Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Art contest for child abuse prevention calendar accepting entries

Howka tribal members... here is another opportunity for our youth to show off their talents..If any of our youth win.. let me know.. or if you enter .. send me your drawings and I will post them on here...

Art contest for child abuse prevention calendar accepting entries
Looking to giving children a voice and aid adults in identifying child abuse in Native communities, a Native American-owned security firm kicks off an art contest today for Native American elementary and middle school children.
Personnel Security Consultants, Inc. (PSC), will incorporate
the artwork into a calendar, which will include tips on detecting child abuse
and child safety for those working in Native American communities.

In 1990, Congress passed the Indian Child Protection and Violence Protection Act,
which requires investigations for employees, contractors or volunteers who
have contact with Indian children. But despite the law, abuse, incest
and other crimes against Indian children still prevail. Twenty American
Indian/Alaska Native children out of every 1,000 are victims of abuse,
compared with 10 white children, according to the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services.

“We would like to empower the community to solve
this crisis,” said PSC President & CEO Michele Justice (Navajo). “We would
also like to give children a voice because this is about protecting them and
our future.”

The calendar, which will be released in November, is in
preparation of weeklong child abuse protection training and other safety
workshops PSC will sponsor for Native American Heritage Month Nov. 6-12, 2011.
Proceeds of the workshops will go toward Native American child abuse
prevention programs. Children whose artwork is chosen for the calendar
will be honored at a dinner Nov. 7. PSC will take orders for the
calendar beginning Sept. 16 at the New Mexico State Fair. To place an
order by phone or email, please contact Jayme Bennett at or 505-214-9117.

The theme of the contest
is “What my Heritage Means to Me.” Native American children in
kindergarten through the eighth grade may enter. Deadline for submission of
artwork is Sept. 2. All finalists’ entries will be placed on PSC’s website for
a vote for the calendar cover Sept. 5-9. A printable poster of this
announcement is available here:

Printable Poster

For contest rules and entry forms, go to PSC’s website at

23, 2011
Posted by: Reznews List Owner
Larry Kibby –

American Indian Poetry

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