Got CALICHE? The revelation that Ishi's brain was separated from his body prior to cremation and sent to the Smithsonian Institution is a continuing affront to Native Americans and ought to be an embarrassment to the state of California,said Sen. Patrick Johnston, D-Stockton, one of the convenors of the hearing. Johnston believes it's time California owned up to its past. April 1999 AAHS GLYPHS newsletter on line on SWA. Navajo taboos served as guides to conduct. Traditionalists fear ancestors' guidelines are being forgotten. Just this past week, the three top leaders of the Navajo Nation - President Kelsey Begaye, Speaker of the Council Ed T. Begay and Chief Justice Robert Yazzie - got together and decided on the top priorities that would guide funding for the tribe for the next 25 years. Their decision on the top priority, they said, was a no-brainer. It was to take steps to preserve the culture and traditions, including the taboos, of the Navajo people. To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Spanish influence in New Mexico, when the Spanish settled in the southwestern and western United States and introduced Catholicism, the "Our Saints" exhibit includes a private collection of Hispanic New Mexican devotional art. "Bultos" (carved statues), "retablos" (paintings on wood), "reredos" (altar screens), and home altars will be exhibited. The de Saisset exhibit will be the first showing on the West Coast and the only California stop for the tour. The collection will be displayed concurrently with "Our Saints Among Us/Nuestros Santos Entre Nosotros: 400 Years of New Mexican Devotional Art," an exhibition featuring nearly 200 historic and contemporary New Mexican santos, May 8 through Aug. 8. Destruction of some old barns on his state grazing lease had him crosswise of the state Land Department. Now, as he seeks to acquire some water rights, Imus has run into a real Western reality: water shortage. A book Carl Hertzog was trying to produce became haunted by the ghost of Adolphe Bandelier, whose unpublished letters the would-be volume was to contain. The story was in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly book review (October 1942). When Santa Anna habitually called the 1836 Texas revolutionaries "pirates" he wasn't far off the marque. A base - one of the last vestiges of the Cold War in North Texas - is being dismantled. A welding class at Duncanville High School will construct a metal missile replica. Engraved brick pavers are being sold by the Duncanville Historical Society to cover the ground around the monument. The monument, expected to cost about $1,000, will be built at the end of the summer. A dedication ceremony is planned for Nov. 11, Veterans Day.,1155,74045,00.html Shanks is stirring up dust again with provocative proposals for combating the problem of widespread looting of archaeological sites. Taking a bead on the venerable Boston-based Archaeological institute of America, the country's oldest and largest group of archaeologists, Shanks attacks it for "vilifying" private collectors and antiquities dealers who sometimes trade in stolen artifacts. "The theory is," writes Shanks in this week's edition of Archaeology Odyssey, another magazine he publishes, that "if the collectors are vilified enough, they will stop collecting." While this position gives archaeologists "a fine, warm fuzzy feeling from the high moral ground they see themselves occupying," he argues, it has been "an absolute, utter failure" in stopping antiquities trafficking. Archaeologists instead should encourage dealers and collectors to finance excavations and, without being pilloried, "reveal their treasures" so they can be studied, Shanks adds in an interview in his Washington office. He condemns looting and says looters should be punished. Still, Shanks compares the purchase of looted antiquities to the payment of "ransom" for kidnap victims. On Monday evening, the gun, its well-worn leather holster and the nifty knife will be sold as a package to the highest bidder. The Indian who had killed Cooke and retrieved his possessions was among the Sioux who drifted north of the border to friendlier parts a few years after Little Bighorn. A homicide detective leaned against a tree in a Middleburg ravine one day last week and watched carefully as 15 college students crawled all over his crime scene. Armed with compasses, twine, gloves and flags, the students - some of them from an osteology class, others graduate anthropology students - crawled along the moist ravine, sifting through leaves and dirt for any bone or shred of evidence. They poured buckets of dirt into a large sifter, searching for even the smallest fragments. For the sheriff's office, the students offer cheap labor for a tedious task. For the students, this is a great opportunity to search for and help identify human bones.,1465,73953,00.html Historians around the world are gravely concerned history will be lost. Technology has given us the speed and convenience of electronic communication but has resulted in a dramatic reduction in traditional letter writing and correspondence. Today, with the use of e-mail, computerized record keeping and voice mail, the traditional life span of information is much shorter. The life span of electronic records, like e-mail is not only shorter than traditional correspondence, it is also less stable. Properly archived paper records can last forever. In the latest demonstration of computer technology surpassing Washington's ability to cope with it, the U.S. Forest Service Chief Mike Dombeck decided to become a human filter for all the digital discourse. Under the agency's new policy, anyone who wants to get a message to all Forest Service employees must first send it to Dombeck. If he decides the message is appropriate -- and he promises to be extremely lenient -- he will then post it on the agency's internal Web site. The West in International Trade Long considered a pest by ranchers, the prairie dog is fast becoming a prestigious pet in Japan. Those who trap them receive $30 apiece, but Japanese consumers pay about $200. Although ranchers in states like Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas happily wave goodbye to the critters, the State of Colorado says none of their prairie dogs may be exported for use as pets. "You cannot give away or sell any species of wildlife," says a Division of Wildlife spokesman. "They belong to the public." However, because of their "pest" status, it is legal in Colorado to shoot, poison or drown prairie dogs.