In 1978, Marie Potts (1895-1978) was recognized as the California State Indian Museum's first Honored Elder. The annual event will run tomorrow until 1:30 p.m.*
*closing earlier than originally planned due to predictions of extreme heat.
Friday, June 7, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
While the Smoke Signal was primarily a vehicle for delivering news about California Indian land claims cases, it also offered holiday greetings and news of upcoming dances and other opportunities for socializing, as seen in these examples drawn from the early 1950s.
Stay tuned (or email me) for information about the West Sacramento Historical Society exhibit "First Families," opening in early March.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
The December 1949 issue of the Smoke Signal offered a New Year's greeting to the membership. Notice the addressee in the upper right-hand corner of this issue. Edna and Saturino Calac hailed from Rincon Reservation, in San Diego County. Their choice to back the FIC land claim petition (versus that of the Mission Indians) reflects the political potential of social affiliations forged in boarding school contexts, including Stewart and Carlisle. For instance, Marie Potts and Peter Calac (who gained national fame as a member of the school's football team) overlapped at the Carlisle from 1912-1915. While California Indians were rare at the Carlisle, Potts chose to attend--in part--because her Peazzoni (Mountain Maidu) cousins had gone to school there.
Thursday, November 22, 2012
In the November 1949 edition of the Smoke Signal, Marie Potts re-published this memento from her years at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. "Thanksgiving Soliloquy" appeared on the last page of Volume VIII, No.13. Potts (then Marie Mason) attended the Carlisle from September 1912 through May 1915.
|Smoke Signal, Vol. VIII, No. 13., November 1949|
Monday, November 12, 2012
In Vol. X, No.1 (Dec. '50/Jan. '51) issue of the Smoke Signal, editor Marie Potts (Mountain Maidu) called for readers to submit addresses of American Indians in the military service. Through three wars--WWII, Korea, and Viet Nam--the FIC sent the Smoke Signal free to countless California and other American Indian service men and women.
|Smoke Signal, Vol. X, No. 1|
|Smoke Signal, Vol. XI, No. 9|
|Smoke Signal, Vol. XI, No. 9|
|Smoke Signal, Vol. XI, No. 5|
Monday, November 5, 2012
Land claims news of an entirely different sort. Surely the gaming economy that has developed in California over the course of the last two decades would have been impossible for an earlier generation of activists to envision, though I find it hard to believe that any of them would be surprised to learn that the gaming landscape is just as inhabited by non-Native stakeholders as was the claims-scape of mid-20th century California. The land claims opportunities and cases enabled by the California Indians Jurisdictional (CIJA) and the Indian Claims Commission (ICC) Acts were no less complicated in their historical origins, legislative logic, and political contentiousness than those making headlines today. Perhaps the key difference is that during the mid-20th century, there was no hope for the actual re-claiming of any land.