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San Diego’s Tribal Court and Tribal Chairmen Honored on California’s Native American Day

by Nikki Symington Sacramento, CA – Four American

Indians from San Diegan were honored by the California Department of Justice, for their contributions to Tribal Justice at the 43rd Annual Native American Day, at the state capitol in Sacramento, September 23, 2010. The theme of this year’s day of recogni- tion of California Native culture was “Tribal Justice: Protecting and Preserving Tribal Families and Communities.” Acknowledged for their work in the areas of Tribal Justice were: Anthony Brandenburg, a member of the Hopi Indian Nation, and chief Judge of the Intertribal Court of Southern California; Daniel Tucker, chairman of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation; Bo Mazzetti, chairman of the Rincon Band of

In this issue...

1 Tribal Chairmen Honored Special Education Help

2 21st Annual Native American Womens Conference

3 National Clean Energy Summit Oklahoma’s Creek African-American 7th Circle of Harmony Concert

4 Interior Departments Recovery Act

5 Indian Veterans Housing Opportuniuty Henry Red Cloud Honored

6 NET Neutrality Vital to Free Speech Sandag iCommute Wins Award

7 San Diego’s First Veterans Court Victories For San Diego Students

8-9 Black Native American’s

Association First Multi-Cultural Pow Wow

10 In Memory of Bobby Highfill Indian Education Program Schedule

11 Central Valley’s New Years Eve Red Road Pow Wow 2010 Cabrillo Days

12 First Annual Hip Hop Town Hall

13 Nevada Commission on Tourism Honor Senator Bryan Nevada Desert Experience

14 Nevada News

15 Reid All About It Saynday Frybread Cartoon

16 United American Indian Involvement


Luiseño Indians; and Bill Denke, police chief of Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

The awards were presented by Olin Jones, Director of Native American Affairs, a division in the office of the California Attorney General. “I am humbled to be honored with Judge Brandenburg and Chairman Tucker and Police Chief Denke,” said Rincon Chairman Mazzetti.

“What most people don’t know is that

as governments, tribes are responsible for the public and environmental safety with- in our reservations, just as cities. Tribal councils regularly passed ordinances to reduce lawlessness and protect tribal members and the land. But if you can’t afford a police force to cite violators, or courts to adjudicate and dispense punish-

Sycuan Chairman DannyTucker and Anecita Agustinez receive honors.

ment, everyone could pretty much ignore laws passed by tribal councils. “Today, with revenues from our casi- nos, we are putting these critical links in

place. Having leaders like Chairman Tucker, and committed professionals like Judge Brandenburg and Police Chief Dent

SEE Native American Day, page 2 Special Education: Get Help For Your Child by Jean Murrell Adams, Attorney at Law All chil- dren in

Nevada have the right to a public

school edu- cation— including children

with disabil- ities. The Individuals

with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA is the law that protects this right. Prior to this law, some school districts in our country banned students with special needs from their schools or placed them in inferior classrooms with low expecta- tions of success. Now, the IDEA and other laws guarantee a free and appro- priate public school education for every child with a disability. This is usually referred to as the right to FAPE. Nevada’s School districts must provide special education necessary to assure FAPE for all students with disabilities, without

regard to the adequacy of state revenues to support the costs.

How do I know if my child needs help?

“Special education” means “specially designed instruction, at no cost to par- ents, to meet the unique needs of a child with a disability. Children with all types of disabilities are protected by the law. The most common disability is a learn- ing disability, for example Dyslexia or Auditory Processing Disorder. If your child is having problems in reading or math, he may have a learning disability. Another very common disability is atten- tion deficit disorder (ADD or ADHD). This disability could impact your child’s ability to pay attention in class, complete and turn in homework or even to make friends. The law also covers children who have auditory or visual deficits, trouble speaking or communicating clearly and those who have difficulty writing or walking. The law also pro- tects children who have severe emotional troubles or problems with behavior. Other disabilities include autism, cere-

bral palsy, mental retardation and brain injury.

If you (or your child’s teacher) suspect that your child may have a disability that requires extra help, submit a request for assessment to the school principal. The request should be in writing and include the date that you requested the testing. Keep a copy of the request for your records. The school district must respond to your request within a few days and should request your permission to test your child to determine if she qualifies for special services. The test- ing must be completed within 45 school days.

What services are available to my child?

If your child qualifies for special edu- cation, she may receive services, free of charge, to meet her needs. Those servic- es may include private or small group tutoring, speech therapy, occupational therapy, a classroom aide, behavioral therapy (at school and at home) or counseling. Your child may also need

SEE Special Education, page 7


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