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We congratulate our Student Awardees for 2016-17! Their accomplishments will someday create change and opportunity in Indian Country for a brighter future!

2017 Student Awardees AIR

Student Leadership Awardee Kiara Balcone (Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians)
Student Leadership Awardee Natalie Chang (Delaware Tribe of Indians/Cherokee) 
Student Leadership Awardee Laura Abrishamkar (Delaware Tribe of Indians/Cherokee) 
Student Leadership Awardee Priscilla Ortiz
(Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians/Iipay Nation of Santa Ysable)
Student Leadership Awardee Anthony Hurtado
(Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians / Tohono O'odham Nation)

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 Bears Ears

Bears Ears remains in limbo as Republicans leave tribes out of monument bill

A bill being rushed through Congress is raising alarms in Indian Country about the future of the Bears Ears National Monument and other important places.
The House Committee on Natural Resources approved H.R.3990, the National Monument Creation and Protection Act, on Wednesday without so much as a hearing. The markup came just five days after Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Utah), the chairman of the panel, introduced the bill.
And like one of his prior efforts, Bishop failed to include Indian Country in the so-called CAP Act, which imposes limits on future national monuments and authorizes reductions in existing ones, like Bears Ears in Utah. While the bill recognizes the interests of state and local governments, it leaves out tribal nations altogether.

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Voteing rights

(Blog) Mark Trahant: Voter registration at Indian Health clinic is a way to boost number of Native Americans at polls

Voting should be easy, almost routine. If it’s election day ... we should vote. It’s that simple because it’s the very foundation of democracy. It is only when “we” have a say in what happens next, in our future, that governance meets the basic test of a democracy.
But, too often, that’s not the case for American Indians and Alaska Natives. This week the National Congress of American Indians called the problem of access to voting a “civic emergency” requiring an immediate fix.
“Native people have remained one of the most disenfranchised group of voters in the United States. Today as a result, only two out of every five eligible American Indian and Alaska Native voters are not registered to vote, in 2008 over 1 million eligible Native voters were unregistered,” said Jefferson Keel, president of NCAI, the nation’s oldest and most representative tribal advocacy organization. 
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State won’t interfere with tribal banishments despite civil rights issues, AG says
Author: Lisa Demer,  Published 1 day ago

In villages around Alaska, tribal leaders frustrated by drug dealing and bootlegging have banished suspects using tribal laws and methods – a controversial practice that the state isn't interfering with.
Tribes sometimes want the state to enforce banishment orders and help them eject the undesired person. People who have been turned out from homes and villages have asked for help too. Some say their basic civil rights were violated and that they weren't given proper notice or a chance to face accusers.
The state intends to remain hands-off when it comes to banishment, Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth said in a recent interview.
"We recognize that it presents constitutional challenges," Lindemuth said. "But I don't think it's the state's place to approve or disapprove of anything."
There is no state or federal law providing for banishment. If someone wants to challenge the authority of tribes to take such an action, the attorney general said, that person can do so in court.
"We are not looking for a test case," she said. "It is not the state's challenge to bring."

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Fifty-year legal fight ends with five North County tribes getting their water back
By J. Harry Jones Contact Reporter

In 1967, Robert Pelcyger was a newly minted lawyer who knew little about the rights of Native Americans and even less about water rights.
Then he met Patty Durro, an earnest, young woman from the Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians in northern San Diego County who was determined to reclaim her tribe's share of the San Luis Rey River.
She changed his life and the fortunes of five North County tribes that had been robbed of the water they had been promised by the government.
But it took Pelcyger 50 years to right the wrong.
The journey began with a stack of government contracts from the 1900s.
Pelcyger had been hired to learn tribal law for a government nonprofit that was providing legal services to rural California residents and was hosting a workshop at the University of California, Riverside when he was approached by Durro.
“She was there to complain because their wells were going dry,” Pelcyger remembers

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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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USD Football


Toreros set new PFL record for consecutive wins with 16 straight
San Diego downed Morehead State 56-27 to improve to 4-2 on season

SAN DIEGO -- The USD Toreros turned in a dominating performance in today's homecoming game with a 56-27 win over Morehead State. The victory was USD's 16th straight PFL win, a new league record, and was the team's 29th straight home PFL win. Freshman running back Emilio Martinez rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns, and senior defensive end Jonathan Petersen collected three more sacks and added two forced fumbles.
In jumping out to a 28-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, Martinez had already netted 132 yards rushing on six carries for two touchdowns (20 & 4 yards). Junior quarterback Anthony Lawrence was just as effective as he was a perfect 6-for-6 for 86 yards and touchdown strikes to tight end Ross Dwelley (3 yards) and Zack Holland (31 yards).
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UCLA gets run over by Khalil Tate and Arizona 47-30
Ben Bolch Contact Reporter

Arizona had been the salve for everything that troubled UCLA during Bruins coach Jim Mora’s first five seasons in Westwood.
Leaky defense? Penalties littering the field? Running game that managed next to nothing?
None of it seemed to matter.
The Bruins always beat the Wildcats and felt better about themselves for at least a week.
That made what happened Saturday night at Arizona Stadium something of a rocket-charged reverse. UCLA departed the desert with some new problems to go with the old ones after a 47-30 loss to Arizona that prompted some disbelief among at least one prominent Bruins alumnus.
“Ucla football doesn’t lose to Arizona ... straight embarrassing,” Atlanta Falcons defensive end Takkarist McKinley tweeted after UCLA had surrendered 30 points by halftime.
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