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March 25, 2014 | By Scott Martelle
So Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins professional football team, visited 26 Native American reservations over four months and discovered a reality that just about everyone else in the country already knew . Native Americans on reservations are disproportionately mired in poverty; affected by alcoholism, diabetes and elevated suicide rates, among other health issues; and lack many of the basic necessities of modern life, including...
March 20, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
On Wednesday we noted that Shailene Woodley, star of the upcoming movies "Divergent" and "The Fault in Our Stars," isn't just a rising Hollywood starlet: She's also a font of quirky wisdom. Having gone over the benefits of eating clay and tanning one's nether regions (of course), we now present another installment of Woodley wisdom. On starting (and ending) the day right: It's important to get off on the right foot each day. In the August 2013 issue of Interview, Woodley talked to  fellow actress Emma Stone about her morning ritual.
March 6, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
"The Activist" is an earnest but largely melodramatic thriller placed against the 1973 standoff between federal authorities and members of the American Indian Movement in the South Dakota village of Wounded Knee. Writer-director Cyril Morin (who also composed the score) combines real-life and fictional situations and characters to tell this uneven tale of two Native American activists, Marvin (Chadwick E. Brown) and Bud (Michael Spears), who are dubiously arrested and locked up while the Nixon administration attempts to manipulate events - and further a secret political agenda - around the famed occupation.
March 2, 2014 | By Thomas H. Maugh II
Tidal erosion caused by a February 1970 winter storm ate away a bank of soil on Washington's Olympic Peninsula, revealing parts of five Native American longhouses. The longhouses near Lake Ozette had been buried suddenly by a mudslide sometime around 1560, preserving their contents in such remarkable condition that the site is often referred to as the American Pompeii. Archaeologist Richard Daugherty of Washington State University had previously conducted some minor excavations at the Ozette site, but the revelation of the longhouses provided an unprecedented opportunity to learn more about the culture of the Makah civilization.
February 22, 2014 | By Phil Willon
CEDARVILLE, Calif. - In the high-desert wilderness of Surprise Valley, where folks tend to say little and keep their distance, the mere mention of Cherie Lash Rhoades' name could evoke a wince. Unpleasant, a few relatives and townspeople offered. A tangle of sheer meanness, said those feeling less charitable. Even within her tiny Cedarville Rancheria tribe - a band of about 35 mostly blood relatives living in this sparse, northeastern corner of California - she could be confrontational.
February 20, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
"Angels in Stardust" is a creaky coming-of-age fantasy-drama whose luminous lead actress, A.J. Michalka ("Grace Unplugged"), has hopefully seen the last of this kind of ungainly corn pone. Writer-director William Robert Carey may channel bits from such classics as "The Purple Rose of Cairo" and "The Last Picture Show" to tell this Dust Bowl tale of teen dreams, trailer trash, cowboys and, yes, Indians (or as the film's hugely retrograde approach to Native Americans would have it, "Injuns")
February 12, 2014 | By Monte Morin
The skeletal remains of an infant who lived in what is now Montana about 12,600 years ago will be reburied in a formal ceremony now that scientists have sequenced its genome, researchers say. The fragments of the young boy's skeleton are the sole human remains directly associated with the short-lived Clovis culture, according to scientists. The relics were accidentally discovered by a construction worker in 1968, at the so-called Anzick burial site in western Montana. PHOTOS: Artifacts from the Clovis culture The fragments, as well as 125 stone and antler tools, were covered in red ochre, a powdered mineral that was probably used during a burial ceremony, scientists believe.
January 10, 2014
Does the Lakers' front office have a plan for the franchise? The media thinks it's a tank job for a high draft pick. Of course Mitch Kupchak denies this and espouses his support for Mike D'Antoni. This cannot be right. This plan (if there is one) has to include dumping D'Antoni. Jim Buss and his jealous tendencies toward his sister have crippled this franchise. His insistence on attempting an impact without the help of Phil Jackson shows just how clueless he really is. He has failed at everything he has ever tried, only to be rescued and given another chance by his dad. Dr. Buss putting him in total charge of the basketball operation has only accomplished the destruction of his significant legacy.
January 10, 2014 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
The California Coastal Commission has postponed a decision on whether to allow new housing construction on land in  Huntington Beach that opponents say is home to Native American artifacts and remains. At the request of the city, commissioners voted unanimously this week to postpone deciding whether to allow Huntington Beach to  amend its Local Coastal Program - local governments' guide to development in the coastal zone - to allow for new homes on the northwest portion of Bolsa Chica.
January 5, 2014 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
A state coastal agency could soon decide whether Huntington Beach can rezone a site in the Bolsa Chica mesa, an area that opponents say is home to Native American artifacts and remains, to allow for a housing development. The California Coastal Commission is set to vote Wednesday on whether the city can amend its Local Coastal Program - local governments' guide to development in the coastal zone - to allow for new homes on the northwest portion of Bolsa Chica. In a report, commission staff recommends denying amendments because the changes would "eliminate a higher priority land use designation and does not assure that significant culture resources and sensitive habitats will be protected" under the California Coastal Act. The move would also violate a part of the Local Coastal Program that the commission has already approved.
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