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1. Cowboys and Indians Ride on DC, Protesting Keystone XL for Earth Day

Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP
Thousands gathered at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Sunday February 17, 2013 to hold President Barack Obama to his promise to combat climate change.

2. Supreme Court Discrimination Against Native America Cannot Be Tolerated

3. 5 Studies That Prove Dan Snyder is Wrong About ‘Redskins’

4. Former Shinnecock Leaders Ask BIA to Reject New Council, Mediate Dispute

5. Keystone XL Decision Delayed Yet Again as State Department Invokes Nebraska Court Ruling

Danny Johnston/Associated Press
The Keystone XL pipeline has been delayed because of a court ruling about its route through Nebraska.

6. Native Brothers Dominate NCAA Lacrosse Stats, and Albany Record Books

Brothers Lyle (left) and Miles (center) Thompson with cousin Ty Thompson on the cover of Inside Lacrosse magazine.

7. Carlisle Indian Industrial School Farmhouse to Be Preserved

This is the earliest known photograph of the farmhouse being considered for demolition. It was taken by John Leslie, a Native student.

8. Métis in Canada Demand Harper Meeting as Court Upholds Status Ruling

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Clément Chartier, President of the Métis National Council

9. The Indian From Rhode Island who Won the Boston Marathon — Twice

Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.
Ellison ‘Tarzan’ Brown running in the 1939 Boston Marathon. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

10. Counternarratives: Native American Artists In Our Own Words

11. Native American Indian Rock Art – Petroglyphs Pictograph

12. Don Burnstick’s The 5 Ways of native woman laughter

13. Half Breed Age

14. A street magician and native orchestra performs a show at a marketplace in Marrak…HD Stock Footage

15. NATIVE AMERICAN STORYTELLER AND THE CREATION – MACKINAC ISLAND – DENNIS M. MORRISON


1. a-ha - Take On Me (Official Video)

2. The B-52′s – “Love Shack” (Official Music Video)

3. Twisted Sister – We’re Not Gonna Take it [Extended Version] OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

4. ZZ Top - Legs (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO)

5. Pink Floyd – The Darkside of the Moon FULL ALBUM *Free Dowload Link*

6. Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (Full Album)

7. Bob Seger – Night Moves (Full Album)

8. Bad Company - The Very Best Of Bad Company (Full Album)

9. The Doobie Brothers - The Very Best Of The Doobie Brothers (Full Album)

10. Phil Collins Greatest Hits FULL ALBUM

11. Michael McDonald - The Ultimate Collection – Full CD

12. Christopher Cross - The Definitive Christopher Cross


I tribute today’s music choices to some oldies but goodies. Hope you enjoy!

1. Donna Summer Last Dance

2. I Got You Babe – Sonny and Cher Top of the Pops 1965

3. John Lennon/Yoko Ono – Oh My Love

4. Captain and Tennille – Love Will Keep Us Together

5. Tribute to Linda McCartney: Paul McCartney – My Love


Every art collector knows that buying art can be a very expensive hobby. Nonetheless, art brightens up spaces, evokes emotions and is enjoyed by even the least artistic individuals. For most people, art is like furniture. It is great it if it is nice, but spending too much on it is not an option. Thankfully, Boston has the average art buyer covered. There are a number of places to buy art for much less than upscale galleryprices.

(Photo from Gateway)

Gateway Gallery And Store
62 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02445
(617) 734-1577
www.gatewayarts.org

The Gateway Gallery and Store is a place for artists with physical and mental disabilities to sell their wares. It not only promotes competence and self care in people who have difficulties in more common fields, but it also allows patrons to see art in a different way. Gifts that feature art by the Gateway Gallery artists are fairly priced and include puzzles, mugs and t-shirts. Original works by the artists, such as sculptures and prints, are pricier, but are often available for under $200.

Related: Top Arts And Crafts Classes And Activities For Kids In Boston

(Photo from Proof)

Proof Gallery
The Distillery
516 E. 2nd St.
South Boston, MA 02127
(617) 702-2761
www.proof-gallery.com

Proof Gallery is located in The Distillery with a number of other galleries so visitors will have a lot to see when more than one studio or gallery is open at the same time. Contemporary,innovative and experimental art and artistry is the norm at Proof. However, the real draw for those looking for inexpensive art are Proof’s flat files. Flat files are known for being less expensive, as they are original prints and drawings rather than more expensive works like paintings and sculpture. These are available to peruse by appointment or during gallery hours.

Carroll And Sons Art Gallery
Boston Drawing Project
450 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 482-2477
www.carrollandsons.net

Another gallery that houses an impressive selection of flat files at reasonable prices is Carroll and Sons Art Gallery. This is largely thanks to its Boston Drawing Project, which invites artists to submit drawings, no charcoal, to sell in the gallery. Pieces range in medium from ink to paint. There are also photographs for those interested in hanging photographic prints. Of course, the selection is rather limited to potential wall art, but the prices are good for original pieces.

(Photo from Childs)

Childs Gallery
169 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 266-1108
www.childsgallery.com

Located in a great neighborhood for art shopping, the Childs Gallery has a little bit at both ends of the price spectrum. Shoppers will see some pricier items, but taking the time to peruse the gallery’s offerings will reveal less expensive pieces that are affordable for the average art buyer. Look for the gallery at art and jewelry fairs and exhibitions for nice pieces at good prices as well. This gallery offers a wide variety of artists and styles at a wide range of prices.

Related: Boston’s Best Home Décor Stores

(Photo from MFA)

Museum Of Fine Arts Gift Shop
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300
www.mfa.org

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has a lot of great art on display that will never be up for sale, at least not for an affordable price. Luckily, art fans are able to get prints, t-shirts, mugs and much more at the museum’s gift shop at typical museum gift shop prices. This is one of the best places in town to get a gift for someone who enjoys art, but it is also a great place to get home decor, coffee table books and games. Even sculptures and glass art are within financial reach at the MFA Gift Shop.

Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


1. Tribal Immunity on Trial: Which Shoe Will the Supreme Court Drop?

2. Churches Off the Hook for Pedophilia; What’s Next for Survivors?

Stephanie Woodard
Disused building of St. Paul’s Indian Mission, a Catholic-run boarding school in Marty, South Dakota.

3. Interior Approves Two Ivanpah Valley Solar Projects on Chemehuevi Homelands

Basinandrangewatch.org
Tribes and conservation groups say that stripping swathes of the Mojave desert to make way for huge solar farms will destroy desert tortoise habitat.

4. 7GenAE, Pokagon Band’s Architecture and Engineering Firm, Gets SBA 8(a) Certified

5. Oshie vs. Price for a Chance at Olympic Hockey Gold

Associated Press
St. Louis Blues’ T.J. Oshie scores on Montreal’s Carey Price in an NHL hockey game in Montreal last year.

6. Native American Idols: Perspective on Aranesa Turner From Charly Lowry

Photo by M. Eric Honecutt
Lumbee musician Charly Lowry rode the ‘American Idol’ rollercoaster a decade ago.

7. The University of Utah Utes: Working Toward Understanding

Indigenous Students and Allies for Change
Students dress up in face paint and headdresses and can be seen at every game.

8. Circle of Smiles: February Is National Children’s Dental Health Month

Courtesy Circle of Smiles

9. Life Story, Art History: 15 Works by Chippewa Artist George Morrison

10. Judge Cuts Down State Law Enabling Keystone XL Route Through Nebraska

AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File
In this March 11, 2013 photo, a sign reading “Stop the Transcanada Pipeline” stands in a field near Bradshaw, Neb., along the Keystone XL pipeline route through the state. A Nebraska district court struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL oil pipeline to proceed through the state, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. The law could have been used to force landowners to allow the pipeline on their property.

11. Indian Lawyers Allege Threats by Human Rights Nominee Keith Harper

Keith Harper

1. Taking Leadership of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee

2. Coalition for Prisoners’ Rights Addresses UN Human Rights Committee

3. Cape Wind Battle Continues as Foes File New Lawsuit

An artist’s rendering of what the turbines would look like in the ocean off Cape Wind.

4. Watch Derrick Suwaima Davis Win Seventh Hoop Dancing Championship

Photo: Lizard Light Productions
Derrick Suwaima Davis has won his seventh title at the World Hoop Dance Championship at the Heard Museum.

5. Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Ditch Pursuit of International Site PokerTribes.com

6. Canadian Goalie Carey Price: First Nation Culture Keeps Him Grounded

AP Photo/Mark Humphrey
Carey Price reaches for a rebound on a shot by Norway at the 2014 Winter Olympics on February 13, 2014, in Sochi.

7. Foxwoods Partners With Irish Software Company for FoxPlay, Free-Money Gaming Site

8. North Dakota Oil Town Has Higher Rents Than New York City!

James MacPherson/AP
Construction workers build a new apartment building in Williston, North Dakota, which according to Apartmentguide.com commands the highest average rents in the United States, surpassing even New York City and Los Angeles.

9. Cherokee Nation Marshals Secure Military Vehicle for Search & Rescues

Courtesy Cherokee Nation
Lt. Mike Roach stands by a military-donated Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, or MRAP, which now sits in front of the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service lot.

10. Interior Approves Mechoopda’s Trust Land for Gaming

11. Penobscot Chief Calls for Investigation of Maine Attorney General’s Office

Penobscot Indian Nation Chief Kirk Francis

12. 8 Allegedly Anti-Sovereignty Actions Taken by Maine Attorney General’s Office

WABI-TV/AP
Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, above, has allegedly made a number of blatantly anti-Indian moves that undermine sovereignty, according to Penobscot Indian Nation Chief Kirk Francis.

13. Orlando Dugi’s Fashion: Masterpieces of Beads and Silk [20 Pictures]


By Jim Morrison, The Patriot Ledger

Ben Johnston of Quincy, and his son, Oliver,at home.

QUINCY, Mass. — When a new father from Quincy read that his college buddy’s next-door neighbor in Brookline was ill and in desperate need of a kidney, he did what few people would even consider.

He volunteered to be tested to see if he was a match, our news partners at the Patriot Ledger reported.

He was.

Ben Johnston, a 32-year-old songwriting student at Berklee College of Music, decided he would donate a major organ to a total stranger.

The man who needed the kidney was Dr. Ferenc “Frank” Jolesz, 67, who was suffering from kidney failure for the second time. His daughter Marta Jolesz donated a kidney to him about seven years earlier.

“There’s a huge shortage of available organs and people are dying every day” Marta Jolesz, 37, said. “The average person is on the waiting list for five to 10 years. Most people don’t have that kind of time. My dad didn’t have that kind of time.”

The Brookline TAB profiled Jolesz and his efforts to find a donor via a website and Facebook last August.

“If the TAB wouldn’t have run the article, I wouldn’t have found out about it,” Johnston said.

“Basically, when I first read about it, I thought, ‘Oh, he’ll have no problem finding a donor,’” Johnston said. “Then, I thought if this person was my father or my father-in-law or someone I cared about, and he didn’t find a donor, I’d probably be angry.”

The idea got lodged in his mind and didn’t go away, and Johnston said he’s not sure why.

“I even waited a few days to tell (my wife),” said Johnston. “I thought it would go away, and it didn’t.”

Johnston’s wife, Heidi, is the pastor of the Faith Lutheran Church in Quincy. She had just started a new job and given birth to the couple’s son, Oliver, two months before. She was not enthusiastic about her husband undergoing a major elective surgery, so she spent about a week contemplating the decision, spiritually.

“Every week I stand up in the pulpit and ask people to step outside their comfort zone and care for people in need,” Heidi Johnston said. “I thought, ‘This is the opportunity that we’ve been given to do that,’ and I thought I should support Ben.”

Ben Johnston did some research and learned that most donors are back on their feet in a couple of months. Also, the hospital staff emphasized that he was free to change his mind at any stage of the testing, which took about two months.

Ben Johnston is composing a song about his organ-donation experience. This is the first verse of what is tentatively titled “Goodbye, Dear Kidney.”

After a third of a century, you up

and left me

Jumped right in to some other man

All my scars are still healing, and

I’ve got the feeling

I won’t be seeing you again

You left a hole deep within in me,

and I’m just beginning

To fill up the space the best that I can

And though sometimes I miss you,

the truth is I wish you

A long happy life with him

So goodbye, goodbye dear kidney

If I start to cry, if my tears don’t dry, forgive me

It’s hard to let you go, but in my heart I know

You’re better off without me

So goodbye, goodbye dear kidney

Heidi said she was with the Jolesz family while Ben and Frank were in the operating room, which was a great comfort. Ben’s surgery went very quickly.

“The kidney started perfusing (taking in blood) instantly,” said Heidi. “We were hugging and crying at Brigham and Women’s. That was incredible. That certainly bonds you. The daughters were in Ben’s hospital (room) rubbing his head and feet.

Jolesz wasn’t able to do a face-to-face interview because of the drugs he is taking to suppress his immune system, but he wrote in an email that he’s feeling much better.

“Ben gave me the gift of life, something that I almost lost,” Jolesz wrote. “Words are not enough to express my gratitude for Ben and Heidi’s selfless act of helping me. My hope is that what they did for me will motivate others to help those in need.”

Ben served two tours of duty in Iraq when he was an officer in the Army. His job was building bridges and other kinds of road construction. He said that he felt ambivalent about his work and the war in general, but donating a kidney was something he’d do again if he could.

It’s now just over two months after the operation and Ben said that except for the occasional pain at the incision, “I’m pretty much back to normal, and to me, that’s such a small amount of time to give someone a new lease on life. I would do it again.

“It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever done. Heidi made me a scrapbook for Christmas, and I get emotional looking at the pictures and reading what his daughters wrote.”

Everybody interviewed for this story said that they hope it encourages more people to donate kidneys.

“Everything aligned for Ben and he was able to give the gift of life to my father and help our family,” said Marta Jolesz. “This journey has been truly unbelievable, and we feel so fortunate to find not only a donor, but a donor like Ben and his family.”


Statue is part of art exhibit 

WELLESLEY, Mass. — A remarkably lifelike sculpture of a man sleepwalking in nothing but his underpants has made some Wellesley College students a bit uncomfortable, but the president of the prestigious women’s school says that’s all part of the intellectual process.

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The sculpture entitled “Sleepwalker” of a man in an eyes-closed, zombie-like trance is part of an exhibit by sculptor Tony Matelli at the college’s Davis Museum. It was placed at a busy area of campus on Monday, a few days before the official opening of the exhibit, and prompted an online student petition to have it removed.

The sculpture is a “source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault” for many, according to the petition, which had nearly 300 signees on Wednesday.

The petition started by junior Zoe Magid called on President H. Kim Bottomly to have the artwork removed.

That appeared unlikely, according to a joint statement issued Wednesday by Bottomly and museum Director Lisa Fischman.

“The very best works of art have the power to stimulate deeply personal emotions and to provoke unexpected new ideas, and this sculpture is no exception,” the statement said. The sculpture “has started an impassioned conversation about art, gender, sexuality and individual experience, both on campus and on social media.”

The sculpture was placed outdoors specifically to get a reaction and to connect the indoor exhibition with the world beyond, Fischman said.

“I love the idea of art escaping the museum and muddling the line between what we expect to be inside (art) and what we expect to be outside (life),” she wrote.

Reaction from the campus community was mixed.

Freshman Bridget Schreiner told The Boston Globe she was “freaked out” the first time she saw the sculpture, thinking for a moment that a real, nearly naked man was lingering on campus.

“This could be a trigger for students who have experienced sexual assault,” she said.

Others were more understanding.

“I find it disturbing, but in a good way,” English professor Sarah Wall-Randell said. “I think it’s meant to be off-putting. It’s a schlumpy guy in underpants in an all-women environment.”

The exhibit opens Thursday and closes July 20.


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Tony Matelli’s Sleepwalker, is part of an art exhibit at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum.

By Jaclyn Reiss, Boston.com Staff

A realistic-looking statue of a man sleepwalking in his underwear near the center of Wellesley College has created a stir among the women on campus, especially as more than 100 students at the all-women’s college signed a petition asking administrators to remove it.

The statue, called Sleepwalker, is part of an art exhibit featuring sculptor Tony Matelli at the college’s Davis Museum. The exhibit, New Gravity, features sculptures that are often reversed, upended or atomized.

However, the statue of the sleepwalker — which is hard to miss in a high-traffic area by both pedestrians and drivers near the campus center — has caused outrage among some students in just one day after its Feb. 3 installation. Zoe Magid, a Wellesley College junior majoring in political science, started a petition on Change.org asking college president H. Kim Bottomly to have the statue removed.

“[T]his highly lifelike sculpture has, within just a few hours of its outdoor installation, become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for many members of our campus community,” says the petition, which was posted by Magid. “While it may appear humorous, or thought-provoking to some, it has already become a source of undue stress for many Wellesley College students, the majority of whom live, study, and work in this space.”

Davis Museum director Lisa Fischman wrote on Wellesley College’s official website that the sculpture was meant to evoke response.

“We placed the Sleepwalker on the roadside just beyond the Davis to connect the exhibition — within the museum — to the campus world beyond,” Fischman wrote, also posting it on Change.org as her response to the petition. “I love the idea of art escaping the museum and muddling the line between what we expect to be inside (art) and what we expect to be outside (life).”

Fischman noted that reactions on campus have been “varied,” and even wrote that she has heard that some find the statue “troubling.” However, she noted that the sculpture’s whole intent was to start discussion.

“As the best art does, Tony Matelli’s work provokes dialogue, and discourse is at the core of education,” she wrote.

However, Magid said over the phone Tuesday that Fischman’s response failed to address students’ concerns.

“We were really disappointed that she seemed to articulate that she was glad it was starting discussion, but didn’t respond to the fact that it’s making students on campus feel unsafe, which is not appropriate,” Magid said. “We really feel that if a piece of art makes students feel unsafe, that steps over a line.”

At the college on Tuesday, many drivers could be seen slamming on their brakes as they approached or passed the statue, craning their necks for a second look. Many students were seen making a casual beeline for the new addition on campus — some smiled and laughed as they got closer; others frowned and seemed apprehensive. All reached for their smartphones to take a photo.

“I honestly didn’t even want to get too close to him,” said Laura Mayron, a Wellesley College sophomore. “It honestly makes me a little uncomfortable with how real he looks. It’s odd.”

Bridget Schreiner, a Wellesley freshman, said Tuesday afternoon that she had already signed the Change.org petition that was posted late Monday night.

Schreiner said she felt “freaked out” the first time she saw the statue, thinking for a moment that a real, nearly naked person was lingering near the campus center.

“This could be a trigger for students who have experienced sexual assault,” she said.

Others said while the statue came as a surprise, they understood the artist’s intention.

“I find it disturbing, but in a good way,” said Sarah Wall-Randell, an English professor at Wellesley. “I think it’s meant to be off-putting – it’s a schlumpy guy in underpants in an all-women environment.”

Wellesley College senior Annie Wang, an art history major, said she acknowledged that the statue forced passers-by to contemplate the very nature of art.

However, she said she wished to see the statue moved out of such a public space.

“I think art’s intention is to confront, but not assault, and people can see this as assaulting,” Wang said. “Wellesley is a place where we’re supposed to feel safe. I think place and a context matters, and I don’t think this is the place to put it.”

Matelli is slated to appear on campus next week at a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey, which is one of four films the college is showing this semester to complement his exhibit. Matelli is expected to speak after the screening on Feb. 12. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Collins Cinema.

Tony Matelli: New Gravity will be on exhibit from Feb. 5 through May 11 in the Bronfman and Chandler galleries, and Feb. 5 through July 20 in the Jobson and Tanner galleries. The exhibition is free and open to the general public.


By Felina S. Robinson

Art is a beautiful thing. Some art should only be shown in a museum or gallery. Art can often be somewhat “out there”.  Often explicit in its very nature. There is a sense of freedom that any artist feels when creating a piece whether it be a painting, a story, a sculpture, or a drawing, etc. With that being said, the reality of Tony Matelli’s “Sleepwalker” is just over the top. Today we deal with teens walking down the street with their pants hanging low exhibiting their underwear as if it was a shirt and tie. I know that when I walk behind a young person sporting that attire, it takes everything in me not to run up to him and pull up his pants. In fact, I often find myself telling a young person as well as some adults that I don’t care to see their underwear and ask them to pull their pants up.  I further go so far as to say that “I’m certain no one else wants to see it either”. Sometimes the individual will apologize for their insensitivity. Sometimes they prefer to swear at me and call me names. I don’t care about that. I do care that someone is making me uncomfortable even somewhat violated if you think about it. If you look at the picture of the “Sleepwalker” below, you will see a woman on the opposite side of the street covering her face. She can’t bare to look at the sculpture. Maybe she doesn’t even know it’s a sculpture.  I’m certain that I don’t want to be walking down the street alone, with friends, or with my kids and happen upon something like the “Sleepwalker”.  This type of sculpture only belongs in an adult museum or gallery.
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Tony Matelli’s Sleepwalker, is part of an art exhibit at Wellesley College’s Davis Museum.

You also have to think about the fact that people get arrested every day for indecent exposure for showing a lot less.  What does it say about an educational institution that both condones and supports such art. I’m more than concerned that one of Wellesley’s own English professors, Sarah Wall-Randell, had the following to say “I find it disturbing, but in a good way.”  “I think it’s meant to be off-putting – it’s a schlumpy guy in underpants in an all-women environment.” This shows such a lack of respect to all those that have been sexually assaulted and/or abused. None of us have any idea how this could potentially affect such victims or trigger their memories.  All for a glimpse, a laugh, or just to make an artistic statement.

I support Zoe Magid, a Wellesley College junior majoring in political science, who started a petition on Change.org asking college president H. Kim Bottomly to have the statue removed. I have every intention of signing that petition myself and encourage others to do so as well.

Davis Museum director Lisa Fischman wrote on Wellesley College’s official website that the sculpture was meant to evoke response as stated by By Jaclyn Reiss, Boston.com Staff in her article “Realistic statue of man in his underwear at Wellesley College sparks controversy“.

Art is a beautiful thing and it’s wonderful that we are all able to enjoy artistic freedom, but with like everything else in the world, there are limits to what we do, when we do it, where we do it and how we do it. It isn’t necessary to make others feel so incommodious.