The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, February 9, 2014

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

ANAYA HONORED: James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

PREDATOR: A former New Tribes Mission missionary, Warren Scott Kennell, was sentenced to 58 years in prison January 28, for taking pornographic photographs of tribal children in the Brazilian Amazon.

GAME DAY: The Seattle Seahawks routed the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. The game might not have been an exciting one, but a commercial that featured non-English renditions of "America the Beautiful" — one section was sung in Keres, a Native language — caused a stir.

TRAGEDY ON THE REZ: A Standing Rock Sioux member died from hypothermia, authorities believe, due to lack of heat during a propane shortage that recently prompted the tribe to declare a state of emergency. Nearly 90 percent of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation’s residents use propane to heat their homes.

GOING FOR GOLD: Canadian born slopestyle snowboarder, Spencer O’Brien of Courtenay, British Columbia, has qualified for the Olympic finals. O’Brien placed third in the first of two qualifying heats on Thursday with a score of 82.75.

MORE CASINOS: Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly urged other tribes and pueblos on February 5 to drop their opposition to the Navajo Nation Gaming Compact, which would allow the tribe to open three additional casinos on the Navajo reservation in New Mexico over 15 years.

SONGBIRD: Aranesa Turner, Pomo, survived the group stage of American Idol and will sing again next week.

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