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Mention grave robbers and many people think about Egypt's ancient desert tombs being looted. But mention grave robbers to two of the federal government's top archeologists in the West and they will tell you about the looting that took place in recent times at the almost forgotten military cemetery at New Mexico's Civil War-era Fort Craig.

The archeologists, Jeff Hanson and Mark Hungerford with the Bureau of Reclamation, spoke with OldWestNewWest.Com about a covert effort that began in 2007 to exhume as many bodies as they could find at the post cemetery after the agency was tipped off to looting that had taken place, possibly even as recent as a few years ago.
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Imagine a place where your teenager can't have a cell phone, a video game, or a television, and yet has such a good time they weep when it's time to leave, and beg you to come back.

There really are such places. They're called dude ranches.
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Native Trails, a series of free outdoor festivals held in Scottsdale, Ariz. honoring the Native American cultures of the Southwest through song and dance, is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2012 with an extended season of 19 performances.

Presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and produced by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts , the noontime festivals will kick off Jan. 19 and run through April 14, 2012.
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Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico is a progressive model of the old customs of a proud culture moving seamlessly into the 21st century.

With the unexplained collapse of the great commercial and spiritual center of Chaco Canyon, legend has it that the Acoma tribe, searching for a home, wandered in the southwest calling out "Haak'u" - which in their native Keresan means "a place prepared." Upon entering this other-worldly valley their words echoed back from the surrounding mesas; they had the sign - they were home.
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The Gathering of Nations, what organizers call the world's largest gathering of Native American and indigenous people, will take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico between April 22 and 24, 2010.

The 27th Annual Gathering of Nations, considered the most prominent Native American powwow in the world, will host more than 150,000 persons and more than 500 tribes from throughout the United States, Canada, and around the world celebrating their culture and traditions through dance, music, food and indigenous dress including feathers, bells, jingles and fringes.
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Native American dancers representing 42 tribes from across the United States will be gathering June 19-20 in Cody, Wyoming for the 29th annual Plains Indian Museum Powwow to be held at the Robbie Powwow Garden at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center.

The dancers, in handcrafted regalia, will compete for more than $30,000 in cash and other prizes. Competitive dance categories include traditional, jingle dress, fancy, grass, team dancing, tiny tots, and chicken dance.
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Nearly 3,000 visitors enjoyed a weekend of Native American history and culture at the Autry National Center Nov. 6-8, 2009 in Los Angeles, which featured three major events including the annual Intertribal Arts Marketplace.

The other events included the much-anticipated exhibition, "The Art of Native American Basketry: A Living Tradition," and the kick-off of the 10th Anniversary season of "Native Voices" at the Autry with the play Carbon Black by Terry Gomez (Comanche).
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For those who appreciate the history of the West's Native peoples, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in New York (www.americanindian.si.edu) has a new exhibition that is reason enough to book a flight to the Big Apple.

Opening Saturday, Nov. 14, "A Song for the Horse Nation" vividly details the enduring relationship between Native people and the horse with personal accounts and a spectacular array of objects.
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The Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming has been awarded a Save America's Treasures grant for the preservation of the nationally renowned Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection.

The $350,000 grant provides the funds necessary to continue processing the collection, making it accessible to researchers, tribal members, and scholars, as well as to improve storage conditions for its proper care and preservation.
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November is Native American Heritage Month, and this year's theme is "Celebrating Tribal Nations: America's Great Partners."

Today we can talk about the relationship between the tribes and state and federal governments in terms of being partners, but historically we're not that far from the days of brutal conflict, racism and, in some frontier military campaigns, outright massacre.
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