It's our weekly roundup of the stories that mattered most in Indian country:
SHUTDOWN SHAFT: The federal government ground to a halt this week, and while the effects of the shutdown aren’t always noticeable throughout the United States, they are glaring in Indian country.
DON'T BOTHER COMING IN: Approximately 800,000 non-essential government employees were furloughed. Among those on non-paid leave are almost 3,000 who work on Native American issues throughout Indian country.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE WEIGHS IN: President Obama said that if he were Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington D.C. NFL franchise, he would consider changing the football team’s name.
NOT FORGOTTEN: Across Canada, on the annual Sisters in Spirit day of remembrance, thousands gathered to honor the legions of indigenous women whose murders or disappearances have gone unsolved.
WAHOO WHA?: Several Cleveland Indians fans were captured on a playoff game broadcast dressed up like the team’s mascot, Chief Wahoo. They wore Cleveland baseball jerseys, painted their faces and necks red, and and wore feathered headdresses.
UNUSUAL SUSPECT: Jimmy P.: Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian had its stateside premiere at the New York Film Festival, and star Benicio Del Toro spoke with ICTMN. Read his two-part interview here: Part I and Part II.
NO LIMIT: In a rare policy schism, Senate Democrats have defied pressure from the Democratic White House to include a proposal in the federal budget that would authorize the Indian Health Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs to limit how much each tribe would be paid for contract support costs.
FOXWOODS EXPANDS: The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation has broken ground on a new $115 million project at Foxwoods Resort Casino—an upscale factory outlet mall that will create hundreds of jobs.
DEEP DOWN: The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa is having another go at the munitions barrels dumped into their waters by the Army Corps of Engineers during the Cold War years.