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Ninth Circuit Tosses Case Against ‘Half-Blood Indian’ Jamul Casino
Posted on: September 13, 2020, 04:42h. 
Philip Conneller

A panel of federal appellate judges has tossed a lawsuit that challenged the sovereignty of the Jamul Indian Village (JIV), operator of the Jamul Casino, near San Diego.
The complaint, which refers repeatedly to the tribe as a “half-blood Indian community,” was brought by a local-residents’ group calling itself the Jamul Action Committee back in 2014. Its primary aim was to derail the planned casino on the grounds that the JIV was “not a historic tribe with inherent sovereign authority” and that its lands were “not a reservation."

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Sheriff: Cross-deputization of tribal police should help repair trust
By SONIA WARAICH | swaraich@times-standard.com 
PUBLISHED: September 12, 2020 at 3:57 p.m. 

Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a continuing series on murdered and missing Indigenous girls, women and two-spirit people.
In the late 1980s, a then-Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputy named Kevin Christie stood trial two times on charges related to molesting a 13-year-old Hupa girl.
Those trials ended with “the first resulting in a mistrial, the second a conviction and when the conviction was overturned and the case was sent to trial again, the case was dropped because the survivors could not withstand the mental health impacts of testifying for a third time,” according to a new report on missing and murdered Indigenous women in Northern California by the Sovereign Bodies Institute and the Yurok Tribe.

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The Little Shell Pembina Nation requests criminal complaint against U.S. government for fraud, theft of ancestral lands
The Little Shell Pembina Nation filed a request for a criminal complaint against the United States this week requesting recompense for past theft, fraud and forgery, as well as a public apology for humanitarian crimes against the Little Shell people.
Written By: Hannah Shirley | Sep 12th 2020 - 1pm.

The Little Shell Pembina Nation has requested a criminal complaint be filed against the U.S. government for violation of treaty law and international law.
The Little Shell Pembina Nation alleges that, when the federal government created the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa reservation in 1882, it used unceded Little Shell lands in violation of the 1863 Old Crossing Treaty.

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Unequal Impact: The Deep Links Between Racism and Climate Change
Activist Elizabeth Yeampierre has long focused on the connections between racial injustice and the environment and climate change. In the wake of George Floyd’s killing and the outsized impact of Covid-19 on communities of color, she hopes people may finally be ready to listen.
BY BETH GARDINER • JUNE 9, 2020

The killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans have cast stark new light on the racism that remains deeply embedded in U.S. society. It is as present in matters of the environment as in other aspects of life: Both historical and present-day injustices have left people of color exposed to far greater environmental health hazards than whites.
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Fake Courts for Real Learning with Morongo Tribe
ICTMN Staff - 12/23/15

The Morongo Band of Mission Indians remains a strong advocate for education, according to tribal chairman Robert Martin. That devotion could be seen in the moot court competition held at the Morongo Tribal Administrative Center on December 5.
American Indian students from Southern and Central California participated in UCLA Law School’s competition, during which they learned about the legal system and earned college credits.
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