CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1999 |
There is no Bible, no sin, no conversion. At The Gathering, a nondenominational Native American church that meets each week in Garden Grove, there is no written Word, no right or wrong, no death or need for redemption--just truth, accountability and a belief that all is sacred and connected. Formally known at the American Indian Church, it was founded with eight members in 1978 by Little Crow, a Garden Grove resident of Dakota and Lakota Indian heritage, and his wife Alice Bryant.
September 23, 1990 |
North American Indians always have held close spiritual ties with their ancestors. So when charges surface that human remains and religious artifacts from sacred Indian burial grounds have been unearthed by developers and tossed in a scrap heap, kin groups and tribal elders go on the warpath. "We believe the remains of our people are sacred," says Vera Rocha, chairwoman of the Gabrieleno Indian Tribe, whose ancestors once occupied the hilly lands near Newport Beach.
November 28, 1996 |
Spiritual rites and modern development clashed Wednesday as the Irvine Co. reburied ancient artifacts unearthed in 1994 while building a Newport Beach housing development. When the Irvine Co. began building the 149 Harbor Cove homes along the bluffs of upper Newport Bay, it discovered skeletal remains and artifacts, including charm stones, hunting tools and ceremony beads belonging to two tribes--the Juanenos band of Mission Indians and the Coastal Gabrieleno-Dieguno Indians.
March 3, 1997 |
Native American tribes seeking formal recognition from the U.S. government are required to meet seven criteria, according to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which makes the ultimate decision: * History. They must be identified as an Indian entity by people outside their group and provide supporting documentation, such as photographs and newspaper clips, as well as federal, state and local records.
July 30, 1998 |
Like most teens, Tawny Hale, 16, and Cuauhtli Arvizu, 15, like to dance, listen to music and hang out with friends. On weekends, though, they are not so typical. Both grew up learning the rhythms and songs that have been passed down by their ancestors: for Hale, the Navajos of the Southwest, for Arvizu, the Aztec Indians of Mexico. The Hales, of Pico Rivera, and the Arvizus, of Garden Grove, spend almost every weekend performing indigenous dances at schools, powwows and public events.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1994 |
A group of Juaneno Band of Mission Indians elected a tribal leader and council Saturday, while an opposing faction called the results meaningless. Sonia Johnston was named tribal leader, but declined to discuss her new position Saturday night. Johnston said she and other new members of the Juaneno council would be talking about their roles at a later date. But David Belardes, the leader of a rival faction, was quick to dismiss Saturday's vote.