Monday, December 28, 2009


Howka tribal members I stumbled acrtoss numerous writings about this story and thought I would post it .

Forbidden Archeology
The Hidden History of the Human Race
by Michael A. Cremo and Richard L. Thompson

Excerpt 1

The Neale Mortar and Pestle

Many discoveries of ancient artifacts were made under Table Mountain in Tuolumne County, California. One of the more well-attested cases is that of a mortar and pestle found by superintendent J. H. Neale of the Montezuma Tunnel Company. The stratigraphy at Table Mountain consists of a latite cap dated to 9 million years, andesitic tuffs, breccias, and sediments going back to 21.1 million years, rhyolite tuffs as old as 33.2 million years, and prevolcanic auriferous gravels, some as ancient as 55.0 million years. What follows are some excerpts from Forbidden Archeology describing this discovery made in the auriferous gravels of Table Mountain, dated from 33.2 to 55 million years old.

On August 2, 1890, J. H. Neale signed the following statement about discoveries made by him: "In 1877 Mr. J. H. Neale was superintendent of the Montezuma Tunnel Company, and ran the Montezuma tunnel into the gravel underlying the lava of Table Mountain, Tuolumne County. . . . At a distance of between 1400 and 1500 feet from the mouth of the tunnel, or of between 200 and 300 feet beyond the edge of the solid lava, Mr. Neale saw several spear-heads, of some dark rock and nearly one foot in length. On exploring further, he himself found a small mortar three or four inches in diameter and of irregular shape. This was discovered within a foot or two of the spear-heads. He then found a large well-formed pestle, now the property of Dr. R. I. Bromley, and near by a large and very regular mortar, also at present the property of Dr. Bromley." This last mortar and pestle appear on your right.

Neale's affidavit continued: "All of these relics were found the same afternoon, and were all within a few feet of one another and close to the bed-rock, perhaps within a foot of it. Mr. Neale declares that it is utterly impossible that these relics can have reached the position in which they were found excepting at the time the gravel was deposited, and before the lava cap formed. There was not the slightest trace of any disturbance of the mass or of any natural fissure into it by which access could have been obtained either there or in the neighborhood" (Sinclair 1908, pp. 117–118). The position of the artifacts in gravel "close to the bed-rock" at Tuolumne Table Mountain indicates they were 33–55 million years old. . . .

In a paper read before the American Geological Society and published in its journal, geologist George F. Becker (1891, pp. 192–193) said: "It would have been more satisfactory to me individually if I had myself dug out these implements, but I am unable to discover any reason why Mr. Neale's statement is not exactly as good evidence to the rest of the world as my own would be. He was as competent as I to detect any fissure from the surface or any ancient workings, which the miner recognizes instantly and dreads profoundly. Some one may possibly suggest that Mr. Neale's workmen 'planted' the implements, but no one familiar with mining will entertain such a suggestion for a moment. . . . The auriferous gravel is hard picking, in large part it requires blasting, and even a very incompetent supervisor could not possibly be deceived in this way. . . . In short, there is, in my opinion, no escape from the conclusion that the implements mentioned in Mr. Neale's statement actually occurred near the bottom of the gravels, and that they were deposited where they were found at the same time with the adjoining pebbles and matrix."

HOW TO SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS! in native languages

Howka tribal members... I just got this from the Native American Library group I belong to and thought I would share it.

HOW TO SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS! in native languages

ALEUT: Kamgan Ukudigaa
ALUTIIQ ALASKA Spraasnikam! [Happy Holidays]
WESTERN APACHE: Gozhqq Keshmish
AYMARA Sooma Nawira-ra
BLACKFOOT I'Taamomohkatoyiiksistsikomi
CENTRAL AHTNA C'ehwggelnen Dzaen
CHEROKEE: Danistayohihv &Aliheli'sdi Itse Udetiyvasadisv
CHEYENNE: Hoesenestotse & Aa'eEmona'e
CHOCTAW: Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito
CREE: Mitho Makosi Kesikansi
CREEK: Afvcke Nettvcakorakko
DINE/NAVAJO: Ya'at'eeh Keshmish
GITKSAN Hisgusgitxwsim Ha'niisgats Christ ganhl Ama Sii K'uuhl!
GUARAYU Imboeteipri tasecoi Tupa i vave!
GWICH'IN: Drin tsal zhit shoh ohlii & Drin Choo zhit zhoh ohli
HAWAIIAN: Mele Kalikimaka & Hauoli Makahiki Hou
INUPIAQ: annaurri Aniruq & Paglaun Ukiutchiaq
INUPIATUN: Quvianaq Agaayuniqpak
INUPIK Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!
IROQUOIS: Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson Homungradon Nagwutut & Ojenyunyat Osrasay
KAQCHIKEL Dios Tik'ujie' Avik'in
KOYUKON Denaahto' Hoolaanh Dedzaanh Sodeelts'eeyh
KUTCHIN Drin Tsal Neenjit Goozu'
LAKOTA: Wanikiya Tonpi Wowiyuskin & Omaka Teca Oiyokipi
MAYA/YUCATECO: Utzul Mank'inal
OJIBWE (CHIPPEWA) - Niibaa' Anami'egiizhigad & Aabita Biboo
ONEIDA - Wanto'wan Amp; Hoyan
NASKAPI Miywaaitaakun Mikusaanor
Q'ANJOB'AL Chi Woche Swatx'ilal Hak'ul Yet Jun Yalji Komami'
QUECHUA: Sumaj Kausay Kachun Navidad Ch'sisipi & Mosoi Watapi Sumaj Kausay Kachun
RETVARA Mamaka Wejejer??ka
SALCHA Dzeen Chox Teedle 'Aay Nayilkaa
SENECA: A:O'-E:Sad Yos-Ha:-Se:'
TANAINA: Natukda Nuuphaa
TEWA Hihchandi N??uphaa
TLINGIT - Xristos Khuwdziti Kax Sh Kaxtoolxetl
TUTCHONE/NORTHERN - T'ohudinch'i Hulin Dzenu & Eyum Nan Ek'an Nenatth'at Danji Te Yesohuthin Ch'e Hadaatle
YUPIK ESKIMO, ALASKA - Alussistuaqegtaarmek Piamceci!
YUPIK/SIBERIAN - Quyanalghii Kuusma & Quyangalleq Nutaghamun Aymiqulleq

Thursday, December 24, 2009


Howka tribal members. There is a website that has a database of unclaimed money. Type in your families last name and see what comes up.There is also a city one at I hope some of you tribal members get lucky and find some unclaimed money. I get half ayeeeeeeeeeeee..

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I just wanted to wish everyone a happy winter solstice... It looks like it's gonna be a cold winter on the rez...

Thursday, December 17, 2009


Howka tribal members, I am so excited by an email I just received. Tribal member and my late great uncle Augustine Quevas will finally get the military medals deserved to him. I just received an email from the office of Congresswoman Susan Davis. I had written to her requesting her to help me get the medals due to my uncle that was a POW. Uncle Augustine was captured and survived the Bataan Death March. He was later sent to 2 death camps and survived both of those. He was finally boarded with hundreds of other soldiers onto the Hell ship called the Shinyu Maru. This ship was ultimatelty torpedoed by the USS Paddle unknowing that it carried hundreds of our servicemen. Uncle Augustine never survived. His story will now be told and he will now get the medals he has been long overdue receiving.I will keep everyone posted of the actual ceremony.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Oklahoma Department of Libraries

With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries is sponsoring a 26-month course of study that will introduce selected participants to methods and strategies for designing research projects, identifying sources, accessing and using American Indian materials in local, regional, and national collections, and producing a short documentary using the information collected. A maximum of 20 Research Fellows from across the nation will be selected through a competitive process. Stipend awards are available.

Application guidelines, forms, and a sample application may be downloaded from the front page of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries website at Applications are due by 5 pm CST on February 1, 2010.

Please let us know if you have questions or need additional help.

Best wishes for the happiest of holidays,

Susan Feller

Project Director, 2009-2012 Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums Initiative


Melissa Brodt

Project Manager, 2009-2012 Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums Initiative


Friday, December 11, 2009

Music teacher arrested for child porn

Howka tribal members, I am praying that none of our tribal members have been in contact with this man, he lived in Santa Ysabel. I just wanteed our parents to be aware of what happened.

Music teacher arrested for child porn

Originally published December 10, 2009 at 2:04 p.m., updated December 10, 2009 at 2:36 p.m.

Courtesy San Diego Sheriff's Department
Mark Lewis Kinney
NORTH COUNTY — A music instructor was arrested at his home in Santa Ysabel Wednesday on suspicion of child abuse and child pornography, the Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.

Mark Lewis Kinney, 47, who has a music studio in Ramona and teaches private lessons throughout the county, was booked into jail on eight counts of lewd acts with a child, two counts of manufacturing child pornography and one count of possessing child pornography.

Sheriff’s investigators identified multiple female victims under the age of 14 who were also Kinney’s students, said Sgt. Jim Walker. The exact number of victims and their ages was not released.

Walker said the abuse has been going on “for quite sometime.” The parents of one victim reported the allegations to detectives three months ago.

In the 1990s, Kinney toured with major bands, including country star Kenny Chesney, as well as with his own band, Mojave River, Kinney wrote on his Web site. He teaches drums and piano.

A warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday after an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the District Attorney’s Office, sheriff’s officials said.

Authorities fear there may be additional victims. Many of his music students have been children.

Anyone with information about Kinney or other victims can call sheriff’s Detective Chris Davis at (858) 974-2310.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

free $10 Macy's gift cards

Howka tribal members, In honor of Virginia O’Hanlon, the 8 year old girl that inspired the famous” yes Virginia” editorial published in 1897, Macy’s is handing out free $10 gift cards to anyone named Virginia or Virgil on Dec. 11th..

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Meteor Showers this weekend

Howka tribal members, beacuse our rez is so high in the mountains we will have the best view of the upcoming meteor shower. This Sunday the Geminid meteor show will begin around 9pm. Expect to see about 140 meteors per hour.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lincoln and Native Americans

Howka tribal members, As California Indians we sometimes don't learn about what happened to non- California Indians in the past. I just received an interesting link, that I thought I would share.

Lincoln and Native America from the Black Hawk War to the Presidency

Saturday, December 19, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
The Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Panelists: Scott Stevens, The Newberry Library (chair); Gary C. Anderson, University of Oklahoma; Jennifer Denetdale, Northern Arizona University, John W. Hall, University of Wisconsin-Madison

A few days before Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, the United States government executed 38 Dakota prisoners of war in Mankato, Minnesota after Lincoln himself had reviewed their cases. Just over a year later, in 1864, Lincoln’s administration supported the forced removal of the Navajo from their homeland to a reservation in New Mexico. As a young man Lincoln served in the Black Hawk War, a conflict that he used later to great political effect, but which had immediate, grave consequences for the Sac and Fox peoples in Illinois. How does an understanding of Lincoln’s treatment of and policy toward Native peoples help us reconsider Lincoln’s legacy? The panelists will engage in a discussion with the audience after their presentations.

Admission is free. No reservations are required.

Visit two exhibitions on display at the Newberry: With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition, a Library of Congress exhibition, and Honest Abe of the West, an exhibition of the Newberry Library's collections.

Thursday, November 26, 2009


Howka brothers and sisters,I just wanted to share a site with everyone. The website It is an archive of names of people that attended Sherman in the late 1800's through the 1900's. It is listed by surnames.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Applications for Ramona Food & Clothes Closet’s Share Your Holidays party and toy distribution

Howka brothers and sisters, we all know how hard it is for our tribal members during this tough winter. I wanted to remind everyone to take advantage of the free food and toys being offered by Ramona Food & Clothes Closet’s . I hope some of our tribal members will be able to get the extra help they may need.

Food & Clothes Closet begins annual Share Your Holidays project
Published 11/25/2009 - 12:11 p.m. Rate This Article:

Applications for Ramona Food & Clothes Closet’s Share Your Holidays party and toy distribution will be taken from Tuesday, Dec. 1, through Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
To receive an invitation to the party, an adult member of the family must apply at the Ramona Food & Clothes Closet office at 773 Main Street. The Share Your Holiday program will be held on Sunday, Dec. 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Each child will receive a new toy from Santa Claus and there will be games, music and refreshments.
Ramona Food & Clothes Closet’s mission is to assist low-income and needy households in the community of Ramona, Julian, Santa Ysabel, Ranchita, Borrego and Warner Springs with emergency food boxes, clothing, medical supplies and referral services.
Each year its mission of service is realized through the Share Your Holidays program, the hallmark social services program of the organization. It is intended for children (ages 1 through 12) of low-income families to receive gifts of new unwrapped toys and to share in the joy of the holiday season. In addition, each child in attendance will receive a new toy from Santa Claus, and the children and their families will have the opportunity to participate in the fun.
Each family must pre-qualify for the program in order to participate. An adult family member must present a current picture identification card, proof of residency in Ramona, Julian, Santa Ysabel, Ranchita, Warner Springs or Borrego Springs, and documentation of all household income. (Income includes employment, social security, disability, AFDC, food allowance, unemployment compensation and child support.)
“In addition, we will provide a larger food box and a grocery voucher for Albertsons to all current recipients and households registered in the Emergency Food Box Assistance program for 2009,” said Brian Moore, manager and executive director of the food and clothes closet. “The larger food boxes will be available for pickup one week prior to Dec. 24.
Ramona Food and Clothes Closet will graciously accept donations of food and toys as well as money throughout December to make this a joyous and special holiday for these families, said Moore.
Donations may be brought to the thrift shop donations area in the rear parking lot Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ramona Food and Clothes Closet Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. All donations to the organization are tax-deductible. For more information on how to participate in this endeavor, call Ramona Food and Clothes Closet at 760-789-4458.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Service to Homeschooling Families

I was recently sent this information and wanted to forward it on to our tribal youth program. I am not sure if anyone on the rez is homeschooled, but in case there is someone I am hoping this may be beneficial.
Title: Service to Homeschooling Families
Format: Online
Dates: December 8, 2009 – January 11, 2010
To register for this workshop: Use the online registration form at
Fee: Special Rural Initiative Grant Fee: $0.00

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, well over one million children are being homeschooled in the United States. Studies show that a majority of homeschooling families rely on libraries as their primary source of learning materials. Although homeschoolers are among the most active users, few libraries offer specialized services to this high-needs population.

As a result of this course you will be able to:

· Reach out to homeschooling families

· Plan services benefiting homeschoolers, as well as other families

· Develop low-cost, high-impact programs targeted to homeschooling families

· Create collections for the widest possible use by homeschoolers

Author of "Helping Homeschoolers in the Library," Adrienne Furness will introduce you to the philosophies, trends, and regulations that impact homeschoolers and how homeschooling operates on a daily basis. You will come away with ideas on how to create a welcoming environment for these families and with strategies to reach out to and connect with homeschooling organizations in your community.

Course Description: During the course, you will be completing assignments and participating in online discussions, with the goal of learning from each other and generating a wide variety of outreach, program, and collection ideas. In online meetings you will have the opportunity to hear from librarians who have developed unique programs and services for this user community.

Preliminary Course Outline: Using your web browser and your Internet connection, you will log in to the Infopeople online learning site and complete the following learning modules:

· Module 1: Who Are Homeschoolers?

Homeschooling facts

Why families homeschool

Major philosophies and trends

Homeschoolers’ schedules

· Module 2: Outreach to Homeschoolers

Homeschooling laws

Homeschooling organizations

Potential library obstacles for homeschooling families

· Module 3: Developing Programs for Homeschoolers

Considerations when planning programs

Developing low-cost programs that have maximum impact

Welcoming homeschoolers into non-homeschooling programs

· Module 4: Developing Collections for Homeschoolers

Identifying items that will have the widest use

Locating reviews and evaluating resources

Balancing the collection

Housing the collection

Instructor: Adrienne Furness. Adrienne Furness is a Children's and Family Services Librarian at the Webster Public Library in Webster, NY. She has spent over a decade working with homeschoolers in various settings, providing basic library services as well as targeted programming and collections. She served as administrator of a 2005-2007 New York State Parent and Child Services Grant dedicated to better serving homeschoolers in the Monroe County Library System. Adrienne is a frequent conference speaker and the author of Helping Homeschoolers in the Library (ALA Editions, 2008).

Time required: To complete this course, you can expect to spend 2 to 2½ hours per week. You can work on each module at your own pace, at any hour of the day or night. However, it is recommended that you complete each week's assignments within that week to stay in sync with other learners.

Who Should Take This Course: Public library staff and managers who interact with homeschoolers, purchase materials, plan programs, or set library policies and procedures; school librarians from districts that provide additional services to homeschoolers; anyone interested in library services for homeschooling families.

Online Learning Details and System Requirements may be found at

Course Start: This online learning course starts on Tuesday, December 8, 2009. Because several holidays fall within what would normally be a four-week course, the end date has been extended to January 11 to allow sufficient time to finish the four modules.

If you would like to subscribe via RSS and be notified whenever new Infopeople training events are available, you can use these links:

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To view a complete list of Infopeople workshops and for general information about Infopeople Training opportunities, go to the main Infopeople Workshops page at

If you have questions about registration or scheduling of workshops, please contact Linda Rodenspiel, the Infopeople Project Assistant, at or by phone at 650-578-9685.

Monday, November 23, 2009


I wanted to post some information to help our tribal members either reduce their generator costs or their electricity costs by looking into solar. For many of our tribal members living up on the mountain, electricity isn't always an option the conventional way. By looking into some of these solar incentives we may be able to get some of the tribal homes off of their generators and cutting the gas costs. The website below has some information that may be worth looking into.
DSIRE is a comprehensive source of information on state, local, utility, and federal incentives and policies that promote renewable energy and energy efficiency. Established in 1995 and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, DSIRE is an ongoing project of the N.C. Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council.

Incentives/Policies for Renewables & Efficiency
BackTribal Energy Program Grant
Last DSIRE Review: 08/19/2009 Incentive Type: Federal Grant Program
State: Federal
Eligible Efficiency Technologies: Clothes Washers, Refrigerators/Freezers, Water Heaters, Lighting, Lighting Controls/Sensors, Chillers, Furnaces, Boilers, Air conditioners, Programmable Thermostats, Energy Mgmt. Systems/Building Controls, Caulking/Weather-stripping, Duct/Air sealing, Building Insulation, Windows, Doors, Siding, Roofs, Comprehensive Measures/Whole Building, other energy efficiency improvements may be eligible
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Passive Solar Space Heat, Solar Water Heat, Solar Space Heat, Photovoltaics, Wind, Biomass, Hydroelectric, Geothermal Electric, Geothermal Heat Pumps
Applicable Sectors: Tribal Government
Amount: Varies by solicitation
Max. Limit: Varies by solicitation
Web Site:


The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Tribal Energy Program promotes tribal energy sufficiency, economic growth and employment on tribal lands through the development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. The program provides financial assistance, technical assistance, education and training to tribes for the evaluation and development of renewable energy resources and energy efficiency measures.

DOE's Tribal Energy Program consists of program management through DOE headquarters, program implementation and project management through DOE's field offices, and technical support through DOE laboratories. Program management for the Tribal Energy Program is carried out by DOE's Weatherization and Intergovernmental Program, which provides programmatic direction and funding to DOE field offices for program implementation. DOE's field offices, specifically the Golden Field Office, issue solicitations and manage resulting projects.

Program funding is awarded through a competitive process. Click here to view current program funding opportunities.


Contact: Lizana Pierce
U.S. Department of Energy
Golden Field Office
1617 Cole Boulevard, MS 1501
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: (303) 275-4727
Fax: (303) 275-4753
Web Site:

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Native American Student Artist Competition

The U.S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education is excited that the 2010 Native American Student Artist Competition (SAC) is underway! We want to remind everyone that all artwork and essays must be postmarked by Friday, January 29, 2010. Below is an overview of the type of information 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 2010 SAC Instructions.

SAC registration – All students are required to register their entry online or call our toll-free number 1-866-259-0060 to register.

Previous winners – Check out the Art Gallery and Essay Collection to view winners from the competition’s previous 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 2009 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 2010 exhibit, please contact us.

Questions? Contact Rayanne Ganuelas at or 1-866-259-0060.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Howka everyone, this saturday 11-21-09 Brandie Taylor and Karen Vigneault will be hosting a tribal youth party. We will have food, games, book giveaways, snow cones, cotton candy, hot chocolate and bingo games with prizes. So parents, bring our tribal youth down to the old head start building / what is supposed to be the library building from 11 til the kids get tired.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Uncle Augustine J. Quevas

This is dedicated to my Uncle Augustine J. Quevas. He survived the Bataan death march. Survived the Davao Penal colony, then was placed on board the Shinyu Maru with hundreds of other men when on Sept. 7th the USS Paddle ( a US Navy submarine) torpedoed the ship not knowing it carried over 800 of our men.
Quevas, Augustine J., Sgt, USAAC, 19 BG 30 BS (Heavy), Shinyo Maru, 44.09.07

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Duke Collection of American Indian Oral History online

The Duke Collection of American Indian Oral History online provides access to typescripts of interviews (1967 -1972) conducted with hundreds of Indians in Oklahoma regarding the histories and cultures of their respective nations and tribes. Related are accounts of Indian ceremonies, customs, social conditions, philosophies, and standards of living. Members of every tribe resident in Oklahoma were interviewed. The collection includes the original tapes on which the interviews were recorded, as well as microfiche copies of the typescripts. The digital representation of the typescripts are organized by tribe but may be searched by interviewee, by interviewer, by tape number, or by keyword searching of the full-text of the transcript.

Sunday, November 8, 2009


Howka sisters and brothers, I have been buying some solar items and it made me think about our houses on the rez. Many houses have top pay SDGE to get an electricity pole by their house. So it got me to thinking about going solar.. There are some incentives that might make it easier to start with small projects on your house or trailer. Here is a link about some of the incentives.

Make sure you click on the project links as well

Friday, November 6, 2009

White House Tribal Nations Conference Video

Pres. Obama delivered the opening remarks at a White House Tribal Nations Conference and participated in a discussion with leaders from the 564 federally recognized tribes. The conference is addressing issues facing American Indian tribes such as economic development, housing and education. This is the first such meeting since 1994.

http://www.c- Watch/Media/ 2009/11/05/ HP/R/25569/ Pres+Obama+ Reaches+Out+ to+American+ Indian+Tribes. aspx

Tuesday, November 3, 2009


Howka brothers and sisters.. As many of you know I had gotten a grant for our rez to reopen our library. As you can see it is not open and many of our library supplies we purchased are missing. I am asking all of our tribal members to request that our tribal leader return the missing supplies as well as the money that has been left over from the grant. Our rez needs our library. As you know it is our tribal children that suffer from not having a library and books.Please help me reopen our tribal library. Bring this up at our next meeting and demand we get our library back to our people.

Thursday, October 29, 2009



Bringing Honor Through Education is the theme for the U.S. Department of Education, Office Indian Education’s 2010 Native American Student Art Competition. The competition, which celebrates the values and successes of education in Native American communities, is open to all American Indian and Alaska Native students in grades Pre-K through 12. The deadline for submissions is January 29, 2010.

By supporting this competition, the Office of Indian Education hopes to inspire students to explore the connection between their education and culture through art and writing. Entries for the 2010 Native American Student Art Competition should relate to the theme Bringing Honor Through Education and reflect the promise and importance of pursuing an education for Native youth. Submissions will be judged in six different grade levels, and prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the artist and writing categories.

In recognition of the students’ artistic talents, the 2009 Native American Student Artist winning entries were exhibited at the U.S. Department of Education, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Oklahoma History Center, and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

The Student Art Competition rules require that a student register their entry online or over the phone prior to submitting their entry. For additional information, rules, and entry form, please visit, email, or call (866) 259-0060.

Halloween Freebies

Howka brothers and sisters.. here are some freebies that I hope everyone can take advantage of :

Halloween Freebies
Free Taco - Get a free Taco at Taco Bell from 6pm-midnight (the all new Blackjack
Taco Bell will be offering a free taco to all customers on Halloween, between 6pm and midnight. You don’t even need a coupon!
The taco? Their all new Blackjack Taco with a black taco shell, seasoned beef, lettuce, a three cheese blend, and a zesty pepperjack sauce.
Bowling Games – Brunswick bowling is offering coupons for a free game of bowling, great as Halloween treats

Sears – Free Toy – When you visit Sears on Halloween with your kids in costume, they will give you a free toy from Mattel

YoCrunch Yogurt – Trade in any of your kids candy wrappers for a free YoCrunch yogurt coupon

Chipolte Burrito – If you dress like a burrito or a taco on Halloween, Chipolte will give you a free burrito or taco!
Word is beginning to grow about a free food opportunity at Chipotle restaurants on Halloween (10/31). Chipotle has done this for the last two years on Halloween. When you show up from 6pm until close sporting any “burrito themed” costume, you get one free burrito, taco, or salad. I guess even a tin foil hat passes for a costume.

Sears – Free Portrait Collage – Free Halloween portrait themed college with no sitting fee

TGI Fridays – Appetizers for 1 Penny at the Bar – 10/29 9pm

If you missed out on your free burger, maybe you can try appetizers for a penny TOMORROW 10/29 at the bar starting at 9pm. You must be dressed in a Halloween costume and buy 1 drink – ages 21 & up only! Pumpkin Pie martini, anyone?

Wednesday, October 28, 2009


There is a great online magazine called there are many articles and information that may benefit our people in managing their diabetes.

I'm Back

Sorry I hadn't been posting . I went to the STREAMS conference for tribal libraries museums and archives in Oregon. What a fantastic conference. SO many beautiful Indian faces. Nothing like spending a few days with Native women from so many nations.. I learned alot and made many connections that will benefit our people.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Howka sisters and brothers.. here is site where you can get free baby food sample of some organic food.. take a break from the commods LOL
Little Duck Organics, as you would guess, makes organic baby food made from all natural ingredients (NOT including ducks). They are currently give out free samples of their baby food products. Click the link for Litte Duck’s sample request page.

Enter you name, mailing info, and email. Flavor choices: strawberry mango, apple banana, or blueberry apple. You will have to confirm your request via email. Little Duck doesn’t say how long it will take, but they promise to get right on it.

Job Opening

The Denver Indian Family Resource Center is advertising for an Executive Director. The job announcement and position description is posted on the DIFRC website at Click on the job announcement for how to apply. Note: This position does not have a closing date at this time. Please forward to your contacts and distribution lists.
Thank you.

Karen Wilde
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Our vision: Generations of healthy, strong American Indian children and families. Our Mission: To strengthen vulnerable American Indian children and families through collaborative and culturally responsive services.

Friday, October 9, 2009

webinar series on "Engaging and Empowering Aboriginal Youth"

Please find attached information regarding an upcoming webinar series on "Engaging and Empowering Aboriginal Youth" presented by the Canadian School Health Knowledge Network and the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health.

Registration is free and those who register prior to Oct. 25th will receive a free toolkit (courtesy of Public Health Agency of Canada).

To register click link:
Please note that there are a number of other webinars related to engaging youth that you can also register for at the above link.

Or for more information please contact Claire Crooks at

Jessica Yee
Director, Native Youth Sexual Health Network
Chair, First Nations, Inuit, Métis Committee, Canadians for Choice

Thursday, October 8, 2009


Howka sisters and brothers,there are 2 websites up today that the county has published. Check your name or the name of your business and see if you are owed any money.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Howka brothers and sisters, as we get closer to gathering time I wanted to post something created by the Museum of Man. I think it would be a great little project for the kids.

Friday, October 2, 2009


Howka brothers and sisters, the recent law suit document was just posted on Turtle Talk's blog site.. SO if tribal members would like to see it .. go to

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Museum's art contest

Howka brothers and sisters, I think this is a great opportunity for our youth to showcase their skills and win some money.

Museum's art contest focuses on natural world
BALBOA PARK: The San Diego Natural History Museum and several partners are promoting a competition that encourages young people to explore the outdoors.
The Get to Know Contest, inspired by wildlife artist Robert Bateman, is designed to increase environmental awareness among children 18 or younger by inviting them to submit works of art about the natural world.
Forests are the theme. Entries can include drawings, paintings, writings and photography.
Children must submit their work by Nov. 30. The winning entries will be published in the 2011 Robert Bateman Get to Know Contest Calendar, on the Get to Know Web site and through other contest partners.
Winners also will receive prizes and VIP invitations to special events.
For more details about the contest, go to .

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

FEDERAL WEBSITES is a guide to federal agency websites that feature information for or about American Indians. Most of these websites focus on tribal matters, but there are a few general websites that are included for their importance. There are many more general websites important to tribes listed in the website at the end of this guide. There are many American Indian links in, but many of these links are extensive, so we haven’t included them in this guide. But if you haven’t found what you want here or in, it probably doesn’t exist. Questions, suggestions for improvement, and submittals of additional websites from federal agencies should be sent to
Census/Population Communication Education Environment/Wildlife Exhibits/Maps/Photographs

Federal Government Metasite Gaming Grants and Funding Health/Human Services

Highway/Engineering/Energy History Housing/Land Justice/Crime Military Recovery Taxes Treaties

Online Reference Tools List of Federal Agency Websites
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American Indian and Alaska Native Data and Links
American Indian Population and Labor Force Reports
Census Bureau
Department of the Interior, U.S.
Facts on the American Indian and Alaska Native Population
Tribal Statistical Areas Program, 2010 Census
Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
Culture Card, American Indian and Alaksa Native: A guide to Build Cultural Awareness
Federal Communications Commission
Tribal Homepage
Bureau of Indian Education
Department of Education, U.S.
Indian Education Office
Presentations from the 2009 Partnerships for Indian Education Conference
National Center for Education Statistics
National Indian Education Study, 2009
American Indian Tribal Rights, Federal-Tribal Trust Responsibilities and the Endangered Species Act
Department of Agriculture, U.S.
Office of Native American Programs
U.S. Forest Service Office of Tribal Relations
Environmental Protection Agency
American Indian Tribal Portal
Executive Order 13175
Fish and Wildlife Service
Native American Liason
National Park Service
U.S. Geological Survey
Native American Liason Team
Indian Arts and Crafts Board
Indian Arts and Craft Board Museums
Rhonda Williams
Gerald Yellowhawk
Earl Livermore
Library of Congress
American Memory Program
Map Collections
Native American History Collections
Online Exhibitions
Prints and Photographs Division
National Museum of the American Indian
Collections Search
National Portrait Gallery
Smithsonian Institution
American Art Museum
Encyclopedia Smithsonian: American Indian History and Culture
Federal and Tribal Government
Federal Emergency Mangagement Agency (FEMA)
Tribal information
Social Security Administration
American Indians and Alaska Natives
Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
Tribal Governments, A-Z
For Tribal Governments and Native Americans
Administration on Aging, Native American Programs
American Indian Probate Reform
Native Dispute Resolution Network
Navajo Code Talkers
Navajo Code Talkers Dictionary
National Indian Gaming Commission
Laws and Regulations
Reading Room
Native Dispute Resolution Network
Grants and Funding
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
Community Development Financial Institutions Fund
Department of the Treasury, U.S.
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Basic Grants and Basice Grants with Education/Assessment Option
Enhancement Grants
Native American Congressional Internships
Health/ Human Services
Administration for Children and Families TriTAC (Tribal Child Care)

Administration on Aging, Native American Programs
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
American Indian and Alaska Native Populations
Suicide Prevention
Tribal Consultation Advisory Committee
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
American Indian, Alaska Native
Department of Health and Human Services, U.S.
Office of Child Support Enforcement
Office of Intergovernmental Affairs (IGA) Tribal Affairs
Tribal Resource Guide, 2007-2008
Tribal TANF/Native American Employtment Works Program
Department of Labor, U.S.
Indian and Native American Programs
Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools
Indian Health Service
Area Offices and Facilities
Medical Programs
Violence Against Native Women
National Diabetes Education Program
National Library of Medicine
American Indian Health
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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Parents Speak Up National Campaign
PubMed Central
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
Army Corps of Engineers, U.S.
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Department of Energy, U.S.
Tribal Engergy Program
Federal Highway Administration
Tribal Planning
American Indian Liaison Office
Earliest Americans
How do I trace Indian Ancestry?
Museum of American History
Teaching with Historic Places: American Indian History
Tribal Historic Preservation Officers
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
Native American Graves and Repatriation Act
Department of Housing and Urban Development, U.S.
Information for Native Americans
Federal Lands and Indian Reservation Maps
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Minerals Management Service
Office of Indian Compliance and Asset Management
Office of Surface Mining
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Bureau of Indian Affairs
Department of the Interior, U.S.
Indian Trust
Department of Justice, U.S.
DOJ Agencies
Indian Tribal Government Grants Program
Policy on Indian Sovereignty and Government-to-Government Relations with Indian Tribes
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Tribal Youth Program
Office of Tribal Justice
Tribal Justice and Safety in Indian Country
Department of Veteran's Affairs, U.S.
Center for Minority Veterans
Indian Country Recovery Projects
Indian Tribal News
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Geographic Boundaries Determined for Tax Incentives Associated with Former "Indian Reservations in Oklahoma"
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Monday, September 28, 2009

Ramona Food & Clothes Closet

Howka brothers and sisters, I just saw this in the Ramona newspaper and thought it might help some of our tribal members out.

Share Your Holiday party applications due next week

Ramona Food & Clothes Closet’s mission is to assist low-income and needy households in Ramona, Julian, Santa Ysabel, Ranchita, Borrego and Warner Springs with emergency food boxes, clothing, medical supplies and referral services.
Each year the organization’s mission of service is realized through its hallmark Share Your Holiday social services program intended to serve children (ages 1 to 12) of low-income families to share in the joy of the holiday season, said Brian Moore, food and clothes closet general manager.
The program will be held on Sunday, Dec. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m. Each child will receive a new toy from Santa Claus and there will be games, music and refreshments.
To receive an invitation to the party, an adult member of the family must apply at the Ramona Food & Closet office at 773 Main St. Applications for the party and toy distribution will be taken from Monday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Each family must pre-qualify for the program to participate. An adult family member must present a current picture identification card, proof of residency in Ramona, Julian, Santa Ysabel, Ranchita, Warner Springs or Borrego Springs, and documentation of all household income. Income includes employment, Social Security, disability, AFDC, food allowance, unemployment compensation and child support.
In addition, Ramona Food and Clothes Closet will provide a larger food box and food voucher for all current recipients and households that register before Christmas in the Emergency Food Box Assistance program. The larger food boxes will be available for pickup one week prior to Dec. 25.
Ramona Food and Clothes Closet will accept donations of food and toys as well as monetary donations during the month of December to make this a joyous and special holiday for these families. Donations may be dropped off at the thrift shop donations area in the rear parking lot Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ramona Food and Clothes Closet Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) tax- exempt organization. All donations to the organization are tax deductible.
For more information on how to participate, call Ramona Food and Clothes Closet at 789-4458.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

A Profile of American Indians and Alaska Natives and Their Health Coverage

A Profile of American Indians and Alaska Natives and Their Health Coverage

This brief examines the health coverage, access to care and health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives across the country. Although the U.S. government has an established responsibility through tribal agreements to provide health care services to members of federally recognized Indian tribes, many American Indians and Alaska Natives lack access to health care.

The brief gives an overview of the some of the demographic factors that influence the health and insurance coverage of American Indians and Alaska Natives. It examines the relatively high rates of chronic conditions experienced by American Indians and Alaska Natives compared to other racial and ethnic groups.

The brief also provides information about the Indian Health Service and health coverage and access to care for this population.

Go to this link and you can access the pdf

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Happy Perewii Hunn or the Fall Equinox

KUMEYAAY CALENDARCalendar Graphic and Caption by Mike Connolly Miskwish, Campo Kumeyaay
KUMEYAAY MAT'TAAM means Kumeyaay Year

This calendar is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Kumeyaay calendar. Originally, the calendar was flexible and adaptive to changing conditions. One year the summer may be longer than others, while the next year the winter may be extraordinarily lengthy. Certain celestial events helped to readjust and reset the year.

The most important of these events was the ascendency of the constellation EMUU (Three Mountain Sheep) to its zenith just before dawn. This corresponds to the three stars of Orion's belt and they reach their zenith around the fall equinox of September 21st.

A mini season overlaps the fall. This was the season of KLII Anemshap or the acorn harvest season. It falls from September 21 to November 21.

Reading the calendar from the top is Perewii Hunn or the Fall Equinox. Fall is Kupiihaaw and the months are Hellyaa. December 21st is the winter solstice, called Hilyati in Kumeyaay. Hiichur is winter, ending in Perewii Hunn or Spring Equinox. Spring is Chiipam ending in Hilyati or Summer Solstice. The calendar concludes with Ippall or summer.

Months of the Kumeyaay Calendar:

Halakwol - September Halakwol - March
Halanyimcep - October Halanyimcep - April
Halatai - November Halatai - May
Halapisu - December Halapisu - June
Halamrtinya - January Halamrtinya - July
Halanitca - February Halanitca - August
Halakwol - September (Kumeyaay New Year)

The names of the months repeat after six months.
This is similar to the way we repeat hours on our clocks with 12 hours repeated after noon. The months are not exactly the same as the calendar most of us use today, months follow the phases of the moon, with adjustments made by the appearance of certain constellations.

Two of the Kumeyaay constellation names are:
The Three Mountain Sheep
The Hand and the Buzzard

The solstices are known as Hilyatai.

The Milky Way is called Hatotkeur.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Prayers for the Guiam Family

I just wanted to say my prayers are with the Guiam Family. I am sorry for the loss of our tribal member Jimmy. His passing is a reminder of the need for more minority organ donations.

Friday, September 18, 2009

U.S. Department of Education Launches "I Am What I Learn" Video Contest

Howka tribal members, I am hoping some of our youth will enter this contest. Parents, if you don't have a video camera, remember I bought a combo digital / video camera for the library with the grant. Go to the tribal office and ask to use the video camera.

U.S. Department of Education Launches "I Am What I Learn" Video Contest

The U.S. Department of Education has launched the "I Am What I Learn" video contest and asks students to respond to the president's challenge by creating videos, up to two minutes in length, describing the steps they will take to improve their education and the role education will play in fulfilling their dreams.

Students age 13 and older can create and upload their videos to YouTube by Thursday, Oct. 8. Submissions can be in the form of video blogs, public service announcements (PSAs), music videos, or documentaries. Students are encouraged to have fun and be creative with this project! The general public will then vote on their favorites to determine the top 20 finalists. These 20 videos will be reviewed by a panel of judges including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The panel will choose three winners, each of whom will receive a $1,000 cash prize. Visit to find out more. For updates or to find out more about the President's address, accompanying classroom materials or the video contest, visit or

Thursday, September 17, 2009

CDC health podcasts for free

Howka brothers and sisters, I know our reservation has many members struggling with numerous health issues. We also have many members that have cancer, diabetes or have had transplants. I wanted everyone to know about the CDC's podcast website.
You have to sign up... but it's free... Karen

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New ways to save tribal languages

Howka tribal members, I am hoping somebody from our tribe or our rez will see this and use it for our language.

Native languages find a pal in software
By LAUREN McSHERRY, Special to The Press-Enterprise

For years, Ernest Siva, a Morongo tribal member who runs a Southern California Native American educational and cultural center with his wife in Banning, has been working to preserve the Serrano language.

Siva and his sister, Arlene Craft, are the only fluent Serrano speakers left in the area.

Now, Siva has one more tool to help him do so.

On a recent day at the Dorothy Ramon Learning Center, Siva was introduced to a new software program called Language Pal that is used to digitally record words and phrases in Serrano.

Phrases, songs, prayers and multiple dialects can be recorded.

The software organizes the recordings and applies them to multiple choice questions, electronic flashcards and speech lessons. Once the language has been recorded, it can be exported to an iPod Touch or iPhone.

The software was developed by a husband-and-wife team, Don and Kara Thornton.

Their Banning based company, Thornton Media Inc., is devoted to harnessing new technologies to keep indigenous languages from vanishing. They use video games, iPods and iPhones in an effort to motivate younger generations to become language learners.

“It’s not just documentation,” Don Thornton said of the language software. “It’s revitalization. It’s teach the language, teach the songs, teach the stories.”

The fight to save threatened languages seems daunting.

There are 175 native languages remaining in the United States, but 90 percent of them will disappear in the next 20 years, Don Thornton said.

Siva hopes the software will appeal to younger generations of the Morongo tribe, making it easier and more fun for them to study Serrano.

“It’s good to start with a new technology,” said Siva, 72. “We’d like to be able to interact with the youth of today.”

“They’d probably be attracted to this more than a traditional language class,” his wife, June, added.

The plight of disappearing languages dates back to the late 1800s when the U.S. government opened off-reservation boarding schools that were part of a concerted effort to force native people to only speak English and to wipe out indigenous languages and culture, said Clifford Trafzer, professor of Native American history at UCR.

Tribes’ priority

In recent decades, many tribes have made it a priority to keep their languages alive, he said.

The Thorntons have devoted their lives to providing services for documenting endangered American Indian languages across the United States.

They have worked with more than 110 tribes and Canadian First Nations since 1995 when Thornton Media rolled out its first language program.

Over the years, the couple has worked with a number of tribes in the area to help them preserve their languages, including the Soboba, Twenty-Nine Palms and Pechanga.

The Thorntons have an RV that is set up as a mobile recording studio which they use to criss-cross the country, stopping at tribal nations that are working to revitalize their languages. The Thorntons sit with tribal elders and record them speaking their language, then show them how to use the software.

In the coming year, they plan to drive to North Carolina and the Northwest territories as well as work with Aborigines from Australia to record oral histories.

Each tribe retains the rights to the language software that its members create. It is up to individual tribes to decide how to distribute the software and whether to release the language software with their indigenous language to the public as an iPhone app or Nintendo DSI application, Don Thornton said.

Because Don Thornton is part Cherokee and collaborated with his family and friends, the company was recently able to launch two tools to teach the Cherokee language — a free iPhone app and a one-level demo video game called Rez World.

A former filmmaker, Don became interested in documenting the Cherokee language when he learned that his grandmother had never been credited for her work creating a Cherokee language dictionary.

As one of the few fluent speakers in her tribe in Tahlequah, Okla., his grandmother had also grown weary of the cumbersome repetition required to teach Cherokee.

On average, a student needs to hear a sound 85 times before being able to say it correctly, Don said.

“It must be tremendously frustrating for them to do that year after year,” he said of elder tribal members.

Don thought a computer program that could give voice to consonants, vowels and words upon a student’s command would be a more efficient way to teach Cherokee.

The Thorntons have been working the video game Rez World longer than Language Pal, but it is expensive to develop a video game.

educational tool

The game takes language learning to another level, immersing the player in a virtual world where everyone speaks Cherokee and the only way to score points is by engaging in conversation with the characters to get clues to winning each level.

“It is used solely for educational purposes only,” Kara Thornton said.

“But it’s still fun. It changes the whole mind-set of language acquisition.”

Rez World uses software developed by Alelo, a company that created similar video games for the military to teach conversational Arabic and other languages to service members being deployed overseas.

“The whole idea is you’re trying to teach language the way it’s used,” said Andre Valente, Alelo CEO.

© 2009 Press-Enterprise Company

Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Howka tribal members,
I know some of the kids are looking for things to do after school and I found a great site. This site shows how to make things out of recycled products. Less things we throw away on the rez the better it is for Mother Earth

Monday, September 14, 2009

Free computer lessons online has courses for learning graphics, software and design. The classes are done in video and some of them provide course materials. If you have some extra time on your hands, and you’d like to learn a new skill, this is a fantastic way to do it. I have NEVER seen offer a free subscription, so this is a super deal.

You’ll get a Free 7-Day Membership (no credit card or obligation required). If you love it, you can sign up for monthly and pay just $25/month.

You can learn things like Photoshop, Podcasting, Print Design, Search Engine Optimization, Video, and Blogging.

Sycuan reservation fire

My prayers go out to our people on the Sycuan reservation that were affected by the fire.
No one is injured in fire on Sycuan reservation
By Michael Burge
Union-Tribune Staff Writer
2:00 a.m. September 14, 2009
EAST COUNTY — No one was injured during a blaze that engulfed a house on the Sycuan Indian Reservation yesterday afternoon.
Dispatchers received a call of a garage on fire at a home on Sycuan Road at about 4:50 p.m. When fire crews from the reservation arrived, the flames had engulfed the two-story home, a fire official said.
Firefighters from Cal Fire, the San Miguel Fire Protection District and the San Diego Rural Fire Protection District fought the blaze.
A damage estimate was not available, and the cause is under investigation.
Michael Burge: (760) 476-8230;

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fabulous Freebies 2009

I saw this online and thought some of you tribal members might like to know about these freebies.

Fabulous Freebies 2009
by Erin Burt
Friday, September 4, 2009
provided by

It's been said that the best things in life are free -- and we couldn't agree more. That's why we're back with our third annual list of our favorite freebies.

We looked for primo goods and services, no useless junk allowed. And boy, did we find 'em, from financial management and planning helps to entertainment and vacation freebies.

Go ahead. Embrace your inner tightwad:

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• The Best Buys of Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring

• Quiz: What Kind of Spender Are You?

• You Can Buy That... Or This for a Lot Less

1. Free Video Games

If you're looking for games for the kids -- or an excuse to act like a kid yourself -- head to,, and for thousands of free online and downloadable games of all types.

For educational or just-for-fun games suited to young kids, check out,, and

2. Free Birthday Goodies

A slew of businesses will give you prime freebies on your birthday that almost make getting older worth it. For instance, anyone can get free admission to Disneyland or Disney World parks in 2009. Join the birthday club at Toys R Us and your child (younger than 10) will get a free toy or gift card every year.

If you sign up in advance to join the club at your favorite eatery, you could score free food on your birthday too. For example, you can get a free meal at Famous Dave's BBQ and free ice cream at Cold Stone Creamery and Baskin Robbins. Search the Web for "birthday freebies," then call your local restaurants to ask whether they participate in the deal.

3. Free Shipping

Special delivery! Some retailers still offer free shipping on every order, including (special-occasion gifts), (jewelry), (shoes), (clothes) and (shoes).

Many merchants offer free shipping if you can pick up the item at your local store, including, and This comes in handy for online-only items, oversize purchases or goods that have sold out at your local store. Or, look for free shipping deals when you spend a certain amount, such as orders over $25 at See for more deals.

More from Yahoo! Finance:

• Consumer Spending: What's In, What's Out

• The 7 New Rules of Financial Security

• 10 Ways Banks Siphon Money From You

Visit the Banking and Budgeting

4. Free Software

For most of your computing needs, you can get free software. For word processing and spreadsheets, go to For antivirus protection, head to For free basic photo editing, check out, or for more advanced touch-ups, try And to manage your finances, use the free programs at or

5. Free Stock Trades

At Wells Fargo, you get 100 commission-free online trades per year if your cumulative account balance is $25,000 or more (including your Wells Fargo checking and savings accounts, certificates of deposit, IRAs and brokerage accounts).

Also, offers ten free trades per month if you have $25,000 in your brokerage account.

6. Free Credit Report

By law, you're entitled to one free report once a year from each of the three main credit bureaus. Go to to find out what lenders can see about your credit history.

7. Free TV and Movies

Head online to watch free episodes from hundreds of TV shows -- old and current -- as well as free movies. And it's perfectly legal.

At you'll find a list of TV and movie sites including, and, as well as individual network Web sites, such as and

8. Free ATMs

A buck or two here and there may not seem like a big deal, but if you're frequenting ATMs outside your bank's network, the surcharges can add up quickly.

Get money from an ATM that belongs to a surcharge-free network. Allpoint has about 200 participating institutions and 32,000 ATMs. Money Pass has 600 members and 8,000 ATMs.

9. Free (and Risk-Free) Interest

Many banks offer free savings accounts, but they won't help your money grow. Instead, use a high-yield online savings account for your short-term savings, such as ING Direct, HSBC Direct and Emigrant Direct. They're FDIC-insured and were recently paying around 1.4%. They have no minimum-balance requirement, so you earn that rate whether you have $1 or $100,000 saved.

And consider the free interest-bearing checking accounts from ING Direct and Everbank. They're also FDIC-insured and were recently paying between 0.25% and 1.96%. (Most traditional banks' free checking accounts pay you nil.)

10. Airline Freebies

Airlines may be scaling back their perks, but some still have freebies for fliers. For instance, Southwest lets you check two bags for free, while most others charge extra for luggage. JetBlue lets you check one bag free, plus gives you access to free TV, satellite radio and all-you-can-eat snacks. Continental still serves free meals on several routes. And all kids under age 2 can fly free on your lap on any airline.

Don't forget about the free flights you can score by signing up for an airline's frequent-flier program (enrollment is also free). See the "Program Guide" at for the lowdown on each airline's rules.

11. Free Money for Grad School

On average, a year of graduate school costs $28,375 for a master's degree at a public school and $38,665 at a private school. But free money abounds, from grants and scholarships to assistantships and fellowships.

12. Free Rewards

You have to buy groceries and gas anyway, so why not use those purchases to get a little more green in your wallet? Sign up for a rewards credit card and get free money, gift certificates, airline miles or other perks. (Of course, it's only free if you pay the balance in full each month without incurring interest charges.)

When you have to make a purchase online, start at to earn another cool freebie: You click on an affiliated online retailer (there are hundreds) to do your shopping as usual, and a percentage of your purchase is given back to you in your BondRewards account. You then redeem your rewards for U.S. savings bonds or cash.

13. Free Financial Advice

Not to toot our own horn (okay, maybe just a little), but is a treasure trove of free financial advice. Our tools and calculators will help you get on the right financial track.

Our expert columnists will answer your personal-finance questions. For instance, Kim Lankford answers your general financial questions, Janet Bodnar tackles family and kid topics and Knight Kiplinger advises readers on ethics and money matters.

14. Free Mobile Apps

You spent all that money on a new iPhone. Now download some free apps to help you save money and recoup the cost. For instance, the free or Quicken apps help you track your spending and manage your money and investments on the go. AMT Hunter can help you find a surcharge-free machine near wherever you are. And iShop can help you search for the lowest price on an item before you buy.

There are plenty of other useful applications at the iTunes App Store, with free recipes, weather updates, diet help, music, games and more.

15. Free Books, Movies, & Music

If you haven't been to the public library lately, dust off your card. It's your ticket to mounds of free books, magazines, CDs and movies.

Many libraries also offer free lectures, book readings and community clubs to residents.

16. Free Online Bill Paying

Stop paying your bills by check and put their payment on autopilot. At many banks, including Bank of America, BB&T, SunTrust and Wachovia, you get free bill paying with every online checking account. (Be sure you read the fine print -- some banks may require you to maintain a certain balance in your checking account to get the freebie.)

But even if your bank doesn't give you this freebie, you can probably arrange for automatic bill paying directly with the parties sending the bills, such as your utility, credit-card, phone and mortgage companies.

17. Free Kids' Meals

Yes, there is such a thing as a free lunch -- or dinner. Kids eat free at Denny's, Lone Star Steakhouse and Roadhouse Grill every Tuesday night (and some Saturdays) with a paying adult. IHOP, Golden Corral, Marie Callender's and Chevys restaurants offer kids-eat-free deals at select locations.

You can search for eateries in your area at

18. Free Digital Storage Space

With free online backup storage, you can protect your important files and photos from computer crashes, theft or natural disaster.

For instance, and each give you 2 gigabytes of free and secure digital storage space. You can also store your cherished photos and videos at sites such as and You can also store your pics at photo-print ordering sites such as, or, as long as your account is active.

19. Free Tech Recycling -- With Benefits

Not only is it getting easier to keep your old electronics out of the landfill, but you may even get some free cash in exchange. Services such as,, and recycle or refurbish your old tech and send you a check in return. They take cameras, cell phones, MP3 players, game consoles and more.

If you can't find anyone willing to pay for your dinosaur, look for other free places to recycle. For instance, Best Buy will take many of your tech castoffs at no charge. And keep your eyes open for free e-recycling days in your city.

20. Free Capital Gains

Who wouldn't love to let their investments grow 100% tax-free? Take a pass on paying capital-gains taxes by investing in a Roth IRA. Any money you put into your Roth grows tax-free, and you won't owe Uncle Sam a dime when you cash out in retirement. It's all yours.

See 10 More Fabulous Freebies
Copyrighted, Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

White House Internship Program

White House Internship Opportunity
(via the American Indian Leadership Initiative)
White House Internship Program

The White House Internship Program provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable professional experience and build leadership skills. This hands-on program is designed to mentor and cultivate today’s young leaders, strengthen their understanding of the Executive Office and prepare them for future public service opportunities.

The White House is pleased to announce that the application for the 2010 Spring Internship is now available at

Applications are due September 20, 2009.

The application includes two essays, three letters of recommendation and a resume.

Each applicant will be evaluated on three basic qualities: a commitment to public service, demonstration of leadership in the community and dedication to the mission of this Administration.

The applicant's communication, writing and office skills will also be reviewed and considered. An applicant's GPA is not figured into the final score, and each application is reviewed on a semi-blind basis.

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Howka tribal members, I just wanted to give you another great website. is a great website that supports our native singers.
The website has music, news, speeches made by tribal leaders. The streaming radio is a great way to break away from the mainstream music scene.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

CAL TRANS Native American Liaison Branch TRIBAL MAP

Native American Liaison Branch
The Department of Transportation recognizes the unique sovereign status of Federally recognized Tribes and the cultural values of all Native American communities in California, and it is committed to strengthening the Government-to-Government relationship with the Tribes.

There are currently 108 federally recognized tribes in California. These Tribal Governments hold inherent powers of limited sovereignty and are charged with the same responsibilities as any other governmental authority: Planning the use of their resources to meet their social, economic, cultural and political needs.

California is home to the largest Native American population in the country, including Federally recognized Tribes, terminated, or non-federally recognized Tribes, and urban Indian communities.

This web site is designed to provide information from the Department of Transportation, as well as links to other Native American web sites.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Sustainability Fair - Aug. 6th and 9th, 2009

Howka tribal members, I am hoping not only tribal members will attend this but also the people in charge at our casino.

Sustainability Fair - Aug. 6th and 9th, 2009
Keepin’ It Green, San Diego!
Sustainability Fair: August 6th Commercial, August 9th Residential

Join CCSE in celebrating a healthier, more sustainable lifestyle at our second annual Sustainability Fair. It’s a place for San Diegans to learn about reducing their carbon footprint, lowering energy costs and curbing waste and water consumption.

We welcome participants to exhibit products and services related to energy efficiency, renewable energy, green building, transportation and climate change. We’re promoting a partnership between people and the planet that can lead to future prosperity for everyone.

Last year’s event was so popular that we have decided to host a two-day event this year. First is a weekday event with a focus on business and commercial participants. The second day is on the weekend with a focus on residential consumers. Both groups are eager to hear about ways to save on energy costs, learn about renewable technologies and know more about what it means to live sustainably.

Make a difference and help green our world by partnering with CCSE today!

Sustainability Fair at a Glance
San Diego event showcasing energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy and other green products and services

Commercial and residential green-conscious consumers

Thursday, August 6, 2009 – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Commercial)
Sunday, August 9, 2009 – 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Residential)

California Center for Sustainable Energy
8690 Balboa Ave., Suite 100
San Diego, CA 92123

Monday, August 3, 2009


Howka brothers and sisters,
As many of our tribal members prepare for college I wanted to share an excellent website to offset the cost of books. The website
allows students to rent the book rather than purchase them .As we know selling books back to the school dosn't give us much money in return. By renting books our tribal members can save alot of money.

Monday, July 27, 2009

San Manual Indian Bingo Sweepstakes

Del Taco launches Bold Challenges sporting sweepstakes

24 Jul 2009

San Manual Indian Bingo & Casino and Del Taco have launched a Bold Challenges sweepstakes that will give residents of California, Arizona and Nevada the opportunity to challenge the sports champion of their choice.

Winners can choose to challenge one of five champions: hockey player Luc Robitaille, ultimate fighter Tito Ortiz, race car driver Matt Kenseth, boxer Sugar Ray Leonard or poker player Annie Duke.

Entries will be accepted from July 29 through Aug. 28, and the winners will be notified in early September.

Participants can enter online or by texting the champion’s name to 34343 (for example, text Luc to 34343). Additional details and a special offer from San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino are available at participating Del Taco locations.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

free cookbook

Sun Maid is sending out a free cookbook that contains awesome looking recipes from breakfast to dinner. Examples include tropical breakfast risotto or vegetable, raisin, and rice salad. You can also get these 17 recipes in PDF. Check it out!

Monday, July 13, 2009


Fatality in Pala identified as 16-year-old boy

PALA- Friends and family are mourning a 16-year-old boy who apparently died after being struck by one or more vehicles on the Pala Indian Reservation.

Andrew Thomas Smith Jr. was found lying unresponsive in the roadway at Pala Temecula Road and Moro Road around around 2:45 a.m. Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol and the San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office.

He was taken to Pala's fire station, where he was pronounced dead at 3:15 a.m., the Medical Examiner's Office reported.

Smith lived on the Pala reservation with his father. His ATV was found nearby, according to the Medical Examiner's Office.

(previous story Sunday, July 12, 2009)

Fatal accident in Pala

PALA- One person Advertisement
was killed early this morning on a highway that runs along the Pala Indian Reservation, the California Highway Patrol said.

The CHP dispatcher on duty this morning had little information about the incident reportedly occured at

2:44 a.m. on Pala Temecula Road at Moro Road in Pala.

However the dispatcher did confirm that a person had died, but did not know whether a car or motorcycle was involved. The dispatcher also didn't know if any other people were injured.

The southbound lanes of Pala Temecula Road were shut down near the scene for about two hours. The Pala Casino Spa and Resort is about a mile southwest of where the fatality occurred.

2008 Twin spirit Women's gathering

Howka, this is a you tube video put together by the sisters from native out. The event is open to lesbians and bisexual and transgendered Native women and their non native partners and children. The event this year will be July 23-26. Contact me at if you are interested in attending.

Apollo 11 mission recreated

Howka tribal members,
For those of you that are too young to have experienced the landing on the moon, You will now be able to watch the Apollo 11 mission recreated in real time on the Web. The website goes live at 8:02 Thursday 90 minutes before the 40th Anniv. Of the Apollo

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

For Moms and Moms-to-Be

For Moms and Moms-to-Be:
1. Home Made Baby Food at "The Bump"- Every 1st Wednesday of the month, the W Hotel hosts "the Bump," where moms and babes get together to learn about local resources and services. Dining Details will be showcasing baby food at the July, August, and September meetings.
2. Indigo Dragon Open House- Come learn about hypnobirthing, acupressure, and pre and post natal massage at the Indigo Dragon Open House. Healthy, organic appetizers provided by Dining Details, with samples of organic, home made baby food. For more information on this event, please email


Howka tribal members, Just wanted to post some links that will offer freebies for our tribal children on their birthday.
Free birthday stuff for kids
Hot Wheels - FREE Coupon for a FREE hotwheels car on your child's birthday!

Burger King - FREE Hamburger Meal Birthday Club!

Denny's - FREE Kids under 10 will receive a "Happy Birthday" Postcard in the mail redeemable for a FREE Kid's Entree From the kids menu and a FREE Kids Sundae!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

In Honor of Gloria Castenada

Howka tribal members, In honor of Gloria Castenada and her one year anniversary this weekend. I wanted to post a website that is out of Baja California where Glorias village is located. The website has many of her songs. Gloria is missed by many of us. She brought beautiful songs and basketry to our people. Below is the website.

Thursday, June 4, 2009





8:00 AM to 9:00 AM Registration,

Continental Breakfast, Cahuilla Ballroom

9 AM to 10 AM Call to Order


Welcome, Helen Doherty, Chair N.A.C.

Introduction of Guests

Greetings, Richard Milanovich, Tribal Chair

John Chiang, CA State Controller

Judy Chu, Vice-Chair CA State B.O.E.

10:10 AM to 11:10 AM Workshops

11:20 AM TO 12:20 PM Workshop

12:30 PM to 2:30 PM Lunch Cahuilla Ballroom

12:45 PM to 1:15 PM Legislative Luncheon Panel:

Hon. Wilmer Amina Carter, 62nd Assembly District

Hon. Gloria Negrete McLeod, 32nd Senate District

Hon. Manuel Perez, 80th Assembly District

Hon. Norma Torres, 61st Assembly District

1:20 PM to 2:00 PM Native American Issues Panel

Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians

Hon. Corrina Garbani, Councilwoman

California Association of Tribal Governments

Hon. Matt Franklin, Chairman

California Indian Legal Service

Devon Lee Lomayesva, Executive Director

IipayNation of Santa Ysabel

2:40 PM to 3:40 PM Workshops

3:50 PM to 4:30 PM Blessing, Evaulations and Comments

Cahuilla Ballroom


10:10 AM to 11:10 AM Workshops

No Child Left Behind...The State of Education in California

Hon. Gloria Romero (24th S.D.), Hon. Tom Torlakson (11th A.D.)

Health Care Crisis: Is There An Answer:

Dr. Charise Ivy, M.D., James Lott, Hon.

Hector DeLaTorre (50th A.D.)

Running For Office? Become a Activist in Your Community

Hon. Debbie Franklin, Banning City Council

Hon. Louie Luijan, La Puente City Council

Hon. Greg Pettis, City of Cathedral City Council

Tailoring Your Resume to What the Employer Wants

Lori Winfree, (Lumbee)

Basket Weaving...Diania Caudell, (Luiseno)

Story Telling...Sue Diaz, (Chumash)

11:2 AM TO 12:20 PM Workshop

Health Care Crisis: Is There An Answer:

Dr. Charise Ivy, M.D., James Lott, Hon.

Hector DeLaTorre (50th A.D.)

Effect of Domestic Violence on Families

Hon. Ted Lieu (53rd A.D.), Hon. Pedro Nava (35th A.D.)

National Children’s Study: What Does It Mean?

Teresa Morris, Ph.D.

The Real Importance of Census 2010

Elaine Dempsey, Pam Ames (Cherokee)

Emily Chavez (Apache-Isleta Pueblo )

The Role of Women in the 21st Century

Denise Clendening, PhD., Vivian Yoshioka, (AFSME)

2:40 PM TO 3:40 PM Workshops

Effect of Domestic Violence on Families

Hon. Ted Lieu (53rd A.D.), Hon. Pedro Nava (35th A.D.)

National Children’s Study: What Does It Mean?

Teresa Morris, Ph.D.

Running For Office? Become a Activist in Your Community

Hon. Debbie Franklin, Banning City Council

Hon. Louie Luijan, La Puente City Council

Basket Weaving ...Diania Caudell, (Luiseno)

Story Telling...Sue Diaz, (Chumash)

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Writing Competition Invites Native Americans to Share Insights on Economy

Writing Competition Invites Native Americans to Share Insights on Economy
Six awards of $10,000 each will be given to Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and American Indian individuals who have written essays depicting the challenges and opportunities they face in the current political and economic climate....

Posted on May 23, 2009
Deadline: September 15, 2009

Friday, May 1, 2009

Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest 2009

Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest 2009

What's the Contest About?
The EPA, Generations United, the Dance Exchange, and the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., announce a poetry, essay, photo and dance contest "that best expresses the Sense of Wonder that you feel for the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes." We want you to share this love of nature with a child and others around you. When we teach our eyes and ears and senses to focus on the wonders of nature, we open ourselves to the wonders around us.

In 2009 many people, communities and organizations across the United States will be celebrating the Year of Science, consider submitting an entry expressing how science has contributed to your sense of wonder and appreciation of the natural environment.
Contestants will work across generations to share through one of these distinct mediums their own interactions with and reflections on the wonders of nature.
Dance video entries are not limited to the moving body. You can use live performers and/ or capture movement and change visible in nature: birds landing, trees shaking in a storm, a river flowing...
Experienced and first time dancers and video makers are encouraged to participate.
Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest 2009.
Entries are due June 10, 2009


Tuesday, April 28, 2009


Saturday, July 18 - Tuesday, July 21, 2009U i i f C lif i B k lCollege HorizonsIs Your Tribe From California?Are you a current or former undergraduateat University of California, Berkeleystudent interested in Graduate School,Medical School, Law School, orMBA Programs?If you answered YES thenplease consider applyingto the 2009 SummerGraduate Horizons ProgramThe Graduate Horizons Program is a four-day "crash course" on issues facing Native Americancollege students, master's students, or alumni which helps prepare them for graduate school(master's, Ph.D., or professional school). Faculty, admission officers and deans representing hundreds ofgraduate disciplines and a host of graduate and professional schools will help you:² Select programs and career pathways suitable for you Contact² Learn what turns an applicant into an admitted student² Learn graduate school survival tips² Meet others with similar goals² Become a test-prep "whiz kid" on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, & MCAT² Students will be selected by application. Second round receipt deadline is Feb. 27. Applications will beaccepted on a space available basis to June 1st (after May 1st, please contact us).²Christine Suina,Program Coordinator# (505) 401.3854info@collegehorizons.orgComplete program cost is $175 (includes tuition, room, meals, and transportation to campus from theOakland airport). Students are responsible for their own airfare, but substantial funds are available forairfare and tuition assistance (in 2008 the 70% of our students received travel awards).Note: Tribal members are eligible to apply, including Federal and Non-Federal Recognized NativeAmericans. Copy of Tribal Enrollment, Certificate of Indian Blood or letter of support from your tribe,tribal community, or tribal organization is required.Collaborating partners: American Indian Graduate Center, Winds of Change magazine, the Princeton Review Foundation, UCBerkeley American Indian Graduate Program, Cal NERDS, and many of the nation's finest graduate and professional programs.To Apply Visit: www.collegehorizons.orgMap credit: California Indian Library Collections:

Monday, April 27, 2009


Attention Native American, Native Hawaiian, & Alaska Native Students
College Horizons Saturday July 18 – Tuesday July 21 2009
The Graduate Horizons Program is a four-day “crash course” on issues facing Native American
college students, master’s students, or alumni which helps prepare them for graduate school
(master’s, Ph.D., or professional school). Faculty, admission officers and deans representing hundreds of
graduate disciplines and a host of graduate and professional schools will help you:
Saturday, Tuesday, 21, at UC Berkeley
􀂔 Explore special issues for Native American students
􀂔 Select programs and career pathways suitable for you
􀂔 Learn what turns an applicant into an admitted student
􀂔 Become a test-prep “whiz kid” on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, & MCAT
􀂔 Find your way through the financial aid,
scholarship, and fellowship jungle
􀂔Complete winning applications
􀂔 Write memorable personal statements
Christine Suina,
Program Coordinator
PO Box 1262, Pena Blanca,
New Mexico, 87041
Phone: 505.401.3854
Dr Whitney Laughlin
􀂔 Learn graduate school survival tips
􀂔 Meet others with similar goals
􀂔 Students will learn about a broad variety of programs and establish personal relationships with graduate
school representatives that continue long after the program is over.
􀂔 This program is geared toward Native American (enrolled members), First Nations, Alaska Native, or
Native Hawaiian college students, college graduates, or master’s students.
Dr. Laughlin,
Program Director
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􀂔Students will be selected by application. First round receipt deadline is Feb. 2; 2nd round is Feb. 27.
Applications will be accepted on a space available basis to June 1st (after May 1st, please contact us).
􀂔 Complete program cost is $175 (includes tuition, room, meals, and transportation to campus from the
Oakland airport). Students are responsible for their own airfare, but substantial funds are available for
airfare and tuition assistance (in 2008 the 70% of our students received travel awards).
􀂐 American Indian Graduate Center 􀂐 Oregon Health Sciences University 􀂐 University of New Mexico
Programs and Universities Attending:
􀂐 Arizona State University
􀂐 Cornell University
􀂐 Dartmouth College
􀂐 Duke University
􀂐 Harvard University
􀂐 Institute for Broadening Participation
􀂐 Institute for Recruitment of Teachers
􀂐 Lewis & Clark Law School
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􀂐 Oregon State University
􀂐 Seattle University
􀂐 Stanford University
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􀂐 The Princeton Review Foundation
􀂐 University of Arizona
􀂐 University of CA, Berkeley
􀂐 University of CA, Los Angeles
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􀂐 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
􀂐 University of Pennsylvania
􀂐 University of Puget Sound
􀂐 University of Utah
􀂐 University of Washington
􀂐 Washington State University
􀂐 Washington University
􀂐 Yale University
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Collaborating partners: American Indian Graduate Center, Winds of Change magazine, the Princeton Review Foundation,
UC Berkeley American Indian Graduate Program, Cal NERDS, and many of the nation’s finest graduate and professional programs.
􀂐 State University 􀂐 University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 􀂐 Consortium for Graduate Study in
Management (representing 14 Business Schools)
Photo credits: Kevin Leonard

National Museum fo the American Indian Collections

Howka tribal members.. I was just sent this link from the American Indian Library Association emails. Thought our tribal members might enjoy looking around the site and seeing what they have that came from Santa Ysabel.
National Museum fo the American Indian Collections Search - The National Museum fo the Amercan Indian has a program whose goal is to digitize all 800,000+ item in their collection; 5,500+ are currently available. You can search by "People/Cultures", "Artists/Individuals", "Places", or "Object Specifics" (which consists to these choices: "Archeolgocial Items", "Ethnographic Items", "Modern and Contemporary Arts", "Photographic Collections", and "All of the Above Categories"). There is also an "Advanced Search" tool.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Native Lesbian & Gay pride

Howka tribal members,
For those of you that don't know I am the leader of Nations of the 4 Directions which is a 2 spirit Native American Lesbian and Gay support group. There are 2 events that some 2 spirit tribal members might want to participate in.
July 18th is Gay pride parade in San Diego and we will be marching. I am hoping other 2 spirit tribal members might want to come down to the city and participate. If you would like to march with us please email me (Karen)at the email below.

Also July 23-26 is the 2nd Annual 2 spirit native women's gathering in San Diego at the girl scout camp. I am looking for speakers to conduct workshops, teach how to do basketry and other cultural things. The event is free and open to all 2 spirit Native women and their non native partners and children. Please email me if you are interested.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Native Grants

Howka tribal members, I received some information about some grants we could possibly get for our youth and library. If the youth department is interested contact me so we can work together. Karen

Native Voices Endowment Announces Request for Proposals
Grants and scholarships will be given to individuals working to document or revitalize the languages of Native American tribes that came in contact with the Lewis and Clark Expedition between 1803-1806....

YouthActionNet Invites Applications for Global Fellowship Program
Twenty young social entrepreneurs will engage in a yearlong program designed to build their skills, experience, and contacts and enhance their leadership of innovative, world-changing organizations.

Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends, and Foundations and Nordstrom to Award Matching Books for Babies Grants
Twenty matching grants of $500 each will be awarded to libraries, groups, and nonprofits for the purchase of kits containing books and other early literacy-promoting materials to help parents read to their babies.
[posted on PND RFP Bulletin, April 10, 2009]