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 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
Kaplan Academy of Colorado
Kaplan Academy of Washington
AGAVE Distance Learning in Arizona
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 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.