Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


AN Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


January 13, 2001 - Issue 27



School News


gathered by Vicki Lockard


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Tribes to request special committee, Indian curriculum

The Legislature will be asked to add Indian history to public school curriculums, establish a permanent subcommittee for Indian affairs, and add some Washington County land to Indian territory, according to a report filed by the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission.

The commission was formed in 1980 as part of the Maine Indian Claims Settlement Act to review the social, economic and legal relationship between the Penobscot Nation and Passamaquoddy Tribe with the state. During the last session, MITSC played a strong supportive role in passing legislation to ban use of the word ‘squaw’ in public places.

Teaching The Science Behind Wigwams And Toboggans

Science is an exact science. It's fact. It doesn't change.

But how it's taught is another matter.

"Science: Through Native American Eyes" is an interactive CD-ROM to be used in schools and in private homes that teaches scientific principles in the contexts of mouth bows, wigwams and toboggans.

"This is not some different kind of science. The cultural perspectives are different," says Buffy Sainte-Marie, the singer, songwriter and familiar face from "Sesame Street." Sainte-Marie, also a former first-grade teacher, is the founder of The Cradleboard Teaching Project, which provides curriculum units on American Indian culture for elementary, middle-school and high-school students.

 Tribal Affairs Coordinator Begins Work For Distance Education

The first tribal affairs coordinator for the American Distance Education Consortium wants to make sure American Indians are not caught on the wrong side of the digital divide.

Randy Ross, the former director of Lincoln's Indian Center, began work Monday with the consortium, which researches technology, economic and education issues for about 60 member universities.

It is based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus.

A three-year, $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation will examine opportunities for communities threatened to be left behind by new technology.




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