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FEATURES 46 R EBALANCING THE SCALES OF JUSTICE Founded in 1998, the Arizona Justice Project became the fifth innocence organization in the U.S. In the 20 years since, it has helped free 24 people imprisoned for crimes they didn’t commit. Both paid and volunteer attorneys, plus a host of interns from ASU and UofA are committed to righting the wrong 52 A WAY FROM HOME In a refreshed exhibition, the Heard Museum tells the story of the American Indian Boarding School experience. Away From Home takes visitors on an immersive historical journey, spanning boarding schools across the country. It also hits close to home as alumni from Phoenix Indian School share their stories 60 F EEL-GOOD FASHION Fashion is about looking good – but at the same time, it can also be about “doing good.” Many designers lend their brand and fame to bring light to Valley philanthropic efforts, supporting causes from health to the arts. Guests enjoy the high-energy runway shows as designers reveal their latest collections

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n this Philanthropy issue, we highlight the significant work of the

Arizona Justice Project (p. 46). Innocence Projects came about in the late ’80s and early ’90s when DNA testing became available. An obvious application was using DNA evidence to exonerate someone who had been wrongly convicted. The Arizona Justice Project, founded in 1998 by Larry Hammond, was the fifth innocence organization in the U.S. Who is on the team and how they work make a fascinating read.

Kaitlin DiMaggio with other student interns at the Arizona Justice Project

Our arts focus is an exhibit at the Heard Museum. I’m embarrassed to say I had never thought about where Indian School Road got its name until we delved into the Museum’s refreshed Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories. Living near the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, I had some vague notion the name came from a school on Native American land. Was I ever wrong. The history of the Indian boarding schools is not only an Arizona story but also a national story. Parts make us cringe; parts inspire. History, of course, is history. We can’t change it, but we can take from it what we will and move forward. That’s what so many who attended Phoenix Indian School, located on what is now the site of Steele Indian School Park, have done. Learn about the student experience, Phoenix Indian School alums and the Heard’s exhibit, p. 54. Finally, don’t neglect to check out “Look Good, Do Good,” p. 13. As it turns out, we can accomplish good things even while we’re shopping! Cindy Miller Managing Editor

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SAVOIR FAIRE New from the Old World: Paris-Milan Home. After 26 years’ experience in the world of high-end European furniture, Nathalie Chianura has opened the door to a 3,000-square-foot showroom in north Scottsdale. It is filled with contemporary designs from factories in France and Italy. In addition, she will feature new designers from the U.S. Paris (for her mother)-Milan (for her father) also offers a design studio not only to help with purchases but also to guide renovations with a collaboration of local stores and European resources for flooring, lighting and more.

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cottsdale Fashion Square will host the first permanent

location for Wonderspaces. The pop-up installation that debuted in San Diego in 2017 partners with artists from around the world to present a series of ticketed art shows, delivering artwork to new audiences. The Scottsdale location will offer three shows annually, starting this year. The exact dates have not been released. The location of the space in a retail environment is designed for easy accessibility for people to connect with art and with each other.



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Luncheon on March 26. Top Valley designers and design firms will create one-of-a-kind themed tables, and Second Bloom will be available for purchase and signing. 10 / The Red Book Magazine




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LOOK GOOD, DO GOOD From classic charm bracelets to fancy pens, shop for a cause that matters to you and give back

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LOOK GOOD, DO GOOD 1. Wood sign, $30,

50 percent of the proceeds of “Commit” go back to The Commit Campaign, an Arizona-based nonprofit that works to break the stigma associated with suicide by providing education and resources to schools and companies.



2. Charm necklace, $99,

$5 from each necklace will be donated to the Arizona Humane Society to improve the lives of animals by ending animal suffering, homelessness and needless euthanasia. 3. Fountain pen, $575, MONTBLANC

Every item purchased from the (Montblanc M)RED writing instrument collection will contribute €5 to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs, which helps prevent HIV-plus mothers from passing the virus to their babies. 4 . PURA VIDA coffee bag, $16.50, Press Coffee Roasters


$5 from each bag sold supports jaguar research efforts led by the Arizona Center for Nature Conservation/Phoenix Zoo and ProCAT, an international nongovernmental organization focused on wildlife and habitat conservation. 5. Knit scarf, $25,

Tito’s Handmade Vodka donates 100 percent of net proceeds from its web store to nonprofit organizations supporting animal welfare, cancer patients, environment preservation and more. 6. Coffee mug, $15,

20 percent of the profit is donated to animal rescue partners across the U.S. such as Almost There Foster Care, Memphis Pet’s Alive and Paw Promise Animal Rescue. In March, local rescue The Pet Knot will receive a donation. 7. Starry’s Haircut by Phoebe Fox, $16.99,

Mamafox Books donates 5 percent of the sales to Southwest Human Development, the Arizona’s largest nonprofit dedicated to early childhood development. 8. Charm bracelet, $52, Silver & Sage

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Arizona-based Colleen’s Dream Foundation to support its mission of funding early detection research for ovarian cancer. 9. CATSTUDIO pillow, $290, Cornelia Park

Net licensing revenue goes to the MWR for military morale, welfare and recreational programs for military families. 10. Charm bracelet, $25,

50 percent of all sales is donated to Arizona-based Mother’s Grace in celebration of its 10th Annual Mother’s Day Brunch. The nonprofit is dedicated to supporting mothers and children who have endured overwhelming life tragedies. 14 / The Red Book Magazine


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PHOENIX SYMPHONY GALA Phoenix Symphony supporters danced their way into 2019 at the Arizona Biltmore. More than 350 guests attended the Dec. 31 evening of festivities and music. Lucia Renshaw and Bruce Covill chaired the gala affair that honored Sharon Harper and Dr. Oliver “Ollie� Harper for their legacy of community stewardship and support for the Symphony. Revelers enjoyed live music by The JJs Band, dinner, a one-hour set performed by the orchestra and guest vocalists, dancing and a Champagne toast.

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SOCIET Y Nonprofit Fundraisers DEC. 2 HOLIDAY CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH & AUCTION Lost Our Home Pet Rescue More than 500 animal lovers gathered at the Arizona Grand Resort and Spa for the eighth annual event to raise funds for Lost Our Home Pet Rescue, a nonprofit no-kill shelter in Tempe that celebrated its 10th anniversary this year. The party kicked off the holiday season with Champagne and brunch, silent and live auctions with gifts for everyone’s holiday shopping list, inspiring stories and adoptable pets. Comedian Jill Kimmel emceed the event, which raised more than $250,000.


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SOCIET Y Nonprofit Fundraisers DEC. 8 ANNUAL FASHION SHOW LUNCHEON The Board of Visitors More than 1,000 guests turned out to cheer on the 2019 Flower Girls at the 65th Annual Fashion Show Luncheon at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn. In addition to the young women, grandchildren of Board of Visitors members and professional models strutted the runway in fashions from Dillard’s. Prue Brito and Amy Butler-Prechel co-chaired the event, with proceeds benefiting the community health-care needs of women, children and the elderly. In 2018, the organization donated $976,000 to 14 local charities.

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SOCIET Y Nonprofit Fundraisers JAN. 5 VIP RECEPTION: PHOTOGRAPHS BY BARRY M. GOLDWATER Barry & Peggy Goldwater Foundation Western Spirit: Scottsdale Museum of the West hosted an opening reception for its exhibition Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater: The Arizona Highways Collection on Jan. 5. More than 500 attended the event, which began outside the Museum with a presentation by the Goldwater family. Guests then viewed the curated selection of photos by the U.S. senator for Arizona, made possible through a collaboration of the Peggy and Barry Goldwater Foundation and Arizona Highways magazine. 1 2 3

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1. “The Shepherdesses” 1946. Two Navajo girls, Lillie and Ethel One Salt, pose with their flock in the snow. Photograph by Barry M. Goldwater 2. Western Spirit: Scottsdale Museum of the West 3. Guests enjoy photography collection 4. Ali Goldwater Ross 5. Al fresco presentation 6. Joanne Goldwater, Barry Goldwater Jr., Peggy Goldwater Clay and Mike Goldwater

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SOCIET Y Nonprofit Fundraisers JAN. 26 BARROW GRAND BALL Women’s Board of Barrow Neurological Foundation Barrow Grand Ball, hosted by the Women’s Board of the Barrow Neurological Foundation, netted more than $5.2 million for Barrow Neurological Institute. The black-tie evening at the Arizona Biltmore celebrated Barrow philanthropists. Dionne Najafi and Terry Roman co-chaired the event, with proceeds supporting the Barrow Innovation Center, created to educate budding doctors on how to solve problems they encounter as critical areas of Barrow research.

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BEST OF TWO WORLDS Modernity applied to tradition enhances both. Ali Goldwater Ross digitizes her grandfather’s black-and-white photography, and Gabriele Bertaccini recreates his childhood dining traditions with a contemporary twist.

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Ali Goldwater Ross is on a mission to restore her grandfather’s photographic vision – and in the process, expand how the world views Barry Goldwater Text by JIMMY MAGAHERN Photos courtesy BARRY AND PEGGY GOLDWATER FOUNDATION

there were a virtual reality attraction where visitors could get inside the head of a young Barry Goldwater and experience the storied stateman’s singular view of America through his own eyes – a kind of Being John Malkovich portal putting visitors smack-dab behind those iconic black-rimmed glasses for a few moments – you can bet that right about now, people would be lined up around the block. Soul-searching GOP devotees, in particular, longing to glimpse America again through the eyes of the five-term U.S. senator for Arizona widely regarded today as the father of American conservatism, would no doubt pay gladly for access to that rarefied vantage point. That’s essentially what visitors are promised at the Photographs by Barry M. Goldwater exhibit at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West. Alison “Ali” Goldwater Ross, Barry’s granddaughter, teamed up with Arizona Highways to digitize more than 15,000 photos taken by the politician, a gifted photographer (even if lens legend Ansel Adams would only call him “a fine and eager amateur”). A curated selection of the artfully restored images is on display through June 23. “It’s about his vision, his love for Arizona,” Ross says. “I was motivated to fulfill what my grandfather set out to do when he was roaming around the state of Arizona, hiking and taking these amazing photographs.” Those hoping for a conservative epiphany, however, may instead come away with a strange urge to join the Sierra Club and stand with Standing Rock. Goldwater the photographer found his muse in the fragile

“Portrait of the Artist as a Married Man,” circa 1935, photographed by Peggy Goldwater at Coal Mine Canyon between Tuba City and Third Mesa

majesty of Arizona’s wilderness and, most poignantly, in the beauty and dignity of its indigenous people. The senator who voted down the Clean Water Act and voted to dam the March 2019 / 37

Mike, Joanne, Peggy and Barry Goldwater Jr. at Goldwater Dept. Store Farm in south Phoenix, where vegetables, poultry and meat were produced for store employees

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Ali Goldwater Ross, founder and director of the Barry and Peggy Goldwater Foundation

Colorado River was, behind the lens – and, Ali

funds for the project – which involved partnering

says, in his heart – an environmentalist, and a

with the University of Arizona Center for Creative

staunch ally of Arizona’s Native American tribes.

Photography, the Heard Museum in Phoenix and

“He was a conservationist,” says the

the Hayden Library in Tempe, where archives of

granddaughter, who founded and directs the

the photo collection are spread out – was made

Barry and Peggy Goldwater Foundation. “There is

easier thanks to the lasting political influence of

a whole side of Barry, and Peggy, that people have

the Goldwater name. Much of the funding was

no idea about.”

supplied by Salt River Project, whose progress in

That side is best reflected in the trusting,

the 1960s was aided by Goldwater’s lobbying.

friendly faces of the old Navajo chiefs and little

“I remember something my grandfather told me

Hopi girls Goldwater photographed along treks

when I was around 18 or 19. He said, ‘Alison, never

to his Rainbow Lodge and Trading Post at

be afraid to ask somebody for a favor, because I’ve

Willow Springs. “He spent a lot of time building

done a lot of favors for people.’ And it’s turned out

relationships with these people,” Ross says.

to be true. People are happy to honor him.”

“When he would take a photograph of anyone, he

For Ross, the exhibit is an opportunity to

would always go home to his darkroom, develop it

show the world the artistic side of her celebrated

and bring it back so they could see it first.”

grandfather, whom she says seldom took the family

Ross insists the exhibit has nothing to do with her grandfather’s politics, which, truth to tell, she never much aligned with. But she admits raising

on trips without his trusty Nikon strapped around his neck. “That was just part of his regular attire.” Some of Goldwater’s love of photography March 2019 / 39

“Big Country,” circa 1953, photographed by Barry M. Goldwater between the towns of McNary and Springerville in the White Mountain area. In the distance is an extinct volcanic cone

passed on to his descendants: Ross’s cousin

and Arizona State University, restoring 3,000 feet

Anna Goldwater Alexander is now director of

of film Goldwater shot on a 1940 Colorado River

photography for WIRED, and her 16-year-old

journey and exploring the possibilities of taking

daughter, Esme, last March completed her own

the photo exhibit on a nationwide tour.

photo project – joining protesters in Atlanta to

“Because of who he was, he had access to people

document that city’s March for Our Lives against

and places in Arizona that many people didn’t,” she

gun violence.

says. “Plus, he knew the state was growing, and he

Ross, too, is now thoroughly consumed by the photographic arts. She is overseeing the continued

understood the importance of capturing the history. “He knew what was happening,” she adds. “And I

digitization of her grandfather’s photos, negatives

feel it’s my mission now to save these images

and slides at the Heard, the University of Arizona

before they disappear.” ❖

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Your Place or His? To Gabriele Bertacinni, good food, wine and friends make the perfect blend Text by KAREN FERNAU ❖ Photos by TINA CELLE

s an Italian chef, Gabriele Bertaccini knows the value of a loaf of bread goes a good way beyond taste and texture. “It’s not the bread at the table that matters, but rather the hands that break it,” he says. “Gathering at the table is more about the experience than just the food. Meals are about making memories.” Bertaccini, who goes by Gabe, proves this to be true in the hundreds of dinners he hosts as executive chef of Il Tocco Food, a culinary experience company in Phoenix, Los Angeles, London and Florence, Italy. A native of Tuscany who graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s in journalism, he launched II Tocco and Culinary Mischief, a pop-up dinner company, nine years ago to recreate his childhood dining traditions. To Bertaccini, being a chef is as much about dream making as boiling the perfect pasta al dente. His meals are anti-restaurant. “You won’t have the wait staff interrupting you every 10 minutes. You won’t feel rushed. My meals are nothing like a white-tablecloth, $110-steak experience. We have no menus and no tired choices.” As proof, he and his staff of five chefs have never, repeat never, cooked the same meal twice. This is likely one of the reasons Il Tocco was named in 2016 by Food & Wine Magazine one of the top culinary event companies in the U.S. The thoughtful, soft-spoken chef calls their meals a “360-degree experience” for their focus on conversations, strangers becoming friends, families celebrating birthdays, flowers, candles and wine. Bertaccini typically cooks for parties of eight to 32 in The Chef’s Den, a three-story, hipmeets-classic townhouse in central Phoenix, or in homes here and abroad. First, he creates each menu using ingredients his purveyors, from local farmers to artisan food makers, deliver to his kitchen. Instead of ordering, he simply asks for whatever is freshest. “A chef,” he says, “cannot do better than nature.” March 2019 / 43

PERSONALITY The ingredients are pristine; the preparation, simple. Dishes are prepared with five or fewer ingredients. The dream maker sits with his staff, thumbing through his extensive library of Mediterranean-inspired cookbooks, and devises the night’s multi-course meal and accompanying wine pairings. “I grew up on wild meats, fish, produce from the farmers – basically poor man’s food. Cooks in Tuscany don’t overthink their food. It’s not neurosurgery, but rather learning to bring out the best in each ingredient,” he explains. Bertaccini’s dining experiences also include teaching guests, many who watch him cook in his open galley kitchen, about the origin of the dishes and the importance of taste and smell in cooking. ll Tocco combines culinary improvisation with a few essential rules: No cellphones or leaving the table early. Some rules are whimsical: The chef is always right. If you don’t like the food, drink more wine. By today’s measurements, the 33-year-old chef achieved success young. In Italian years, he’s middle-aged. Bertaccini, who began cooking as a child, was 13 when he enrolled at the Istituto Professionale Buontalenti per Servizi Alberghieri in Florence to study regional Italian cuisine. In school he came to understand that cooking is an act of intimacy. What better way to say you care? Jeff Ficker, a marketing and advertising executive, agrees. To him, Bertaccini’s dinners are a “perfect mix of exceptional food and wonderful people. He’s a thoughtful and meticulous host, but most of all, he is an incredible chef.” Ficker, who often dreams of the chef’s cauliflower soup, appreciates that each dinner blends the classic with the contemporary. “Some of the dishes are what you would expect,” he says, “and then there are the surprises.” Il Tocco, built exclusively on word of mouth, now cooks as many as 18 meals a month. Every year, he hosts four weddings. The pace can be exhausting, so he escapes “always being on” by traveling alone. “It’s my way of relaxing and you can’t be a good chef unless you experience the world.” Bertacinni also celebrated his last birthday at home alone with pasta in a sauce of olive oil, chile peppers, Parmesan and Pecorino. To the chef who once cooked at the James Beard House in New York City, it’s a dish as comforting as a warm blanket on a chilly evening. “I guess even when I’m by myself,” he admits, “the food is as much about the experience as the flavors.” ❖

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Kelly Dodd, Arizona Justice Project paralegal; Lindsay Herf; Christina Howden, ASU law student and student representative on the Arizona Justice Project Board of Directors; and Megan Ealick in the Beus Center for Law & Society

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Rebalancing the Scales of Justice Arizona Justice Project – 20 years, 24 people . . .



ore than two centuries ago, English jurist William Blackstone opined that it is better to have 10 guilty people go free than to have one innocent suffer. Yet people still get convicted of crimes they didn’t commit – a hardship that’s even more acute for prisoners who are indigent, have exhausted their appeals, and can no longer access a lawyer at public expense. The nonprofit Arizona Justice Project was founded in 1998 by Larry Hammond, a partner in the Osborn Maledon law firm, with the support of colleagues from Arizona Attorneys for Criminal Justice. It became the fifth innocence organization in the U.S., focused on identifying and exonerating the innocent, and it remains among the few in the country that also handle

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April Fischer, Donna Hayles, Paul Davis, Raya Gardner, Kelly Brill and Hector Zurita-Cruz, ASU law and social work students

manifest injustice (a.k.a., excessive sentencing) cases. Today,

and you need a good lawyer doing a lot of homework to

56 U.S. and 13 international organizations participate in the

overcome that presumption.”

Innocence Network, formed in 2005. The Arizona Justice Project has helped to free 24 people

“We see a variety of factors time and again that lead to wrongful convictions,” says Lindsay Herf, executive

since its founding and has represented dozens more in

director of the Arizona Justice Project. “We’ve had cases

post-conviction relief or clemency proceedings. “Getting

where DNA evidence has proven that the eyewitness

back into court and correcting an injustice is extremely

identification was incorrect, and others where the defense

difficult,” says Hammond, a former U.S. Supreme Court

counsel didn’t investigate or take steps prior to trial that

clerk and assistant Watergate special prosecutor. “Each

might have saved their client.” Herf reels off a list of other

of these cases comes with a stamp on it that says ‘Guilty,’

common issues that can put a thumb on the scales of

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MAKING TIME COUNT In 2002, Drayton Witt was convicted of second-degree murder after being accused of shaking his nearly 5-month-old baby to death in 2000. Although Steven Witt had been born a “blue baby,” with the umbilical cord around his neck, and suffered numerous medical issues, the state of Arizona’s expert witnesses testified that so-called shaken baby syndrome – rather than a catastrophic seizure – caused the infant’s death. Witt maintained his innocence, refused a plea bargain and began a 20-year prison term. “My mom originally got me the address for the Arizona Justice Project, and I just kept writing them,” Witt says. His luck changed in 2009, when former executive director Carrie Sperling talked with him and decided the team should take on his case. With testimony from eight medical experts that Steven’s medical issues had been the most likely cause of death, the Arizona Justice Project petitioned the court to overturn the conviction. Witt’s charges were dismissed with prejudice in 2012. After release, Witt returned to life with his wife Maria, who

Drayton and Maria Witt with their daughter, Eli Mae Justice Witt

stood by him throughout the ordeal. “I don’t know what else to say – she’s my soulmate,” he says. “The first part of our relationship was tested with about the worst possible thing that you can throw at a couple.” justice, from prosecutorial misconduct and flawed forensics to false confessions and jail informant testimonies.

After a year of working at a trailer park, Witt started Holeshot Painting, a house-painting company, with his brother-in-law. More importantly, five years ago the Witts had a baby daughter, and in

STEPPING TOWARD FREEDOM For the 400 or so people who contact the Arizona Justice Project annually, the process starts much as it did in 1998: a handwritten letter from an inmate, followed by a questionnaire to get more information. “If the person no

fall 2018, they had a son. Photos of the family are posted wall-towall in Larry Hammond’s office. Witt has gotten over his anger about his treatment by the state, but believes deeply that reforms are needed. “Unfortunately, I had

longer has a right to counsel, but has a claim of wrongful

to create a family and start over 12 years later than I should have,”

conviction or manifest injustice in sentencing, we’ll begin

Witt says. “So I’ve got to pack a lot into little bit of time.” March 2019 / 49

FUNDING THE FUTURE Early on, the Arizona Justice Project largely depended on volunteer efforts and contributions from a few wealthy donors. Federal grants in 2008 and 2015 from the National Institute of Justice gave a boost for joint efforts with the Attorney General’s Office, the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission, and the ASU and UofA law schools to review DNA cases. And in March 2018, the project was selected for an NIJ-funded statewide task force to review hairmicroscopy cases. The project has expanded its donor base through an annual One Injustice Is One Too Many fundraiser, community educational events and its website, “Funding is always a challenge, and we still very much need our major donors, but we’ve come a long way thanks to the growth and diversity of our board and outreach to the community,” Hammond says.

the process of resurrecting the case file,” Herf says. This includes pulling together records of everything that happened in the case, such as initial police reports, physical evidence sent to a crime lab, and witness and expert testimonies. “It’s essential that there’s new evidence or uncovering of some kind of misconduct,” Herf says. “We have about 30 cases right now in this process of dissecting the facts, determining the legal arguments and bringing in experts.” The next step occurs at the county, state or federal trial court level: requesting an evidentiary hearing from the judge. “It’s up to the court to decide whether to overturn a conviction,” Herf says. “If we lose, we might appeal, and if we win, the state might appeal. So it can be a long process.” In some cases, the only route is through a commutation at the Board of Executive Clemency. Housed in the Beus Center for Law & Society in downtown Phoenix, the Arizona Justice Project’s resources have expanded considerably since 2008. A staff of three has grown to six, supplemented by a half-dozen interns and investigators. Beyond Osborn Maledon, several additional large law firms contribute 50 / The Red Book Magazine

Tim Agan, strategic legal counsel; Larry Hammond, founder; Lindsay Herf, executive director; Katie Puzauskas, attorney; Joey Dormady, attorney; Megan Ealick, Arizona Justice Project development and communications manager

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Lindsay Herf, executive director

on a pro bono basis. Key collaborations include the Post-

funding, indigent defendants’ rights to experts, and

Conviction Clinic at Arizona State University (run by

curtailing of sentencing abuses. Moreover, Arizona doesn’t

Katherine Puzauskas, former director of the Arizona

have an expungement statute and remains one of 17 states

Justice Project) and the Wrongful Conviction Clinic at

without legislation to compensate the wrongly convicted.

the University of Arizona, which provide the assistance of

Undaunted, Hammond focuses on the project’s

law students, professors, and forensics and DNA experts.

achievements and its future. “I’m gratified by how much

A recent partnership with the ASU School of Social Work

support we’ve had from individual law school professors at

helps freed clients – who’ve got nothing but a Department

ASU and UofA, because now it’s part of the fabric,” he says.

of Corrections ID and a set of prison blues – with

“It makes me hopeful that younger people in prosecuting

employment, housing, health care and counseling.

agencies have grown up in law schools with Innocence Projects. They understand that mistakes can happen. And


on a personal level, of all the cases that will live with me until

There are numerous reforms Hammond would like to see

I pass away, the most gratifying have been the things that we

in the criminal justice system, including public defender

did because they had to be done.” ❖

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unning through the heart of the Valley, Indian School Road is a part of Phoenicians’ everyday vocabulary. The history of the institution it’s named after,

however, is not necessarily familiar. Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories, the updated installation of the long-running boarding school exhibition at the Heard Museum, seeks to deliver new awareness about a challenging chapter in U.S. and Native American history. Founded in 1879 by Civil War Lieutenant Richard Henry Pratt, Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania was the country’s first Indian boarding school. Phoenix Indian School opened in 1891, and by the turn of the century, the Bureau of Indian Affairs had created 25 such institutions across the U.S. With a model based on military drills and discipline, the early years at the off-reservation, government-run schools were often brutal, with children as young as 5 taken from their parents to assimilate them into mainstream American culture and teach them trades. In 1928, the Meriam Report, commissioned by the Institute for Government Research, sparked a wave of reforms, with further positive changes occurring through subsequent decades. Ultimately, tribes began building schools on their reservations, rendering the boarding school

Children at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School. The students wore uniforms from the earliest years until the 1930s

model all but obsolete. In 2000, the Heard Museum opened Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience as a way of bringing their history to a wider audience. It’s a testimony to its impact that the exhibit endured till October of last year, far

Text by JAKE POINIER ❖ Photos courtesy HEARD MUSEUM

Heard Museum’s new Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories offers an immersive historical experience

beyond the initially planned five-year run. “For a lot of non-Native people, it was a hidden history, one they weren’t aware of,” says curator Janet Cantley. “For Native people, it resonated with a lot of their own family stories, so we kept it up. But after 18 years, it was definitely showing some wear and tear and needed an update.”

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Many Indian Schools had cemeteries, like this one at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Native Americans contracted tuberculosis at a rate four to 10 times that of the rest of the population. Children who perished – whatever the cause – were often not returned to their families, who might not learn they had died until after they were buried

AN IMMERSIVE JOURNEY The new exhibition debuted in January, but planning began in 2015, with grant support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and an anonymous donor for travel, research and implementation. (Recently, the NEH announced that a traveling version of Away From Home will be among its six on-the-road exhibits next year.) Away From Home delivers an immersive historical journey in a 4,000-square-foot space. “We wanted to replicate some of the student experiences, starting with voices in unfamiliar languages and a cacophony of the sounds of transportation,” Cantley says. “As you come around the curve, you’re confronted with the sound of clippers and a barber chair, representing the cutting of hair that occurred almost immediately before outfitting the children in uniforms and taking away their familiar clothing and possessions. Everything was about erasing the traditional culture and language from these children and replacing it with mainstream culture and philosophies.” The challenges of contagion, poor sanitary conditions and poor diet are presented unflinchingly, accompanied by medical tools from the era and photographs from on-campus cemeteries. The exhibition includes colonial-style classrooms that represent the teaching tools used at the time – completely foreign to the educational system that would have been familiar to Native youth.

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Even before they were issued their uniforms, new students immediately had their hair cut

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“We also thought the exhibit needed to tell the current story of education and how the Meriam Report was a watershed for starting reforms,” Cantley says. “Then in the 1960s and ’70s, pieces of legislation allowed for self-determination, and the civil rights movement and advocacy groups pushed for involvement from the tribal groups for curricula, teachers and training. This was the turning point for Native control of education.” Interactive stations enable museumgoers to view a timeline of changing legislation, maps and scrapbook-style images of the schools. Although many of the collection’s photographs, trophies, letter jackets and other artifacts are from Phoenix Indian School, ABOVE: “Phoenix Indian School Students on Parade,” 1929. Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives, Heard Museum; BELOW: First-grade students at Phoenix Indian School in 1951. A transparent decal of this photo on the glass entry wall greets guests to the Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center

the exhibit spans boarding schools across the country. Notable donations include works of art from Santa Fe Indian School’s renowned Studio and the Albuquerque Indian School of Art. A section on contemporary art reflects on the boarding school experience through the work of Fritz Scholder and Susan Hudson. “That’s an important part of moving forward, looking at the legacy and the need to heal,” Cantley says. Another key piece of the new storytelling is through filmed interviews with administrators, teachers and alumni talking about their experiences. “Even though many of the changes were slow, there were definitely positive aspects, such as skills that served people well later in life,” says Cantley, who notes that the exhibition will be augmented by films, a lecture series and an online high-school-level curriculum developed by the museum’s education department. “There are so many stories, and they’re as complex as the students who attended the schools.” ❖

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Patty Talahongva, photographed in the newly opened Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center

VOICE OF EXPERIENCE Among those whose stories are told in the new exhibit is Patty Talahongva, a journalist, the curator of Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center and a member of the Heard Museum’s advisory committee. She attended Phoenix Indian School as a junior in high school in 1978. “The Hopi tribe did not have a high school on our reservation, so many of my family members had gone there or were there at the time, including my younger sister,” she says. “Going away from home forces you to grow up.” Opportunities that shaped Talahongva’s career PHOTO COURTESY J. ANDREW DARLING

path included a stint as the school’s correspondent for the Phoenix Gazette, assisting at the VA Hospital and participating in the Upward Bound college prep program. Working at Channel 3 in 1990, she produced the story about the last graduating class at Phoenix Indian School. The visitor center, which opened in 2017, operates as a community development project by Native American Connections within the city-owned Steele Indian School Park. As curator, Talahongva provides tours of the historic A student painting by Angel de Cora depicts an older student comforting a new arrival. The painting was created for The Middle Five: Indian Boys at School (1900), a book by Francis La Flesche, the first professional Native American ethnologist

building’s gallery and hosts special events, Native American graduations and educational workshops for teachers. Most of all, though, her passion is telling the school’s story from firsthand experience. “When I came here, it was a very different school. Everyone was speaking their own languages, and there was a lot of expression of culture,” Talahongva says. “You have the past and the devastation we’re still dealing with today, but I talk a lot about the resiliency of the kids. They made it. Despite everything, they became war heroes, or went on to college and became tribal leaders, teachers and members of many other professions.” March 2019 / 59

Holiday Prelude XXXIII Dec. 7, 2018, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Benefiting Phoenix Youth Symphony and Phoenix Theatre Guild On the runway: Escada pre-spring 2019 collection, available at the Escada boutique, Scottsdale Fashion Square


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ashion is about looking good — but it can also be about “doing good.” Meaningful design can help make a difference, and numerous charitable initiatives, such as the Brophy Financial Aid Fund, use fashion as a vehicle to raise funds. Designers’ desire to support the community is not rare, especially in Phoenix. Many red-carpet designers lend their brand and fame to bring light to philanthropic efforts in the Valley. Luxury fashion house Escada graced the crowd with a romantic

runway show at Holiday Prelude XXXIII this past December. The German label presented its pre-spring 2019 collection in front of the supporters of Phoenix Youth Symphony and Phoenix Theatre Guild. This season, designer Niall Sloan explored the concept of romantic escapism with blooms in a spring garden and collaborated with Canadian illustrator Laura Gulshani. The art of Henri Matisse, his use of bold colors and one of his favorite subjects – flowers – inspired the hand-painted floral prints by Gulshani. Designer Zang Toi delighted attendees with a special appearance at the 20th annual Key to the Cure at Saks Fifth Avenue in October. His spring 2019 collection “Vive le Yves” adorned the runway with rich hues of green and blue, and iconic graphic patterns. “This collection is a fan letter to my favorite designer, the late Yves Saint Laurent,” Toi says. A trip to Marrakech with the particular goal of visiting Saint Laurent’s favorite place was the catalyst for his lineup. While sketching the collection in Morocco, Toi decided to incorporate Majorelle blue, lush green and Mondrian patterns. The breakfast event benefited Translational Genomics Research Institute in its research to find cures for women’s cancers and other diseases. Guests of the 59th Annual Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon in September enjoyed a fashion show featuring Oscar de la Renta’s resort 2019 collection, presented by Neiman Marcus. Bright red, floral embroidery and polka dots stole the spotlight. Phoenix Heart Ball was one of the few organizations across the country to preview the collection in a fashionshow format. The high-energy event benefited the American Heart Association. March 2019 / 61



20th Annual Key to the Cure Oct. 5, 2018, Saks Fifth Avenue, Biltmore Fashion Park Benefiting Translational Genomics Research Institute On the runway: Zang Toi spring 2019 “Vive le Yves” collection, presented by Saks Fifth Avenue

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59th Annual Heart Ball Addressing Luncheon Sept. 17, 2018, Mountain Shadows Benefiting American Heart Association On the runway: Oscar de la Renta resort 2019 collection, presented by Neiman Marcus

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Nov. 9, 2018, JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa Benefiting Brophy College Preparatory On the runway: Fashion show featuring “Art in Fashion,” presented by Neiman Marcus

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EMBRACE HOPE AND HONOR THE PAST Amnon Weinstein, an Israeli violin maker and repairer, devoted the past 20 years to locating and restoring the violins of the Holocaust as a tribute to those who were lost, calling them the Violins of Hope. These violins are now showcased throughout this special series of concerts, lectures, book talks and more.


Violins of Hope Through March 24 Various locations around the Valley

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WATCH A LIVE SHOW IN A UNIQUE VENUE Shakespeare meets Frank Lloyd Wright at this event, where an adaption of eight of Shakespeare’s history plays leads to an evening of thrilling theatrical battle, played out at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West. The Southwest Shakespeare Company brings new life to the tale of civil war between the houses of Lancaster and York as they vie for the English throne. Southwest Shakespeare Presents: “Death of Kings, Seize the Crown” March 22 - 30 Taliesin West

VIEW A RETROSPECTIVE OF WORKS BY ARTIST PAUL CALLE In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong’s first step on the moon, this exhibit celebrates NASA and Western artist Paul Calle (1928 - 2010). Calle was known for his paintings and drawings of the historic American West, featuring mountain men and Native Americans; his paintings and sketches of famous people; as well as his NASA artwork and postage stamp designs, including the iconic 1969 “First Man on the Moon” artwork and stamp. This retrospective includes a range of his works. Through Oct. 20 Paul Calle’s Life of Exploration: From the Mountains to the Moon Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West

Agnes Pelton, “Ascent (aka Liberation),” 1946. Oil on canvas. Courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery LLC, New York NY

Paul Calle (1928 – 2010), “Neil Armstrong Suiting Up,” 1969, pen and ink; The Chris Calle Collection

CELEBRATE AN ARTIST’S CONTRIBUTION TO AMERICAN MODERNISM Agnes Pelton (1881 - 1961) may not be a household name, but as this exhibit showcases, she was influential in the art world, known for her abstract studies of things such as earth and light, and atmospheric horizon lines. Agnes Pelton: Desert Transcendentalist Opens March 9 Phoenix Art Museum For more cultural events, visit

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CULTURE Kota Ezawa, The Simpson Verdict (still), 2002

GET LOST IN TIME In honor of its 20th anniversary – and as a nod to the movie theater the space previously housed – Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art presents this exhibition that samples the last 20 years of video art. Now Playing: Video 1999 - 2019 Through April 28 Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art



From Shakespeare’s works to multiple retrospectives, March offers an exciting selection of cultural experiences Text by MICHELLE GLICKSMAN ❖ Photos courtesy ORGANIZATIONS

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EXPLORE THE NEXT INSTALLMENT OF A POPULAR EXHIBIT The updated installation of the popular and long-running Remembering Our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience is now open. It examines the period of time beginning in the 1870s, when the U.S. government tried to assimilate American Indians into “civilized society” by placing them in boarding schools. Away From Home: American Indian Boarding School Stories Ongoing Heard Museum

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Phoenix Indian School Visitors Center, formerly the Phoenix Indian School grammar school building

A LASTING LEGACY tudents from Phoenix Indian School contributed

during World War I. Three tribes in Arizona had Code

to the city, territory and eventually the state and

Talkers who served in WWII. The most famous veteran

country in various ways. Since the boys were taught

from P.I. is Ira Hayes, a Marine who helped raise the flag

trades, including brick-laying and carpentry, they helped build the three historic buildings – the dining hall in

at Iwo Jima. Another noteworthy student is Russell Moore, who

1902, Memorial Hall in 1922 and the grammar school in

learned to play the trumpet at P.I. and became a world-class

1931 – that have been preserved in Steele Indian School

musician, playing alongside greats such as Louis Armstrong.

Park. The marching band from P.I. played when Arizona

When the school closed in 1990, the city acquired much

became a state in 1912 and also led the parade when Arizona

of the land and turned it into Steele Indian School Park,

celebrated 50 years of statehood.

renovating Memorial Hall at that time. Nearly 30 years

Memorial Hall was built to honor the 62 boys from

later, Native American Connections and Phoenix Indian

P.I. who served in WWI, even though they were not

Center renovated the former grammar school, creating the

U.S. citizens. While the students from various tribes

Phoenix Indian School Visitor Center. It opened in October

learned English, they didn’t completely comply with the

2017 and today boasts a gallery that tells the history of the

school’s English-only mandate, continuing to speak their

school. It also provides rental space for events. You can

traditional languages. The situation benefited the U.S.

follow its Facebook page for listings of upcoming public

when the Choctaws first created a code in their language

events. – Text and photo by Patty Talahongva

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