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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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National ‘Stop Disenrollment’ Visual Advocacy Movement Launches
ICTMN Staff - 2/8/16

Indigenous People across Turtle Island will put their palms in the air to commence a national advocacy campaign: #stopdisenrollment, beginning today at 2 p.m. PST.
The STOP Disenrollment movement follows the motto: “Not Indigenous, Not Traditional, Not Acceptable, Stop Disenrollment.”
The crowd-sourced, online campaign can be followed There and through social media channels, Indigenous Peoples who believe that disenrollment is contrary to tribal values and traditions, and thus should be stopped, will engage in a powerful, uncensored mode of visual self-expression. All Indigenous Peoples are encouraged to participate.
The movement simply asks supporters to complete this sentence: “disenrollment _____.” Supporters should write their thoughts on the palm of their hand or a piece of paper, take a picture and share it at the “Post Yours” link on the movement’s website as well as on social media.
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Yakama Nation wins decision on costs of cleaning up contamination

In what appears to be the first decision of its kind, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to reimburse the Yakama Nation for costs associated with the cleanup of a contaminated island.
The tribe sued the agency in December 2014 after spending its own funds on the cleanup at Bradford Island, a treaty fishing site on the Columbia River. Judge Anna Brown agreed that the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, otherwise known as theSuperfund law, required the tribe to be reimbursed.
“The Yakama Nation was forced to take the Corps to court to do what it should have done in the first place — pay for the tribe’s costs and allow it a seat at the table to make critical decisions about cleanup that affect our treaty fishing rights," Chairman JoDe Goudy said in a statement to The Yakima Herald-Republic.
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Kevin Washburn: Republicans punish tribe with public lands initiative

Kevin Washburn, the former head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, speaks out against the Utah Public Lands Initiative, a Republican-drafted proposal that would take land from the reservation of the Ute Tribe, as he calls for the protection of an area known as Bears Ears:
In addition to approaching the White House for a national monument, interested citizens of the region have also encouraged congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz, both Utah Republicans, to develop legislation to protect the area. Tribes have been outspoken about the need for management of this land and have expressed frustration that both congressmen have seemed to ignore tribal concerns and have refused to engage with tribes even when they sat in the same room.
After much foot-dragging, Bishop and Chaffetz last month finally released a public land initiative for this area that is focused more on facilitating mineral development and less on protecting archeological resources.
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CTE in the NFL: The tragedy of Fred McNeill
By Nadia Kounang, CNN
Updated 12:08 PM ET, Thu February 4, 2016

 (CNN)The night before Fred McNeill died in November, he was watching "Monday Night Football." The 63-year-old former Minnesota Viking linebacker and UCLA grad had his gold and blue slippers tucked under his bed. "He loved the game," said his youngest son, Gavin. "He was proud of what he did."
Yet the very same game had robbed so much from him.
McNeill had transitioned from playing 12 years of professional football into family life. He had a wife, Tia, and two young sons, Fred Jr. and Gavin. After playing in two Super Bowls, he spent his last NFL season studying law and eventually became a partner with a firm in Minneapolis.
McNeill was easygoing and kind. His older son, Fred Jr., remembers him as "our first best friend. He was Superman." Gavin said he coached them in all things: football, baseball, basketball, life.
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Toreros fall to No. 25 Saint Mary's 60-43
Jito Kok paces Toreros with 11 points and 9 rebounds
Feb. 6, 2016

SAN DIEGO – The USD Toreros didn’t have an answer for No. 25 Saint Mary’s this evening at the Jenny Craig Pavilion, falling 60-43. Senior center Jito Kok paced the Toreros with 11 points and 9 rebounds, but he was the lone Torero to reach double-digit scoring. SMC received 13 points from Joe Rahon and a double-double from forward Dane Pineau (10 points, 10 rebounds).
Saint Mary’s (19-3, 10-2 WCC) took control of the game in the first half as they jumped out to a 35-19 intermission lead. Neither team shot the ball well in the first 20 minutes of action, but the Gaels made 13-15 free throws and two treys to USD’s 1-2 from the charity stripe. In the second half USD would not get closer than 16 points.
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UCLA Swept By USC and Swept out of NCAAs?
By DCBruins on Feb 5, 2016, 8:22a 

UCLA (4-6 in the PAC 12) loses 80-61 to be swept by SC for the first time since the last time they had a losing PAC 12 record
UCLA lost to USC last night to be swept by Just SC for the first time since 2010.
USC (18-5, 7-3) notched a second win over the Bruins for the first time since 2010, a season that ended then-head coach Ben Howland's streak of five straightNCAA Tournament berths. More than halfway through conference play, Alford's third campaign is in danger of a similar ending.
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