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Tribal Rights

Two women banned from Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
Tribal Council votes unanimously to exclude drug traffickers
By Jacob Kahn | Published 02/28/15 4:40pm

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal Council unanimously voted Thursday to permanently banish two women who were caught trafficking drugs by the Mount Pleasant Police Department last week.
Tribal Chief Steve Pego said in a press release the action is a reflection of the Tribe's commitment to its war on drugs.
"Today our people have shown that we are no longer going to tolerate people who peddle unhealthy and life-destroying substances on this reservation," Pego said. "Today, we took necessary steps to protect and uphold our members and their families against this plague called addiction."
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Pacific Ocena

Artifacts highlight Lone Woman story
By Deborah Sullivan Brennan
7:58 A.M.MARCH 1, 2015

For graduate archaeology student Tom Holm, an iconic children’s story linked a cryptic chapter in California’s past with a modern-day Indian tribe in San Diego County.
A decision by the Navy last week validated a cultural connection between the historic Nicoleno Tribe of San Nicolas Island — the most remote of the Channel Islands — and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians. The determination gives the tribe jurisdiction over hundreds of human remains and burial objects.
“We are pleased with the affirmation by the federal government of our cultural affiliation between Pechanga and the human remains and associated funerary objects from San Nicolas Island,” tribal Chairman Mark Macarro said in a statement Friday.
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Uto Aztecan Languages

Uto-Aztecan languages

Uto-Aztecan languages, family of American Indian languages, one of the oldest and largest—both in terms of extent of distribution (Oregon to Panama) and number of languages and speakers. The Uto-Aztecan languages are generally recognized by modern linguists as falling into eight branches: Numic, Takic, Hopi, and Tubatulabal, which some scholars consider to make up Northern Uto-Aztecan; and Pimic, Taracahitic, Cora-Huichol, and Aztecan, which some consider to be Southern Uto-Aztecan.
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BIA Releases New ICWA Guidelines to Protect Native Families and Children
Suzette Brewer

On Tuesday, Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has published revised, sweeping new guidelines to ensure the rights and protections of Native families and children under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). In remarks at the winter session of the National Congress of American Indians, Washburn said that updating Guidelines for State Courts and Agencies in Indian Child Custody Proceedings in the Federal Register had become necessary due to the continued misapplication and noncompliance of ICWA in state and federal courts since it was first published in 1979.
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Voting Rights


The power of Native voters
The beginning of a beautiful trend
By Mark Trahant / Trahant Reports

I have been writing for years about the success — well, at least mostly — of Native American voters. During recent presidential election cycles the turnout from Indian Country is inspiring, helping to swing elections from Arizona to North Dakota.
And just last year Alaska Native voters helped dump a hostile state governor and replaced him with Gov. Bill Walker, an ally, as well as electing Byron Mallott, a Tlingit leader, as the Lt. Governor.
But do you want to know something really cool?
The demographic shift that reflects Native voting power is only beginning. What’s more the landscape is changing faster than expected and should bring about dramatic changes in states as “red” as Alaska and Oklahoma.
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USD Basketball


Toreros down Pilots 78-66 to earn No. 5 seed for WCC Tourney
Trio of freshmen account for 27 of 44 bench points for USD
Feb. 28, 2015

(Portland, OR) - The USD men's basketball team turned in a big second half to pull away and defeat Portland 78-66. With the win the Toreros even their overall record to 15-15 and more importantly earn the No. 5 seed for the WCC Basketball Championships where they will face No. 4 Pepperdine on Saturday, March 7th, in the 2pm contest. USD's bench scored 44 points with the trio of freshmen accounting for 27.

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UCLA Basketball:

UCLA grinds out 72-67 victory over Washington State
AP Sports WriterMarch 1, 2015 Updated 9 hours ago

LOS ANGELES — Tony Parker slept in on a rainy Sunday morning, causing him to show up late to shootaround. His UCLA teammates were nearly as lackadaisical in the first half against Washington State.
Led by Norman Powell and Parker, who lost his starting spot as punishment, the Bruins got their act together in time to grind out a 72-67 victory and take possession of fourth place in the Pac-12.
Powell scored a career-high 28 points and Parker had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

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