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.

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 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.

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 biodiversepress (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. 6, 2008(2) `"We certainly could see tight credit having an effect onagricultural production,' U.S. Agriculture Secretary Edward Schafersaid Wednesday." From: 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 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 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:

For Additional Questions Contact: 951-659-2171 (ext. 2339) or

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 Press inquiries for Idyllwild Arts can be directed to Jeff Hocker at 760-320-5272 or

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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 -

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."
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.