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February 1, 2009 | Kim Murphy
If anything is a certainty here, it is rain. Blinding sheets, gentle showers, a slow drizzle in the trees -- it comes in different forms almost every day. The Hoh Rain Forest on Washington's Olympic Peninsula gets more precipitation than anywhere else in the continental United States, up to 14 feet a year. Floods happen so often on the Hoh Indian Reservation that the wood-plank structure housing its administrative offices is permanently surrounded by sandbags, as are several buildings nearby.
February 7, 2008 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
The passing of Propositions 94-97, which give four Indian tribes a stronger hold on gambling in the state, was a blow to Hollywood Park, but not a knockout punch. "We will continue to run the business of horse racing at Hollywood Park as though it will be carried on indefinitely," said Jack Liebau, the president of the Inglewood facility as well as sister track Bay Meadows in Northern California. "We're not going to run it as a lame-duck track. And we will apply for race dates in 2009."
December 3, 2007 | Dave McKibben and David Reyes, Times Staff Writers
For tribal members that had so much to gain by simply joining hands, even acknowledging one another's existence has often proved too onerous for leaders of the Juaneno band of Mission Indians. Efforts by tribal leaders to offer an olive branch to one another failed as recently as August and may have jeopardized the Juanenos' chances to gain federal recognition as a tribe and, ultimately, the opportunity to build a casino.
September 13, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
The Garden Grove City Council voted unanimously late Tuesday to kill a casino proposal that promised $70 million in annual tax revenue and college scholarships to every high school graduate, forcefully ending the central Orange County city's three-year dance with casino backers. "We made a very strong statement with that 5-0 vote," said Councilwoman Dina Nguyen. "It will give the casino developers a hint that it will not be that easy to get into Garden Grove again."
August 2, 2007 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
They were bleary-eyed from lack of sleep as they converged high in the San Bernardino Mountains at twilight. While two lightning-ignited fires barreled toward Big Bear Lake last summer, the fire marshal and the Indian tribe member discussed their options on how to preserve ancient artifacts and still protect the community.
September 29, 2006 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
In a victory for environmentalists, commercial fishermen and Indian tribes, a federal judge has backed a push by U.S. wildlife agencies for fish ladders over four Klamath River dams blamed for sagging salmon runs. The proposed fish passages would return chinook and endangered coho salmon as well as steelhead and Pacific lamprey to 350 miles of river cut off for more than half a century by the towering hydropower dams.
October 23, 2005 | Margarita Martinez, Associated Press Writer
Saul Martinez is on his cellphone to a friend, doing his best to speak a dying language. But after a few halting phrases, he gives up and switches to Spanish. Martinez was trying to speak Kankuamo, the ancient language of his Indian tribe, and do his bit for a broader revival that has as much to do with nostalgia as with taxpayers' pesos. By returning to their roots, Colombian tribes are receiving hefty government aid to preserve indigenous culture.
October 12, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
George Ringwald, 81, whose reporting on the Agua Caliente Indians of Palm Springs earned a Pulitzer Prize for the Riverside Press-Enterprise in 1968, died Sunday of cancer at his home in Eureka. The newspaper won the prestigious award for meritorious public service after Ringwald exposed irregularities in the guardianship program of the tribe. His stories showed that judges and attorneys had levied exorbitant fees against the estates of Agua Calientes to benefit conservators and guardians.
August 13, 2005
Why don't we all jump on the sensitivity bandwagon? In case people forgot or never knew in the first place, mascots were always chosen to honor the school that chose them for their nobility and bravery. The PC police will never stop. BLAINE OAKES Lomita It would be so refreshing if Bill Plaschke were required to do some research before writing a column. Lumping Illinois' Chief Illiniwek and Florida State's Chief Osceola together with the nickname "Redskins" and the Cleveland Indians' caricatured mascot shows a deplorable level of ignorance.
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