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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


August 14, 2004 - Issue 119


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On August 13, 2004 the XXVIII Olympiad will begin in Athens, Greece, the 776 BCE birthplace of the original games and host of the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. This year, nearly 10,500 athletes will compete in twenty-eight sports, vying for 903 medals. Many time zones away, we will be watching and clicking.

Ancient Olympics
"Were the ancient games better than ours? More fair and square? More about sports and less about money? Are modern games more sexist? More political? Have we strayed from the ancient Olympic ideal? Read on and decide for yourself." There is much talk of how commercial today's Olympic games are. Where the ancient games purer? The conclusion drawn by this expert from the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology may surprise you.

Athens 2004 Olympic Games
The Internet address (or URL) of the kids section of the official Athens 2004 site is so long, that the easiest way to get there is simply to click on Youth 2004 from this front page. Best kid clicks are the interactive quizzes that test your knowledge of Olympic sports (look in the Playground) and the printable activity books. The printable books include K-12 classroom activities, and a Greek fairy tale, Desina and the Dove. To find them, visit the Library and click on Olympic Educational Material.

NBC Olympics
If you're looking for one Olympic site that has it all, this is it. As the official Olympics broadcaster, NBC Olympics includes news coverage, commentaries, event schedules, television schedules (there will be over 1200 hours of TV coverage), sport-by-sport analysis, reader polls and photo galleries. Click on O-Zone to zip code customize the site to display stories about local Olympic heroes. Unique features include instructions on text messaging the athletes (look under Athletes) and an interactive globe featuring the best athletes from each country (under Countries.)

Wakpala School
Smee School District #15-3 is a public school located in Wakpala, South Dakota on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation. We are dedicated to the intellectual and social growth of each student as they learn to live effectively in a contemporary bi-cultural world. Our school educates students to help them become successful in all aspects of life with attention to individual differences. (editor's note: In our humble opinion, this is an excellent school site ... lots of information AND lots of pictures.Wasteste)

The Avalon Project
The Avalon Project will mount digital documents relevant to the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. We do not intend to mount only static text but rather to add value to the text by linking to supporting documents expressly referred to in the body of the text.

Young Native Scholars
Entering its fourth year, American Indian Academic Outreach and Young Native Scholars (YNS) support high/middle school and college students with the resources, information and motivation to pursue higher education and improve retention. YNS is a year-round academic enrichment and outreach program, highly innovative, unique and engaging. Identification as "scholars", students allow themselves a positive metaphor, a sense of pride and accomplishment. Students are given access to the best mentors and professionals the community and nation have to offer.

"Potawatomi Tracks" by Larry Mitchell
My book "Potawatomi Tracks: The Ballad of Vietnam and Other Stories" is my autobiography and is an 152 page poetic chronicle that covers my combat tour of duty in Vietnam and the thirty years of PTSD, drug use, homelessness, alcoholism, and racism that followed upon my return to the world.

Dakota Commemorative March 2004
On November 7, 2004, as in 2002, Dakota people from the United States and Canada will begin a 150-mile long Commemorative March through southern Minnesota in honor of their ancestors who were forcibly removed from the Lower Sioux Agency to concentration camps at Mankato and Fort Snelling in November of 1862. For the Dakota this commemoration signifies an opportunity to remember and grieve for the suffering endured by their ancestors as well as to relate a perspective of the event which has rarely been told.

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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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