Sunday November 21, 1999

NEW MEXICO The census is mounting an unprecedented outreach campaign at powwows and pueblo feast days. Posters and written materials are being distributed to tribal offices and school boards at Isleta, Zia, San Felipe, Jemez, Acoma and other pueblos.

ARIZONA Cpl. Isaiah Mays was granted the Medal of Honor. He was buried in a Phoenix cemetery. No plaque hinted at his military past. No memorial honored his heroism or the role that fellow Buffalo Soldiers played in settling the frontier. Even the exact location of Cpl. Mays' burial plot slipped into obscurity. Now several Phoenix-area residents intend to provide Cpl. Mays with a monument befitting a Medal of Honor recipient. The Chicano Experience in Arizona seeks to showcase the Southwest's past seen primarily through the eyes of Latinos. The Web site shows what Arizona State University's archives hold for those interested in researching Latino state history.

UTAH,1249,130009569,00.html? The administration is preparing to designate as national monuments up to a dozen open areas in the West that federal officials say need protection from future commercial development and recreational overuse.

COLORADO The softer tone follows a Nov. 9 letter in which Babbitt said unless there was "prompt legislative action," he would recommend the president declare the 160,000 acres called the Anasazi Culture Multiple Use Area of Critical Environmental Concern, or ACEC, to be a national monument. "Itís up to the delegates" to find a way to protect the area, he said while touring Sand Canyon and the Lowry Pueblo.

OKLAHOMA A state commission will discuss Monday whether to apply for a permit to excavate what the panel says is a mass burial site. If excavation is approved, renowned forensic anthropologist Clyde Snow of Norman will supervise the work and test the remains to determine whether they belong to riot victims.

TEXAS Officials estimate six to eight months to restore the museum named after Cactus Jack Garner.

CYBERIA The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission will name the Meadowcroft Rockshelter as a "commonwealth treasure." Meadowcroft and the Topper Site in South Carolina could predate the archaeological site in Clovis, N.M. - which traditionally has been believed to be the oldest point of human habitation on the continent. The Clovis findings date to 9,000 B.C.,1136,24500000000134341,00.html,1136,24500000000134257,00.html To Indians, it's hallowed ground. To historians, it's where Taylor first gained fame. To preservationists, it's an endangered landmark. To developers, it's unrealized profit. The site became the target for guaqueros, or grave-robbers. Front-page photos came out showing a mob scene at the site - including a nun digging for gold! The mayor and police were called out. The police kept others away by day, and then sacked the site by night. Economic incentives in "guaqueria" are impressive: a clay pot for $25 - the same pot on foreign soil might bring $1,000. On February 12, 1925, Carter rolled back the linen shrouds one by one, to reveal the golden effigy of the young boy king. There has never been an archaeological find like it.