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American and Race:

Is racism on the rise? More in U.S. say it's a 'big problem,' CNN/KFF poll finds
By Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
Updated 7:34 AM ET, Wed November 25, 2015

(CNN)Debora Aust sees it in videos of recent police shootings.
Alex Sproul reads about it in his Facebook feed.
Sheryl Sims senses it when she walks down the street.
They are three Americans from three different demographic groups living in three different states. And they believe the same thing: Racism is a big problem.
The new threat: 'Racism without racists'
Their voices are just a few in a country of more than 322 million people. But they are far from alone.
In a new nationwide poll conducted by CNN and the Kaiser Family Foundation, roughly half of Americans -- 49% -- say racism is "a big problem" in society today.
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Indian Country:

The Struggle for Justice on Tribal Lands

THE Thanksgiving we now celebrate began in partnership. Long after Pilgrim and Wampanoag families first shared their respective harvests, Native American communities continue to work, formally and informally, with many of their neighbors.
For example, before the Green Bay Packers take to Lambeau Field tomorrow night, thousands of fans will enter the historic stadium through its eastern entrance, named the Oneida Nation Gate in partnership with Green Bay’s closest tribal neighbor, the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Like many Indian tribes, the Oneida support numerous institutions of government, run schools and day care centers and employ hundreds of non-Indians.
But tribal governments now face a grave threat to this kind of partnership and to their very sovereignty.
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Let’s All Tell the True Story About Thanksgiving
Yatibaey Evans, a public school teacher in Alaska, is the president-elect of theNational Indian Education Association.
UPDATED NOVEMBER 25, 2015, 3:22 AM

Let me tell you a story, a true story.
The other night, while reading Howard Zinn’s, "A People’s History on the United States," my 7-year-old son came into my room and asked if I would read the book aloud to him. A description of Columbus’ invasion and the genocide of the Arawak people was told.
My son interrupted me, “Mom, is this true? Why don’t they teach me this in school? I learned that Columbus was a good man.”
I responded by saying, “It’s difficult to tell of a history that is sad.”
I began reading more, but my son stopped me and said, “You don’t have to read aloud anymore; this is so sad. Why would someone do this?”
My eyes welled up as I began to explain a person’s ego and drive for power and privilege. He began to cry as he felt the pain of our ancestors, our people, our grandmas and grandpas. As we held each other closely, with tears falling, I went on to talk about forgiveness and love.
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Stop Hate

Sitka Tribe asks FBI to consider racial bias in arrest of student

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into the arrest of a Native student who was undressed and repeatedly tasered by police officers in Sitka, Alaska.
Franklin Hoogendorn, 18, was taken into custody in September 2014 after allegedly tussling with officers. A video posted on YouTube showed him being stunned at least 10 times by three officers.
The Sitka police department cleared the officers of wrongdoing but the FBI is trying to determine whether Hoogendorn's civil rights were violated, KCAW reported. He was a student at Mt. Edgecumbe High School at the time of the incident and was never prosecuted because all charges were dropped.
The Sitka Tribe is asking to be consulted as the investigation proceeds, KCAW reported. Chairman Mike Baines said he's heard of similar incidents involving mistreatment by local officers and wants the FBI to consider whether racial bias was a factor in the arrest.
"I’ve heard of a lot of Natives getting assaulted by the police and that kind of thing," Baines told KCAW. "It’s pretty common."
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USD Football


Toreros Escape Scare from Butler, claim PFL co-championship
USD holds on for 28-27 win over Butler to secure their fourth PFL championship in the past five years.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The USD football team claimed a share of the PFL championship with a thrilling 28-27 win over Butler Saturday afternoon at Torero Stadium. The Toreros close out the 2015 season with a 9-2 overall record and a 7-1 mark in the PFL. USD has now won 23 consecutive home PFL games.
Down by seven points, the Bulldogs scored a touchdown with 16 seconds left after recovering their quarterback's fumble in the end zone. Butler elected to go for the two point conversion, but Matt Shiltz's pass was intercepted by Yogi Hale in the end zone. After Justin Priestrecovered the ensuing onside kick, the game was sealed and a co-championship was secured.

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UCLA Football:

Rose Bowl is at stake in USC-UCLA — but, oh, what might have been
Chris DufresneContact Reporter

A 20-year dream — to chronicle an epic UCLA-USC matchup as this paper's national college football columnist — is not going to happen.
The clock ran out on the two programs as they relate to my career.
The 13-9 game of 2006 certainly moved earth, but only because it cratered USC's national title hopes. UCLA ended 7-6 after an Emerald Bowl loss.
The promise of 2007 turned sour when UCLA, preseason No. 14, missed a slalom gate at the Salt Lake Games and lost, 44-6, to Utah.
USC was preseason No.1 that year but, as 40-points-plus favorites, had that little Tavita Pritchard issue with Stanford.
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