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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
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collected by Paul and Vicki
Change the Mascot
Change the Mascot is a national campaign to end the use of the racial slur “redskins” as the mascot and name of the NFL team in Washington, D.C. Launched by the Oneida Indian Nation, the campaign calls upon the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell to do the right thing and bring an end the use of the racial epithet.
Navajo Nation Museum
Mission Statement: Striving to achieve Hózh? through contemporary and traditional exhibits, programs and tours; to promote our Diné culture, language, history and sovereignty.
Indians at the Post Office - Native Themes in New Deal-Era Murals
"There is much to be discerned about these post office murals from the 1930s and 1940s, and what they can tell us about the way we see, and have seen, the world." –Dr. Jose Barreiro, Assistant Director, History and Culture, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. - MacKenzie Art Gallery
7 offers diverse audiences from the many nations across Canada an unparalleled opportunity to appreciate and engage with the work by one of Canada’s most important early artist alliances – the Professional Native Indian Artists Incorporated (PNIAI).
Native American Art at Dartmouth - Highlights from the Hood Museum of Art
The fourth in a series of exhibitions presenting the Hood’s extensive and varied holdings, Native American Art at Dartmouth surveys the breadth and depth of the permanent collection of indigenous art from North America, from the historic to the contemporary. Guest curators George Horse Capture, Joe Horse Capture, and Joseph Sanchez each contribute unique experience and perspective as well as a discerning eye in the presentation of the Hood’s varied holdings of Native art. This exhibition reveals the transformation of traditional iconography and showcases the use of non-Native media in contemporary artistic expression and visual narrative, including the work of former Dartmouth Artists-in-Residence Allan Houser, Fritz Scholder, T. C. Cannon, and Bob Haozous.
Woodland Cultural Centre
The Woodland Cultural Centre currently has twelve full-time staff, four part-time staff, and five on contract. The organization has various departments: Administration, Museum, Language, Education, Education Extension, Library and Maintenance. The organization has a Board of Directors currently with three executive committee members (Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and Secretary/Treasurer) along with five board members from our three support communities: Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, Six Nations of the Grand River and Wahta Mohawks. Our Board of Directors consists of individuals with a variety of professional backgrounds such as: a health administrator, educational assistant, director of finance, former residential school survivor and elected band councilors.
Beat Nation – Hip Hop as Indigenous Culture
This site focuses on the development of hip hop culture within Aboriginal youth communities and its influence on cultural production. There has been some criticism over the years by older community members who see this influence as a break from tradition and the movement of the culture towards a pop-based mainstream assimilation. But in Beat Nation we see just the opposite happening. These artists are not turning away from the traditions as much as searching for new ways into them. Hip hop is giving youth new tools to rediscover First Nations culture. What is most striking about this work is how much of it embraces the traditional within its development.

The Institute of American Indian Arts
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is the only four-year degree fine arts institution in the nation devoted to contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts. It is devoted to the study of contemporary arts, as well as the art of education. IAIA also operates two centers, the Center for Lifelong Education and the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts.

American Indians in Children's Literature
Established in 2006, American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL) provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children's and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society. Scroll down for links to book reviews, Native media, and more.
Eva Widermann
Born in Munich, Germany, in 1978. Eva resides with her husband in Cork, Ireland. Otherwise known as the Rebel County. She started her career as a graphic designer in 1998 and worked for several years in the advertising industry where she gained valuable experience from various agencies in Munich, Stuttgart and Karlsruhe. In 2003 Eva decided to pursue her long time dream of becoming a freelance illustrator and concept artist with her main focus on character art in both traditional and digital media. Since then, her work has been published in a wide variety of books, magazines and games.
Inhabit Media
We are an Inuit-owned publishing company, with our head office located in Iqaluit, Nunavut. To our knowledge we are the only independent publishing company located in the Canadian Arctic. Our aim is to preserve and promote the stories, knowledge and talent of Inuit and northern Canada.

Inhabit Media Inc.
We are an Inuit-owned publishing company that aims to promote and preserve the stories, knowledge and spirit of northern Canada.

‘Aha Punana Leo
It began with a dream and a commitment to persevere with our mission in mind, E Ola Ka ‘Olelo Hawai‘i - The Hawaiian Language Shall Live. Political barriers, financial difficulties, skepticism and stereotypes were overcome so that the vision could be realized. While we celebrate the success of growing the number of students from less than 50 Hawaiian language speakers under the age of 18 to over 10,000 today, we are also mindful that the fulfillment of the vision has only just begun.
Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium - SILS 2014
No ?Ane?i Ko Kakou Ola explores the benefits of Hawaiian-medium education in establishing a strong foundation in culture and language as exemplified at Ke Kula ?o Nawahiokalani?opu?u. Located in the district of Puna on the island of Hawai?i, this unique kindergarten to 12th grade educational community utilizes ?olelo Hawai?i in all interactions between students, teachers, and staff.
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Assassination of Abraham Lincoln
As the Civil War was winding down, President Abraham Lincoln went to the theater to watch a comedy with his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln. The date was April 14, 1865. A well-known stage actor, John Wilkes Booth, entered the President's unguarded box at the Ford Theater, and shot him in the back of the head. President Lincoln died the next day. He was the first American president to be assassinated.
Eyewitness to History: The Death of President Lincoln, 1865
"The President had been carried across the street from the theater to the house of a Mr. Peterson. We entered by ascending a flight of steps above the basement and passing through a long hall to the rear, where the President lay extended on a bed, breathing heavily." Read about the events of April 14, 1865, as witnessed by Gideon Welles, Lincoln's Secretary of the Navy. After a brief introduction, the story switches to Welles' first-person account (about midway down the page).
FBI: The Case of Abraham Lincoln's Assassination Pistol
The gun that John Wilkes Booth used to shoot President Lincoln was dropped at the Ford National Theater, and put on display there in 1940. But in the 1960s the gun was allegedly stolen, and replaced with a replica. The FBI Laboratory was called in 1997 to determine whether the gun at the Ford Theater was authentic or a fake. Visit this FBI webpage to learn about the investigation and their conclusion.
Library of Congress: Assassination of President Abraham Lincoln
"There were at least four conspirators in addition to Booth involved in the mayhem. Booth was shot and captured while hiding in a barn near Bowling Green, Virginia, and died later the same day, April 26, 1865. Four co-conspirators, Paine, George Atzerodt, David Herold, and Mary Surratt, were hanged at the gallows of the Old Penitentiary, on the site of present-day Fort McNair, on July 7, 1865." Visit this Library of Congress mini-site to view the time line, and peruse the image gallery.
Papers of Abraham Lincoln: Is There a Surgeon in the House?
Another primary source was discovered in 2012 when the papers of Dr. Charles A. Leale were found. Dr. Leale was the doctor who responded when someone in the Ford Theater shouted, "Is there a surgeon in the house?" Dr. Leale was 23 years old, and had received his medical license just six weeks earlier. His account can be read here, after an introduction that sets the scene at the Ford Theater on the night of April 14, 1865.

Roger J. North: Lincoln's Assassination
Roger Norton is a retired history teacher with a "particular interest" in Lincoln's Assassination. He created this site for students, teachers, "and anyone with an interest in introductory information on Abraham Lincoln's assassination." It is the most comprehensive of the sites included in this roundup, and a must-visit for students writing school reports. Topics include conspiracy theories, the life of John Wilkes Booth, and the military commission trial of eight defendants accused of conspiring with Booth.

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Winter Olympics 2014
The first Winter Olympic Games took place in Chamonix, France in 1924 with sixteen nations participating in thirteen events in five sports. This year at the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia (February 6 to February 23, 2014) there will be athletes from eighty-eight nations competing in eighty-nine events in fifteen sports. The XI Paralympic Games will follow, running from March 7 to March 26, 2014.
Activity Village: Winter Olympics
"Explore our collection of printables specifically for the Winter Olympics in Sochi , 2014." With printable Olympic coloring pages, worksheets, and word search puzzles, Activity Village is a must visit for those with preschool and elementary-age kids. For more Olympic fun, be sure to explore the Sports section (with fifteen featured winter sports) and the Country section with links to printable worksheets and flags for more than sixty Olympic countries.
Infoplease: 2014 Winter Olympics
Infoplease presents a fun mixture of Olympic history, biographies, news, trivia, quizzes, and crosswords. For example, Figure Skating Team is making its Olympic debut in Sochi. "This competition will begin before the Opening Ceremony. Ten countries will field a male and female single skater, a pairs team, and an ice dancing team. The singles and pairs will perform a free program and the ice dancing teams will do both a short and free dance program." Don't leave without trying your hand at least one of the five Olympic quizzes or four crossword puzzles.
NBC Olympics
NBC is the official Olympic television network in the U.S., and is the go-to site for TV schedules, results and medal counts. But reasons to visit extend way beyond stats, because this terrific site is full of human interest stories, athlete bios, video gallery, and tweets and blogs listed by individual sport.
Sochi 2014: Mascots' Home
This is the official site of the Sochi 2014 Mascots. Meet the Polar Bear, the Hare and the Leopard, who represent the Winter Olympics; and Snowflake and Ray of Light who are the mascots for the Paralympic Games. "It is interesting that, originally, the only symbols of the Olympic Games were the emblem (five interlocking rings) and the Olympic flame. The idea of an Olympic mascot was officially approved at the 73rd Session of the International Olympic Committee which took place in Munich, Germany in summer 1972."

Team USA: Sochi 2014
Best clicks at the official U.S. Olympic Team site are the athlete bios and blogs, photo galleries, videos, and Go For Gold athlete features. Other cool clicks are the links to individual team sites, such as the and (home of the U.S. Figure Skating Association) found under Sports. Peruse News for the latest on team qualifications, as well has features on past news, such as the Tonya-Nancy scandal of 1994. "From the moment Kerrigan was attacked through the Olympic women's competition in Lillehammer, Norway, when Tonya Harding's skate lace broke, the Tonya-Nancy melodrama played out in living rooms around the globe."

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File Folder Games
File folder games for preschoolers are fun learning activities that are easy to make and customize. Each starts with a manila (or colored) file folder, the same kind used in offices to organize filing cabinets. These websites feature hundreds of ideas, but the possibilities are endless.
Daycare Resource Connection: File Folder Games
Daycare Resource Connection (DRC) features two kinds of games. The first uses clothespins and file folders that are only open at one end (also known as file jackets). These games can also be made using zip lock bags, since the folders are only used for storage. The second uses the more common file folder that lays flat when it opens. Topics include letters, colors, shapes, animals, seasons and holidays.
Kindergarten Kindergarten: File Folder Games
Kathyrn Warner, a kindergarten teacher from central Texas, shares her beautifully illustrated printable file folder games on her Kindergarten Kindergarten site. "The games are in full color, and take a lot of ink, so it's probably best to print them on a color laser printer." She also recommends printing the game pieces on cardstock and then laminating them. Topics include number sense, upper and lowercase letters, and color sorting.
Little Family Fun: File Folder Games
Linda is a craft-loving mom of three. Each game on her Little Family Fun blog includes detailed instructions and is illustrated with lots of photos. Unlike most of the other sites, there are no printable templates here, but rather instructions on creating your own games with simple supplies, such as stickers, construction paper, and craft foam sheets.
Preschool Mom: Folder Games
"Children love to play games, and with our colorful printables, they won't even know they are learning!" Each of these games is free to download and print, but there are additional printable resources available to those who sign up for a free membership. Topics include numbers, letters, weather, counting and picture matching. Navigate through the games using the numbered page links at the bottom of each page.

File Folder Fun
Lots of free printable file folder games here, but the ads are distracting and interfere with navigation. But if you are determined, you'll be rewarded with dozens of free PDF game templates in both color and black-and-white. Games are divided into categories by grade level and subject, and include games about letters, colors, counting, science, sequencing and picture matching.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes
"I have a dream," may be one of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s most famous quotes. It is from a speech he delivered on August 28, 1963 at the Lincoln Memorial. Here's a handful of sites where you can discover more of Dr. King's quotations.
The Atlantic: Anatomy of a Fake Quotation
This story might seem a bit off topic, but it's a very important lesson for anyone using the Internet to source quotes. Writer and editor Megan McArdle describes how she discovered that a viral quote attributed to Dr. King was not his. The incident happened after the killing of Osama bin Laden. The fake quote was: "I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy."
BrainyQuote: Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes
BrainyQuote is my go-to site for quotes, although I always wish their author biographies were a bit meatier. For Dr. King, they host about sixty quotes, each with the usual sharing options for Twitter and Facebook. What's unique here is the Share as Image option, which allows you to customize a quote graphic that can be shared. Very cool.
NAACP Honors Dr. King's Legacy
"The end of violence or the aftermath of violence is bitterness. The aftermath of nonviolence is reconciliation and the creation of a beloved community. A boycott is never an end within itself. It is merely a means to awaken a sense of shame within the oppressor but the end is reconciliation, the end is redemption." This one-page biography from the NAACP is sprinkled with quotes. It also includes links to three of Dr. King's most important speeches, and a list of related online resources.

Pinterest: Martin Luther King, Jr. Quotes
This Pinterest search displays image quotes from all across Pinterest. From this collection, you can jump to more sites with Dr. King quotes (by clicking twice on any individual pin) or visit the Pinterest boards and pinners that feature Dr. King. This is a great quote collection for those that prefer a graphic interface over a text-based one.

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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.
Changing 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.
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