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America More Diverse: Population Figures Show American Indian and Alaska Native Population Grew by 1.4 Percent in a Year

WASHINGTON — The American Indian and Alasak Native popuation grew by 1.4 percent during the year between be July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. These numbers were released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Other shifts in the population of the United States include:

Millennials, or America’s youth born between 1982 and 2000, now number 83.1 million and represent more than one quarter of the nation’s population. Their size exceeds that of the 75.4 million baby boomers, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

The United Church of Christ has some opinions on the Indians

No, the United Church of Christ isn’t concerned about the Cleveland Indians’ lack of hitting or their occasional bullpen woes. The UCC, conversely, has sent a stack of petitions signed by more than 1,000 people to the offices on the corner of Carnegie and Ontario this past Tuesday, calling for the team to not only remove its Chief Wahoo logo, but change its name as well.

“For decades, we have spoken out in opposition to the usage of negative stereotypes, and been active in protests against such misuse,” said the Rev. Linda Jaramillo, a UCC national officer, in a press release to the Akron-Beacon Journal. “We will continue to journey in solidarity with our brothers and sisters until this part of our body of humanity is honored and respected.”

Republican drafts booze bill

An Indiana Republican lawmaker says it's time to level the playing field for small-batch liquor producers in the United States.

"We are trying to make small-batch booze cheaper," Rep. Todd Young (R-Ind.) said in an interview with The Hill's Molly K. Hooper in which he discussed his Distillery Innovation and Excise Tax Reform Act. The bill would reduce the tax rate for craft distilleries from $13.50 per proof gallon to $2.70 per proof gallon on the first 100,000 gallons produced and $9 per proof gallon thereafter.


Gloves are off in lobbying war for online gambling

The weather isn’t the only thing heating up in D.C. this summer.

The battle over state-based online gambling has reached a fever pitch. Until last week, Congress had been seemingly quiet on the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA; H.R. 707), the bill to ban Internet gambling. But then Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) introduced a companion bill to RAWA (S. 1668). Behind closed doors, the push for Congress to vote on the bill before adjourning for summer recess has intensified and the tactics become more extreme. And as usual, Sands Chairman Sheldon Adelson, one of RAWA’s most prominent supporters, is lurking in the background.

The National Association of Convenience Stores’s (NACS) lobbying firm, Steptoe & Johnson, recently hired the former Sands lobbyist who literally wrote RAWA. Convenience stores want to protect the monopoly they have on lottery ticket sales in most states. So, NACS is trying to convince lawmakers that state lotteries simply don’t have the technology to effectively regulate online gambling.

Secretary Sally Jewell reaffirms opposition to racist mascot

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell won't agree to a new stadium in the nation's capital if it's tied to the NFL team's racist mascot, The Washington Post reports. The team used to play at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium before moving to FedEx Field in Maryland. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who took office in January, has been trying to lure the team back to Washington, D.C. But since the National Park Service owns the land beneath the facility, Jewell said the Obama administration won't agree to new development plans as long as the racist mascot remains, the Post reported. A spokesperson also said renewing D.C.'s lease for the site wasn't a top priority. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) is also trying to lure the team to Virginia.


Sen. Murkowski questions definition of 'Indian' for health care

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) is asking the Obama administration to explain why it won't expand the definition of "Indian" under the Affordable Care Act.

The law's definition is more restrictive than the one found in the Indian Health Care Improvement Act. As a result, some American Indians and Alaska Natives are being treated differently because they aren't enrolled in a federally recognized tribe or an Alaska Native corporation.

"The definition currently used by the ACA is not consistent with the definitions used for delivery of other federally-supported health services," Murkowski said in a letter to Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the head of the Department of Health and Human Services.

Save Oak Flat caravan plans journey to DC to protect sacred site

Members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe of Arizona and their supporters are embarking on a caravan journey to Washington, D.C., to call attention to the threats facing a sacred site. The Apache Stronghold held a send-off rally last night in Tucson. Two groups will leave Arizona this weekend and will travel through multiple states in an effort to protect Oak Flat from a controversial mine. "They declared war on our religion, we must stand in unity and fight to the very end, for this is a holy war," Wendsler Nosie Sr., a council member and former chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, states on the group's website.

After passing through New Mexico, Colorado, South Dakota, Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York, participants plan to arrive in D.C. on July 20. They will rally in support of H.R.2811, a bill that repeals the land swap that paved the way for the mine.

y chained up with dead chicken around neck tells his story

(AP) — Handcuffed and shackled to a block of steel, the young boy would brace himself when he heard footsteps outside his bedroom door. He knew that once the grown-ups entered, the abuse would begin.

For years, he was whipped with belts, his face was burned with electrical wires and his fingers were broken with pliers — all to "teach him a lesson." The abusers, who have since pleaded guilty, were his legal guardian — a supervisor with the Department of Social Services in Union County, North Carolina — and her longtime boyfriend, an emergency room nurse.

The abuse ended in November 2013 after police discovered the boy in handcuffs, chained to the front porch of the house with a dead chicken hung around his neck.

New warden, security measures after New York prison escape

(AP) — A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month.

The state correction department said Wednesday that includes stepped-up searches of inmates' cells, staffing changes to ensure bed checks are more effective and installation of security gates in the facility's tunnels.

The department also announced that 30-year correction veteran Michael Kirkpatrick will be the new superintendent of the prison, the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. He replaces Steven Racette, who was placed on paid leave Tuesday along with two of his deputies and nine other staff members, including guards, after an internal review of how convicted killers David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped June 6.

Racette was named superintendent on May 14, shortly after the retirement of his predecessor and just before a watchdog group released a report on violence and racial tension in the prison.

US probing possible airline collusion that kept fares high

(AP) — The U.S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press.

The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.

A letter received Tuesday by major U.S. carriers demands copies of all communications the airlines had with each other, Wall Street analysts and major shareholders about their plans for passenger-carrying capacity, or "the undesirability of your company or any other airline increasing capacity."

The Justice Department asked each airline for its passenger-carrying capacity both by region, and overall, since January 2010.

Justice Department spokeswoman Emily Pierce confirmed that the department is looking into potential "unlawful coordination" among some airlines. She declined to comment further or say which airlines are being investigated.

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