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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


September 6, 2003 - Issue 95


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Coral reefs are bustling underwater communities inhabited by thousands of species of animals and plants. Often mistaken for rocks or plants, coral is actually the limestone skeleton of a tiny spineless animal called a coral polyp. Coral reefs are mostly found in shallow tropical water, and are among the world's most endangered ecosystems. Today's tour explores why coral reefs are so important, and how we can protect them.

25 Things You Can Do To Save Coral Reefs
In the United States, the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is responsible for monitoring and maintaining the health of domestic coral reefs. But all of us can help, even if we don't live near a coral reef. To that end, NOAA offers twenty-five reef-saving activities ("Become a member of your local aquarium or zoo.") that will spur your own reef conservation ideas.

Coral Reef Photobank
If you're in need of royalty-free coral reef snapshots for a school report (or any other non-commercial use) it's Coral Reef Photobank to the rescue. Click on any of the thumbnails in the geographically-organized gallery to view the annotation and copyright instructions (for example, most require a credit to the photographer.) After perusing the photos, visit the rest of the Coral Reef Information Network. Don't miss the printable PDF fact sheets listed under Tools & Resources.

Reef Education Network
Reef Education Network from the University of Queensland in Australia is my pick of the day. It's educational but not boring, and kid-friendly but not simplistic. Best clicks are the glossary and all the articles listed on the Contents page. Oddly enough there aren't any activities listed under Activities, but rather a feature on sharks. Free registration will get you a virtual notebook for collecting favorite links from around the site.

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Welcome to the Oneida Indian Nation
In Haudenosaunee country, not far from the geographic center of New York State, a miracle is unfolding. A community is being reborn and literally rebuilt; a culture is being revitalized; and economic development and job opportunities are growing at an unprecedented pace. This miracle is taking place at the Oneida Indian Nation, a federally recognized Nation of 1,100 Members which is located in Central New York.

The Oneida Nation - Proud and Progressive
The mission of the Oneidas is to sustain a strong Oneida Nation by preserving our heritage through the 7th generation. The Oneida Family will be strengthened through the values of our Oneida Identity by providing housing, promoting education, protecting the land, and preserving the environment. Our Oneida Nation provides for the quality of life where the people come together for the common good.

Mitchell Prehistoric Indian Village
Welcome to the virtual tour of the Prehistoric Indian Village. The village is part of an archeological dig located near Mitchell, South Dakota. You can start the tour at any time by clicking on the buffalo below. If you are a teacher who is considering using this in a class, you may wish to go to Teacher Helps first. Hope you enjoy the tour.

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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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