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Arizona tribe set to prosecute first non-Indian under a new law

ON PASCUA YAQUI INDIAN RESERVATION, ARIZ. — Tribal police chief Michael Valenzuela drove through darkened desert streets, turned into a Circle K convenience store and pointed to the spot beyond the reservation line where his officers used to take the non-Indian men who battered Indian women.
“We would literally drive them to the end of the reservation and tell them to beat it,” Valenzuela said. “And hope they didn’t come back that night. They almost always did.”
About three weeks ago, at 2:45 a.m., the tribal police were called to the reservation home of an Indian woman who was allegedly being assaulted in front of her two children. They said her 36-year-old non-
Indian husband, Eloy Figueroa Lopez, had pushed her down on the couch and was violently choking her with both hands.
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Supreme Court Discrimination Against Native America Cannot Be Tolerated
Bryan Brewer - 4/21/14

The world is moving forward on Indigenous Rights, yet the Supreme Court of the United States is moving backward. In 2010, the United States joined the United Nations in supporting the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which declares:
Indigenous peoples have the right to self-determination … the right to autonomy or self-government in matters relating to their internal and local affairs … the right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, legal, economic, social and cultural institutions [and] the right to the lands, territories and resources which they have traditionally owned, occupied or otherwise used or acquired….
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has ruled against Indian nations and tribes in 9 out of 10 cases that have been before it in the past 25 years.
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Yale Faces New Claims Of Stolen Artifacts
BY Thomas MacMillan | APR 16, 2014 1:19 PM

A year and a half after Yale returned the last of hundreds of Machu Picchu artifacts to Peru, the Yale Peabody Museum faces a new charge of cultural theft—this time about two carvings from a native Alaskan tribe.
Two Tlingit carvings on display at the museum are stolen property, and should be sent back to their owners in Alaska, according to several students and scholars who spoke Tuesday afternoon at Yale.
That allegation emerged Tuesday afternoon at a panel discussion in Yale’s Hall of Graduate Studies on the topic of artifact repatriation—the returning of museum relics to the people to which they historically belonged.
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Los Coyotes Band praises action on off-reservation casino
MONDAY, APRIL 21, 2014

After more than a decade of work, the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indiansis closer to an off-reservation casino in California.
The tribe started the process in 2002. The effort was dealt a major blow when the Bush administration rejected it in January 2008, saying the site in Barstow was too far from the reservation.
The Obama administration rescinded the policy in June 2011 and the tribe started the process all over again. After a new round of public hearings, the final environmental impact statement was released on Friday.
"We are looking forward to reviewing the study, as we are confident that it will demonstrate that the proposed project will be beneficial to both our tribe and to the Barstow community," Chairman Shane Chapperosa said in a press release. It is our hope that completion of this procedural step will bring our tribal members and the citizens of Barstow one step closer to hundreds of jobs, opportunity and self-sufficiency.”
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Fraternity closes Ole Miss chapter after racial incident
By Suzanne Presto and Dana Ford, CNN
updated 7:47 AM EDT, Fri April 18, 2014

(CNN) -- The Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity has closed its chapter at the University of Mississippi after three of its members were suspected of tying a noose around the neck of a campus statue of civil rights icon James Meredith.
Meredith was the first black student admitted to Ole Miss, which is in Oxford.
"The decision is not a result of any individual incident, but a response to newly discovered, ongoing behavior that includes incidents of hazing, underage drinking, alcohol abuse, and failure to comply with the university and fraternity's codes of conduct," the fraternity said in a statement Thursday.
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Gators win their 29th straight, down UCLA 79-68
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) The Florida Gators are back where their last three seasons have ended with yet another chance to go to the Final Four.
Being in the Elite Eight again, though, simply isn't enough.
Michael Frazier II hit five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points as the Gators beat UCLA 79-68 Thursday night to reach its fourth consecutive NCAA regional final.
''We just talked about it, and it's not enough for us,'' Florida senior Will Yeguete said. ''We have two days to get ready for a good team, and we're just going to go for it on Saturday.''
The Gators (35-2) also extended the best winning streak in school history to 29 straight in reaching the South Regional final.
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