September 25, 2000 |
The discussion at Montezuma Hall in Aztec Center was about Monty Montezuma. It was intense. The hottest topic this term at San Diego State University is not the presidential election or some civic or academic matter. The issue that has the student newspaper and Student Council abuzz is controversy over the future of the sports mascot.
April 16, 2000 |
Alice Ford's birthday trip to Rosarito on Friday night fell short by a mere 50 feet. That was as close as the ship on which she stood, margarita in hand, would come to the Mexican coastal city's new pier during this voyage--the inaugural run of a daily casino cruise from San Diego that marks a novel venture for a California Indian tribe. Opening-night delays and concerns about a damaged section of dock kept Ford and the 400 other passengers from disembarking.
August 23, 1999 |
When Indian tribes got into the gambling business, they proclaimed reservation casinos as their new buffalo, providing sustenance just as the herds did before being annihilated a century ago. Some tribes have since become fabulously wealthy--but having learned from experience, they are not relying exclusively on casinos as their meal ticket.
August 22, 1999 |
Dennis Basquez hates to fill out forms. He was so wary of bureaucracy that he did not get a California driver's license until the age of 37. And like many Native Americans in California, Basquez ducked the 1990 U.S. census. "I wouldn't fill out the forms. I didn't know what a census was. I thought the government was up to their tricks again," said Basquez, a Soboba tribe member who lives on the Morongo Indian Reservation near Banning Pass.
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March 21, 1999 |
Surrounded by family, friends and scores of strangers, Abel Salazar celebrated his 75th birthday Saturday at the Oakbrook Chumash Indian Interpretive Center. But it wasn't the cake and gifts he received that made the day special for the Chumash elder. "When I was growing up, we never dreamt that the Native American people would be recognized," Salazar said. "What we're doing today is bringing back the culture."
February 25, 1999 |
A small California Indian tribe, all but exiled from its homeland in Death Valley years ago, has struck a precedent-setting deal with the federal government to serve as partners in the management of the 3.2-million-acre national park. The agreement with the Timbesha Shoshone is "a new template on how to deal with Native Americans in the [national] parks," said Don Barry, assistant U.S. Interior secretary for parks and wildlife.