May 2009 Newsletter from
"This Day in North American Indian History"
by Phil Konstantin
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Phil Konstantin's May 2009 Newsletter


I have been busy again this month. My house was tented for termites. I
had to replace my termite ridden fence. I also recorded an on-camera
narration for a Police Officer Standards and Training video on policing
in Indian Country in Calfornia.


My fifth book came out this month. It is a fun collection of Wacky Laws
from around the country and the world. I wrote about 98% of the book. My
partner is Jeff Isaac. He is known
as the "Lawyer In Blue Jeans." The book is available through his
website, for now.

You can get a copy here:

Here are a few samples:


* In Portland, Oregon people may not whistle underwater
* In Nebraska, if a child burps during church, his parent may be
* In Norco, California it is not permissible to carry a fish into a bar
* In Wyoming you may not take a picture of a rabbit from January to
April without an official permit
* In Los Angeles, California it's illegal for a man to beat his wife
with a strap wider than 2 inches without her consent
* In Nebraska doughnut holes may not be sold
* In Texas, when two trains meet each other at a railroad crossing each
shall come to a full stop, and neither shall proceed until the other has
* In West Virginia no children may attend school with their breath
smelling of "wild onions"
* In California it is forbidden to spit on the ground within 5 feet of
another person
* In New Jersey it is illegal to slurp soup
* In Los Angeles it is against the law to complain through the mail that
a hotel has cockroaches, even if it is true
* In Ventura, California it is illegal to make "ugly faces" at dogs that
are found "freely roaming the community"
* In Oregon drivers must yield to pedestrians who are standing on the


I have also put together the recent photos I have taken of some of the
rock art here in San Diego County, California. Some of these places have
been inhabited over 6,000 years.

You can see the photos here:



"Link Of The Month" for May:

Internet Sacred Text Archive -

From their website:

"Native American religion, mythology and folklore are covered
extensively at this site: Aztecs, Californian, Inuit, Maya, Plains,
Northeastern, Iroquois, Northwestern, Southeastern, Cherokee,
Southwestern, Navajo, Zuńi, Hopi, South American, Inca

A long-standing problem with this section (and several others at this
site relating to traditional peoples' spiritual beliefs) has been the
lack of authoritative information. We are in the process of expanding
this section by scanning public domain ethnographic accounts on specific
Native American religious and spiritual practices. We are fortunate that
there is a wealth of such material available, which makes it so much
more puzzling why more of it is not on the Internet yet.

The study of Native Americans by anthroplogists has had its share of bad
science and ethical problems. However, the texts we are in the process
of scanning were written by 19th and 20th Century ethnographers who were
known for their careful and respectful approach to the people they
studied. These were scholars who lived for years with the people they
studied, and obtained permission to transcribe their oral sacred
literature. "


(Posted as FYI only. I have not verified any of these events or groups.)

Reminder - WINS Potluck this Sunday, May 31, 4-8 pm, American
University's Tenley Campus, Capitol Auditorium. Serving time near 5:30
pm. Please bring your family, friends and a dish to share. Activities
will be planned.

For directions:

Contact: Jack Soto at 202-895-4879 or wins @


Subject: Friday's Nightwolf Program - Pass it on

“Nightwolf” “The American Indian’s Truths – Nightwolf - …the Most
Dangerous Show on Radio”

WPFW – 89.3 FM – Pacifica Radio –
Friday Evening – 7-8 PM East Coast Time
Washington, D. C.

Friday, May 29, 2009

We are proud to present
Stephanie Duckworth Elliott

(Proud member of the Federally Recognized Tribe of Wampanoag Tribe of
Gay Head (Aquinnah) - more specifically Chappaquiddick)

University professor, culturist and Native American Indian business
owner of Wampum Books Publishing Company.

Wampum Books is a company designed to give Native Writer’s a real voice
and genuine opportunity to control their own voice.

Please join me, Jay Winter Nightwolf along with Stephanie Duckworth
Elliott when together we will officially release Stephanie’s children’s
new book:

“Poneasequa Goddess of The Waters”

Friday Evening 7 – 8 PM on WPFW 89.3 FM – Washington, D. C.

Native American Youth Entrepreneur Camp (NAYEC)


Each summer, the Native Nations Institute conducts the Native American
Youth Entrepreneur Camp (NAYEC) on The University of Arizona campus in
Tucson. The camp fosters skills to encourage private-sector development
in Indian Country.

NAYEC instructors teach high-school juniors, seniors, and recent
graduates the basics of economics, computer skills, and business-plan
preparation through activities that lead to personal and professional

Students also have the opportunity to meet and seek advice from Native
American business professionals through classroom visits and field trips
to nearby native-owned businesses. At one of the culminating events of
the camp, the Youth Marketplace, students get a taste of what it's like
to run their own businesses using what they learn in the camp classes.
The Business Plan Showcase presents business plans that students prepare
throughout the camp, providing prizes for the most promising ideas.

For more information, contact Carrie Stusse at cms1 @ or
Julian Billy at jbilly @, or call (520) 626-0664.

Native American Youth Entrepreneur Camp [pdf] at:
Tucson, AZ
July 19-24, 2009


American Indians open D.C. embassy of their own

By Krista J. Kapralos
Herald Writer

Dozens of countries have embassies in Washington, D.C. Beginning next
week, that number will increase by about 560, when an embassy
representing American Indian tribes opens its doors.

The National Congress of American Indians, a longtime advocate for
tribes, is moving this weekend from its rented space to an $8 million
mansion near the capital's Embassy Row, said Adam McMullin, a spokesman
for the group. The new building will be called the Hall of Indian

The embassy signals a new era for tribes, said Ron Allen, NCAI secretary
and chairman of the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe on the Olympic Peninsula.

"We're stepping into that -international arena now," he said. "We have
so many domestic needs and challenges, but the international forum will
become a higher priority."

Tribal leaders in recent years have connected with indigenous groups in
other countries to discuss economic development and self-governance.

Tribes in the Pacific Northwest and Canada in 2007 signed the United
League of Indigenous Nations treaty, pledging to honor one another's
sovereignty and seek out opportunities for trade and commerce across
international lines. Indigenous groups in Australia and other areas are
involved in the effort.

That type of treaty will likely be more common among indigenous groups
worldwide in the future, Allen said. With more than 500 federally
recognized tribes, American Indians can share experience and expertise
on self-governance, he said. "We can share our systems and structures
with indigenous people of other countries and other areas throughout the
world and show them, 'Here's what you can do,' " Allen said.

The embassy will also draw together experts on all of the issues in
Indian Country. Many tribes have become politically powerful, but many
others don't have advocates in D.C., Allen said. The embassy will help
ensure that those tribes aren't forgotten.

Tribes nationwide contributed to a $3 million down payment on the
embassy building, Allen said. The Tulalip and Stillaguamish Tribes
support the project, but haven't pledged any money, he said. Allen
expects that more tribes will give as NCAI pays down the remaining $5
million on the building.

Krista J. Kapralos: 425-339-3422, kkapralos @


Call for Papers, 16th Jornada Mogollon Conference: The El Paso Museum of
Archaeology will host the 16th Jornada Mogollon Archaeology Conference
2-3 October 2009 in El Paso, Texas.


Wellbriety Journey for Forgiveness – Urgent Funding Appeal

The Wellbriety Journey for Forgiveness, a 40-day, 6,800-mile
cross-country journey to 23 present and former Indian school sites, is
scheduled to begin very soon onMay 16, 2009. It will be led by the
Sacred Hoop of 100 Eagle Feathers and it will carry the message that
historical trauma can be healed - and prevented from being passed on to
yet another generation - through a willingness to “forgive the
unforgivable.” Daylong workshops are planned at the school sites to
share educational information about the schools, encourage open
discussion in a facilitated talking circle format and to conduct healing
ceremonies involving local tribal elders and mental health professionals
to release the unresolved grief that school survivors and/or their
descendants may still be carrying from trauma experienced at one of the

An increasing body of evidence shows that intergenerational trauma is
connected to suicides, substance abuse, domestic violence, child sexual
abuse, family break-ups and diabetes which continue to plague Native
American communities today. The Wellbriety Journey for Forgiveness will
help begin the healing process in Native communities around the country.

Despite vigorous fund raising efforts, we find ourselves well below the
mark that we had hoped to achieve in terms of donations required to
complete this journey. Many Native Americans have sent letters and
comments sharing first-hand experience in terms of historical trauma and
how critically important this journey is to them. Perhaps you have
experienced the devastating effects of unresolved grief yourself, or
have seen one of your loved ones affected by trauma.

Please take a moment to imagine how your support of at least one mile
will assist White Bison in promoting healing and forgiveness among
Native Americans across the country. Will you please help by donating
$18.79 for one mile? If funding a mile isn’t within your means, even a
small donation of $5.00 will help tremendously.

It is not too late to help, if only you act now. Your support of this
historic Native American healing journey is greatly appreciated! Please
make at least a small contribution and let the healing begin!!   Your
tax deductible donation can be easily made one of several ways:

-Check or money order payable to:                                       
White Bison, Inc.
6145 Lehman Drive, Suite 200
Colorado Springs, CO 80918.

-Call our toll-free number, 877-871-1495 and we will be happy to take
your donation over the phone via Mastercard, Visa or American Express.   

-Visit our secure website at www.whitebison. org for donation via PayPal

Thank you very much for your consideration of this request.

In Wellbriety,

Don Coyhis
President – White Bison, Inc


July 23- July 26 will be the 2nd Annual Twin spirit / 2 spirit (LGBT)
Native Womens Gathering
The event is open to Twin spirit / 2 spirit Native Women and their non
native partners and children. The event is held in San Diego . Free
camping, sweat, basketmaking and workshops.
Please go to Native Out for a map and more information
or email me directly. The event is free of charge in order make things
easier for my fellow sisters to attend.
Please RSVP to me kumeyaayindian @ .... Karen
Karen Vigneault - MLIS, B.S.


Santa Ysabel Tribal Library

PO Box 130

Santa Ysabel, Ca. 92070


From: RWMonacan
Sent: 5/11/2009 2:13:10 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: Dennis Banks

To let you know that Dennis Banks had a heart attack on the plane to
Phoenix this morning and is in the hospital there for bypass
surgery.............Prayers please............put him on your prayer
list for everyone to pray.

Love Momfeather.........

Well-wishers may send cards and flowers to:

Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center
1111 E. Mcdowell Rod
Phoenix, AZ 85006-2612


From: "Stop the Hazing of Wild Buffalo and Newborn Calves"

Right now, newborn wild bison -- better known as buffalo -- are grazing
under their mothers' watchful eyes on the lush Horse Butte peninsula
near Yellowstone National Park in Montana.

But on May 15, this pastoral scene could turn ugly if the government
begins hazing the buffalo back into the park with helicopters, horses
and ATVs, as they did last year at this time.

If this operation proceeds, some buffalo could die, including young
calves and pregnant cows.

Please speak out immediately to stop the government's annual hazing

This wildlife tragedy replays almost every year on Horse Butte -- a
birthing ground for the buffalo.

First, a helicopter invades the stillness, circling low to scare wild
buffalo out of the woods, so that government agents on ATVs and horses
can chase them back to Yellowstone.

With no time to rest or nurse during this relentless chase, some calves
collapse and even die of exhaustion before ever reaching their grazing
grounds deep within the park.

The saddest part? This senseless tragedy is unnecessary. The
justification for hazing and killing buffalo is that they could spread
the disease brucellosis to domestic cattle. That is why buffalo are
generally not welcome outside Yellowstone Park in Montana -- and why
thousands have been slaughtered or hazed back into the park in recent

But the fact is, there has never been a documented case of brucellosis
transmission from buffalo to cattle in the wild.

More to the point, there are no cattle at all on Horse Butte, so there
is absolutely no reason to haze and endanger Yellowstone's wild buffalo.

So please, help us give newborn buffalo a better chance at survival this

Tell the Secretary of Agriculture to intervene right away and prevent
the hazing of wild buffalo in the weeks ahead.

As living links to the great herds that once thundered across America's
plains, Yellowstone's buffalo are a national treasure. Please join me in
urging our government to protect them -- instead of subjecting them to
needless suffering.



Online news stories:

Climate Change Did Not Doom The Anasazi

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Concerns arise over well near ruins

Nine Mile Canyon Coalition honored for its efforts

History Presentation Will Highlight Female Seminary Time Capsules

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chad Smith Commends U.S. Reps. Boren,
Cole for Urging U.S. Attorney General Holder To Reject Calls for
Investigating Five Tribes

O'odham to rebury bones

Paleontology Meets Architecture in Project by Cotera+Reed

Mount Taylor TCP on hot seat

Transition to Agriculture Aggravated Oral Health for Women

Winning Photograph of Ancient Indian Kiva Chosen for Smithsonian
Magazine's World View Exhibit in Smithsonian Castle, National Mall,
Washington DC

Cherokee Nation court makes term-limit ruling

Archaeologists Examine Navajo Signaling Systems

NPR Examines Ancient Uses of Agave (Video Presentation)

Account of Camp Grant Massacre Wins Prestigious RFK Award

Findings at Las Capas Have Potential to Re-Write Early Southwestern

Who is "Cleaning" Rock Art in Utah's Nine Mile Canyon?

Relative Solitude Can Be Enjoyed While Exploring Hovenweep Pueblo

President Obama Revokes Legislation at the Center of Hopi / Navajo Land

Homol'ovi Ruins State Park On the Arizona Fiscal Chopping Block, Again

Hohokam Homes Excavated in Green Valley AZ

National Trust for Historic Preservation Names it's Eleven Most
Endangered Places for 2009, Mount Taylor Found to Be Endangered

Genetic Data on Ancient American Populations Points to Single Ancestral


Here are some random historical events for May:

May 1, 1637: After numerous incidents, and incursions on both sides,
English settlers in Connecticut declare war on the Pequot Indians. Most
of the fighting take places in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

May 2, 1670: King Charles of England gives all trade rights to "all the
Landes Countreyes and Territoryes upon the Coastes and Confynes of the
Seas" lying within the Hudson Strait to the Hudson’s Bay Company. This
monopoly remains in effect until 1859.

May 3, 490: Maya Lord Kan - Xul I (King K'an Joy Chitam I) is born,
according to some sources. Eventually, he rules over Palenque, Mexico.

May 4, 1805: The Pascagoula, and the Biloxi, Indians sell their lands
along the Gulf Coast to "Miller and Fulton." Miller and Fulton are
among the first settlers in the Rapides Parish area. The documents,
signed by six Indians, are confirmed. The Pascagoulas move to the Red
River area.

May 5, 1800: William Augusta Bowles is an adventurer in the
southeastern part of the United States. With Creek and Cherokee
supporters, he proclaims a new nation, Muscogee, out of lands claimed
by Spain along the Gulf coast, with himself as "Director-General".
Bowles declares war on Spain, and begins a campaign against their
outposts in his "nation." Some sources list this as happening on April
5, 1800.

May 6, 1626: The Purchase of Manhattan takes place. The Shinnecock or
Canarsee Indians, according to which source you believe, sell it to
Peter Minuit.

May 7, 1877: Colonel Nelson Miles, and his force of four Cavalry
Troops, and six Infantry Companies, finds Lame Deer, and his followers
on the Muddy Creek, near the Rosebud. Nelson surprises the village with
a charge. Lame Dear, and Iron Star, parley with Miles about a peaceful
settlement, but after they return, fight erupts, again. The battle
continues, and proceeds toward the Rosebud River. Lame Deer, Iron Star,
and twelve other Indians are killed. Four soldiers are killed. Lt.
Alfred M. Fuller, and six soldiers are wounded. Almost 450 mounts are
seized. The camp supplies, and many lodges are also captured. Corporal
Harry Garland and Private William Leonard, Company L, and Private Samuel
Phillips, Company H, Second Cavalry, will win the Congressional Medal of
Honor for "gallantry in action" as a part of today's battle. Company L
First Sergeant Henry Wilkens, and Farrier William H. Jones, will also be
awarded the Medal of Honor for their gallantry in today's battle, and
for actions against the Nez Perce on August 20, 1877.

May 8, 1725: In one of the last battles of Lovewell’s or Father Rasle’s
War, Pigwacket Indians defeat a British army under Captain John Lovewell
at Fryeburg, Maine.

May 9, 1885: Today through the 12th, events in the Second Riel
Rebellion take place in Canada. Major General Frederick Middleton and a
force of 800 soldiers attack the Metis and Cree holding the village of
Batoche. The fighting continues through the 12th until the soldiers
finally overrun Batoche.

May 10, 1869: One of the most devastating events in the lives of the
plains Indians is the crossing of their lands by the railroads. The
railroads bring settlers, hunters, and separate the buffalo herds.The
"iron horses" of the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific meet at
Promontory Point, Utah, completing the first cross continental railroad
in the United States.

May 11, 1968: The Constitution of the Indians of the Tulalip Tribes in
Washington is modified.

May 12, 1860: A battle in the Paiute War takes place in Nevada at Big
Bend in the valley of the Truckee River. Major William Ormsby’s Nevada
militia are attacked by Paiutes under war Chief Numaga.

May 13, 1614: The Viceroy of Mexico finds Spanish Explorer Juan de
Ońate guilty of atrocities against the Indians of New Mexico. As a part
of his punishment, he is banned from entering New Mexico again.

May 14, 1832: Near the Kyte River, Major Isaiah Stillman, and 275
soldiers are patrolling the area, on the lookout for Black Hawk. Weary
of fighting, Black Hawk sends a few representatives to Stillman's camp
to negotiate the surrender of his four dozen warriors. When the
soldiers fire on Black Hawk's representatives, a few manage to escape.
With the soldiers in pursuit, Black Hawk sets up an ambush. Becoming
confused by the sudden attack, Stillman's troop panick and flee the
area. Eleven soldiers, and three Indians are killed in the fighting.
However, the soldiers report a massacre of troops. The "battle" is
called "Stillman's Run."

May 15, 1846: A treaty is signed by Texas Governor Pierce Butler, and
Colonel M.G. Lewis (Meriwether Lewis' brother), and sixty-three Indians
of the Aionai, Anadarko, Caddo, Comanche, Kichai (Keehy), Lepan
(Apache), Longwha, Tahuacarro (Tahwacarro), Tonkawa, Waco, Wichita and
tribes. It is ratified on February 15, 1847, and signed by President
Polk on March 8, 1847.

May 16, 1760: Creek warrior Chief Hobbythacco (Handsome Fellow) has
often supported the English, but, at the outbreak of the Cherokee war,
he decides to support the Cherokees. He leads an attack on a group of
English traders in Georgia. Thirteen of the traders are killed during
the fighting. Creek Chief "The Mortar" also participates in the

May 17, 1629: According to a deed, Sagamore Indians, including
Passaconaway, sell a piece of land in what becomes Middlesex County,

May 18, 1661: Captain John Odber is order by the Maryland General
Assembly to take fifty men and go to the "Susquesahannough Forte."
According to a treaty signed on May 16th, Maryland is required to help
protect the Susquehannocks from raids by the Seneca. Odber’s force is
to fulfill that part of the treaty.

May 19, 1796: Congress passes "An Act Making Appropriations for
Defraying the Expenses Which May Arise in Carrying into Effect a Treaty
Made Between the United States and Certain Indian Tribes, Northwest of
the River Ohio."

May 20, 698: As part of a series of attacks on neighboring cities in
Guatemala, Maya warriors from Naranjo attack Kinichil Kab'

May 21, 1877: In retaliation for the Custer defeat, the Sioux and Ponca
are ordered to go to a new reservation in Indian Territory (present day
Oklahoma). The Poncas have nothing to do with the war, and they continue
their complaints about the bureaucratic error which places them on a
reservation with the Sioux in the first place. The government does not
bend, and the Ponca begin their march to Indian Territory.

May 22, 1851: As one of the last conflicts in the "Mariposa Indian
Wars" in California, a large group of Yosemite Indians are captured at
Lake Tenaija.

May 23, 1873: The Northwest Mounted Police is founded. One of the main
reasons for its creation is the problems being fomented by Americans
selling alcohol to Canadian Indians. This organization eventually
becomes the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

May 24, 1539: Mexican Viceroy Don Antonio de Mendoza has decided to
send an expedition to search for wealthy cities north of Mexico. On
March 7, 1539, Friar Marcos de Niza started the expedition from
Culiacan. Accordiong to Niza’s journal, he finally sees Cibola,
although he never sets foot in the pueblo. His report will lead to
future expeditions looking for the "Seven Cities of Gold."

May 25, 1673: At the site of modern Niles, Michigan, the British
erected Fort St. Joseph. Its garrison of sixteen men, led by Ensign
Francis Schlosser, is attacked by a large Potawatomi war party. Only
Schlosser and three other men survive the attack. The British are later
traded for Potawatomi prisoners in Detroit.

May 26, 1540: The "Lady of Cofitachequi" has been taken with the de
Soto expedition, against her will. With a large quantity of the pearls
that de Soto's men took from her village, she escapes.

May 27, 1763: Fort Miami is located at the site of modern Fort Wayne,
Indiana. It is garrisoned by twelve British soldiers, led by Ensign
Robert Holmes. Pontiac's rebellion has started, and the Ensign is
convinced to leave the Fort by his Miami Indian girlfriend. Miami
warriors kill the Ensign, and a Sergeant who leaves to Fort to look for
the Ensign. The Miamis demand the surrender of the remaining soldiers.
To drive home their point, they throw the head of Ensign Holmes into the
fort. The soldiers surrender, and all but one are eventually killed.

May 28, 1830: Andrew Jackson, called "Sharp Knife" by the Indians, has
long fought the Indians of the southeast. He believes that the Indians
and white settlers will not be able to peacefully live together. His
solution to this is to renege on all of the previous treaties, which
granted the Indians their lands forever, and to move all Indians west
of the Mississippi River. Jackson makes this proposal to Congress
during his First Congressional speech on December 8, 1829. Congress
makes the proposal into a law on this date.

May 29, 1980: Department of the Interior Field Solicitor Elmer
Nitzschke, states the Mille Lacs Reservation Business Committee has the
right to control the Sandy Lakes Indian Reservation in Minnesota. The
Sandy Lakes Band of Ojibwe, which lives on the reservation, feels they
should have control of the reservation.

May 30, 1851: A treaty is signed by Kko-ya-te and Wo-a-si, in

May 31, 1796: The Treaty of the Seven Tribes of Canada is signed by
three Chiefs at New York City. The tribes give up all claims to lands
in New York, except six square miles in Saint Regis. They are paid 1233
pounds, six shillings, and eight pence now, and 213 pounds, six
shillings, eight pence annually, if five more Chiefs show up and sign
the treaty.


That's it for this month.

Stay safe,

Phil Konstantin

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Native American History For Dummies introduces readers to the thousand-year-plus history of the first inhabitants of North America and explains their influence on the European settlement of the continent. Covering the history and customs of the scores of tribes that once populated the land, this friendly guide features vivid studies of the lives of such icons as Pocahontas, Sitting Bull, and Sacagawea; discusses warfare and famous battles, offering new perspectives from both battle lines; and includes new archaeological and forensic evidence, as well as oral histories that show events from the perspective of these indigenous peoples. The authors worked in concert with Native American authorities, institutions, and historical experts to provide a wide range of insight and information.
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Clips from a review on *Starred Review* In the 93 years from 1778 until 1871, there were more than 400 treaties negotiated by Indian agents and government officials. Editor Fixico and more than 150 contributors have crafted a three volume comprehensive tool that will soon become essential for anyone interested in the topic. A resource section with lists of ?Alternate Tribal Names and Spellings,? ?Tribal Name Meanings,? (<---- I wrote this part) Treaties by Tribe,? and ?Common Treaty Names? and a bibliography and comprehensive index are repeated in each volume. This impressive set has a place in any academic library that supports a Native American studies or American history curriculum. It is the most comprehensive source of information on Canadian-Indian treaties and U.S.-Indian treaties. Also available as an e-book.

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The Wacky World of Laws is a compilation of U.S. and International Laws that are out of the ordinary. With the U.S. churning out 500,000 new laws every year and 2 million regulations annually, this book is the ideal go-to book fro everyone who wants a good laugh at the expense of our legal system. Law so often can be boring! Now with The Wacky World of Laws, you can be the hit of any water cooler conversation, and amaze your friends with precious legal nuggets.

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