June 21, 1987 |
"Another novel about Viet vets?" asks a colleague, thumbing through a review copy of Philip Caputo's "Indian Country." "Haven't we had enough books on war?" A question answered with a question: "Have we had enough books on love?" Love and war, the central themes of literature, then, now, forever: Homer to Cartland, Beowulf to Buscaglia. All's fair. War and love: opposed extensions of the human condition, as are the dual meanings of the titular "Indian Country."
May 12, 2005 |
In three starts at Santa Anita and Turf Paradise, Indian Country is without a victory. The 4-year-old son of Indian Charlie has been third in each of his races at those two tracks. The story is different at Hollywood Park. Indian Country has won three of four in Inglewood and will try for another victory in today's seventh race, a $55,000 optional claimer at seven furlongs. After finishing third in his career debut here on May 15, 2004, Indian Country has won three in a row over the track.
October 25, 1997 |
It's barely autumn, but morning dawned at 8 below zero and the pockets on the discarded pool table outside the village office are stuffed with snow. The moose that Ernest Erick hung out back is frozen stiff. The sled dogs stand silent, a still life of frosty fur and reproachful blue eyes, except for the breath clouding around their heads.
February 10, 1985 |
An American Indian group is promoting the idea, "Give it back to the Indians," by urging people to donate land in exchange for hefty tax breaks. The American Indian Heritage Foundation, a nonprofit charitable group, has placed ads in the Washington Post and aired public service announcements on Washington-area radio stations since last November in its campaign for land donations. "Give it back to the Indians . . . and get a good tax break too," proclaims the ads in the Post.
August 2, 1987 |
On the wall is a portrait of a raven-haired warrior, his profile proud and handsome, clad in the feathers, bones and colored beads of traditional Indian dress. Sitting on the sofa is a U.S. congressman in a gray Western-cut suit, with close-cropped hair graying at the temples. The man in the portrait is the man on the sofa: Ben Nighthorse Campbell, a Northern Cheyenne and a U.S. representative from Colorado.
December 9, 2009 |
The Obama administration on Tuesday announced it would pay Native Americans $3.4 billion to settle a class-action lawsuit that claimed the federal government cheated tribes for more than a century of royalties for oil, mineral and other leases. The settlement ends a 13-year legal battle that led to 3,600 filings, millions of pages of discovery documents and 11 separate appellate decisions. It is the largest settlement Native Americans have ever received from the federal government, eclipsing the sum of all previous settlements, according to the plaintiff's lawyers.