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Smithsonian exhibit adds prom dress calling attention to missing, murdered Indigenous women

The dress sits in the center of the fashion section of the "Girlhood" exhibit, highlighting the fact Native women are murdered at a rate 10 times higher than other ethnicities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.... Read more»

University of Arizona researchers revel as first photo of black hole unveiled

UA astrophysicists went to great lengths (i.e., the South Pole) as part of the team out to prove Einstein's "beautiful equation" that predicted black holes.... Read more»

75 years later, Japanese detainees reflect on painful part of U.S. past

Seishi Oka was 5 and his sister, Mitzi, only 3, when their family was loaded on to a train and taken from their Salinas, California, home to the Poston War Relocation Center in Arizona. Oka said he only vividly remembers two things about the train ride: Hearing a coyote howl for the first time, and wondering to himself, “Why do they hate us so much?”... Read more»

Blue water barrel's trip to NY museum honors work to end deadly Az treks

Rev. Robin Hoover and others from Humane Borders were at a tony event at NYC's Cooper Hewitt design museum last week because a simple blue plastic water barrel, designed by activists to save migrants crossing the desert southwest of Tucson, is part of a new exhibit at the branch of the Smithsonian.... Read more»

15-year-old Humane Borders water barrel headed to Smithsonian

A beat-up blue plastic water barrel, designed by Humane Borders to save migrants crossing the Arizona desert, will become part of an exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt museum, part of the Smithsonian. It has been 15 years since the group built two barrels, placing them in the desert in an effort to lower the number of deaths of illegal border crossers.... Read more»

Tribes: Law requiring return of remains, relics, hasn’t met promise

Tribes had hoped the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act would bring the return of sacred items and human remains from museums. But 25 years later, more than 70 percent of tribal remains haven't been turned over. Critics say the law is falling short. ... Read more»

At heart of Smithsonian ‘bionic man’ is an artificial ticker from Tucson

Frank’s skeleton looks like it was made in a bike shop, his arms and hands operate on batteries and a computer program lets him have an “almost human-like conversation.” Frank is a bionic man, built from manmade body parts gathered from around the globe. But the SynCardia temporary Total Artificial Heart that pumps plastic blood through his plastic veins was made in Tucson.... Read more»

Arizona centennial

Goldwater's predictions for 2012

Predicting the future and invoking the past are both tricky propositions. This is nicely illustrated by a 1962 newspaper article written by conservative icon Barry Goldwater, in which he tried to imagine the Arizona of 2012.... Read more»