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Hopi Tribe, lawmakers urge US to stop sale of sacred items
Posted: May 27, 2015 11:31 AM PDTUpdated: May 27, 2015 5:43 PM PDT
By Ryan Van Velzer, Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) -Hopi tribal leaders and Arizona's members of Congress are asking U.S. law enforcement to stop the sale of about a dozen sacred Hopi artifacts at a Paris auction house in June.
The Hopi Tribe contends the auction house is illegally selling the spiritual objects, known as Katsina Friends, and is urging U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI to help recover them. The items resemble masks and are used during religious ceremonies and dances to invoke ancestral spirits. They are communally owned, rarely displayed and never supposed to leave the reservation.
This is the sixth time the French auction house, Estimations Ventes aux Encheres, has sold objects sacred to Native American tribes. It has argued that the items legally belong to collectors, and a Paris court has ruled that such sales are legal.
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Mom to the Rescue! Native American Student Won’t Have to Cut His Hair After All
Simon Moya-Smith - 5/28/15

Lillian Archuleta was heartbroken when school administrators said her son, Lestat, would have to cut his hair because it violated the school dress code.
But on Wednesday, school administrators at the Classical Academy North Campus in Colorado Springs rescinded its demand after Archuleta argued that it is her son’s religious right to wear his hair long.
Lestat, 13, has attended the academy since kindergarten, and for years would routinely cut his hair, mostly in the summer for soccer – but that all changed two years ago.
Archuleta said when Lestat was 11 he began studying and practicing his Diné spirituality, and it was then that he slowly started to let his hair grow long. Today, his hair is long enough to put into a ponytail, and according to the Classical Academy’s dress code, boys are not permitted to have long hair.
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A Hard Line 
Indian American students are disproportionately disciplined
By Eric S. Peterson @ericspeterson

In 2014, a couple of American Indian students in a middle school did something dumb, as middle-school-age students of every race are wont to do. These two youths walked into an empty teacher's lounge and lifted two cans of Dr. Pepper from a staff fridge. This caffeine heist cost them not just a call to their parents or a chewing out by a principal—they were turned in to the cops.
Their example is an anecdote compiled in conjunction with a recently released report by the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Public Policy Clinic. This report focuses on the school-to-prison pipeline, a term reflecting policies and rules for public-school discipline that funnels students into the criminal-justice system.
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41 indicted in drug trafficking ring on 2 Indian reservations
Laura Yuen , Jon Collins · May 28, 2015
Updated 5:26 p.m. | Posted 8:38 a.m.

A federal grand jury has indicted 41 people in connection with a drug trafficking ring focused on two Indian reservations in Minnesota.
Authorities say the ring distributed drugs including heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone and others in and around the Red Lake and White Earth Indian reservations starting in April 2014. Drugs were obtained in Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis.
Heroin and prescription drugs have blazed a horrific path on the reservation, said Randy Goodwin, White Earth director of public safety. He said even newborn babies have been exposed to heroin because of their mothers' addictions.
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Richard Nixon

How One U.S. President Became a Native Advocate
Duane Champagne - 5/24/15

Old tribal leaders will sometimes volunteer that the best time for Indian governments was during the Nixon administration. Richard M. Nixon, in his July 1970 address to Congress, asked Congress to honor Indian treaties, strengthen tribal governments, allow tribes to subcontract federal programs, and invite tribal communities to engage in decision making over their own futures. Nixon’s policy change toward tribal self-determination was a landmark initiative in Indian policy, and has characterized federal policy ever since.
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Rally Falls Short in 4-2 Loss to Waves
USD's season ends with a 33-22 overall record.

May 22, 2015

STOCKTON, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team's run in the West Coast Conference Tournament came to an end with a 4-2 loss to Pepperdine University Friday evening at Banner Island Ballpark.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 33-22 overall, and are eliminated from the WCC. With the win, the Waves improve to 29-27 overall and will advance onto the championship game on Saturday against Loyola Marymount.
Pepperdine got on the scoreboard first, as they managed to score four runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Pepperdine runs came on back-to-back home runs, a three-run shot by Hutton Moyer and a solo home run by Chris Fornaci to give the Waves a 4-0 lead.
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UCLA baseball’s No. 1 seed won’t guarantee easy path to College World Series
By Jack Wang, Los Angeles Daily News
POSTED: 05/28/15, 6:17 PM PDT
On Monday, John Savage was sitting in his office when he heard a roar fill the UCLA clubhouse. For the first time ever, the Bruins had been awarded the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
But after about four seconds, the noise died. The players soon moved on from a moment that signified what they had already done rather than the work ahead. After all, a No. 1 overall seed hasn’t actually won the College World Series in nearly 16 years.
“It’s about playing good baseball,” said Savage, now in his 11th season as UCLA baseball’s head coach. “And it’s about being hot.”
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