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United Houma Nation
The United Houma Nation today is composed of a very proud and independent people who have close ties to the water and land of their ancestors. The unique history of our people has shaped our tribe today and the culture and way of life are a lifeline to that history.

Native American Languages of the Southwest
The Native American Languages Lab, under the direction of Dr. Colleen Fitzgerald, focuses on indigenous languages currently located in the Southwest United States, with an eye to serving communities and their language needs. Support for Native language programs includes onsite technology or linguistic training, database construction and development, and support for grant development. Current funding for the NALL comes from 3 active NSF grants totalling $284,571, as well as from UT Arlington's Sustainability Committee, with Dr. Fitzgerald as PI. They include: The 2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang/InField; NSF grant#1263939); Documentation and Analysis of the Chickasaw Verb (NSF grant #1263699.) in collaboration with Mr. Joshua Hinson of the Chickasaw Language Revitalization Program; The Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop (NSF grant#1065068) in collaboration with Dr. Mary Linn of the University of Oklahoma

Welcome to the first annual Indigenous Fine Art Market
IFAM is a celebration of native art and the cultures that inspire it. It was born out of a positive movement by artists who want a voice in how their market is produced. IFAM is a juried art show and will include only the highest quality artwork.
Southwestern Association for Indian Arts (SWAIA)
Bringing Native arts to the world by inspiring artistic excellence, fostering education, and creating meaningful partnerships.

Welcome to the 9th Annual Cherokee Art Market!
The Cherokee Art Market is one of the largest Native American art shows in Oklahoma. Featuring 150 elite Native American artists, representing 50 different tribes from across the United States. Jewelry, pottery, textiles, painting, sculptures and more.

American Indian Veterans Memorial
American Indian Veterans Memorial, Inc. (AIVMI) is a native-led organization whose mission is to advocate for a clearer understanding of the involvement of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander veterans in wartime.
To help achieve its mission, AIVMI is collaborating with the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to build an American Indian Veterans Memorial Exhibit at the Education Center at the Wall ( near the Vietnam Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC to honor our “First American Veterans”. The American Indian Veterans Memorial Exhibit will highlight the bravery, contributions, and sacrifices of the American Indian, Alaska Native, and Pacific Islander veterans during their service in the American military.
Welcome to Bow & Arrow Brand
The mission of Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm & Ranch Enterprise is to provide the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe with an enterprise that is an economic asset, as well as provide training and jobs for tribal members. This includes production and marketing of the finest agricultural products possible through its people, who are its strength. Farm & Ranch will continuously strive to improve the quality of its products and services to meet or exceed customer expectations and thus create long term economic rewards for the Tribe.
Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
Scientists at the Geophysical Institute study geophysical processes in action from the center of Earth to the surface of the sun and beyond. The Institute turns data and observations into information useful for research, state and national needs. Much of this research is performed by Institute faculty, staff and students as part of their regular work.
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A homophone is a group of words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings, such as “to, too, and two.” Homophones are a special kind of a homonym, which in addition to words that are spelled differently, includes words that are spelled the same but still have different meanings, such as the stalk of a plant (a noun) and to stalk a person (a verb.)
About Special Ed: Homonym - Homophone Worksheets
Although specialist Sue Watson is a special education guide, these twenty printable homonym and homophone worksheets will be great for all primary grade students (as well as ESL learners.) The worksheets are presented on twenty different pages, and you can view a readable thumbnail before deciding to download using the "PRINT PDF" link below. The worksheets are strung together in two batches of ten, so take care not to miss worksheets eleven through twenty.
Alan Cooper's Homonyms
Alan Cooper started his homonyms list in second grade. He eventually lost his "dog-eared pad of yellow paper with an ever-growing list of homonyms," but when his son was in second grade and needed a list of homonyms, Cooper rediscovered his old passion. "The best part about homonyms, though, is that they are the raw material for puns, a truly sublime form of humor. With a robust knowledge of and appreciation for homonyms, you will never be embarrassed when a pun-battle breaks out in public."
All About Homophones: The Homophone Machine
"All About Homophones" is a homophone activity workbook that can be purchased in soft-cover or PDF, but the resource I want to share is the free Homophone Machine. Type in any sentence or paragraph, and it will be converted into a misspelled, but often very funny version chock full of homophones. If you need a suggestion, try starting with "I would like to show you my new horse" or "Praise the Lord for the spelling checker that came with our PC. Make a mistake and it puts you right. It's so easy to use, you see." That last tidbit is based on Janet E. Byford's poem "An Ode to the Spelling Chequer" which you can find at Alan Cooper's site (see above).
PBS Kids: Between the Lions: Homophones Video
This fun video from PBS' Between the Lions features singer-songwriter Brian McKnight and Cleo Lion singing about "a very unusual H word homophones." This one is sure to delight audiences of all ages. "You're right, let's write the words all day and night. They're out of sight. You're still so sweet, that's why we always meet. Not that kind of meat. Homophones. Two words that sound the same, but they're not spelled the same. Homophones."

Scholastic: Super Homophone Match Game
"Do you have good memory? You'll need it when you try to match homophones. Don't know what a homophone is? You'll find out when you play Super Match." This concentration-style memory game requires you to match homophones, instead of the usual identical pictures. For example, "hair" is a match for "hare" and "scene" is a match for "seen." Because the game scrambles with each restart, it can be played multiple times.

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Critical Evaluation of Information
The blessing of the Internet is the ease of finding information on any subject. The curse of the Internet is also the ease of finding information on any subject. When swimming in a sea of search results, how do you know which ones to trust? Learn how to evaluate information sources with the help of these librarians.
Johns Hopkins Sheridan Libraries: Evaluating Information Found on the Internet
"When you use a research or academic library, the books, journals and other resources have already been evaluated by scholars, publishers and librarians. Every resource you find has been evaluated in one way or another before you ever see it. When you are using the World Wide Web, none of this applies. There are no filters." To traverse through this guide, use the blue menu tabs that run across the top of the page. It includes sections on Distinguishing Propaganda and Misinformation, and Evaluating Social Media, and is my pick of the day!
Kathy Schrock's Guide: Critical Evaluation of Information
To help even the youngest of students to think critically about Web sites, Kathy Schrock has designed three grade-appropriate site evaluation forms. The first is for elementary grades ("Do the pictures and photographs on the page help you learn?"); the second for middle school ("Is the information on the page useful for your project?"); and the third for high-school students ("Would it have been easier to get the information somewhere else?") All three are also available in Spanish and in Acrobat Adobe PDF (for ease of printing.)
New Mexico State University Library: Evaluation Criteria
"The Good, The Bad & The Ugly: or, Why It's a Good Idea to Evaluate Web Sources." This guide is less information dense than some of the others, so it might be a good place to start for middle-school and upper elementary grades. My favorite feature of this guide is the linked examples that are included with many of the criteria. Be sure to click through and evaluate each sample site.
UC Berkeley Library: Evaluating Web Pages
"Evaluating web pages skillfully requires you to do two things at once: Train your eye and your fingers to employ a series of techniques that help you quickly find what you need to know about web pages; Train your mind to think critically, even suspiciously, by asking a series of questions that will help you decide how much a web page is to be trusted." In addition to this online guide, there are a couple of printable checklists available. Look for the link in the upper right-hand corner titled Web Page Evaluation Checklist PDF Form.

University of Oregon Library: Critical Evaluation of Information Sources
This guide takes you through analyzing Authority, Objectivity, Quality, Currency and Relevancy of an information source. "Not all questions will apply in all situations, and not all responses need to be positive ones - this is not a scorecard. The questions are intended to help you think critically about information sources."

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Back-to-School Quotes
The exciting back-to-school season is upon us, and what better way to get ourselves in the mood than with wisdom and humor. Whether you are looking for something for a school report, a bulletin board, or dinner table discussion, you’ll surely hit pay dirt with today’s selection of pithy sayings.
Brainy Quote: School Quotes
"My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors." Maya Angelo. With fourteen pages of school quotes, Brainy Quotes is the largest of today's back-to-school quote collections. Additional quotes can be perused by topic, keyword, author, or search function.
Brownielocks: Teaching Quotes
The only educational aspect of television is that it put's the repair man's kids through college." Joan Welsh. For thirty years, Brownielocks has been collecting inspirational and funny quotes about school, students, the education system and teaching. This long page contains her favorites.
The Quotations Page: Education
"It is possible to store the mind with a million facts and still be entirely uneducated." Alec Bourne. The Quotations Page has forty-eight quotes in their Education section, and suggests related topics of Learning, Knowledge and Teaching. In addition to quotations organized by topic, you can also explore by author, or enjoy a daily random quote. With free registration, you can save favorite quotes and email quotes to friends.
The Quote Garden: Back to School
"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." Sydney J. Harris. Although the author attributions on these back-to-school quotes are not clickable (i.e. there is not a page dedicated to each author) there are related Quote Garden categories to explore: Children, Learning, Parents, Teachers, and Stress. Yup, stress is a natural by-product of back-to-school activities!

Thinkexist: School Quotes
"The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson." Tom Bodett. Each quote at Thinkexist is tagged with multiple topics, providing an easy way to explore the site. The Bodett quote, for example, is categorized under School, Experience, Education and Life. Free membership offers a personal quote box for storage of your favorite quotes, organized by chapters.

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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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