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Some Native American students dreamed of a land without boarders.
courtesy of the Heard Museum

School Spirits

In the late 19th century, the U.S. government implemented a policy of assimilation to deal with what it termed the country's "Indian problem.
" The goal was nothing less than erasing all outward traces of Indian culture, and the means was forcibly removing Native American children from their homes and placing them in boarding schools throughout the country. This dark period in American history is chronicled in "Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience," through January 1, 2006, at the Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue. Firsthand accounts and recollections from former students, teachers and administrators, timeless memorabilia, and stunning photographs dating as far back as the 1870s chronicle the lives of Native American children stripped of their homes, clothes, hair, names, and religious beliefs in an attempt to indoctrinate them into mainstream culture. "Most of the people involved with this exhibit, along with the people we interviewed, are Native American," explains LaRee Bates, archivist for the museum. "One of the bigger things for a lot of us was the importance of bringing this out so that we had some sort of place to start talking about it . . . to give voice to what happened." Call 602-252-8840 or visit -- Craig Wallach

Green Scene
Get your Irish up at Town Lake

The Emerald Desert Irish Festival shores up at Tempe Town Lake Park, 80 West Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe, for three charmed days, beginning Friday, March 11, and lasting through Sunday, March 13. A green-tinged group of entertainers, including Ocean's Apart, Celtic Dance Academy, Round the House (pictured), McTeggart Irish Dancers, and the Knockabouts, will shamrock the stage while attendees gorge themselves on Irish food and drinks. Tickets cost $5. Call 623-412-2330. -- Niki D'Andrea

Rudy Awakening
Valley art pioneer Turk exhibits his latest at reZurrection

Without Rudy Turk, it's doubtful those ungrateful punks/artists at last weekend's Art Detour would have had such a grand-scale venue in the first place. The young'uns can express their gratitude to the man credited with spurring ASU's Nelson Fine Arts Center and Alwun House's long-running "Exotic Art Show" beginning Saturday, March 12, with an opening reception of Turk's exhibition "Many Directions," at reZurrection Gallery, 601 West University in Tempe, from 7 to 10 p.m. The 78-year-old Turk displays his latest acrylic "faces [including Golem, pictured] and flowers . . . his two favorite subject[s]." The show continues through April 6. Call 480-377-9080. --Joe Watson

Beat the Rush
Copwatch marches on

TUE 3/15
When we first heard about Phoenix Copwatch's demonstration to commemorate International Day Against Police Brutality, we thought, "Great, yet another opportunity for Hallmark to profit off an obscure holiday!" But then we realized we'd confused the planned march from Patriots Square Park, at Central Avenue and Washington Street, with Hug-A-Cop day, which is when some folks affectionately accost their local Barney Fife and shower him with Hershey's Kisses and a gift certificate to the Body Shop. Nevertheless, after a 4 p.m. rally on Tuesday, March 15, the good folks at Copwatch will stroll through downtown Phoenix en route to the nearby po-po station and jails to protest unnecessary force and the use of Tasers. (Apparently, stun-gun fun isn't for everyone.) For details on the demonstration, contact Phoenix Copwatch at 602-337-7188 or see -- Joe Watson


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