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Indian Country:

What you should know about the historic Native American battle happening now.
August 24, 2016 - By Thom Dunn

It's the summer of 2016, and thousands of American Indians from the northern Great Plains just came together to protect their sacred land ... again.
If this scene sounds familiar, that's because it is. During the Great Sioux War of 1876, a united legion of Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho stood their ground near a river against a U.S. Army regiment led by Col. George A. Custer. American Indians called it the Battle of Greasy Grass or Victory Day, but U.S. history books tend to remember the Battle of the Little Bighorn as Custer's Last Stand.
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Indian Country

‘This Nation Was Founded on Genocide’: MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Dakota Access
ICTMN Staff - 8/26/16

From the start of colonial intrusion, the free and original peoples of this hemisphere  “have been treated as enemies and dealt with more harshly than any other enemy in any other war.”
While this in itself is not news, the source of this statement is. This quote comes not from an activist, a historian or a researcher squirreled away in an obscure academic corner, but from a high-profile commentator speaking on MSNBC.
“After all our other wars we signed treaties and lived by those treaties,” noted Lawrence O’Donnell at the segment at the end of the August 25 edition of his nightly news showThe Last Word. “After World War 2 we then did everything we possibly could to help rebuild Germany.”
In other words, “no Native American tribe has ever been treated as well as we treated Germans after World War 2.”
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The Forgotten History Of ‘Violent Displacement’ That Helped Create The National Parks
A new campaign launched on the 99th anniversary of the National Park Service looks to spark debate about conservation.
 08/26/2015 02:58 pm ET | Updated Aug 26, 2015
Julian Brave NoiseCat Native Issues Fellow, The Huffington Post

Tuesday marked the 99th anniversary of the National Park Service, perhaps the most-loved division of the federal government. For many Americans, excursions to the national parks conjure up memories of family road trips, camp songs and hikes set in some of the country’s most beautiful locales. Ken Burns called the parks, “America’s best idea.” Cue Woody Guthrie: “This Land Is Your Land.”
But what’s often left unmentioned is that for the parks to become the protected lands of public imagination, their prior inhabitants — such as indigenous peoples and the rural poor — had to be evicted.
To shed light on this history and its perpetuation abroad, indigenous rights advocacy organization Survival International launched a new campaign this month called “Stop the Con,” protesting what it describes as the “violent displacement” of indigenous peoples in the name of conservation. The campaign aims to raise awareness about problematic conservation practices.
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Two Kinds of Racism: A Call for Clarity
Peter d'Errico - 8/21/16

Greg Howard, writing inThe New York Times Magazinerecently ["The Easiest Way to Get Rid of Racism? Just Redefine It"], offered an innovative critique of white people claiming to be victims of racism. He used the concept of "gaslighting" to describe the process, explaining gaslighting as an attempt to make another person doubt their own perceptions, memory, or even sanity.
The first step in gaslighting involves a redefinition of racism—moving the focus from institutions to personal feelings and intentions: racism as an emotion, rather than "systems and policies." The white person says, "I don't feel racist."
In the second step, the white person says racism was abolished in America: Slavery is outlawed andBrown v. Board of Educationdeclared the "separate but equal" doctrine unconstitutional.
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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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ANA is pleased to anounce the inclusion of AIR's Pride for Life Project within "Fiscal Year 2008 Report to Congress on Impact and Effectiveness of Administration for Native American Projects" and the inclusion of AIR's Voices of Tomorrow Project within "Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress on Impact and Effectiveness of Administration for Native American Projects"

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Toreros Report To Camp On August 9th
First practice slated for August 10th at 3:45 p.m. - Aug. 5, 2016

TOREROS REPORT TO CAMP AUGUST 9TH: The USD Torero football team, under the direction of fourth-year head coach Dale Lindsey, will report to camp on Tuesday, August 9th. Coach Lindsey and his staff are expecting 110 student-athletes to report with the first practice slated for Wednesday, August 10th, from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. at the Manchester Field (see complete camp schedule below). Practices are open to the media and interviews are available post-practice. Please contact the USD media relations office in advance to coordinate interviews.
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UCLA Football Ranked #16 in AP Preseason Poll
By Joe Piechowski on Aug 21, 2016, 1:22p 

The Bruins have earned a little more respect from AP voters than they did in the USA Today Coaches Poll. Unfortunately, it's all meaningless until any games are actually played.
This morning, the Associated Press released its preseason poll.
UCLA is ranked #16 is the AP Preseason Poll which is substantially better than the team's #24 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll. With 496 points, the Bruins are ranked behind Houston with 644 points and ahead of Iowa which received 486 points.
Four other Pac-12 teams appear in the AP Top 25. Stanford leads the way at #8, Washington is #14, USC is at #20, and Oregon is #24.
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