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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailShaun Botterill/Getty Images(PARIS) — The French are welcoming home their soccer heroes in Paris on Monday after becoming the 2018 World Cup champions. But what is notable about the squad isn’t just the goals they managed to rack up, but the diversity the players embody.Some 15 of the 23 members of France’s World Cup team are of African descent, with families hailing from places like the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), Cameroon, Morocco, Angola, and Algeria. While 21 out of the 23 players were born in France, many come from immigrant families.Kylian Mbappe, 19, one of the star players of the World Cup, is part Cameroonian and part Algerian.One of France’s biggest goal scorers, Antoine Griezmann, is of German and Portuguese descent.“We are proud to represent the diversity of France,” French midfielder Blaise Matuidi said during a press conference before the World Cup final.France midfielder Paul Pogba, whose parents are from Guinea, responded to a question about the diversity of the French team last week as well.“France today is a France full of colors. There are people of many different origins, that’s what makes France so beautiful. We all feel French, we’re happy to wear this shirt,” Pogba said.France’s World Cup win comes a year after far-right leader Marine Le Pen reached the run-off stage in the French presidential election. Le Pen ran on an anti-immigration platform that found support in parts of French society. This diverse team’s victory contrasts with the struggle France has had in welcoming immigrants in recent years.Echoing the diversity of their football teams, thousands of people from all different backgrounds headed to the famous Champs Elysees Avenue in Paris Sunday night to celebrate the victory.Waving French flags and chanting “We are the champions,” supporters united in a party atmosphere throughout the night.It’s the second time in history that France has won the World Cup. The first time was in 1998.The World Cup winners were set to parade down the Champs Elysees Monday in front of thousands of supporters.The French team then heads to the presidential palace to meet French President Emmanuel Macron.Macron attended the final World Cup game in Moscow and celebrated the victory with the players in the locker room. He also thanked them in a tweet.While most of the celebrations in Paris were harmonious, there were small pockets of violence and conflict, with troublemakers throwing flares at police on Champs Elysees Avenue.French police responded using tear gas and water canons to disperse violent fans.More than 290 people were taken into custody in France last night, and 45 policemen were slightly injured during the clashes, according to the French interior minister.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund July 16, 2018 /Sports News – National Diverse French team brings home World Cup championshipcenter_img Written bylast_img read more


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first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/artisteer(TAMPA BAY, Fla.) — Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber is used to being on the run from defenders. He’s not used to thieves being on the run from him.Barber is now in that very position though, as police told Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB that someone broke into the NFL player’s SUV early Saturday and stole a tablet, which stores his team’s playbook. The thieves also took his passport, designer sunglasses and some clothing items, WSB reported.Barber is a native of Alpharetta, Georgia, a suburb north of Atlanta, and went to school at Auburn University. He’s played three years in the NFL and started all 16 games for the Buccaneers last season.Barber, who made $630,000 last season, was visiting a friend at the Post Alexander High Rise when the break-in occurred. The location is right in downtown Atlanta, across from LEGOLAND Discovery Center.When he returned to his Jeep on Saturday morning he found the door open and the items stolen.NFL teams guard their playbooks with extreme secrecy to prevent other teams from getting their hands on the details of their plays.Police told WSB surveillance footage shows five men breaking into several vehicles in the area, so it appears unlikely the thieves knew what they were taking. An investigation into the thefts is ongoing.Barber finished 2018 with 871 rushing yards on 234 carries. He has 10 career touchdowns.He is a restricted free agent in 2019, with free agency opening up on March 13.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by February 24, 2019 /Sports News – National Thieves break into Tampa Bay running back Peyton Barber’s car, steal playbook and other valuablescenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more


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first_imgThe announcement comes just days ahead of a decision scheduled to be taken on the approval of the Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project by the Canadian cabinet The Frontier Oil Sands Mine Project was to produce about 41,300m3 per day or 260,000 barrels per day of bitumen. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Burger) Teck Resources has withdrawn regulatory application for its 20.6bn Canadian dollars ($15.53bn) Frontier oil sands mine project in northern Alberta, citing the uncertainty around climate policy in Canada.The announcement from the company comes just days ahead of a decision scheduled to be taken on the project approval by the Canadian cabinet. The cabinet will no longer be taking a decision on the oil sands mine project.Teck Resources CEO and president Don Lindsay wrote a letter to the Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change Jonathan Wilkinson about the withdrawal of the oil sands project from the federal environmental assessment process.Lindsay wrote: “I want to make clear that we are not merely shying away from controversy. The nature of our business dictates that a vocal minority will almost inevitably oppose specific developments. We are prepared to face that sort of opposition.“Frontier, however, has surfaced a broader debate over climate change and Canada’s role in addressing it. It is our hope that withdrawing from the process will allow Canadians to shift to a larger and more positive discussion about the path forward. Ultimately, that should take place without a looming regulatory deadline.”The decision from the Canadian mining company comes despite a recommendation for approval for the project from a review panel made up of Canadian energy regulators in July 2019.The panel at that time ruled that the oil sands mine project is in public interest as it is expected to drive major economic benefits to the region which outweigh the adverse impacts on the environment and indigenous communities.Teck Resources said that owing to the decision to withdraw the application, it will write down the CAD1.13bn ($850m) carrying value of the Frontier oil sands mine project.Jonathan Wilkinson and Canada Minister of Natural Resources Seamus O’Regan, in a joint statement, said: “As Teck has rightly pointed out, and as many in the industry know, global investors and consumers are increasingly looking for the cleanest products available and sustainable resource development.“We agree with Teck and leading industry groups that all orders of government need a real plan for climate action now and to reach a net zero economy by 2050.”Frontier oil sands mine project could have generated 7,000 jobsThe Frontier oil sands mine project was proposed to be developed between Fort McMurray and Fort Chipewyan, with an aim to produce nearly 41,300 cubic metres per day or 260,000 barrels per day of bitumen.The project was expected to create 7,000 jobs during its construction phase and up to 2,500 operation roles through the life of the mine.Furthermore, the oil sands project was projected to contribute more than C$70bn ($52.77bn) to federal, provincial, and municipal governments through taxes, federal corporate income, and royalties.But over the past five years, the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) has repeatedly warned that the project was not financially viable.A January 2020 analysis said the proposal was “misguided” and “reckless” because it was based on inflated oil price estimates of $95 per barrel, or better, for years to come.IEEFA director of finance Tom Sanzillo said: “Teck’s leadership has acknowledged that conditions have changed, and the $20bn Frontier project is no longer a good investment.“Market forces have confirmed what indigenous leaders and environmental advocates have been saying for years— that expenditures on the oil sands mine would have been a waste of public and private resources.”last_img read more


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first_imgNatWest branches in the UK and Ireland were picketed on Saturday as part of an orchestrated campaign to highlight a controversial ‘no DSS’ clause within its buy-to-let mortgage terms and conditions.The clause prevents landlords with NatWest mortgages renting their properties out to those on benefits.Saturdays’ campaign was organised by housing and poverty action group Acorn which claims it forced NatWest branches across the UK to close.  Police were called to its branch in Bristol after a security guard refused to let protesters into its premises.The demonstrations took place outside branches in London, Dublin, Brighton and Bristol but occupied branches in Newcastle and Manchester. As well as demonstrating about the mortgage clause, Acorn has also been highlighting the case of Belfast landlord Helen McAleer.Housing benefitShe is reported to have approached NatWest to extend her buy-to-let mortgage facilities but was told her tenant, who is in receipt of housing benefit, would have to be evicted for her loan to be approved.RBS, which owns NatWest, recently told MPs in a written statement that it was ‘extremely disappointed’ with the way the case was handled.Its CEO Ross McEwan (left), said that in line with a number of other lenders, its mortgage policy for landlords with smaller property portfolios includes a restriction on letting to tenants in receipt of housing benefit.“This reflects evidence that rental arrears are much greater in this segment of the market and we are satisfied that this restriction does not contravene equality legislation,” he said.  NatWest housing benefit Acorn RBS Ross McEwan November 25, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Demonstrators picket NatWest branches over controversial buy-to-let mortgage clause previous nextDemonstrators picket NatWest branches over controversial buy-to-let mortgage clauseSeveral branches were closed on Saturday after they were picketed or occupied by activists.Nigel Lewis25th November 201801,543 Viewslast_img read more


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first_img Canada: Combined Dive Team “Break the Ice” View post tag: Ice View post tag: Navy View post tag: Canada View post tag: News by topic Training & Education View post tag: Dive The Canadian Combined Dive Team, made up of 18 members from the Fleet Diving Unit (FDU-A) Atlantic and four Combat divers from 5 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group have “broken the ice” in Gascoyne Inlet, Nunavut as part of Operation NUNALIVUT 2014. View post tag: teamcenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today Canada: Combined Dive Team “Break the Ice” April 18, 2014 View post tag: combined “A considerable amount of planning has gone into this operation, we have brought in everything necessary to ice dive for a protracted period of time, including a recompression chamber. It’s great to see dive operations progressing in such a positive manner with consolidated teamwork and effort,” says Chief Petty Officer Second Class Larry Lyver, FDU(A).“One of the main challenges to diving in Arctic water is dealing with the logistics of transporting the equipment we need to an austere site”, said the navy in its release.Also, weather is often very unpredictable, which can cause transport plans to change on a moment’s notice. The thickness of the sea ice is also a factor; the team had to cut through five feet of ice to access the water. The CC-187 Globemaster III Strategic Airlift used to move troops from their home base to the area, combined with the flexibility of the ski-equipped Twin Otters from Yellowknife-based, 440 (Transport) Squadron were key enablers for the Combined Dive Team. “I’m personally very excited to have the Combined Dive Team operating out of Gascoyne Inlet. The training they are doing right now allows not only for the Clearance and Combat divers to share best-practices in diving, but also for Joint Task Force (North) to continue to grow and shape Operation NUNALIVUT to best fit the operational objectives of the Canadian Armed Forces,” said Lieutenant-Colonel John St. Dennis, Task Force NUNALIVUT Commanding Officer.Operation NUNALIVUT will run the entire month of April. The Combined Dive Team will continue to conduct operations until the 21st of April and will transition into preparing to return to their respective home units at the end of the month.[mappress]Press Release, April 18, 2014; Image: Canadian Navy View post tag: break View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more


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first_img Photo: Photo: Ocean Design A 98-meter experimental trimaran built for the Royal Navy in 2000 is currently being offered for sale by yacht brokerage Ocean Independence.The RV Triton spent over 15 years in service as a prototype demonstrator in the UK and later as a customs border protection vessel in Australia.It was designed and built by Vosper Thornycroft in 2000.Triton is currently lying in the UK and is being offered for a price of €10 million. The cost to build the ship in 2000 was approximately £13.5 million.Highlighting the ship’s stability and endurance, the broker says the trimaran is an attractive proposition to convert to a support vessel. “Triton is ready to be used as she is or we can offer a bespoke naval architect service to look at converting her to either a superyacht support vessel or a superyacht for those looking for naval ship appearance and design,” an Ocean Independence listing says.Ocean Design illustration of a possible adaptation Triton features diesel electric propulsion with a range of up to 11,400 nautical miles and 40 days endurance. It is built to Royal Navy standards with additional safety features and redundant systems including spare main engine. It has room for “48 guests”. View post tag: Royal Navycenter_img View post tag: RV Triton Share this articlelast_img read more


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first_imgSummaryThe Department of Pediatrics, Section of Psychology at BaylorCollege of Medicine seeks to fill a fulltime statistician position.The Section of Psychology has 5 fulltime grant-funded researchfaculty. Labs in this group conduct observational and interventionresearch with a range of pediatric populations (e.g., autismspectrum disorders, diabetes, cancer, mental health) and outcomes(e.g., behavioral, cognitive, psychosocial, medical). Additionally,there are other faculty in this section who require statisticalsupport for clinical research and scholarly activities.The research faculty require an individual experienced with thefollowing: analyzing large, longitudinal datasets, conductingmultilevel modeling/analysis, analyzing clinical trials, examiningmedical, behavioral, and psychosocial outcomes/covariates,psychometrics, and social network analysis. The successfulcandidate will be able to contribute to methodological designdecisions, writing up statistical plans, and conductingpower/sample size calculations within a short timeframe to meetgrant proposal deadlines. Additionally, proficiency in producingeffective data graphics (e.g., charts and figures) in an editableformat is required.Job Qualifications:The ideal candidate will have completed a Ph.D. in Statistics orrelated field with at least 2 years of relevant experience.Preference will be given to those with experience using SPSS, SAS,MPLUS, and Qualtrics. Exceptional organizational, interpersonal,and verbal and written communication skills are required. Must workwell in multidisciplinary teams and demonstrate the ability topromote an environment of positivity, collegiality, andcollaboration. Flexibility, organization, and time management isessential to meet the deadlines of numerous faculty. Salary iscommensurate with experience.Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/AffirmativeAction/Equal Access Employer.1272CA; CHlast_img read more


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first_imgOcean City Housing Authority headquarters at 204 Fourth Street. By Donald WittkowskiA prominent local builder and a former top government official have been appointed to the board of the Ocean City Housing Authority in the latest move to restructure the agency following an embezzlement scandal involving its former chief executive.M. Sean Scarborough, a principal in the development company Scarborough Properties, and Mike Dattilo, who served as Ocean City’s business administrator before retiring in 2015, are expected to join the board in November.Scarborough’s appointment was approved by City Council on Tuesday. Dattilo’s appointment, also announced Tuesday, was made by Mayor Jay Gillian.Scarborough and Dattilo are filling two vacancies that had been making it difficult for the housing authority to hold its monthly board meetings.The board lacked a quorum for its September and October meetings, so both were canceled. The board, which should have seven members, had two vacancies caused by the death of Ed Speitel and resignation of Portia Thompson in September.A third vacancy exists because Gov. Chris Christie has not yet appointed his representative to the authority. The governor’s seat has been open for more than a year, and it is not yet clear when Christie intends to fill it.The appointment of Scarborough and Dattilo comes at a critical time. The authority is in the midst of reforming its management and finances following the firing in May of former Executive Director Alesia Watson, who pleaded guilty to embezzling federal housing funds from the agency. Watson was sentenced to three years of probation in September.During an interview Wednesday, Scarborough said the embezzlement scandal created a “very turbulent” situation at the authority.“That’s certainly not an Ocean City style of running things,” he said.Scarborough noted that he must first get the “lay of the land” at the authority before he might propose any changes to continue reforming the agency.The housing authority uses federal funds to provide affordable housing for low-income senior citizens, families and the disabled at its Pecks Beach Village and Bay View Manor facilities in Ocean City.After Watson was removed, Jacqueline Jones, the executive director of the Vineland Housing Authority, took on the same role at the Ocean City Housing Authority under a shared-services agreement between both towns.In another crucial part of its operations, the authority is making plans to build a new $4.2 million affordable-housing complex that will replace its Pecks Beach Village site. The project is expected to be ready by the end of 2019.Architectural renderings for the new project are expected to be presented to the board in November, the first meeting for Scarborough and Dattilo.Dattilo brings more than 30 years of local government service to the housing authority. During his municipal career with Ocean City, he held a series of high-level positions. Most notably, he was appointed as the city’s business administrator when Jay Gillian became mayor in 2010. Dattilo retired five years later.Scarborough, meanwhile, said he wants to use his experience in the construction industry to help the authority with the planning and development of its housing projects.“We do have a lot of background in construction and permitting,” Scarborough said, referring to his company. “I would hope that some of that experience would be useful in doing a small part in guiding the authority’s actions.”Scarborough’s Somers Point-based company has had a hand in building an array of major housing and commercial projects at the Jersey Shore. Its portfolio includes a ShopRite-anchored shopping center in Marmora and the Harbour Cove Marina in Somers Point. The company also oversaw a $125 million expansion of Shore Medical Center and construction of the Somers Point hospital’s cancer center.Scarborough, 52, an Ocean City resident since the 1990s, is filling the vacancy created by Speitel’s death. Speitel was a pivotal member of the housing authority, serving as chairman of its finance and redevelopment committees.Scarborough said he considers it an honor to take Speitel’s place on the board. The two men were close friends.“He was an incredible human being. There’s no way I could fill his shoes,” Scarborough said.Speitel, who owned an engineering company, collaborated with Scarborough Properties on its development projects for decades.“Ed Speitel did every one of our engineering drawings for 30 years and worked in our office for 25 years,” Scarborough said.last_img read more


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first_imgBob Dylan has announced the 14th instalment of his long-running Bootleg Series, More Blood, More Tracks, due out November 2nd via Columbia/Legacy. The deluxe edition box set compiles every surviving take from Dylan’s 1975 Grammy Award-winning album, Blood On The Tracks, spanning 6 CD’s, and will also be available as a condensed single-disc and 2-LP set. Additionally, the deluxe edition will feature a hardcover book featuring a complete replica of one of Bob Dylan’s notebooks from his Blood On The Tracks era.In the liner notes for More Blood, More Tracks, author Jeff Slate observes that, “Dylan cut each of these amazing performances – some of the best he ever committed to tape – one after the other, live in the studio, without headphones, and without the types of overdubs that most performers rely on to make their records sound finished. Instead, on these tracks, we find Dylan – just a singer with a guitar and a harmonica and a batch of great songs – delivering performances that thrill you when they’re supposed to and break your heart when they need to…. The performances are also in the purest state we’ve ever experienced them. During the production of Blood on the Tracks, Dylan asked [producer Phil] Ramone to speed up many of the masters by 2-3%, a common practice in the 1960s and ’70s, especially for records sent to AM radio. It was thought that doing so would give the songs a little extra bounce to better engage listeners. Most of the songs from the New York sessions that previously circulated, officially and unofficially, are the sped-up versions that Dylan requested. On More Blood, More Tracks, for the first time, we’re hearing the songs exactly as Dylan recorded them.”Listen to “If You See Her, Say Hello (Take 1),” the first take Dylan ever recorded of the track “If You See Her, Say Hello,” from More Tracks, More Blood below.Bob Dylan – “If You See Her, Say Hello” (Take 1)<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>For more information on the upcoming release and pre-order information, head here.Bob Dylan and his band are gearing up for an extensive 2018 North American fall tour. The tour will bring the iconic American singer/songwriter across the South and Southwest, then up to the Northeast, throughout the months of October and November, leading into the beginning of December.Bob Dylan recently announced he will head to New York City’s Beacon Theatre with his band around Thanksgiving, with a string of November shows—November 23rd, 24th, 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th—ahead of a final performance at the Beacon on December 1st. The seven-night Beacon Theatre run will precede Dylan’s highly anticipated Philadelphia, Pennsylvania performance. In May of this year, Live Nation announced that it would convert Philadelphia’s Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad Street into a new 3,500-capacity concert venue, affectionately known as The Met. Bob Dylan was tapped to headline the Met’s opening night celebration on Monday, December 3rd.Tickets for Dylan’s seven-night Beacon Theatre run go on sale tomorrow, Friday, September 21st, at 10 a.m. (EST) via Ticketmaster.For additional ticketing information, head to Bob Dylan’s website.Bob Dylan 2018 North American Fall Tour9 OCT 2018 – Midland, TX Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center10 OCT 2018 – Irving, TX The Pavilion at the Toyota Music Factory12 OCT 2018 – Tulsa, OK River Spirit Casino Resort13 OCT 2018 – Thackerville, OK WinStar World Casino and Resort14 OCT 2018 – Sugar Land, TX Smart Financial Centre16 OCT 2018 – Lafayette, LA Heymann Center17 OCT 2018 – Mobile, AL Mobile Saenger Theatre19 OCT 2018 – St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre20 OCT 2018 – Clearwater, Florida Ruth Eckerd Hall21 OCT 2018 – Sarasota, FL Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall23 OCT 2018 – Fort Myers, FL Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall24 OCT 2018 – Fort Lauderdale, FL Broward Center for the Performing Arts26 OCT 2018 – Orlando, FL Walt Disney Theater | Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts27 OCT 2018 – Macon, GA Macon City Auditorium28 OCT 2018 – Chattanooga, TN Tivoli Theatre30 OCT 2018 – Huntsville, AL Mark C. Smith Concert Hall – Von Braun Center31 OCT 2018 – Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre2 NOV 2018 – Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium3 NOV 2018 – Durham, NC Durham Performing Arts Center4 NOV 2018 – North Charleston, South Carolina North Charleston Performing Arts Center6 NOV 2018 – Savannah, GA Johnny Mercer Theatre7 NOV 2018 – Augusta, GA The Bell Auditorium9 NOV 2018 – Charlotte, North Carolina Ovens Auditorium10 NOV 2018 – Roanoke, VA Berglund Performing Arts Theatre11 NOV 2018 – Richmond, KY EKU Center for the Arts13 NOV 2018 – Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre14 NOV 2018 – Rochester, NY Auditorium Theatre15 NOV 2018 – Utica, NY Stanley Center for the Arts17 NOV 2018 – Atlantic City, NJ Hard Rock Hotel18 NOV 2018 – Springfield, MA Symphony Hall20 NOV 2018 – Waterbury, CT Palace Theatre23 NOV 2018 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre24 NOV 2018 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre26 NOV 2018 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre27 NOV 2018 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre29 NOV 2018 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre30 NOV 2018 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre1 DEC 2018 – New York, NY Beacon Theatre3 DEC 2018 – Philadelphia, PA Metropolitan Opera HouseView All Tour Dates[H/T Pitchfork]last_img read more


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first_img Battling stereotypes of Native Americans First-year student, a Native American, promises herself to blaze trail for others There are many things in common between the students from Yuma, Ariz., and Oologah, Okla. They both grew up in small towns in rural America. They were both raised by working-class parents. They both have Native American ancestry. And they both ended up at Harvard Law School.Connor Veneski ’21 is a member of the Cayuga Nation of New York but grew up in the Fort Yuma Reservation in Arizona, home of the Quechan tribe. Chance Fletcher ’21 grew up in Oklahoma and is a member of the Cherokee Nation.At Harvard, Native Americans make up 2 percent of enrolled students. At Harvard Law School (HLS), the two are groundbreakers. A graduate of Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan., Veneski is the first student admitted to the Law School from a tribal university. Fletcher, who graduated from Princeton University earlier this year, is the first recipient of the American Indian College Fund Law School Scholarship.Their journeys from the heartland to Cambridge underscore their own efforts and those of a network of Native American practitioners and scholars committed to supporting Native American higher education.For Shelly Lowe, executive director of Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP), both students’ stories are remarkable. “In Connor’s case, the fact that he comes from a tribal university to Harvard Law School is something we haven’t seen before,” she said. “And Chance, who came from Princeton, has a scholarship that is being funded by an alum who wants to help Harvard train future lawyers in Indian law.”Only 14 percent of Native Americans have a college degree, and for many of them college is not on the radar. The stories of Veneski and Fletcher illustrate that reality. Veneski applied to Haskell after he couldn’t get into the Marines, and he only thought about applying to the Law School when a Haskell professor prodded him to do it. In Fletcher’s case, a tribal councilwoman encouraged him to consider applying to Ivy League schools, and provided him with advice and connections as he applied to Princeton.Although college already has changed their lives, law degrees will help them improve the lives of their communities, they said. “I wanted to be a social worker to help people,” said Veneski, “but as a lawyer, I can help more. I can make changes in the law and affect structural changes.” Fletcher said he is interested in “the legal interplay between tribal nations and the federal and state governments.”For both students, their Native American heritage is just one piece of their identities, which also include working-class backgrounds and rural roots.“I wasn’t raised as a traditional Cherokee,” said Fletcher, “but in high school my tribal councilwoman brought me into the fold. We have a rich history and culture. We’re a great community, and a proud nation.”Veneski, who has Cayuga ancestors on his mother’s side, grew up in the Fort Yuma Reservation, where his mother is a health services administrator.“Having grown up with Native Americans that are not my original tribe, I have a pan-Indian feeling,” said Veneski. “I feel the pulls and tensions of the different tribes. But we all share a history of oppression and injustice, a deep connection to nature, and the tenet that community is more important than the individual person.”Both Veneski and Fletcher, who are part-white and part-Native American, explored their indigenous roots in their college years. While attending Haskell, Veneski, whose mother is also half-Puerto Rican, overcame challenges to his identity — some peers said he was not native enough — and embraced his heritage with all its nuances. Fletcher’s father’s family descends from the Cherokee Nation.At Princeton, Fletcher co-founded Natives at Princeton and was the first Native American class president. In his junior year, he hiked the “Trail of Tears,” which marked the forced removals of Native Americans from their ancestral homelands to make way for white settlers. Fletcher trekked nearly 1,000 miles from Red Clay State Park, Tenn., to Tahlequah, Okla.He felt changed by the arduous, monthlong experience because it allowed him to connect with his heritage, to reflect on the “gravity and the historic trauma” endured by his ancestors, and to help him ground himself.“People were very generous with me, allowing me to camp in their backyards,” said Fletcher. “The treatment I received was the opposite of the hostility my ancestors experienced.”After Law School, Veneski and Fletcher plan to use their degrees to give back and to set an example for Native Americans pursuing higher education.“Many Native American kids don’t know even consider college as an option,” said Fletcher, who majored in history at Princeton and plans to go back to Oklahoma after getting some work experience on the East Coast. “Hopefully, I can be a good ambassador, and later on some Native American kid will learn about my story and say, ‘Hey, I want to do that; I want to be like him.’”Veneski plans to work as a military defense lawyer. His father is a Marine Corps veteran, and Veneski said he has great respect for servicemen and -women. In the meantime, he hopes to become an example for Native American students from tribal universities. “I’d like to make sure that they can do it too,” he said. “I’d like to tell them that they shouldn’t be afraid to dream.” New faculty: Lauren Williams Relatedcenter_img Math professor gives department a dose of algebraic combinatorics Staying grounded Nieman Fellow, a member of the Kiowa tribe, wants media to replace clichés with understandinglast_img read more


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