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Indian Country:

Land Thievery Redux: Bakken Oil Leases and Money Mismanagement
Winona LaDuke - 10/10/14

All About the Money

This fracked oil boom is, after all, about money. Money that provides compensation to tribal members for leases and royalties—and money, in a way, which makes everyone feel better. There are tribal millionaires, there are oil barons, there are tribal leaders who are oil barons, and the state of North Dakota is looking pretty robust in its economic plan. Not everyone is doing so well, however, as not every tribal member has mineral rights. And those who do may have been cheated out of hundreds of millions of dollars in royalties by a complex scheme.
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Suicide on Reservations and the Need for More Studies
Harlan McKosato - 10/19/14

In the wake of the tragic suicide of legendary actor/comedian Robin Williams, after the initial wave of public shock, insight and awareness of the complexities of depression began to surface. The connections between depression, substance abuse and suicide were examined by the American media like never before.
In Indian country the connections had already been painfully obvious. The especially high suicide rates among Native Americans, compared to the rest of the U.S. population, are well documented. On some reservations and villages, the rates can be up to 10 times higher than the national average.
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Prop. 48 revives California’s off-reservation casino debate
10/18/2014 9:10 PM 

Proposition 48, a referendum on two tribal gaming compacts brokered by Gov. Jerry Brown and approved by the Legislature, will ask voters whether they want to uphold the deals. Massive gambling revenue is on the line, as are questions about the growing phenomenon of “off-reservation” Indian casinos in California.
Proponents of Proposition 48 – including the North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians, the Wiyot tribe and their financial backers from Station Casinos in Las Vegas – argue that the proposal to build a 2,000-slot-machine casino off Highway 99 in Madera would create an economic engine in a depressed region of the Central Valley and allow the North Fork tribe to reclaim part of its historic land.
But the casino site is not on the North Fork Rancheria in the mountains near Yosemite, and that’s part of the problem for opponents of the initiative. They make the case that the deal opens the door for more casinos outside established reservations, a limitation that voters approved in a 2000 proposition.
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Lopez-Jacome Named Barona Powwow Princess
Monday, October 6, 2014

Monica Lopez-Jacome takes pride in who she is, whom and what she represents. So, in May when it was learned that she’d been chosen as the 2014-15 Barona Indian Reservation Powwow Princess and would be celebrated at Barona’s 44th annual event in late August, it was more than just a major accomplishment.
“I was filled with emotions, everything from excitement to feeling ‘oh my goodness, it’s me!’” said Lopez-Jacome, a sophomore sociology major at the University of San Diego. “Usually, the princesses for the Powwow are Barona girls from their reservation. I was the first generation from outside the tribe to be chosen.”
Lopez-Jacome is Kumeyaay, though self-described as an “urban Indian” because she lives close to the city, her great-grandparents, Alfred and Ramona Ortega are Kumeyaay from the Mesa Grande Reservation.
Her parents, Abel and Ana Jacome, were told about the honor and when it was presented to their daughter, she accepted it with gratitude.
“We told the Barona tribal community member it would be such an honor to bring upon our family,” she said.
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Toreros hold off Butler 27-21 for fourth straight win
Oct. 18, 2014

(Indianapolis, IN) - The USD Toreros won their fourth straight game as they earned a hard-fought 27-21 win over the host Butler Bulldogs (3-4; 1-3 PFL). The win improves USD's season mark to 5-1, and moves their PFL record to 3-1. USD returns to Walter J. Zable Field at Torero Stadium on Saturday, October 25th, when they host the Dayton Flyers in a 6:00 pm contest.
Sophomore QB Keith Williams was back in the starting lineup and finished the day 20-of-28 for 251 yards and 1 score. He connected with WR Brandon White nine times for 93 yards, andReggie Bell three times for 91 yards.
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FINAL: Cal football can’t muster late magic, loses 36-34 to UCLA
By Mike Vernon on October 18, 2014 4:21 PM

One week after scoring just seven points at Washington and playing themselves out of the game by halftime, the Bears were back in a close one.
This time, Cal had no late magic. Quarterback Jared Goff lobbed a pass intended for Kenny Lawler with the Bears in the game’s final minute. Only UCLA defensive back Marcus Rios came down with the ball in front of the 49,257 fans at Memorial Stadium.
UCLA 36, Cal 34.
The Bears started the final drive on the 23-yard line with 3:34 to play. After a lengthy injury stoppage for receiver Trevor Davis, who left the field on a stretcher, the Bears started their final drive of the game.
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