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Reboot: Swap involving Flagstaff-area lands takes heat, suspended
BY EMERY COWAN Sun Staff Reporter
Mar 13, 2018 Updated 17 hrs ago

More than 9,000 acres of national forest around Flagstaff that were being considered for a trade to the Arizona State Land Department are more than likely off the table for such an exchange.
State and legislative officials delivered that message to a standing-room-only crowd in the Flagstaff City Council chambers Monday evening.
It was welcome news to attendees who were largely opposed to the possibility of those federal lands being moved into state hands.
The Monday meeting was called by Flagstaff City Council and the Coconino County Board of Supervisors to discuss the state-federal land swap, proposed to fulfill a 22-year-old promise to the Hopi Tribe. The agreement gives the tribe nearly 150,000 acres of state trust land south of Interstate 40 east of Flagstaff in order to settle a Navajo-Hopi land dispute that dates back more than a century.
Staffers in the office of Sen. John McCain had been exploring the idea of a federal land trade in recent years as a way to compensate the Arizona State Land Department for the acreage it would need to shift to Hopi hands, said Nick Matiella, a legislative assistant in McCain’s office. Under an initial draft proposal, McCain’s staff and the State Land Department identified 83,000 acres for a potential trade, 9,400 of which are parcels on the Coconino National Forest around Flagstaff.
That initial proposal had been sent to the city and the county and was obtained by the Arizona Daily Sun through a public records request to those governments.
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Indian Child Welfare Act attacks are a threat to tribes
The law is essential to strengthening future Native American generations.
By Graham Lee Brewer - High Country News

Last week, High Country News published a story by reporter Allison Herrera detailing a conservative think tank’s efforts to dismantle the Indian Child Welfare Act, an adoption law that turns 40 this year. The 1978 act was created to prevent the separation of Native children from their families and communities through adoptions, to “protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian tribes and families.”
However, the Goldwater Institute, a right-wing advocacy group with ties to the Koch brothers, argues the law, which only allows Native children to live with non-Native foster parents if a tribal family is not available, is a form of racial segregation. That position runs counter to the common understanding of the law, as espoused by the Native American Journalists Association (of which I am a board member).
Under the law, preference is given to Native families within the same tribe as the child, and ICWA has been a way for tribal governments to keep their youth from disappearing, by keeping them with families that can provide them access to their culture and tribal citizenship. For many years now, it has also been the target of legal challenges.

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Federal judge in Missoula speeds up grizzly lawsuit ahead of fall hunting seasons
ROB CHANEY The Missoulian
Mar 13, 2018 Updated 11 hrs ago

A federal district judge derailed a docket full of legal preliminaries about removing the grizzly bear from Endangered Species Act protection on Tuesday, in hopes of getting the whole matter decided before Wyoming and Idaho open grizzly hunting seasons this fall.
“I don’t think we always make our best decisions, our best briefs or our best arguments in the context of emergency injunctive relief motions,” U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen said in Missoula. “It’s not efficient to deal with issues of this importance in the context of restraining orders.”
In a ruling from the bench, Christensen denied the federal government’s request to delay proceedings in six lawsuits challenging the delisting of grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. He also rejected requests by three different groups to decide the case based on technicalities. And he ordered all parties to put their sprawling arguments into a single set of briefs for a hearing in August.

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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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BYU basketball: Cougars avenge San Diego loss as Toreros suffer through tough week
ByJeff Call@ajeffreycall
Published: March 3, 2018 7:35 pm

LAS VEGAS — No doubt, San Diego entered the West Coast Conference Tournament this week having gone through a major ordeal.
The Toreros’ head coach, Lamont Smith, was placed on administrative leave after being arrested last Sunday. Assistant Sam Scholl was named acting head coach.
USD rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to tie the game with three minutes left but BYU held on for an 85-79 victory at Orleans Arena.
“They play with a lot of heart. Occasionally, that heart turns into some chippiness,” Cougar forward Luke Worthington said of USD. “They’re had a rough go, especially losing their coach. It’s fun to watch how teams play, and I think they gave it their all tonight. I’m just glad they didn’t give too much because we were still able to snag the win.”
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UCLA will face St. Bonaventure in an NCAA tournament play-in game on Tuesday
MAR 11, 2018 | 7:20 PM

The normal parsing of UCLA's NCAA tournament fate no longer applied Sunday.
There was relief as the Bruins learned they had been granted one of the 36 at-large entries near the start of the nationally televised selection show … followed by disbelief a few minutes later when the brackets were revealed as part of the show's revised format.
UCLA was being sent to Dayton, Ohio, for a dreaded play-in game, the first in the school's storied postseason history. The Bruins (21-11) will play St. Bonaventure (25-7) on Tuesday evening at the University of Dayton Arena. The winner becomes the 11th-seeded team in the East Regional.
The tournament's first upset might have come in the stomach of UCLA coach Steve Alford.
"It did surprise me that we were last four in, it really did," Alford said. "I mean, I thought we were soundly in."
His opinion was shared by several experts who had the Bruins in the main draw of their projected brackets. ESPN analyst Joe Lunardi predicted the Bruins would get a No. 10 seeding in the South Regional; CBS Sports' Jerry Palm foresaw UCLA receiving a No. 9 seeding in the West Regional.
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