Thursday, February 28, 2008


Any tribal members needing to reach me can use the blue button on the right that says call me..
I am available to help tribal members with research , library information, resources, etc.
Karen Vigneault

Tribal trust funds and Individual Indian Money (IIM) accounts

Howka tribal members... this is a site where the government holds money in trust.. there are many indians on here that might have money kept by the government.. check your families name .. and see if you have any money due to you...
Welcome to the OST Website
Established by the American Indian Trust Fund Management Reform Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-412), the Office of the Special Trustee for American Indians (OST) was created to improve the accountability and management of Indian funds held in trust by the federal government. As trustee, the Department of the Interior has the primary fiduciary responsibility to manage both Tribal trust funds and Individual Indian Money (IIM) accounts, as well as the resources that generate the income for those accounts.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Database of California Native American documents & images‏
At the time of Spanish colonization in the late 1700s, California was home to more than 300,000 native people in more than 200 tribes. Their centuries-old way of life was brought to an end relatively quickly: native Californians soon established regular trading relationships with the Spanish, increasing coastal groups' power and prestige, giving them greater leverage in dealings with inland groups.
But Native Californians were not immune to Old World diseases. Smallpox, influenza, dysentery, malaria, measles, and syphilis spread from group to group. By 1848, such diseases had reduced California's native population by more than two-thirds. This catastrophic decline disrupted families, communities, and trading networks, weakening native resistance to Spanish, Mexican, and American intrusion.
By 1860, the state's native population had been reduced to 30,000, decimated by disease, poverty, the influx of gold miners, assimilation, and other historical factors. Just 40 years later, in 1900, this population had plummeted to 20,000.
During the later part of the 20th century, tribes throughout the United States joined in a struggle for Indian rights. A controversial 1987 US Supreme Court decision affirming Native Americans' right to build casinos on reservation lands dramatically changed the economic, political, and social landscapes of California's native peoples.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Minority health websites

Howka everyone. In doing research lately I have discovered that the major information needs of minorities are healthcare information. A majority of the minorities studied have little or no medical care or insurance. Thus getting complete information and resources regarding medical issues that are prevalent amongst minorities can be daunting for those without the technology or skills to retrieve this information. Access to reliable information is the most cost-effective and achievable strategy for sustainable improvement in health care. I would like to provide our members with some links to reliable healthcare & disease websites. I hope these sites help you find the information you need. if you have any questions feel free to email me . Karen

The first website is: Indian health services.
Official web site for the agency within the Department of Health and Human Services which is responsible for providing federal health services to American Indians and Alaska Natives. It provides information on agency related medical and professional progams, including disease specific programs. The site also offers news items, job and scholarship information, information technology resources, and information on nationwide programs and initiatives.

The second is : Medline Plus Health Information: Native American Health
Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, the site links to news, prevention/screening information, and research on Native American health. It provides links to resources in law and policy, organizations, and statistics as well as information on children, seniors, teenager, and women's health.

The third is :
Developed by the Regional Medical Library of the University of Washington, the Tribal Connections web site seeks to deliver health resources for Native Americans on the Internet. It offers links to various health topics, education and training, grants and funding, government resources, publications, and technology resources.

The fourth is :
Index of Native American Health Resources on the InternetComprehensive listing of Native American health resources. It provides links to general web resources, resources for teachers, public health/government resources, tribal/native health organizations, university programs, health boards and centers, and other organizations and websites.

Thursday, February 14, 2008


Date: 02/11/2008Author: Erin Crum Subject: HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS PROMOTION TO MAKE SELECT BOOKS AVAILABLE ONLINE FOR FREEContact: Erin CrumDirector, Corporate Communications (212)207 7223
Includes Books From Paulo Coelho, Neil Gaiman and Erin Hunter;Separately, More Than 100 Books Will Be Part of a Sneak Peek Marketing ProgramNew York, N.Y. (February 11, 2008) – HarperCollins Publishers today announced a variety of online promotions to allow consumers exclusive sampling of books on In the “Full Access” Program, a select number of titles can be seen in their entirety for a limited time; in the “Sneak Peek” Program, readers will be able to view 20% of many new titles two weeks before their on sale date; and the remaining titles in the digital warehouse are now available for 20% viewing after the on sale date in the “Browse Inside” Program. In the “Full Access” Program, HarperCollins is working with individual authors to test how free access affects books sales. For a one month period the following books will be available in their entirety on Paulo Coelho’s The Witch of Portobello; I Dream in Blue: Life, Death, and the New York Giants by Roger Director; Mark Halperin’s The Undecided Voter's Guide to the Next President: Who the Candidates Are, Where They Come from, and How You Can Choose;Mission: Cook!: My Life, My Recipes, and Making the Impossible Easy by Robert Irvine; and Warriors: Into the Wild, the first volume of the bestselling children’s series by Erin Hunter. In addition, a Neil Gaiman title will also be included.* After sampling online, consumers can follow a link to buy the book from any retailer. Additional title promotions will be decided upon on a case-by-case basis moving forward in consultation with our authors.“We developed the ‘Browse Inside’ platform to allow us to tailor promotions to reach new audiences online and to grow our authors’ sales,” said Jane Friedman, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide. “This is analogous to removing the shrink wrap from a book. The advantage of our digital warehouse is that we can securely, quickly and easily change what content is available, whether it is to meet an author’s request, to preview a title before it is on sale, or to promote backlist books. And we believe it’s the role of the publisher to develop tools to easily allow authors to promote their work to their communities online.” A key component of this program is the launch of a year-long promotion of bestselling author Paulo Coelho’s books. Each month an entire book will be available for free. The first book, currently accessible, is The Witch of Portobello. “I believe that online reading helps increase book sales,” said Paulo Coelho. “I am very pleased that HarperCollins is able to make my titles available online for my fans to read.” *As another example of an innovative “Full Access” promotion the Neil Gaiman book will actually be selected by his readers. Gaiman is blogging about the promotion on his journal at and inviting his readers to vote for which book will be offered in its entirety on The “Sneak Peek” program, which allows readers to preview 20% of the book two weeks before its on sale date, is already underway. Last month, Warriors: Power of Three #2, Dark River was made available through “Sneak Peek” and pre-orders doubled over the previous book in the series. Among the other titles being previewed in “Sneak Peek” in February are The Perfect Wife by Victoria Alexander, Deep Dish by Mary Kay Andrews, and Friend of the Devil by Peter Robinson. “‘Sneak Peek’ is a great program; Warriors fans are always asking what's going to happen next. I was thrilled to see the pre-publication buzz that this promotion generated in the online fan communities,” said Erin Hunter. HarperCollins first experimented with making a book available online for free in February 2006 when they worked with author Bruce Judson to host his book, Go It Alone!: The Secret to Building a Successful Business on Your Own. In August 2006 the company launched “Browse Inside,” allowing consumers to sample pages of thousands of HarperCollins titles on its Web site. About HarperCollins PublishersHarperCollins, one of the largest English-language publishers in the world, is a subsidiary of News Corporation(NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NWS, NWSLV). Headquartered in New York, HarperCollins has publishing groups around the world including the HarperCollins General Books Group, HarperCollins Children’s Books Group, Zondervan, HarperCollins UK, HarperCollins Canada, HarperCollins Australia/New Zealand and HarperCollins India. HarperCollins is a broad-based publisher with strengths in literary and commercial fiction, business books, children's books, cookbooks, mystery, romance, reference, religious and spiritual books. With nearly 200 years of history HarperCollins has published some of the world’s foremost authors and has won numerous awards including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott. Consistently at the forefront of innovation and technological advancement HarperCollins is the first publisher to digitize its content and create a global digital warehouse to protect the rights of its authors, meet consumer demand and generate additional business opportunities. You can visit HarperCollins Publishers on the Internet at

Tuesday, February 12, 2008


I am hoping that by April we will have the grand opening of the library. I just purchased a whole collection over 80 native American books written by Native American.. If any tribal members want to look at the site where I ordered them from , please go to . I will be sending a job listing for a few hours after school. I will also need volunteers that are interested in learning about running a library and also to promote literacy .