Wednesday, October 31, 2007

PUBLIC NOTICE: Friends To Gather This Friday-SundayTo Protest Southwest Museum/Autry/Latham & Watkins/Huizar/Villariagosa Plans


Hi, everyone

My name is Olga Hall and I am one of the coalition members for The Friends of the Southwest Museum.

Thank you very much to those sixty participants that joined us in our first protest in front of the Southwest Museum last Sunday.

For several years we have been listening to Autry, then to Mayor Villaraigosa and Councilman Huizar. Nothing has been gained by working with them instead Autry has had time to sell its agenda. So we feel it is time to come out in the open and declare the truth of what Autry is doing. To all of you that are True Friends of the
Southwest Museum and want to protect this city's treasure and history this is the moment to raise your voices. We hope you can join us at one or all of these protests:

Friday, November 2, 2007 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, November 3, 2007 10.00 a. m. to 12.00 p.m.

Sunday, November 4, 2007 10:00 to 12:00 p.m.

This is the second year the Intertribal Market will take place at the Autry, so we think it is a good time to make our presence known. We will meet in front of The Autry Museum, where the crossing from the Zoo to the Autry is. If your have any questions please send an e-mail to

Please spread the word.

Olga Hall

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Last year the Autry ripped the Intertribal Marketplace out of the Arroyo Seco where a 14 year tradition had taken root. So many people loved coming to the beautiful Mount Washington site to see Native American dancing and traditions, buy beatiful products of tribes, and contemplate the stunning views of the mountians and valleys (visible from the site) where Native peoples once lived, fished and hunted. Now the Intertribal Marketplace, at the hands of the Autry Board of Directors, takes place on a flat hunk of land with a lovely view of the gridlocked and smog-choked I-5/S.R. 134 freeway interchange. Thanks Autry!

Last year Autry CEO John Gray claimed that the Intertribal Marketplace had to be moved to Griffith Park out of "safety concens" of the museum's insurance carrier and "at the request" of the Native American vendors.

In the opinion of many people, Mr. Gray, again, has spoken with White Man's forked tongue. How is it that the Southwest Museum conducted the event at the museum for 14 years without similar "safety concerns" by the insurance carrier? This smells of a classic pretense, for which Mr. Gray is well-known, rather than a legitimate concern.

As for Mr. Gray's claim that the Native American vendors "requested" that the event be moved to a place the Native American community derisively brands as "The Fort," think again. It is widely known that Mr. Gray SOLICITED some friendly Native American participants to "request" the change in location. It is false that the "request" came from the vendors. It came from the Autry management but they did want it known so Gray sought out some other "plausible" reason.

All is not well at the Autry. As the truth comes out, the denizens of "The Fort" are going to look more and more like the cast of that beloved television show: "F Troop".

The Intertribal Marketplace was easy to rip out of the Southwest Museum. Now the Autry wants to expand its building to 4 times the size of the Griffith Observatory just so Autry can take the Southwest's incredible collection and display it under the "Autry" sign instead of the "Southwest Museum" sign. Why people continue to donate money to this farce, is a mystery to many.