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Statues of chiefs and peace park envisioned near Zion

Statues of chiefs and peace park envisioned near Zion

ST. GEORGE, Utah – A peace park featuring a collection of sculptures that represent a grand council of famous chiefs from across Indian country is envisioned near Zion National Park by Four Winds, a group working to bring the idea to reality. The park is to serve as center...

Wanapum Heritage Center honors the River People

BEVERLEY, Wash. – There is an interpretive sign along Washington State’s busy Interstate 90 at the windy viewpoint overlooking the Columbia River where Dave Govedare’s sweeping sculpture, “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies,” crowns the ridge. The sign introduces the Wanapum people who once thrived along this stretch of river; peace...
‘American Indian Places: A Historical Guidebook’

‘American Indian Places: A Historical Guidebook’

Travelers and armchair historians alike will find plenty of food for thought in “American Indian Places: A Historical Guidebook,” edited by Frances H. Kennedy. Ten years in the making, it is the first guide to indigenous historical sites open to the public, according to Kennedy, who will donate royalties...
‘Idaho’s Forgotten War’

‘Idaho’s Forgotten War’

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – According to Idaho’s official timeline, nothing noteworthy happened here in 1974. Somehow, all the state historians and educators missed the fact that north Idaho’s tiny Kootenai Tribe declared war on the U.S. government that year and saved itself from extinction. A new documentary by Rosario...

Potlatch Fund brings philanthropy to tribal communities

WELLPINIT, Wash. – A group that gathered at the Wellpinit Longhouse shared aspirations to preserve tribal language and culture, produce art, music and film, support people in recovery, clean up the environment and enhance the lives of elders, youth and the disabled. The cost of reaching these goals to...

Potlatch Fund brings philanthropy to tribal communities

WELLPINIT, Wash. - A group that gathered at the Wellpinit Longhouse shared aspirations to preserve tribal language and culture, produce art, music and film, support people in recovery, clean up the environment and enhance the lives of elders, youth and the disabled. The cost of reaching these goals to...

Potlatch Fund brings philanthropy to tribal communities

WELLPINIT, Wash. - A group that gathered at the Wellpinit Longhouse shared aspirations to preserve tribal language and culture, produce art, music and film, support people in recovery, clean up the environment and enhance the lives of elders, youth and the disabled. The cost of reaching these goals to...

Cantwell blasts old mining law.

Pledges help for Spokane uranium workersBy Estar Holmes -- Today correspondentSPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Tribal Council member Glenn Ford feels lucky to have made it to 58. Like many former uranium workers on the Spokane Indian Reservation, he was once oblivious to the dangers of radioactivity. ''I worked in extraction...

Cantwell blasts old mining law

Pledges help for Spokane uranium workersSPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Tribal Council member Glenn Ford feels lucky to have made it to 58. Like many former uranium workers on the Spokane Indian Reservation, he was once oblivious to the dangers of radioactivity. ''I worked in solvent extraction where it came and...

Cantwell blasts old mining law

Pledges help for Spokane uranium workers SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Tribal Council member Glenn Ford feels lucky to have made it to 58. Like many former uranium workers on the Spokane Indian Reservation, he was once oblivious to the dangers of radioactivity. ;'I worked in solvent extraction where it came and...