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Posts published in “Day: June 18, 2014”

Presidents on the res

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The Associated Press, MSNBC and other news media are sticking to the story that Obama is only the fourth president to visit a reservation. I say at least seven, more likely eight.

So one by one here goes the documentary evidence (for those who care).

President Chester Arthur's visit to Wind River, Wyoming, 1883. Picture from Frank Jay Haynes collection, Smithsonian. The trip was on horse back and included a senator and the Secretary of War. (I love the umbrellas in the picture above.)

The second visit is President Warren Harding’s trip to Alaska in 1923. The first port of call was Metlakatla. (As Stephen Conn points out: Any presidential visit before the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act would be a visit to Indian Country.)

Third. President Calvin Coolidge’s visit to South Dakota.

A trivia question: How many US Presidents have been photographed wearing headdresses? (It went badly for Coolidge.) Answer: At least one, Jimmy Carter.

Fourth. Franklin Roosevelt visited at least three reservations, only once speaking on Indian Affairs. He traveled to Quinault in Washington state, Blackfeet, Montana, and Cherokee, North Carolina. (He was also photographed with a chief in North Dakota.)

Here is a film from the Montana trip. (The meeting was in Glacier National Park, but he traveled from the town now called East Glacier.) (more…)

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Labrador running point for Tea Party (Boise Statesman)
Wasden's nonprofit discloses embezzlement (Boise Statesman)
Conservation groups blast new salmon plan (Lewiston Tribune)
GOP convention woes could hurt party (Nanpa Press Tribune, Lewiston Tribune, Sandpoint Bee)
Questions about Blue Mountain timber sale (Lewiston Tribune)
Funding drops for veteran health transports (Moscow News)
Palouse sees bee and butterfly collapses (Moscow News)
Survey shows Idaho business friendliness (Nampa Press Tribune)
CWI projecting 50,000 students by 2040 (Nampa Press Tribune)
Fire watchers concerned by dry conditions (TF Times News)
Water projects moving ahead this year (TF Times News)

Benton College still planning Corvallis growth (Corvallis Gazette)
State employees getting coordinated care (Corvallis Gazette)
Eugene considers sick leave ordinance (Eugene Register Guard)
Klamath council considers drought options (KF Herald & News)
More land added to spotted frog habitat (KF Herald & News)
Removing illegal private rain water dams (Medford Tribune)
More expansion possible for Lithia Motors (Medford Tribune)
Umatilla council rejects port project (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Reviewing oil train safety (Portland Oregonian)
Health insurance rates for state drops in 2015 (Salem Statesman Journal)

Passenger terminal planned for Paine Field (Everett Herald)
State revenue up, costs grow more (Everett Herald)
Didier campaign sponsors gun giveaway (Kennewick Herald)
Emergency shelter seeks to open at Kelso (Longview News)
Seattle speed signs have two-word overage (Seattle Times)
Does merging military bases save money? (Tacoma News Tribune)
Tacoma not considering strong mayor plan (Tacoma News Tribune)
Oil train shipping info coming slowly (Vancouver Columbian)
Vancouver city manager sees big raise (Vancouver Columbian)
Clark Co behind schedule on firework rules (Vancouver Columbian)