Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
1, 2009 - Volume 7 Number 2
by Paul and Vicki
Resources for Dakota/Nakota/Lakota
University of Minnesota American Indian Studies
Department Sponsored Links
Dakota Iapi Owayawa
The Department of American Indian Studies maintains
a free interactive Dakota language website where users
can access lessons on a variety of topics, sound clips,
dialogues, recordings of fluent speakers, and online
activities and games.
to the critical point of language shift we are experiencing
with Dakota in the state of Minnesota, classroom time
may be one of the few opportunities language learners
have to hear and use the language. We hope that this
website will help some people acquire a little bit of
conversational ability in the language, but it cannot
replace a real teacher. It is only meant to supplement
the teachings of living people!
access the site, enter:
User Name: wounspekuwa
you have any questions, please contact Beth Brown at
Interactive course website including lessons, dialogues, activities,
User name: wounspekuwa
Download for Mac or PC.
(Installation instructions at http://amin.umn.edu/dakota//fonthowto.htm)
Search for words in English or Dakota (must have Dakota Font
Dakota-net (email@example.com) is a free Internet email
listserv created to serve as a venue for making announcements
about Dakota language activities and for distributing information
about Dakota language resources and programming in the region.
Other Interactive Websites
A dictionary database of six Native languages, including Dakota,
Lakota, and Assinboine. Developed by the American Indian Studies
Research Institute at the University of Indiana - Bloomington.
Wogdaka - Talk Dakota!
An interactive audio program with basic words and phrases of
the Dakota language. A project of Native American Womens
Health Education Resource Center (NAWHERC), South Dakota.
School Lakota Immersion Computer Programs
Multimedia computer programs designed for use within elementary
schools on Indian reservations. They are interactive and feature
narration, music, stories, and vocabulary building exercises.
Both entertaining and educational!
Languages of Saskatchewan
Information on language history, grammar, alphabet and sound
systems, common phrases, bibliography and other resources for
Dakota, Lakota, Nakota/Nakoda.
Interactive lessons from Fort Peck Community College.
Books, CD's, and other Materials
on American Indian Affairs
View AAIA's catalog of Dakota language materials for children
including books, music, and CD-Roms.
Lakota Language Consortium
A nonprofit organization dedicated to the complete revitalization
of the Lakota language. LLC trains teachers, produces language
materials, sponsors community and educational events, and directs
other efforts in Lakota language revitalization. Materials offered
include books, flashcards, audio cds, and posters.
Aboriginal Languages of
An organization dedicated to promoting the retention of Manitoba's
Aboriginal languages, including Dakota. Language resource materials
can be purchased from their catalog.
& Lakota Texts
A variety of texts digitized by Jan F. Ullrich.
Links to resources for Dakota and Lakota art, history, language,
Community Programs and Organizations
Wicoie Nandagikendan Language Immersion Program (Minneapolis,
An early childhood language immersion program dedicated to raising
a new generation of fluent Dakota and Ojibwe speakers. A project
of the Alliance of Early Childhood Professionals. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dakota Iapi Okodakiciyapi - Dakota Language Society (Minneapolis,
A non-profit group dedicated to the revitalization of the Dakota
language through resource development, community events, and
other projects. Contact email@example.com.
Dakota Wicohan (Granite Falls, MN)
A regional non-profit language support organization headquartered
in Granite Falls, MN. Its primary goal is to build community
through Dakota language renewal. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tusweca Tiospaye (Pine
A Native 501(c)(3) that is devoted to the promotion and strengthening
of the Lakota language on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation,
home of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. Tusweca Tiospaye hosts a yearly
Lakota Dakota Nakota Language Summit in November, as well as
a summer culture camp.
Iapi Teunhindapi Consortium (Pipestone, Manitoba, Canada)
A consortium dedicated to to assisting communities in creating
a network of human resources and resources that will produce
future speakers of Dakota, Nakota, Lakota.
is the only state in the nation with a constitution commanding
respect for its American Indian heritage in its public schools.
for decades after that goal was drafted, little was done to
introduce its tribal nations to mainstream culture. That changed
two years ago, when education leaders launched the Montana
Tribal History Project.
years of reporting on Indian education in Missoula schools,
reporter Rob Chaney received a fellowship from Columbia University's
Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media to explore
the issue on a statewide level. He traveled more than 3,000
miles, visiting all seven of Montana's Indian reservations
and their tribal colleges. He met with community elders, historians,
students and teachers to learn about a groundbreaking tribal
history project that will be coming to the state's public
schools next year.
tribes made history by gathering history. In collecting their
stories and archives and interviews, the tribal historians
changed the way their communities viewed themselves. They've
also opened a window for the rest of Montana to confront its
own legacy of white-Indian relations. For seven days beginning
Sunday, the Missoulian will investigate how these tribal histories
came to be and how they'll affect everyone in Montana.
HERE to see the complete Native Stories, Our Stories series
and interactive map.
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week I set out to find if there's more to kid-friendly Valentine's
Day poems than "Roses are red. Violets are blue."
The answer, thank goodness, is a resounding "Yes!"
As proof, I present the following batch of sites. Happy Valentine's
Valentine's Day Poetry
Apples4theteacher.com houses several dozen poems that can be
read aloud or included in homemade valentines. Although not
all the rhymes are attributed, some of the well-known authors
include Henry Wadsworth Longfellow ("I shot an arrow into
the air, it fell to earth, I knew not where."), Robert
Louis Stevenson, and Winifred Sackville Stoner, Jr. (known for
penning the rhyme "In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue/And
found this land, land of the free, beloved by you, beloved by
Roberts: Friendship Poems by Kids
"Today as Valentines go out / To people near and far /
This one I'm sending right to you / To say how nice you are."
Children's book author Bethany Roberts has a huge Valentine's
Day section which includes poems illustrated with animated graphics,
stories, songs and links. Just scroll about half way down this
page for the Valentine Poem pages with names like " Valentine
Poems," "More Valentine Poems," and (yup) "And
More Valentine Poems!" Unfortunately many of the offsite
links have gone bad.
Silly Valentine Poems for Kids
Brownielocks presents a compilation of poems (attributed to
a variety of authors) and a collection of original valentine
rhymes written by Brownielocks herself. "Popsicles are
cold / Cocoa is hot / I'm sending you this incognito / because
I like you a lot." I got a big chuckle out of these rhymes,
which Brownielocks calls "silly, corny, dumb." She
also calls them limericks, but because they do not have an a-a-b-b-a
rhyming pattern, they are not.
Poems: Valentine Poems
"Celebrate St Valentines Day with Shakespeare, Keats, Shelley
and Lord Byron love poems. What can be more romantic than a
Valentine poem or message using the words of a great poet?"
Although most are probably too sophisticated for elementary
students, these classic love poems will make great Valentine's
Day reading in high school English class or to spark a conversation
around the dinner table at home. "Shall I compare thee
to a summer's day? Thou art more lovely and more temperate."
William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18.
Source: Kid Valentine Poems
Not just another compilation site, Joanna and Karl Fuchs share
their original poetry with us at PoemSource.com Some of these
poems are for kids to give to family members (moms, dads,
grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins) and others are for
giving to kids. "Valentine I see you / A lot when we're
at school / And every time I see you / I think you're very
cool." The Fuchs generously allow personal use of any
of their poems, but do ask for attribution that includes their
URL. For more of the Fuchs' Valentine's Day rhymes, follow
the link to the main valentine page near the bottom of this
Stephenie Meyer, an Arizona mother of three, woke up June
3, 2003 with a vampire dream fresh in her mind. The dream
was so vivid, that she decided to write it down so she wouldn't
lose any of it. As the weeks past, she continued to flesh
out her dream story, and within three months it had grown
into a full-length young adult novel. A mere three months
after finishing her first draft, she signed a book deal with
Little, Brown and Company, and The Twilight Saga began.
This fan site was started by Michelle (no last name given) who
concocted the idea for the site during her Digital Imaging class
on October 7, 2006. It is chock full of fan art, fan fiction,
book summaries, polls, quizzes, puzzles, and printable bookmarks
(one of which I printed to stash in my borrowed copy of "Twilight.")
Community components include a forum (which requires free registration)
and a Facebook group with over nine thousand fans.
Official Website of Stephenie Meyer
Managed by her little brother Seth, Meyer's official website
includes both an official short bio, and a longer unofficial
one written in first person: "I filled the Jan Brady'
spot in my family the second of three girls." But
the best reason to visit, is to read the rough draft of "Midnight
Sun," the fifth (and still unpublished) book in The Twilight
Saga.. After it was distributed illegally on the Internet, Meyer
decided to post the 264-page partial draft on her own site,
along with her thoughts about how upsetting the theft of her
book was, and her musings about whether or not she will ever
be able to finish the book.
True to its name, Twilight Lexicon is a collection of character
bios, places, timelines, and vampire and werewolf mythology
compiled by webmasters Alphie and Pelirroja. Much of the material
comes from the books themselves, but there is also an archive
of email Q&A between the site owners and Meyer, in which
the author shares additional details about her characters. "Edward's
full name is Edward Anthony Masen Cullen. His mother's name
is Elizabeth and his father's name is also Edward. His human
life in Chicago was fairly happy and uneventful."
TheTwilightSaga.com is the official website from Little, Brown
Books for Young Readers, the publisher of Meyer's books. Best
clicks are the printable reading group guides for "Twilight",
"New Moon" and "Eclipse" (with promises
for one for "Breaking Dawn") and a four-page printable
trivia quiz ("What kind of vehicle did Charlie buy for
Bella?") that also covers the first three books. Also of
note are an asset builder where you can assemble custom desktop
wallpaper or a Twilight avatar to represent you in the forums.
Visit Twilighters Anonymous to get your fix of Twilight news,
fun Twilight facts, oodles of video, a photo gallery of actors
from the Twilight movie, and best of all, a user-edited Twilipedia.
What's a Twilipedia? "Twilipedia, is our Twilight Series
version of Wikipedia. If you're not familiar with Wikipedia,
it is basically an online encyclopedia that is a collaborative
effort of online editors. If you have extensive Twilight Series
knowledge and writing skills, you can contribute to any section!"
Great Depression of the 1930's had many causes, but it is
commonly agreed that it began with the Wall Street Crash of
October, 1929 when the U.S. stock market fell rapidly on huge
trading volume. It is common to hear people comparing today's
economic problems to the Great Depression. Are these comparisons
legitimate or ridiculous? Learn more about the Great Depression
and decide for yourself.
in the 1930's
From the American Studies Program at the University of Virginia,
America in the 1930's is a compendium of the decade's visual
arts: film, print, radio, murals, paintings, posters and architecture.
Don't miss the multimedia timeline, which color-codes events
into four categories: Politics and Society, Science and Technology,
Arts and Culture, and World Events. Many of the items are
linked to additional audio or video media, and each year is
summarized with a Year in Review video.
American Poetry: The Great Depression
In addition to a depression era art gallery and photo essay,
Cary Nelson of Modern American Poetry offers an illustrated
narrative about the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl disaster.
"For eight years dust blew on the southern plains. It
came in a yellowish-brown haze from the South and in rolling
walls of black from the North. The simplest acts of life
breathing, eating a meal, taking a walk were no longer
simple. Children wore dust masks to and from school, women
hung wet sheets over windows in a futile attempt to stop the
dirt, farmers watched helplessly as their crops blew away."
New Deal Network
Published by the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute and
Teachers College at Columbia University, the New Deal Network
is my pick of the week because of the depth of its collection.
"At the core of the New Deal Network is a database of primary
source materials photographs, political cartoons, and
texts (speeches, letters, and other historic documents)
gathered from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library,
the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library
of Congress, and other sources. Currently there are over 20,000
items in this database, many of them previously accessible only
Riding the Rails
"At the height of the Great Depression, more than a quarter
million teenagers were living on the road in America, many criss-crossing
the country by illegally hopping freight trains." This
site, a companion to the PBS film of the same name, tells the
story of why they left home and how they struggled to survive.
Best clicks are the three Special Features (don't miss Striking
a Chord: Railroads and their Musical Heritage) and the timeline
which neatly summarizes the depression years of 1929 to 1940.
from the WPA: Collection Highlights
I really enjoyed this vintage poster collection from the Library
of Congress. I hope you will too. "These examples demonstrate
the breadth and depth of the collection and the styles and content
used by the WPA [Works Progress Administration] to advertise
varied programs and campaigns." Because this collection
features thumbnail graphics, it is much easier to browse than
the rest of the online exhibit. The sample posters are organized
into seven categories: Health and Safety, Cultural Programs,
Travel and Tourism, Educational Programs, Community Activities,
Federal Arts Programs, World War II.
Today's collection of interactive jigsaw puzzles vary from
easy to ridiculously difficult: something for every age group
and skill level. But, be very careful. They are addictive!!
Start with the Daily Jigsaw, or cruise to the gallery for
jigsaws organized by topic. For toddlers and wimpy grownups
(like me) puzzles start with the twelve-piece classic, but
pros can choose from ten puzzle cuts including the 63-piece
tessellation, the 154-piece squares and triangles (yikes!)
or the 192-piece classic. At Crazy4Jigsaws you can play as
a guest, but registered free members get to create jigsaws
with their own images and send jigsaw e-cards. There is also
a premium membership (for a monthly fee) that offers full
screen play and the ability to save puzzles in progress.
Jigzone is the oldest of today's jigsaw puzzle sites, with
a huge inventory of Java puzzles for all levels of play. For
example, start with their puzzle of the day. Is the sixty-seven
piece classic a tad too difficult or perhaps too easy? Click
on Shapes and choose your own level of difficulty from among
thirty-two choices, ranging from a six-piece classic (preschool
easy) to 247 triangle pieces (for serious puzzle enthusiasts
only!) In addition to being able to upload your own photos
to make a custom puzzle, Jigzone also offers a variety of
embedding options that allow you to put puzzles on your own
site or blog.
In addition to a huge gallery of puzzles, what's unique about
JSPuzzles is their leaderboard of solution times. When you
are finished with your puzzle, JSPuzzle will tell you how
fast you were, and the fastest time recorded for that very
same puzzle. If you are good enough, your score will be entered
on the leaderboard. I, unfortunately, am not. Peruse the images
via topic, or from their list of most popular puzzles. All
are available in difficulty ranging from nine pieces to 100
Just Jigsaw Puzzles is my pick of the day because of the huge
variety of options. To customize any of the 1800 puzzles,
simply slide the difficulty indicator from easy (six pieces)
to hard (150 pieces) and the puzzle will change before your
eyes. Other options include your choice of six puzzle cuts.
More choices, such as brightness, background, and whether
to display a win animation (a little dance the pieces do when
you've finished a puzzle), are hiding under the Options button
that appears in the upper right-hand corner after you've started
to play. Any choices made here are stored in a browser cookie,
so they will still be there when you return to the Just Jigsaw
Puzzles on another day.
Kidz Page: Jigsaw Puzzles
These puzzles are perfect for younger kids because with a
click of the mouse, you can preview the picture (use Picture
Hint) or the shapes of the pieces (use Shape Hint). Difficulty
ranges from six to forty pieces, and there is a nice variety
of photos and cartoon images. In particular, their holiday
selection really stands out, with dozens of puzzles for New
Year's, Valentine's Day, St.Patrick's Day, Easter, 4th of
July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Christmas.
Students And Teachers Against Racism
announces their new website that offers insight into the Native
American perspective to teachers and educators.