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“I Will Return to You in Stone”: Visions, Dynamite and the Making of Crazy Horse Mountain

The Seattle Times
September 21, 1997
By Alex Tizon

BLACK HILLS, South Dakota – Some people live according to visions, moving their lives toward something as intangible as a mirage. Ricky Williams is a wood carver, a Nitinat Indian who lived and worked in Seattle all his life. One night last spring, on the sodden planks of Pier 62, he had a vision. The vision told him: Go East, young man. To the Black Hills. To Crazy Horse Mountain.

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Nez Perce and the Land of Winding Waters: Violently expelled in 1877, Tribe invited to Return

The Seattle Times
May 25, 1997
By Alex Tizon

JOSEPH, Oregon The first thing one might notice in this, the land of Chief Joseph, is that there are no Indians here. Their presence is everywhere, in the names of mountains, rivers, towns; on street signs and murals; on the logos of gift-shop tomahawks and T-shirts; and on banners announcing the two biggest community events: the Chief Joseph Days Rodeo and the Nez Perce Friendship Feast & Pow Wow. But missing are flesh-and-bone Indians.

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Against the Tide: The Shoalwaters Ride Into the Next Century

The Seattle Times
June 23, 1996
By Alex Tizon

TOKELAND, Washington – The big news around here is that a cedar log is coming to the reservation. The Rez, if you want to say it right, if you don’t want to sound too much like an outsider. The log is a beauty: red cedar, freshly cut, 37 feet long and as big around as one of those Orcas swimming out there by the buoys.

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