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Cheyenne Faulkner (Lumbee)
Amaya Esparza (Apachee/Zapoteca/Mixteca)
Nagavohma Lomayesva (Hopi/Kumeyaay)

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SDSU In New Mexico Bowl:
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Aztecs matched against Central Michigan in New Mexico Bowl
San Diego State’s school-record 10th straight bowl appearance will be in Dec. 21 game
DEC. 8, 2019-12:53 PM

San Diego State head coach Rocky Long was waiting to find out SDSU’s bowl destination on Sunday like most everyone else, by watching television.
But Long got a heads up when he received a text message from Jeff Siembieda, the executive director of the New Mexico Bowl. That’s about as high-placed a source as there is on these sorts of things.
An hour or two later it was official: SDSU’s school-record 10th straight bowl appearance will be in the New Mexico Bowl against Central Michigan.
It seems Siembieda, an SDSU graduate, has been wanting to bring the Aztecs to town for some time now. Long’s initial reaction was that he was “happy that we finally figured out where we were going.”
After the four teams in the College Football Playoff were revealed, the updated CFP top 25 presented and the matchups for the other New Year’s Six games posted, the participants for the other 33 bowl games were revealed.
That’s when the Aztecs (9-3) learned they will play Central Michigan (8-5), which finished first in the Mid-American Conference’s West Division. The Chippewas lost to Miami (OH) 26-21 in Saturday’s MAC Championship game.

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Indian Country:

Group's effort to halt Yellowstone bison hunt denied by federal judge
Dec 5, 2019 Updated Dec 6, 2019

A preliminary injunction to halt this winter’s hunting of Yellowstone National Park bison in Montana has been denied by a Billings federal judge.
U.S. District Court Judge Susan Watters issued an order on Monday denying the request by Neighbors Against Bison Slaughter and Gardiner-area resident Bonnie Lynn.
Jared Pettinato, an attorney representing the group and Lynn, said he was disappointed with the ruling and his clients were considering whether to appeal or proceed with the lawsuit.
The suit alleges that agencies of the federal government — including the National Park Service, Department of Agriculture and Forest Service — should not let the hunt continue in a quarter-mile-square slice of land at the mouth of Beattie Gulch. The Forest Service property is just north of the park boundary near Gardiner and provides one of the first places that hunters are allowed to kill bison when they leave the park. No hunting is allowed inside the park.

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Disproportionate discipline of Native students in Montana shown in report echoes national trend

Dec 5, 2019 Updated Dec 5, 2019
The disproportionate school punishments for American Indian students highlighted in an ACLU report released Monday aren't new. They're reflected in previous federal data sets from throughout the 2010s. 
The Montana data mirrors similar disparities across the nation; black, Hispanic and American Indian students are all more likely than white students to be suspended, arrested or expelled. 
The Obama-administration Education Department issued federal guidance in 2014 aiming to reduce the use of exclusionary discipline in schools, but it was pulled back under the Trump administration in 2018. Supporters of reforming discipline argued that it improved outcomes for students who typically struggle the most, but opponents argued that it compromised school safety. 

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A long-running water-rights lawsuit over the Klamath River ends
Court upholds upstream river rights of the Klamath, Yurok and Hoopa Valley tribes.
Kalen Goodluck Dec. 9, 2019

The Yurok Tribe of Washington state declared rights of personhood for the Klamath River last summer. The tribal council’s resolution means that if the river is harmed, a case can be made in Yurok tribal court to remedy the problem. It comes at the end of another difficult season for the Klamath, with low water flows, high disease rates in salmon and canceled fishing seasons (“The Klamath River now has the legal rights of a person,” HCN, 9/24/19).

On Nov. 14, a long-running water-rights lawsuit titled Baley v. United States was settled in favor of the U.S.

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Devon Lomayesva

Alum Proud to Give Back to Native American Community
10/9/2019 9:10:15 AM

As a member of the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, Devon L. Lomayesva ’99, Chief Judge of the Intertribal Court of Southern California, and a practicing Indian law attorney is passionate about giving back to her community.
“The Native American community still suffers from the effects of historical mistreatment,” says Lomayesva. “That is proven out in the high rates of substance abuse, suicide, drop-out rates, single parents, and high rates of juvenile delinquency and foster care placements.”
Lomayesva’s passion for giving back to her tribal community started when she became involved with Native American student groups as an undergraduate at Grossmont Jr. College and San Diego State University (SDSU), where she graduated with a BA in History. This passion was further enhanced at California Western, as Lomayesva explains, “I’ve always appreciated the fact that California Western encouraged clerkships and volunteering. Dean Linda Dews and former Director of Minority Affairs Carol Rogers were great advocates and always there to offer resources for the development of our student life and careers.”

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Its our Environment:

If the Earth’s average temperature increases 2 degrees Celsius by the year 2100, humankind will see catastrophic changes.
For millions of people, this extreme warming is already reality, in places like Qatar, Colorado and Angola.  And Aaliyah, at the age of 9, has become a climate refugee in Newtok, Alaska

Lives adrift in a warming world
Aaliyah Kasaiuli slept in on the last morning in her home, almost everything packed for the move. It was time to finally abandon this house, and later, this Yup’ik village clinging to the edge of North America, near the Bering Sea. It was one of 14 places that a team of Washington Post journalists traveled to in the past year to see the accelerating reality of climate change. What moved them were the people they met, their homes and lives transformed. Their work has led to a continuing series — 2C: Beyond the Limit. Four Post photographers share their stories in this visual atlas of a growing crisis.
By The Washington Post Dec. 2, 2019
Newtok, Alaska
Photos and reporting by Bonnie Jo Mount
Thawing permafrost, sinking tundra, erosion and constant river flooding have combined to shift the very ground under buildings and paths. Years ago, as the Ninglick River crept closer, the village voted to relocate to higher ground. In October, Aaliyah Kasaiuli and the rest of her family were among the first to go, the continent’s newest pioneers.

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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 Football


Defense Stands Tall But Season Ends with 17-3 Loss
Toreros hold #6 UNI to only one offensive touchdown in first round of FCS Playoffs

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – San Diego was within a touchdown with less than three minutes remaining, but #6 UNI held the Toreros to a season-low 213 yards of offense as the Toreros had their season come to an end with a 17-3 loss at the UNI Dome in the first round of the FCS Playoffs on Saturday.
The Toreros (9-3), who wrapped up their sixth consecutive nine-win season, were forced into a season-high four turnovers and only made two trips to the red zone in a loss that ended their nine-game winning streak.
USD's defense stood tall, though, against one of the top-ranked FCS teams, holding the Panthers (9-4) to 268 yards and only one offensive touchdown. The Toreros forced UNI into eight punts and four three-and-outs to help keep the game within reach.
Marcus Vaivao led the Toreros with 11 solo tackles (14 total) and 2.5 tackles for loss. The redshirt senior also forced two fumbles, one of which resulted in a turnover that set up USD's only scoring drive of the day.
Vaivao was part of a USD front-seven that limited UNI to 2.4 yards per rush (82 total yards) and totaled seven tackles for loss. It also played a role in forcing Panthers quarterback Will McElvain to a less-than-50% completion percentage (13-of-27).
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UCLA Football:

Cody Riley’s career day ends early but helps UCLA rout Denver
DEC. 8, 2019

Listening to UCLA coach Mick Cronin talk about his team after games, it’s often hard to tell whether the Bruins won or lost.
His team mostly took care of the ball against Denver on Sunday afternoon, Cronin acknowledged, but it was sloppy at times and needed to be more unselfish.
His players created turnovers but tended to break down defensively late in the shot clock.
His leading scorer, Cody Riley, displayed his ability to pile up points in a hurry but continued his bad habit of picking up fouls for retaliating against physical defenders.
Riley was among the biggest reasons the good outweighed the bad during the Bruins’ runaway 81-62 victory over the Pioneers at Pauley Pavilion that gave UCLA a second consecutive blowout of an overmatched opponent.
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