Friday November 26, 1999


From: Toby Stahl Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary's 23 Annual Indian Market will be held on Saturday, December 11th and Sunday, December 12th at South Mountain Park. Volunteers are needed for four-hour shifts each day in many different capacities. If you would like to help please call Pueblo Grande Museum (602) 495-0901 or send e-mail to Volunteers receive free admission the day of their shift and a thank you party in January.


I was recently deer hunting in southern New Mexico and found a large dinosaur fossil actually found several one large one seems to be more intact. I was wanting to know is there a finders fee for discovering Dinosaur fossils? They are located on BLM land or National Forrest. Please contact me with who to contact regarding my discover. Email or call (505) 527-1930. Thank You Isidor J. Gallegos

COLORADO On Saturday, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt, for the third time in seven months, visited the McElmo Dome, a landscape west of Cortez loaded with artifacts of the Ancestral Puebloans, formerly known as the Anasazi. He again called it a unique and invaluable cultural resource worthy of preservation and monument status. Transported from the original Colorado site in McElmo, the cliff houses are authentic dwellings of the ancient Anasazi tribe, which inhabited the area from 1100 to 1300 A.D. Two museums on the grounds display prehistoric Southwestern Indian artifacts.

TEXAS Pancho Villa died 76 years ago, but his spirit is alive and well at the Hidalgo County Historical Museum, where visitors interested in learning about the complicated Mexican revolutionary leader are packing the house. Human remains that date to the 1700s are to be reburied starting today in a ceremony at Mission San Juan after a final legal challenge to the ritual was rejected in federal court. Another Indian group tried to halt the ceremony by asking for a temporary restraining order in federal court. The Pamaque Band of the San Juan Mission Indians said the method of reburial would be disrespectful. The request states the remains will be wrapped in red cloth and buried together in a shallow grave.

CYBERIA,1575,SAV-9911260142,00.html The wanton slaughter of millions of bison in the 19th Century by white hide hunters, abetted by a military intent on subjugating Indians, is probably the most famous conservation horror story in United States history. The problem with this tale, a growing number of scholars and historians say, is that it is not true. Indians were involved in the market. They were cashing in on buffalo in the 1840s as their principal entree into the market economy, and very few species are able to survive when they become a commodity. In "The Ecological Indian," Shepard Krech III, an anthropologist at Brown University, argues against the romantic image of the Indian as the first environmentalist. When Indians had the means and the motive, he says, they abused nature for profit. Fossil theft is big business. And it's getting bigger. Now scientists at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in California have come up with a way of "watermarking" fossils and other delicate valuables that can pinpoint ownership just as precisely as a DNA fingerprint can trap a criminal. The gamma watermark - a type of tiny radioactive beacon - is almost impossible to forge and can only be read by those with specialized equipment. Museums of art and natural history across America are expected to adopt the watermark although none, apart from the Denver Museum of Natural History, wish to be identified. Few care to advertise the little known fact that their valuable collections are being plundered. Neither do they want to tip off criminals. From Silicon Valley to rural North Dakota, anthropologists have new terrain to explore: The lives of middle-class Americans. "It's not exactly that we're voyeurs," Fricke started to say. Then he thought about it, and backtracked. "If we are voyeurs," he amended, sounding pretty sure the description fit, "at least we have degrees." He chuckled. "We're credentialed voyeurs." Pompeii suggests the frailty of life in the face of convulsive natural forces.