– ASU Professor Noel Stowe Receives Arizona Preservation Award: Professor Noel Stowe is being honored for his outstanding achievements in preserving Arizona’s historic resources through the public history program he guides at Arizona State University. He received the 2008 Governor’s Heritage Preservation Honor Award and was recognized June 13 at the Arizona Statewide Historic Preservation Partnership Conference.
– The Architectural Legacy of Mary Jane Colter: Called “the best-known unknown architect in the national parks,” Mary Jane Colter has long been an almost invisible figure in national park history. Each year, as many as 5 million visitors pass through the collection of buildings she designed or decorated in Grand Canyon National Park, most without a hint of the brilliant, stubborn, chain-smoking visionary behind their creation.
– Homolovi Ruins State Park Near Winslow Arizona Celebrates Suvoyuki Day: “Suvoyuki” translated in the Hopi language means to accomplish work through at “joint effort.” “Suvoyuki Day”(July 12, 2008) is an open house day at Homolovi Ruins State Park that celebrates the partners who have helped to protect and save Homolovi area archaeological and cultural sites from destruction.
– FBI Returns Stolen Art to Indio Museum: A collection of rare American Indian artifacts worth up to $160,000 was returned to its owners Friday after an investigation that began three years ago when thieves broke into an Indio museum and spirited the treasures away in garbage bags.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/5ptv – LA Times, site may require free user registration.
– Park Service Employees Question the Value of a Million Dollar Utah Gathering: Leaders of the National Park Service will gather next month at a private resort in the Utah mountains for a summit meeting that some career officials say feels more like a $1 million exercise in political promotion.
http://www.cdarc.org/page/3fya – Yahoo News
– New Publication Examines the Comanche, as the “Spartans of the Plains:” At the beginning of the eighteenth century the Comanche were a small tribe of hunter-gatherers in New Mexico. Once they acquired the use of horses, in three generations they evolved into the ‘Spartans of the plains’ and provided the fiercest of all Native American resistance to the Anglo-Hispanic conquest of the American West. For a hundred years from 1750, the Comanche dominated New Mexico, Texas and even parts of Louisiana and northern Mexico. As Amerindians, the Comanche were even more impressive than the Aztecs or the Iroquois, for until the American Civil War they largely forced Europeans to bend the knee, and did so moreover when the European imperialist impulse was at its height. Although the word ’empire’ may be author’s hyperbole, the Comanche ruled an extensive domain that worked on a m