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Amaya Esparza (Apachee/Zapoteca/Mixteca)
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Indian inmate files opening brief in Supreme Court sovereignty case
Wednesday, February 5, 2020   
By Acee Agoyo

An opening brief has been submitted on behalf of Jimcy McGirt, the Indian inmate whose U.S. Supreme Court case is poised to resolve the sovereign status of millions of acres in Oklahoma.
McGirt, a 71-year-old citizen of the Seminole Nation, has been sentenced by the state to serve 500 years in prison, as well as life without parole, in connection with the sexual assault of a child. But his legal team told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that Oklahoma can't prosecute him.
The argument is based on the location of McGirt's alleged crimes. Since they occurred within the reservation promised to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation by treaty, and since Congress never disestablished those lands, the state lacked jurisdiction over him, his attorneys said.
"Congress, in short, never legislated to disestablish the Creek reservation," the team led by attorney Ian Gershengorn wrote for the opening brief in McGirt v. Oklahoma. "And because the Creek reservation endures, the federal government— not Oklahoma—has jurisdiction over petitioner’s alleged crimes."

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'Do your job': Tribes slam Trump administration on sovereignty and homelands
Wednesday, February 12, 2020   
By Acee Agoyo

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Trump administration's point person on Indian policy took a brutal beating here as tribal leaders opened a meeting in the nation's capital with warnings about dire threats to their sovereignty.
At the National Congress of American Indians winter session on Tuesday, tribal leaders confronted Assistant Secretary Tara Sweeney with numerous questions about her effectiveness. Even as she reiterated her pledge to serve as an "advocate" within the Republican political administration, the doubts once again exposed her limited ability to influence decisions coming out of Washington, D.C.
"You decide what's appropriate and inappropriate for Indian Country," Jessie "Little Doe" Baird, the vice chairwoman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, told Sweeney at NCAI's meeting, being hosted at a hotel just a couple of blocks from the White House occupied by Donald Trump.

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Sharp: Tribal sovereignty still threatened from ‘every corner’
Monday, February 17, 2020   
By McKenzie Sadeghi
Cronkite News /

WASHINGTON – Despite some “encouraging developments,” threats to tribal sovereignty still come “from every branch and every corner of federal and state governments,” the president of the National Congress of American Indians said last Monday.
NCAI President Fawn Sharp said in a wide-ranging State of Indian Nations address that the state of the nations is strong, with “remarkable stories of cultural, social, political and economic renewal” made possible by “the greatest indigenous core value of all – self-governance.”
But that self-governance continues to be threatened by many Americans, including policymakers, who don’t understand tribal sovereignty, she said.
“They don’t recognize the indisputable fact that we are genuine governments with the right, and more importantly, the ability, to govern our own lands and communities,” Sharp said.

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Leaders say border wall blasting typical of feds’ neglect of tribes
Tuesday, February 18, 2020   
By MacKinley Lutes-Adlhoch
Cronkite News /

WASHINGTON – Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris said the “controlled blasting” for a border wall that will ultimately cut through his reservation is just the latest example of the federal government ignoring its duty to consult with tribes.
Federal agencies involved in border wall construction “are in violation of their own policies since meaningful consultations have not been held with the Tohono O’odham Nation,” Norris said in a statement Monday.
The statement was in response to reports that crews have begun blasting Monument Hill in the Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument – an area that includes a burial ground sacred to the Tohono O’odham.
Customs and Border Protection in a statement confirmed that contractors have started blasting in the area and said it “will continue to have an environmental monitor present during these activities as well as on-going clearing activities.”

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Devon Lomayesva

Alum Proud to Give Back to Native American Community
10/9/2019 9:10:15 AM

As a member of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, Devon L. Lomayesva ’99, Chief Judge of the Intertribal Court of Southern California, and a practicing Indian law attorney is passionate about giving back to her community.
“The Native American community still suffers from the effects of historical mistreatment,” says Lomayesva. “That is proven out in the high rates of substance abuse, suicide, drop-out rates, single parents, and high rates of juvenile delinquency and foster care placements.”
Lomayesva’s passion for giving back to her tribal community started when she became involved with Native American student groups as an undergraduate at Grossmont Jr. College and San Diego State University (SDSU), where she graduated with a BA in History.

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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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USD Basketball


Another Close One Decided in Final Seconds
Toreros had the final attempt against BYU but lost 72-71

SAN DIEGO – Braun Hartfield missed a three-pointer while falling down as time expired as San Diego lost its second straight game with a shot in the final seconds, 72-71, to BYU on Saturday at Jenny Craig Pavilion.
 USD (9-19, 2-11 WCC), after losing on a buzzer-beater at Pepperdine on Thursday, surrendered an alley-oop dunk by the Cougars (21-7, 10-3 WCC) with eight seconds left for the eventual game-winning basket. However, the Toreros had the final look when Hartfield caught an in-bound pass with under three seconds remaining and took the three-point attempt in the left corner but drew the front iron.
The game, which had 19 lead changes and eight ties, was the narrowest defeat for USD this season.
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Young players continue to carry men’s basketball to success
Posted: February 18, 2020 / 5:00 pm

Mick Cronin said after Saturday’s win over the Huskies that 98% of college players shouldn’t go one-and-done.
Junior guard Chris Smith, redshirt sophomore forward Cody Riley and sophomore guard David Singleton were waiting off camera when their coach made those remarks, but Cronin said he wasn’t trying to send any subliminal messages.
“I didn’t know they were sitting there,” Cronin said.
After starting conference play 1-3, UCLA men’s basketball (15-11, 8-5 Pac-12) has won seven of its last nine outings. The Bruins’ only graduating rotation players – redshirt seniors guard Prince Ali and forward Alex Olesinski – combined to play just 14 minutes across their two games last weekend, putting much of the load on the underclassmen to carry the team down the stretch.
Smith is in his third year with the program, but he only recently turned 20 years old, since he left high school early to enroll at UCLA. Cronin said the guard has taken major strides this season, but also that he is an example of a player who has a lot more to work on at the college level before going pro.
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