CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 24, 1993 |
A deserted business park is the nerve center of a humanitarian effort that brings food, clothing, books and hope to a handful of poverty-stricken American Indian reservations in South Dakota and Montana. The Red Cloud American Indian Society works mostly with the Sioux tribes to provide items for daily sustenance, as well as materials such as computers and school textbooks that help the reservation-based American Indians improve the quality of their lives.
September 19, 1991 |
Along the North Fork of the Big Hole River, Wilford Halfmoon stopped to listen. And there it was again, just beyond the wind--the sound of battle, a faint rumbling that came up from the pines and, growing louder, dizzied his head with whirling visions.
March 2, 1991 |
The U.S. Forest Service on Friday approved an exploratory oil and gas well inside a huge tract of wild land sacred to the Blackfeet Indians and considered prime grizzly bear habitat by Montana wildlife officials. The area, called the Badger-Two Medicine, lies alongside Glacier National Park, and the Forest Service's decision concedes that park visitors will be able to hear and see the well from certain trails inside the park.
August 27, 1990 |
In another sign of growing Indian political strength in the rural West, Thomas Larson Medicinehorse Sr., a 50-year-old Sundance Chief of the Crow Nation, is poised to become Montana's first elected American Indian sheriff. Big Horn County, population 10,600, is one of many rural counties where American Indians have made important electoral gains in recent years. Another Indian was elected in 1986 to one of three seats on the county commission.
June 24, 1990
As L. Ron Hubbard told it, he was 4 years old when a medicine man named "Old Tom" made him a "blood brother" of the Blackfeet Indians of Montana, providing the inspiration for the Scientology founder's first novel, "Buckskin Brigades." But one expert on the tribe doesn't buy Hubbard's account. Historian Hugh Dempsey is associate director of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Canada. He has extensively researched the tribe, of which his wife is a member.
October 23, 1989 |
Buster Yellow Kidney rode his horse into a clearing high on a ridge in the Rocky Mountains and gazed across to Goat Mountain, where he and his late wife used to fast and purify themselves. "I've only gone back up there twice since she died," the Blackfeet tribal elder said, his aging features set in a solemn mask. Then his face brightened and with a sweep of his gnarled hand, he added: "This whole country is sacred to us."