The Week That Was: The Big Stories in Indian Country, May 11, 2014

It's our look at the stories that mattered most in Indian country:

FRANK WALKS ON: Billy Frank, Jr., a legendary civil and tribal rights activist who defended treaty rights and sovereignty, both in his home state of Washington and nationally, walked on at the age of 83. Frank fought to secure for Natives their rights to a fair share of fish on their ancient waterways. Frank was a key figure in the "Fish Wars" of the 1960s and '70s, and through his activism helped bring down two dams on the Elwha River. "We will continue to learn from this great teacher, mentor and supporter that we are stronger when we are unified," writes NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens.

A DIFFERENT LEAGUE: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman, when asked whether the NFL would have taken decisive action against a racist team owner, as the NBA did in the case of L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling, said "No I don’t. Because we have an NFL team called the Redskins."

SAVE THE EAGLES: The American Bird Conservancy (ABC) is suing the U.S. government to try to stop the killing of eagles in wind turbines.

A HOME FOR IFAM: John Torres Nez announced that the Indigenous Fine Art Market, a new market set to be an alternative to the Santa Fe Indian Market, will be held in the Santa Fe Railyard, from Thursday, August 21 to Saturday, August 23.

HORRIFIC: A child-sized tunic of "Plains Indian" provenance, with visible dried blood and bullet hole, was pulled from an auction in Toronto.

REALLY COOKING: Rich Francis, Tetlit Gwich’in and Tuscarora Nations, has made the final of Top Chef Canada.

CLIMATE CRISIS: Increasing forest fires, dwindling water supply, melting Arctic ice that makes hunting and other traditional activities dangerous, and forced relocation are just some of the effects of climate change on indigenous communities that are outlined in President Barack Obama’s Third U.S. National Climate Assessment.



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