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Congresswomen Deb Haaland, Sharice Davids condemn treatment of Nathan Phillips
By Vincent Schilling

'The students’ display of blatant hate, disrespect, and intolerance is a signal of how common decency has decayed ...'
Updated as Sharice Davids has also commented publicly on Nathan Phillips
After a viral video of Native American Vietnam-era veteran, Nathan Phillips hit social media and an article was posted to Indian Country Today revealing his identity, Congresswoman Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids have condemned the treatment by the large group of non-Native students from Covington Catholic High School, who taunted, and mocked Phillips on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at the end of the day’s Indigenous People’s March.
Congresswoman Deb Haaland made a strong statement on Twitter, writing: “This Veteran put his life on the line for our country. The students’ display of blatant hate, disrespect, and intolerance is a signal of how common decency has decayed under this administration. Heartbreaking.”

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No More Deaths volunteers begin trial among tensions with border authorities
By Nicole Ludden
Cronkite News/

TUCSON, Arizona – In a vibrant display of freshly painted signs across the street from the courthouse, Dan Millis holds a tattered plastic sign that reads in bold letters, “Humanitarian aid is never a crime.”
When Millis was convicted of littering for leaving jugs of water along migrant paths in 2008, the same slogan was used to support his legal defense. That conviction later was overturned.
On Tuesday, he stood in support of four other volunteers facing charges for their own humanitarian work.
“I feel like it’s the same experience that I lived where you’re going about your business, trying to help people as a good Samaritan, yet suddenly the government, out of nowhere, decides to prosecute you,” Millis said.

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Federal lawsuit alleges U.S. Census Bureau ill-prepared for 2020 count
Dave Olson Forum News Service

FARGO — A federal lawsuit that contends inadequate funding and staffing at the U.S. Census Bureau will result in an undercount of racial and ethnic minorities in 2020 mentions a canceled census field test in North Dakota in 2017 that was intended to help the bureau accurately count Native American populations.
The federal lawsuit filed last March by the NAACP and joined by Prince George's County, Maryland — a predominately black county in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. — claims poor planning of the first digital census will worsen undercounts and leave the census vulnerable to cyber attacks.
To bolster its claims, the suit cites canceled field tests that had been planned for North Dakota, South Dakota, Puerto Rico and Washington state.
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How Native Culture Helped Shape Rock ’n’ Roll
Native musicians played an oversize role in the history of American music. A documentary to air on PBS sets the record straight.
By Rob Wilson -YES! Magazine/

It’s a guitar riff that’s only 30 seconds long and simple enough that Link Wray came up with it while playing at a sock hop. He repeated the riff several times when he recorded the 1958 single “Rumble.” That two minutes and 25 seconds of guitar nastiness inspired countless guitarists who followed and helped shift rock away from sock-hop chastity toward an edginess of danger.
One of the many parts of the history of “Rumble” forgotten is that the song was banned from the airwaves for a time because it was feared this instrumental—with no words!—might incite youth violence. Steven Van Zandt, of the E Street Band, called “Rumble” “the theme song of juvenile delinquency.”
“Rumble” contains one of the killer riffs in all of rock ’n’ roll and essentially marks the invention of the power chord, but one of the secrets of the song’s history is that Link Wray was Native American. His ethnicity, like that of many Natives who made contributions to music, was left out of almost all his press.

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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 Take Down Aztecs, USD Basketball Beats San Diego State
By Todd Strain
Published Dec 6, 2018 at 12:25 AM

In an all San Diego showdown, University of San Diego beat San Diego State 76-61 Wednesday night at Viejas Arena.
It was the Torero's first win at San Diego State since 200.
Isaiah Pineiro led USD with 21 points and Isaiah Wright had five of his 18 points in a key stretch in the second half.
If local basketball fans didn't know just how good this USD team is, they know now.
"We knew going into this game they're a really good team, but we're a really good team also and if we play the way we do we can beat anyone.  We get a little disrespected sometimes, so it was a good win," said Pineiro.
Coach Sam Scholl added, "certainly when you beat a really good team and program, certainly you're going to feel good about it and you feel like your team has a taken a step forward."
Scholl said his favorite moment was how the Toreros handled the win.
"We didn't go run and storm the floor, because these are the kind of wins that our program is supposed to get, supposed to aspire to," he said. "We didn't act like we won a national championship. It's good win against a really, really good program. It's a great step forward for us but we have a lot to learn and we have another game coming up."
With the win, USD improved to 7-2, while SDSU dropped to 5-3.
After leading 33-26 at halftime, the Aztecs were outscored by 19 points (47-28) in the second half.
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UCLA Basketball: The Bruins are thoroughly embarrassed by USC
by Mike Regalado

The UCLA basketball team has had some tough losses this year, though most came before Steve Alford was fired. On Saturday, the Bruins had their most embarrassing yet as they fell to USC.
It was ugly. That is all you need to know about the UCLA basketball team and their bludgeoning at the hands of USC, a team that has been severely hit by injuries and suspensions.
The Trojans deserved to win this. From thoroughly outplaying, outhustling and outclassing the Bruins, USC got the well-deserved win. Congratulations to them.
As for UCLA, it is time to reevaluate.
The unfortunate thing is that this was closer than it appeared, at least up until the second half. Though it was a sloppy output by both teams before halftime, UCLA kept it close with USC, trailing 36-33 at the break. But then the second half occurred. At least it did for the Trojans as they went on a 35-14 run in the first 15 minutes after halftime.
At one point, the Trojans were up by 28 points as they were patient and capitalized on every Bruin mistake, which was a lot. UCLA had 20 turnovers in this game. They shot 40.8% from the field, 22.7% from behind the arc, and 33.3% from the charity stripe.
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