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Harvard has returned a tomahawk once owned by a pioneering Native American civil rights leader to his tribe. Members of the Ponca tribes in Nebraska and Oklahoma visited the Massachusetts university this month for a ceremony returning the pipe-tomahawk owned by Chief Standing Bear. The university’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology has been working with the tribe for the past year to repatriate the artifact. Standing Bear gave the tomahawk to one of his lawyers after winning the 1879 court case that made him one of the first Native Americans granted civil rights.
After two years of pandemic restrictions, travel demand is back, but airlines and airports that slashed jobs during the depths of the COVID-19 crisis are struggling to keep up. With the busy summer tourism season underway in Europe, passengers are encountering chaotic scenes at airports, including lengthy delays, canceled flights and headaches over lost luggage. The head of Europe’s biggest airline warned the turmoil would last all summer. Data from aviation consultancy Cirium says that nearly 2,000 flights from major continental European airports were canceled during one week this month. It’s a similar story in the United States, where airlines canceled thousands of flights over two days last week because of bad weather just as crowds of summer tourists grow.
Briana Scurry's soccer jersey from the 1999 Women's World Cup is at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture. It's part of a permanent display that recognizes Title IX and its contributions to leveling the playing field. The law paved the way for the Black goalkeeper to knock down barriers with her talent, determination and grit, amassing a long list of honors in what was a predominantly white sport. Scurry discusses the triumphs and challenges during her groundbreaking, Hall of Fame career.
This photo provided by National Park Service shows West Entrance gate traffic on Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at Yellowstone National Park in Montana. Visitors will return to a changed landscape in Yellowstone National Park on Wednesday as it partially reopens following record floods that reshaped the park’s rivers and canyons, wiped out numerous roads and left some areas famous for their wildlife viewing inaccessible, possibly for months to come. (National Park Service via AP)
A visitor center dedicated to telling the story of the LGBTQ rights movement will open next to the Stonewall Inn. The groundbreaking for the Stonewall National Monument Visitor Center in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood will take place Friday. The center is expected to open in 2024. The visitor center will be managed by the nonprofit Pride Live in partnership with the National Park Service. The Stonewall National Monument became the first U.S. national monument dedicated to LGBTQ history when it was dedicated in 2016 across the street from the Stonewall Inn, which is the site of 1969 riots that followed a police raid of the bar’s gay patrons.
Thousands of Disney workers traded their character costumes for yoga pants Tuesday morning — planking, doing the downward dog and folding into lotus poses at sunrise. They spread their mats in front of Cinderella’s Castle at Walt Disney World in Florida, and at Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in California. It's all to celebrate International Yoga Day. The annual sunrise gatherings have spread to Disney properties around the globe. More than 1,700 Disney workers participated in Florida. Others took part in Paris, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.
Around the world, drivers are looking at the numbers on the gas pump and rethinking their habits and finances. Walking, biking, public transport, or going car-free are options for the lucky ones. But for minibus operators in the Philippines or a graphic artist in California with clients to visit, it's not so simple. Those without access to adequate public transportation or who otherwise can’t forgo their car have little other choice than to grit their teeth and pay. Energy prices fueled by Russia’s war in Ukraine and the global rebound from the COVID-19 pandemic are a key driver of inflation that is rising worldwide.
With Yellowstone National Park pushing to re-open to tourists more quickly than anticipated after record floods pounded southern Montana, some of those hardest hit in the disaster live far from the famous park’s limelight and are leaning heavily on one another to pull their lives out of the mud. In the farming town of Fromberg, the Clarks Fork River flooded almost 100 homes and badly damaged a major irrigation ditch that serves many of the farms. The town’s mayor says about a third of the flooded homes can’t be repaired. Resident Lindi O'Brien says if the town is going to recover, its 400 people will have to do much of the work themselves.
Hundreds of mourners have gathered in Ukraine's capital for a well-known Kyiv activist who took up arms against Russia's invasion and was killed. The 24-year-old Roman Ratushnyi had been a teenage protester during months of demonstrations that toppled Ukraine’s pro-Russian leader in 2014. He was also known as an environmental campaigner in Kyiv who led a fight to preserve a wooded park from development. Poppies, the blood-red flowers that cover the battlefields of Europe’s two world wars, were lain in mourning on his coffin at a memorial service. Mourners then walked in a silent column behind his coffin to a vast plaza in central Kyiv where three months of protests overthrew then-President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014.