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White House hosts meeting on violence against indigenous women and girls

The White House is hosting the first-ever meeting of the North American Working Group on Violence Against Indigenous Women & Girls on Friday.
The group was established following the North American Leaders’ Summit in June. The initiative will address domestic violence and sexual violence against indigenous women and girls in the United States, Canada and Mexico.
"Across Canada, the United States, and Mexico, indigenous women and girls endure dangerously high levels of violence," the White House said in afact sheet.
Top officials from all three nations are scheduled to participate in the event. Included is Jody Wilson-Raybould, who as the first Native woman to serve as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada is overseeing a national inquiry into missing and murdered Native women and girls.
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Nooksack Tribe creates new court and puts chairman in charge

As one Pacific Northwest tribe heeds rulings from its own court system in a disenrollment dispute another is taking judicial activism to a new level.
The Nooksack Tribe in Washington created a new Supreme Court and Chairman Bob Kelly is serving as its chief justice, according to an order issued by the entity on October 7. And the other four justices? Those seats are being held by council members.
It appears tribal leaders created the new court for the sole purpose oaf interfering in an ongoing disenrollment dispute. According to the October 7 order, Chief Justice Kelly and his fellow jurists are conducting an "expedited" review of the matter.
The order, however, obscures the fact that the matter at issue originated from a lawsuit in which Chairman Kelly and other tribal leaders are named as defendants. Instead, it's styled as a review of the Nooksack Court of Appeals.
That means Chief Justice Kelly is making a decision on a lawsuit bearing his own name, albeit in a different capacity.
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A tale of two tribes: Colorado’s Southern Utes want to drill as Sioux battle pipeline
Southern Ute Indian Tribe has a better credit rating than Wells Fargo and more oil and gas wells than members
By Catherine Traywick, Bloomberg News

The Southern Ute Indian Tribe of southwestern Colorado has a higher long-term credit rating than Wells Fargo & Co. and more oil and natural-gas wells than it has members.
Welcome to the other side of the tribal land energy conundrum.
While the Standing Rock Sioux have drawn considerable media coverage for their fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline project, the Southern Utes have attracted scant attention for their 15-year push to make it easier to drill on Indian land. Their goal: Extend financial opportunities that have already given them control of 1,600 wells across four states, and helped make them one of the richest tribes in the U.S.
“Without a prolonged effort to take control of our natural resources, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe would not be the economic powerhouse it is today,” Tribal Council treasurer James Olguin told lawmakers in a congressional hearing earlier this month. “We are the best protectors of our own resources and the best stewards of our own destiny.”
Andy Cross, The Denver Post
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NIEA Statement on Racial Incident in Reno, Nevada
Posted on October 15, 2016

On behalf of the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) the largest and oldest organization advocating for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students, schools and communities, we write to express our deep concern and outrage at the recent assault and hate crime that was committed against the Reno Sparks Indian Colony, Nevada Tribes, and the community who were engaged in a peaceful rally and march to protest Columbus Day and calling for the city and state to replace this federal holiday to honor Indigenous People’s Day. NIEA has long supported Indigenous People’s Day, having passed a resolution just last year as an appropriate way to name what is now known as Columbus Day. We are particularly concerned that our tribal and urban Indian communities continue to experience a legacy of historical trauma from the generations of federal policies meant to dispossess and terminate our very existence.
On October 5-8, NIEA recently held our 47th Annual Convention in Reno. Five years ago our membership chose Reno as the host site to bring over 1,200 Native educators, tribal government officials, students, school leaders and organizations together to collectively support education resources, equity, and options for Native students.
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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 dominate Drake 38-7
San Diego improves to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in PFL play

Des Moines, IA -- The USD Toreros turned in an impressive performance today on the road at Drake University as they dealt the Bulldogs a 38-7 loss. The victory was USD's fourth straight, all coming in league play. San Diego (5-1, 4-0 PFL) totaled 467 yards of offense while the Torero defense limited the Bulldogs to just 229 yards of offense, including only 42 yards on the ground.
The Toreros played a near perfect first half in jumping out to a 24-0 lead. San Diego totaled 283 yards (103 rush, 180 pass) while the USD defense held the host Bulldogs to just 84 yards of offense (23 on the ground). Anthony Lawrence completed 14-of-20 passes for 180 yards and two scores. Running back Jonah Hodges netted 81 yards on 17 carries. Brian Riley hauled in 4 balls for 67 yards including his 17-yard TD reception on USD's opening drive. Tight end Ross Dwelleycaught 4 balls for 47 yards including his 8-yard TD catch in the endzone with 2:36 to go in the half. Fullback Tevin Heyward scored on a 2-yard run with 10:58 to go in the 2nd quarter andPatrick Murray converted on a 44-yard field goal as time expired for the 24-0 score.

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WSU vs. UCLA final score: Cougars defeat Bruins, 27-21
The questionable weather led to some sloppy play, but the Cougs did enough to defeat the Josh Rosen-less Bruins.
by Jeff Nusser  @NussCoug Oct 15, 2016, 11:34p

Nobody is going to classify this as a masterpiece performance, but WSU did enough to move to 3-0 in Pac-12 play and 4-2 overall with a 27-21 homecoming victory over UCLA in the rain on Saturday night.
The rushing game that had keyed the three-game winning streak heading into tonight went largely unused, and Luke Falk was uncharacteristically average. Some of that had to do with the weather, and some of that had to do with UCLA’s defense just being pretty darned good.
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