It's our roundup of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:
SOLD!: It took three years and $97 million, but the largest land purchase in Washington State history to benefit resource and conservation management has just been finalized, and the Yakama Nation was instrumental in its orchestration.
NATIVE FACEOFF: A historic NHL matchup unfolded in Philadelphia on Saturday night. For the first time in American hockey history, two First Nation coaches, Ted Nolan, interim head coach of the Sabers, and Craig Berube, head coach of the Flyers, will play against each other.
HIGH HONORS: On Wednesday, Native American code talkers from 33 tribes were honored at the nations Capitol in Washington D.C. Taking the limelight with such notable historical figures as Rosa Parks, Mother Teresa and Astronauts, the code talkers and their respective tribes were awarded Congressional Gold Medals.
MOHAWK RIFT: A dispute between the elected government of the federally recognized St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and traditional Mohawks continues this month with a federal court jury trial against four men charged with operating an illegal casino and transporting, possessing and using gambling devices “within Indian Country.”
FOXWOODS REJECTED: Milford, Massachusetts voters rejected a proposal by the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation to build a copy billion Foxwoods destination resort casino in their small Bay State town.
JFK'S LEGACY: To mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, ICTMN took a look at "6 Things JFK Did—or Didn’t Do—for Natives Before His Death."
UGLY THEME: An off-campus fraternity party at California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo has drawn sharp criticism for its theme of "Colonial Bros and Nava-Hos."
BIG BREAK: Native hip hop act LightningCloud reseased "Sake Bombs," a track cut under the guidance of rap superproducer Timbaland.
YUP'IK VILLAGES RAVAGED: Halfway across the world from the typhoon-ravaged Philippines, several small, remote communities at the northwestern tip of Turtle Island have been declared disaster areas from damage wrought by severe storms and flooding in mid-November.
MONEY TALKS: It’s a bittersweet victory for the Musqueam, who won their battle to stop development atop an ancient village but could only do so by buying it back.
ROBBED: Native UFC fighter Johny Hendricks lost his welterweight title challenge, but many journnalists and even UFC honcho Dana White believe the decision was unfair.
FRIDAY NIGHT SLIGHT: Students at a McAdory High School football game in McAlla, Alabama displayed a 20-foot sign emblazoned with: “Hey Indians, Get Ready to Leave in a Trail of Tears, Round 2.” A photograph of the sign sparked outrage and went viral in Indian country social media streams. The school principal issued an apology.