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On Native American sacred sites and religious freedom in North America

Winona LaDuke and I co-authored this report to the United Nations on the threats facing Native American sacred sites throughout North America: Honor the Earth Briefing Document Prepared on Sacred Sites and Religious Freedom in North America Prepared by Sean Cruz … Continue reading

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Will coal barges clog the Columbia River or will Celilo Falls be recovered?

Portland, Oregon— In an article asking the question “Will coal barges clog the Columbia River?” The Oregonian published an economic analysis purporting to include all of the major interests, but woefully ignorant of the issue of Celilo Falls. The real … Continue reading

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The Industrialization of Celilo Falls, and its failures, pt 5

 By Sean Cruz Portland, Oregon— The pressure on Native fishers and fish stocks throughout the Columbia River system was relentless and took many forms, both on and near the river and in distant courtrooms: “During the 1880s and 1890s, fish … Continue reading

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The Industrialization of Celilo Falls, and its failures, pt 4

By Sean Cruz Portland, Oregon— Change came rapidly to the region once fur traders, settlers and pioneers began arriving in the early 19th century, eager to claim Indian land and resources as their own, bringing with them attitudes of racial … Continue reading

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The Industrialization of Celilo Falls, and its failures, pt 2

By Sean Cruz Portland, Oregon— The Oregon Donation Land Act of 1850 “legitimized” the claims of white pioneers on Native American lands and resources throughout the region, some two and a half million acres before the survivors of this ethnic … Continue reading

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The Industrialization of Celilo Falls, and its failures, pt 1

By Sean Cruz Portland, Oregon— For more than ten thousand years, the Columbia River Tribes husbanded the natural beauty and resources of Celilo Falls, creating an economy that many would call “the Wall Street of the West”, amid a natural … Continue reading

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Be Inspired: Hahoe Village – UNESCO – Celilo Falls

by Sean Cruz Portland, Oregon— The Republic of South Korea is currently running its “Korea: Be inspired” campaign, promoting trade and tourism with television spots featuring ancient Hahoe Folk Village, a UNESCO-inscribed World Heritage Site. This campaign is unfolding as … Continue reading

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