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Naomi Schaefer Riley: Hold tribal leaders accountable for schools
MONDAY, MAY 23, 2016

Naomi Schaefer Riley, the author of a forthcoming book titled The New Trail of Tears: How Washington Is Destroying American Indians, argues that holding tribes accountable will improve educational outcomes for Indian children:
A few days ago, Education Secretary John King announced a federal grant of $100,000 to the Crazy Horse School of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. “This grant,” Mr. King said at the tribe’s Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, “will help Oglala educators strengthen the learning environment so that all students can reach their full potential.”
With all due respect, more money won’t help these children. Bringing accountability to their broken education system, however, could actually make a difference.
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Washington Post conducts poll on Native views of racist mascot
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016

The overwhelming majority of "ordinary" Native Americans aren't bothered by the NFL team's racist mascot, according to the results of a poll conducted by The Washington Post.
The poll reached 504 self-identified Native Americans in every state, according to the paper. Of those, 44 percent said they were enrolled in a tribe and 56 percent said they weren't.
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On the Washington Post Redskins Poll
C. Richard King - 5/24/16

For many, the key take away of the recent survey conducted by theWashington Postis that the vast majority of American Indians do not take offense at the name of the local professional football team. In fact, for some, the poll sounds a death knell for the movement against the slur at the heart of the franchise and has even convinced at least one vocal opponent on staff at thePostto rethink his position. To my mind, all of these readings miss the mark. Most importantly, they miss the harms it excuses and perpetuates.
While heralded as new, the poll actually repeats in content and execution previous surveys, making many of the same errors in how it approached the issue, asked questions, and selected participants. In common, with several other similar surveys over the past two decades, it works to minimize and misconstrue anti-Indian racism and its histories, reducing them to personal feelings. It limits itself to offensiveness, the conscious reaction of an individual, turning attention away from the established impacts of stereotypes and slurs.
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Tribal leaders call for return of remains, sacred items before auction
By Emily Zentner
Cronkite News -

WASHINGTON – Tribal and federal officials called Monday’s planned sale of Indian remains and sacred objects at a French auction “disrespectful and fundamentally wrong” and called for the return of the items.
Leaders from the Navajo, Hoopa and Acoma Pueblo tribes gathered with federal officials and advocates Tuesday to draw attention to the planned Parisian auction, in which they objected to the sale of one Hoopa cultural item and two Acoma Pueblo items, among hundreds of items.
“We demand that France and the U.S. act forcibly to stop the sales of these items,” said Gov. Kurt Riley of the Acoma Pueblo. “We are appealing to the people of France to honor our humanity.”
The catalog from the Parisian auction house EVE lists what appears to be hundreds of Native American items, including clothing, weapons and baskets that Riley said should not be in nontribal hands. They are part of a sale that will include items from Central America, Africa and Asia.
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Sen. John McCoy: I Oppose Disenrollment
Sen. John McCoy - 5/25/16

I oppose disenrollment.
I oppose disenrollment because our heritage is our heritage. Our lineage is our lineage. Our heritage and lineage define us as Indians—not residence, blood quantum, or other failed federal Indian assimilation practice. I oppose disenrollment because it undermines an Indian’s—and in fact all of our—heritage and lineage.
We as tribal governments should establish our citizenship by relying on Indian heritage and lineage. There are reliable modern tools to establish that criteria, like DNA testing. I appreciate that science as a determinant of Indian citizenship may pose challenges to tribal communities traditionally speaking—that is for each tribe to decide—but it is preferable to blood quantum.
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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 Thump Zags in Season Finale, 10-4
USD avoided a sweep and finish season 27-29 overall.

May 21, 2016

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The University of San Diego baseball team picked up a 10-4 win over to league-leading Gonzaga University Saturday evening in a West Coast Conference game at Fowler Park.
With the win, the Toreros finish the season with a 27-29 overall record, and a 13-14 mark in the WCC. With the loss, the Zags fall to 33-18 overall, move to 18-9 in the WCC, and have claimed a share of the WCC Championship.
The Toreros got on the scoreboard first, as they scored two runs on four hits in the bottom of the first inning. Bryson Brigman got things started with a one-out single, and he moved to third on a Ryan Kirby double to right field.
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UCLA Baseball Faces ASU in Season's Final Home Series
By orlandobruin on May 20, 2016, 3:05p

The UCLA Bruin baseball team (24-26, 11-13 PAC 12) closes out its home schedule this weekend with a visit from the Arizona State Sun Devils (31-18, 13-11 PAC 12). For all intents and purposes, UCLA is likely eliminated from post-season contention.
The Bruins currently sit in a four-way tie for 7th place in the PAC 12, but UCLA has a worse overall record than any of the other three teams with whom they are tied, essentially putting the Bruins in 10th place in the PAC 12.
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