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'A New Deal for Native Art' Explains How the Gov't Undermined Indigenous Art During the New Dealnew

Jennifer McLerran makes the case that administrators of New Deal Indian policy, particularly John Collier, then-commissioner of Indian Affairs, insisted on romanticizing pre-industrial forms of indigenous art rather than pushing native artists toward self-sufficiency.
Tucson Weekly  |  Jarret Keene  |  10-29-2009  |  Nonfiction

Hopi Reggae Artist Casper Lomayesva Brings Redemption Songs to the Desertnew

Because of a shared resistance to tyranny, reggae is wildly popular among Native Americans -- from the Seminole Tribe of Florida to the Hopi of Arizona.
Phoenix New Times  |  Niki D'Andrea  |  10-06-2009  |  Profiles & Interviews

Mystery Man: Author Tony Hillerman's Legacy Lives Onnew

Hillerman began his career as a journalist for The Santa Fe New Mexican and went on to author more than 30 books, most of which were mystery novels set in New Mexico -- more specifically, Navajo lands. Hillerman died last October at the age of 83.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Charlotte Jusinski  |  09-17-2009  |  Books

Recent Raids Shed Light on New Mexican Looting Syndicatenew

Using undercover sources, agents from the FBI and the US Bureau of Land Management spent more than two years infiltrating a tight-knit community of looters in New Mexico who dig up graves and pillage archaeological sites on public lands, then sell the items they find to dealers and collectors.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Laura Paskus  |  08-20-2009  |  History

The Strange Saga of Geronimo's Skullnew

Out there somewhere, lost for 146 years, there really is the head of a great Apache leader, taken in the most violent and ignominious means imaginable. With the exception of his family and a few historians, no one knows a thing about him.
Tucson Weekly  |  Leo W. Banks  |  06-11-2009  |  History

Trendzilla: Feathers and Fringe, the Native American Looknew

Ethnic-inspired clothing and accessories are still here, and the Laurel Canyon hippie thing is still definitely favored by many. The next natural, obvious progression? Native Americans.
OC Weekly  |  Vickie Chang  |  11-18-2008  |  Fashion

A Trip to Where Land Sinks into the Seanew

A trip to the land of the United Houma Nation after Hurricanes Gustava and Ike in Louisiana sheds light on a Native American people and a culture on the brink.
Gambit  |  Sean David Hobbs  |  09-24-2008  |  Disasters

Searching for the Ghosts of Bunker Hill's Native American Pastnew

Resuscitated 1961 documentary recalls stark lives of L.A.'s urban Indians.
L.A. Weekly  |  Matthew Fleischer  |  08-18-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

'The Exiles' Presents a Regrettably Ignored View of L.A. Life and American Historynew

Mackenzie's sparkling, moody black-and-white images of what might be called the Native American Diaspora (following a generation of Indians who moved off the reservation and migrated to post-war Los Angeles), depict a classic American story of aspiration and tragedy. It is beautiful and devastating.
New York Press  |  Armond White  |  07-10-2008  |  Reviews

Chumash Dictionary Breathes Life into Moribund Languagenew

Thought to be dead for more 40 years, the last surviving branch of Chumash languages was merely dormant.
Santa Barbara Independent  |  Ben Preston  |  04-28-2008  |  Books

Health Care for Urban Native Americans Hits a Crisis Pointnew

"The issue is that if you're Native American, and you live off the reservation, it's increasingly difficult to access health care services."
Weekly Alibi  |  Marissa Demarco  |  04-15-2008  |  Science

A Scuttled Reservoir Yields Texas Treasurenew

A reservoir project rejected by voters more than a decade ago is set to become one of the most important living-history sites in the nation.
San Antonio Current  |  Elaine Wolff  |  01-09-2008  |  History

Of Sorrow, Sex and Historynew

Charles Frazier's second novel, Thirteen Moons, is another trek through the North Carolina mountains.
INDY Week  |  Perry Deane Young  |  10-05-2006  |  Fiction

The Truth about Trudell

A new film documents the activism and passion of Native legend John Trudell.
Santa Fe Reporter  |  Jennifer Lowe  |  08-17-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

California Looks to Gambling to Solve Its Financial Woesnew

California is so broke that it is willing to substitute gambling proceeds for rational fiscal policy. Two propositions on the ballot would allow more slot machines in the state.
East Bay Express  |  Chris Thompson  |  11-01-2004  |  Politics

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