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Phillip Burnham


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World Bank economists see few gains in Latin America

WASHINGTON -- Twelve years after the U.N. Assembly declared the Decade of Indigenous Peoples, the Native population of Latin America still barely gets by, said a recent report by World Bank economists. The picture they present is bleak. Rates of Native poverty in the region have barely budged over the last decade. earnings...

Law enforcement officers to get national museum

WASHINGTON -- Fifty-eight thousand names are carved in black granite on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, a tribute to sacrifices in a faraway war. Only a mile away, the list of those fallen in a struggle closer to home is still growing. Chiseled onto a pair of marble walls flanking Judiciary Square, the 17,000...

O’odham linguist comes to Washington

WASHINGTON -- Hearing a phrase of Tohono O'odham in Washington is like catching sight of a rare and beautiful bird. It's a language of hushed, lilting sounds, perfect for making songs about rain and corn or writing poems about desert clouds. That's how Ofelia Zepeda, linguist and writer, began a public talk the National...

Storyteller revisits Lewis and Clark

WASHINGTON -- Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve has long known something most people never learn: the world has been created, and destroyed, many times over. Sneve, a storyteller by profession, was at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian this month to discuss her new book, "Bad River Boys: A Meeting of the Lakota with...

The true legend of Dewey Beard; PART THREE

STURGIS, S.D. - Dewey Beard was the last survivor of the Battle of the Little Big Horn; a warrior, rancher, actor and respected elder. His eventful life, which spanned a century, is still remembered by friends and family. Corliss Besselievre can never forget the day she and her husband were given Beard's regalia. It the...

Trend-setting producer speaks out

WASHINGTON -- In Hollywood, movies are supposed to be about Indians, not by them. And give them some feathers and buckskin if they want to act. Sonny Skyhawk has spent the better part of a lifetime trying to change all that. Skyhawk is executive producer of "The World of American Indian Dance," the first production...

Harjo appeal given boost

WASHINGTON - The legal team for the Washington Redskins has been forced to punt. The latest decision on Harjo et al. v. Pro Football Inc., handed down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia July 15, was a qualified victory for plaintiffs in a saga that has wended way...