Monday December 6, 1999

UTAH,1249,145008782,00.html? Federal employees are frequent targets of verbal abuse in Kanab and Escalante, and threats have become less veiled.

ARIZONA Anthropologists date the use of the peyote cactus among indigenous people back 10,000 years. An estimated one-third of the Navajo population has embraced the Native American Church. That explains why tepees can be seen on the Navajo Nation, although the Diné never lived in them historically.

NEW MEXICO The "Big Dig" is an 80 by 15-foot recreation of a famous fossil site in New Mexico's Badlands.

TEXAS The Fort Parker Historical Society was organized about eight years ago when the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department relinquished the fort and 16 other historical sites from its care.

CYBERIA Many artifacts are carefully tucked inside a large vault at the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Inside the vault are items belonging to the who's who of the Old West.,local/37740eaa.c05,.html On Sunday, historians and military personnel dedicated a new tombstone, one with the special shield emblem that notes Yates' service during the Civil War and the Indian Wars.,2107,500138582-500162679-500464563-0,00.html The oldest known grouping of mounds in the Western Hemisphere. Jones' discovery, her years of work to get a professional to excavate it, and her work in the excavation and reconstruction won her the Society of American Archaeologists' Crabtree Award for amateur archaeology. Anthropologist George says North American sports culture is a window into North American culture at large. There's a new movement afoot to weaken science education in America. Evolution and other scientific findings have been banned from the classroom since before the 1920s. However, this new movement is for the first time rooted in academia. State Department Dec. 2 Statement on Archaeological Imports (U.S. to restrict some Cambodian archaeological imports) An anthropologist's examination of the links between identity and place finds that increased globalization has changed the way people view themselves and their origins. Modern humans are believed to have originated in Africa and then spread around the globe, migrating first from North Africa into the Middle East about 100,000 years ago. Scientists have now found evidence of a second, later migration out of Africa--from eastern Africa along the coast to southern Asia. Tickling chimpanzees gave an laughter expert the idea for a radical theory about how humans developed language.