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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


May 04, 2002 - Issue 60


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Native Heroes Month

In honor of our "Draw a Native Hero" contest, Canku Ota and Blue Corn Comics declare May to be Native Heroes Month. The month is dedicated to all the sung and unsung Native people who have made America the multicultural miracle it is today.

Why is May Native Heroes Month? Why not? Native people are tired of having their history ghettoized in November, and nothing much happens in May. Besides, our "Draw a Native Hero" contest ends May 31 and we want schoolkids to finish their year with an entertaining and educational blast.

As we define them, "Native heroes" includes the anonymous heroes who domesticated corn and built civilizations such as Cahokia, historical heroes such as Pocahontas and Sitting Bull, modern heroes such as Will Rogers and Wilma Mankiller, and personal heroes such as one's parents or teachers. It also includes fictional heroes such as Tonto, Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, Thunderbird of the X-Men, and Billy and Drew of Peace Party.

To celebrate the newly-minted Native Heroes Month, here's a short quiz on the subject. The answers are at the bottom. Feel free to print or distribute this quiz to others.

To learn more about the art contest, visit this link:

Native Heroes Art Contest


  1. Who said: "You must not hurt anybody or do harm to anyone. You must
    not fight. Do right always. It will give you satisfaction in life"?
  2. Why did the patriots at the Boston Tea Party dress like Indians?
  3. Whom does this passage in "Famous Indians" describe: "Profoundly disturbed by the growing menace to Indian lands and life represented by white expansion, he worked out a great plan for his people's future. The only Indian hope, he believed, lay in uniting. He dreamed of a powerful confederation of tribes which would create a great Indian state
    centered around the Ohio Valley and the Great Lakes."
  4. What's the highest position an Indian has reached in the United States
    government and who accomplished this feat?
  5. Which Indian did many people think was the Athlete of the (20th)
  6. Which Indian woman was named "Woman of the Year" by President Eisenhower
    in 1952 and won a Trustee Award from the First Americans in the Arts in
  7. Who is scheduled to be the first Indian astronaut in space?

You can find the answers here:

Native Heroes

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