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Drake Monument
7:10 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Drake Landmark Designation Sparks Debate

Garry Gitzen stands over Oregon's Nehalem Bay, which he claims is where Sir Francis Drake spent five weeks in 1579.
Photo by Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Oregon and California are locked in a dispute over something that happened 433 years ago. That’s when Sir Francis Drake became the first British explorer to make contact with Native Americans. It happened on what is now the American West Coast. The question is where. Oregon or California? The National Park Service is poised to officially recognize one state’s claim and not the other’s.

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Chinese Massacre Memorial
6:19 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Chopper Delivers Memorial Marker To Massacre Site

A memorial to Chinese gold miners massacred in Hells Canyon.
Photo by Lyle Wirtanen Northwest News Network

A granite memorial arrived by helicopter Tuesday at a remote cove in Hells Canyon on the Idaho-Oregon border. The stone will mark the site where a large group of Chinese gold miners was massacred way back in 1887. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

Private contributions paid for the engraving and transportation of the 1,100 pound granite marker. Memorial project treasurer Lyle Wirtanen says the stone was inscribed in English, Chinese and the native Nez Perce language.

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Chinese Immigrant History
6:41 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Rare, Once-Lost Pioneer Chinese Immigrant Docs Go Online

This document includes names, dates and places where the remains of Chinese immigrant workers were systematically dug up across Oregon.
Image courtesy Oregon State University

Rare, once-lost historic records about pioneer Chinese immigrants to the Northwest have found a new life online. The digital archive is hosted by Oregon State University. A Chinese-American civic group hopes the document trove can help families locate ancestors gone missing early in the last century. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Native American Jazz Singer
5:06 am
Fri March 16, 2012

Tribe Seeks To Correct Jazz History On Native Singer’s Heritage

Mildred Bailey, 1947, New York City.
Photo courtesy of the William P. Gottlieb Collection

PLUMMER, Idaho - Jazz aficionados know Mildred Bailey as the legendary singer who cleared the way for female jazz greats like Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Less well known is the fact that Bailey was Native American. Now, the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in Idaho has launched a campaign to bring the singer -- and her heritage -- into the spotlight. Jessica Robinson tells the story.

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Women in American Roots
6:15 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Increasing Visibility of Female American Roots Musicians

American roots vocalist and guitarist Lauren Sheehan
Tom Banse N3

PORTLAND - Quick, think of any famous female musicians in the American roots genre. Sure, today there's Allison Krauss and Gillian Welch. But for the most part, history remembers a lot of men in old-time country, blues and folk music... names like Lead Belly, Muddy Waters or Doc Watson.

Not a lot of women in American roots music are getting their due. That's according to a folklorist from near Seattle. She and her husband have made it their mission to change that. The Library of Congress has taken notice. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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