Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
2013 - Volume 11 Number 3
by Paul and Vicki
Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award
The James Bartleman Aboriginal Youth Creative Writing Award
recognizes Aboriginal youth for their creative writing talent.
Every year up to six Aboriginal students each receive the award
of $2,500. The award is named after the Honourable James Bartleman
who was the 27th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, serving from
2002 2007. Mr. Bartleman was the first Aboriginal Lieutenant
Governor of Ontario. The award was set up as a legacy to his
efforts in promoting literacy among Aboriginal youth.
The Whole Grains Council is a nonprofit consumer advocacy group
working to increase consumption of whole grains for better health.
The WGC's many initiatives: encourage manufacturers to create
delicious whole grain products.; help consumers to find whole
grain foods and understand their health benefits.; and help
the media to write accurate, compelling stories about whole
Nations Repatriation Institute
First Nations Repatriation Institute (FNRI) offers advocacy
to all adoptees/fostered individuals and their families in accordance
with our traditional spiritual heritage. FNRI serves to unite
First Nations adoptees/fostered individuals with professionals,
community leaders, other adoptees/fostered individuals and spiritual
leaders. FNRI's activities serve to educate social services
providers in the cultural traditions and values of Indian families
and their communities with the goal of bridging and enhancing
Global Shark Tracker
Welcome to OCEARCH's Global Shark Tracker where you can observe
the navigational pattern of sharks that have been tagged with
satellite tracking technology all for the purpose of shark conservation.
Read Across America
The National Education Association is building a nation of readers
through its signature program, NEAs Read Across America.
Now in its 16th year, this year-round program focuses on motivating
children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and
"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up
a book and read with a child."
National Museum and Cultural Center
The Comanche National Museum and Cultural Center (CNMCC) is
an entity of the great Comanche Nation and offers visitors a
glimpse of traditional cultural items and detailed history about
the tribe. Its purpose is to allow visitors a better understanding
about the Comanche People. CNMCC provides historical and cultural
information that is often overlooked in books and modern day
media. The facility provides a teaching tool for the public
and offers guests a chance to learn about the largest American
Indian tribe in the Lawton-Fort Sill area.
for Advanced Research
The School for Advanced Research, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,
was established in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1907 as a center
for the study of the archaeology and ethnology of the American
Southwest. Since 1967, the scope of the Schools activities
has embraced a global perspective through programs to encourage
advanced scholarship in anthropology and related social science
disciplines and the humanities, and to facilitate the work of
Native American scholars and artists.
Navajo Council, Inc.
Welcome to the Official Miss Navajo Council, Inc. website. This
site is dedicated to all the former Miss Navajos. The role of
Miss Navajo Nation is to exemplify the essence and characters
of First Woman, White Shell Woman and Changing Woman and to
display leadership as the Goodwill Ambassador. Miss Navajo Nation
represents womanhood and fulfills the role of "grandmother,
mother, aunt, and sister" to the Navajo people and therefore
she can speak as a leader, teacher, counselor, advisor and friend.
In March 1999, the Branch Chiefs of the Navajo government agreed
that one of the fundamental principles of the Navajo government
should be the preservation of Navajo culture.
Sport Summit Registration Open!
Register today for the N7 Sport Summit, April 18-20, 2013, at
the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. If you work
with Native or Aboriginal youth in the areas of sport or physical
activity, this is the perfect opportunity to learn, network
and share best practices. The Sport Summit aims to bring experts
and leaders together to discuss ways in which sport can be a
catalyst for holistic transformation within Native and Aboriginal
communities. The summit will weave in modalities of emotional,
spiritual, and mental wellness and how sport can positively
impact these areas. Join us and become part of a movement to
encourage our Native youth to become ACTIVE!
American Women Warriors
We credit the 2010 Denver March powwow as to where and how the
Native American Women Warriors began. It was not our original
intention to become a color guard. At that powwow, three female
Soldiers, who represented the nations of the Crow, Northern
Cheyenne and Navajo, were recognized as a color guard of uniqueness.
First Things First is one of the critical partners in creating
a family-centered, comprehensive, collaborative and high-quality
early childhood system that supports the development, health
and early education of all Arizona's children birth through
Becky and the Beanstock
And so, this site is a celebration of food. It is about hailing
the beauty and diversity in the plant world and the joy of cooking
and eating with friends, and the stories that emerge from those
experiences. Its a recipe site, reaching for the most
creative and freshest ways to prepare the food we eat and share.
Its about holding onto the things that matter, those bits
and pieces that will become our own history.
The Bradshaw Foundation provides an online learning resource.
Its main areas of focus are archaeology, anthropology and genetic
research, and its primary objective is to discover, document
and preserve ancient rock art around the world, and promote
the study of early mankinds artistic achievements. The
Foundation funds preservation projects around the world, scientific
research and research publication. The Foundation carries out
its work in collaboration with UNESCO, the Royal Geographic
Society, the National Geographic Society, the Rock Art Research
Institute in South Africa and the Trust for African Rock Art
to ensure that the programs achieve maximum impact. It is a
privately funded, non-profit organisation based in Geneva.
Petroglyph National Monument protects one of the largest petroglyph
sites in North America, featuring designs and symbols carved
onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish settlers
400 to 700 years ago. These images are a valuable record of
cultural expression and hold profound spiritual significance
for contemporary Native Americans and for the descendants
of the early Spanish settlers.
An adjective is a word or phrase that describes a noun. Adjectives
usually answer questions such as: "What kind is it?",
"How many are there?", or "Which one is it?"
Today's sites explore adjectives with articles, lessons and
worksheets for grades K-12.
Teacher: 528 Free Adjectives Worksheets
These worksheets (created and submitted by teachers) are available
free to those who sign up for a free Busy Teacher membership.
The worksheets are ranked by popularity, rating, number of comments,
or submission date. For more specific searching, use the search
box in the upper right-hand corner. Each entry has a short list
of similar worksheets in the right-hand column, so navigating
within the topic is quite easy. To submit your own worksheets,
look for the Submit link at the bottom of any page.
to Grammar & Writing: Adjectives
This Guide to Grammar article for high-school students and grownups,
explores adjectives in more depth. "Unlike adverbs, which
often seem capable of popping up almost anywhere in a sentence,
adjectives nearly always appear immediately before the noun
or noun phrase that they modify. Sometimes they appear in a
string of adjectives, and when they do, they appear in a set
order according to category." For more on the order of
adjectives, scroll down to the Royal Order of Adjectives table.
These basic and intermediate worksheets are quite varied. Some
require underlining the adjectives, others invite you to write
sentences using adjectives, and some ask you to determine whether
the adjectives tell which one, how many or what kind. Each worksheet
includes a short description, an estimate of how long the activity
will take, and a list of standards met. The majority of these
worksheets are free, but a few are reserved for paying members
Learning: Grammar: Adjectives
A comparative adjective is used to compare two things. A superlative
adjective is used when you compare three or more things. For
example, looking at apples you can compare their size, determining
which is big, which is bigger, and which is biggest." Enchanted
Learning starts with a short lesson, then come the related activities
and worksheets. Some of the printable worksheets are only available
to paying members, but there is still plenty here for looky
Language Arts Worksheets: Adjectives
School Express brings us twenty-three printable, fill-in-the-blank,
adjective worksheets. "The drums made a loud sound. ________
is the adjective. It describes the _________." Each worksheet
has six sentences, with a example sentenced completed at the
top of the page. For more grammar worksheets, follow the breadcumb
nav link to Language Arts Worksheets.
Education experts agree that vocabulary is a vital part of
school success, and that reading is the best way to develop
one's vocabulary. But online games and quizzes are one way
of shaking it up, and it never hurts to have a little variety
in one's learning toolbox. Here are my vocab picks for the
Daily words are usually selected around a weekly theme, and
emailed free (with definitions) to over a million subscribers.
Each word includes the definition, audio pronunciation, etymology,
and examples of usage. You can view today's and yesterday's
word at the website with a direct link from the left-hand nav.
A complete archive of past words is available in either a chronological
or alphabetical order, and in plain text as well as the more
common HTML web format.
Software Vocabulary Games
In addition to word games such as Hangman and Cluecless Crossword,
Sheppard offers five vocabulary quizzes with encouraging spoken
feedback. "Good." "Right." "Yes."
"Great!" Two of the games draw from a vocabulary of
720 commonly-tested SAT/GRE words. Each round consists of twenty
select-the-definition questions, so you can play over and over
again, with very little repetition. The others are an expert-level
vocab game (with words like "opprobrium" and "eldritch"),
and quizzes on computer and medical terminology.
With over 4000 vocabulary words and seven games, Vocabulary
Coach targets both students studying for standardized tests
and grownups wanting to improve their vocabulary. " A few
minutes each day is all that it takes. Each day spend 5 minutes
on each game; use your new words in your conversations, and
perhaps even make flash cards, and before you know it, you'll
have a brand new vocabulary!" Each test/game offers three
levels of difficulty, so you can start at a level that's just
right for you.
Vocbulary.com is my pick of the week, because it tracks your
progress, and changes the words it offers in its quiz based
on your previous performance. In addition to the pre-made vocabulary
lists (such as PSAT and SAT quizzes) you can build your own
by clicking on Vocabulary Lists, and look for the "Create
a New List" button. To use the advanced features, such
as graphs of your progress, and the ability to test with specific
vocab lists, you will need to register for a free account.
With dozens of colorful, interactive vocabulary games, Vocabulary.co.il
is perfect for both ESL students learning English for the
first time, and middle-school students wanting to increase
their vocabulary. The games are organized by type in the left-column
menu, and include Phonics, Homophones, SAT Games and more.
There is also a search function about mid-page in the same
menu. For games in Spanish, German and Latin, click on Foreign
Although American physicist Richard Feynman won the Nobel
prize in 1965, it was his books of anecdotes ("Surely You're
Joking, Mr. Feynman!" and "What Do You Care What Other People
Think?") and his appointment to the presidential Challenger
disaster investigation commission in 1986, that raised him
to icon status. Feynman was an independent thinker, extremely
intolerant of stupidity. Learn why Feynman fans are so devoted
at today's website picks.
Created by publisher Basic Books, Basic Feynman goes beyond
book promotion and includes Feynman letters, videos, photos,
quotes and links to additional sites. I loved Feynman's letter
to a high school student who loved physics, but was worried
about his lack of math aptitude. "How do you know you don't
have an aptitude for math? Perhaps you disliked your teacher,
or it was presented wrong for your type of mind. What do I
advise? Forget it all. Don't be afraid. Do what you get the
greatest pleasure from. Is it to build a cloud chamber? Then
go on doing things like that. Develop your talents wherever
they may lead. Damn the torpedoes?full speed ahead!"
This Feynman fan site (part of the Feynman Web Ring) has a message
forum, and good collection of Feynman anecdotes. Best clicks
are the personal stories found in the Guest Book and Anecdotes,
and the articles (both onsite and off) in Life & Science.
Don't miss the two Feynman Think Different posters created by
Apple as part of their 1998 ad campaign. You'll find them under
Other Good Stuff.
Feynman Science Videos
In 1979, Feynman delivered a series of lectures introducing
his Nobel-prize winning concepts of quantum electrodynamics
(QED) to the physics department of Auckland University, New
Zealand. Those lectures are presented here in four streaming
video segments. Don't let yourself be intimated by the subject
matter. Click on the first video, and give it a try. They are
noteworthy because they show Feynman's renown style and enthusiasm.
Thoughts: Richard Feynman
To keep himself "focused on Life's important questions," twenty-five
year old Erik Madsen created a collection of writings from a
handful of great thinkers. The Feynman page delivers a short
bio and eight articles, excerpted from three of his books. Because
I find them most accessible, my favorites are the three stories
from "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! " Other featured thinkers
include authors Mark Twain and J.R.R. Tolkien, and physicist
Prize: Feynman Lecture
In Feynman's 1965 Nobel Prize acceptance speech, he tells
the story of a theory he dreamt up as an undergraduate physics
student at MIT. "That was the beginning, and the idea seemed
so obvious to me and so elegant that I fell deeply in love
with it. And, like falling in love with a woman, it is only
possible if you do not know much about her, so you cannot
see her faults. The faults will become apparent later, but
after the love is strong enough to hold you to her." Years
later Feynman found many faults with his original idea, but
concluded his speech by calling that undergraduate theory
the mother of the idea that won him the Nobel Prize.
Although kids may enjoy an inexpensive telescope, experts
say there is plenty to see with just your eyes or a pair of
binoculars. Start in your own backyard or neighborhood, using
the following sites as an introduction to the nightly show.
Interactive Night Sky Map
This interactive night sky map is so easy to use, it barely
needs any explanation. To begin, click the start button and
enter your location. By default, the constellation outlines
and names will display for today's date. Some details display
by hovering your mouse over the labels, others require a mouse
click. Additional options, such as displaying Latin constellation
names, or dwarf planets, are available on the More button.
A mockup of tonight's sky is front and center on EarthSky's
Tonight page. In the right-hand column, you'll find a calendar
listing of night sky events that will be on display in the coming
week. Scroll down the page for a simple explanation of nightly
events such as the phases of Venus or the 2012 transit of Venus.
"Eye protection is absolutely essential for watching a transit
of Venus. Contact an observatory or astronomy club near you
to see if a public showing may be available."
Have you ever seen the International Space Station cross the
night sky? Track its (or any other satellite's) course using
this interactive tool. Start by selecting your location on the
Google map, and clicking the Submit button. Other tools include
the tracking of visible comets, iridium flares, and a whole
sky chart (customized to your location, of course.) "An Iridium
flare is caused by the sun being reflected from one of the three
main mission antennae (MMA) of an Iridium satellite. The MMAs
are flat, highly polished aluminium surfaces, and when the angles
are just right, they can reflect the sun just like a mirror."
"Your guide to constellations, deep sky objects, planets and
events." The guides here are in video, and provide a good introduction
to monthly sky events. In addition to the monthly podcasts,
visit HubbleSite for an introduction to Hubble's scientific
achievements, a gallery of "spectacular pictures of stars, galaxies,
nebulae" and an overview of how the Hubble telescope operates.
These daily stargazing tips are short and sweet, perfect for
backyard astronomers. Visit to learn which planets and constellations
are making an appearance this week, and for a visual guide to
the moon's phases. Links at the bottom of this week's tips will
take you to related articles about skywatching, constellations,
and lunar phases. "Light pollution is the single most destructive
foe to a dedicated stargazer, overwhelming the delicate glow
of nebulae, clusters, and even the fiery glow of the dense star
clouds that make up the Milky Way. For this reason alone, the
best stargazing opportunities are almost always to be found
in remote rural areas, far from the lights of cities and towns."
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.