January 2009

Obama Stimulates Native Americans

January 31, 2009

It is less than half what the the NCAI requested, but RedClout continues to feel hope over news that the the Senate is including in the $819 billion economic stimulus package already passed by the House $2.8 billion for tribes, for housing, health care, education, and infrastructure, among other categories. More here. AJA


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Apache Chronicles

January 31, 2009

Douglas Miles, subject of our previous post, wil be exhbiting his work at the Dada Contemporary gallery in Tucson, AZ, 439 N. 6th Avenue, opening reception this coming Saturday February 7 from 6-8 p.m.  The Apache Skateboard Team will perform. AJA


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People of San Carlos II

January 29, 2009

Douglas Miles is Apache. He is an artist. He is an entrepreneur. He is a skateboard crew leader. He is an activist and “community organizer,” of a kind. (Photos by Brendan Moore: www.BrendanMoorePhoto.com) Can he be any one of those things alone? Or, for most people, must every role he takes on be encountered only [...]


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It’s All a Vanity Fair

January 24, 2009

But my vanity is fairer than yours. When I canceled my subscription to Vanity Fair a couple of years ago, some months after I stopped reading my monthly subscription issue, it was because, slow as I am, it had finally occurred to me that despite the high end gloss – or, rather, actually, because of [...]


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Now You See It

January 24, 2009

In the February Harvard Magazine, Craig Lambert’s “From Daguerreotype to Photoshop” offers a primer on on the tension between the image as pictorial artifact and mirror of reality. The issues are many, but here is one brought to mind, Robert Doisneau’s iconic Le baiser de l’hôtel de ville. As Wikipedia explains The identity of the [...]


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The Lone Butte Nine

January 22, 2009

Imagine a former deputy assistant and White House liaison to the American Indian community in the Clinton administration who in her 60s takes a job as a low paid security guard at one of Phoenix’s best high schools in order to enable her grandchildren to attend. Imagine she discovers physical abuse and terrible educational neglect [...]


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Obama and Native Rights

January 20, 2009

Perhaps only Washington, Lincoln, and FDR came into office with more people placing more of their hope in them than comes Barack Obama. Probably only Washington assumed the presidency with greater expectations of actual greatness from him. Among all the remarkable features of the Obama story, this is one – that a man of distinction [...]


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Button Up Your Quantum of Gran Torino

January 19, 2009

Traveling among the rural reaches and small towns in an RV (with, supposedly, work to be done) can make film-going an uncommon occurrence. We’ve seen only three since leaving Los Angeles in early November. (My college self disdains me.) We are currently seventy-five miles from the nearest movie theater, in Safford. Back in Banning, California [...]


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Old San Carlos and a Blessing

January 19, 2009

On December 30, 2008 members of the San Carlos Apache community, accompanied by leaders and members of the Mescalero and Jicarilla Apache Tribes, who had traveled to San Carlos for the occasion, took part in a blessing ceremony at the site of Old San Carlos, the original Agency (Bureau of Indian Affairs) settlement on the [...]


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Ocean Poem II

January 13, 2009

The Shores of the World Where the seam of the sky and the open sea meet the mind’s long gaze, and the tide tugs all along the earth’s vast sands – the edge of the world held out into space like a gift on a palm – the weight of the infinite day rests on [...]


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Photo Workshops

January 12, 2009

Julia will fly back to Southern California to teach two photo workshops from 1/17-1/24: The Crash Flash Course in Escondido and Mastering Your Flash at the Venice Beach campus. There are still a few openings in each class, so if you have an opening in your own schedule, register here, here, or check out the [...]


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Artful Humanity

January 11, 2009

Denis Dutton’s new book, The Art Instinct: Beauty, Pleasure and Human Evolution, argues that art is not a social construct, but hardwired through evolutionary development into human being. Which  is what I’ve always argued. He just wrote the book. AJA


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A Legacy of Conquest

January 9, 2009

During what Vine Deloria and Clifford M. Lytle, in American Indians, American Justice, described as the fourth of six periods in the history of U.S. government legal relations with American Indians – the period of Reorganization and Self-Government – the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (IRA) enabled Tribes to organize according to federally approved constitutions [...]


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Once More with Feeling, or the Eternal Return

January 9, 2009

According to Abhay Ashtekar, Director of the Institute of Gravitational Physics and Geometry at the Pennsylvania State University, the Big Bang theory of cosmology will need to be replaced by the Big Bounce. Loop quantum cosmology (LQC) is a derivative of loop quantum gravity (LQG), which successfully combines Einstein’s General Theory of Relavitity based theory [...]


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What River?

January 7, 2009

Carlin Romano, covering the Philadelphia meeting of the American Philosophical Association, makes me wonder about the choice I made of English literature over philosophy. But then paper titles like “Analyzing Bias in Evolutionary Explanations of Female Orgasm” and “Depression, Infertility and Erectile Dysfunction: The Invisibility of Female Sexuality in Medicine” make me wonder if it [...]


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Natives Go Classical – and Then Some

January 6, 2009

NPR reports that a “growing number of American Indian musicians are embracing classical music.” Increasingly, the composers report, this means mixing identities in a constructive and productive way: Mescalero Apache composer and musician Steven Alvarez hopes the classical native movement will offer American Indians a new musical voice in much the same way that reggae [...]


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Rodeo, Roping Competition – Apache Gold Casino

January 5, 2009

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Harold Pinter

January 4, 2009

It is one of the characteristics of art – the greater the art, the greater the characteristic – that it points to (“captures” would precisely misstate the idea) the complexity of nature, of situation, of emotion, of expression, of judgment: the entire human calculus. It is so much so that rarely may the creator be [...]


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The American Indian Church

January 3, 2009

Among the goals and legacies of conquest has been that of converting Native Americans to Christianity. Christian churches have been evangelizing on the San Carlos Apache Reservation since soon after Geronimo was captured for the last time and active resistance to the concentration policies on the reservation ceased in 1886. The first Lutheran missionaries arrived [...]


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People of San Carlos I

January 1, 2009

Dale Miles was the first person we got to know on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. We had read one of his editorials, about anti-Apache prejudice, in the off-reservation, Apache Moccasin newspaper, and sought him out. It is not entirely clear how many non-Natives read the Apache Moccasin, even though it is non-Native published, and [...]


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