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Race in America:
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Oil Spill


Among other things, the new order shifts focus from the environment to business interests and takes indigenous voices off the table.
The spill began with a bang. On August 20, 2010 a jet of natural gas surged to the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform. Fumes filled the air, signalling something was amiss—and then the rig exploded in a smoky blaze, killing eleven people on board. In the three months that followed, an estimated 507 million litres of oil gushed into the gulf, devastating marine life—from tiny microorganisms to sea birds and dolphins.
“We're still feeling the effects today,” says Andrew Rosenberg, director of the Centre for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.
Amidst the clean-up, then-President Barack Obama issued Executive Order 13547, emphasizing the vital need for ocean and Great Lake stewardship. It established the first National Ocean Policy, noting that the Deepwater spill “is a stark reminder of how vulnerable our marine environments are, and how much communities and the nation rely on healthy and resilient ocean and coastal ecosystems.”

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Richard Bammer: Trump decision on college admissions strikes negative chord
By Richard Bammer, The Reporter, Vacaville
POSTED: 07/15/18, 9:00 AM PDT

The Trump administration’s plan to rescind seven Obama-era guidelines regarding the use of race for college admissions strikes a personal chord with me, a negative one.
With the change, I would — if I were 17 or 18 today and applying to a dozen colleges across the United States — perhaps face the real possibility of rejection, likely more than one, because I would certainly point out, or emphasize, my America Indian heritage to score points with admissions officers willing to consider race as a factor. Why wouldn’t I want every possible advantage, as a child of middle-class parents of modest financial means, in an effort to gain admission to every selective institution of higher learning, public or private?

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That day the Vice President raised money against a Native candidate
#NativeVote18 update in Kansas, New Mexico
By Mark Trahant - Indian Country Today

Imagine a sitting vice president of the United States raising money for the opponent of one of the few Native American women to run for Congress. This election is that important.
Vice President Mike Pence spoke at an America First rally in Kansas City and raised money for Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas. He said he was there to thank the people of Missouri and Kansas for supporting President Trump “every day since the election” and said it will soon be the one and one-half year mark since Trump took office. ‘It’s been a year and half of promises made, promises kept,” Pence said.
It’s those very promises that is basis of Sharice Davids’ candidacy for Kansas’ 3rd congressional district. Davids, Ho Chunk, is one of four Native American women running for the U.S. House of Representatives. She tweeted last week about Pence's record on LGBT rights and other issues and said he was "a direct threat to the inclusion and equality that I stand for."
As the Kansas City Star put it: Pence’s fundraising trip is a sign that Yoder’s” re-election is a high priority for the national party.”

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Wyoming Standing Rock activist wins acquittal
By by Angus M. Thuermer Jr., WyoFile

A North Dakota judge last Thursday acquitted Riverton activist Micah Lott of criminal trespass and rioting charges stemming from his protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Reservation in 2017.
Judge Gail Hagerty acquitted Lott and a fellow defendant after hearing the prosecution’s case only. The defense didn’t have to present its evidence, Lott’s attorney Doug Parr said in a telephone interview.
Other defendants facing similar charges had agreed to plea bargains, Parr said, but Lott chose to fight. The 25-year-old Northern Arapaho tribal member said he had reasons to stand his ground.
“I knew I wasn’t guilty and I wasn’t trespassing,” he told WyoFile.
Authorities arrested Lott in early 2017 after he and other activists moved portions of the Oceti Sakowin protest camp from a flood-prone area to higher ground. They lit a sacred fire amidst seven prayer tipis before authorities moved in and arrested about 70 persons.
Lott said he was praying when he was arrested and not engaging in a riot, as charged.
Parr said the judge made the prosecution play an hour-long video of the incident that illustrated as much.

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Art of the flop or Embellishmnet:
Neymar and the Art of the Dive
By Andrew Keh
July 5, 2018

SAMARA, Russia — Alarm bells rang inside Jim Calder’s brain earlier this week as he watched Neymar, the Brazilian soccer superstar, squirm on the grass and cry out in apparent distress.
“Neymar does what all beginning actors do,” he said. “They oversell the event.”
Calder would know. For three decades he has taught acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. His voice has been consistently hoarse this summer, a consequence of yelling at students all day at a theater workshop he runs every year in Florence, Italy. Yet when the classes have ended, when he turns on the television to watch the World Cup at night, he continues to have his thespian tastes affronted. The same thing happens every four years: On the biggest stage in sports, some of the world’s best soccer talents reveal themselves to be D-list actors. They pantomime pain. They exaggerate like silent film stars. They don’t seem to care who sees.

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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 Undone by Early Rally
San Diego concludes season with loss at No. 2 Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. – San Diego fell behind early as No. 2 Oregon State flexed its offensive muscle to defeat the Toreros, 19-6, in seven innings on Tuesday evening at Goss Stadium.
USD (23-32) could not slow down the Beavers (40-8-1) potent offense which produced 13 runs in the first two innings to take a commanding lead it would not relinquish.
Nick Sprengel took over on the mound with two outs in the second inning and did well to slow Oregon State’s offense, retiring six of the first seven batters he faced. He provided stability for the Toreros on the hill and finished the final 4 1/3 innings.
The Toreros did most of their damage in the top of the sixth inning, rallying for four runs on a pair of hits. Daniel Gardner produced a sacrifice fly, while Jeff Houghtby added an RBI-single to help ignite the rally.

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UCLA Baseball:
Gophers pound UCLA, advance to NCAA baseball super regional
By BRIAN MURPHY | | Pioneer Press
PUBLISHED: June 3, 2018 at 10:40 pm 

Gophers baseball coach John Anderson was in tears moments before the biggest game of his 37-year tenure at Minnesota because his biggest fan was going to miss it.
Erin Anderson works for a Twin Cities medical device company and had to travel to Baltimore Sunday for a work commitment. She called her father to break the news as the Gophers were preparing to play the UCLA Bruins with a berth in the program’s first NCAA Super Regional at stake.
“She called me on way to the airport in tears,” said Anderson, his own voice cracking with emotion. “After that, I promised her we would win the game so she could go to the next round with us.”
Anderson had never guaranteed a win in his career, but these are heady times for the Gophers, who earned another milestone for their storied program.
Minnesota hammered the Bruins 13-8 before a record crowd of 2,425 at Siebert Field to advance to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament — with a chance to qualify for the College World Series in Omaha, Neb.
This is the furthest Minnesota has advanced in the NCAA tournament since 1977, when former All-American shortstop Paul Molitor led the Gophers to their last College World Series. The Gophers will face Oregon State, the No. 2 team in the country behind Florida and No. 3 seed in the tournament, in a best-of-three series in Corvallis, Ore. “It means everything to this program,” said All-American shortstop Terrin Vavra, who was named outstanding player of the 2018 Minneapolis Regional. “We’re really excited to be a part of, something we knew we were capable of.”
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