribe in the country."
BACK TO LIFE: Dr. David Warner, a Native professor at Washington State University, in critical condition since an assault on March 30 left him unconscious and with a serious head injury, woke up.