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SCHIMMELS PROFILED IN HBO SPECIAL
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – HBO’s “Real
Sports With Bryant Gumbel” profiled the much-vaunted Native
American women's college basketball sisters Jude and Shoni Schimmel
on March 25.
In the hour-long special, the pair,
called “a force in women's basketball,” talked about their
journey from the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon to the college
HBO correspondent John Frankel went to
the sisters’ home in Oregon where got a lesson in “rez ball”
and learned that basketball is the tribe's national pastime.
SOUTH DAKOTA TRIBES' KXL PROTEST DRAWS
WITTEN, S.D. – Delegations from
several Dakota, Lakota and Nakota tribes – known collectively as
the Oceti Sakowin – founded a spiritual camp on March 29 in the
path of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, drawing national attention
to their cause.
The encampment is located in rural
south central South Dakota on land owned by the Rosebud Sioux Tribe
and will serve as a cultural and spiritual rallying point in the
ongoing fight against the pipeline, which still awaits approval from
the Obama administration.
If approved, TransCanada's pipeline
would carry tar sands from Canada to refineries on the Texas Gulf
Coast. It would run through South Dakota, west of the Missouri River,
on land guaranteed for tribal use under the 1868 Fort Laramie Treaty.
MSNBC's Ed Schultz featured the camp
on “The Ed Show” over the March 29 weekend, interviewing tribal
leaders from the Oglala, Rosebud and Crow Creek Sioux Tribes.
"We're going to be here at least
a month, at which point, we're expecting President Obama and the
administration will be making a decision. If the decision is no, we
will pick up camp and go home and continue to be vigilant about the
issue. If he says yes to the route, we're going to be here for an
additional two months, plus we have more camps that we're planning to
set up along the route," Rosebud Sioux Tribal citizen Wizipan
Little Elk said to media.
The camp near Witten has tipis
representing the Oceti Sakowin - the Seven Council Fires of the Great
Sioux Nation. In the center is a council tent, which serves as a
meeting place. In addition to serving as ground zero for South
Dakota's resistance to the Keystone XL Pipeline, the camp will serve
as a teaching too to educate youth and community members in