Colorado Springs Councilman Tim Leigh is seeking an investigation into the practices at city-owned Memorial Health System, according to the Gazette…The Colorado Senate moved a bill out of the education committee unanimously last week that would allow indigenous languages to be taught by experts of federally recognized tribes…and, The Defense Department says […]

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The Hopi Snake Dance

On August 30, 2011 By

(All photos in this slide show are courtesy of the Pikes Peak Library District/PPLD and the Denver Public Library/DPL.)

Each year at approximately this time, the Hopi people perform The Snake Dance, a sacred ritual believed to bring rain to their desert land in northeastern Arizona. Though it’s no longer an event open […]

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On our recent road trip to Southern Colorado and New Mexico, we stopped in at the always-lovely Taos Pueblo. While the Pueblo’s architecture itself is the more obvious star, we found ourselves taken with the beautiful Hornos, or outdoor adobe ovens. Aside from the fact that they’re fantastically simple and efficient ways of cooking, […]

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One of the most pervasive notions of American cultural identity is that of the Old West and the myth of the cowboy. This month we stick a magnifying glass up to those notions to see where they originate, and where they continue to resonate.

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Colorado Springs city officials have announced the draw for positioning on next month’s mayoral run-off ballot will be held tomorrow…and, a national panel of judicial and law enforcement experts met today in New Mexico to begin its part in a massive federal and tribal effort aimed at revamping the justice system across Indian Country.

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A Democratic state lawmaker formally withdrew a controversial measure that would’ve changed the American Indian student tuition waiver at Fort Lewis College in Durango. The bill was expected to be heard in a committee on Monday, with hundreds of students from Durango planning to drive to Denver to protest it. Bente Birkeland has more from […]

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Nashville based Corrections Corporation of America plans to close its Walsenburg prison, the Pueblo Chieftain reports…Some state lawmakers are concerned about the use of Native American mascots at public schools…and, the Chieftain also reports that a Pueblo trauma surgeon currently in Haiti is blogging about his experiences.

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Round-Up

On October 26, 2009 By

A Colorado Springs group that aims to help Native Americans overcome alcoholism and other health issues wins a prize from a San Francisco think tank…two soldiers based at Ft. Carson have been killed in Afghanistan…Governor Ritter names a new head of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources….and, state lawmakers from the West meet in Wyoming […]

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Round-Up

On July 24, 2009 By

How Colorado shapes up in the federal government’s “Race to the Top” program…Antiques Roadshow visits the state capitol…and, more.

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Round-Up

On July 22, 2009 By

Colorado health officials say Hispanics and Native Americans have the highest percentage of adults without health insurance in the state…Governor Bill Ritter announces state furlough days…and, University of Colorado researchers release a report on global warming and the Colorado River.

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Environmentalists eye Susan’s purse-making Caddisfly…Senator Mark Udall and Representative John Salazar back moving forward with a state roadless forest policy…and, Native Americans meet in Denver to discuss health issues.

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