July 25, 2016 |
No, Liz Jenkins Santana didn't have to name her newborn Hillary to land a contract for the Democratic National Convention. But family did matter for Santana, president and cofounder of LeapStarr Productions Inc., now building PoliticalFest, a group of exhibits and performances at seven venues in the city. Because Liz Santana's father is African American and Native American, because her husband is Hispanic, and because she's a she, Santana and LeapStarr helped fill diversity goals set by the organizers of the Democratic National Convention, which begins Monday.
May 23, 2016
ISSUE | NATIVE AMERICANS A sad, continuing saga I applaud the Inquirer for publishing Jeff Gammage's articles about Native Americans' efforts to bring their relatives' remains home from the former Carlisle Indian Industrial School ("Never Forgotten," May 15; "On Indians' land, Army hears plea for remains," May 11; "Honoring ancestors," May 1; " 'Those kids never got to go home,' " March 20). The stories have given readers a rare look at Native Americans' historical experiences with forced assimilation and the ways in which those experiences continue to affect their communities.
February 14, 2016
Bevy of brews Maryland. Local breweries bring love-inspired craft beers to this festival. Try chocolate-infused creations, a pilsner made with rose petals, Romantic Chemistry IPA and, appropriate to the location, Boardwalk Blonde. Live music. Minimum age 21. Shore Craft Beer Fest , Ocean City, Feb. 20. Under the sea Connecticut. Two exhibits explore the ocean's beauty through paintings of remarkable underwater environments and photographs of deep-sea creatures taken by robots.
June 15, 2015
WHEN POPE FRANCIS comes to Philadelphia in September, there will be one man by his side the entire time - Archbishop Charles Chaput, who should be a fascinating tour guide. Chaput, 70, a member of the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, was the second Native American to become a bishop and the first to be appointed an archbishop. He was ordained 45 years ago and said that, aside from brief dreams about a career as a stunt actor or a doctor, he has wanted to be a priest "from the time I remember being conscious.
June 2, 2015 |
ROSALIA BADHORSE traveled 2,000 miles from the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation to Philadelphia, where she hoped to learn how to help her tribe back home in Montana hill country. After graduating last month from La Salle University with a business degree, Badhorse, 22, wants to create jobs in her hometown of Lame Deer on the reservation, where 78 percent of the people are unemployed. "We have one small grocery store, a gas station, a school, a bank and our little clinic," Badhorse said.
April 24, 2015 |
AFTER "ORANGE Is the New Black" and "House of Cards" raised its coolness factor through the roof, Netflix has hit its first two bumps. "Fuller House"? Seriously? People are going to have to pay to watch a gender-switching update of a so-so sitcom? What's next "My Two Moms"? Here, all-grown Nicole Bradford (played by Devon native Staci Keanan ) marries a woman and the pair raise a feisty boy. Paul Reiser plays cranky grandpa. But we digress. Netflix's latest thing that makes you go hmm . . . comes from its new deal with Adam Sandler , as reported by Indian Country Today and Julie Miller of Vanityfair.com.
March 20, 2015 |
Talon Bazille Ducheneaux, 22, sits in a conference room at the University of Pennsylvania's Greenfield Intercultural Center. Born and raised in South Dakota, he identifies as Lakota and Dakota. He remembers that, in his boyhood classrooms, "they start indigenous history at 1492. " But Ducheneaux is writing his full history, in rap. On Saturday, the Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (which, fittingly enough, was built on Lenape land) will present "Modern Native Voices: The Medium of Hip Hop New Music with a Distinctly Native Beat.
June 17, 2014 |
As a girl growing up in Galloway Township, just outside Atlantic City, Cierra Kaler-Jones was wowed by the beauty pageant queens who visited her elementary school after they won. "All the little girls dreamed of being Miss America - you look at the crown, and the sash, and the glamor and think it's the end-all deal," she said. But as the newly crowned Miss New Jersey, the Rutgers University student said she now understands the role is much more. "It's about working for your community . . . and being intelligent and a mentor to others," she said in an interview Sunday, a day after she captured the title at the Ocean City Music Pier.
February 28, 2014 |
The University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, founded in 1887, amassed many of its treasures during the so-called golden age of museum collecting - an era well known for unprecedented institution-building, less so for cultural sensitivity. (The decades since have brought negotiations and lawsuits over the repatriation of artifacts to various tribes and nations.) That backdrop provides a striking contrast with the museum's newest exhibition, Native American Voices: The People - Here and Now , which opens Saturday.
June 27, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that federal law does not require that a Native American girl be given back to her biological father but also does not clear her adoptive parents to immediately regain custody of the now 3-year-old child. In a resolution that one justice said could compound "the anguish this case has caused," justices voted 5-4 to send the case back to South Carolina to decide the final home for an adopted girl named Veronica. South Carolina courts originally said the 1978 Indian Child Welfare Act - a federal law intended to keep Indian children from being taken from their homes and typically placed with non-Indian adoptive or foster parents - favored her living with her biological father, who took custody of her in 2011.