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Indian Country:

Supreme Court debates 'inherent' tribal sovereignty in new ruling

s Indian Country continues to wait for a decision in a closely-watched tribal jurisdiction case, a different sovereignty dispute is once again exposing divisions within the U.S. Supreme Court.
By a narrow majority vote, the justices on Thursday held that the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico cannot prosecute people who were already punished for the same crime under the laws of the United States. The court held that Puerto Rico's constitutional authority derived from Congress and not from its "inherent" sovereignty.
But while the case had nothing to do with Indian Country, the court'smajority decision, a concurring opinion and a dissent in fact mentioned tribal sovereignty and not always in a positive light
Writing for the majority, Justice Elena Kagan reaffirmed that tribes are "separate" sovereigns from the United States. That means they can prosecute people who were already punished under federal law without violating the Double Jeopardy Clause of the U.S. Constitution.
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Appeals court to hear emotional plea for reunion - GARTH KANT

This is the fifth in a series of WND reports on Lexi, the Page family and the Indian Child Welfare Act. Read Part I: “Family fights to regain girl with Indian blood,” Part II: “New hope for family fighting to keep ‘Indian’ girl,” Part III: Little ‘Indian’ Girl ripped from family brings grown men to tears” and Part IV: Parents haven’t forgotten their little ‘Indian’ girl.)

WASHINGTON – The mother and child reunion may be only a legal motion away, to paraphrase Paul Simon.
The California Court of Appeals will hear arguments Friday morning in Los Angeles on whether a little foster child named Lexi, whose plight has become a cause celebre, should be reunited with the only mother, father and family she has ever known.
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Ninth Circuit Rejects NEPA Challenge to NIGC Authority
Posted on June 9, 2016 by Matthew L.M. Fletcher
Here is the opinion in Jamul Action Committee v. Chaudhuri.
The court’s syllabus:

The panel affirmed the district court’s denial of a petition for a writ of mandamus under the Administrative Procedure Act of a group of tribal members and organizations, alleging that the National Indian Gaming Commission violated the National Environmental Policy Act when it approved the Jamul Indian Village’s gaming ordinance for a casino in Jamul, California, without first conducting a NEPA environmental review. The district court held that the Gaming Commission’s approval of the 2013 gaming ordinance was not “major federal action” within the meaning of NEPA requiring the preparation of an environmental impact statement.
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Remembering the Ali:

What Do We Do When Our Heroes Die? Native American Leadership and the Future
Gyasi Ross - 6/7/16

In case you live under a rock, the great Muhammad Ali died this past Friday. 
Rightly or wrongly, Muhammad Ali was the face of black America for much of the past 50 years. For much of America he symbolized the vocal, prideful and urgent voice of black youth when he predicted loudly that he would knock out the seemingly invincible Sonny Liston.  He did exactly what he said. He symbolized the angry/scary black activist, slighted for hundreds of years, when he announced that he was joining the Nation of Islam (“Black Muslims” at the time) and that he would change his name from “Cassius Clay” to “Muhammad Ali.”  He symbolized tolerance and maturity when he became a symbol of peace, a diplomat and an ambassador.  He became mainstream, as black culture did. 
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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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Toreros Thump Zags in Season Finale, 10-4
USD avoided a sweep and finish season 27-29 overall.

May 21, 2016

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The University of San Diego baseball team picked up a 10-4 win over to league-leading Gonzaga University Saturday evening in a West Coast Conference game at Fowler Park.
With the win, the Toreros finish the season with a 27-29 overall record, and a 13-14 mark in the WCC. With the loss, the Zags fall to 33-18 overall, move to 18-9 in the WCC, and have claimed a share of the WCC Championship.
The Toreros got on the scoreboard first, as they scored two runs on four hits in the bottom of the first inning. Bryson Brigman got things started with a one-out single, and he moved to third on a Ryan Kirby double to right field.
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UCLA Baseball:

UCLA Baseball Faces ASU in Season's Final Home Series
By orlandobruin on May 20, 2016, 3:05p

The UCLA Bruin baseball team (24-26, 11-13 PAC 12) closes out its home schedule this weekend with a visit from the Arizona State Sun Devils (31-18, 13-11 PAC 12). For all intents and purposes, UCLA is likely eliminated from post-season contention.
The Bruins currently sit in a four-way tie for 7th place in the PAC 12, but UCLA has a worse overall record than any of the other three teams with whom they are tied, essentially putting the Bruins in 10th place in the PAC 12.
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