On March 1, 2001, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
reported on the Indian Summer Festival's Winter Pow Wow
at Wisconsin State Fair Park, which will try to banish
winter "by song, dance and some
serious drumming." The article listed
several websites that provide information about
the meaning of powwows:
"Native American Home Pages", Powwows.com,
the Web lodge of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of
On March 1, 2001, The Baltimore Sun reported
on Richard Regan, a member of the Maryland Commission on Indian
Affairs, is "calling for the Washington Redskins to change
the team's name and logo. 'To American Indians, it is almost what the 'n-word' is to
African-Americans,' Regan said." Many, including Native
Americans, disagree that the name is offensive.
Redskins executives do not seem inclined to change the name.
On February 25, 2001, The Washington Post published an article that compared the Supreme Court's ruling in Bush v. Gore with its ruling in the case of Employment Division, Oregon Department of
Human Services v. Smith: both were unexpected. The latter case "reversed nearly 50 years of judicial decisions and slapped tough new limits on
the exercise of religious freedom." After the drug rehabilitation center where they worked fired them for consuming peyote, Al Smith and Galen Black sued the center for denying them unemployment...
On February 24, 2001, the Los Angeles Times
reported that the Navy's plan "to paint a 500-foot, red-and-white bull's-eye on Army property
in Upper Stony Valley and use it to teach jet fighter pilots how to drop bombs" is causing many
to protest. Among the protesters are "members of the Salinan Nation, landless Native Americans patching together
their past, who believe that the world began here."
On February 23, 2001, The Arizona Republic
reported that the Arizona American Indian
Tourism Association plans to convert the old
dining hall of the Phoenix Indian Boarding
School into the state's first Native
American Cultural Center. The school closed in 1990.
"The center's primary purpose will be to help Native
American communities in Arizona promote tourism and assist tourists interested
in visiting tribal lands." It will expose tourists to
the Native American experience and show them that
Native Americans are "...
On February 11, 2001, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that founder Bill
Rutherford of Wildlife Prairie Park in Peoria, Illinois, wants to add an American Indian
spiritual center to the park. The center "is expected to
draw tribes from outside Illinois for private religious ceremonies and serve as
a cultural education center for the public." One American Indian Methodist minister calls it "a huge step for Indian people."
On February 9, 2001, The Washington Post reported that "on Wednesday, a federal appeals court struck down" a policy at the Greensville Correctional Center that prevented Virginia prisoner Gary David Morrison Jr. from practicing his religion. Morrison, a convicted murderer, "asked his jailers for access to sacred herbs, medicine bags and feathers
-- items used in Native American religious ceremonies." Prison officials refused "because the items are normally banned as personal property...Morrison,
31, didn't qualify for a Native...
On February 4, 2001, The New York Times published an article on Indian radio stations. Indian country just celebrated its first radio station, KUYI-FM, in First Mesa, Ariz. The new station is significant in part because it
"can give news to elderly Hopi that can't speak English." In addition, the birth of the station represents "another triumph over difficult conditions in an industry
that ignores Indian broadcasting. KUYI (88.1 FM) is just the 30th American
Indian radio station in the United States." KUYI serves a remote...
On January 30, 2001, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on a new development in the 30-year-old controversy over the University of North Dakota's Indian head logo and "Fighting Sioux" nickname. A few weeks ago "wealthy alumnus Ralph Engelstad threatened to walk away
from a $100 million pledge...if the logo and nickname are dropped. The 70-year-old nickname has the backing of an overwhelming number of
fans and alumni...Yet to many of the school's 350 American Indian students and those who
support them in their fight to dump the...
On January 28, 2001, the Los Angeles Times reported a controversy over the birthplace of a god, "known as Wuyoot in older versions of Southern California
Indian lore, [who] was the great captain of the Tongva (Gabrielino) Indians." The birthplace is located just to the west of the 405 freeway on Long Beach. The controversy concerns the exact location of "Puvungna, the Tongva Indian village where not
just Wuyoot but Chinigchinich (Wuyoot's successor, who supplants him as chief
lawgiver/god/cult-hero in later anthropological annals)...
On January 28, 2001, the Omaha World-Herald reported that in September Gov. Mike Johanns of Nebraska wrote letters "to the 11 counties that have
Nebraska's 14 physical features with 'squaw' in their names. The letters noted
that the word is considered offensive and asked County Boards to voluntarily
recommend new names by Feb. 1." So far "only Gage County has recommended a
new name for adoption by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names...Gage County's Squaw Creek ...will be renamed Otoe Creek, in honor of the former Nebraska tribe...
On January 26, 2001, The New York Times reported that Buffalo, West Virginia, is trying to "reclaim and rebury the bodies" of 600 American Indians who were removed from their graves 35 years ago "in the name of science...Under a repatriation proposal, the bodies, which are now stored in plastic
bags at Ohio State University, would be reinterred here in dedicated tribal
ground where they were first put to earth across centuries...The plan has been endorsed by town fathers and descendants of
various Indian communities." The...
On December 4, 2000, the Los Angeles Times reported that "with its Moorish domes and bell towers, the splendid Mission San Carlos Borromeo in Carmel is the jewel of the California mission system. The small cell where Father Junipero Serra lived and worked has been meticulously preserved. When he died on Aug. 28, 1784, the remains of California's apostle were buried at the foot of the main altar. Now, however, a displaced tribe of Indians is trying to stake a claim in what Serra called the 'Garden of God,' south of San Francisco....
On November 21, 2000, The Washington Post wrote: "Uh-oh. Indians on the Mall for Thanksgiving. Yep: the other guys
from that 1621 banquet, front and center in the nation's capital, and
all the inconvenient truths they represent. There they are, in three
tepees by the Washington Monument. A family. Just a single Omaha family
and some friends. You just know they're not commemorating that nice
first Thanksgiving meal, when the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians of
Patuxet sat down together. No, they'll be commemorating that pesky...
On November 19, 2000, The New York Times reported
that "LONG after their military defeat in the 19th century, American
Indian tribes remain a world apart. Considered separate governments,
Indian reservations are exempt from most state laws, like taxes on
cigarettes, and can allow gambling, even if the surrounding state bans
it. Practitioners of one Indian religion can legally use peyote, a
cactus containing an illegal hallucinogen. Indian burial sites are
protected by a 1990 special act of Congress. Devils Tower National