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Student Leadership Awardee Kiara Balcone (Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians)
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Student Leadership Awardee Priscilla Ortiz
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Indian Country:
Bears Ears

‘He’s not good for tribes’ — from Keystone to Bears Ears, Trump is alienating Native Americans
By Thomas Burr

Washington • President Donald Trump approved the Keystone Pipeline despite strong objections of Native Americans. He repeatedly calls Sen. Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas,” in a way that’s not meant to be nice.
When he honored Navajo Code Talkers in the Oval Office, the president stood in front of a portrait of a predecessor whom he has often praised: Andrew Jackson, who was once referred to as the “exterminator of Indians.”
And now Trump has slashed southern Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument — essentially the first Native American-pushed monument — by more than a million acres to a fraction of its original self.

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Drill baby

How Northwest Communities Are Stopping Big Oil Projects
Last month, a Washington state energy panel voted unanimously to oppose what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal.
By Sarah Van Gelder - YES! Magazine

“This is more fun than I’ve ever had in my life,” Don Steinke told me when I called him last week. Steinke, a retired science teacher, is a leader in the fight to stop what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal. On November 28, the state agency in charge of reviewing the application voted unanimously to oppose the terminal—a vote that could spell the end of the project.
First proposed in 2013 by Vancouver Energy, the terminal would have been built along the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington; 360,000 barrels of oil a day were to be brought by rail and then loaded on ships for transport to West Coast refineries. But the project quickly ran into local opposition.
The power of local organizing to stop this project got my attention. The opposition is fueled both by local impacts on water and air, and by the fact that building new oil-transport infrastructure is a terrible idea at a time when we must phase out the use of fossil fuel if we are to avert climate catastrophe.

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Black Hills

‘There’s gold in them thar Black Hills’
By Talli Nauman
Native Sun News Today

RAPID CITY – Great Plains tribal leaders, at a meeting with U.S. Forest Service personnel here November 21, fired a barrage of constitutional arguments against proposed federal permitting of new gold exploration in the Black Hills.
The Forest Service asked for the meeting to address public comments recently received about a Canadian company’s plans for prospecting on thousands of acres of mining claims near Pe’ Sla, or the “Heart of Everything” central to the Oceti Sakowin traditional star knowledge and understanding of the universe.
The arguments may be only the first salvo in an all-out fight to defend the Great Sioux Nation’s treaty rights to the Black Hills, if the Forest Service caters to the designs of Mineral Mountain Resources Ltd., which seeks to reopen the historic Rochford Mining District.

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Tribal Rights

Call it red privilege, or American privilege
By Dean Parisian -

I lived on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation when I was in high school. Didn't have a choice. My father was Chief of Police for the Bureau of Indian Affairs Police Department in Pine Ridge. If you want, call it red privilege!
It is a rather poor place. Not much has changed in the 40 years since I was in high school except the names. The truancy, the lack of motivation, lack of parental involvement, lack of desire to make oneself better is still there. The crabs are still trying to claw their friends back into the bucket when they try to escape. If you go to school in Indian Country you know what I mean.
Lots of blame to go around. Lack of two parent households are the biggest culprit but nobody wants to talk about that because the financial incentives are all wrong there.

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Free Speech


The delicate balance between supporting open expression and shutting down abusive content has become a flashpoint for the tech industry.
You don't need to look any further than Twitter's recent decision to suspend Rose McGowan's account after she tweeted a phone number in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Decisions are politicized. Transparency is questioned. And tensions are rising.
“Are we like the phone company where it's creepy for us to listen in?” asked one prominent tech CEO, Matthew Prince. “Or are we like a newspaper that should have an editorial decision?”
These questions have thrust companies into the crosshairs of an evolving discussion on how to monitor content.

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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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USD Basketball


Torero defense shuts down NAU Jacks' 79-51
San Diego (7-2) heads to Colorado (7-2) for Tuesday match-up in Boulder

Dec. 9, 2017

SAN DIEGO -- Defense is quickly becoming San Diego's signature and it was the X-factor in tonight's 79-51 win over Northern Arizona. With the win the Toreros improve to 7-2 on the season matching the 2013-14 start. USD put the clamps on the Jacks' over the first eleven minutes of the contest in jumping out to a 26-3 advantage. Cameron Neubauer scored a season-high 17 points and was followed by Isaiah Pineiro (16 points, 7 rebounds) and Tyler Williams (11 points, 7 rebounds).
"We talked about how we would approach this game coming off a big win at New Mexico State," said head coach Lamont Smith. "Would we be eager for competition and have a high energy to our approach? It showed a sign of maturity for our ball club. We respect all of our opponents and I thought our guys came out and competed and did it the right way on both sides of the ball."
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UCLA Basketball:

The wild ride of the Ball family at UCLA is over
Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer
Editor's note: This story was originally published on Dec. 5.

Six years and three seasons of the Ball family and UCLA. That was the plan.
From the time Lonzo Ball committed to UCLA on Jan. 8, 2014, until LaMelo Ball left after his one-and-done season in the spring of 2020. That was the expected timeline.
It was supposed to be a fruitful relationship for both sides, with UCLA getting three talented players -- including at least one NBA lottery pick and future star -- and the Ball family boosting its profile by sending three sons to one of college basketball's most historic programs for one season each.
After a little more than one season,the relationship is over.
LaVar Ball pulled his son LiAngelo out of UCLA on Monday afternoon, less than a month after LiAngelo was one of three UCLA players arrested and indefinitely suspended for shoplifting in China. None of the three suspended players have appeared in a game yet, and there is no timetable for their return to the court.
The elder Ball made the decision to withdraw LiAngelo without notifying UCLA head coach Steve Alford or any of his assistant coaches.
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