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LA Riots 25 years later: Timeline of the Rodney King beating and LAPD officers’ trial
POSTED: 04/27/17, 4:03 PM PDT | UPDATED: 8 HRS AGO

March 3, 1991: Rodney King beaten. Just after midnight March 3, 1991, Rodney King was speeding on the 210 freeway in Los Angeles when a police officer started pursuing him. After King led them on a high-speed chase, he was pulled out of his car. Nearby resident George Holliday videotaped four white officers beating King, who is black. Holliday sold the tape to a local television station and the videotape stunned the nation a day later after CNN aired the footage.
March 5, 1991: Officers arrested. Two days after the beating, Sgt. Stacey Koon, Officer Laurence Powell, Officer Timothy Wind and Officer Theodore Briseno were arrested. They were charged with assault and using excessive force.
March 5, 1992: Trial begins. The prosecution made opening statements a year later in the state trial of the four officers in Simi Valley, Calif. They entered pleas of not guilty after they were arraigned on charges soon after the incident.
March 17, 1992: Prosecution rests. The prosecution rested its case just two weeks into the trial. Midway through testimony of the defendants, prosecutors begin to realize they might lose the case as they relied too much upon videotaped evidence.
April 29, 1992: Verdicts rendered. Judge Stanley Weisberg read the verdict the jury had reached — all four officers were acquitted and not guilty. Shortly thereafter, massive riots broke out, resulting in the deaths of more than 55 people and $1 billion in damage to the city.

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Indian Country:

Disputed leaders of Nooksack Tribe hit by new Supreme Court decision

The jury is still out on the new sovereignty decision from the nation's highest court but it's already having an impact in Indian Country.
Barely a day after the U.S. Supreme Court issued the decision in Lewis v. Clarke, it was cited by a judge thousands of miles away in Washington. That's where disputed leaders of the Nooksack Tribe are being accused of violating various federal laws as part of an ongoing clash on the reservation.
Normally, federal judges do their best to stay out of internal tribal matters, whether it's about enrollment or elections. Tribes, after all, are "sovereign nations" -- as the newest member of the Supreme Court said last month -- and should be able to handle their own affairs.
But the landscape appears to be shifting in the wake of Lewis v. Clarke. According to Judge John C. Coughenor, the new decision allows Nooksack officials to be sued in their "individual" capacities because the tribe's sovereign immunity is not implicated.
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Ak-Chin Indian Community Files Suit Over Water Rights
Tribe is seeking injunction relief for water rights due to it being a ‘matter of federal statutory and contract law’
Alysa Landry • April 27, 2017

The Ak-Chin Indian Community is seeking a federal ruling to ensure that water keeps flowing to its reservation 40 miles south of Phoenix.
Roughly 70 percent of the Ak-Chin community’s 23,000-acre reservation is farmland, on which the tribe produces corn, cotton, wheat, barley, pecans and potatoes, and brings in revenue to support critical programs. At about 16,000 acres, Ak-Chin Farms is one of the largest agricultural communities in the United States.
Ak-Chin Farms, a tribal enterprise and major employer, relies on water rights spelled out in a 1984 agreement that guarantees 75,000 acre-feet of water per year, plus an additional 10,000 acre-feet “in any year in which sufficient surface water is available.”
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Plenty of Consultation of GOP on Bears Ears: Docs
GOP claims of no Bears Ears consultation are false, according to documents released by the House Committee on Natural Resources

Kim Baca • April 26, 2017

Despite growing Democratic calls for tribal support and proof of longstanding coordination and consultation in the Bears Ears region before the area became a national monument, federal protection for the region could be short-lived or scaled back pending a review by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
President Donald Trump plans to issue an executive order on Wednesday April 26 requiring Interior to review monument designations, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The order, according the Utah newspaper’s source, would evaluate designations made under the 1906 Antiquities Act, which allows presidents to use the power of the pen to designate monuments without congressional approval.

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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:

The future of UCLA football shines a little brighter
Recruiting is a fickle beast (especially for a year in advance), but it’s hard not to feel a little optimistic about the future of UCLA football after this weekend.
by Nico29@nicogervasoni  Apr 25, 2017, 10:05am PDT

Uh oh. It’s back.
I can feel it.
My breathing got shorter, my skin a bit more flush. After this past weekend, I have to admit my smile shone a litttttttttttttle bit brighter.
I’m getting sucked in. Again.
Dang it, I know better. But I can’t fight it.
UCLA football is making me feel optimistic again.
Even if recent years suggest that my expectations will go unmet, I couldn’t help but feel excited about the future of the football program in Westwood.
And yes, I realize the season is 4 months away.
Call me a sunshine pumper? You’re not wrong. But after 23 years of near-misses and falling short, surely things have to change sometime, right? When Bruin fans say “this is our year,” the year they’re referring to has to come soon, right?

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