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Tribes push back as Indian Child Welfare Act case heats up
Thursday, February 7, 2019  
By Acee Agoyo

The Indian Child Welfare Act is under attack and tribes are pushing back after conservative and Christian groups joined a closely-watched battle over the landmark federal law.
In a series of briefs filed this week, the non-Indian interests took their biggest shots at ICWA to date. They called the 1978 law, which was written in response to the large numbers of tribal children being taken from their communities, an illegal act that must be struck down by the courts.
"ICWA was motivated by good intentions—but today, it imposes race-based mandates and prohibitions that make it harder for states to protect Native American children against abuse, and extraordinarily difficult for them to find the loving, permanent, adoptive homes they often need," a coalition of conservative legal groups wrote in a briefon Thursday.
That conservative coalition included the Goldwater Institute, named for the late former U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater. Tribal advocates have been eager to point out that the Republican lawmaker from Arizona was a supporter of ICWA during his time in Congress.
But distinctions like that matter little in this heated battle. A group called the Christian Alliance for Indian Child Welfare, whose Twitter feed is filled with references to God and Jesus Christ, took pains to avoid mentioning religion in its brief but it too called for the law to be struck down as unconstitutional, arguing that people like Goldwater overstepped their authority in enacting it.
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Native leaders deliver rebuke of Trump administration at State of Indian Nations
Monday, February 11, 2019  
By Acee Agoyo

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- With key officials from the Trump administration in the audience, the nation's largest and oldest inter-tribal advocacy group opened a historic week of events here with a stinging rebuke of the presidentand his policies.
From the recent shutdown of the federal government to the deaths of Indigenous children at the border, National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel left almost no stone unturned in the pointed speech, delivered just a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol. He characterized Donald Trump's treatment of tribal communities as one of neglect and lack of respect for the trust and treaty relationship.
“This administration’s priorities are elsewhere,” Keel said in the 17th annual State of Indian Nations address.
Rep. Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico), who is one of the first two Native women in Congress, was equally critical. Speaking from the stage after Keel, she blasted Trump for his "despicable" and all too frequent comments -- usually derogatory -- about Indigenous peoples, saying they posed a threat to the hopes and dreams of the first Americans, whose traditions have outlasted genocide, colonization and assimilation.
"In recent times, that hope has been compromised by a president who fails to acknowledge our nation's history and, in the process, he fails to live up to the trust obligations of the U.S. government," said Haaland, who is a citizen of the Pueblo of Laguna. "His ignorant and tone-deaf statements illustrate that our voices have been voice or minimized in the national dialog because we have largely been without Native American representation."

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Native Sun News Today: Oglala Sioux Tribe keeps up fight against uranium mine
Friday, February 8, 2019
Uranium company keeps license; OST keeps fighting
By Talli Nauman - Native Sun News Today Contributing Editor 

ROCKVILLE, MD - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission ruled January 31 to leave in place a license for southern Black Hills uranium mining challenged for eight years by the Oglala Sioux Tribe.
If license-holder Azarga Uranium Corp., formerly Powertech USA Inc., defeats the tribe and local litigants, the license can be used to undertake South Dakota’s first-ever in situ mining and milling of uranium.
The activity is slated for the 10,000-acre Dewey Burdock project site located on unceded 1868 Ft. Laramie Treaty land in Custer and Fall River counties adjacent to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation and upstream on Cheyenne River tributaries.
The ruling is a response to a U.S. Circuit Court decision in Oglala Sioux Tribe v. NRC, which forces the commission to correct its handling of tribal cultural resource concerns at the site under the National Environmental Protection Act.
The commission reasoned that the company’s radioactive materials and waste license may remain in place while proper historical preservation measures are being explored, because other permits from the state of South Dakota and the U.S. EPA have not been granted.

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Mark Charles Calls for Assimilating Native People into “We the [American] People”
By Steven Newcomb (Shawnee, Lenape)
Monday, February 11, 2019

During a recent TED Talk, a man named Mark Charles, who is of Navajo and Dutch ancestry, and who identifies as a Calvinist Christian, gave a passionate talk about the American theme, '“We the people.” He took strong issue with the fact that historically, women, Native Americans, and slaves (enumerated as 3/5’s of a human being), were not included in the category “We the people.”
Charles also talked a great deal about what is commonly called “the doctrine of discovery,” which I decided many years ago to call “the doctrine of Christian discovery and domination.” That doctrine, which I’ve been researching and writing about since the early 1980s, dates back to the time of Columbus and the Vatican papal decrees of the fifteenth century.
What Charles failed to say in his talk is that the doctrine of discovery is premised on the claim by Christian nations that they had located (“discovered”) the lands of “heathens” and “infidels,” for the benefit and profit of the Christian world. That way of thinking is premised on the idea that Christian nations supposedly had the right to establish a system of domination over any non-Christian lands on the planet and over the non-Christians living there.

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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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Toreros Topped in Final Seconds
San Diego fell to Pepperdine, 70-67, Saturday afternoon

MALIBU, Calif.—In a game that saw 10 ties and 15 lead changes, San Diego dropped a tough contest in the final seconds at Pepperdine Saturday afternoon, 70-67.
With the game tied 64-64 with 1:15 remaining, Olin Carter III hit a clutch three-pointer to give the Toreros (16-9, 5-5 WCC) the lead, 67-64. A USD foul outside the arc on the other end of the floor sent Pepperdine's Colbey Ross to the line for three with eight seconds remaining in the contest.
Ross made the first and missed the next two but USD was called for a foul on the rebound, that sent Pepperdine (12-13, 5-6 WCC) back to the line for two more chances. After making the first to pull within one, 66-67, the Waves collected a pivotal offensive rebound on the missed second free-throw and landed the put-back with 2 seconds remaining to secure the lead and ultimately the win.

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UCLA Basketball News Roundup: “This Game is So Drunk.”
The luck that led to the miracle win against Oregon works against UCLA this time
By DCBruins  Feb 10, 2019, 8:47am PST

Karma, selfishness, free throws, and strange coaching all came out yesterday afternoon to lead to an epic collapse by the UCLA BruinsThe Salt Lake Tribune’s Kirt Karagthorpe tells it like this:
The Bruins know how Utah feels. In January, UCLA came from nine points down in the last minute of regulation and won in overtime at Oregon. Saturday’s turnaround was slightly less sudden than that one, but the Utes will savor it just as much.
In a year of terrible losses this one hurt the most. Thuc Nhi Nguyen of the Daily News explains:
David Singleton was doubled over with his hands on his knees. Jaylen Hands covered his face with his jersey. . . .
The Bruins blew a 22-point second-half lead, squandering their best half of basketball of the season and a pair of career-highs from Hands and Jaylen Hill. Hands scored a career-high 27 points on 8-of-12 shooting and Hill had 12 on 6-of-7 shooting.
This is going to be a hard blow to come back from. After the game, Interim Coach Murry Bartow said:
Obviously, we’re about as down as you can be right this second, but I think after a day and a half of rest, and we’ll come back and try to analyze what happened in the last 10 minutes of the game.
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