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'Those are statistics we shouldn't be leading the nation on'--addressing violence against Alaska Natives
By Rebecca Palsha | 
Posted: Thu 4:37 PM, Aug 22, 2019

Anchorage (KTUU) - Tara Sweeney, the first Alaska Native to oversee the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and Department of the Interior, Acting Deputy Secretary Kate MacGregor traveled to Bethel and Nome this week.
Sweeney is from Anchorage and Utqiagvik.
The pair are having meetings with people in these areas called 'Reclaiming Our Native Communities' in which they are hearing first-hand stories from Alaskans about a lack of law enforcement, how survivors are treated, as well as stories of abuse.
"I thought it was very moving to spend so much time with those in the community and have them, in many cases, bare their soul on a lot of these really tough issues," MacGregor said.
Violence against American Indian and Alaska Native communities is disproportionately higher than in other groups.
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Bears Ears Natl. Monument

Native tribes frozen out of controversial plan for Bears Ears Monument
Published 23 hours ago on August 22, 2019
By Sarah Okeson, DCReport @ RawStory

Federal law requires our government to consult with Native American tribes about the Bears Ears monument in southern Utah. But Trump is only giving lip service at best to attempts to the NavajoHopi and others about what was once the second-largest national monument in the lower 48 states, before Trump shrunk it by 85%.
Now, the general public has less than a week to file public comments on Interior Secretary David Bernhardt’s plan that could turn could add more ATV trails and approve cell phone towers and utility lines to what are now two smaller monuments. Bernhardt has appointed an advisory committee that doesn’t include anyone who supported creating the monument in the first place.
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In Iowa, Democrats Court the Long-Overlooked Native American Vote
By Eren Orbey
August 21, 2019

In 2004, Daniel Bear Shield, a local activist in Sioux City, Iowa, drove his white Oldsmobile Intrigue seventy miles south, to Missouri Valley, to attend a town hall held by John Kerry’s Presidential campaign. Accompanying him was Frank LaMere, a prominent Native American organizer known fondly as the Whiteclay Warrior. LaMere had made a name for himself in the nineties, by leading a movement to shut down liquor stores in Nebraska that sold alcohol, illegally, to the Pine Ridge Reservation. After Kerry’s event, he cornered the candidate to gauge the campaign’s commitment to issues facing his community. Kerry was in a rush, Bear Shield recalled, so he invited their crew aboard his bus. “We had to go back later to fetch our cars,” Bear Shield told me, laughing. “But, at the time, that’s how much we wanted to express our concerns to a candidate who could very well be the next President of the United States.”
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Cherokee chief says journey to seat US delegate will be long
Sean Murphy, Associated Press
 Updated 2:28 pm PDT, Thursday, August 22, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Cherokee Nation's plan to send a delegate to the U.S. House, the first such attempt by a tribal nation, will take time as well as cooperation from Congress, the tribe's newly elected chief said Thursday.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. called on Congress to recognize the right of the largest tribe in the nation to have a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives as outlined in two separate treaties with the U.S. government and the tribe's constitution.
"This is an historic first step," Hoskin said during a press conference outside the nation's headquarters in Tahlequah. "We know there is much work to be done to fully effectuate our right to a delegate, but the Cherokee Nation is a strong nation. We know our rights, and we're prepared to defend and assert our rights.".

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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 Victorious in Finale
San Diego held off a late comeback to defeat California Baptist, 5-4
Baseball May 15, 2019

SAN DIEGO—San Diego held off a late comeback to defeat California Baptist, 5-4, on Tuesday night at Fowler Park.
In their final game of the regular season, the Toreros (32-21) held a 5-2 lead heading into the seventh inning. The Lancers (33-19) rallied to score on a 2-RBI double with two outs to make it a one-run game.
CBU threatened again in the ninth, getting the first two Lancers aboard with no outs. Nathan Walker collected back-to-back strikeouts before a 3-2 pitch landed inside to load the bases. A ground ball to Ripken Reyes at third provided the final out to hold off the Lancers and seal the victory for USD. 
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UCLA Bruins Win 118th NCAA Title on Walk-off Single, 5-4
Kinsley Washington singled home Jacqui Prober to win the Bruins’ 12th softball title.
By Joe Piechowski@JPiechowski  Jun 4, 2019, 8:45pm PDT

The Bruins are the 2019 NCAA Softball national champions.
In tonight’s game, the Bruins picked right back up where they left off last night. After Rachel Garcia held the Sooners scoreless in the top of the first despite giving up a lead-off double, Bubba Nickles and Briana Perez put two of the first four pitches over the left field wall to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. With two outs, Taylor Pack reached on a error. Brianna Tautalafua singled, moving Pack to second, and Colleen Sullivan drew a walk. But Kinsley Washington grounded down the first base line to end the inning.
In the third inning, the teams traded home runs. Oklahoma, as the visiting team, got theirs first in the top of the inning, but the Bruins responded when Aaliyah Jordan homered to start the bottom half of the inning. The Bruins had an opportunity to score more when they loaded the bases with two outs, but Kelly Inouye-Perez overmanaged the situation and pinch-hit Quarles for Pac-12 batting champ Kelli Godin and Quarles struck out to end the inning.
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