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Mother of overdose victim: Heroin a 'death sentence'
By Mallika Kallingal, CNN
Updated 8:25 PM ET, Sat April 30, 2016

(CNN)Molly Malone still cries when she talks about her son.
Last October, the Atlanta woman got a phone call that every parent dreads. Her son Patrick Hall had been found dead in a hotel room, victim of a heroin overdose. He was 29.
"Heroin is a game changer. It's a death sentence," Malone told CNN recently. "Since heroin has become so cheap, it's the affordability and accessibility that is one of the big problems."
The tragic case of Hall, who had become hooked on prescription painkillers before moving to heroin, is all too common today in the United States, which is in the cold grip of an overdose epidemic. More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 -- the most recent year for which national statistics are available -- than in any other year on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Indian Health Service faulted for lengthy waits in patient care
FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2016

The Indian Health Service has no way of knowing how long patients must wait to secure appointments or complete visits, the Government Accountability Office said in a report on Thursday.
The agency does not require facilities in the system to track access times, the report said. But even those that want to measure patient times can't do so due to an inadequate electronic records system, according to the GAO.
Despite the lack of data, investigators uncovered lengthy wait times in visits to hospitals throughout the country. At one facility on the Navajo Nation, staff said it can take three to four months for a new patient to get an appointment with an internal medicine specialist and two to three months for internal medicine.
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Native Suicides: Intergenerational Trauma Erupts
Peter d'Errico - 5/1/16

Douglas Quan, a reporter for the National Post in Toronto, recently described Aboriginal communities as being in "A state of perpetual mourning" and asked,"What’s behind the 'clusters' of suicide attempts in aboriginal communities?"
The latest "cluster" occurred in the community of Attawapiskat, which declared a state of emergency after 39 suicide attempts, mostly by young people, since March.Since autumn 2015 there have been more than 100 suicide attempts in Attawapiskat, which has a population of just 2,000.
What can we say to answer Quan's question?
Quan quoted Gerald McKinley, an aboriginal health expert at Western University in London, Ontario, who said suicide clusters "are typically triggered by a variety of social stresses: substance use, changes to family structure, intergenerational trauma, violence, food insecurity, and low employment."
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Oneida Indian Nation bankrolls PAC against Claudia Tenney in race for Congress
By Mark Weiner | 
on May 01, 2016 at 4:24 PM, updated May 01, 2016 at 11:20 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A super PAC with ties to the Oneida Indian Nation formally launched a campaign Sunday against Claudia Tenney and her Republican primary campaign in the 22nd Congressional District.
Grow the Economy PAC said it will rally grassroots support for Tenney's two opponents in the GOP primary – Steve Wellsand George Phillips -- and pay for television and direct mail ads against the state assemblywoman.
The group said it has not decided how much money it will spend on the campaign. A public filing that established the political action committee this month with the Federal Election Commission showed no deposits yet in the PAC's account.
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'The Good Old Days' Were Only Good for...
Harlan McKosato - 4/29/16

A few years ago my son and I were attending a Sunday service at the Albuquerque Indian Baptist Mission here in my neighborhood. The regular church pastor, who is Creek/Arikara, was out of town and he invited a guest speaker to give the sermon. It was an older white gentleman who was a former coach. As he began speaking he made the comment that times had changed in America – for the worse. He said something to the effect that this country was not the same as he once knew it.
I listened and he kept on making references to people not being as courteous to one another as they once were, and that neighbors on his street barely knew one another’s name or each other’s family members. Teenagers lacked respect for their elders and so on. As I read between the lines of his message it struck me what it was that was making me uneasy. He wanted to go back to a simpler time in America when things were more segregated — a time when there wasn’t so much diversity in our society.
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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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Aztecs Deal Toreros 7-3 Loss
USD will return to action on Friday, as SCU comes to Fowler Park.
April 12, 2016

SAN DIEGO, Calif. –The University of San Diego baseball team dropped a 7-3 decision to cross-town rival San Diego State University Wednesday evening in a non-conference game at Fowler Park.
SDSU (10-20) got on the scoreboard first, as they managed to score a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. The Aztec runs came on David Hensley solo home run, and an error on the Torero defense, to move the score 2-0.

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UCLA baseball bunts to victory, snaps midweek slump
BY MATTHEW JOYE AND DAVID GOTTLIEBPosted: April 12, 2016  10:46 pm

UCLA had one of its best hitters at the plate with the go-ahead run at third base in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Junior right fielder Kort Peterson had a chance to be the hero – just like he’d been when he blasted a walk-off home run against Texas on March 12. But this time, instead of coming up with the big hit, he came up with the small one.
Facing a two-out situation, Peterson looked to the third base coaching box and picked up the signal: a drag bunt.

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