September 28, 2013 |
The already difficult path to creating a National Museum of the American Latino has gotten bumpier because of another museum proposal now pending before Congress - this one aiming to establish a national museum in Washington, D.C., dedicated to the entire immigrant experience. Backers of the National Museum of the American People want Congress to authorize creation of a presidentially appointed commission to study its feasibility - a first step that the national Latino museum completed in 2011.
September 25, 2013 |
Local bureaucracy seems to have gotten the upper hand on a white-supremacist's plot to take over a small town in North Dakota. Paul Craig Cobb, 61, made headlines after news broke of his secret plot to amass white supremacists in Leith, N.D., and win control of the hamlet by buying up property and winning local elections. But now Cobb's home in Leith could be condemned after he failed to submit plans for sewage and running water to the county government, according to the Bismarck Tribune.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 |
Was justice served Monday when a little girl called Veronica was taken from her biological father, a Cherokee, and returned to the white South Carolina couple who had begun to adopt her at birth four years ago? This is one of those heartbreaking stories that periodically makes headlines, sending a shiver down the spines of adoptive parents and enraging Native Americans whose children had been ripped away from them so often that a federal law was passed in 1978 to put safeguards in place.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2013 |
A life-size cutout of Clint Eastwood in cowboy garb won't be the only likeness of a western star to become Glendale city property. In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the City Council approved accepting the donation of five western-inspired art pieces, including the one of Eastwood, from a Los Angeles artist who had originally secretly placed some of the cutouts in the hills above Glendale. "This is the kind of organic art that I really respond to," said Councilwoman Laura Friedman.
August 16, 2013 |
It's a scholastic rite of passage for every California fourth-grader: studying the history of the Spanish Catholic missions and the life of Father Junípero Serra. Steven W. Hackel remembers the drill. "We were taught that Father Serra was a good, gentle padre who built missions every one-day's horseback ride apart for tired travelers, as sort of like Motel 6's of the day," says Hackel, a UC Riverside associate professor of history and author of a new biography of Serra. "And there was nothing about Indians in those missions at all. " Finding the complex man of God wrapped inside the saintly myth and putting the missing indigenous Americans back into the picture, are lead objectives of an exhibition scheduled to open Aug. 17 at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens and run through Jan. 6. PHOTOS: Junipero Serra exhibition Titled "Junípero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions" and co-curated by Hackel and Catherine Gudis, also a UC Riverside associate professor of history, it's perhaps the most comprehensive exhibition ever assembled about the devout Franciscan friar who established nine of the 21 missions in present-day California and is sometimes called the state's "founding father.
August 7, 2013 |
SEATTLE - On a narrow central Idaho highway coursing through thickets of ponderosa pines and along a winding river, members of the Nez Perce tribe made their stand. Hundreds gathered along U.S. Highway 12 on Monday and Tuesday and formed a human blockade in an attempt to stop a controversial megaload of equipment bound for the oil tar sands of Alberta, Canada - a load reportedly weighing about 644,000 pounds and stretching over 200 feet. They intended on continuing their protests Wednesday and Thursday nights.
July 25, 2013 |
Celebrity was a fresh concept at the beginning of the last century, as the movies introduced the world to a new kind of famous person: pretend heroes and ingénues glamorized on the big screen and the pages of movie fan magazines. In the silent era, image became everything. In his richly illustrated "Still: American Silent Motion Picture Photography," David S. Shields examines the groundbreaking work of the early cinematographers and still photographers who created that phenomenon. Shields is both scholarly and deeply passionate about the pictures (some from his own collection)
July 10, 2013
Re "Guantanamo's shame," Opinion, July 7 It's our shame, not just Guantanamo's shame. We are all complicit in this shame, for how we treat others says more about each of us than it does about the ones who are the cause of our hatred. It's way past time for this place of shame to be closed, allowing all of us, including those incarcerated, to move on. The shame of Guantanamo will follow us for all of our lives, like the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II and how we have treated Native Americans.
July 9, 2013 |
In 1969, Jay Silverheels, the Mohawk Indian actor who played Tonto in the hit 1950s TV show "The Lone Ranger," appeared in character on "The Tonight Show," where Johnny Carson conducted a mock job interview. "Worked 30 years as faithful sidekick for kemo sabe," Tonto said, explaining his employment history. "Hunt, fish, make food, sew clothes, sweep up, stay awake all night to listen for enemies for kemo sabe. Risk life for kemo sabe. Thirty lousy years. " The joke - considering, for once, how the Lone Ranger's Wild West adventures might have felt from his subservient partner's point of view - drew some laughs from Carson's Civil Rights-era, in-studio audience.
July 8, 2013 |
Lost in the Fourth of July hubbub -- but just in time for Bastille Day! -- came news that the French are spying just like the United States. Mon dieu! According to the French daily Le Monde, the country's Direction Generale de la Securite Exterieure (and sorry, but that just sounds tres more sophisticated than "National Security Agency") “systematically collects information about all electronic data sent by computers and telephones in France, as well as communications between France and abroad.” Think of it as the French version of the NSA's PRISM, which Edward Snowden blabbed about.