Our Sunday wrap-up of some of the big stories that came out of Indian Country this week:
-Rob Capricciosos reported on President Obama’s nomination of Kevin Washburn to become Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs to the U.S. Department of the Interior. If confirmed by the Senate, Washburn will take over for Del Laverdure.
-Alysa Landry wrote about the effects of drought on Navajo Nation ranchers. Some experts are calling the weather patterns throughout the southwestern United States the worst drought in a half century, a so-called ‘megadrought.’
–Hopi Elders have spoken out on Senate bill 2109, the Navajo-Hopi Little Colorado River Water Rights Settlement Act of 2012. “For the first time in history the Traditional HOpi Elders from the Village of Shungopavi (the Mother Village) are stepping forward to speak to the public,” says the text accompanying the video they submitted. “They have a warning for the world. They say they have been told this time would come when the water would bet taken from them. If this happens, it will haves an effect on the whole world as they are a microcosm of the world, the universe.”
-It was an Olympic-sized week for Indian Country, as we took a look at some of the Native and Aboriginal athletes competing in the games in London. From Cherokee dressage competitor Adrienne Lyle to synchronized swimmer Mary Killman, we’ve got your Olympics coverage.
-We connected with National Geographic to get these images from their feature on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Residents of Pine Ridge spoke about their lives candidly to the magazine.
-Our running “The Thing About Skins Photo of the Week” had none other than Adam Beach, the movie star and, from the looks of it, good sport.
-Simon Moya-Smith wrote about questions that have arisen over authenticity of a pair of beaded gauntlets reported to have been worn by General George Armstrong Custer during the infamous 1876 Battle of Little Bighorn. The gauntlets were donated to the Custer Battlefield Museum in Garryowen, Montana, and almost immediately suspicions have been raised not only about the gauntlets but the oral history that characterizes Custer as “a friend” of various tribes.