Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Howka sisters and brothers... we are getting closer to opening day. If all goes well I would like to see it open by Jan. 25th.2009 In the meantime I would like to provide some links for our tribal members that are artists.

The following Web links are not an exhaustive list of all the foundations and corporate grantmakers online. Instead, the focus is on providing a list of Web sites that reflect the major grant makers to the arts and culture as identified by The Foundation Center. For a more comprehensive look at the world of philanthropy, use the general information Web links below, especially The Foundation Center.


General Information on Foundations
Arts and Business Council: An organization devoted to "keeping the arts in business" by promoting mutually beneficial partnerships between corporations and nonprofit arts groups. Through its local and national programs the council brings expertise, resources and leadership talent from the business world to the arts community.

Business Committee for the Arts: Founded by David Rockefeller, a national not-for-profit that brings business and the arts together. It provides businesses of all sizes with the services and resources necessary to develop and advance partnerships with the arts that benefit business, the arts and the community.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy: The Web edition of the national biweekly newspaper of the nonprofit world provides highlights of the latest developments in philanthropy, nonprofit management, fundraising and listings for workshops, seminars and conferences.

Council on Foundations: This association of foundations and corporations also has a directory of Web links to its member foundations, as well as other resources.

The Foundation Center: A comprehensive site of Web links and information about grantmakers. The Foundation Center provides extensive information on grantmakers through its directories and publications, and it also provides assistance, all of which can be obtained through this site.

Grantmakers in the Arts: A nonprofit membership organization that focuses on philanthropy in the arts and culture. It is comprised of private foundations, family foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations, corporate giving programs and nonprofit organizations that make arts grants.

Grantsmart Center: An informational and interactive resource center for and about the nonprofit community. It includes data about private foundation activities that may be of interest to grantseekers, philanthropic organizations, and individual donors.

Independent Sector: This national organization provides information on issues and news affecting the nonprofit sector, focusing in particular on the areas of philanthropy and volunteerism.

NonProfit Times: This national newspaper is the leading business publication for nonprofit management.

Philanthropy News Network Online: The only daily online news service reporting on nonprofits, it provides coverage of foundation and corporate giving. Includes links to nonprofits and philanthropy organizations nationwide.

Private Foundations on the Web
Nathan Cummings Foundation
Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
The Ford Foundation
The Heinz Endowments
The J. Paul Getty Trust
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Pew Charitable Trusts
Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Rockefeller Foundation
Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation
The Wallace Foundation

Corporate Grant Makers on the Web
Altria Group, Inc.
American Express Company
AT&T Foundation
Bank of America Foundation
The Coca-Cola Company
GE Fund
IBM Corporation
MetLife Foundation
SBC Foundation
Verizon Foundation

Thursday, December 18, 2008


PBS KIDS Island Receives Accolades

On Oct. 15 PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) launched PBS KIDS Island,( http://pbskids.org/read/ )the centerpiece of the new PBS KIDS Raising Readers Web site, which provides free reading games and activities for children, parents, caregivers and teachers to use at home or in the classroom.

PBS KIDS Island gives children the tools to build an online island by playing reading games with PBS KIDS characters from SUPER WHY, WORDWORLD, BETWEEN THE LIONS and SESAME STREET. The site, built on a literacy framework, guides children as they build seven core reading skills, from phonological awareness to letter sequencing and vocabulary. The site offers a progress tracker to assist teachers as they cultivate their students' learning, and enables teachers to chart progress for an entire classroom with detailed reports on each child's needs and successes.

Since its launch, PBS KIDS Island has been selected as an Editor's Choice Award from Children's Technology Review, an honor reserved for the highest quality interactive media products. Well known parent blogger, Tech Savvy Mama, also raves "This site is not only a great learning tool, but also an incredible parent resource!"

PBS KIDS Raising Readers and PBS KIDS Island is funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Ready to Learn grant.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008


Howka brothers and sisters, I thought I would post some websites that offer some California Indian languages as well as language resources.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008


Howka sisters and brothers, Since diabetes is such an issue with our people I thought I would share this great site. http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com
The website offers many resources and tools to help our people maintain their diabetes in a healthy manner. Some of the things the website offers are : Alternative Medicine/ Complementary Therapies
Blood Glucose Monitoring
Dental Health
Diabetes Basics
Diabetes Definitions
Diabetic Complications
Emotional Health
Eyes & Vision
Foot Care
General Diabetes & Health Issues
Heart Health
High Blood Glucose
Kids & Diabetes
Low Blood Glucose
Money Matters
Nutrition & Meal Planning
Oral Medicines
Sexual Health
Weight Loss
Women's Health

Monday, December 8, 2008


Toshiba/NSTA: ExploraVision AwardsAll inventions and innovations result from creative thinking and problem solving. The Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Awards Program encourages kids to create and explore a vision of future technology by combining their imaginations with the tools of science. Maximum award: U.S. EE Savings Bond worth $10,000 at maturity for each student. Eligibility: U.S. or Canadian citizens or legal residents, living within the United States, U.S. Territories or Canada who are full-time students grades K-12 attending a public, private, or home school. Deadline: January 28, 2009.http://www.exploravision.org/about/Coming Up Taller AwardsThe Presidents Committee on the Arts and the Humanities: Coming Up Taller Awards recognize and reward outstanding after-school and out-of-school arts and humanities programs for underserved children and youth. Maximum Award: $10,000. Eligibility: programs initiated by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations, universities, colleges, arts centers, community service organizations, schools, businesses, and eligible government entities. Deadline: January 30, 2009.
http://www.pcah.gov/cut.htmHeinz: Ketchup Creativity ContestThe H.J. Heinz Co. is sponsoring a contest for young artists, in which winners designs will be on single-serving Heinz Ketchup packets for 2009. Maximum award $1,000 award for art supplies, $1,000 worth of Heinz Ketchup, and the winners art framed for display. Eligibility: students grades 1-12. Deadline: February 28, 2009.
http://www.ketchupcreativity.com/National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board/USA TODAY: SAMMY Scholarship AwardsTwenty-five student-athletes will win the Scholar Athlete Milk Mustache of the Year (SAMMY) Award, which entails a scholarship and a spot in a Milk Mustache ad to run in USA TODAY. Maximum award: $7,500, an all-expense-paid trip to Disney's Wide World of Sports in Orlando, FL, and a spot in a Milk Mustache ad. Eligibility: legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States or the District of Columbia, and as of November 6, 2008, enrolled as full-time student in a state-accredited private or public high school, in good standing in grade 12, and a participant in a high school sport or club sport during the 2008-2009 school year. Deadline: March 6, 2009.http://sammy.bodybymilk.com/

Thursday, December 4, 2008


Howka brothers and sisters, sorry I haven't posted lately.. preparing for my fathers 1 year memorial Dec. 20th, 10am at the Santa Ysabel cemetary. We will be feeding everyone afterward at the Santa Ysabel tribal library..
The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) is now acceptingapplications for the 12th Annual Patty Iron Cloud National NativeAmerican Youth Initiative which will be held in Washington D.C., June 20- 28, 2009. American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) high school students,ages 16- 18, who have an interest in the health careers and/orbiomedical research are encouraged to apply. The NNAYI scholarship paysfor travel, lodging, and most meals during the program. NNAYI'scurriculum is strategically designed to prepare students for admissionto college and professional schools, as well as for careers in healthand biomedical research. To accompany the students, AAIP is accepting applications forcounselors, age 21 and older, to serve as role models and chaperones toa select group of five high school students. AI/AN medical and healthprofessional students are encouraged to apply. AAIP will cover travel,lodging, meals, as well as provide a stipend upon completion of theprogram. Counselors will be expected to arrive in Washington D.C. 1-2days prior to program dates. Feel free to share this information with other interested parties.Deadline for student application is April 17, 2009 and for counselorapplication is March 6, 2009. For more information and to access theon-line application, visit the NNAYI website:www.aaip.org/programs/nnayi/nnayi.htm<http://www.aaip.org/programs/nnayi/nnayi.htm>

Wednesday, November 26, 2008


Monday, November 24, 2008


HOWKA BROTHERS AND SISTERS, This is a downloadable document/ handbook , that may provide some help/ insight for some of our tribal members. While it is not california Indian based it is still a good document that discusses the interaction between tribal members and non tribal [eoples in social work.

A handbook on social work practice with Native American families, developed for use by students in undergraduate social work programs and by social service practitioners who work with Native American people, is divided into four sections. The first section contains four articles, written by Joseph A. Dudley (Methodist minister and Yankton Sioux) and David Mathieu (Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies, Dakota Wesleyan University), which focus on culture, alcoholism, aging, and community-agency relationships. The second section gives six brief case illustrations depicting incidents in the daily experience of social work practitioners in agencies serving Native American communities. The case illustrations describe situations of interaction between Indian people and social workers, then give discussion questions and a conclusion which clarifies the cultural influences shaping the situation. The third section provides an annnotated bibliography of 21 books and articles helpful in social work teaching and curriculum planning for practice with Native American people, and lists 4 sources of case studies. The fourth section lists tribal headquarters in South Dakota, including those of the Cheyenne River Sioux, Crow Creek Sioux, Flandreau Santee Sioux, Lower Brule Sioux, Oglala Sioux, Rosebud Sioux, Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux, Standing Rock Sioux, and Yankton Sioux Tribes. (MH)

Friday, November 21, 2008


DR. Pepper is making good on it’s promise of free soda now that the release of Guns N Roses “Chinese Democracy” is a reality. The soft drink maker said in March that it would give a free soda to everyone in America if the album dropped in 2008. Beginning at 12:01 am Sunday, coupons for a free 20 ounce soda will be available for 24 hours on Dr. Pepper’s website. they will be honored until Feb. 28th. http://drpepper.com/

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Howka brothers and sisters, I know we have many talented tribal members and I am hoping some of our youth will apply for this competition. see the email below that was sent to me..

We at the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education are excited that the 2009 Native American Student Artist Competition (SAC) is underway! We want to remind everyone that all artwork and essays must be postmarked by Friday, Jan. 16, 2009 and provide you with an overview of what you can find on the website.
Instructions for entering the SAC – Everything you need to know to enter the competition is in one convenient place. For instructions, rules, and forms, check out the 2009 SAC Instructions.SAC Registration – All students are required to register their entry online or by calling our toll-free number 1-866-259-0060. New this year: teachers can register groups of students with their own registration form, and writers can upload their essay instead of mailing it in.Previous winners – Check out the Art Gallery and Essay Collection to view winners from the competition’s previous 4 years.Art and writing tips – Need some help getting started on your essay? Ever wonder how to keep colors from bleeding when working with watercolors? Visit the Art Tips section of the website for these topics and much more.Exhibit – The 2008 exhibit is still traveling around the country to schools, museums, and galleries. To find a location near you, check out the exhibit schedule. If you are interested in hosting the 2009 exhibit, please contact us.
Questions? Contact Rayanne Ganuelas at rganuelas@kauffmaninc.com or 1-866-259-0060.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Since Nov. is Native American Heritage Month I wanted to provide some resources. The library of congress has a great site. http://www.loc.gov/topics/nativeamericans/

About Native American Heritage Month
Information courtesy of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.
One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the "First Americans" and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.
The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed.
The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.
In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including "Native American Heritage Month" and "National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month") have been issued each year since 1994.
Theme for this year's heritage month is "Celebrating Tribal Nations: America's Great Partners."

Monday, November 17, 2008


HOWKA BROTHERS AND SISTERS.... this link and information was just sent to me from a Native CAlifornia group... I think it's definately a bookwe should have in the library. I also wanted to post the information so tribal members could purchase the book themselves..

Will the Current Credit Crisis Affect Our Food Supply?
Most farmers (including many small farmers) depend on credit topurchase their seeds, fuel, fertilizer, pest control, and to pay theirworkers. With US food reserves at an all time low (1), and the creditsituation uncertain (2), it just might be time to take your familiesfood security into your own hands.Food Security and Sustainability for the Times Ahead will help you do just that.Author, Harvest McCampbell, helps individuals, families, and small communitiesplan safe food storage, learn about gardening and wild foods, and developbalanced and sustainable diets. Information on highly nutritious foods which canbe easily grown, as well as natural sustainable immune system boosters andmedicinal herbs are also covered.Don't wait until it is too late. Food Security and Sustainability for the TimesAhead will help you prepare for financial down-turns, climate change, peak oil,and more. Edited by Terri Holtzclaw Reiser & Sal Camarillo, with anintroduction by T'Uy'Tanat-Cease Wyss, and an author bio by Jessie Palmer. 144pages, ISBN 978-0-9818975-0-9, Bio Diverse Press.10% of proceeds to provide copies to qualified Indigenous programs.Available from the publisher and from amazon.com.http://www.biodiversepress.com/ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ncanativeeventsandnews/post?postID=mYa7mrGu-OaFmZUWj8vBiJhB2DtS2hwAVISIheWudeE6BSg2CjUYwHskusOO1ji7ye3ElL5Zcm5cgnd0Wca_K6LY biodiversepress @ymail.com (Take out spaces)(1) "The U.S. Has No Remaining Grain Reserves"" . . . the U.S. has nothing else in our emergency food pantry.There is no cheese, no butter, no dry milk powder, no grains oranything else left in reserve. The only thing left in the entire CCCinventory will be 2.7 million bushels of wheat which is about enoughwheat to make 1⁄2 of a loaf of bread for each of the 300 millionpeople in America." Larry MatlackThe CCC is a federal government-owned and operated entity that wascreated to stabilize, support, and protect farm income and prices. CCCis also supposed to maintain balanced and adequate supplies ofagricultural commodities and aids in their orderly distribution.http://www.fourwinds10.com/siterun_data/health/food/news.php?q=1212803067June 6, 2008(2) `"We certainly could see tight credit having an effect onagricultural production,' U.S. Agriculture Secretary Edward Schafersaid Wednesday." From: http://www.farmpolicy.com/?p=899 November12, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008


Howka brothers and sisters, i just received an email with a great link to a magazine called Native Aging Visions the link is http://ruralhealth.und.edu/publications/14 The magazine goes back to 2002. i hope our elders can get to a computer and check it out, if not if some of our younger ones can download a copy and bring it to our elders i think it would be much appreciated..

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


Howka brothers and sisters, I received this email this morning and am hoping some of our tribal members will take a shot at the opportunity. If any of our tribal members enter drop me a line and let me know. Karen


Idyllwild, CA...November 12, 2008– Students interested in the film industry are encourage to participate in the “Hollywood Ending” scholarship contest, Idyllwild Arts Academy is looking to grant creative young filmmakers the opportunity to win scholarships to IAA’s Moving Pictures department. The top three entries for “Hollywood Ending” will receive a $25,000 scholarship for Grand Prize, $15,000 for Second Prize and a $10,000 scholarship for Third Prize. Entries are now being accepted and the deadline for submission is January 15, 2009 at 12:00 midnight P.S.T.

Creating a Hollywood ending by completing a screenplay created by an Idyllwild Arts Academy senior could make a deserving student the winner of a $25,000 scholarship!

To Enter Contest: Students can write their own “Hollywood Ending” by completing the end to: “New Years Animus”, a screenplay written by a senior Moving Pictures student.

Visit the Idyllwild Arts website at www.idyllwildarts.org and click the main Academy button, then click Hollywood Ending. Click the button to download the screenplay “New Years Animus”, complete the ending and then e-mail your entry along with your (Name, Email, Address, Phone, Current Grade & School.)

Winners will be chosen by Idyllwild Arts Academy faculty members and will be posted on our website, along with the original ending on February 1, 2009.

Send Your Entry To: hollywoodending@idyllwildarts.org

For Additional Questions Contact: 951-659-2171 (ext. 2339) or marketing@idyllwildarts.org

Contest Terms and Conditions: Entries will be accepted from students between the ages of 13 and 18 (as of September 1, 2009). Current students at the Idyllwild Arts Academy are not eligible to enter. Contest winners must meet the standard eligibility requirements for Admission to the Academy in order for prizes to be claimed (see Admission Requirements in the Admission section of this website for more details).

This prestigious Moving Pictures department contest will give the winning students a scholarship to attend the only West Coast boarding high school for the arts and is intended for the 2009-10 school year only and is not applicable to concurrent years of enrollment at the Academy. Contest winners are eligible for further financial aid based on demonstrated need (see Tuition and Financial Aid in the Admission section of this website for more details). Prizes are not redeemable for cash value. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2009 at 12:00 midnight P.S.T. The top three winners will be exhibited on the school’s website.

Idyllwild Arts is a private boarding high school devoted to the arts in the San Jacinto Mountains above Palm Springs in Riverside County. It is one of only three in the United States. For more information on how you can help support young, gifted artists and filmmakers, contact the Idyllwild Arts Foundation at 951-659-2171 ext. 2330 or visit www.idyllwildarts.org. Press inquiries for Idyllwild Arts can be directed to Jeff Hocker at 760-320-5272 or jhocker@dc.rr.com.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008


Howka brothers and sisters, I know some of you like me enjoy some good rappers. rarely do we find native artists like Litefoot that promote a positive lifestyle. Please check out Litefoots recent native rap songs.

Thursday, November 6, 2008



Tuesday, November 4, 2008


Howka tribal members, an article was just posted online from an ejournal. it can be read full text. Just click on the download section on the left. The article is about a Mesa Grande shaman's wand.

A Diegueno Shaman's Wand: An Object Lesson Illustrating the ...By David Hurst Thomas The first is to describe an intriguing Diegueno artifact and point up how this artifact might serve as an analogy for some cases of prehistoric behavior. Secondly, I would like to goad archaeologists into venturing beyond the narrow ...eScholarship Repository - http://repositories.cdlib.org/

Monday, November 3, 2008


"We Shall Remain" "is a five-part television series that shows how Native peoples valiantly resisted expulsion from their lands and fought the extinction of their culture -- from the Wampanoags of New England in the 1600s who used their alliance with the English to weaken rival tribes, to the bold new leaders of the 1970s who harnessed the momentum of the civil rights movement to forge a pan-Indian identity." http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/weshallremain/the_films/episode_1_trailer
The five-episode series will air on five consecutive Mondays, starting on 13 April 2009.


Howka tribal members.. sorry I haven't been posting in the past few weeks.. It was my grandmas one year aniv. (non tribal member) and got sidetracked.. sorry... As you may or may not know, Skye has been working on getting all the books listed so we know how many and what we have and I have 2 tribal members that will be volunteering to help keep the library open when Sky isn't working. I am hoping to have a grand openingNov. 29th but I haven't cleared it with the tribal office yet.

Thursday, October 16, 2008


Family Math Fun! Announcing a new resource: a manual of family numeracy activities,ready to use in early literacy programs, day care centres, primarygrades and Adult Basic Education/Literacy programs. Patterns, recipes,and hand-outs all included (109 pages). Download your free copy: http://www.nald.ca/library/learning/familymath/cover.htm<http://www.nald.ca/library/learning/familymath/cover.htm> Math for the whole person: Spirit, heart, mind and body are allconnected in the activities in this book. When we balance the spirit,heart, body and mind, math becomes part of our whole lives, not a beastor a barrier. Activities for the whole family: Things to do in the kitchen and on awalk, rhymes, games, and things to make, all to promote math thinkingand learning. Please forward to your networks. For more information: Kate.Nonesuch@viu.ca Funded by The Office ofLiteracy and Essential Skills, Human Resources and Skills DevelopmentCanada Kate NonesuchCareer and Academic PreparationVancouver Island University Cowichan Campus222 Cowichan WayDuncan, BCV9L 6P4 kate.nonesuch@viu.ca(250) 381-1824

Wednesday, October 15, 2008


The Indian Sentinel, 1902-1962The Indian Sentinel featured articles about Native Americans across the United States and their evangelization by the Catholic Church. if you type in diegueno at the bottom in the search bar you will see articles about our people and our reservation. I saw a picture of one of our people on there. There are 4 magazines , with articles about our people. One is about John Felishio and the other is abour Joaquim Paipa


Saturday, October 11, 2008


New Game Uses Intervention Strategies to Promote Healthy Living for Native Children

Written by Leslie Hammerberg
Sunday, 21 September 2008

New Game Uses Intervention Strategies to Promote Healthy Living for Native ChildrenPolson, MT – After 13 years of experience serving as a therapeutic foster parent to many children on the Flathead Indian Reservation, CEO and Founder of “Rez Got Game”, Leslie Hammerberg (Mandan Hidatsa), has established a company that offers subtle teaching materials through a game board format. “The game board is silk screened on tipi canvas and offers heirloom quality. Players are provided with real-life scenarios and encouraged to voice their opinion(s) and speak openly about the choices they have made,” says Hammerberg. “The games encourage players to think, feel, then act thereby reinforcing healthy behaviors.”“With an eye toward our future as Native American people and our children as future leaders, I believe ‘Rez Got Game’ responds to leadership development through decision making scenarios that are fun – yet address the salient issues of our times such as abuse, neglect, peer pressure, guns in school, pregnancy, among other rarely talked about issues,” adds Hammerberg. According to mental health experts, early intervention strategies can assist children and teens in creating a healthy game plan for life. “Rez Got Game” products open a forum to think about difficult – yet important – issues impacting children and teens and provide empathetic strategies in order to help children and teens make healthy decisions in real-life situations. The games also teach children and teens through early intervention strategies to move forward in life by making good and solid choices. And finally, the games reinforce a child’s or teen’s ability to feel comfortable talking openly about positive and negative things that are happening to them. “Rez Got Game” currently offers three games: Tipi Dancer (ages 5 to 7), Eagle Dancer (ages 8 to 12), and I Jokes (teens). Another game, Dove Dancer (all ages), is near completion and should be available by the end of this year. Contact: CEO/Founder, Leslie Hammerberg at 406-871-0647. To expedite your order(s) please visit our web site: http://www.rezgotgame.com .
(taken from Native Youth Magazine)


Native Youth Magazine News
Tulalip Tribe TV station hits the airwaves

Written by Cher Thomas
Tuesday, 04 March 2008
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. - A Western Washington tribe is now in the broadcasting business. The Tulalip Tribe in Snohomish County has its own TV station. It's called KANU TV and it is the first and only nationally broadcast tribal network. Shelly Lacy hosts "The General Manager's Report," one of several programs airing 24/7 over the web on www.kanutv.com. "We do a report that talks about what happened the last week, what are upcoming events," said Shelly Lacy. Niki Cleary reports for Northwest Indian News, one of the shows on KANU TV. "This is an opportunity for our people to tell our stories, our way," she said. "It's a huge leap ... it means that not only are we reaching our neighbors right here in Marysville, we're reaching neighbors across the nation." TV shows, movies and high school sports are also broadcast, in addition to brief lessons in native languages. Tribal member Rachel Johnston watches from her home in Florida. "This is a way for them to be able to keep that connection and know what's happening here," Lacy said. While don't have to worry about ratings at this station, they do hope moving KANU TV onto the web will have more people watching. www.king5.com/localnews/stories/NW_0121208WAB_native_news_KS.b70773da.html?npc

Wednesday, October 8, 2008


Welcome, book lovers!
Reading groups are proving that good books bring people together. National Reading Group Month salutes reading groups. It fosters their growth and promotes the love of literature. It's an opportunity for reading groups to reflect on their accomplishments and plan for the future — the perfect time to join or start a group.
On this site you'll find the story behind National Reading Group Month, a calendar of nation-wide events, and resources and tips for enhancing book discussions. Whether you're a reading group member, author, bookseller, librarian, or publishing industry professional, get involved in National Reading Group Month. Celebrate the joy of shared reading.
National Reading Group Month is an initiative of the Women's National Book Association (WNBA). Founded in 1917, WNBA promotes literacy, a love of reading, and women's roles in the community of the book.
Catch the Buzz During National Reading Group Month!
Join Book Group Buzz, the official partner blog, as we celebrate National Reading Group Month (NRGM) throughout October. An initiative of the Women’s National Book Association (WNBA), NRGM promotes the joys of shared reading, strengthens the community of the book, and promotes a more literate, engaged community.
Our Booklist Online contributors offer informative, wise, witty, and salutary posts, as well as links to a wide range of free book group-related guides, tips and other resources.Read recent Book Group Buzz posts by Ted Balcom, Nick DiMartino, Neil Hollands, Gary Warren Niebuhr, Misha Stone, Kaite Stover, and Mary Ellen Quinn.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008


Howka brothers and sisters.. I wanted to post a site that was sent to me by another librarian but I realize it will be too hard for many tribal members to access. Many people don't realize that it is hard for our tribal members to view sites that have way too many graphics or are linked with fancy flash programs and such. I hope it doesn't take 2 days for people to access this site. Someday we hopefully will have more than just dial up for our rez. If you live off the rez and want to check this site out....... go to .........
National Museum of the American Indian: Beauty Surrounds Us [Macromedia Flash Player] http://www.nmai.si.edu/exhibitions/beauty_surrounds_us/flash8.html
The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian has an engaging online version of their "Beauty Surrounds Us" exhibit. In addition to its beauty, the web exhibit also provides an activity for each section the exhibit is divided into, such as "Tools of Existence", "Recreation and Pastimes", "Design as Identity", and "Expressions of Identity." The activity tests a visitor's comprehension and memory of the objects' written descriptions given when you click on the object's picture. Once you've clicked on the object, you can then click on “Map” to see the area the object is from, and you can click on "Related" to see historic photos of the objects in use by Native peoples. The exhibit includes the Native peoples of both North and South America, and objects of indigenous materials, modern materials and a mix of indigenous and modern materials. The activity in "Design as Identity" tests your knowledge about several object's material composition. Sports fans will find some familiar items in the "Recreation and Pastimes" section, and they can even try their hand at shooting arrows at hoops to hone their buffalo shooting skills.

Monday, October 6, 2008



What is LawHelpCalifornia.org?
The website links to over 1,800 self-help resources, over 700 of which have versions in
other languages. LawHelpCA.org is a project of the Public Interest Clearinghouse, the
State Bar of California, and the Administrative Office of the Courts of California.

Find Legal Information
LawHelpCA.org contains a wealth of self-help resources, including fact sheets, brochures,
and “know your rights” guides that your staff can give to individuals seeking information.
Your staff can also use the resources to get a more comprehensive picture of the civil legal
issues that affect your community

Click a topic below for legal help and information.
Click here for criminal matters.
Click here to get California court forms.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Sites and Sounds Longest walk

Native American News Reports: Sites & Sounds Longest Walk

New at Censored News
From: brendanorrell@gmail.com

Today, Censored News offers Indigenous perspectives, includingMohawks, on the failed scam US bailout. There's also a list of "Soundsof the Longest Walk" northern route, updated with selections of someof the best interviews and songs for listening.Also, Project Censored 2009 just released a list of the most censoredarticles in 2007-2008, which includes an article by Brenda Norrell atCensored News on the protest of the carbon credit scam in Bali.Please send your thoughts to: brendanorrell@gmail.comCENSORED NEWShttp://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.comMOHAWK NATION NEWS: Indigenous celebration of failed US bailout:Sept. 30, 2008. These swindlers believe that anyone who doesn't haveindependent wealth has no claim to even the smallest crust of bread.The indigenous way is that nature provides to all. We have a right tothe food we need.We never surrendered our territories. Every squareinch of Turtle Island is Indigenous. Read article:http://censored-news.blogspot.com/2008/09/indigenous-celebration-of-failed-us.html Sounds of the Longest Walkhttp://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.comUpdated: Thanks for writing and letting us know your favorite shows!There's about 500 audios from the Longest Walk northern route from thetalk radio show on Earthcycles http://www.earthcycles.net/In honor of those who walked, here's a few of the best days ofinterviews and songs.--Fallon Stillwater, Paiute Shoshone, with songs by Miwok walkers andSavage family CD:http://www.earthcycles.net/journal/index.php?24.net/journal/index.php?24 --Longest Walk, Lake Tahoe to Cave Rock, Nevadahttp://www.earthcycles.net/journal/index.php?18--Colorado: Ben Carnes, interviews on Leonard Peltier; interview with1978 walker David Velarde, 3/30/2008:http://www.earthcycles.net/journal/index.php?56--Cimarron, Kansas: Govinda's pick of a great cow song, "Cows are fun..." There's also an interview on Maroi Sovereignty with Sharon Hetaand Michael Lane walkers from New Zealand; walkers Sony and Justintalk about Kansas cows and rain:http://www.earthcycles.net/journal/index.php?68Walkers respond to attack by Columbus, Ohio, police, and AIM song atOhio Capitol:http://www.earthcycles.net/journal/index.php?105earthcycles.net/journal/index.php?105 --Interviews with Navajo, Lakota, Menominee, Euchee and other walkerson May 6, 2008, Knob Noster State Park, Missouri:http://www.earthcycles.net/journal/index.php?87--The AIM song led by Calvin Magpie, Cheyenne Arapaho, powwow songsand talk, at the Cahokia Mounds Powwow in Illinois on May 10, 2008http://www.earthcycles.net/journal/index.php?89--Songs and speeches on the steps of the Pennsylvania State Capitol atHarrisburg, including Mohawk and Tuscarora drum song, on June 30,2008:http://www.earthcycles.net/journal/index.php?118118ournal/index.php?118 --Craig Luther, Navajo, sings at Greenbelt Park, Maryland (by the tree2008-7-10); Shoshone: Darlene Graham, Shoshone speaks on traditionalhealing and Janice Gardipe, Paiute and Shoshone, sings an honor songfor the walkers:http://www.earthcycles.net/journal/index.php?125Earthcycles is produced by Govinda Dalton. Longest Walk talk radiocohost is Brenda Norrell. Photos: Carl Bad Bear Sampson drummingoutside Newmont Mining at Longest Walk prayer and protest. Photo 2Longest Walk northern route at Cahokia Mounds. Photo 3: On the stepsfo the Pennsylvania State Capitol Photo 4 At the drum, Janice Gardipe,Paiute Shoshone, with Darlene Graham, Western Shoshone/Photos BrendaNorrell --Brenda NorrellCensored Newshttp://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.comListen at Earthcycles:http://www.earthcycles.netForward By United Native America:

Monday, September 29, 2008

Klii animsap (Acorn ripening)

Howka brothers and sisters... now that it is Fall, Kupiihaaw (ripening ) time (October = halanyimcep).. it's time to gather our acorns. As I roamed the top of our mountain I found a great gathering spot I would like to share. As you make your way to the top of our reservation and start to reach that spot that brings you down the mountain a bit look to the right and you will see an old cement water trough. It is a spot that the cows cannot get to. If you step up to it and look inside you will see hundreds of acorns ready to made into shawee (acorn mush).

Thursday, September 25, 2008



The Problem
What is Battering
Battering is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person with whom an intimate relationship is or has been shared through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Battering happens when one person believes that they are entitled to control another.
Intimate partner violence in intrinsically connected to the societal oppression of women, children, people of color, people with disabilities, people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans, elders, Jewish people, and other marginalized groups. While oppression functions in similar ways regardless of which group is targeted, different target groups have unique experiences of oppression stemming from their specific historic, cultural and social experiences and realities. The work to end domestic violence must necessarily include the fight against all oppressions.
Domestic violence may include not only the intimate partner relationships of spousal, live-in partners and dating relationships, also familial, elder and child abuse may be present in a violent home. Abuse generally falls into one or more of the following categories: physical battering, sexual assault and emotional or psychological abuse, and generally escalates over a period of time.
Victims of abuse may experience punched walls, control of finances, lying, using children to manipulate a parent's emotions, intimidation, isolation from family and friends, fear, shame, criticism, cuts, crying and afraid children, broken bones, confusion, forced sexual contact, manipulation, sexist comments, yelling, rages, craziness, harassment, neglect, shoving, screaming, jealousy and possessiveness, loss of self esteem, coercion, slammed doors, abandonment, silent treatment, rape, destruction of personal property, unwanted touching, name calling, strangling, ripping, slapping, biting, kicking, bruises, punching, stalking, scrapes, depression, sabotaging attendance at job or school, brainwashing, violence to pets, pinching, deprivation of physical and economic resources, public humiliation, broken promises, prevention of seeking medical and dental care, ridicule, restraining, self-medication, forced tickling, threats to harm family and friends, threats to take away the children, threats to harm animals, threats of being kicked out, threats of weapons, threats of being killed.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Goverment publications available online

http://www.gpoaccess.gov/ below are just some of the publications you can access online.

GPO's Services
The U.S. Government Printing Office disseminates official information from all three branches of the Federal Government.

A-Z Resource List. Comprehensive list of official Federal resources available on GPO Access.

Locate a Federal Depository Library. Locate and use publications at a local library.

GPO Home Page. Agency information, print, design, contracting, and other opportunities.

U.S. Government Online Bookstore. Securely buy official Federal publications online.

Ben's Guide to U.S. Government. Learn about the Federal Government from Ben Franklin.

Help. Search our online knowledge base or contact us directly.

FDLP Desktop. Federal Depository Library Program community information site.

Virtual Public Schools

Learning Outside the Box KVE’s Public Schools 9/15/2008
This fall KVE heads into its second academic year operating virtual public schools, and has just opened several new ones. These schools provide students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma online. They offer a core curriculum, as well as honors and advanced placement (AP) classes for students in grades 9–12 (AZ, CA, CO) or 7–12 (WA). Students learn through one-on-one instruction with state-certified instructors.

“We are providing a unique opportunity for students to benefit from a top of the line curriculum they previously would have had to travel or attend private school to access,” said Dr. Tim Lafferty, Executive Director of Instruction. “Here they have it not only at their fingertips, or in their own homes, but it is offered tuition free. Students are assigned to highly qualified instructors who provide instruction and are available by phone, IM, or email to respond to questions or concerns.”

KVE operates the following public schools in KHEC states:
Kaplan Academy of California–Los Angeleswww.kaplanacademy.com/california/losangeles
Kaplan Academy of Coloradohttp://www.kaplanacademy.com/colorado/index.asp
Kaplan Academy of Washingtonhttp://www.kaplanacademy.com/washington/index.asp
AGAVE Distance Learning in Arizona http://www.agavedistancelearning.com/
About KVEKVE seeks to offer a viable alternative for every learning style where instructors create a community of active learners, offering a focused, relevant, and rigorous curriculum. A key piece of KVE’s vision is to provide “quality education to underserved segments of the population, bridging both the socioeconomic and performance gaps.” As public schools, the programs are tuition free for qualified state residents. Full-time, enrolled students can receive a computer, as well as an Internet stipend, to assist them in learning online.

For a complete listing of public schools (in Arizona, California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Oregon, and Washington), check out www.kaplanvirtualeducation.com/ourschools. Not in one of those states? KVE also offers private schools for both children and adults. And check back often as KVE is opening new schools in states across the country every semester!

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Tools to help young people during election time

Youth Voting 2008: Tools to help Engage Young People in Elections
Many have noted the increased attention and enthusiasm of young people for the upcoming election. A number of on-line resources and tools have been created to encourage, inform and engage youth in the political process, including:
ServiceVote, from Youth Service America, is an interactive website that is a hub for young people to engage in every aspect of the '08 election, including: news & information on the various races, the presidential candidates, and the defining issues; opportunities for peer interaction & dialogue through a discussion forum where youth can post videos, images, and audio files; and, resources to encourage action through service in the election and in the policy process.
Youth on the Trail, is a partnership between What Kids Can Do, a national non profit located in Providence RI, and Ypress, youth-led news bureau based in Indianapolis, to provide a youth perspective on the 2008 Presidential Elections, including: stories about the campaign, the candidates, and youth perspectives on the political process; results from surveys created by youth to gather information from youth nationwide about the candidates and the issues most important to young people; reports from the floor at both of this summer's national conventions.
Votegopher, a one-stop, non-partisan election resource is created by young voters to focus on the issues with the motto "We dig, you decide". Staffed by Harvard students, the website provides in-depth information the candidates' positions, including a side by side comparison on various issue areas, as well as links to articles, videos and speeches the candidates have given.
Scoop08, is a national, daily online newspaper written and edited by young people for young people focused on the 2008 national election. Young people of all ages are encouraged to submit columns, letters, articles or story ideas as well as journalism videos. Currently 400 young people have connected to this newspaper.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Traditional Tattooing Ceremony

I want to thank all my cousins and tribal members and friends that attended my traditional tattooing ceremony. It was very spiritual and empowering. I will post some pics of the ceremony later today.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Webinar about California Indian History

Howka tribal members, Susan Hanks from the California State library will be hosting a webinar on Sept. 10. I thought tribal members might be interested in watching .

Title: Learning About California Indian History: An Introduction to the California Indian Historical Resources ProjectDate and time: September 10, 2008, 12pm - 1pmThis webinar will last approximately an hour. There is no charge for this Infopeople webinar. Pre-registration is not required.For more information and to participate in the September 10 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/webcast_data/279/index.html * Do you work with students who have school projects dealing with California Indians? * Do you wish that you knew more about California Indian history? * Does your library need more resources on California Indian history? If your answer to any of these questions is "yes," then you'll want to tune in to this webinar.The California Indians Historical Resources project was initiated through the California Native American community's response to Early California Laws and Policies Related to California Indians, a 2002 California State Library (CSL) report. Following the report's publication, CSL representatives visited with tribal and public government offices, libraries, education centers, cultural centers, parks, and museums in over 27 counties to gather information on California's Native American information resources. It became evident that access to historically accurate materials surrounding California Indian history are not readily available, and access to primary resource documents surrounding early California History remain difficult to access. The California Indians Historical Resources Project produced three self-contained databases: * Early California Newspapers 1846-1866; * Federal Documents Related to California Indians 1847-1868 & 1920; * State of California Indian legislative History Documents 1849-1863 & 1937. Each of the databases is contained on a single CD. The 3-disc set will be sent to all California public libraries through their Cooperative Library System's delivery system. The set will be mailed to all California tribal libraries. Individual libraries will determine the best way to make the databases available to their users. Additional copies, for use in branches or other locations, will be available for sale through the California State Library Foundation, 1225 8th St., #345, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916) 447-6331, or at http://www.cslfdn.org. This workshop will provide participants with: * A brief introduction to California Indian history; * An overview of Primary Resource Documents that deal with historic events surrounding the treatment of California Indians; * A map and timeline demonstrating treaty land cessions, treaty negotiations and legislation. Join us for an investigation of the treatment of Indians in California, and Federal and State of California government relations with California Indians through primary resource documents. Speaker: Susan Hanks. Susan has over 25 years of library experience, with 21 years of public library experience including work in rural, neighborhood and main branches, administration, acquisitions, cataloging, and archives. Susan is currently a Library Programs Consultant with the State Library, working with California tribal libraries, Preservation, and Rural Libraries. As the current President of the American Indian Library Association, she works to promote library services and resources nationwide. Infopeople's funding limits attendance at live webinars to anyone in the California library community. If you are outside California, please do not view the live event. However, you are welcome to see the archived version the day following the webinar. Check our archive listing at: http://www.infopeople.org/training/webcasts/list/archived

Monday, August 25, 2008

Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School

Our Spirits Don't Speak English: Indian Boarding School" is a Native American perspective on Indian Boarding Schools. This DVD produced by Rich-Heape Films, Inc. uncovers the dark history of U.S. Government policy which took Indian children from their homes, forced them into boarding schools and enacted a policy of educating them in the ways of Western Society. This DVD gives a voice to the countless Indian children forced through a system designed to strip them of their Native American culture, heritage and traditions.
Watch the trailer http://www.richheape.com/boarding-school.htm

Thursday, August 21, 2008

gay marriage in Oregon? tribe says yes!

Gay marriage in Oregon? Tribe says yes
by Bill Graves, The Oregonian

Doug Beghtel / The OregonianKitzen Branting (wearing red top) and Jeni Branting plan to be married under a new law adopted by the Coquille Tribe. They are recognized as domestic partners in Washington and will be married in the Plankhouse (behind them) on the Coquille reservation next May.
COOS BAY -- Kitzen and Jeni Branting have been in a committed lesbian relationship since high school and plan to get legally married in Oregon next spring.
Yes, in Oregon.
True, voters amended the state Constitution constitution in 2004 to allow marriage only between only a man and a woman. And Congress outlawed gay marriage more than a decade ago.
But Kitzen Branting, 25, is a member of the Coquille Indian Tribe on the southern Oregon coast.
As a federally recognized sovereign nation, the tribe is not bound by the Oregon's Constitution. The tribe recently adopted a law that recognizes same-sex marriage and extends to gay and lesbian partners, at least one of whom must be a Coquille, all tribal benefits of marriage.
The Coquilles (which tribal leaders prefer to pronounce KO-kwell) are probably the first tribe in the nation to legalize same-sex marriage, says Brian Gilley, a University of Vermont anthropology professor and author of the book, "Becoming Two-Spirit: Gay Identity and Social Acceptance in Indian Country."
Many Native American tribes historically accepted same-sex relationships, Gilley says. But after a lesbian couple married under an ambiguous Cherokee law in Oklahoma three years ago, that tribe's council adopted a law banning same-sex marriage. Other tribes across the nation, including the Navajos, the nation's largest tribe, passed similar bans, he says.
Because the Coquilles have federal status, a marriage within the tribe would be federally recognized, Gilley says. And that would violate the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that says the federal government "may not treat same-sex relationships as marriages for any purpose."
The federal government could challenge the Coquille law as a way of testing the limits of tribal independence.
"This could be a test of sovereignty," he says.
The tribe concluded that the Defense of Marriage Act may bar the tribe from conferring federal benefits or money on same-sex spouses, said Melissa Cribbins, assistant tribal attorney.
Ken Tanner of Ashland, chief of the Coquilles, gathered Friday with two tribal attorneys and a reporter in the plankhouse in Coos Bay. The 2-year-old meeting hall was built in traditional style but on a larger scale with hand-crafted cedar plank walls and hand-peeled pillars of timber. A simple broad bench fringes the hall, which is open and empty save for the smell of cedar.
In a brief prayer, Tanner called on the grandfather creator to bless the building and then took a seat with the others on log sections around a gas fire at one end of the hall.
Native Americans are "sensitive to discrimination of any kind," says Tanner. "For our tribe, we want people to walk in the shoes of other people and learn to respect differences. Through that, we think we build a stronger community."
The new law establishes tribal rules for recognizing marriage, whether for gay or heterosexual couples. It won't take effect until the tribe also creates laws for divorce and child custody, tribal attorney Brett Kenney says. The seven-member tribal council expects to adopt such laws next year.
As a practical matter, Jeni and Kitzen Branting, whose maiden name is Doyle and who legally adopted Jeni's last name three years ago, already have the tribal benefits of marriage.
That's because part of the new law already is in effect, recognizing marriages and domestic partnerships legally established in states and countries. The Brantings entered a legal domestic partnership in Washington last year, and the tribe sees the partnership as tantamount to marriage.
While Jeni Branting, 27, is not a tribal member, she is entitled to tribal benefits as Kitzen's spouse, even though the couple plans to move off tribal land next week to Edmonds, Wash., near Seattle, where both grew up. Jeni Branting, for example, has applied for the Coquille health care plan. She also is entitled to housing and fitness benefits and access to tribal community events.
The tribe in recent years has become wealthy enough to provide support to its 850 members, about half of whom live in Coos and four neighboring counties.
The Brantings met in high school in Edmonds while working in theater productions. They went on to attend The Evergreen State College in Olympia, where they focused on Native American studies and graduated last spring. They spent the past year living on tribal land and studying Coquille culture and history for a senior project.
They were among several tribal members who urged the council about a year ago to consider establishing same-sex marriage.
"I wanted my tribal family to say, 'Yes, we recognize that you are equal to any other tribal member, and you are just as important, and your spouse should have the same rights as any other spouse,' " Kitzen Branting says.
Kenney, the tribal attorney, said he could find no other tribe that had legalized same-sex marriage.The culture committee reviewed tribal history and concluded "same-sex domestic relations were accepted with no exclusions from tribal citizenship, the community, auspices or spiritual activities," reported Jack Lenox, the committee chairman.
The new law stirred "some strong feelings" among a minority of tribal members who opposed it, Tanner said. Yet all but two members of the council and a majority of 14 people who testified in a public hearing supported it, tribal leaders said.
"I think it is going to have a very positive impact on this tribe," Tanner says.
Whatever opinions the wider world might express about the Coquilles' new law, Kenney said, the act is for the tribe "a solemn, internal matter."
And for the Brantings, it's personal.
They are planning a wedding for May in the plankhouse. Chief Tanner has agreed to officiate.
"We just want to have a celebration with our families," says Jeni. "We just want to do what everyone else does."
-- Bill Graves; billgraves@news.oregonian.com

*Report Shows High Regional Lung and Colorectal Cancer Rates in American

*Report Shows High Regional Lung and Colorectal Cancer Rates in AmericanIndians and Alaska Natives in the United States, 1999-2004*Author: CDChttp://www.cdc.gov/cancer/healthdisparities/what_cdc_is_doing/aiansupplement.htmPublished on Aug 21, 2008 - 7:32:37 AMAug. 20, 2008 - CDC released the most comprehensive cancer data availablefor American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) across the United States.Cancer incidence rates, especially lung and colorectal, among AI/AN men andwomen varied greatly across six geographic regions of the country (Alaska,East, Northern Plains, Pacific Coast, Southern Plains, and Southwest). Thedata was analyzed from CDC's National Program of Cancer Registries, theNational Cancer Institute's Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results andlinkage to the Indian Health Services records. These findings, "CancerIncidence in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Populations" werepublished online today and appearing in the September 1, 2008, supplement ofCancer.The supplement of 16 studies also focuses on disparities in health riskbehaviors and cancer test use, explains how incidence rates vary widely byregion, and methods for improving cancer surveillance among the AI/ANpopulations.WHO: Some CDC co-authored articles include:Lung Cancer Incidence among American Indians and Alaska Natives in theUnited States, 1999-2004 details the enormous variation in lung cancerincidence rates across Indian Health Service regions. In the NorthernPlains, AI/AN had the highest rates, followed by Alaska, and the lowestrates were in the Southwest.Regional Differences in Colorectal Cancer Incidence, Stage, and Subsiteamong American Indians and Alaska Natives, 1999-2004 describes how AI/ANliving in Alaska and in the Northern Plains regions have significantlyhigher incidence rates of colorectal cancer compared to non-Hispanic white(NHW) persons. Also, AI/AN in all regions were more often diagnosed at laterstages.Cancer in American Indian and Alaska Native Young Adults (20-44 years ofage): United States, 1999-2004 describes how the cancer patterns thatcharacterize the overall AI/AN population are apparent among young adults inwhom the rates also varied for selected cancers across Indian Health Serviceregions.Breast Cancer Incidence among American Indian and Alaska Native Women-UnitedStates, 1999-2004 describes how breast cancer incidence rates among AI/ANwomen varied significantly across Indian Health Service regions. The highestrates were in Alaska and the Northern and Southern Plains and were similaror slightly lower than in NHW women; the lowest rates were in the Southwestand were less than half the rate of NHW women. AI/AN women in all regionswere less likely than NHW women to be diagnosed with localized breastcancer.Regional differences in cervical cancer incidence among American Indians andAlaska Natives, 1999-2004 shows that for all regions combined incidencerates of cervical cancer for AI/AN women exceeded those NHW women and variedby geographic area.Gallbladder Cancer Incidence among American Indians and Alaska Natives,United States, 1999-2004 reveals that, compared to NHW populations, AI/ANhad significantly higher gallbladder cancer incidence rates in most regionsof the country.Cancers of the Urinary Tract among American Indians and Alaska Natives inthe United States, 1999-2004 describes how AI//AN have approximately 50percent greater risk of kidney cancer, although half the risk of bladdercancer compared to NHW.Primary Liver Cancer Incidence Among American Indians and Alaska Natives,United States, 1999-2004 describes the high liver cancer incidence ratesamong AI/AN compared to NHW for all regions except the East. The highprevalence of known risk factors for primary liver cancer among AI/ANpopulations likely make this cancer an important future health concern forthis population.Incidence of Cancers of the Oral Cavity and Pharynx Among American Indiansand Alaska Natives, 1999-2004 show that incidence rates for cancers of theoral cavity and pharynx for AI/AN should be examined by individual anatomiccancer site and by geographic region when describing cancer burden andplanning cancer control activities.Prostate Cancer Incidence Among American Indian and Alaska Native Men,United States, 1999-2004 reveals that prostate cancer incidence rates andprostate specific antigen (PSA) testing were lower and varied regionallymore for AI/AN men than for NHW men underscoring the need for research tobetter understand regional variation in incidence and to reduce thedisparity in stage distribution.Gastric Cancer among American Indians and Alaska Natives in the UnitedStates, 1999-2004 describes how AI/AN populations are at greater risk forgastric cancer than NHW populations and that relatively high rates of cancerin the central/distal portions of the stomach among AI/AN in some geographicregions may indicate a disproportional burden of H. pylori-associateddisease.WHEN: For the online articles, to go www.interscience.wiley.com/cancer, andfor information about CDC's efforts in cancer prevention and control, pleasevisit www.cdc.gov/cancer.(c) Copyright YubaNet.com

Tuesday, August 19, 2008


“Linton Family Arts”
“Bubble Lady w/Papose Class”

SUNDAY August 24, 2008 @ 9:00a.m- 5:00p.m.
At Concha’s House (760-765-0350) on the Santa Ysabel REZ
(505 Epei Hill Road - right below Shot’s)
Faux Basketry can be added it time permits

Cost: $50.00

Please bring something to drink. Lunch will be “Pot Luck.” We may be outside so bring your sunscreen and/or a sweater, umbrella & hat, etc. - just in case.

Your Teacher: Elaine Linton 858-722-5711
Helpers: Concha Linton & Mary Lou Linton

Please bring your wood-burner, acrylic paints & dremal tools w/bits.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Free POW_WOW time coloring book

Free Coloring Book
Our free coloring book "Powwow Time - When American Indian People Celebrate" is available as a pdf download from our website. It is 21 pages of "NDN 101" geared toward young audiences. Get your free copy online or if you prefer a copy on cd, send us an email and we will get a copy in the mail to you.
Promoting the Awareness and Celebration of Indigenous Cultures and People and Creating a Sustainable Future
P.O. Box 702, Simi Valley, CA 93062
email: redbirds_vision@hotmail.com
MySpace: www.myspace.com/redbirdsvision

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center

Native Shop is a project of the Native American Women's Health Education Resource Center. We are marketing products as an economic development project to raise funds for the resource center's programs.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008



Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related technologies today.

Why are these books free?
Copyright for most of these books has expired in the United States. (They may still be copyrighted in other countries). So anybody may make verbatim or non-verbatim copies of those works.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008


Howka everyone... we are getting closer to having our library open. The library is currently getting finished thanks to the help of Brianna Osuna and Lucas. Lucas has been clearing out all the old head start stuff so we can make way for all our new books and children's reading hour furniture. We will have cute bean bag chairs that look like ladybugs and other insects. We will also have a puppet show stand with cute puppets for our children to present stories to each other. Brianna will begin a reading hour for all our preschool and school age children. Now we just need more parents and tribal members both on and off the reservation to donate some time for our children. Donation of time can be in volunteer hours, reading to children and even reading to an elder that may have vision issues. The library will also start preserving some of our tribal history , tribal stories, pictures of how our library grows, library events, etc. with the new digital camera that is made for our little ones tiny hands and big imaginations. So keep an eye out for the date and time of grand opening as we will have things to give away for everyone that comes.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Your Source for Free Online Practice Tests

Howka tribal members... some of you may either be preparing for a test for your job or for school and I have found a great site that lets you test yourself . The site provides the answers so you can see how well you can do on a certain test. www.testpreview.com The site could help our tribal youth as well. GED practice tests are on here as well.
The tests on the website include:ACT Test Practice
Accuplacer Test Practice
ARDMS Exam Practice
ASVAB Test Practice
ASWB Exam Practice
CAHSEE Test Practice
CBEST Test Practice
CCRN Exam Practice
CDL Test Practice
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Tuesday, July 22, 2008


Yaqui ceremonial leader Jose Matus describes the crisis at the US/Mexico border, where the border wall and Homeland Security's increased restrictions violate lifeways present since time immemorial
By Brenda Norrell
SOUTH FORK, Nevada -- Jose Matus, Yaqui ceremonial leader and director of the Indigenous Alliance Without Borders/Alianza Indigena Sin Fronteras, said Homeland Security's increased border restrictions are interfering with the Yaquis ability to preserve their culture and ceremonies.Matus, speaking at the Indigenous Environmental Network’s Protecting Mother Earth Conference on Western Shoshone lands, said Yaqui in the United States are faced with the loss of their language, Hiaki. The declining number of Yaquis speaking the language is affecting the Yaquis ability to maintain their ceremonies.Matus said one of the ways Yaqui maintain their ceremonies is by bringing in Yaqui from Mexico who are well-versed in the Yaqui language, knowledge and ceremonies.Following the request of Yaqui elders in 1973, Matus began his 35-year effort to maintain the Yaqui ceremonies in the US by bringing in Yaqui ceremonial leaders from Sonora, Mexico, for temporary stays for ceremonies.However, in recent years, the increased restrictions by Homeland Security and racist attitudes and migrant xenophobia in the US has resulted in increased legal obstacles.“Now, Homeland Security is getting very, very strict,” Matus told the gathering of more than 700 people from the Americas on Western Shoshone land at South Fork, Nevada, July 17 -- 20, 2008.Matus said that earlier he was able to work with border officials to get ceremonial leaders across the Southwest borders. “As time went goes by, legislation changes and attitudes change, including the anti-immigrant hysteria.”Matus said the fight against terrorism created more obstacles. “That has created more obstacles. That has affected all the people who have relatives in Mexico.”The Indigenous Alliance Without Borders is now working Akimel O’otham in Gila River, Arizona, some O’odham in Mexico, Raramuri/Tarahumara in Mexico, the Yaqui Nation in Arizona and other Indigenous Peoples whose rights are being violated by border rules and border wall construction.The Indigenous Alliance Without Borders was created in 1997 in response to harassment of Indigenous Peoples crossing the border. Border agents were violating and destroying ceremonial items and frightening and intimidating women, children and elders.“We have tried to set up permanent border crossing rights for the Yaqui, Gila River Pima and Raramuri.” Matus said the alliance recently began working with Tewa from El Paso, Texas, where the border wall construction is now destroying cultural rights and sacred places.“The wall itself is a lethal weapon that the US government is using to kill thousands of undocumented crossers.”Matus said the border wall is destroying the environment, sacred sites and the connection between relatives in Mexico and the United States.“Now they are destroying and dividing the Tewa and Kumeyaay ceremonial grounds,” he said of the Tewa in the region of El Paso, Texas, and Kumeyaay, in California and Baja, Mexico.Matus said the alliance is examining possible legislation to ensure border crossing rights. However, he said Indian Nation governments need to support border crossing rights in order for legislation to pass in the United States. At the same time, the United States government is intimidating tribes to prevent them from exercising their rights at the border.“We are all terrorists as far as they are concerned. They put us through all these obstacles as we try to cross that border," Matus said.While Indigenous Peoples are attempting to maintain their culture and ceremonies, they are unjustly targeted.“For national security reasons, we can not bring our elders across the border for ceremonies,” Matus said.
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