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Breaking: Supreme Court Hears Arguments in US v. Bryant
Suzette Brewer - 4/19/16

Tribal court justice was again on trial today as the Supreme Court heard oral arguments inUnited States v. Bryant, a case that will establish whether tribal court misdemeanor convictions made without counsel in domestic violence cases can be used in federal court for repeat offenders.
Brought by the government, the case will be a crucial test for tribal courts across the country in regards to their ability to address the high rates of domestic violence on Indian lands, in what some are calling a “life and death” issue for Native communities.
This case began in 2011, when the defendant, Michael Bryant Jr., was convicted for assaults on two different women. Bryant, who is an enrolled member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe, had pled guilty to charges of domestic abuse in at least five previous cases in tribal court.
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(Blog) Dave Palermo: California Tribes Working with Interior to Recover Native Lands

California’s American Indian tribes are reacquiring and placing in federal trust ancestral lands lost since European settlement, a trend crucial to strengthening tribal governments and providing services to indigenous citizens.
But their efforts are meeting opposition from state, county and municipal officials who oppose loss of jurisdiction and tax revenue as a result of tribal governments taking control of what is frequently undeveloped and discarded land.
San Diego County, which has more Indian tribes (18) than any U.S. county, has a standing resolution opposing tribal efforts to place “fee” lands in federal trust.
Attorney General Kamala Harris has fired off more than a dozen letters to the Department of Interior and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) opposing efforts by tribes to place land in trust for fire stations, waste water treatment plants, community centers and other purposes.
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Native American-stabber’ Andrew Jackson is off the $20 bill, and Stephen Colbert couldn’t be happier
By Aaron Blake April 21 

On Wednesday night's show, Stephen Colbert used Harriet Tubman's new $20 bill to crack some jokes about our slave-owning presidents (whom Tubman will soon join in your wallet!) and gender pay inequality.
He also took the time to bid adieu to our "Native American-stabber" ex-president, Andrew Jackson.
"I believe it should never have taken this long," Colbert said. "Apparently, in the what-to-put-on-our-money priority list, woman and African American both came after cyclops pyramid."
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Report shows dramatic increase in suicide rates in Indian Country
FRIDAY, APRIL 22, 2016

Indian Country has seen a dramatic increase in suicide rates in the last 15 years, according to data released on Friday.
The suicide rate among American Indians and Alaska Natives has always been abnormally high. But a study from the National Center for Health Statistics shows how acute the crisis has become since 1999.
According to the report, the suicide rate among American Indian and Alaska Native women that year was 4.6 per 100,000 people. In 2014, it jumped to 8.7 per 100,000 people. That represented an 89 percent increase, the largest increase among all racial and ethnic groups in the United States.
American Indian and Alaska Native men remain afflicted at even higher rates, the report said. In 2014, their suicide rate was 27.4 per 100,000, up from 19.8 in 1999. That represented a rate increase of 38 percent in those years.
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President Obama Demands More ICWA Compliance
By Brandon Ecoffey
Lakota Country Times Editor

WASHINGTON-- With the Indian Child Welfare Act facing a barrage of criticism and multiple lawsuits intended to undermine the law, the White House is stepping g forward to make sure that federal entities comply with it.
"In keeping with President Obama’s commitment to supporting Indian families and fostering resilient, thriving tribal communities through his all-of-government approach, acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts today announced that the Departments of Interior (DOI), Justice (DOJ), and Health and Human Services (HHS) have entered into a collaborative agreement to ensure more robust compliance with and implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978," said the Department of Interior on April 4.
The announcement came at the National Indian Child Welfare Association's 34th annual Protecting the Children Conference.
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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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Aztecs Deal Toreros 7-3 Loss
USD will return to action on Friday, as SCU comes to Fowler Park.
April 12, 2016

SAN DIEGO, Calif. –The University of San Diego baseball team dropped a 7-3 decision to cross-town rival San Diego State University Wednesday evening in a non-conference game at Fowler Park.
SDSU (10-20) got on the scoreboard first, as they managed to score a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. The Aztec runs came on David Hensley solo home run, and an error on the Torero defense, to move the score 2-0.

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UCLA baseball bunts to victory, snaps midweek slump
BY MATTHEW JOYE AND DAVID GOTTLIEBPosted: April 12, 2016  10:46 pm

UCLA had one of its best hitters at the plate with the go-ahead run at third base in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Junior right fielder Kort Peterson had a chance to be the hero – just like he’d been when he blasted a walk-off home run against Texas on March 12. But this time, instead of coming up with the big hit, he came up with the small one.
Facing a two-out situation, Peterson looked to the third base coaching box and picked up the signal: a drag bunt.

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