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We would like to congratulate our AIR Program Student Honorees for their excellence in Academics, Community and Cultural participation, and their Leadership.

Today we Announce our Honorees:

Cheyenne Faulkner (Lumbee)
Amaya Esparza (Apachee/Zapoteca/Mixteca)
Nagavohma Lomayesva (Hopi/Kumeyaay)

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Uranium mine water permits spur call for help
By Staff | on September 10, 2019
By Talli Nauman

RAPID CITY – The Western Mining Action Network is circulating a call that asks for help from tribal members and clean energy advocates to delay EPA water permit hearings over the proposed Dewey-Burdock Project, which aims to leach radioactive uranium from aquifers in the unceded treaty territory of the Black Hills for private production of nuclear power and weaponry.
The Sept. 8 call went out to members of the network’s Uranium Caucus, among them people from at least six states and five native nations involved in the Inter-Mountain West Uranium and Water Summit held here for the first time in April 2016.
“We are facing a very short comment period for some updated draft water permits from the EPA for a proposed in situ leach uranium mine in the southwestern Black Hills, and we need your help,” said Lilias Jarding in the request on behalf of the Black Hills Clean Water Alliance.
The foreign company promoting the project, Azarga Uranium Corp., and its wholly owned U.S. subsidiary Powertech USA Inc., have known since at least Feb. 7 that the EPA would act on this in late August, according to an agency document issued along with the updated draft water permits released for public comment on Aug. 26.

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Police captain discusses children lost to the system
Monday, September 9, 2019  
By Richie Richards
Native Sun News Today Correspondent -

PIERRE – Like many indigenous nations in the United States, the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe has been losing children to the state for generations.
Captain Joseph Brings Plenty of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Law Enforcement has been with the department for several years and has witnessed the removal of children for homes throughout his career. This is part of his job.
Brings Plenty said that a majority of the calls they receive that result in a child placement are from parent drinking, using drugs, or another kind of substance rendering incapable of caring for a child. Another way children are taken into care is when pregnant mothers are using substances and these are found during pregnancy and birth. Some children are removed from homes when it is found the living conditions are not suitable, as well.
“I see Social Workers that are from the area here making accommodations to the parents, as long as they are trying but for the most cases, it’s parents that are using substances that these sorts of calls involve,” said Captain Brings Plenty. “That’s the advantage of using local people. They know people in the area and they can understand the difference in culture on the reservation versus off the reservation. They make that extra effort to encourage and support, above and beyond what the position requires.”

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Wyoming schools disproportionately suspend Native American students, report finds
Chris Aadland -
Sep 7, 2019

Native American students in Wyoming are disproportionately suspended from school compared to their non-Indigenous peers, leading to negative outcomes like poor grades and dropping out, according to a new report.
The report by the Wyoming Community Foundation found that schools disproportionately give students of color harsher “exclusionary” discipline, with Indigenous students facing the biggest disparity, when compared to white students.
The “exclusionary” discipline — in-school and out-of-school suspensions — can lead to poor grades; students having to repeat grades; an increased likelihood of students dropping out; and less engagement with their peers, teachers and school, according to the foundation’s findings and other reports it cited.
“We know that discipline and order are important to creating a classroom where all students learn,” Samin Dadelahi, Chief Operating Officer of the Wyoming Community Foundation, said in an Aug. 29 news release announcing the report’s release. “There are times when exclusionary discipline is necessary, but evidence shows that finding alternatives to suspension increases the chance for student success.”

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Tulalip Tribes banking on beavers to bolster Snohomish River
Biologists with the tribes have relocated “nuisance” beavers to forest areas where they can thrive.
By Zachariah Bryan
Sunday, September 8, 2019 6:47am

SULTAN — She was a King County girl living the high life on Lake Union.
He made his home in a cramped culvert leading to a detention pond in Snohomish.
Then, one day in August, the two beavers met at the Tulalip fish hatchery. They sniffed at one another and sized each other up. By the next morning, they were sleeping in the same lodge.
“These guys took to each other almost immediately,” said wildlife biologist Molly Alves.
Now the pair have a new home, somewhere in the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. There, they’ll build new dams and transform the landscape around them.
Their meeting wasn’t an accident, but rather a match made by wildlife biologists working with the Tulalip Tribes. Since 2014, biologists Alves and David Bailey have spent their summers moving beavers from areas where they’re considered nuisances to new homesteads in the forest.

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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 Lose in Stunning Fashion to End Upset Bid
USD fumbled the ball into the end zone on their final offensive play
September 07, 2019

SAN DIEGO – Inches away from one of the biggest wins in program history, San Diego's Emilio Martinez had the ball knocked away from his outstretched hand at the goal line with two seconds left as the Toreros suffered a tough-luck loss against No. 5/4 UC Davis, 38-35, on Saturday at Torero Stadium.
USD (0-2), which led by four with under four minutes remaining, used a steady dose of solid gains on the ground by Martinez and a 30-yard connection between Reid Sinnett and Alex Spadone to march down the field on its final offensive drive. After Sinnett kept the drive alive with a six-yard scramble to convert on a third down and put the ball at the four-yard line, the redshirt senior quarterback found an open Martinez running parallel to the goal line with the clock winding down. The junior reached high to allow the ball to cross the plane of the end zone, but UC Davis' Devon King jarred the ball loose before it fell for a touchback.
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Column: Under Chip Kelly, UCLA is making the wrong kind of history
SEP. 7, 2019

Chip Bleepin’ Kelly.
The phrase that once represented the exuberance of the UCLA faithful has taken on an entirely new meaning.
We got Chip Bleepin’ Kelly!
The same words that encapsulated the widespread excitement over Kelly’s hiring now express the growing frustrations over the five-year, $23.3-million nightmare unfolding at the Rose Bowl.
Chip Bleepin’ Kelly has made history, all right, taking the Bruins to depths unfamiliar to even one of the country’s most underachieving football programs. Every weekend promises another round of humiliation, the latest indignity coming in a 23-14 defeat Saturday that counted as UCLA’s first-ever loss to San Diego State.
The Bruins dropped to 3-11 under Kelly, including 0-2 this season.
Kelly doesn’t have the same players he had at Oregon. That’s obvious. The question is whether he is as a good a coach as he was then.
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