December 15, 2013 |
Should NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and team owner Daniel Snyder agree with Native American activists that the logo and nickname of the Washington Redskins is racist and needs to be changed, they would be following a well-worn path. Since 1970, more than 600 colleges and high schools -- as well as the state of Oregon and the Los Angeles Unified School District -- have done away with Native American nicknames and mascots. NOTABLE COLLEGES Stanford: From Indians to Cardinal in 1972.
December 15, 2013 |
The best sports nicknames connote power, speed, bravery and even whimsy. But many fans say they see something else in some of the country's most popular team names and mascots - racism. The Oneida Indian Nation is pressuring the NFL and Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change that team's name and logo, which many Native Americans say is offensive. And thousands of baseball fans have signed an online petition asking the Cleveland Indians to retire Chief Wahoo, the team's smiling, red-faced caricature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 15, 2013 |
SANTA YNEZ, Calif. - The Chumash Indians, first seen by explorers along the California coast in the fall of 1542, did not have running water on their tiny, sickle-shaped reservation until the 1960s. Over time, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians clawed its way to sustainability, and more. The tribe harnessed Depression-era laws of self-governance, state and federal gambling initiatives. A casino opened in 2003. Healthcare is paid for. The tribe foots the bill for any recognized descendant who wants to go to college.
December 12, 2013 |
Karl Lagerfeld is raising eyebrows among some critics for using feathered headdresses and warpaint-like golden makeup during Chanel's "Metier d'Art" show in Dallas on Tuesday. He also drew on other Western stereotypes -- cowboys, ranchers -- but the use of Native American stereotypes in fashion has been controversial. [The Cut] Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and fitness guru Tracy Anderson, who recently launched a web series together called "The Restart Project," are developing a television series on love and weight loss, Anderson says.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2013 |
The 17-year-old high school senior lives in a neighborhood south of downtown where crime is still high, police sirens are ever-present, and fast-food joints line the block. She rarely leaves the area, never once having been to the beach with her family. But Maria Castro escaped her surroundings last summer and learned new ways to be healthy - physically and mentally. She did yoga and went to a beach in Santa Monica. She cooked organic food for war veterans in Escondido, connecting with their stories of violence and stress.
December 6, 2013 |
The senator from Kentucky had an important question for Republicans in Michigan. “How are you supposed to make child support payments if you've been in prison, and the best job you can get is $9 an hour?” Sen. Rand Paul asked, wearing a suit and tie at the opening of a new GOP office on Livernois Avenue in Detroit. Child support, prison and the war on drugs are not usual topics for the GOP senator, who had previously gained media attention for launching a filibuster against President Obama'a nominee to head the CIA because Paul questioned the administration's use of drones.
December 5, 2013 |
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford may be a national embarrassment, but his scandalous behavior -- smoking crack cocaine, threatening murder and making lewd remarks on live television -- is the biggest international news story out of Canada this century, Canadian Press reported Thursday. If the foreign media coverage of Ford's antics were sold as advertising space instead, it would have generated at least $1.1 billion in revenue, the news agency said of analysis by Influence Communications of Montreal.
November 26, 2013 |
This week, schoolchildren across the country will come home from elementary and preschool armed with cutout paper turkeys and stories excitedly recounted about the first Thanksgiving, all those years ago in Plymouth, Mass. At school, most will learn the traditional narrative of hungry Pilgrims aided by friendly Native Americans, who shared their bounty with their less-fortunate immigrant neighbors. But while this heartwarming story may be historically accurate, what happens next to these 17th century Native Americans and their descendants is usually left out of the classroom.
November 25, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When the Supreme Court confronted the case of Native Americans who were fired for smoking an illegal drug during a religious ceremony, Justice Antonin Scalia called a halt to granting religious exemptions under the Constitution's protection for the "free exercise" of religion. It "would be courting anarchy" to permit "religious objectors" to ignore the law, he said. But Democrats in Congress rose up to overturn his decision and to bolster religious freedom. Backed by a broad coalition, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Christian Legal Society, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act became law 20 years ago this month.
November 22, 2013 |
Let me just say this about the possibility that the FCC will let people make cellphone calls on airplanes: Geronimooooooooooooo!!!! (Uh, no offense to Native Americans intended.) POLL: Should the FCC allow cellphone use in flight? Because if that happens, I'm jumpin'. A 21st century D.B. Cooper. But no parachute, thank you. At least I'll have some peace and quiet on the way down. The news broke late Thursday that, as my colleague Andrea Chang wrote: "The Federal Communications Commission is considering allowing fliers to make in-flight voice calls on their cellphones once the plane reaches 10,000 feet….