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Standing Rock Sioux Tribe refutes White House claims of 'constant contact' on Dakota Access

Tensions continue to simmer as the Dakota Access Pipeline becomes more of a reality with every passing day.
The wealthy backers of the project are within weeks of completing the final portion in North Dakota. Oil could be flowing even before the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe are heard fully in federal court, their last avenue of hope now that President Donald Trump has turned his back on them without once engaging in government-to-government consultation.
The latest sign of the dramatic disconnect came directly from the White House on Thursday. Press secretary Sean Spicer claimed the new administration has been in "constant contact" with Standing Rock and North Dakota's governor.
"Our team has been involved with both the tribe and the governor there, and so we are not only -- we are constantly in touch with them," Spicer said during his daily press briefing. "And I think we feel very confident that we will move forward to get the pipeline moving. And so we’ll have a further update on that, but I think we're in constant contact with the officials there."
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Pine Ridge

Water accessibility concerns Pine Ridge residents
By Aly Duncan Neely
Native Sun News Today Correspondent

PINE RIDGE –– Pine Ridge residents find themselves increasingly worried about being without water. With winter settling in and wreaking havoc on water pipes, streets, and household budgets, drinking water is a big deal.
In Porcupine, a case of 24 bottles of water costs almost $9. If a person drinks only four 12-ounce bottles a day, the cost is $1.50 a day per person. If rationed well, two people can drink a whole case in just 3 days.
What exasperates this situation are the facts that unemployment is high, incomes are low, transportation to and from the store is difficult if not impossible on days when the snow and ice make roads impassable, and natural freshwater supplies are limited. Even with piped in water to households, many cannot access fresh water.
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Ancient One, also known as Kennewick Man, repatriated
Posted: Saturday, February 18, 2017 10:50 pm | Updated: 7:56 am, Mon Feb 20, 2017.

Less than 24 hours after they were inventoried in Seattle, the remains of the Ancient One — also known as Kennewick Man — were laid to rest at a private ceremony in an undisclosed location Saturday, according to Colville tribal chairman Michael Marchand.
The repatriation of the bones, which were found near the Columbia River in Kennewick in 1996, were completed with Washat customs and songs, as agreed by the tribes. 
"Thank you for everyone's help and prayers from all over the planet," Marchand told the Tribune. "Today he was buried."
Friday, the Colville, Yakama, Nez Perce, Umatilla and Wanapum sang traditional songs during a day-long inventory and transfer of the remains by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at the Burke Museum in Seattle.
Radiocarbon dated at 8,400 years old, the remains are regarded as one of the oldest and most complete skeletons ever found in North America. The Tribes, who claimed the remains early on through NAGPRA, fought and lost a legal battle to researchers who sought to study the remains.
The Ancient One's ancestral origin was a question that spawned new theories surrounding the migration of peoples to the Americas. Differences in facial structure and head size led to the skeleton being tied to Caucasoid beings and ethnicities in Asia and Polynesia.
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Mission Indians and Indigenous Economy
How did mission Indians transition to economically productive enterprises?
Duane Champagne • February 14, 2017

Tribal businesses, casinos, and tribal corporations, as well as successful individual Indian businesses often attract my attention. How do indigenous communities or individuals become successful in the present-day market place? I also hold that markets are institutions or cultural creations, and they are not natural to indigenous people. Indigenous people respected the world, not as an economic asset for exploitation, but as resources that needed long-term preservation and stewardship. Not because indigenous people can’t do markets, but rather indigenous cultures did not support accumulation of wealth, especially accumulation of wealth for reinvestment in more productivity and wealth making, which characterizes present-day market-based or capitalistic enterprises.
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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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Zags win a close one against USD 96-38
At least the Toreros get to live in San Diego, right?
by Keith Ybanez@slipperyky  Feb 23, 2017, 9:10pm PST

It was not a banner night for the WCC as a power outage at Firestone Fieldhouse in the middle of the Pepperdine-Saint Mary’s game and broadcast issues throughout the Gonzaga-USD game marred the evening across Southern California. However, no such issues plagued the Zags as they rolled to a big win in the Jenny Craig Pavilion.
Gonzaga got off to a very sloppy start unbecoming of the #1 ranked team in the nation, but somehow found itself up 11-0 six minutes into the game thanks to the Toreros missing their first 10 shot attempts. To maintain a shutout for that long in a basketball game is pretty astounding, and it’s a small wonder that the Zags weren’t leading by a significantly larger margin.

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UCLA Basketball:

At last, Arizona-UCLA will showcase both programs at their peak
Jeff Eisenberg
The DaggerFeb 23, 2017, 10:41 PM

Arizona and UCLA are undeniably the Pac-12’s two flagship basketball programs, but here’s a strange fact about their fierce rivalry.
For the past two decades, they’ve seldom been at their best at the same time.
When Arizona was a fixture in the top 10 late in Lute Olson’s tenure, UCLA only sporadically played up to its talent level under Steve Lavin. When Ben Howland led the Bruins to three straight Final Fours by reinstilling defense and discipline, the Wildcats floundered in the midst of a tumultuous coaching transition. And by the time Sean Miller returned Arizona to national prominence, UCLA was already in the throes of an abrupt decline.
That history of near misses is what makes Saturday’s showdown in Tucson feel so special. Finally, we get to see Arizona and UCLA square off with both at their peak.
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