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In wake of Charlottesville, new scrutiny for Native American statues
By Martha T. Moore (TNS) - Jul 29, 2018

WASHINGTON — The controversy that swept Southern states over Confederate monuments is spreading across the nation, as cities contend with calls to remove statues depicting stereotyped and subjugated Native Americans.
Among them: a sculpture in San Francisco’s Pioneer Monument near City Hall that shows a Native American at the feet of a Spanish missionary and vaquero, and one in New York City that depicts a Native American and an African holding the stirrups of Theodore Roosevelt astride a horse. Earlier this year in Kalamazoo, Mich., a granite sculpture from the city’s Fountain of the Pioneers was trucked away to storage. It showed a pioneer, weapon raised, rising above a Native American.
In all three cases, Native Americans have criticized the statues as inaccurate, demeaning and racist for decades. Red paint symbolizing blood was splashed over the Roosevelt statue as long ago as 1971, and as recently as October.
But the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., last August has prompted renewed activism from Native Americans protesting statues in their own communities. It has also shifted attitudes among some city officials, who now recognize that they have monuments akin to Confederate statues in their own backyards.

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Tim Giago: Some of our own people are guilty of racial prejudice too
Posted: Monday, July 30, 2018 
Notes from Indian Country: Fighting racial prejudice among our own people
By Tim Giago (Nanwica Kciji – Stands Up For Them)

After being in the news business for more than 35 years I suppose nothing should surprise me.
But watching some of the Lakota people go backwards in time when it comes to race relations still bothers me. Several weeks ago I wrote a column about the faces on Mount Rushmore and how all of the Presidents on the mountain expressed harsh feeling towards American Indians. Perhaps it was something that some people with thin-skin and even thinner knowledge of history did not want to know.
One indignant writer attacked me as a phony because of my name, Giago. He wrote that my grandfather’s first name was Jesus and therefore that makes me a Mexican. He wrote as if he was revealing some deep, dark secret that I had tried to keep under wraps. I have never been ashamed to write about my heritage and I go into depth about it in the preface of my book Children Left Behind.

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Sen. Jeff Merkley tries to force White House to finish tribal housing work on Columbia River
Updated May 12, 2018; Posted May 12, 2018
By Molly Harbarger -
The Oregonian/OregonLive

The director of the federal Office of Management and Budget says that nowhere is it written he has to fund housing developments for Columbia River tribal members. So, the Northwest's congressional delegation plans to put it in writing.
Mick Mulvaney told Oregon and Washington lawmakers last October that he would not free up the $1.6 million in funding they expected, despite a 1950s-era law that authorizes the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to build homes for tribal members displaced when a dam was built near The Dalles. Nor was he swayed that funds had been appropriated by the outgoing head of the Army Corps under President Barack Obama or the fact that half the work was already done.
Since then, tribal delegations and lawmakers have met with Mulvaney's staff and called the director himself advocating for the project, to no avail.

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Trump wants Senator Warren to prove her heritage with a DNA test.
Here’s why that may not work, “Everyone here is racially mixed”: Experts explain why it’s “wrong to think genetics” can infer native heritage
JULY 29, 2018 11:30PM (UTC)

President Donald Trump recently offered to give $1 million to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s favorite charity. All the Massachusetts Democrat has to do is follow the instructions from an off-the-shelf DNA kit and publicize the results. It sounds like a reasonable way to resolve the ugly dispute over her claims to Native American ancestry. Even newspapers that endorsed the Democratic senator and some Native Americans are urging her to take the spit test.
After all, Warren’s insistence that she is of Cherokee descent is her “Achilles heel,” noted the Berkshire Eagle. “The same technology that can match a perpetrator to a crime with virtually 100 percent certainty could settle the question of her heritage for all time,” the editors wrote in an op-ed.

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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 announce 2018 recruiting class
32 new recruits will join Toreros in August for 2018 campaign
Written by:  Macauley Greif

San Diego, Calif. -- The University of San Diego football program, under the direction of head coachDale Lindsey, is thrilled to welcome 32 new recruits to the 2018 roster. When camp begins in August, fans will be able to see the new players, who come from seven different states. Nineteen of the recruits hail from California, including two local kids from San Diego. Outside of California, there are recruits from Arizona (4), Colorado (1), Illinois (1), Nevada (2), Oregon (1) and Washington (4).
The 2018 class will include five offensive linemen, five tight ends, five wide receivers, four linebackers, four safeties, three defensive tackles, two cornerbacks, two nickelbacks, one quarterback and one running back.
The Toreros will look to build on last year's success when the season begins on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Western New Mexico University.

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2018 UCLA Football Fall Preview: The Chip Kelly Era Is At Hand
For anyone who stopped following UCLA Football after last season’s game against Southern Cal, it’s a brand-new day!
By Joe Piechowski@JPiechowski,  Jul 28, 2018, 3:47pm PDT

I get it. Some of you were so disgusted by UCLA’s loss to Southern Cal last November that you quit the Bruins entirely. You may still be living in a world where Jim Mora is still in charge of the Bruins, only because you paid no attention to UCLA football since that game last season. It happens.
Well, if that describes you, I kind of feel sorry for you because you’ve missed eight of the longest months ever. Yes, my friends, that’s how long it’s been since Jim Mora was fired and Chip Kelly was hired to be the next head coach of the UCLA Bruins.
It’s been long because we’ve had to endure months upon months where the only thing we could do is wait for 4 pm on Saturday, September 1 when the Bruins kick off against the Cincinnati Bearcats.
So, for those of you who did tune out, allow me a super quick recap. Kelly tore down Mora’s recruiting class and rebuilt basically from scratch into a solid class. He hired an entirely new coaching staff, strength and conditioning staff as well as the rest of the football-related staff. He got the pieces reassembled in time to have an actual Spring Game, albeit only about half of an actual game. And, now, he’s ready to start the month-long march toward Opening Day that is Fall Training Camp.
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