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A Decades-Old Law Protecting Native Americans from Family Separation Is Under Threat
A Texas judge deemed the Indian Child Welfare Act unconstitutional.
OCT 14, 2018

The Trump administration’s continued practice of separating immigrant families at the border has rightfully sparked widespread outrage. But the policy is part of a pattern of family separation that spans American history, from the enslaved children sold away from their parents, to the Mexican-American families separated by mass deportations during the Great Depression. Native American kids also have suffered generations of removal from their homes, often to be placed in white families or Anglo institutions. And quietly, lost amid the constant noise of a deafening news cycle, a law designed to protect Native kids from being ripped from their communities has come under threat, as a Texas judge ruled the Indian Child Welfare Act unconstitutional.
Before the ICWA was adopted 40 years ago, researchers found that between 25 and 35 percent of Native American children were being removed from their homes, and 85 percent of these kids were being placed with white families or institutions. The law bolsters the rights of Native families—case workers must make an "active effort" to keep families in tact. It prioritizes placing Native children in the foster care or adoption systems first with family members, then with others in their tribe, then with Native families across the country. Non-Native people aren’t banned from adopting Native children, but must demonstrate "good cause" as to why the child cannot be cared for by Native Americans.

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Judges seat

Supreme Court set for major showdown in tribal sovereignty case
Thursday, October 11, 2018

With one tribe's sovereignty at stake, the battle lines are being drawn in one of the most consequential U.S. Supreme Court cases in recent history.
The justices will hear Carpenter v. Murphy on November 27. The outcome in the closely-watched dispute will determine whether the reservation of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation continues to exist.
But the tribe won't be able to count on the expertise of one key member of the court as it defends the reservation from an "all-out assault" by the state of Oklahoma. That's because Justice Neil Gorsuch, whose nomination drew unprecedented support in Indian Country last year, has consistently bowed out of all proceedings in the matter.
Gorsuch did not participate in the high court's May 21 decision to grant the Carpenter petition even though he has direct experience in reservation boundary cases. In his prior role as a federal appellate judge, he ruled in favor of the Ute Tribe in a long-running dispute with the state of Utah.

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Stop Hate

The current understanding of ‘hate groups’ excludes those who undermine tribal rights and sovereignty.
By Anna V. Smith - High Country News  /
Friday, October 12, 2018 

This weekend, anti-government activists will converge on Whitefish, Montana, for the “New Code of the West” conference — a symposium catering to Western conspiracy theorists and extremists. Speakers range from Ammon Bundy, leader of the 2016 Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation in Oregon, to state legislators Montana Rep. Kerry White and Washington Rep. Matt Shea. Also present will be Elaine Willman, a board member and former chair of the Citizens for Equal Rights Alliance (CERA), whose mission is “to change federal Indian policies that threaten or restrict the individual rights of all citizens living on or near Indian reservations.” The national group, with board members in Montana, New Mexico, Arizona, California and Washington, has declared that treaties regarding land and water rights are no longer valid, advocated for state rights at the expense of tribal sovereignty, and repeatedly sown distrust between non-Natives and tribal governments on issues like taxation, voter fraud and land use. CERA, which calls tribal sovereignty a “myth,” works to undermine forms of self-determination — foundational issues for tribal nations that have borne the brunt of violent U.S. expansion for centuries.
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'A hopeful future': Addressing Native youth in the justice system
Friday, September 21, 2018 

A new report from the Government Accountability Office is highlighting the challenges facing young Native Americans who end up in the justice system.
In the first study of its kind, the GAO found that more than 105,000 American Indians and Alaska Natives under the age of 18 were arrested between 2010 and 2016. The vast majority of the arrests took place at the state and local level, according to the data.
In 2016, for example, more than 11,000 young Natives were arrested by state and local authorities, compared to just 20 in the federal system.
But the data showed that Native Americans were overrepresented at the federal level. Of all federal youth arrests between 2010 and 2016, 18 percent were Native, according to the report, even though they comprise just 1.6 percent of the nationwide population.
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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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Torero Homecoming Success
San Diego outlasts Dayton, 36-34, to remain undefeated in the PFL

SAN DIEGO – Anthony Lawrence threw for a season-high 434 yards and completed three touchdown passes to lead San Diego to a 36-34 victory over Dayton on Saturday afternoon.
The Toreros (4-2, 3-0 PFL) extended their home PFL win streak to 32 games in front of a rowdy crowd at Torero Stadium to cap the 2018 Homecoming and Family Weekend. They now also hold the longest active home winning streak in the FCS with 19 games.
 The Flyers (3-4, 2-2 PFL) took the early lead, 7-0, scoring on a 46-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Jack Cook to Ryan Skibinski with 5:30 to play in the first quarter. It was the first time the Toreros trailed in PFL play this season. 
With 34 seconds left in the quarter, Lawrence found Christian Brooks for 11-yards. Brooks put the Toreros on the board, diving over the right pilon and into the end zone. The PAT by Aedan Johnson was blocked and the Flyers maintained the lead, 7-6. 

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UCLA Football:

UCLA Football: Bruins Trounce UC Berkeley 37-7 For Their First Victory of the Season
Pop the champagne!
The Bruins are winless no more under head coach Chip Kelley.
By Andrew Goodman@andrew_goodman3  Oct 13, 2018, 7:27pm PDT

Coming into their tilt against the UC Berkley Golden Bears at 0-5, the UCLA Bruins looked like a completely different team on both sides of the ball in their 37-7 throttling of the Golden Bears.
Offensively, the UCLA Bruins showed an efficient and balanced attack through the air, and on the ground. The Bruins tallied 207 rushing yards and 141 yards through the air. 348 yards of total offense might not jump off the screen, but 20 first downs sure does, especially against a stout UC Berkley rushing defense.
This was a huge breakout performance for Bruins RB Joshua Kelley, who carried the momentum from last weeks performance against the Washington Huskies. The starting RB finished with 30 carries (!!!) for 157 yards and three touchdowns. The 30 carries are the most by a Bruins RB since Johnathan Franklin back in 2010. Kelley averaged 5.2 yards per rush, and showed shiftiness plus elusiveness on multiple runs. What a monster.
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