CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1991 |
When Ben Nighthorse Campbell showed up here five years ago, the freshman congressman had to get special permission just to walk onto the floor of the House of Representatives. The Colorado jewelry maker-turned-legislator wanted to forgo the traditional neckties required by the House dress code so he could wear brightly colored scarves clasped with intricately inlaid American Indian jewelry.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 30, 1991 |
Somebody buttonholed Tournament of Roses President Robert Cheney at a recent meeting and tried to read him the riot act about the crimes of Columbus, whose arrival in the New World 500 years ago will be celebrated in the Rose Parade. Cheney listened calmly for a few minutes, then started to bridle at the woman's broad-brushed characterization of his organization as "insensitive." "You know very little about the Tournament of Roses," Cheney said evenly.
November 13, 1991 |
So a deal has been struck on Christopher Columbus. The embarrassment concluded. Cristobal Colon, 20th-generation descendant of you-know-who, will now share his leadership of the Rose Parade with a carefully selected American Indian. Don't ask why the grand marshalship of the Rose Parade should matter to American Indians or anyone else. It does. As always, the reason is television.
November 12, 1991 |
In an unprecedented capitulation to critics, Tournament of Roses officials on Monday appointed a second grand marshal for the Rose Parade--an American Indian to share honors with a direct descendant of Christopher Columbus. As a gesture to soothe hurt feelings among American Indian groups, Rep. Ben Nighthorse Campbell (D-Colo.), the only American Indian in Congress, has been chosen to join Spanish aristocrat Cristobal Colon at the head of the 103-year-old New Year's Day parade.
June 9, 1991 |
Rep. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, the only American Indian in Congress, has returned to this Gold Rush-era town to pick up the slip of paper that eluded him 40 years ago--his high school diploma. The 58-year-old congressman, one of 262 graduates in Placer High School's Class of '91, received the certificate from Principal Tom Spencer, who joked that the diploma should be withheld because "he needs to serve 603 hours of detention for the six months of classes he missed."