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AIR Program Banquet 2018

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AIR Programs Banquet 2018

Mentor Honoree student awardees

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We congratulate our 2018 AIR Programs Awardees. Each year we honor those that have demonstrated great achievement in community contribution, academics and leadership.

Mentor Leadership and Student Awardee:
Bernice Paipa (Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel)
Thank you for helping our Native Youth pursue a greater future within education

Student Leadership Awardee: Tate Garcia (Lakota/Tongva)
Student Leadership Awardee: Kaiya Maxcy
(Barona Band of Mission Indians)


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Our Environmnet:

"They are undermining the department's mission at every turn": New documents reveal just how much the Department of the Interior favored industry over conservation.

This story was produced in collaboration with the Guardian.
Since his first day on the job, when he surrounded himself with a National Park Service police escort and rode through Washington, D.C., on a white-nosed horse named Tonto, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has exhibited a flair for ostentation.
Not long after taking office in March of 2017, the new secretary started flying a special flag, adorned with the agency's bison seal, above the Department of the Interior's elegant New Deal-era headquarters. At a cost of more than $2,000, he also commissioned commemorative coins emblazoned with his name to hand out to visitors and staff. He replaced the doors in his office to the tune of more than $130,000, and installed a hunting-themed arcade game in the department's cafeteria.

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Indian Country:

Missouri archaeological survey reveals many artifacts
The Associated Press
November 25, 2018 01:53 PM - FORSYTH, MO. 

An archaeological survey at a lake in southern Missouri is revealing a wide range of artifacts.
The survey along Lake Taneycomo covers about 6,000 acres, The Springfield News-Leader reported.
The survey is part of Liberty Utilities-Empire District Electric's dam operating license renewal, which must be renewed every 30 years through the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, according to plant manager Randy Richardson.
Richardson said there wasn't much concern about documenting the historic sites around the dam when it was built in 1913. An archaeological survey was conducted in 1992.
The Delaware and Osage tribes requested the most recent survey. A tribal member has been overseeing the digs since work began in July.
Robin Jorcke, the survey team leader with Archaeological Research Center of St. Louis, said the company has found 40 historic and prehistoric sites.
The team has found stone tools that were made by Native Americans who lived in the area from about 3,000 years ago to 1,500 years ago. They've also discovered an ink bottle from around 1900 and two medicine bottles from the 1920s.

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Indian Country

Murder case leads to tribal boundaries issue
By Emma Keith Gaylord News
Nov 25, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this week that could return millions of acres of land to an Oklahoma tribe while redrawing the boundaries of a 150-year-old reservation.
Murphy v. Carpenter, a case centered around a nearly 20-year-old murder involving two Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens, will appear before the Supreme Court for arguments on Tuesday. The case has the potential to restore the 1866 reservation boundaries granted to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in a treaty with the U.S. government.
In 2000, Patrick Dwayne Murphy was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1999 murder of George Jacobs, an ex-boyfriend of Murphy’s common-law wife. The case was tried by the state of Oklahoma in McIntosh County, about 90 miles south of Tulsa, and the verdict upheld by Oklahoma appellate courts in further trials throughout the early 2000s.
Murphy’s conviction has now become a battle for recognition of tribal lands and a question about tribal jurisdiction.

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Stop Hate

YES! Magazine: Indian Country fights for the right to vote
Monday, November 19, 2018
Indian Country Moves to Secure Voting Rights

Activists among tribes want to rally the Native vote. Because when they show up to the polls, they’ve shown significant political power.
By Sydney Worth - YES! Magazine -

On October 10, less than a month before the 2018 midterm general election, the Supreme Court upheld North Dakota’s voter ID law that requires people to show an ID with a physical street address before they could vote. But a street address is something many Natives who live on reservations don’t have; they instead receive mail at a post office box.
As a result of the decision, local tribes scrambled to issue new IDs with street addresses—often drawing from local 911 directories to get one—to ensure Native Americans could cast their votes.
Despite what appeared to be a blatant attempt to disenfranchise Native voters, two of the state’s counties with the highest population of Native Americans managed to show up to the polls in the highest turnout since 2008, according to preliminary results released by North Dakota’s Secretary of State.

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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


Record-Breaking Season Concludes for Toreros
San Diego fell to Nicholls State, 49-30, in the opening round of the FCS Playoffs

THIBODAUX, La. – San Diego's second-half comeback came up just short in its 49-30 loss at Nicholls State on Saturday evening.
The Toreros (9-3) scored 20 unanswered points late in the third quarter after falling behind early to the Colonels (9-3) in the opening round of the FCS Playoffs. However, the high-powered Nicholls offense proved too much for USD to overcome and ended the Toreros' hopes of another playoff run.
Michael Bandy paced the Toreros through the air with nine catches for 144 yards and freshman tight end Dalton Kincaid had a breakout game, finishing with six catches for 87 yards, and all four Torero touchdowns.
Michael Armstead was electric for the Toreros in the return game. Armstead finished the day with five kickoff returns for 167 total yards and a long of 64 yards. He also added a punt return of 37 yards and three receptions for 43 yards to collect 247 all-purpose yards on the day.
It was all Nicholls State in the first half. On their opening drive of the game, the Colonels went 80 yards on two plays to take a 7-0 lead. The Toreros answered on a 10-yard strike from Anthony Lawrence to Kincaid, the first of four red-zone connections for the pair.

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UCLA Football:

UCLA Football: With 2018 over, where does UCLA go from here?
by Mike Regalado

The first year of the Chip Kelly era with UCLA Football is over and there is a lot to take in from this season. Go Joe Bruin begins a season-ending series in which we look closely at the various parts of the team in anticipation for the 2019 season.
It is over UCLA football fans. 2018 has come and gone, but before you know it, 2019 will soon be here. Ok, it will actually take a while, but that is a good thing as the Chip Kelly Bruins will use that time to prepare for Phase (Year) 2.
This season did not go as many had hoped. With the hiring of Kelly, many thought UCLA would immediately take off. What we soon learned was that it was going to take time.
Even before the Bruins’ season opener against Cincinnati, the Bruins lost a lot of players and replaced them with freshmen, transfers, and walk-ons. Even though the cupboard wasn’t bare, it wasn’t deep.
Injuries also added to the false start at season’s commencement. The Bruins already had issues with a few position groups (offensive line and linebackers, primarily), so a lot of Kelly’s game plan was altered and the master plan was going to take a while to install.
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