Our weekly roundup of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:
UNDER REVIEW: A U.S. senator has asked Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell to direct his staff to “thoroughly and swiftly” complete a review of evidence that could exonerate four Native men imprisoned for the 1997 beating death of a teenager.
MOMENTUM: A Pennsylvania high school’s name-change debate is playing out just like the one in Washington, D.C. Both Neshaminy High School and the pro football team have the mascot name of “Redskins.”
ROCK OUT WITH YOUR MOCS OUT: We reached the midpoint of Native American Heritage Month — November 15, in recent years known as Rock Your Mocs day.
TRIPLE TREAT: The Chickasaw Nation cut the ribbon on three new venues: The Chickasaw Visitor Center, ARTesian Gallery and Studios and Bedre Café in Sulphur, Oklahoma.
GO CLEAN, GET GREEN: Nine tribes will receive a total of more than $7 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for clean-energy projects, the agency announced on November 14.
OOPS: In September, nationally known white supremacist Craig Cobb and members of the National Socialist Movement made headlines when they attempted the takeover of Leith, North Dakota. Two months later the 62 year-old neo-Nazi is hearing a phrase he thought he’d never hear, “You have a little black in you.”
FIX IT: Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn announced November 12 a finalized rule that aims to resolve some problems created for tribes by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, which said that a litigant can sue for up to six years after the U.S. Department of the Interior takes lands into trust for tribes.
GIVING BACK: The Athens County Historical Society & Museum in Athens, Ohio recently returned some items to the Menominee Indian Tribe in Wisconsin—most notably two eagle feather headdresses.
BIG POWWOW: Before the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference, President Barack Obama sat down with a dozen tribal leaders to discuss job creation and economic development in tribal communities. At the summit, he pledged to visit Indian country sometime in 2014.
COLOR OF RESPECT: Five college basketball teams from four schools will wear turquoise uniforms as a tribute to Natives for Native American Heritage Month.