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Supreme Court Ends Same-Sex Marriage Bans Nationwide

In a historic decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that gay and lesbian couples across the country have a constitutional right to marry.
The 5-4 decision caps a long and often contentious battle over what many have called the “defining civil rights challenge of our time."
While the ruling, written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, recognizes a centuries-old “understanding” of marriage as “a union between two persons of the opposite sex,” it says “the history of marriage is one of both continuity and change.”
“That institution -- even as confined to opposite-sex relations -- has evolved over time,” the Supreme Court’s ruling says.
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University plans to cover up controversial mural of a lynching
By Jake Melder. CREATED Jun 24, 2015

As crews wrap up construction outside the old Ada County Courthouse, work inside is hitting a snag over the handling of a mural depicting white settlers lynching a Native American.
The building has been used as the seat for the Idaho Supreme Court, as well as temporary meeting rooms for lawmakers during the Statehouse remodel. Now, the University of Idaho is leasing it out for a satellite campus of their college of Law.
Lee Dillion, the associate dean of the college, has worked to use the building for more than a decade. He says the mural is out of place for a site dedicated to learning the rule of law.
"They're a-historical,” he said. “They're the fevered imagination of a Southern California artist and have no connection to the history of Idaho and at all levels they're inappropriate."
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Minnesota tribe invokes treaty rights in fight to stop pipeline
Proposed $2.5 billion Sandpiper pipeline would cut through White Earth Nation’s wild rice beds harvested for centuries
June 24, 2015 5:00AM ET by Tristan Ahtone 

WHITE EARTH RESERVATION, Minn. — Todd Thompson stood at the end of a handmade wooden pier, some of the planks cracked and bowed. He stared out onto the lake. Under the bright blue sky, a dozen or more fat cumulus clouds cast shadows on the water. Short green stalks of wild rice poked up from the depths, covering the surface like a thick carpet, swaying gently with each passing breeze.
Aspens lined the lake’s edge, and birds sang from their hiding places in the reeds. Mosquitoes whined in their search for fresh blood.
“It might be a good year this year,” said Thompson, referring to the upcoming wild rice harvest. “It don’t look patchy, like it’s been.”
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Native Americans Look At Confederate Flag Controversy And Ask: What About 'Redskins' And Other Racist Symbols?
By Ismat Sarah Mangla @ismat on June 25 2015 1:54 PM EDT

The Confederate flag’s days seem numbered as retailers and statehouses alike remove (or consider removing) it for public consumption in the wake of the Charleston shooting. But it’s not the only symbol in American culture surrounded by controversy.
Native American activists who have lobbied against the use of derogatory terms such as “redskins” are monitoring the flag controversy in hopes that it will raise a larger national conversation about harmful symbols that are commonly used in popular culture
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Salish, Kootenai tribes file over 2,800 water rights claims

HELENA — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes have filed paperwork claiming water use rights in Montana both on and off the Flathead reservation.
The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation accepted the 2,815 claims Thursday.
The claims were filed as placeholders while the state and CSKT wait for Congress to ratify a negotiated water compact. State law requires CSKT to file by July 1 or forfeit their right to do so.
Tribal attorney John Carter said Thursday they will file for a stay on the claims until a final decision is made on the compact. The claims preserve CSKT's water rights should the compact fail to gain approval.
State attorneys say it could be years before the settlement, which was approved by the Montana legislature this year, gains its final approvals.
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Rally Falls Short in 4-2 Loss to Waves
USD's season ends with a 33-22 overall record.

May 22, 2015

STOCKTON, Calif. - The University of San Diego baseball team's run in the West Coast Conference Tournament came to an end with a 4-2 loss to Pepperdine University Friday evening at Banner Island Ballpark.
With the loss, the Toreros fall to 33-22 overall, and are eliminated from the WCC. With the win, the Waves improve to 29-27 overall and will advance onto the championship game on Saturday against Loyola Marymount.
Pepperdine got on the scoreboard first, as they managed to score four runs in the bottom of the third inning. The Pepperdine runs came on back-to-back home runs, a three-run shot by Hutton Moyer and a solo home run by Chris Fornaci to give the Waves a 4-0 lead.
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Ninth Inning Rally Falls Just Short as UCLA Loses to Maryland, 2-1
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release: Tuesday 06/02/2015

LOS ANGELES – The Bruins rallied to put runners on the corners in the ninth, but couldn’t produce the tying run, inevitably falling to Maryland, 2-1, on Monday night at Jackie Robinson Stadium. The loss ends the season for UCLA and advances Maryland to the Super Regional.
The Bruins’ offense was stifled all night, totaling just three hits in the loss. Kort Peterson (2-for-4, RBI) recorded two of those hits, with Ty Moore (1-for-3, R) delivering the other.
UCLA got a great effort from the pitching staff, holding Maryland to two runs, but the performance fell just short.
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