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fSI VOLUME 51. ISSUE 79 FRIDAY. APRIL 26. 1991 rrn bIGNPO Weber State University Ogden, Utah ME ST K - r News 2 Paleontologist discusses the monkey business Arts c Dancing performance was "Too Hot" (Sp orts y Weber State bowlers strike it big nationally I ty Celebration of Columbus' 'discovery' ignores existence of Native Americans, speaker says By Sharon Cottle Staff writer of The Signpost "We've got to start telling the truth to students and ourselves. Columbus did not discover America in 1492," said Susan Harjo during Convocation Thursday at Weber State. Harjo, president and director of Morning Star Foundation for Native American Cultural Arts, said, "Some of us are not celebrating the quincentenial of the Columbus voyage." Harjo said the American continent was not truly "discovered" because Native Americans had already established civilizations. "(Columbus) wasn't the first to come here, and he certainly wasn't looking for us or for this red quarter of Mother Earth," Harjo said. "He sort of lurched around the Atlantic Ocean, washed up on these shores and said Indians."' Columbus wrote back to Europe and said, "I have discovered paradise on earth." MARK RANDALL TH SIGNPOST SUSAN HARJO At that time, both religious and economic peace were based on the notion that "there's peace in the green fields of Eden, but one must die to get there." Thus the New World became desirable to those seeking relief from oppression because people had to believe there was some reward some place, but they were not entitled until they had died, Harjo explained. "The entire notion of sovereignty of the individual was something that did not spring up overwhelmingly, or even half-baked, in Europe," Harjo said. "That is something that came from the peoples here." The systems of confederation, groups united for a common purpose, had been used by the Indian nations for thousands of years in war and in peace. Many Indian nations participated in different confederacies in highly-evolved civilized societies. The American Constitution left out women as full-fledged human beings, Harjo said, but it did recognize foreign nations and Indian Tribes. The Constitution said treaties would be the supreme law of the land. Now, Harjo says that county commissions are trying to change the treaties for economic benefits. (See CONVO page 3) Kurdish ordeal will likely continue indefenitely Amnesty International chapter urges WSU students to write letters to Middle East area By Tamara J. Ostler Staff writer of The Signpost Even if Saddam Hussein were overthrown, the conflict between Kurds and the Iraqi government would probably continue, said Dr. Ron Holt, WSU professor of political science and expert on Middle Eastern cultures. Rich oil reserves in Kurdish territories have encouraged Arabs to push the Kurds north in order to "Arabize" the Iraqi nation, he said. Holt made his remarks during a meeting of the Weber State chapter of Amnesty International Wednesday. In the absence of strategic military equipment, the Kurds are unable to control what happens to them, Holt said . The only way their situation would change is if a radical came into power, he said, which is unlikely. Approximately 25 students gathered to write letters at the meeting, encouraging leaders of Middle Eastern nations to allow Kurdish refugees into their borders. Holt recommended stLidents write to the Turkish government, which is very intolerant to the Kurdish people. Until recently the Kurdish language was not even allowed in Turkish schools. He said the Turks are in no mood to give Kurds any kind of autonomy. 'The Kurds, like the Palestinians are a nation without apolitically-recognized homeland," Holt said. "We're not talking about a dribble of tribal people here and there, we're talking about a substantial number of people." Holt said Middle East sources are unreliable, and no one knows how many Kurds there actually are. His best guess was about 8 million. The Kurds represent a wide (See KURDS page 3) Senate votes to cancel activities for final week By Lorin J. May News editor of The Signpost The student senate passed a resolution Monday which eliminates all ASWSU Open Hour activities during the last week of each quarter. Also, international students will now be allowed to received school-sponsored tutoring for a small charge. Physically Challenged Senator Bill Vicars proposed the "academic study week" in response to suggestions from students who said activities conflict with finals during "dead week." "This bill is a perfect example of student input in action," Vicars said. The bill prohibits Convocations, That's Entertainment, Issues Forum, and Senate Activities the tenth week of the quarter. It was passed unanimously. Ebrahim Kololli introduced the "International Student Support" bill to open student support (See SENATE page 3) -V .4 ' ";"p:i ' 1 ; '!.-; ... ;;'!!;- h ,;!! , i ' . : ; . : il t 1 J'1 Hi-1 ' . : i ' ? ' ' , ' h i. V . i 'el Wy. vi i ixnMi- i '' , v ( 1 - ,- ' ii Leave it to weaver MARK RANDALL 7HE SIGNPOST MARILYN JOHNSON from the Four Corners area : part of Native American Emphasis Week at demonstrates a Navajo weave Thursday as Weber State.
|Title||Signpost (Weber, Utah), 1991-04-26, Vol. 51, No. 79|
|Creator||Weber State University|
|Contributors||Associated Students of Weber State University|
|Description||Weber's current student newspaper, the Signpost, first appeared on September 29, 1937. For two years prior to that time, campus news was disseminated via announcements posted on a bulletin board known as the "Signpost". As a result, the masthead of the first issue of the paper itself featured a rudimentary wooden sign with the title spelled out in rustic-looking letters. Over the years the paper has been published continuously, though the look, size and style has changed several times.|
|Subject||College student newspapers and periodicals; Weber State University|
|Publisher Digital||Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Source||University Archives LD5893.W55 S5, Stewart Library, Weber State University|
|Rights Management||Public Domain. Courtesy of University Archives, Stewart Library, Weber State University.|