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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge's ruling that might open the door for at least a temporary shutdown of the disputed Dakota Access pipeline surprised the industry that hailed the project as a "game changer" for North Dakota oil.

But shippers said Thursday that they aren't concerned that there will be any long-term disruption to service on the $3.8 billion pipeline that on June 1 began moving crude from the Bakken oil patch to a distribution point in Illinois, from which it's shipped to the Gulf Coast and potentially high-paying markets abroad.

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — A teenage boy excitedly plopped a box of horse-grooming tools in the grass and announced, "Here's the stuff we need to take care of their hooves," before dropping to his knees and holding out a carrot for Kiss-Me Katie, one of three miniature horses donated to the Cherokee Nation.

A woman from Missouri donated three miniature horses for equine therapy for children in the Indian Child Welfare system and teens at the Jack Brown Adolescent Treatment Center in Tahlequah.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — After being unearthed decades ago in various archaeological digs around the state, hundreds of bowls and other objects have been returned in recent months to American Indian tribes by the Arkansas Archaeological Survey, said Sarah Shepard, a research assistant with the survey.

Carrie Wilson, a representative of the Quapaw tribe, recently examined several clay pots and bowls of different shapes and sizes uncovered from sites in eastern Arkansas near the Mississippi River.

Some bowls were flecked with shell, evidence of a tempering technique that allowed for thinner designs to hold food and water. This helps date the items to around 1200, Shepard said.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal legislation that calls for expanding the Amber Alert system in Native American communities across the country has cleared its last hurdle before heading to the full U.S. Senate for consideration.

The measure was endorsed this week by the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. It's supported by Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona and a bipartisan contingent of lawmakers from New Mexico, Montana and North Dakota.

Attorneys assembled state testing data to show that the majority of Native American students fail to meet grade-level proficiency in math and reading.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – A lawsuit that could upend the way New Mexico's public schools are funded went to trial Monday to resolve accusations that the state is failing to meet constitutional obligations to provide essential educational opportunities to all students.

Parents, school districts and advocacy groups say that New Mexico's education system isn't meeting its responsibilities for Native American students, low-income students and those learning English as a second language.

"These failings are costing students the opportunity to succeed," said Marisa Bono, a lead attorney for the plaintiffs, in opening statements to the court. "The state is pumping hundreds of thousands of students into the state economy who are wholly unprepared for college or career."

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a couple trying to adopt a Native American girl despite protests from a tribe over a decades-old act that aims to prevent the break-up of Native families.

The court upheld a lower court ruling that found the Gila River Indian Community was too late when it tried to intervene in the adoption by a non-Native couple.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – President Donald Trump's call to review 27 national monuments established by three former presidents put in limbo protections on large swaths of land home to ancient cliff dwellings, towering sequoia trees, deep canyons and ocean habitats where seals, whales and sea turtles roam.

Trump and other critics say presidents have lost sight of the original purpose of the law created by President Theodore Roosevelt that was designed to protect particular historical or archaeological sites rather than wide expanses.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's recommendation to downsize the new Bears Ears National Monument in Utah was applauded by the state's top Republican leaders but marked a stinging setback for a coalition of Western tribes that pushed for protection of lands they consider sacred.

Zinke, a former Republican congressman from Montana, said Monday he's committed to make sure Native American culture is preserved and vowed to push for Congress to approve legislation granting tribes legal authority to "co-manage" some of the Bears Ears site.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Fifty years after Mildred and Richard Loving's landmark legal challenge shattered the laws against interracial marriage in the U.S., some couples of different races still talk of facing discrimination, disapproval and sometimes outright hostility from their fellow Americans.

Although the racist laws against mixed marriages are gone, several interracial couples said in interviews they still get nasty looks, insults and sometimes even violence when people find out about their relationships.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Gabriel Night Shield sees the same repeating stereotypes of Native Americans.

"It's one of the two: the drunk living in the streets," Night Shield told the Argus Leader. "Or the guy that's living in the teepees."

What he doesn't see is his story. The Sioux Falls resident, who grew up in Rosebud, is a musician, a businessman and father. Millions of other Native Americans lead similar lives, but don't see it reflected in the media, Night Shield said.