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Tribes And Greens Oppose America’s Last Uranium Mill
By JON KOVASH • JUN 20, 2017

Utah environmental regulators are taking comments through July on whether the controversial White Mesa uranium mill should be allowed to continue to operate. 
Five miles south of Blanding, few travelers realize they are driving right by America’s last working uranium mill, which includes several large waste ponds. Nearby is the Ute Mountain Ute village of White Mesa, population 300, where many residents have long opposed the mill. 
“The tribe is concerned that radioactive toxic waste in the tailings cells will be stored next to the White Mesa Community forever,” said Scott Clow, environmental regulator for the tribe testified to state regulators in Blanding on Thursday.
“We are acting as if we can deal with something that will last in perpetuity. I promise you, we can not,” said Peter Orago, an attorney for the Ute tribe.
Clow said groundwater in the mill’s vicinity has clearly been impacted, and we don’t know how much it has spread.
“There are two contaminant plumes currently being remediated, and there are statistically significant trends in the monitoring network of continuing groundwater quality degradation," he said. "There’s also clear documentation of off site impact to entrance seep due to airborne deposition and storm water transport of uranium from the facility.”
Thelma Whiskers, an outspoken Ute leader from White Mesa, was one of many to express public health concerns.
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Washington state wants Yakama fuel tax exemption overturned
By Phil Ferolito - Jun 22, 2017 Updated Jun 23, 2017

The state is asking the nation’s highest court to overturn a recent state Supreme Court ruling exempting the Yakama Nation from state fuel taxes on out-of-state fuel delivered to the reservation.
The case, which is being brought by the Department of Licensing, names the Cougar Den, a gas station and convenience store in White Swan owned by tribal member Kip Ramsey.
In March, the state Supreme Court ruled the tribe’s right to freely travel and bring goods to market as provided under the Treaty of 1855 exempts the tribe from state taxes when engaging in commerce beyond the reservation.
A sovereign government, the Yakamas are exempt from state sales, cigarette and gas taxes on the reservation.
But the state is arguing that other federal rulings involving the Yakamas and cigarette taxes on interstate sales aren’t consistent with the state Supreme Court ruling.
Although disappointing, the state’s request isn’t surprising, said Brendan Monahan, one of the attorneys representing the Cougar Den.

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States cheer Trump decision on grizzly bears amid tribal concerns about hunts
Posted: Friday, June 23, 2017 

The governors of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming are thanking the Trump administration for removing protections for grizzly bears in and around Yellowstone National Park.
The states will be able to "manage" the grizzly population and that means they will be able to authorize hunting. That's been a major concern of tribes who consider the bear to be one of their most sacred and revered animals.
But wildlife officials in the three states told the Associated Press that they aren't rushing to approve any hunts at this point. However, one in Idaho told The Jackson Hole Daily that hunting next year is possible.
Tribes asked the Department of the Interior to keep the Yellowstone grizzly bear listed under the Endangered Species Act. A forthcoming 515-page rule acknowledges their concerns but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said it wasn't required by law to address them.
The announcement from Secretary Ryan Zinke came just hours after he promised to follow his "obligation" to consult tribes before making decisions that affect their interests.
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Trump can’t stop hurling ‘Pocahontas’ insult at Warren
By Mark Moore
June 25, 2017 | 2:41pm

President Trump rekindled his feud with persistent critic Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Sunday, saying referring to her as “Pocahontas” is an insult to the Native American woman.
“She’s a hopeless case. I call her Pocahontas, and that’s an insult to Pocahontas,” Trump said in an interview on “Fox and Friends” on Sunday, taking a shot at Warren’s heritage.
The president said the Massachusetts Democrat, who some say could challenge him in 2020, is a “highly overrated voice” whose “anger” turned off Hillary Clinton voters during the 2016 race.
“I don’t think she has the kind of support that some people do. I think she hurt Hillary. I watched her campaigning for Hillary [Clinton], and she was so angry,” Trump said in the interview. “Hillary would be sitting back listening to her trying to smile, but there were a lot of people in that audience that were going ‘Wow, is that what we want?’ There’s a lot of anger there and hostility.”
Trump revived the nickname he used for the senator while on the campaign trail when he was asked during the interview about her “people will die” remarks about the GOP-backed healthcare plan in the Senate.

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Climate change could lower the quality of your coffee
By Nancy Coleman, CNN
Updated 11:12 AM ET, Wed June 21, 2017

(CNN)What will it take for people to care about climate change? For some, the thought of a crummier cup of coffee in the morning just might do it.
A new study finds that Ethiopia, the world's fifth-largest coffee producer, could lose up to 60% of its suitable farming land by the end of this century because of climate change.
The study, published Monday in Nature Plants, found the combination of low rainfall and rising temperatures could have substantial effects on the coffee-growing areas in the country.
As temperatures steadily climb, so does the demand from coffee junkies, who might not be able to find a cup of joe that's up to their standards.
What this means for coffee drinkers
According to a report from World Coffee Research, the demand for coffee will have doubled by 2050, but the suitable land to grow it on will be cut in half.
And the effects of climate change don't just lower how much coffee is produced -- they can also hamper its quality.
In areas with lower temperatures, coffee quality is generally higher, World Coffee Research spokeswoman Hanna Neuschwander told CNN.
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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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Riley Adams named WCC Player of the Year
Seven Toreros recognized with All-WCC recognition
May 23, 2017

SAN DIEGO - The West Coast Conference released its All-WCC Awards today and the Torero baseball program received great news with the announcement that junior catcherRiley Adams (Encinitas, Calif.) was named the 2017 WCC Player of the Year.  Adams becomes the fourth Torero in the past five seasons to earn this award, and the 10thhonoree in program history. The Toreros finished the regular-season with a 35-18-1 record and 18-9 WCC mark and are hoping for an at-large bid into the NCAA Postseason.
On the year Riley batted .312 with 12 doubles, 13 homers, 47 RBIs and 45 runs scored. His numbers in WCC play were just as impressive as he batted a team-best .380 with 9 doubles, 8 homers, 25 RBIs, 21 runs scored, and a .710 slugging percentage.  Additionally, he did an outstanding job behind the plate handling Torero pitchers and being a team leader.

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Four Bruins Selected on Final Day of MLB Draft
Burke, Valaika, Stephens and Ceja were selected on Day Three.
June 14, 2017

NEW YORK – UCLA right-handed pitcher Scott Burke, infielder Nick Valaika, outfielder Brett Stephens and right-handed pitcher Moises Ceja were each selected on the final day of the 2017 Major League Baseball Draft on Wednesday. Burke was selected 608th overall in the 20th round to the Baltimore Orioles, Valaika was taken as the 718th overall pick in the 24th round to the Pittsburgh Pirates, Stephens was selected 836th overall in the 28th round to the Colorado Rockies, while Moises Ceja was also selected by the Rockies as the 956th overall pick in the 32nd round.
In 13 seasons as UCLA's head coach, John Savage has produced 88 MLB draft selections, including 32 players being drafted within the first 10 rounds. Today's picks bring the program's total to 270 all-time MLB Draft selections. In total, six Bruins were selected in this year's draft, the most since 2015 when eight UCLA players were drafted.
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