Friday, February 25, 2011


HOWKA SISTERS AND BROTHERS... I was just sent another educational opportunity and am hoping a tribal member may apply.
The University of Pittsburgh's I3, iSchool Inclusion Institute ofInformation Sciences is accepting applications through March 4.
About i3 Who should apply to i3? The i3 Program is designed for undergraduate students from accreditedcolleges and universities and who have an interest in graduate schooland the information sciences. Students should also be able todemonstrate their commitment to diversity and inclusion in theirpersonal or professional lives. For more information on who shouldapply, check out the 'Who Should Participate' section. What does i3 include?Year 1 - Four-week Introductory InstituteThe i3 Program is a four-week residential summer institute, hosted atthe University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania. Students will beimmersed in special-topics workshops, learn about the field from guestspeakers, and engage in team projects. In addition, students willreceive practical advice on how to apply to graduate school, securefinancial aid, and develop professional networks. Weekly cultural andrecreational fieldtrips will provide students with fun and informativeexperiences, too! Team ProjectAfter the four-week institute, students will pursue a year-long teamproject (using social networking or collaborative technology) underthe guidance of a faculty mentor. Projects will be determined by theteam and will emphasize creativity and innovation. Year 2 -Two-week Concluding InstituteTo build on their Year 1 experiences and conclude the i3 Program,students will return to the University of Pittsburgh in the secondyear. Students will present their team projects to iSchool faculty andindustry professionals for feedback and help, as well as consult withmentors and representatives from various iSchools across the country. Extra BenefitsAll students will receive a stipend of $50 per day while at i3. Inaddition, all travel, housing, and dining expenses will be covered bythe i3 Program. Most importantly, students will receive anoutstanding educational experience that can also give them a strategicadvantage in today's competitive job market! For more information onexactly what the i3 includes, check out the 'Institutes' section. Where and when is i3?The i3 Program is hosted by the University of Pittsburgh, inPittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The first four-week institute will be held June 6th - 30th, 2011.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Howka, An Indian health organization is asking that ca. Native women please fill out this survey. From: Native American Health Center via facebook

Hello Friends,

NAHC is conducting a statewide needs assessment on existing levels of awareness on alcohol, drugs, and other related needs. We are asking Native Women in CA to fill out this survey. The survey will be used to collect data about the level of awareness of alcohol, drugs and related needs of Native Women in our communities across the State of CA. PLEASE HELP US TO CIRCULATE THE SURVEY FAR AND WIDE WITHIN THE STATE OF CA. The survey is electronic so survey-takers can simply follow the link below to get started. Thank you for your help:)!

♥, Healing Circle Team

Friday, February 18, 2011


Howka tribal members.. I don't know if anyone knows it but Pala now has their own radio station.. it can only be heard from their rez.. BUT ! it is now also on the internet.. at
They are using it to keep tribal members aware of things happening on the rez.. like when the fires hit Indian country back in 2007.. Check it out ..

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Honor the abundant vitality of a traditional Native American diet

Containing many super-foods, the traditional diet of Native Americans offers great health. A diet rich in berries, roots, and nuts traditionally kept tribal members powerful and robust. As the modern diet displaced these nutrient dense foods, the health of Native Americans began to decline.

An article by the Organic Consumers Association reports on the need to combat the epidemic of diabetes and childhood obesity among modern Native Americans with a return to the traditional diet enjoyed by their ancestors.

Bea Medicine, a Native American Anthropologist, describes the change in diet:

"Traditional food staples of Indian tribes--wild game, berries, roots, teas, and indigenous vegetables--were high in protein and low in fat. That's a switch from the modern Native American diet, which is high in fat and refined starches and sugars."

Kibbe Conti, a nutritionist who works with tribes nationwide, continues:

"It started when Indian people were no longer free to live off the land. After the tribes were placed on reservations, they were fed government rations of processed food. Much of reservation lands could not be farmed. The shift from hunting, gathering and farming to a cash economy in the early 1900s forced family members to leave home in search of work."

Today, tribal members consume a diet of government commodities, including cheese, canned meat, processed packaged food, lard and powdered milk.

In contrast, the super-foods enjoyed for centuries by Native Americans, such as mesquite, blueberries, sassafras, and hazelnuts, kept individuals thriving with an absence of diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

Mesquite flour is a low-glycemic, gluten free, nutrient packed super-food. It is an excellent source of the amino acid lysine and is rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc. This healthy flour is also high in both protein and fiber. Since mesquite flour supports stable blood sugar levels and takes longer to digest than wheat flour, it helps one to feel satisfied longer.

Blueberries are an antioxidant power house, containing high levels of anthocyanidins and ellagic acid. Antioxidants help to counteract free radical damage that can lead to cataracts, glaucoma, ulcers, heart disease, and cancer. These mighty berries are a good source of vitamin C, manganese, vitamin E, and both soluble and insoluble fiber. Moreover, blueberries improve and protect brain function.

Native Americans utilized the roots, leaves and bark of the sassafras tree in a variety of ways. Sassafras tea helps to detoxify the body and treats high blood pressure as an effective tonic. Additionally, this herb is a useful diuretic that eases symptoms of arthritis and rheumatic conditions. Sassafras also provides relief from gastrointestinal problems, kidney ailments, and troubles with the skin. Due to some controversy over the essential oil safrole found in sassafras, it is recommended to not use this herb for longer than one month a year in moderate amounts.

The traditional diet of Native Americans included hazelnuts as well which have numerous health benefits. Hazelnuts are a good source of protein, fiber, vitamin E, iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Likewise, hazelnuts contain significant amounts of carotenoids, flavonoids, and proanthocyanidins which protect against urinary tract infections, heart disease, and cancer. Folate is found in high concentration, protecting against Alzheimer's, depression, and birth defects.

Enjoy the super-foods of a traditional Native American diet as abundant vitality and well-being are healthfully embodied. by: Carolanne Wright

Blueberry Galette with Hazelnut (

Sources for this article:

Karen Lincoln Michel, "Native Americans Discuss a Return to Traditional Natural Foods to Combat Health Problems", Organic Consumers Association, Special to The Washington Post, September 22, 2004

Mike Adams, "Mesquite flour is a high-protein, low-glycemic superfood from desert trees",, August 25, 2010

Hub Pages, "Use Mesquite Flour to Prevent Diabetes"

Shirley Zafra-Stone, Taharat Yasmin, Manashi Bagchi, Archana Chatterjee, Joe A. Vinson, Debasis Bagchi, "Berry anthocyanins as novel antioxidants in human health and disease", Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, 2007

C.M. Mainland, J.W. Tucker, "Blueberry Health Information-Some New Mostly Review", ISHS.
Article retrieved November 20, 2010

George Mateljan Foundation, "Blueberries"

Foundation of Herbalism, "Sassafras"

Debopriya Bose, "Sassafras Tea Health Benefits"

Hazelnut Council, "Nutritional Overview"

About the author
Carolanne enthusiastically believes if we want to see change in the world, we need to be the change. As a nutritionist, natural foods chef, and wellness coach, Carolanne has encouraged others to embrace a healthy lifestyle of organic living, gratefulness, and joyful orientation for over 13 years. Through her website she looks forward to connecting with other like-minded people from around the world who share a similar vision.

Learn more:

Tribal Library

Howka tribal members..There are a couple of things going on..First I would like to ask tribal members to call the tribal office and say we want our old library building back.
2nd as soon as the tribe gets the grant web site cleared I want to write a grant so we can get a bookmobile for our rez as well as use it to serve Los Coyotes & mesa Grande. I would like any tribal member that has input to please email me .

Monday, February 14, 2011

Native American Congressional Internships

Native American Congressional Internships
January 20,
By Scot

The Udall Foundation provides a ten-week summer internship in Washington, D.C., for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian Country. The internship is fully funded: the Foundation provides round-trip airfare, housing, per diem for food and incidentals, and a stipend at the close of the program.

Interns work in congressional and agency offices where they have opportunities to research legislative issues important to tribal communities, network with key public officials and tribal advocacy groups, experience an insider's view of the federal government, and enhance their understanding of nation-building and tribal self-governance.

In 2011, the Foundation expects to award 12 Internships on the basis of merit to Native Americans and Alaska Natives who:
Are college juniors or seniors, recent graduates from tribal or four-year colleges, or graduate or law students;
Have demonstrated an interest in fields related to tribal public policy, such as tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American health, Native American justice, natural resource protection, cultural preservation and revitalization, and Native American economic development.

For more information, please visit

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Teen video contest

Teens can win up to $3,000 for their public or school librarythrough Why I Need My Library teen video contest Through April 18, teens between the ages of 13 and 18 areinvited to create original videos on why they think libraries are needednow more than ever for the Why I Need My Library videocontest. The winning teens will designate a public or school library toreceive cash prizes. Teens will submit one- to three-minute videos on YouTube. Thevideos can be live-action, animation, machinima or use a combination oftechniques, and teens can work in groups of up to six. Full contestguidelines and information on how to enter can be found on ALA'sadvocacy website, Prizes will be awarded in two age categories - ages 13 to15 and16 to18 - to a school or local public library selected by the winners.In each age category, two second place finalists will receive $2,000each for their selected library and three third place finalists willreceive $1,000 each for their selected library. The winning contestantor group of contestants from each age category will receive $3,000 fortheir selected library. In addition, each member of the winning groupwill receive a $50 gift card to an online bookseller. Winning videos will be showcased on ALA websites and at the 2011ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 23-28). The American Association of School Librarians (AASL), theAssociation of Library Service to Children (ALSC), the Public LibraryAssociation (PLA) and the Young Adult Library Services Association(YALSA), all divisions of ALA, are co-sponsors of the Why I Need MyLibrary contest. Questions about the contest can be directed to Why I Need My Library is one of two initiatives that ALAPresident Roberta Stevens launched at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. Theother, Our Authors, Our Advocates: Authors Speak Out for Libraries,calls on authors to highlight the key roles libraries and library staffplay in the economic, social and educational fabric of our nation. Moreinformation is available at

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

santa ysabel job posted on craigslist

Howka sisters and brothers.. i noticed a job up by the rez and qanted to post it in case you didn't see it ..
Date: 2011-01-27, 4:06PM PST
Reply to:

Responsible for the supervision, operation, and maintenance of the physical facilities and property in the area to which he/she is assigned. The camp maintenance assistant serves as an ambassador of goodwill as well as an enorcer of rules. This position requires that the candidate lives on camp property.

Specific Duties: Operation of physical facilities and property including machinery & motor vehicles; Maintenance of physical facilities and property including cleaning and repairing of buildings and equipment; Maintain a harmonious relationship with volunteers, camp staff, and users of the facility; Assist with program and activities as requested; Protection and control of property and people; Submission of reports to foreman; Other duties as assigned.

Requirements: Ability to perform a variety of basic maintenance skills, including plumbing, electrical, carpentry, with specialized capability in at least one technical skill; Experience in using hand tools and shop machinery; Ability to relate well with people and to have a friendly and helpful attitude; Ability to effectively enforce established policies and procedures.

Personal requirements: Mature attitude; Physically and mentally fit; Personal integrity; Willing to accept a flexible work schedule that often includes weekends and holidays; Willing to live on camp property; Willing to subscribe to and live by the basic tenets embodied in the Boy Scout Oath and Law.

Monday, February 7, 2011

kumeyaay language on youtube

Howka tribal members, I recently stumbled accross this language video. It sounds like southern Kumeyaay.. check it out..