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Justice Dept. Official Identifies Problems in Federal Law Targeting Violence against Native American Womem
Sunday, May 22, 2016 - By Mary Hudetz, Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A U.S. Justice Department official identified significant gaps Wednesday in a federal law aimed at addressing high rates of violence against Native American women, saying the law should be expanded to broaden tribes' authority over certain child abuse cases.
In 2013, Congress gave tribes power to prosecute non-Native Americans in domestic and dating violence cases. The push for the law came amid outcry from victims' advocates who cited federal figures showing most assaults involved offenders who weren't Native American.
But the scope of the law — known as the Violence Against Women Act(pdf) — has proven limited, with language saying tribal authorities can only prosecute perpetrators who live or work on tribal land, or are their victim's' spouse or dating partner.
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Judge rejects tribal immunity claim, will allow lending suit
Matt Volz Associated Press - May 20, 201

HELENA, Mont. | A federal judge in Vermont has rejected Montana tribal officials' claims of sovereign immunity and said that he will hear a civil case alleging the tribe's online payday lending company illegally preys on poor borrowers.
U.S. District Judge Geoffrey Crawford's order Wednesday to proceed with the lawsuit against Plain Green LLC's leaders and non-Native American backers is a setback for lenders who use tribal sovereign immunity to offer high interest short-term loans in states with laws that bar or cap such loans.
"It's a very important result for investigating when tribal immunity is appropriate and when it is not," said Matthew Byrne, the attorney for the two Vermont women who filed the lawsuit.
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Urban Outfitters

America's Largest Native American Tribe Not 'Famous' Enough to Win Trademark Lawsuit
by Alex Cooke

Despite being the largest Native American tribe in the United States, the Navajo Nation lost part of a lawsuit against Urban Outfitters because they could not prove that they were famous enough to own the rights to the aesthetic.
Urban Outfitters is no stranger to controversy in their fashion designs. In 2001, the company introduced a line of "Navajo" clothes and accessories that clearly appropriated the tribe's aesthetic. The Navajo Nation filed a lawsuit in 2011, demanding all profits from the line or $1,000 per day per item. Nevertheless, they failed to prove that the "Navajo" term is "widely recognized by the general consuming public of the United States," according to New Mexico District Judge Bruce Black. Urban Outfitters had argued that the term was sufficiently generic to warrant its usage without permission. 
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Washington Post conducts poll on Native views of racist mascot
FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2016

The overwhelming majority of "ordinary" Native Americans aren't bothered by the NFL team's racist mascot, according to the results of a poll conducted by The Washington Post.
The poll reached 504 self-identified Native Americans in every state, according to the paper. Of those, 44 percent said they were enrolled in a tribe and 56 percent said they weren't.
Among those 504 respondents, only 9 percent found the team's name to be "Offensive," according to the results. The remaining 90 percent said the mascot "Does not bother" them.
The results mirror a 2004 Annenberg Poll that the Washington team has repeatedly cited when asked why it won't change the name. But it does not reflect the views of nearly every inter-tribal and Indian organization that has taken a stand against the mascot or the positions of dozens of tribes that have done the same.
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What's next in fighting cancer with polio virus?

MAY 16, 2016, 7:35 AM|The FDA granted a new brain cancer treatment that uses the polio virus with "breakthrough status." This means clinical trials can move more quickly than usual. Scott Pelley and "60 Minutes" have been following the trials at Duke University for two years, tracking several of the study's participants. Dr. David Agus joins "CBS This Morning" from Los Angeles to discuss what's next for the cancer breakthrough.
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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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Toreros Thump Zags in Season Finale, 10-4
USD avoided a sweep and finish season 27-29 overall.

May 21, 2016

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The University of San Diego baseball team picked up a 10-4 win over to league-leading Gonzaga University Saturday evening in a West Coast Conference game at Fowler Park.
With the win, the Toreros finish the season with a 27-29 overall record, and a 13-14 mark in the WCC. With the loss, the Zags fall to 33-18 overall, move to 18-9 in the WCC, and have claimed a share of the WCC Championship.
The Toreros got on the scoreboard first, as they scored two runs on four hits in the bottom of the first inning. Bryson Brigman got things started with a one-out single, and he moved to third on a Ryan Kirby double to right field.
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UCLA Baseball Faces ASU in Season's Final Home Series
By orlandobruin on May 20, 2016, 3:05p

The UCLA Bruin baseball team (24-26, 11-13 PAC 12) closes out its home schedule this weekend with a visit from the Arizona State Sun Devils (31-18, 13-11 PAC 12). For all intents and purposes, UCLA is likely eliminated from post-season contention.
The Bruins currently sit in a four-way tie for 7th place in the PAC 12, but UCLA has a worse overall record than any of the other three teams with whom they are tied, essentially putting the Bruins in 10th place in the PAC 12.
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