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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


April 5, 2003 - Issue 84


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School News


gathered by Vicki Lockard


The information here will include items of interest for and about Native American schools.
If you have news to share, please let us know!
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Tutchone Immersion Kindergarten Given OK

WHITEHORSE - An elementary school in Whitehorse is about to provide the first aboriginal language immersion program in Yukon.

The Elijah Smith School Council has endorsed a proposal for immersion in Southern Tutchone in one kindergarten class.

Norma Shorty, who spearheaded the project for the Kwanlin Dun First Nation, says the school council is making a formal request to the Yukon government for support.

Shorty says the idea is to gradually build up the program to include higher grades maybe as high as grade 6.

"I'm very excited because it's showing that we are beginning to do more to increase and revitalize our language and to enhance success rates," she says. "It gives a whole new purpose to the need for aboriginal language." Shorty says existing native language programs are valuable but 20 minutes a day is not enough for kids to become fluent.

She says although the Yukon government is interested in immersion, staff are concerned about how to pay for it

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Cosby Stresses Education to Reservation

HANKINSON, N.D. - Bill Cosby (news) told a group of about 200 children that education is the key to success.

Children from the Sisseton-Wahpeton Indian Reservation gathered in the convention center of the Dakota Magic Casino on Sunday, an hour before Cosby performed the first of two shows. He agreed to speak to the children after a request by tribal leaders.

When some of the students said they did not like school because of the work, Cosby playfully wrestled with them.

"Do you have a father?" Cosby asked. "What's he do? He works. Why does he go to work? To get money. For who? Who's begging all the time?"

Cosby, who met with local school officials before talking to the children, joked that he had "cut a deal" with the teachers.

"I have been talking to the people who have been running the school system here, and they are going to bear down even harder on you," Cosby said. "And guess what? The harder you work, the longer the recess."

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EPA Contest for Kids

OK folks, I need your help disseminating this information to the proper audience (kids, students and teachers).

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is co-sponsorng with the National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC) a "Design the Kid's Page Contest"

This contest is open to children and youth kindergarten through 12th grade.

Entries are due by April 30, 2003.  More information, including a flyer with an entry form is available at the following link:

Thanks for your help.

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