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
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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.

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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.