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May 15, 1988
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to allow a logging road to be built through Indian burial sites is yet another slap in the face to a people for whom the term "American Indian" can seem nothing more than an oxymoron (Part I, April 20). The court has blatantly shown its duplicitous nature by protecting the rights of some groups (notably, the Amish's free exercise of religion in rejecting compulsory schooling for their children) while continuing to ignore those of a people who live under a state of virtual subjection.
February 6, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - During his 18 years with the Pascua Yaqui Police Department, Michael Valenzuela repeatedly grew frustrated when responding to reports of domestic violence. If the aggressor wasn't a tribal member, the best Valenzuela could do was drive the man to the edge of the reservation, let him out and tell him to stay away from his wife or girlfriend. Valenzuela, police chief of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, said he resorted to the tactic several dozen times because he couldn't legally arrest non-tribal members suspected of assault on the tribe's land.
June 11, 1988
In Moscow the President said that perhaps we should offer citizenship to our Indians. As a matter of fact, the Indians have been citizens since 1924. Which goes to show that without a script, Ronald Reagan is like a blind person without a guide dog. GLADYS FOREMAN Los Angeles
January 3, 2014
Henri Lazarof Composer, teacher and art collector Henri Lazarof, 81, a prolific composer and teacher who may have been best known for the modern art collection he and his wife amassed, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. The cause was Alzheimer's disease, said his wife, Janice Lazarof. The Lazarofs significantly bolstered the modern art collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2005 when they gave 130 works - including pieces by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti and others - to the institution.
November 22, 1989
The story of how Americans have treated--and mistreated--their native brethren is a trail of tears and shame that continues to this very day. It unfolds in outrageous detail in the 238-page report of a Senate investigating committee that documents the mismanagement, corruption, fraud and neglect that infect federal programs designed to help American Indians. No member of Congress can read this report without being moved to action.
October 10, 1991
Hollywood will be the site next week of the start of a yearlong "world celebration" honoring Native American and Indian people of the Western Hemisphere in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of their first encounter with Christopher Columbus. The first event of "The Americas Before Columbus--A World Celebration for Native Americans," will be held Monday morning at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, after a press conference there.
March 18, 1992 | VICTORIA REED
"Arrows of the Spirit: Art Treasures of American Indian Heritage" at the Mingei Museum was conceived as a celebration of American Indian art. Martha Longenecker, the Mingei's director and this exhibition's curator, said the museum wanted Native American art to speak for itself during this quincentennial year of Columbus' discovery of America. They wanted to inform people that Native American art "is unsurpassed, and belongs to the mainstream art world."
April 27, 2013 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Recruiting a new leader for a big museum can take months - sometimes more than a year - involving search committees, consultants and rounds of interviews and negotiations. In the case of the Autry National Center of the American West, finding its fourth chief executive since opening 25 years ago was a much simpler affair. The biggest challenge was for board chair Marshall McKay, tired from a 12-hour day of meetings, to muster the energy to rush through a hotel corridor in Portland, Ore., catch up with the man he'd pegged as the Autry's next leader, and make him a proposal from out of the blue.
October 23, 2012 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Russell Means, who gained international notoriety as one of the leaders of the 71-day armed occupation of Wounded Knee in South Dakota in 1973 and continued to be an outspoken champion of American Indian rights after launching a career as an actor in films and television in the 1990s, has died. He was 72. Means died Monday at his home in Porcupine, S.D., on the Pine Ridge Reservation, said Glenn Morris, his legal representative. Diagnosed with esophageal cancer in July 2011 and told that it had spread too far for surgery, Means refused to undergo heavy doses of radiation and chemotherapy.
May 20, 2012 | By David Treuer
During the election cycle we tend to ask: What does America mean; where are we going? And then someone decides to check on the Indians to find out the answer, as though Indians represent America's soul hidden in the attic. And of course politicians have long stood next to their "souls" and posed for pictures on the campaign trail. Within the last year, Diane Sawyer and "20/20" did a special on the sorry conditions at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, and the New Yorker featured a grim photo essay on Pine Ridge too. The New York Times published a piece on brutal crime at the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming and another on the deep financial problems at Foxwoods, the Pequot-owned "world's largest" casino in Connecticut.
March 6, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
An improved economy and lower unemployment rates boosted revenue at American Indian gaming casinos in 2010, helping them rebound from their first ever drop in revenue a year earlier, a report said. The 1% increase in gambling revenue generated by 448 American Indian facilities in 2010 marks a rebound from the 1% decline in revenue in 2009, according to a study released Tuesday by Alan Meister, an economist with Arlington, Va.-based Nathan Associates Inc. Non-gambling revenue, such as spending on food and entertainment at casinos, increased 0.3% in 2010.
April 30, 2010 | By Dennis McLellan, Los Angeles Times
Luke McKissack, a prominent Los Angeles criminal defense and civil rights attorney whose clients included Sirhan B. Sirhan after his conviction for the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy and an Army private charged with the hand-grenade killing of two officers in Vietnam, has died. He was 72. McKissack, who also was a TV legal analyst during the O.J. Simpson criminal trial, died Sunday of complications from brain cancer at his home in Los Angeles, said his son-in-law, Brian Chisholm.
December 18, 2009 | By Mike Boehm
The only part of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian regularly open to the public -- the museum store that had weekend hours only -- will close next month when its space is taken over by a conservation project. The decision by the Autry National Center of the American West, which runs the Southwest Museum in Mount Washington and the larger Museum of the American West in Griffith Park, to virtually suspend public operations for an estimated three years immediately inflamed the already heated suspicions of some Southwest Museum supporters.
May 8, 2009 | Associated Press
Yosemite National Park will review its visitor brochures, information booths and historical archives to ensure that local tribes' ancestral ties to the treasured landscape are accurately reflected. Acting Supt. Dave Uberuaga last month requested the sweeping reexamination of the park's tribal relations program, including an oft-visited American Indian replica village built near Yosemite's falls.
November 9, 2008 | Nora Boustany, Boustany writes for the Washington Post.
Rosella Hightower, a prominent American Indian ballet dancer who rose to an illustrious career in the 1940s and 1950s and later started one of the premier dance schools in Europe, died overnight Nov. 3 at her home in Cannes, in the south of France. She was 88 and had had several strokes. Hightower was one of five Oklahoma-born American Indians to emerge as world-class ballerinas. The others were Yvonne Chouteau, Moscelyne Larkin and the sisters Maria and Marjorie Tallchief.
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