June 4, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt, 63, a former Black Panther Party leader who spent 27 years in prison on a California murder conviction that was later overturned, died Friday in his adopted home of Tanzania. Mr. Pratt died at his home in Imbaseni village, 15 miles from Arusha, where he had lived for at least half a decade, said a friend in Arusha, former Black Panther Pete O'Neal. Mr. Pratt's name and his long-fought case with its political backdrop became emblematic of a tumultuous era in American history when the beret-wearing Panthers raised their fists in defiance and carried big guns, striking fear in white America.
May 5, 2011 |
Geronimo was a legendary Apache warrior whose purported ability to walk without leaving footprints allowed him to evade thousands of Mexican and U.S. soldiers, much like Osama bin Laden evaded capture for the last decade. But for American Indians, there's an important difference: Geronimo was a hero - not a terrorist. So to them, the U.S. military's use of the revered leader's moniker as a code name for bin Laden was appalling - a slap in the face that prompted statements of disapproval from tribal leaders, a flurry of angry comments on social-network sites, and a letter from the leader of Geronimo's tribe asking President Obama to apologize.
January 19, 2007 |
Indigenous peoples will be in the spotlight next week at two auctions: A classic photo of the Apache warrior Geronimo will be featured at Freeman's sale of fine books, manuscripts, maps and prints, and a collection of African and tribal art will be offered at Barry S. Slosberg Inc. The 5?-by-4-inch photo of Geronimo, which he signed on the back, was taken by H.W. Wyman at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition for Edward Ballard Lodge. One of Lodge's direct descendants consigned it to Freeman's.
March 16, 2003 |
Perhaps you've heard of Geronimo but never of Lozen, of Langston Hughes but never of Jessie Redmon Fauset, of Daniel Defoe but never of Aphra Behn. Not surprising. Those unfamiliar names - all belonging to women - are rarely, if ever, mentioned in history books, despite the significant cultural contributions of their owners, female scholars said last week in observance of Women's History Month. Take Aphra Behn, the first woman writer to be published in England, said Jo Parker, an associate professor of English at St. Joseph's University who lives in Narberth.
November 9, 2001 |
A federal judge has taken the first step to return to American Indians an eagle-feather ceremonial headdress worn 94 years ago by the legendary Apache leader Geronimo at the "Last Pow-wow" of surviving Indian chiefs. U.S. District Judge Berle M. Schiller on Monday ordered the transfer of the striking body-length headdress, studded with 48 foot-long eagle feathers and valued at $1.2 million, from the custody of the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia to the U.S. Department of the Interior.
October 17, 2000 |
For more than a quarter-century, the legendary Apache leader Geronimo eluded the U.S. Army in a guerrilla war defending his Southwest homeland. Today, 91 years after he died a prisoner of war on an Oklahoma military reservation, Geronimo is again the center of a dispute pitting the government, the Apaches and the Comanches against one other. The case, U.S. v. One Eagle-feathered War Bonnet, has been filed in federal court in Philadelphia. Its outcome will decide who is the rightful owner of an Indian headdress studded with 48 one-foot-long eagle feathers and valued at up to $1.2 million.
October 17, 2000 |
The Apache and Comanche Indian tribes are fighting in federal court in Philadelphia over a war bonnet that Geronimo, a legendary Apache chief, wore to the "Last Powwow," 93 years ago, in the Oklahoma Territory. The eagle-feathered war bonnet was seized in Philadelphia by the FBI last year after its owner and a broker tried to sell it, illegally, for $1 million, to an undercover FBI agent. Such a proposed sale was illegal because bald and golden eagles once were endangered species and their feathers can't be sold - even feathers that were harvested long before the Bald Eagle Protection Act was enacted by Congress in the 1930s to save the majestic birds.
February 18, 2000 |
A lawyer arrested in Philadelphia last year when he tried to sell the eagle-feathered war bonnet that Apache warrior Geronimo wore to the historic "Last Pow-wow" pleaded guilty yesterday to a misdemeanor charge and was sentenced to six months of probation. By agreeing to plead guilty and cooperate with federal prosecutors, Georgia lawyer Leighton Deming, 56, escaped spending up to six months in prison and being fined $15,000 for violating the U.S. Migratory Bird Protection Act, part of which prohibits trafficking in golden eagle feathers.
October 14, 1999 |
Ninety-two years ago, the war bonnet, studded with 48-foot-long eagle feathers, sat on the head of the United States' most famous prisoner of war. Geronimo, the Apache leader who eluded the Army for more than a quarter-century defending his Southwestern homeland, wore the headdress at a ceremonial farewell of surviving Native American chiefs called "The Last Pow-wow. " The five-day summit was in Collinsville, Indian Territory, shortly before it became the state of Oklahoma.
June 23, 1994 |
A tale of hustling in Manhattan and a portrayal of a famed Apache warrior top this week's list of new movies on video. SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION (1994) (MGM/UA) 112 minutes. Stockard Channing, Will Smith, Donald Sutherland, Mary Beth Hurt. You can be a hustler living large in a penthouse high above Fifth Avenue or you can be a hustler scrounging in the bowels of Central Park; the principal difference is location. That is the epiphany of the nervy moral parable Six Degrees of Separation, a film adaptation of John Guare's award-winning play about art, race, class and imposture brought to the screen, crisply, by director Fred Schepisi.