Tonight at the EcoFilm Festival, Promised Land Examines How the Government Prohibits Tribal Recognition

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COURTESY OF TALL FIRS CINEMA, 2017

For two native tribes dwelling on opposite ends of Puget Sound, a struggle for recognition from the US government hinders their ability to be politically seen and heard. In Promised Land, tribal council members and chairmen from the Duwamish and Chinook Nations chronicle their peoples’ history and the complexity of navigating the process for tribal recognition.

Through dozens of interviews with tribal members, historians, and archaeologist allies, Promised Land provides an in-depth, harrowing overview of why recognition for these tribes has been repeatedly denied—a narrative that’s shared by hundreds of indigenous groups in the US and beyond.

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Suspect in Portland Hate Crime Murders is a Known White Supremacist

Jeremy Christian, now accused of hate crime murders, at the right-wing March for Free Speech on April 29
Jeremy Christian, now accused of hate crime murders, at the right-wing "March for Free Speech" on April 29 Doug Brown

The man accused of the brutal hate crime slayings of two people at the Hollywood Transit Center on Friday afternoon is a known local white supremacist.

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Jeremy Christian's mug shot

Jeremy Christian, 35, was booked early Saturday morning on two aggravated murder charges, an attempted murder charge, two intimidation (hate crime) charges, and a felon in possession of a restricted weapon charge.

The Portland Police Bureau (PPB) reported that the man "was on the MAX train yelling various remarks that would be best characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions. At least two of the victims attempted to intervene with the suspect and calm him down. The suspect attacked the men, stabbing three, before leaving the train."

Witnesses told the police that he was harassing two women who appear to be Muslim. One was described as wearing a hijab. One of the men he stabbed died at the scene, one was pronounced dead at a hospital, and one is expected to survive.

Christian is a known right wing extremist and white supremacist. On April 29, Christian showed up to the right-wing "March for Free Speech" on 82nd Avenue in Montavilla with a baseball bat in an attempt to assault left-wing protesters. The bat was quickly confiscated by Portland police officers. He ranted how he was a nihilist. He'd soon yelled racial slurs ("fuck all you n*****s") and gave the Nazi salute throughout the day. He yelled "Hail Vinland" throughout the day.

A few Portland police officers on April 29 appeared to be familiar with Christian, but not threatened by him. They claimed he had a head injury and was mentally ill.

Here's my video of Christian, draped in a flag, arriving at the event.

Here's another video. At the 25-second mark, he yells "fuck all you n*****s". The right-wing rally organizers refused to let him in.

Shortly later, I asked him his name. I recognized the name and remembered the he posted on Facebook that he'd shoot police officers if they tried to disarm him (he was never arrested).

He later gave the Nazi salute.

Jeremy Christian arriving at Montavilla Park on April 29
Jeremy Christian arriving at Montavilla Park on April 29 Doug Brown

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A police officer taking his bat Doug Brown

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A Nazi salute Doug Brown

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Update: Christian has a criminal record that includes a host of felonies going back to 2002, when he was convicted of first-degree robbery and second-degree kidnapping. He also has a conviction for carrying/using a dangerous weapon from 2002.

His Facebook page is replete with anti-Semitic comments and other evidence of his views. Here are some examples.

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Mayor Ted Wheeler, who was flying from London to Portland when the crime occurred, issued his first statement this morning:

"There is too much hatred in our world right now, and far too much violence. Too much of it has arrived here in Portland," Wheeler said in a press release. "My heart goes out to the families of those who lost their lives, and to those who witnessed what happened. Thank you to our first responders, who provided aid, and police who captured the suspected killer. Now is the time, we must come together as a community and love one another. We must reject hatred and violence. We must seek justice."


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Award-winning chef Katy Millard is convinced that serving unassuming meals made with locally sourced ingredients can bring communities together in more than one way.

Katy Millard spent the better part of a decade perfecting her culinary skills at Michelin-starred restaurants around the world.

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Following Hate Speech, Two Dead and One Wounded at Hollywood Transit Center

Details are still coming in regarding a heinous crime this afternoon at Northeast Portland's Hollywood Transit Center.

Two were killed and another was wounded after a man on an eastbound MAX train shouted "various remarks that would best be characterized as hate speech toward a variety of ethnicities and religions," according to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB).

At around 4:30 pm, police received calls regarding the disturbance on the MAX, which at some point involved the suspect directing slurs at two women.

"Witnesses described to police two young women, possibly Muslim, who were on the train at the time of the disturbance and attack, but left prior to police arrival," according to the police report. "The young women have not been identified but one was described as wearing a hijab."

"In the midst of his ranting and raving, some people approached him and appeared to try to intervene with his behavior and some of the people that he was yelling at," Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson told the Oregonian. "They were attacked viciously."

After at least two of those people attempted to intervene, the subject stabbed three people.

Officers "began immediate medical treatment to the victims at the scene until medical personnel arrived," according to the PPB. "One victim, an adult male, died at the scene. The other two victims were transported by ambulance to a Portland hospital, where one was pronounced dead and the other was treated for injuries that are not expected to be life-threatening."

Police have detained the suspect, and note there is "there is no further public risk." Simpson told the Oregonian that police believe the event to be "an isolated incident."

Police are still investigating, and urge witnesses or those with more information to call their non-emergency line at 503-823-3333.

We'll have more as this story develops.

UPDATE 10:25 PM: The FBI has responded to today's attack, "offering any resource that may assist Portland Police in their investigation." From their statement:

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The FBI is aware of the attacks tonight, and we are offering any resource that may assist Portland Police in their investigation. We will certainly be looking at the facts and evidence as the investigation unfolds to determine whether there is any potential federal violation.

At the core of the FBI's mission is the belief that every person has the right to live, work and worship in this country without fear. Hate and bigotry have no place in our community, and we will not allow violence in the name of hate to go unanswered.

UPDATE 10:47 PM: A candlelight vigil has been scheduled for Saturday night to pay tribute to those who died in the attack. From Facebook:

Gather with Portland Indivisible D-3 for a peaceful candlelight vigil to honor the upstanders who were attacked and murdered on a MAX train Friday for trying to intervene as a man yelled racial slurs at two young women, one who was wearing a hijab.

"We ask that our community come together in love and solidarity in the face of this horror to honor the memory of the victims and in support of those in our city and nation who feel terrorized and targeted," said Laurel Carrasco with Portland Indivisible D-3.

Please help us spread the word and bring your own candle to the event.

That's tomorrow, Saturday May 27, from 8:30 pm-9:30 pm, at the Hollywood/Northeast 42nd Avenue Transit Center MAX Station, 1410 NE 42nd.

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I, Anonymous Classic: I'm Robbing Your House This Weekend

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Happy Memorial Day weekend, everybody! Just a quick reminder that it will be hot, you will leave your windows open, you'll be out of town, AND YOU WILL BE ROBBED.

A Burglar's PSA

It's going to be hot this weekend—the weather report says it's going to be almost 100. It's the perfect time for me to rob you. You'll be going to the coast, or to the river, or to the pool. You'll leave your windows open, because you always do. I'll hang around down on the corner and wait for you to leave. Then I'll sneak around to the back of your house and slip through the window—probably the one in your child's room. I'll rifle through your stuff and take your iPad, laptop, and if I'm really lucky, your gun. I'm usually in and out within five minutes. I've already got a guy lined up to buy your stuff. So thank you in advance for leaving your windows open. You're keeping America working.—Anonymous

Got a rant, confession, or burglary advice you'd like to share with the world? Drop it off in the I, Anonymous Blog where it might be chosen to run in a coming week's paper, or featured in our I, Anonymous comedy show now at its new location at Curious Comedy Theater, coming at ya on Wed June 7! Get yer tix here!


Hold the Phone—Carly Rae Jepsen's "Cut to the Feeling" Is the Song of the Summer

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I've never really understood why the indie music sphere considers Carly Rae Jepsen an underrated pop icon. "Call Me Maybe" on an endless loop is my version of hell, and none of the other songs on 2012's Kiss were quite hot enough to thaw my frigid heart, either. 2015's E•MO•TION has grown on me since its release, but it's still not my favorite pop music (blowing kisses to you, Demi).

BUT TODAY, EVERYTHING CHANGED. This morning Jepsen dropped "Cut to the Feeling," one of reportedly 250 (!) tracks that didn't make the final cut for E•MO•TION. It's three minutes and 28 seconds of perfect, victorious pop—the kind that will make you punch your fist into the air in the dairy aisle of Fred Meyer. Listening to this song feels like doing dance aerobics in a bounce house. Or like experiencing the season finale of your own life. Or like it's Lisa Frank's world and we're just living in it. Or like Jepsen made an offering to the great goddesses of the '80s—Belinda Carlisle and Cyndi Lauper, duh—and we're all being raptured from this hellscape we call Earth by the blessed power of music.

The Mercury already made a summertime playlist ("Suns Out, Buns Out), but I'm calling it. "Cut to the Feeling" is the song of the summer. Everybody else can go home.


NewsCops

Advocates to Sheriff: Keep Your Guns Out of the Unity Center

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As Portland police officers refuse to relinquish their guns when entering Portland's new mental health hospital, advocates are asking Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese to take a different position.

Disability Rights Oregon this week sent Reese a letter, asking that the MCSO comply with the Unity Center's policy asking law enforcement officers to relinquish their guns before entering its secure clinical area. The request, sent Wednesday, came as the Mercury reported that the Portland Police Bureau (PPB) has steadfastly refused to abide by that request, despite officers' willingness to stow guns when entering mental health wards in the past.

"Given the fact that other hospitals closed inpatient units to create Unity, Unity is now one of only a few settings in Portland that provides inpatient psychiatric care," DRO attorney Sarah Radcliffe wrote to Reese. "To keep staff and patients at Unity safe, we ask the Sheriff to abide by Unity’s no-gun policy."

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This Weekend's Style Events

Vintage Portland Pop-Up Sale
Vintage Portland Pop-Up Sale

After shuttering their brick and mortar location in 2013 Lulu's Vintage is back in town and teaming up with Living Threads Vintage for the weekend-long Vintage Portland Pop-up Sale. Shop from a wide array of women's and men's clothing and accessories, jewelry, home decor, dishes, glassware, linens, records, and more.
Hand-Eye Supply, 427 NW Broadway, Sat May 27, 11am- 6pm, Sun May 28, 11am- 4pm

Portland Flea + Food
Portland Flea + Food

If you're still in the need of more vintage Portland Flea + Food will resume their event that occurs every last Sunday of the month. Shop from over 50 vendors that provide new and vintage clothing and accessories, candles, ceramics, and of course, food.
SE 6th and Salmon, Sun May 28, 11 am- 4 pm

As always, be sure to visit our fashion calendar to keep up to date on all things fashion event related here.


Beatles for Sale: Sgt. Pepper's 50th Anniversary

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It was 50 years ago today, give or take, that the Beatles inaugurated the Summer of Love. On June 1, 1967, a newly mustachioed Fab Four released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band, and in a matter of hours, its songs were everywhere (for example, Jimi Hendrix famously covered the title track at his London show on June 4). As we embark, tetchy and stressed, upon what seems to be a Summer of Hate, it’s tempting to soothe our raw nerves with nostalgia from bygone innocent ages. While the album is actually quite a bit darker and more death-obsessed than you remember—and functioned, in its own way, as a nostalgic balm during its own era—the 50th anniversary re-release of Sgt. Pepper comes out today, eagerly awaited by Beatle nuts and older listeners who still pay for physical product amid their general confusion at today’s pop landscape. Fortunately, the sumptuous deluxe edition is a carefully considered exercise in Beatles scholarship that ducks most suggestions of revisionist history. It’s not essential, but it is fun.

The deluxe six-disc box is also a crash course on the craft of ’60s-era four-track recording technology, a thorough document of how careful, skilled use of relatively primitive equipment resulted in the most ambitious album recorded at that time. The box includes the original 1967 mono mix augmented with shiny new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes from producer George Martin’s son Giles Martin, plus two discs of rough versions and alternate takes, with a wow-inducing hardcover book and fancy 3D lenticular slipcase to gussy up your bookshelf. (Other, less expensive configurations are for sale, including a two-CD version—also now on streaming services—and a double vinyl release.)

Fanatics will be elated by the clarity of the new stereo mix, which used computers to peel apart the multi-track tapes and punch up the sound in every direction (the 5.1 mix is fun but inessential, like a holographic version of the Mona Lisa). Purists will be suspicious of the new mix’s varied results, as it breathes marvelous new life into songs like “Fixing a Hole” and “She’s Leaving Home,” but turns “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!” into a seismic boom and does zero favors for “A Day in the Life,” which already existed as a perfect recording. Audiophiles will be dissatisfied (as they always are and ever will be) by a surprisingly smushed mastering job on the CD itself (it will sound great on streaming services and positively excellent on vinyl). And the rest of us will wonder what all the fuss is about and go back to our perfectly fine existing copies of the album.

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This Month's Sound + Vision Features the Chilled-Out Instrumentals of Notel and the Surfy Cumbia of Savila

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When Notel dropped their first single earlier this month, the band’s chilled-out, beachy instrumentals quickly made waves throughout Portland. “Sun Reservoir” is the slightly wicked, ultra-breezy track that you might play while cruising down Highway 101 in a getaway vehicle after successfully robbing a bank with your boo. Candy-coated on one end and colorfully eerie on the other, the nostalgic nod will leave you pining in the dust when it’s all over.

Notel is the brainchild of several staples in the Portland music scene, including guitarists Becky Miller (Top Parts) and Peter Condra (Magic Mouth), drummer Emily Kingan (Lovers), and synthy mysticism from Lorna Krier (Lorna Dune). This month’s Sound + Vision at Mississippi Studios will be the band’s first-ever concert, so expect them to unveil even more material live. What better way to welcome Notel than to pair them up with the similarly moody and star-studded Savila, a psychedelic three-piece inspired by the range of Latin America’s cumbias and sun-kissed West Coast surf rock.

Guitarist and She Shreds founder Fabi Reyna cleverly stacks dreamy riffs while vocalist Brisa Gonzalez (of the now-defunct Swan Island) hypnotizes audiences with Spanish-language tales. It’s topped off with cowbell-friendly tropical beats from Orquestra Pacifico Tropical and Mascaras percussionist Papi Fimbres, for a smoky sound that’s meant for stomping and swaying along.


NewsCity Hall?!?!?

The Portland Business Alliance is Weirdly Obsessed with "Better Naito"

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The Portland Rose Festival will begin this evening, marking the city's unofficial tip-toe into summer and imbuing Tom McCall Waterfront Park with a miasma of tight-packed humanity and corn (in all of its forms).

And for the third year running, people who'd rather avoid the crush of CityFair have an easy option. The Better Naito project is once again occupying a single lane of Naito Parkway during the summer, offering a safe and easy walkway around the carnies' mocking barks—and also providing a bi-directional bikeway.

If you use that walkway to circumnavigate the revelry this weekend (or at all this summer), know this: The Portland Business Alliance is very mad you're able to do so. Like, weirdly mad according to some in City Hall.

Not only did the PBA, the city's chamber of commerce, recently pen an op-ed in the Portland Tribune communicating its abject puzzlement that the city would re-up Better Naito when construction projects are hampering commutes for single-occupancy vehicles, but it's been pushing—hard—for the city to relent on the innovative and admired project.

We're told the PBA brings Better Naito up in meetings with elected officials, and earlier this month, the organization drafted a strongly worded letter to Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman attempting to bring its monied heft to bear on the issue.

We requested the letter yesterday, mere moments before BikePortland—on the case as usual—posted a lengthy take on the PBA's missive.

It's a doozie—a letter that flatly ignores the potential better multi-modal options might have for easing congestion in this increasingly dense city, and instead lazily rests on status quo assumptions that the car must always be given the utmost priority.

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Pirates of the Caribbean Must Be For... Someone? Right?

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Who is this movie for? It is not for innocent children. They do not know who this skull-faced, mascara-slathered man is, prancing and mugging on a boat. It is not for adults, who, in our Age of Netflix, have better ways to distract themselves from their decaying bodies and looming deaths. Is it for the type of simpleton who says “carpe diem” and believes “time is precious”? This movie will annihilate their simpering ideology; it is over two hours long but feels like 40. It bends space-time.

Is it for Orlando Bloom lovers? Nay, for sweet Lando barely appears, and, cursed by the fetid sea, has an itchy case of Barnacle Face. Is it for people interested in hearing Javier Bardem invent weird ways to say “Jack Sparrow”?

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Don't Forget: Portland's Wilhelm Mausoleum Opens Its Doors to the Public on Monday!

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It's almost here! Memorial Day is the one day of the year that the Wilhelm Mausoleum (6705 SE 14th) opens to the public. Monday's open house is from 11 am-6 pm (may close earlier depending on crowds). There's usually popcorn, and more urns, miles of memorials, and shag carpet than you've ever seen in your life. It's really the coolest place I've ever seen. Last year, I walked four miles around that place (so says my pedometer) and spent nearly two hours in its labyrinthine hallways. The joint has eight floors, burrowing down into the wetlands below. I can't even begin to estimate how much square footage is in that place. Expect hundreds of people there, yet the halls will nearly empty on certain floors. But enough of this jibber jabber, check out the pics from one of my visits:

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Check out this post which has tons more pictures of Wilhelm's. And if you want to know more about how Portland mausoleums (and death) works, read this.


Win Tickets to Minority Retort Featuring David Gborie

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We're giving away two tickets to tonight's Minority Retort comedy showcase at the Hollywood Theatre. Minority Retort, the city's only regular showcase for comedians of color, always puts on a great show, and tonight's is sure to be even more thrilling because it features the amazing David Gborie.

Here he is tearing it up on Conan. I really like his joke comparing falling in love to getting an extra Chicken McNugget at McDonald's or HPV—"it's just a thing that might happen":

Want to see him IRL? The Hollywood Theatre has granted us a pair of tickets to tonight's show. Want 'em? Email me by 1 pm today (today is Friday!) with the subject line "DAVID GBORIE JOKES." I will choose a winner after the deadline and email you the good news if it's you.

ETA: A winner has been chosen! Thank you for participating.


Timbers v. Seattle Match Preview

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We've arrived at the first derby of the 2017 season, and neither the Portland Timbers nor the Seattle Sounders — MLS' last two champions — are in quite the shape they thought they'd be.

The championship hangover has hit the Sounders hard. Seattle is currently languishing in eighth place in the Western Conference, having one just three of its first twelve games. The Timbers, meanwhile, after an excellent start to the season, are in something of a tailspin. They've been winless for over a month.

The result is that Saturday's early kickoff (12:00 PM, TV on FOX) is of urgent importance to both teams. Even outside of the rivalry, both Portland and Seattle need a result.

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Good Morning, News: Unhinged Attacker Wins Congress Seat, Semen Hurler Arrested, and Trump Shoves a World Leader

It went down like you knew it would: A day after choke-slamming a Guardian reporter because he was asked a question, Republican Greg Gianforte will be Montana's sole member in the US House. Part of the outcome has to do with the fact that many votes had been cast before the body slam.

His victory secured, Gianforte apologized for physically assaulting a person in full view of other reporters. He didn't mention that the statement his campaign put out directly after the incident appears, according to all available evidence, to be almost wholly false.

Well good: Police think they've nabbed the legend-level creep who was going around throwing semen on women. Yes, we all want to know why Manuel Banuelos-Alcala allegedly did this. But also: Was it his own semen or someone/something else's?

Here's a ridiculous debate that's playing out around the state pension fund: Should the board that oversees it assume a realistic rate of return from its investments, or should it continue to assume an artificially high return that papers over structural issues? There's an honest argument about this (here and in lots of other states).

A suspicious device, feared to be a bomb, shut down downtown Oregon City yesterday. Cops sent in a robot, and eventually determined everything was just fine. This never would have happened in the days of the Oregon Trail. Miss those days.

Wait, what? First the state said the University of Oregon and PSU couldn't hike tuition. Now it's flip-flopped.

NIMBYS OF THE WEEK: The Multnomah Village residents who do NOT want city zoning changes to allow residency options that aren't single family homes. A very realistic and level-headed approach in a rapidly growing city. Aoigewoigjqef.

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Did you miss our story this week about Portland's first-ever mountain bike park? Then read it!

I'm guessing you haven't seen Kyron Horman lately, seven years after the boy disappeared from Skyline Elementary. But just in case, the FBI has new billboards out with what he might look like these days.

Here's your toddler president pushing the prime minister of Montenegro in order to get a better spot in a picture.


Perhaps he was irked that a federal appeals court ruled his terrible travel ban will remain on ice?

Or perhaps he's mad that leaks to the NYT about the investigation into the recent bombing in Manchester got him a rebuke from British Prime Minister Theresa May?

Or about news—long suspected, but now apparently official—that his stepson Jared Kushner is the high-level White House official whom the FBI has zeroed in on as part of its investigation into Russia's influence on Trump's campaign?

For real, though: I think he pushes the Montenegrin PM absent any of that. More on his first visit with NATO.

Is Uber's new-ish "upfront pricing" model screwing you over? Possibly. (Probably.)

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND. Squeeze every drop from it, like so many dirty dish sponges.

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