Nov 22, 2019 4:12 PM

Sandoz Center features Native American legacies

Posted Nov 22, 2019 4:12 PM

By Rachel Mitchell

CSC College Relations

CHADRON – The Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center is honoring Native American Heritage Month with an exhibit titled “Native American Legacies.” The exhibit includes three art installations and an informational display about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women now through Dec. 13. The Sandoz Center hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., and Friday from 10 a.m. to noon.

Watercolor ledger and paper teepee art by Joe Pulliam, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe of is display. Pulliam is continuing a long tradition of painting on old ledgers and receipts. Pulliam’s art was featured on the cover of the Spring 2016 “Smithsonian Magazine”, according to Courtney Kouba, an employee at the Sandoz Center. He will be an artist-in-residence Friday from 10 to noon. It is open to students as well as the public.

Ledger artwork by the late Amos Bad Heart Bull’s ledger is also exhibited. These pieces were made between 1890 and his death in 1913. Through his historic pictographs, Bad Heart Bull sought to preserve the story of the Oglala Sioux, according to the University of Nebraska Press.

Honoring Quilts are also included in the exhibit. Each quilt was made by a variety of local families and are on loan by Roxie Puchner. They were made to honor a different event’s such as naming ceremonies, marriages and deaths, according to Courtney Kouba.

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Woman display is presented by the Red Ribbon Skirt Society. Celeste Lee, a CSC intern, said she wanted to bring the display to campus, and a second one in the Student Center, to bring more attention to the murdered and missing Indigenous women of the region.

The exhibit has informational sheets with statistics about missing indigenous women in Nebraska as well as a form for families to fill out if they have anyone missing or murdered as a way to honor their memory.

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Nov 22, 2019 4:12 PM
Divided US House committee backs pot decriminalization

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A divided U.S. House committee approved a proposal Wednesday to decriminalize and tax marijuana at the federal level, a vote that was alternately described as a momentous turning point in national cannabis policy or a hollow political gesture.

The House Judiciary Committee approved the proposal 24-10 after more than two hours of debate. It would reverse a longstanding federal prohibition by removing marijuana from the Controlled Substances Act, while allowing states to set their own rules on pot.

The vote “marks a turning point for federal cannabis policy and is truly a sign that prohibition’s days are numbered,” Aaron Smith, executive director of the National Cannabis Industry Association, said in a statement.

Cannabis Trade Federation CEO Neal Levine called the vote “a historic step forward for cannabis policy reform.”

The vote comes at a time when most Americans live in states where marijuana is legal in some form, and committee members from both parties agreed that national cannabis policy lagged woefully behind changes at the state level. That divide has created a host of problems — loans and other banking services, for example, are hard to get for many marijuana companies because pot remains illegal at the federal level.

However, the bill’s future is uncertain. It wasn’t immediately clear if the proposal would be reviewed by other committees and when, or if, a vote would take place in the full House. The proposal has better chances of passing in the Democratic-controlled chamber than in the Republican-held Senate.

The House passed a bill earlier this year to grant legal marijuana businesses access to banking, but it hasn’t advanced in the Senate.

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee complained that the proposal to decriminalize cannabis had never had a hearing and lacked the bipartisan support needed to become law.

“It’s going nowhere,” said Rep. Doug Collins, a Georgia Republican.

Among its provisions, the legislation would authorize a 5% sales tax on marijuana products to fund programs aimed at assisting people and communities harmed in the so-called war on drugs, such as job training and legal aid. It also would require federal courts to expunge prior marijuana convictions.

Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler said the nation has for too long “treated marijuana as a criminal justice problem, instead of a matter of personal choice and public health.”

“Arresting, prosecuting and incarcerating users at the federal level is unwise and unjust,” the New York Democrat said. “The racial disparity in enforcement of marijuana laws has only compounded this mistake with serious consequences, particularly for minority communities.”