Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
2013 - Volume 11 Number 2
by Paul and Vicki
U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 - Minnesota History Center Exhibit
When you visit the "U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 exhibit
at the History Center, you'll examine the evidence, hear heart-wrenching
stories and learn about the broken treaties and promises that
led to this disastrous chapter in Minnesota history. The war
ended with hundreds dead, the Dakota people exiled from their
homeland and the largest mass execution in U.S. history: the
hangings of 38 Dakota men in Mankato on Dec. 26, 1862. 2012
marks 150 years since the U.S.-Dakota War. It was waged for
six weeks in southern Minnesota over the late summer of 1862,
but the wars causes began decades earlier and the profound
loss and consequences of the war are still felt today.
The Dakota-U.S. War
In 1862 Mankato, Minnesota was the sight of the largest mass
execution in American history. What followed was an exile
of the Dakota people from their ancestral tribal lands; an
exile that is still legislatively in force today. This new
play explores the events leading up to the Dakota-U.S. War
invasions of indigenous sacred lands, cultural genocide,
and starvation through the court trials of the 38 Dakota
warriors who were prosecuted as war criminals and executed
by the United States government. Drawing on articles, letters,
and diaries, this provocative new play personifies the famous,
infamous, and nameless people who were caught up in this tragic
moment in our countrys history. It is a story that has
been waiting one hundred fifty years to be told.
The NatureMapping Foundation was established to provide support
to the Program and NatureMapping Centers, distribute products,
and provide services (e.g, bioblitzes, reports, and analyses).
The NatureMapping Program's vision is environmental stewardship
of communities through school, community, agency, and business
partnerships. Its' mission is to protect biodiversity through
data collection and dissemination.
The Hominy Heritage Association is an organization dedicated
to the acquisition and preservation of historical facts and
memorabilia relating to Hominy, Oklahoma, and the surrounding
This software is dedicated to the memory of the Ancient Ones
who thought, dreamt, and spoke in the Cherokee language long
before anyone tried to take it away from their descendants.
May our continued use of their beautiful language serve as a
constant reminder that America is built upon the graves of Indians
- whose language and descendants may be found everywhere today.
This website was created by Richard Pearce, Professor of English,
Emeritus, Wheaton College, and Visiting Curator of George Flett's
ledger art exhibit, Balancing Tribal Accounts (January 29th
to March 12th, 2003, in the Beard Gallery of the Wheaton College
Fine Arts Center in Norton, Massachusetts).
Tinman Artworks is a locally owned and managed gallery in the
historic Garland Village District of near-north Spokane. Tinman
exhibits the best of regional artists, focusing on painting.
We have a new show every month, highlighted by with an opening
reception for the artist. We are also proud to exhibit prize-winning
Native American artists from the Spokane, Colville, Blackfeet
and Araphoe nations.
Nation Cultural Services
This website represents the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Cultural
Events Department, Historic Preservation Department, and Tvshka
Homma Council House Museum. Please browse the site to learn
about the array of cultural services that we provide for Tribal
members and the community. We also invite you to use the information
and resources that we have posted here to learn about the history
and culture that we share.
Nation of Oklahoma Cultural Events Department - Camps
The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Cultural Events Department offers
a variety of multiple-day summer camps for Tribal youth, including
Cultural Enrichment, Golf, Softball, Baseball, Basketball, Football,
and Stickball. At Culture Camp, Tribal youth learn about Choctaw
heritage, culture, langauge, and traditional arts. At the sports
camps, youth are instructed by some of the best coaches in the
region. At all of the camps, Tribal youth will get an opportunity
to learn, grow, and interact with other Choctaw kids from around
Enjoy this beginning resource for understanding more about the
Dakota people's relationship to Minnesota. Try traveling the
directions in a traditional way - East (We Are Home), South
(Dakota Greeting), West Mnisota: A Dakota Place) and then North
for the core of the site - the Memory Map.
the Minnesota Humanities Center
Focused on the future
of the state, the Humanities Center brings the unique resources
of the humanities to the challenges and opportunities of our
times. We work in partnership across the state to build thoughtful,
literate, and engaged citizens. With the unique resources of
the humanities, the Center builds community and brings into
public life the untold stories that deepen our connections to
each other and help us imagine and create a vibrant future.
Founded in 1996 as
a limited liability company, Allies: media/art is a Dakota-owned
and award-winning private company located in Minneapolis that
specializes in media, art production, research and writing services.
The Burke Museum creates a better understanding of the world
and our place in it. The museum is responsible for Washington
State collections of natural and cultural heritage and sharing
the knowledge that makes them meaningful. The Burke welcomes
a broad and diverse audience and provides a community gathering
place that nurtures life-long learning and encourages respect,
responsibility and reflection.
Dad: Cheap Colleges
Determining what college program or university best matches
your needs is a challenging, but rewarding, experience. It takes
a lot of effort and time to compare schools, prepare for standardized
tests, and to get an idea for what you want to study.
Math Worksheet Land
Math is a universal language. Regardless
of your culture or your dialect two plus two equals four. That
is why I like math; it is one of the only things out there that
everyone agrees on; outside of theoretical math of course.
How to Build a Bridge
A bridge is a structure built over an obstacle to provide
passage for cars, people, trains, animals and bicycles. Engineers
generally design bridges in one of six types (beam, cantilever,
arch, suspension, cable-stayed or truss) although bridges
can be a combination of several types. Learn more at this
week's roundup of engineering sites.
Hopkins University: Bridge Designer
This Java game from Johns Hopkins University lets you design
trusses in your browser! "Trusses are composed of straight
members connected at their ends by hinged connections to form
a stable configuration. When loads are applied to a truss
only at the joints, forces are transmitted only in the direction
of each of its members." Read the simple directions,
then click through to the game page.
This introduction to the bridges of Allegheny County (in Pennsylvania)
is a great place to start your bridge education. It illustrates
simple spans, trusses, beams and arches. There is also a wonderful
bridge glossary page; look for "Terminology: Bridge"
in the left-hand menu. "Abutment: Part of a structure which
supports the end of a span or accepts the thrust of an arch;
often supports and retains the approach embankment."
Building Big: Bridges
The PBS television series Building Big includes bridges, as
well as domes, skyscrapers, dams and tunnels. This Bridges section
features Bridge Basics, a game quiz (The Bridge Challenge) and
a fabulous Flash lesson on forces. "Forces act on big structures
in many ways: squeezing, stretching, bending, sliding and twisting."
Click on any of the forces to see real-life examples.
NOVA: Build a Bridge
You've just been put in charge of deciding which type of bridge
is best of each of four sites. Do your homework about four common
types of bridges, and then "put on your civil engineer's
hat and build some bridges." There are also an interesting
interactive (and printable) feature about eight infamous bridge
failures. "The August 2007 collapse of Minnesota's I-35W
bridge over the Mississippi River killed 13 people. Tragic as
it was, that accident and what we learn from it will help scientists
and engineers foresee and act on structural problems and prevent
failures of other spans."
Buddies: Civil Engineering Project Ideas
Whether for a science fair, classroom, or home project, these
engineering projects include ideas such as Can a Toilet Paper
Tube Support Your Weight?, The Effect of Bridge Design on
Weight Bearing Capacity, Paper Bridge for Pennies, and Bridges
That Can Take a Shake!. Each project is rated for difficulty
on a scale of 1 to 10 that roughly relates to grades K to
12. Some projects include complete instructions and research
starters, while others are just abstracts.
Origami for Kids
Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Today's
tour includes hundreds of easy-to-learn models. You can start
with regular printer paper, but as you progress you may be interested
in buying a package of special origami paper, which is thinner,
easier to crease, and available in many colors and prints.
This Origami for Kids section is especially designed for beginners.
For a child who has never done origami before, it will take
some time before he gets used to the process. Once he has experienced
the joy of origami, he will eagerly decipher the origami instructions
(called diagrams) by himself.
Wow! What I love about the Origami Club is that the instructions
are available both as a printable diagram and as an animation.
And the animation can be sped up, or slowed down depending on
your skill level. Other reasons to visit include their newspaper
origami section, holiday collections (Halloween, Christmas and
Valentine's Day), and their big page of fifty-one really easy
origami models. Just one note of caution, this Japanese site,
although written in English, uses A4 and B5 paper sizes, not
the standard American 8.5" x 11"
"Paper, of course, is mushed up plant material. Plants,
as you know, grow through photosynthesis (energy from sunlight)
so looking on the bright side, origami is like playing with
sunlight." Derek Stancombe started folding paper when he
was nine or ten, "mainly because he was asthmatic and ran
out of breath when trying to play sport." His beautiful
site features creative, animated shorts starring origami figures,
and a selection of origami games, all built in Flash.
Web Japan: Let's Make Origami
"According to Japanese tradition, one way to pray for good
health is by folding a thousand origami cranes." Published
by the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kids Web Japan
introduces Japan to schoolchildren around the world. This section
of the site includes instructions for thirteen origami models
such as Dog, Cup, Piano, Balloon and Box. Click Next to visit
the Download Center, where you'll find printable origami templates
with fold marks, and colored printable origami paper.
Origami Fun is chock-full of projects rated by difficulty,
available in printable PDF format and video, along with lots
of origami tips. "Be patient. If you are just learning
how to make origami, you have to realize that it is a contemplative
and relaxed activity, that is, you can't go rushing through
the instructions as fast as you can!" For the easiest
models, look for those rated one or two pelicans, or go directly
to the kids section. Sign up for the Origami Fun newsletter,
and you'll get a sample copy of their Ultimate Origami e-book.
Today's tour extols the health benefits of including more
produce in our diets.
Fruits and Veggies Matter
Although not specifically for kids, this CDC site has interactive
tools, tips, and information for all ages. How many fruits and
veggies do you need each day? Enter your age, sex, and level
of daily physical activity into the tool on the front page,
and learn the benefits of adding more fruits and vegetables
into your daily diet. Other reasons to visit include Fruit &
Vegetable of the Month (pretty pictures to enjoy with your little
ones) and What Counts as a Cup? "In general, 1 cup of raw
or cooked vegetables or 100% vegetable juice, or 2 cups of raw
leafy greens can be considered as 1 cup from the vegetable group."
Created by the Produce for Better Health Foundation (the same
non-profit that publishes Fruits & Veggies: More Matters)
this educational game site is targeted at kids from two to eight-years
old. Choose a comic-book character to be your champion (a skateboarding
banana or orange, for example) and jump into the games. Activities
include coloring pages, games such as Fruit & Vegetable
Math, printable worksheets, recipes, and a gallery of kid-submitted
& Veggies: More Matters
"Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies." For
high-school students and grownups, Fruits & Veggies: More
Matters explains why produce is so good for you, and how to
get the most from them. From current research on why fresh fruits
and vegetables have more health benefits than photochemical
supplements, to recipes and kitchen tips on storing produce.
Best clicks include a seasonal guide to what's fresh now, a
gardening guide, and budget tips for including more fruits and
vegetables in your shopping list.
Brought to you by Western Growers trade association, Producepedia
reminds us that "California and Arizona farmers grow
almost half the produce found in grocery stores across America."
In addition to stories about the farmers, Producepedia lives
up to its name in providing an encyclopedia of fruits, vegetables
and nuts. Each entry includes a history ("Apricots originally
came from China."), nutrition facts, season info, and
ripeness and storage tips. "If you want to ripen immature
apricots, keep them in a brown paper bag. Keep them at room
temperature until they are slightly soft."
to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage Your Weight
Fruits and vegetables are part of a well-balanced and healthy
eating plan. There are many different ways to lose or maintain
a healthy weight. Using more fruits and vegetables along with
whole grains and lean meats, nuts, and beans is a safe and healthy
one. Helping control your weight is not the only benefit of
eating more fruits and vegetables. Diets rich in fruits and
vegetables may reduce the risk of some types of cancer and other
chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables also provide essential
vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are
important for good health.
Romantic novelist Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) achieved success
in her lifetime with the publication of "Sense and Sensibility"
in 1811, followed by four additional novels. And her continued
popularity after two-hundred years is nothing short of phenomenal,
with adaptations of nearly every kind continuing to spring
up. Did you know that the 1999 "Clueless" movie
and subsequent TV series is an updated "Emma," modernized
and placed in Beverly Hills?
"Her [Jane Austen's] timeless works
- numbering just six complete novels have been turned into
a plethora of motion pictures, spin-offs and modern retellings
at an almost regular pace, and translated into multiple languages
surpassing cultural boundaries in the process. These six works
have gone to become something of a model formula for the romance
stories we see today." There is lots to enjoy at this
Austen fan site, so be sure to check out these top pages:
the Jane Austen biography, the timeline of her life, Regency
Period fashions, and Authors Like Jane.
Austen Society of North America
With over 4,500 members and 70 regional groups, the Jane Austen
Society of North America (JASNA) caters to Austen fans of all
ages. Visit their website for a brief biography, a chronology
of her works, maps of her novels, and pictures. "The only
authenticated picture of Jane Austen is a small pencil and watercolor
sketch made by her sister, Cassandra, which is displayed in
low light and protected by a cover in the National Portrait
Gallery in London." Click through to the museum site to
Masterpiece: Jane Austen
Five of Austen's "most beloved and timeless stories"
have been turned into PBS Masterpiece specials: Emma, Mansfield
Park, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Sense and Sensibility.
Click on the titles in the right-hand column to watch short
clips from the movies, and then scroll down the page to a listing
of the rest of the content. Best clicks include Bachelors of
Highbury Quiz, Men of Austen, the Jane Austen biography, and
Selected Resources which includes both websites and books.
Gutenberg: Jane Austen
Because all of Austen's novels are in the pubic domain, you
can download, read, or listen to them for free from this Project
Gutenberg page. Available formats include Kindle, PDF, ePub,
MP3 audio, HTML and plain text. This index page lists her works
by popularity, with Pride and Prejudice topping the list, which
opens, "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a
single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want
of a wife."
Republic of Pemberley
"We are The Truly Obsessed here and have been known to
talk for weeks about Jane Austen's spelling quirks and Mr.
Darcy's coat ('No, no - the green one.') If this sounds like
just your cup of tea, 'Read on!'" To join the rest of
the fanatics, you can jump into the conversation on the discussion
boards (one for each of Austen's novels) or saunter over to
the Jane Austen Information Page for a Table of Contents guide
to the rest of the site.
Printable paper dolls collections are plentiful on the Web.
For today's picks, I chose four prolific artists who have
created their own line of paper dolls, and one collector who
is scanning vintage paper doll books that are now out-of-print.
Among them, surely you'll find plenty to delight a child in
your life, while reminiscing about the paper dolls of your
Dolls By Gail
Gail's celebrity paper dolls are hand drawn using CorelDraw
and Photo Paint, and frequently include "actual outfits
worn by each celebrity." Categories include Movie Stars,
Teen Idols, Twilight, and Famous Americans. For younger kids,
head straight to the Fiction/Fantasy category where you'll
find Santa Claus, Barbie, Cinderella, Snow White, Dora, and
many more childhood favorites.
Rachel was born in Alaska, is a librarian in Alabama, and is
a prolific paper doll artist. She creates her art with black
pens and Photoshop, and has over 310 pages of paper dolls (in
PDF and PNG formats) on her site. In addition to paper dolls
with foldable tabs for printing on regular paper, Rachel also
has magnetic dolls that can either be printed on magnetic paper,
or created with adhesive magnetic sheets. Rachel's collection
is awesome, and she also has an excellent set of links to other
paper doll bloggers.
Fabric and totebag designer Patty Reed "has always loved
paper dolls and has collected them since childhood."
Her paper doll collection includes three big sisters, and
three little sisters. Simply click on any of the sisters to
print out the doll and her wardrobe. Some of the dolls have
just one page of clothes, but others have four or six pages
of outfits. Patty recommends gluing each sister "to cardstock
using spray adhesive before cutting out, to ensure a longer
life for your doll."
Pages: Paper Dolls
Inspired by their World History studies, homeschooling mom
Nadene drew these paper dolls with her kids. Organized into
five separate PDF downloads, this paper doll collection includes
Modern Clothes, Fashion of Past Eras, Ancient History, Ancient
China / Japan / India / North American Indians, and Men of
Ancient History. Yes, there is some overlap in the topics
of the five downloads, but this page shows thumbnails of each
page, so you'll know what you're getting before you click
the download links.
Paper Doll Scans
Teri Pettit's vintage paper doll site has been lovingly created
by scanning out-of-print paper doll books and sets in her
personal collection. With more than twenty-six "books"
to choose from, you are sure to find something to tickle your
imagination and memory. Be sure to visit the extensive Betsy
McCall collection, which has the annual sets from 1951 to
1961. These were the paper dolls of my childhood, and I found
them every bit as beautiful as I remembered.
Students And Teachers Against Racism
announces their new website that offers insight into the Native
American perspective to teachers and educators.
Winds Advocacy Center
Through presentations, classroom sessions, curriculum, fund
raising, charitable works, and multi-media efforts, we seek
to raise public awareness of the stereotyping, discrimination,
racism and other unique situations facing Native Americans.