The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, April 7, 2013

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

• SONGS OF EXPERIENCE:  National Poetry Month kicked off, with the goal "to widen the attention of individuals and the media—to the art of poetry, to living poets, to our complex poetic heritage, and to poetry books and journals of wide aesthetic range and concern," as the Academy of American Poets says on its website. ICTMN is bringing you poems from Indian country writers all month, starting with "Drum" by Alex Jacobs — check our National Poetry Month page for more.

• SCHIMMEL SHOOTS, SCHIMMEL SCORES: Indian country rallied behind the Schimmel sisters, particularly junior guard Shoni Schimmel, who've guided the Louisville Cardinals to the NCAA Women's Final Four. The Cardinals play the Cal Bears tonight at 6:30 ET.

• DAY IN COURT: A federal judge has ruled that the Navajo Nation's lawsuit against Urban Outfitters can proceed

• CHURCHILL DENIED: The U.S. Supreme Court decided to decline, without comment, former University of Colorado-Boulder (CU) professor Ward Churchill’s final and determined attempt at recompense for what he insists was his 2007 firing for exercising constitutionally protected speech.

• HOPI HOPE AGAINST HOPE: An auction of 70 Native artifacts has caused a great deal of consternation in Indian country — and now, with one week to go, the Hopi are appealing to the U.S. government for help in preventing it.

• MINE INVESTIGATION: Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly signed legislation that allows $2.3 million from the Undesignated Unreserved Fund Balance to go towards the continuation of the due diligence investigation of the Navajo Mine – prior to any acquisition the tribe will make.

• INUKTITUT OFFICIAL: On April 1, Inuktitut became an official language of Nunavut, putting it on par with English and French in the territory. "This level of statutory protection for an aboriginal language is unprecedented in Canada," said the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage.

• KEEP THE AIRWAVES CLEAN: Reed Hundt, former FCC chairman, cosigned a letter to Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, asking for a name change "so that broadcasters no longer would have to describe it using a name they would never use in any other context."


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