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Koch brother funded think tank is behind Utah’s anti-monument push
Millions of Koch-linked funds were funneled to a conservative think tank that helped spearhead the attack on the monument.
Natasha Geiling  Jul 12, 2017

A Utah resolution calling for the elimination of Bears Ears National Monument turns out to have been authored by a conservative think tank that is largely funded by the Koch brothers, according to documents and IRS filings.
Emails obtained by the Western Values Project and reported by E&E News on Wednesday show that the Sutherland Institute — a conservative Utah think tank — wrote the resolution that Utah lawmakers approved in January. That resolution, sponsored by House Speaker Greg Hughes (R) and Senate President Wayne Niederhauser (R), urged President Trump to rescind Bears Ears national monument, a 1.35-million acre national monument designated by President Obama in December of 2016.
In May, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke visited Bears Ears monument for a tour alongside Utah Congressman Rob Bishop (R) and political operative Matt Anderson, a senior policy fellow with Federalism in Action and a policy analyst with the Coalition for Self-Government in the West, a project of the Sutherland Institute. According to the newly released emails, Anderson was asked to “provide language” for the resolution.

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States Keep Saying Yes to Marijuana Use. Now Comes the Federal No.

In a national vote widely viewed as a victory for conservatives, last year’s elections also yielded a win for liberals in eight states that legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use. But the growing industry is facing a federal crackdown under Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who has compared cannabis to heroin.
task force Mr. Sessions appointed to, in part, review links between violent crimes and marijuana is scheduled to release its findings by the end of the month. But he has already asked Senate leaders to roll back rules that block the Justice Department from bypassing state laws to enforce a federal ban on medical marijuana.
That has pitted the attorney general against members of Congress across the political spectrum — from Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, to Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey — who are determined to defend states’ rights and provide some certainty for the multibillion-dollar pot industry.
“Our attorney general is giving everyone whiplash by trying to take us back to the 1960s,” said Representative Jared Huffman, Democrat of California, whose district includes the so-called Emerald Triangle that produces much of America’s marijuana.

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Indian Pueblo Cultural Center Basking in Success of Starbucks Pueblo Coffee Mugs
The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center’s successful ceramic and travel Starbucks Pueblo Coffee Mugs are portable Pueblo culture
Jason Asenap • July 16, 2017

In January of 2015, five Pueblo artists, Erik Fender (San Ildefonso), Elizabeth Medina (Zia), Frederica Antonio (Acoma), Patricia Lowden (Acoma), and Robin Teller (Isleta) created one-of-a-kind “Starbucks-style” clay mugs for the the Starbucks at Avanyu Plaza for its grand opening. Requests for the Starbucks Pueblo coffee mugs were so high, they decided to create replica-style mugs and sales have been amazing ever since.
Ira Wilson, lead buyer for the Indian Pueblo cultural center, says the idea for the Starbucks Pueblo coffee mugs started with a conversation in when one of the workers had a Starbucks cup. “He mentioned it would be cool to have ‘Indian designs’ on it.”  
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Trump administration set to advance copper mine on sacred Apache site
Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2017

Before Indian Country's attention turned to the #NoDAPL movement last summer, there was the fight to save Oak Flat, a sacred Apache site in Arizona, from a huge mining development.
Congress paved the way for the Resolution Copper mine through a controversial land swap that tribes tried to defeat. But now it's in the hands of the Trump administration and there are signs that the project has drawn sympathy from a team all too eager to please industry interests.
"A company shouldn't have to be hundreds of millions of dollars into risk money without knowing whether there is a real chance it is going to get approved," Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told Reuters, which said he specifically brought up the mine.
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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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Riley Adams named WCC Player of the Year
Seven Toreros recognized with All-WCC recognition
May 23, 2017

SAN DIEGO - The West Coast Conference released its All-WCC Awards today and the Torero baseball program received great news with the announcement that junior catcherRiley Adams (Encinitas, Calif.) was named the 2017 WCC Player of the Year.  Adams becomes the fourth Torero in the past five seasons to earn this award, and the 10thhonoree in program history. The Toreros finished the regular-season with a 35-18-1 record and 18-9 WCC mark and are hoping for an at-large bid into the NCAA Postseason.
On the year Riley batted .312 with 12 doubles, 13 homers, 47 RBIs and 45 runs scored. His numbers in WCC play were just as impressive as he batted a team-best .380 with 9 doubles, 8 homers, 25 RBIs, 21 runs scored, and a .710 slugging percentage.  Additionally, he did an outstanding job behind the plate handling Torero pitchers and being a team leader.

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Four Bruins Selected on Final Day of MLB Draft
Burke, Valaika, Stephens and Ceja were selected on Day Three.
June 14, 2017

NEW YORK – UCLA right-handed pitcher Scott Burke, infielder Nick Valaika, outfielder Brett Stephens and right-handed pitcher Moises Ceja were each selected on the final day of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday. Burke was selected 608th overall in the 20th round to the Baltimore Orioles, Valaika was taken as the 718th overall pick in the 24th round to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Stephens was selected 836th overall in the 28th round to the Colorado Rockies, while Moises Ceja was also selected by the Rockies as the 956th overall pick in the 32nd round.
In 13 seasons as UCLA's head coach, John Savage has produced 88 MLB draft selections, including 32 players being drafted within the first 10 rounds. Today's picks bring the program's total to 270 all-time MLB Draft selections. In total, six Bruins were selected in this year's draft, the most since 2015 when eight UCLA players were drafted.
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