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Navajo Autumn

Author : R. Allen Chappell
ISBN : 1482393182
Genre : Fiction
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Thomas Begay is found dead-drunk under the La Plata Bridge ...not unusual for Thomas Begay. What is unusual, is the beautiful BIA investigator Patsy Greyhorse, found lying beside him ...not drunk, or even a Navajo, but very dead nonetheless. Long time friend Charlie Yazzi, fresh from law school, risks his career ...and even his life to help his old schoolmate. The Answer seems to lie with the Yeenaaldiooshii ...should one choose to believe in such things. In the far reaches of the reservation there still are traditional Navajos living their lives with few concessions to modern mores. Guided by their strong sense of cultural heritage these outliers remain a strong anchor for the Navajo Nation. This story follows the lives of such people, caught up in a plot that could have far reaching implications for the entire tribe. "The depth of characters and culture transcends that generally seen in novels of the genre."
Category: Fiction

Ancient Blood

Author : R. Allen Chappell
ISBN : 1500714771
Genre : Fiction
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Charlie Yazzie's former archaeology professor becomes the target of a ruthless Indian rights movement - one determined to end an investigation that could change the face of an ancient tribe. Charlie and Thomas Begay find themselves caught up in a dangerous, intrigue filled adventure, involving one of the canyon-land's oldest riddles.
Category: Fiction

Wolves Of Winter

Author : R. Allen Chappell
ISBN : 1540854949
Genre : Navajo Indian Reservation
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Even from the grave, an ancient and disabled girl who once divined the future holds one more secret; A key to unlock two modern day murders on the Diné Bikeyah. Archeology and murder entwine in Chappell's latest canyon-lands thriller. In ancient times hunger drove the search for survival. Now greed is the enemy. Ride along as Charlie, Thomas and Harley Pony Boy walk a razor's edge between two worlds...only to discover wolves still stalk the ancients.
Category: Navajo Indian Reservation

The Quality Of Mercy

Author : Katayoun Medhat
ISBN : 1935248952
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Meet Franz Kafka, conflicted cop, hapless investigator, wide-eyed cynic on an odyssey across the Navajo reservation, pursuing a murder case.
Category: FICTION

We Won T Back Down

Author : José Angel Gutiérrez
ISBN : 161192328X
Genre : Civil rights movements
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On December 9, 1969, change was in the air. The small town of Crystal City, Texas would never be the same. After weeks of petitioning for a hearing with the Crystal City school board, students of Crystal City High and their parents descended on the superintendent's office. The students had been threatened with suspension and even physical violence. Powerful members of the community had insisted they would fire the parents of students if they went in front of the school board, and still, they came. Finally, the school board removed the chairs in the gallery, and the parents and students stood until members of the school board fled to avoid the confrontation. As the students and their parents stood in front of the building, a cry rose from the crowd. "Walk out. Walk out." So began the Crystal City High student walk out. At the center of the fervor was Severita Lara. Called la cabezuda, or stubborn girl, by her mother, Lara bore the mark of a leader from an early age. She was not afraid to stand up to anyone: girls or boys, teachers or superintendents. She always followed her father's advice, "If you know it's right, do it." José Angel Gutiérrez, the famous civil rights leader, chronicle's Lara's ascent from a willful child to the mayor of Crystal City. From her father's doting support to her mother's steel-rod discipline, Gutiérrez offers a detailed portrait of the early family life of the woman whose continuing struggle against segregation and discrimination began while she was still a high school student in Crystal City. He also follows her attempts as a single mother to achieve her dream of being a doctor and providing for her sons. This is the story of la cabezuda, Severita Lara, who has made an indelible imprint on American history. JOSÉ ANGEL GUTIÉRREZ is the author of a memoir for young adults The Making of a Civil Rights Leader: José Angel Gutiérrez (Piñata Books, 2005); two works of social commentary, A Chicano Manual on How to Handle Gringos (Arte Público Press, 2003) and A Gringo Manual on How to Handle Mexicans (Arte Público Press, 1998); and a memoir for adults, The Making of a Chicano Militant (University of Wisconsin Press, 1998). He is the editor and translator of Reies López Tijerina's autobiography, They Called Me King Tiger (Arte Público Press, 2000). The founder and former director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, he is a professor of Political Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also practices law in Dallas, Texas, where he lives with his family.
Category: Civil rights movements

Day Of The Dead

Author : R. Allen Chappell
ISBN : 171701660X
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Tressa's Tarango's husband lost his soul somewhere on the cold high desert of the Navajo Reservation. She doesn't know who killed him and only by venturing among warring drug cartels can she exact the revenge to pacify his restless soul. Only she can ensure Luca's troubled spirit finds peace in the underworld. Though his murderous rampage will keep him from heaven-Tressa hopes she might yet secure him a higher place in hell. The dead have secrets yet to tell, and in the mysterious world of the desert southwest, no writer tells them better than Chappell. With a rock solid grip on the people, history, and lives of the Diné, Chappell now leads the reader further into a world of mystery and intrigue as two powerful cultures clash. While the spirit of a serial killer whispers to Tressa Tarango, Paul T'Sosi finds himself suspended between life and death-and with only one old friend to rescue him from the darker forces of both the real and ethereal world.R. Allen Chappell's gripping Day Of The Dead, the 8th in his Navajo Nation Mystery series, further establishes this author's place in the hierarchy of southwestern writers of note.

Colored Men And Hombres Aqu

Author : Michael A. Olivas
ISBN : 1558854762
Genre : Law
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This collection of ten essays commemorates the 50th anniversary of an important but almost forgotten U.S. Supreme court case, Hernandez v. Texas, 347 US 475 (1954), the major case involving Mexican Americans and jury selection, published just before Brown v. Board of Education in the 1954 Supreme Court reporter. This landmark case, the first to be tried by Mexican American lawyers before the U.S. Supreme Court, held that Mexican Americans were a discrete group for purposes of applying Equal Protection. Although the case was about discriminatory state jury selection and trial practices, it has been cited for many other civil rights precedents in the intervening 50 years. Even so, it has not been given the prominence it deserves, in part because it lives in the shadow of the more compelling Brown v. Board case. There had been earlier efforts to diversify juries, reaching back at least to the trial of Gregorio Cortez in 1901 and continuing with efforts by the legendary Oscar Zeta Acosta in Los Angeles in the 1960s. Even as recently as 2005 there has been clear evidence that Latino participation in the Texas jury system is still substantially unrepresentative of the growing population. But in a brief and shining moment in 1954, Mexican-American lawyers prevailed in a system that accorded their community no legal status and no respect. Through sheer tenacity, brilliance, and some luck, they showed that it is possible to tilt against windmills and slay the dragon. Edited and with an introduction by University of Houston law scholar Michael A. Olivas, Colored Men and Hombres Aqui is the first full-length book on this case. This volume contains the papers presented at the Hernandez at 50conference which took place in 2004 at the University of Houston Law Center and also contains source materials, trial briefs, and a chronology of the case.
Category: Law

The Blessing Way

Author : Tony Hillerman
ISBN : 9780061795206
Genre : Fiction
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Homicide is always an abomination, but there is something exceptionally disturbing about the victim discovered in a high lonely place, a corpse with a mouth full of sand, abandoned at a crime scene seemingly devoid of tracks or useful clues. Though it goes against his better judgment, Navajo Tribal Police Lieutenant Joe Leaphorn cannot help but suspect the hand of a supernatural killer. There is palpable evil in the air, and Leaphorn's pursuit of a Wolf-Witch is leading him where even the bravest men fear, on a chilling trail that winds perilously between mysticism and murder.
Category: Fiction

The Cold Dish

Author : Craig Johnson
ISBN : 9780143123170
Genre : Fiction
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After decades of peace between the white and Native American communities of early American Wyoming, a young man who was once convicted for raping a Cheyenne girl is found dead, prompting sheriff Walt Longmire, his deputy Victoria Moretti, and friend Henry Standing Bear to investigate. A first novel. 25,000 first printing.
Category: Fiction

Danny Lyon

Author : Associate Curator of Photographs Julian Cox
ISBN : 9780300218831
Genre : Documentary photography
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The first comprehensive overview of an influential American photographer and filmmaker whose work is known for its intimacy and social engagement Coming of age in the 1960s, the photographer Danny Lyon (b. 1942) distinguished himself with work that emphasized intimate social engagement. In 1962 Lyon traveled to the segregated South to photograph the civil rights movement. Subsequent projects on biker culture, the demolition and redevelopment of lower Manhattan, and the Texas prison system, and more recently on the Occupy movement and the vanishing culture in China s booming Shanxi Province, share Lyon s signature immersive approach and his commitment to social and political issues that concern those on the margins of society. Lyon s photography is paralleled by his work as a filmmaker and a writer. "Danny Lyon: Message to the Future "is the first in-depth examination of this leading figure in American photography and film, and the first publication to present his influential bodies of work in all media in their full context. Lead essayists Julian Cox and Elisabeth Sussman provide an account of Lyon s five-decade career. Alexander Nemerov writes about Lyon s work in Knoxville, Tennessee; Ed Halter assesses the artist s films; Danica Willard Sachs evaluates his photomontages; and Julian Cox interviews Alan Rinzler about his role in publishing Lyon s earliest works. With extensive back matter and illustrations, this publication will be the most comprehensive account of this influential artist s work."
Category: Documentary photography