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The Lehendakari announces that ETB, Basque television, will be coming to the U.S.

2010 July 30

A meeting with the Basque diaspora provided the setting for this announcement and the bestowal of the Lan Onari distinction on Patty Miller

"Basque, news relating to the Basque Country, its fiestas, cultural activities, the pulse and the life of the Basque Country will be present here." In this manner, the Lehendakari spoke to the hundreds of Basques attending the reception organized by the Basque Government in The Grove Hotel in Boise, The Basque Government and ETB are about to finalize an agreement that will allow Basques on the other side of the Atlantic to watch ETB in their homes. During the same event, the Lehendakari bestowed the Lan Onari distinction on Patty Millar, director of The Basque Museum and Cultural Institute of Boise (Idaho), who was acknowledged for her human qualities and professional career, characterized by "her spirit of initiative, perseverance and dedication to others in the field of culture."

The Lehendakari, Patxi López, has announced that ETB's international television channel will be available for viewing in the U.S.A. in the near future. Moreover, he made this announcement before the very people who have demonstrated the greatest interest in achieving this objective in recent years: Basques living in the U.S. During yesterday's official reception organised by the Basque Government in The Grove Hotel in Boise, López announced that an agreement with the Basque Public Television and Radio Broadcaster will enable ETB to cross the Atlantic and commence broadcasting in the states of Idaho, Nevada and California, the areas that concentrate the highest number of Basque residents in North America. "A historic achievement, fruit of the determination to disseminate the Basque reality throughout the world," he stated.

The official delegation of the Basque Government has offered a reception attended by Basques residing in Boise, a city that is currently celebrating its Jaialdi. Hundreds of people packed into the main hall of The Hotel Grove to pay homage to Patty Millar, director of The Basque Museum and Cultural Institute of Boise (Idaho), who was acknowledged for her human qualities and professional career, characterised by "her spirit of initiative, perseverance and dedication to others in the field of culture." During the act, various styles of Basque dancing were performed by Bihotzetik and Oinkari Danza taldea, both from Boise. The act was brought to a close with a performance by Ainhoa Arbeas.

During his intervention, the Lehendakari, who praised the capacity of Basque Americans to combine two cultures and identities that differed from one another to such an extent, recognised that the Basques "are permanently indebted to those who, from a distance, take pains to maintain the flame that, from various points in the world, illuminates the Basques." One of these debts will be settled in the near future as a result of the agreement between the Basque Government and ETB, which will enable the Basque Public Television to broadcast in the U.S.A. "Basque, news relating to the Basque Country, its fiestas, cultural activities, the pulse and the life of the Basque Country will be present here and in many other places, because we wish to make this vital effort to maintain the bonds that exist between all Basques, irrespective of their particular citizenship, the languages they speak or the place where they were born and lead their lives," he affirmed.

This announcement, which received a long ovation, was made shortly after the main event of the reception organised yesterday by the official delegation of the Basque Executive visiting the U.S.A. for the Basque diaspora in North America: The bestowal of the Lan Onari distinction on Patty Millar, director of The Basque Museum and Cultural Institute of Boise (Idaho), who was acknowledged for her human qualities and professional career, characterised by "her spirit of initiative, perseverance and dedication to others in the field of culture." "A tireless worker, based in the Basque Museum she has managed to bring the Basque American consciousness to the fore via an endless series of initiatives," stated the Lehendakari.

A web site for the diaspora

The second announcement made by the Lehendakari involves the Internet, where 130 magazines and 200,000 pages of publications issued by various Basque collectives in the U.S. from 1878 onwards will be available for viewing. The Web site of the Basque associations, the euskal etxeak, houses an extensive collection of historical publications relating to the presence of the Basques in America.

 

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