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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


May 31, 2003 - Issue 88


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Favorite Sites


collected by Paul and Vicki



The Buffalo Trust Home
A non-profit foundation for the preservation, protection, and return of their cultural heritage to Native peoples, especially children, and founded on the conviction that the loss of cultural identity – the theft of the sacred – is the most insidious and dangerous threat to the survival of Native American culture in our time.

Making Natural Dyes From Plants
Did you know that a great source for natural dyes can be found right in your own back yard! Roots, nuts and flowers are just a few common natural ways to get many colours. Yellow, orange, blue, red, green, brown and grey are available. Go ahead, experiment!

Women in Military Service for America Memorial
The For America Memorial is a unique, living memorial honoring all military women - past, present & future.

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Edmund Burke, an eighteenth-century writer and philosopher said   "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing."   If spreading tolerance and stopping hatred is important to you, the following sites offer both historical perspective and concrete action items.

Close the Book on Hate: 101 Ways to Combat Prejudice
Barnes & Noble and ADL joined forces to create "Close the Book on Hate" after the Columbine High School tragedy in 1999.   You can browse through the anti-hate tips by using the left-hand menu, or download the easy-to-print PDF version  by clicking on the cover image on the right.  Highlights include a glossary and an extensive reading list for further study.  A free print brochure is also available at all Barnes & Noble bookstores.

Not in Our Town
"In 1993, hate activities in Billings [Montana] reached a crescendo. KKK fliers were distributed, the Jewish cemetery was desecrated, the home of a Native American family was painted with swastikas, and a brick was thrown through the window of a six-year-old boy who displayed a Menorah for Hanukkah."  Not in Our Town is a PBS film and website that tells the story of how thousands of citizens stood up against the bullies, and declared their town hate-free.  Click on Get Involved to learn how you can bring the Not in Our Town campaign to your town or school.

Partners Against Hate
"An alarming and disproportionately high percentage of both the victims of hate violence and the perpetrators are young people under 18 years of age."  This website offers guidance (in the form of printable manuals) for anyone wanting to combat this terrible trend.  There are separate sections for students (start an anti-bias program at your school), parents, teachers and law enforcement.  To search for answers to commonly asked questions, click on Hate Response Network.

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Students And Teachers Against Racism announces their new website that offers insight into the Native American perspective to teachers and educators.

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