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Student of the leader of the Year:  Raelynn Bichitty (Navajo)
Mentor/Leader of the Year: Noel Shaw (Native Hawaiian)
Community Leader of the Year: Jamie LaBrake
(Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation)

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Native Rights

California supports non-Indian man in reservation boundary case

The state of California is backing a non-Indian man who is disputing the boundaries of the reservation of the Colorado River Indian Tribes.
Attorney General Kamala Harris submitted an amicus brief in federal court in October. The state claims that the reservation does not include any of the tribe's lands in California because the western boundary moved with the Colorado River.
"California urges this court to fully review the long history of the dispute ... and determine that the Colorado is the riparian western boundary of the reservation and that the disputed area is not a part of the reservation," the brief states.
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Sacred Sites

Video: What Resolution Copper Wants to Inflict on Apache Sacred Land
ICTMN Staff - 12/10/14

The San Carlos Apache Tribe is battling to save a sacred site that has been federally protected from mining since 1955.
That is, until now. Lawmakers have slipped a clause into the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would allow for a land swap, giving Resolution Copper Inc. 2,400 acres of copper-containing land in return for 5,300 acres of substandard land scattered throughout southeast Arizona.
Problem is, it lies right on a scenic—and did we mention sacred?—recreation area set aside by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who specified that it be protected from mining: Oak Flat, Devil's Canyon, and Apache Leap. It is not only sacred to the San Carlos Apaches and related tribes but also would be subject to a technique called block cave mining.
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By Derek Staahl
Story Published: Dec 16, 2014 at 6:10 PM PST

AMUL – A $360 million Indian casino is about one-third complete despite several ongoing legal challenges from a coalition of neighbors who promise to continue fighting the project.
Construction crews have finished the $36 million excavation phase, digging out 452,000 tons of rock and soil where the three-story casino and subterranean parking garage will sit, the Jamul Indian Village and the project’s developer said.
“We're excited,” said Richard Tellow, a tribal council member. “This has been a long time in the making. It's been 20 years the tribe has been trying to do this.”
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Santa Ysabel Band ordered to shut down online bingo operation

The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel said it would fight to keep its online gaming site open after a federal judge issued a temporary restraining order at the request of the state of California.
The tribe launched Desert Rose Bingo last month, offering bingo-type games to patrons based in the state. Bingo is considered a Class II game and is not subject to state jurisdiction.
The state, however, argued that the operation violated the Class III gaming compact. Judge Anthony J. Battaglia agreed and said he was "convinced" that the activity on the site falls into the Class III category.
"The court is fully aware that the games permitted for tribal gaming are not limited to 'church-hall paper and dauber bingo games,'" Battaglia wrote in a decision on Friday. "But the game presented here pushes well beyond a technological aid and instead the court is convinced that the gaming here is an electronic facsimile and Class III gaming for purposes of the compact."
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Tribe believes court ruling threatens Indian gaming laws
16 December 2014

Californian tribe Santa Ysabel has described a federal court ruling that has banned its attempts to introduce online bingo in the US state as “very dangerous and significant”.
The operator went live with in early November claiming its sovereign right to offer Class II gaming, which is defined by the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act 1988 (IGRA) as poker and bingo, over the internet regardless whether or not it is legal in California.
However, by November 21 the tribe had been hit by a legal challenge from California’s Office of the Attorney General, which filed a 14-page federal lawsuit seeking “appropriate injunctive relief to prevent unlawful internet gambling”.
On Friday, US federal district judge Anthony Battaglia issued a temporary restraining order banning the tribe from continuing to offer real money online bingo in California.
Cruz Bustamante, spokesman for Santa Ysabel Interactive, the Tribe's economic development enterprise, said: “We are deeply disappointed by the federal court's decision to grant the State’s temporary restraining order.
“This decision poses a significant threat to tribal jurisdiction over Class II gaming under the IGRA.
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Griz annhilate San Diego in 1st Round 52-14

MISSOULA - The Griz made it back to the postseason for the 23rd time in program history hosting San Diego in the first round of the FCS Playoffs. And Montana would prove to be rude hosts to the Toreros as the Griz were in control throughout winning easily 52-14.
Montana opened the game with possession and converted a few first downs before having to punt at midfield. The Griz defense then forced a 3 and out after nearly hauling in an interception on 1st down.

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UCLA Football:

Stanford's Kevin Hogan helps erase UCLA's hopes for CFP spot

PASADENA, Calif. -- When Kevin Hogan led Stanford onto the hallowed Rose Bowl turf for the fourth time in three years, the quarterback realized the stakes were a whole lot higher for No. 9 UCLA, which could clinch the Pac-12 South with a victory.
Hogan and the Cardinal were only playing for fun -- and the two-time defending conference champions had a boatload of it while ruining the Bruins' season yet again.

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