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Donald Trump picks Navajo man for agriculture advisory committee

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump finally has a Native American connected to his campaign.
Tsosie J. Lewis, a member of the Navajo Nation, has been named toTrump's new agricultural advisory committee. He appears to be the only Native person on the 64-member panel, which will offer guidance to the campaign on agricultural and rural issues.
“The members of my agricultural advisory committee represent the best that America can offer to help serve agricultural communities. Many of these officials have been elected by their communities to solve the issues that impact our rural areas every day," Trump said in a press release. "I’m very proud to stand with these men and women, and look forward to serving those who serve all Americans from the White House.”
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#NativeVote16 – Essence of political organizing is found at Standing Rock 
By Mark Trahant  - TrahantReports.Com

My Facebook feed is rolling with new feeds from those headed to North Dakota to join those protecting the drinking water for the people of Standing Rock and Cheyenne River. Other folks are fundraising using a variety of social media tools. And, still other people are gathering food and supplies for the many people camped near the river site. Plus dozens of tribes, organizations, and individuals are sending letters of support.
That combined is the essence of political organizing.
There is a problem, seemingly intractable, because the Dakota Access Project has opted for a route crossing the Missouri River in a location that threatens the drinking water for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe (and eventually the Cheyenne River Tribe). So the tribes and supporters are organizing on multiple fronts. Litigation, set to begin this week, will challenge the role (or lack thereof) by federal regulators that have a trust responsibility to protect the tribes’ interests.
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Dakota Access Pipeline Purchaser Looking Like Enron
Winona LaDuke - 8/20/16

The recent announcement of Enbridge's purchase of the Dakota Access Pipeline came as a surprise to most of us. For the past four years, Enbridge has told the people of Minnesota that the proposed Sandpiper route (Clearbrook to Superior) was essential. It turns out that was not true. Let me try to translate what I think happened.
Regulation: Enbridge cited Minnesota regulators as a problem. In contrast, there is scant regulation in North Dakota. That is painfully obvious. There are more lawsuits about oil drilling than active rigs in the Bakken (last year brought a record-setting 9,305 civil cases on oil, according to the Star Tribune).
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Two Kinds of Racism: A Call for Clarity
Peter d'Errico - 8/21/16

Greg Howard, writing inThe New York Times Magazinerecently ["The Easiest Way to Get Rid of Racism? Just Redefine It"], offered an innovative critique of white people claiming to be victims of racism. He used the concept of "gaslighting" to describe the process, explaining gaslighting as an attempt to make another person doubt their own perceptions, memory, or even sanity.
The first step in gaslighting involves a redefinition of racism—moving the focus from institutions to personal feelings and intentions: racism as an emotion, rather than "systems and policies." The white person says, "I don't feel racist."
In the second step, the white person says racism was abolished in America: Slavery is outlawed andBrown v. Board of Educationdeclared the "separate but equal" doctrine unconstitutional.
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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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ANA is pleased to anounce the inclusion of AIR's Pride for Life Project within "Fiscal Year 2008 Report to Congress on Impact and Effectiveness of Administration for Native American Projects" and the inclusion of AIR's Voices of Tomorrow Project within "Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress on Impact and Effectiveness of Administration for Native American Projects"

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Toreros Report To Camp On August 9th
First practice slated for August 10th at 3:45 p.m. - Aug. 5, 2016

TOREROS REPORT TO CAMP AUGUST 9TH: The USD Torero football team, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Dale Lindsey, will report to camp on Tuesday, August 9th. Coach Lindsey and his staff are expecting 110 student-athletes to report with the first practice slated for Wednesday, August 10th, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Manchester Field (see complete camp schedule below). Practices are open to the media and interviews are available post-practice. Please contact the USD media relations office in advance to coordinate interviews.
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UCLA Football Ranked #16 in AP Preseason Poll
By Joe Piechowski on Aug 21, 2016, 1:22p 

The Bruins have earned a little more respect from AP voters than they did in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Unfortunately, it's all meaningless until any games are actually played.
This morning, the Associated Press released its preseason poll.
UCLA is ranked #16 is the AP Preseason Poll which is substantially better than the team's #24 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll. With 496 points, the Bruins are ranked behind Houston with 644 points and ahead of Iowa which received 486 points.
Four other Pac-12 teams appear in the AP Top 25. Stanford leads the way at #8, Washington is #14, USC is at #20, and Oregon is #24.
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