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The Week in Review ending February 14
Andre 3000 of the hip-hop group OutKast performs at 46th annual GRAMMY show. Photo AP. Andre 3000 of the hip-hop group OutKast performs at 46th annual GRAMMY show. Photo © AP.
Flap over GRAMMY show draws attention
A GRAMMY performance by a popular hip-hop group prompted protests in Indian Country this week but it took the mainstream media a while to catch on.

The American Indian Cultural Center of San Francisco led the charge, calling for a boycott of television network CBS and producers of the GRAMMYs. By week's end, the president of the National Congress of American Indians decried the "mockery" of Indian culture by the group OutKast. Even Sen. Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii) commented on the "green Indians" that were on stage.

CBS apologized to anyone who was offended the display but thousands of Native Americans and their supporters signed a petition seeking a more public recognition. The attention prompted mainstream news outlets to find out exactly what was going on. The reports were generally positive, devoid of the negative comments often associated with the campaign against mascots.

"It's not acceptable to mock Indian culture," said NCAI President Tex Hall at a Senate hearing that turned to the topic. "A lot of the momentum is developing in Indian Country to say, 'Enough is enough,'" observed Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (R-Colo.).

Get the Story:
Jemez Pueblo group, Black Eagle, wins GRAMMY (2/9)
GRAMMY performance irks many in Indian Country (2/10)
CBS offers apology for group's GRAMMY peformance (2/10)
Oneida Nation calls GRAMMY performance insulting (2/11)
TV Critic: Public ignoring offensive performance (2/12)
E! Online: GRAMMY show offensive to Natives (2/12)
Editorial: 'Apology' for GRAMMY performance wasn't (2/13)
Native GRAMMY winner, Tom Bee upset with OutKast (2/13)
Suzan Harjo: Stank you very much, Andre 3000 (2/13)
Navajos upset over use of Beauty Way song (2/13)
Reznet News: Students react to OutKast (2/13)

Tribes criticize Bush budget a hearing
Despite documented needs in Indian Country, the Bush administration is cutting and scaling back money for critical programs, tribal leader said at a Senate hearing this week.

Members of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee agreed with the tribal assessments. The said they would try to boost funding for law enforcement, health, education and other programs.

Get the Story:
Trust reform funded at expense of Indian programs (2/9)
White House rates BIA programs using new tool (2/10)
Tribes blasting Bush administration budget (2/11)
Bush administration budget comes under fire (2/12)

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There's still more to read in the recap of the top stories.

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