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The Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes of Oklahoma have filed a petition with the Department of Interior, seeking to reclaim 27 million acres of northeastern Colorado. Alternatively, the tribes would settle for 500 acres of prime land to build a casino. The tribes, which used to reside in the area, trace their legal claim to a 19th century treaty. Their recovery effort has been backed by venture capitalist Steve Hillard, who warns that unresolved claims could tie up land and water sales … An American Indian drum song will enliven this spring’s graduation ceremonies for University of North Dakota law students. Originally, administrators had objected the song was not “inclusive” enough. One student protest later, the law school’s interim dean has concluded she can make it work. This year, UND will graduate six American Indian JDs, the most ever in a single class … Apart from her mother’s confession, no evidence indicated that Michelle Nieves had been murdered. Consequently, the mother should go free, the Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled. The court relied on the doctrine of corpus delecti in finding for Maria de Lourdes Nieves, who had been sentenced to life in prison for smothering her 10-month-old child … Maybe asking 197 black men to provide DNA samples wasn’t the best way to go about seeking a serial rapist. Bowing to community pressures, Charlottesville, Va., police are suspending the practice until they can develop more stringent criteria. Last year, police in Baton Rouge, La., collected swabs from about 1,000 men … The evidence is all over the courthouse lawn: Canines have no respect for the grounds of the U.S. courthouse in Austin. Judges Sam Sparks and Lee Yeakel demand better. They’ve issued an order threatening fines and/or arrest for those who fail to “live up to their … legal obligation to remove their pets’ deposits.” – Lori Patel

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