Native americans

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W. Ben Hunt Cabin: How a man's hobby became history

Published May 14, 2015

Located in Hales Corners, the W. Ben Hunt Cabin is much more than simply an old rustic locale. It's a lived-in museum to an era long gone, as well as a tribute to an incredible man who predicted the future, turned his hobby into history and did his best to keep some of our nation's earliest traditions from disappearing and merely collecting dust in the past.

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Controversial team names: who gets to decide?

Published Oct. 17, 2013

The question, "who gets to decide," is an important one now in the battle over Native American nicknames for a wide variety of teams at the professional, college and high school levels.

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Hard Rock CEO responds to casino controversy

Published Oct. 11, 2013

Hard Rock International announced yesterday their alliance with the Menomonee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin to develop and manage the proposed Kenosha venue. Steve Palec had the opportunity today to talk to James F. Allen, the Chairman of Hard Rock International and CEO of Seminole Gaming.

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Whitewater's Curtis captured vanishing cultures in landmark project

Published Aug. 26, 2013

Walking into "Edward S. Curtis and the Vanishing Race," a photography exhibition now on view at the Museum of Wisconsin Art in West Bend, I ask Director of Collections & Exhibitions Graeme Reid for the nugget on the Whitewater-born photographer and what he hands me is golden. "The North American Indian, which was essentially (Curtis') life's work, is in my opinion and the opinion of others, probably the most significant achievement in American publishing history," Reid says, with no hint of doubt.

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Latest phase takes us on a tour of Wisconsin burial mounds

Published March 11, 2012

My child's latest phase focuses on Native American culture and always eager to indulge these interests, we went looking for Indian mounds recently in Milwaukee and learned that though there were once many, just two remain in the county. Of course, we hopped into the car and visited them both.

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Historical Museum makes great refresher course

Published Jan. 24, 2009

Chances are you were in grade school the last time you took a good, hard look at the roots of Wisconsin. Fortunately, a refresher course is just a day trip away at the Wisconsin Historical Museum in Madison's Capitol Square.

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Wisconsin helped develop Grand Canyon explorer

Published March 23, 2008

John Wesley Powell is best known for taking the first river trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1869. But his sense of adventure and exploration were developed, at least for a few years, in Walworth County and elsewhere in Wisconsin.