The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, April 28, 2013

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

NATIVE COUSINS NOMINATED: The University at Albany Great Danes men’s lacrosse attackmen and cousins Lyle Thompson and Ty Thompson were named as two of the 25 nominees for the men's 2013 Tewaaraton Award, which was announced by the Tewaaraton Foundation on Friday, April 26. The award is presented to the top men's and women's collegiate lacrosse players in the country.

NAVAJO LUKES AND LEIAS NEEDED: The original Star Wars movie — Episode IV in George Lucas' six-part epic — will soon be dubbed into its 40th language, Navajo. And casting for major roles will take place at the Navajo Nation Museum next weekend.

DRILL, BABY, DRI– ER, MAYBE NOT: Three major oil companies have abandoned drilling plans off Alaska for the time being, either suspending exploratory efforts indefinitely or scuttling them completely pending further study.

SO CLOSE: Patricia Michaels, Taos Pueblo, competed in the finale of Project Runway on Thursday night. She made the final two, but lost out to Michelle Lesniak Franklin.

HOOPS STARS HONORED: Angel Goodrich, Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI) alumnus who recently was selected by the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock, only the second Native player to be drafted into the league, and Shoni and Jude Schimmel, the first Native Americans to play in an NCAA women's basketball tournament championship game, were named the recipients of the 2013 Phil Homeratha Leadership Award.

NO FISHING: The Quinault Tribe has closed Quinault Lake to non-tribal fishing until further notice, concerned about pollution and low salmon return numbers.

FREEDOM: Folk singer and activist Richie Havens, Blackfeet, died at his home in Jersey City, New Jersey, on April 22. He was 72 years old. Havens will always be remembered as the opening act at the Woodstock music festival in 1969.

THOSE OPPOSED: Following the announcement of a Bill co-sponsored by Congress members led by Trent Franks and Ann Kirkpatrick titled Keep the Promise Act of 2013 – the Tohono O’odham Nation released a statement defending the federally recognized tribe’s position in opposing the bill.

CINDERELLA STORY: In an inredible run, the Iroquois Ironmen, an all-Native squad, knocked out the top three seeds in the Canadian Lacrosse League playoffs to win the 2013 Creator's Cup title.


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