The Extreme History Project Says NO to “Diggers: Montana Juice” After TV Producers Break State Laws

Attention All-  this press release, below, was sent worldwide and is now being picked up in the media and in professional circles. I will continue to update the top of this page with links to the GREAT folks out there that have taken this info. and run with it! Our biggest thanks to Brett French at The Billings Gazette for being the first journalist to dive into the facts from the press release and run with it!

Brett’s article here: “Diggers” TV show strikes nerve

http://billingsgazette.com/news/state-and-regional/montana/diggers-tv-show-strikes-nerve/article_78af2cef-5c13-5ea1-b3d0-ba81b47df92e.html

also appears on: http://mtstandard.com/news/state-and-regional/legality-haunts-diggers-tv-show/article_7ad4a33c-6e57-11e1-8ff5-0019bb2963f4.html

Collegiate Journal of Anthropology:
http://anthrojournal.com/issue/october-2011/article/archaeology-news-for-march-13-2012 (look down the page a bit and our title is there and it links back to the full article on Native Times)

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE HERE:

The Extreme History Project Says NO to “Diggers: Montana Juice” After TV Producers Break State Laws 

LIVINGSTON, Montana– March 12, 2012- The Extreme History Project, based in Montana, rallied against National Geographic TV and its recent show, “Diggers: Montana Juice.” The episode, which was filmed at The Old Territorial Prison in Deer Lodge, Montana, has received a great deal of criticism from archaeologists and historical preservationists across the country. Now, after review of legal statutes, questions are raised as to whether the digging and filming were in fact illegal.

In a letter sent by the Montana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) to Diana Koch, Chief Legal Counsel for the Montana Department of Corrections, questions arise as to why the State of Montana, the Department of Corrections and other authorities were never contacted by National Geographic in advance of filming. The historic preservation leadership is demanding accountability from all parties for allowing access to the State-owned land for the National Geographic Channel filming crews to search out remains that had historical value.

Marsha Fulton, Co-Founder for The Extreme History Project explains, “It’s truly unfortunate that National Geographic, an organization that holds international respect and authoritative voice, has irresponsibly taken on a project for which it hasn’t done even the slightest due diligence to ensure that the work was not only ethical, but legal. This issue, though, offers an opportunity for organizations around the country to educate people on the importance of protecting our historical heritage.”

In question is the processes by which the National Geographic Channel moved forward with filming without fulfilling all required disclosures, permits, and gaining clearance to access the site that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The important historic site, the Old Territorial Prison, is owned by the State of Montana and is designated as a Heritage Property. Citing a violation of state statute, (MCA 22-3-432,-442) the Montana State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) reveals that National Geographic did not request the required State Antiquities Permit in advance.

The Montana SHPO is said to have received dozens of inquiries and expressions of concern regarding the TV show that aired February 28, 2012 on the National Geographic Channel. Online sites, including The Extreme History Project, http://extremehistory.wordpress.com/ have been laden with commentary about the potential destruction of valuable antiquities on public land.

“No one is bashing the general use of metal detectors in appropriate places. This is about television shows that are irresponsibly planned and promote the illegal destruction of important archaeological sites on public property. There are laws protecting these lands for a reason and that is to insure the preservation of our national heritage,” explained Marsha Fulton.

Joining The Extreme History Project in condemning these actions by National Geographic are organizations such as The Society of American Archaeologists, The Society of Historical Archaeology, National Association of State Archaeologists (NASA), The Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA) and the Montana State Historical Preservation Office.

The Extreme History Project may be reached at: extremehistoryproject@yahoo.com

Or by visiting their website at: http://extremehistory.wordpress.com/

 

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For Background information:

SHA letter http://www.sha.org/blog/index.php/2012/02/more-teaching-moments-national-geographic-televisions-diggers/

SAA letter http://saa.org/Portals/0/SAA/Press/Diggers.pdf

 
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“Celebrate National Women’s History Month- Walmart inks distribution deal with Joanne Shenandoah for new album”

“Celebrate National Women’s History Month-  Walmart inks distribution deal with Joanne Shenandoah for new album”

ONEIDA, New York- March 6, 2012- Just in time to celebrate National Women’s History Month, Walmart and internationally recognized Native American musician, humanitarian and scholar, Joanne Shenandoah, reached an agreement for distribution of her new album, “Lifegivers.”  Arriving in strategically chosen stores, the CD hits the shelves today. Walmart stores across 12 states in the USA will carry Shenandoah’s latest album which serves as a tribute to women.

“Walmart clearly sees the potential in Native American music and has opened their hearts to this art form.  When people have a chance to hear the music, they love it!  My music is consistent with Walmarts’ commitment to enhancing lives and protecting Mother Earth for future generations,” explained Joanne Shenandoah about this distribution agreement.

Shifting from plastic CD containers to recycled paper was one of Shenandoah’s more environmentally conscious moves in developing the packaging for her latest work, Lifegivers.  Known for her strongly held belief in living a more sustainable and respectful life for the welfare of the planet and future generations, Joanne Shenandoah redesigned the typical CD packaging to be recycle-friendly.

Walmart is shipping the new album in advance of Mother’s Day which fits with the theme of Shenandoah’s newest music collection. Additionally, the album is released in March which celebrates and honors National Women’s History Month.

“Lifegivers is a tribute to the life cycles of women from the first beating of the heart to when her spirit leaves to walk across the stars along the Milky Way as she returns home to the Skyworld where she will be welcomed by her loved ones. Each song is meant to bring the listener to a place of celebration for every cycle of life. As I asked for these melodies to flow, I realized I was inspired by different aspects of rhythm and music from different cultures of the planet. It has been my great honor to be able to be embraced by many life-givers of the world; newborns, young women, pregnant women, women in love, women who sing, women who teach, and women of wisdom,” explains Ms. Shenandoah.

Joanne Shenandoah, Ph.D., is one of America’s most celebrated and critically acclaimed musicians being a Grammy Award winner and having earned over 40 music awards.  She has performed all over the world, including North and South America, South Africa, Europe, Australia and Korea, and most recently in Bethlehem, Palestine through her work with Project Peace on Earth. (http://www.projectpeaceonearth.org)

Shenandoah has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, 3 Presidential Inaugurations, Madison Square Garden, Crystal Bridges Museum, The NMAI-Smithsonian, The Ordway Theater, Hummingbird Centre, Toronto Skydome, The Parliament of the Worlds’ Religions, and Woodstock ‘94.

Ms. Shenandoah has given hundreds of lectures, commencement speeches, and workshops throughout the world. Ms. Shenandoah also appeared in “The Last Winter” which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival with a 5 star review.  She has been featured in numerous film, video and television documentaries as either an actress or narrator and composed music for these venues as well.

“Having the opportunity to sing for people all over the world has been such an honor. I am so very pleased that Walmart will be aiding me in getting this latest music out to so many locations across the USA. I truly hope and pray that the music will serve as a reminder as to the true worth of women and be a blessing to the listeners,” stated Joanne Shenandoah.

For more information about Joanne Shenandoah, her music, coming events and news, please visit http://www.joanneshenandoah.com/

Individuals wishing to purchase the new Lifegivers CD outside a Walmart marketed store may purchase it at- http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/joanneshenandoah

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COMPLETE LIST OF WALMART LOCATIONS:

ARIZONA: CASA GRANDE, COTTONWOOD, FLAGSTAFF, FLAGSTAFF, KINGMAN, LAKE HAVASU CITY, MARANA, MARICOPA, PAGE, PAYSON, SHOW LOW, SURPRISE,TEMPE, TUCSON

IDAHO:  CALDWELL, IDAHO FALLS, BLOOMINGTON

INDIANA: CAMBY, CRAWFORDSVILLE, ELKHART, FRANKLIN, GREENWOOD, NEW CASTLE, SCOTTSBURG, SEYMOUR, TERRE HAUTE

MICHIGAN: BURTON, FREMONT, HARTLAND, HOWELL, IRON MOUNTAIN, JACKSON, LAPEER, LIVONIA, MARQUETTE, MOUNT PLEASANT, STERLING HEIGHTS

MINNESOTA: BEMIDJI, DETROIT LAKES, FARIBAULT, MANKATO, MARSHALL

NORTH CAROLINA: CHARLOTTE, CONCORD, DENVER, ERWIN, FAYETTEVILLE, GRANITE FALLS, LEXINGTON, LOCUST, LUMBERTON, MONROE, MOORESVILLE, MORGANTON, PEMBROKE, RALEIGH, SHALLOTTE, SMITHFIELD, SYLVA, THOMASVILLE, WILKESBORO, WILMINGTON

NEW MEXICO:  ALAMOGORDO, ALBUQUERQUE, BELEN, BERNALILLO, CLOVIS, EDGEWOOD, ESPANOLA, FARMINGTON, GALLUP, GRANTS, RIO RANCHO, SANTA FE

NEW YORK:  AUBURN, CAMILLUS, CANANDAIGUA, CENTEREACH, CENTRAL SQUARE, CICERO, CLAY, CORTLAND, EAST MEADOW, EAST SYRACUSE, FULTON, GENESEO, GLENVILLE, HAMBURG, HERKIMER, HORSEHEADS, MALONE, OGDENSBURG, ONEIDA, ONEONTA, OSWEGO, ROME

SOUTH CAROLINA: CENTRAL, CONWAY, GREENWOOD, SPARTANBURG, SUMTER, ABERDEEN

SOUTH DAKOTA:  PIERRE, CHEHALIS

WASHINGTON: FEDERAL WAY, LACEY, MOUNT VERNON, OAK HARBOR, YAKIMA

WISCONSIN: APPLETON, BEAVER DAM, DE PERE, DELAVAN, EAU CLAIRE, JANESVILLE, MENOMONIE, PLOVER, SHAWANO, WATERTOWN

GREAT NEWS! Kenji Williams, BELLA GAIA, Joins Project Peace on Earth

“New Collaboration Brings Hope of World Peace through Music-

Kenji Williams, BELLA GAIA, Joins Project Peace on Earth”

(released by Thunderbird Public Relations)

Internationally acclaimed musician and film maker, Kenji Williams, BELLA GAIA Founder, Composer, and Director, has been announced as the newest member of the Musical Ambassador team for the global peace organization, Project Peace on Earth.

Led by Steve Robertson, its Founder, Executive Producer & CEO, Project Peace on Earth LLC (PPOE) is a Los Angeles-based organization committed to bringing greater individual and collective world peace through sacred music concerts and other peace efforts on a global scale.

“I am extremely honored to be a part of such an incredible group of artists, producers, scholars, scientists, healers, and writers. Some of these artists have already changed my life,” stated Kenji Williams in response to his being included as a Musical Ambassador for PPOE.

PPOE recently held a concert at the Bethlehem Convention Palace in Bethlehem, Palestine that brought thousands of people together live, and tens of millions from every nation and faith through the full concert broadcast which benefitted UNRWA and Palestinian Refugee Youth.

“Sacred Music is the most profound and expedient way to touch the heart and create a direct communion with the Divine.  The mission of Project Peace on Earth concert series is to deliver the most spiritually authentic musical experiences so that people are inspired to discover their inner most life calling and courageously act on it towards the overall goal of individual and world peace,” explains Steve Robertson.

Kenji Williams is an award winning filmmaker, music producer, and classically-trained violinist. Blending music, visual arts, science and philosophy, BELLA GAIA, which means “Beautiful Earth,” simulates space flight and displays the captivating beauty of planet Earth as seen through the eyes of astronauts.

Williams, in collaboration with NASA, brings this live performance against a large-screen backdrop of orbiting visualizations of the Earth as seen from space. Using multiple art forms, Kenji Williams and the other artists in BELLA GAIA, strive to transform the beliefs held by audience members about the planet.

“Our entire reality – seen and unseen, here on Earth, and throughout the Universe, is composed of vibration and energy.  Art, and especially music, uses vibration to open a portal to these powerful forces. I believe we have the potential to be closest to spirit when we are at ease (at peace), and aligned with this vibration and energy,” comments Mr. Williams.

Kenji Williams has collaborated with Trance group, Medicine Drum, world famous DJ, John Digweed, visionary painter Alex Grey, and evolutionary philosopher Ken Wilber. His work has appeared at The Gates Planetarium Dome Theater (Denver Museum of Nature and Science), large music festivals around the world, mainstream television, and used for exotic fashion shows at Japanese Temples.  Additionally, Pioneer, Panasonic, and Sony corporations have sponsored Williams with technology to support his artistic vision. Combining unique skills in film and music, Williams has earned international film awards from the CSC to Sundance, and exhibited work at the Smithsonian Institute.

Invoking unity and shared concern for the world by displaying the extraordinary beauty and connectedness of the planet through musical live performances are at the heart of both Project Peace on Earth and BELLA GAIA.  The live concerts and worldwide telecast from Bethlehem are the first of many planned concert events, TV, and film content, centered on the subjects of personal transformation and world peace.   PPOE aims to bring superstar musicians, performing inspiring and sacred music, to some of the worlds’ most sacred sites.

“With Steve Robertson’s vision, I feel that our collaboration of such talent devoted to peace, will create a true and meaningful impact with repercussions well beyond the events. I look forward to collaborating and contributing my compositions, film work, and live performance to the Project Peace on Earth,” explained Williams.

For Information on Project Peace on Earth, the Musical Ambassadors and upcoming events, please visit http://www.projectpeaceonearth.org/

For information about Kenji Williams and BELLA GAIA, visit  http://www.bellagaia.com

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Shared from Kenji Williams–

“The vision of BELLA GAIA is to bring the power of art, technology, space science, and real scientific data visualizations together, into a context that is both entertaining and educational, fused with a common goal of raising the awareness and appreciation of our home planet. BELLA GAIA can actually visually display how humans are affecting the planet, and how each element affects the other, allowing the audience to easily understand the delicate interconnected balance of our planet.

BELLA GAIA™ is a powerful entertainment and educational outreach vehicle for performing arts centers, festivals, planetariums, universities, government agencies and other institutions that wish to convey a broader world view that the destiny of humans and our planet Earth are inextricably linked. Often received with standing ovations, BELLA GAIA has been featured at top festivals such as the Smithsonian Folklife/NASA festival, 13 NASA events, COP15 Copenhagen Climate Change Summit, The Economist Magazine’s “World in 2011” conference, and to sold-out shows at digital planetariums. BELLA GAIA has delighted audiences from Europe to the USA to Japan, and has proven to engage a wide demographic from 3 year-olds, to students, to heads of government agencies.

http://www.bellagaia.com