Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
- Volume 12 Number 10
by Paul and Vicki
Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakichiye (Dakota Language
Out of necessity for the Dakota language to live and thrive
for generations, the Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakichiye
was created to create materials that can reverse the trend of
language loss and begin to raise generations of fluent Dakota
speakers. The Dakhóta Iápi
Okhódakichiye (DIO, Dakota Language Society) is a nonprofit
organization of dedicated Dakota community members, language
learners and speakers. The Dakota Language Society promotes
revitalization of the Dakota language through the creation and
distribution of Dakota language materials to be implemented
in the home, community and classroom.
Wellness 100 Mile Club
The 100 Mile Club provides residents of the Hopi community the
opportunity to walk or run 100 miles over the course of 16 weeks
in an effort to increase daily physical activity and lower the
incidence of Type II Diabetes in the community. Its a
big goal to reach, but with dedication and support, all participants
can reach the goal and then some.
Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)
AIHEC is the collective spirit and unifying voice of our nations
37 Tribal Colleges and Universitiesa unique community
of tribally and federally chartered institutions working to
strengthen tribal nations and make a lasting difference in the
lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Since 1972, AIHEC
serves its network of member institutions through public policy,
advocacy, research, and program initiatives to ensure strong
tribal sovereignty through excellence in American Indian higher
Tribal College Journal (TCJ)
On behalf of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium's
member tribal colleges and universities, TCJ provides information
for everyone interested in American Indian higher education.
TCJ's culture-based publication addresses subjects important
to the future of American Indian and Alaska Native communities
utilizing both journalistic and scholarly articles and has
become a forum for college staff, faculty, administrators,
and students to discuss their needs, successes, and evolving
Our vision is to create a future where youth of Native communities
and non-Native communities will live a successful, healthy way
of life, both mentally and physically, to become the leaders
The best ideas come from the American people. Everyone has a
story to tell, everyone has a part to play. All across the country,
ordinary Americans are doing extraordinary things in their communities
to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the
world. Every week, we will invite these Champions of Change
to the White House to share their ideas to win the future.
Native Generational Change
If your tired of how things are for Natives then help me create
change with people who are going to do the work for Native Communities.
The NGC board is dedicated and committed to working for Native
People because of their connection to each community. The main
goal of NGC is to create sustainable change for all Native Americans
both on and off the reservation.
From costume safety to pet safety, this weeks roundup
of Halloween safety tips will ensure that everyone has a happy
Halloween Health and Safety Tips
With acrostic tips from "S" ("Swords, knives,
and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible.")
to "N" (Never walk near lit candles or luminaries.
Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes."), the CDC wishes
you a "Safe Halloween!" Scroll down the page for links
to more Halloween safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product
Safety Commission, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Magazine: Official Halloween Safety Game
Start by reading through the Halloween Safety Rules, then scroll
to the bottom of the page to play the Safety Quiz. Find the
one house on the street that is safe for trick or treating.
"GOOD JOB! You only want to go to places that are well
lit." Topics covered in the quiz include stranger danger,
street smarts, rules of the road, candy safety, and the importance
of sticking to a planned route for trick or treating.
"The excitement of children and adults at this time
of year can sometimes make them not as careful as they would
normally be. Our site is filled with suggestions that can do
a lot to stop tragedies from happening and help make the most
of everyone's favorite holiday of the year... Halloween!"
Safety tips are organized into sections for kids, adults, parties,
costumes, trick-or-treating, driving, pets, and home decor.
York Troopers: Halloween Safety
The New York State Police, in cooperation with McGruff the Crime
Dog of the Crime Prevention Coalition, present a printable Halloween
Safety booklet with coloring pages, a maze, a quiz, and some
good advice. "Halloween blood and gore are harmless stuff
for the most part. But sometimes dressing up as a superhero,
a swashbucking pirate, or an alien from outer space coupled
with the excitement of Halloween brings out aggressive
Kids Worldwide: Halloween Safety Tips
Safe Kids Worldwide is a non-profit organization dedicated
to preventing childhood injuries. "Around the world,
a child dies from an unintentional injury every 30 seconds.
And millions of children are injured in ways that can affect
them for a lifetime." Their Halloween resources include
some sad facts ("On average, children are more than twice
as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than
on any other day of the year."), excellent safety tips,
an infographic to share, and several printable Halloween safety
Fire Prevention Week is celebrated every October. Originally
proclaimed as Fire Prevention Day in 1920 by President Woodrow
Wilson, it commemorated the anniversary of the Great Chicago
Fire of 1871. In 1925, President Calvin Coolidge expanded the
event to a whole week. He noted that in the previous year some
15,000 lives were lost to fire in the US. Calling the loss startling,
President Coolidges proclamation stated: This waste
results from conditions which justify a sense of shame and horror;
for the greater part of it could and ought to be prevented.
Institute: Fire Safe Kid
"Play games, take quizzes, watch cool videos and learn
how to become a fire safe kid just like me!" In addition
to the Kids Zone, there is also a portal for families that covers
fire safety for home, holiday, travel and outdoors, and one
for teachers with fire safety curriculum for grades K-12. For
preschoolers, look at the Hot or Not game and the interactive
Rangers: Fire Safety for Kids
Danger Rangers' five easy fire safety tips can "greatly
reduce the risk of fire-related deaths." Just below the
tips, enjoy the fire safety song, the Danger Rangers video,
the coloring activity, and the Hazard House Game. "Can
you find the safety violations? Just move the mouse around,
and when you find one, just click on it and I'll change the
picture so you can see how it's supposed to look. When you've
found them all, you win!"
"To be good at something, you have to practice. Well don't
worry, practicing fire safety has never been this much fun!"
In addition to the coloring pages, printable puzzles, and games,
highlights of the site include learning about the Three Ps (prevent,
plan, practice) and the science section. "All fires require
three elements: oxygen, heat, fuel. These three elements are
commonly referred to as the Fire Triangle. If the right amounts
of each are present, and a chemical reaction occurs, a fire
In cooperation with the National Fire Protection Association,
Scholastic provides lessons, printables and fire safety activities
for grades PreK-5. The program "Have Two Ways Out"
teaches this important fire safety lesson using the story of
Alice in Wonderland. Although some of the activities (such as
Sparky's Firehouse) do take you offsite to Sparky the Fire Dog's
own site (see next review) there is plenty of original material
here for use in a classroom or a living room.
the Fire Dog
Sparky the Fire Dog is the official dalmatian "spokesdog"
of the National Fire Protection Association. There are so
many fun spots (dalmatian, spots, get it?) here, I can only
list a few: coloring pages, printable origami dog, Sparky's
firehouse and fire trucks, and animated shorts. For printable
safety checklists and an escape plan grid, visit the Activities
section. Grownups have their own section of the site: look
for the Parents sign in the lower right-hand corner.
Internet Safety Games
This weeks roundup is all about online games that teach
Internet safety. The topics covered by these games are diverse,
and although some are created specifically for kids as young
as seven, others are created for older teens and grownups.
Digital Passport is published by Common Sense Media, a non-profit
organization that promotes digital citizenship. Although full
access requires free teacher registration, Digital Passport
does offer sample preview games. Designed for grades three to
five, each of the five modules includes video and an interactive
game, and they take about forty-five minutes to complete. Topics
covered are cellphone usage, online messaging, cyber-bullying,
effective search, and creative mash-ups.
Safe Online Surfing
"Visit all of the characters on the island to learn how
to surf the Internet safely. Complete all of the lessons and
click on the exam balloon to take the Internet Challenge."
With separate games for each grade from third to eighth, this
FBI site is my pick of the day because of the beautiful graphics
and grade-specific curriculum. In order to take the quiz at
the end of the lessons, your teacher will need to sign up for
a free account.
NetSmartz is a program of the National Center for Missing &
Exploited Children. Kids, tweens, and teens each choose their
own portal, as can parents and teachers. Each portal has its
own assortment of educational videos and games. Topics include
password safety, stranger danger, privacy, gossip, identify
theft, sexting, inappropriate content, online predators, digital
literacy, and cyber-bullying.
Video and Media
OnGuardOnline.gov is a project of the US government to help
citizens stay safe online. This resource page lists videos,
tutorials and thirteen games. These are not specifically created
for children, but are appropriate for teens. Topics include
laptop security, spyware, cyber crime, spam, and phishing. In
the left-hand vertical menu, there is also a link for parents
on protecting kids online.
Kids: Webonauts Internet Academy
Webonauts is a PBS game for eight- to ten-year olds exploring
"what it means to be a citizen in a web-infused
information-rich world. It is an engaging experience on its
own but becomes all the more powerful when parents and teachers
use game play as a springboard for conversations about media
literacy and citizenship in the 21st Century." Imagine
yourself a new recruit to the Webonauts Internet Academy on
a space mission to the planet Bambu. While role-playing, you'll
learn about citizenship, identity, privacy, credibility and
Science Fair Project Ideas
Fretting over your science fair project? Having trouble coming
up with an idea that interests you? Jump start your creative
thinking by browsing through these science fair sites that list
hundreds of projects, along with tips on choosing one thats
right for you.
Science Fair Projects
From astronomy to zoology, All Science Fair Projects is a searchable
database of 1000 science fair ideas for all levels (elementary,
middle and high school.) You can search by keyword (such as
"bacteria" or "sun spots.") Or browse by
topic (biology, chemistry, physics, earth science and engineering.)
There is also a good resource section that includes links to
a few of the large science fair sites, such as California and
Science Fair Central
"An important part of learning science is doing science.
Science fairs offer students an opportunity to practice science
investigation and invention. Whether the science fair is competitive
or not, the project may be the first time that students choose
their own science topic and practice being a scientist or engineer."
There is a lot of great guidance here, but if you're specifically
looking for topic ideas, jump directly to "Choose a Project
Idea" under the "Getting Started" tab.
Science Fair Project Ideas
Education.com offers "science fair ideas suitable for every
grade level, be it preschool, kindergarten, elementary school,
middle school, or high school." To filter through the project
ideas, select the grade-level and subject boxes in the sidebar,
and add an optional keyword. With a free Education.com membership,
you can collect your favorite ideas in a Collection. Look for
the orange "Collect It!" button on any of the project
pages to get started.
Science Buddies is a non-profit organization encouraging students
to "improve their science skills" and "consider
additional study or careers in science." It's also my pick-of-the-day
site because of the Topic Selection Wizard (look for it under
"Project Ideas"), and the general excellence of all
the guidance provided. Choosing a topic is often the most agonizing
part of starting a science fair project. Use the wizard to guide
you toward a topic that interests you. Be warned, however, you'll
have to answer a lot of questions to work your way through the
wizard. Other great clicks are the tips for getting started
in the "Project Guide" section, and the "Ask
an Expert" online forum.
Kids: Science Projects
Science Kids of New Zealand specializes in helping kids in
grades 3 to 7 find an easy science project that they can have
fun with. In addition to the easy science projects (listed
in the left-hand column) be sure to look at the ideas listed
in the right-hand column. These are just questions, not complete
projects, but can be a great place to start. "Do women's
cosmetics contain potentially harmful chemicals?" "What
materials conduct electricity better?" "Does ice
melt at a rate proportional to its surface area?"
Although often called koala bears because of their
resemblance to cuddly teddy bears, koalas are marsupials,
not bears. Koalas are native to Australia and related to kangaroos
and wombats. Learn more at these adorable koala sites.
Koala Crafts and Activities for Children
Visit DLTK for koala paper crafts such as a Koala Toilet Paper
Roll, Koala Paper Plate, and a Koala Wreath. DLTK also offers
online jigsaw puzzles and printable coloring pages for koalas,
kangaroos, kookaburras, and kiwis. For more Australian crafts
and puzzles, follow the Other Australian Animals link in the
menu just below the search box.
"Australia's national koala mapping project, KoalaTracker,
is crowdsourcing the location, points of impact and causes of
death and injury for the public record - bringing science, policymakers
and community together to take effective action to save the
koala." For those of us not able to track koalas in the
wild, there is an interesting FAQ (What do koalas eat?) and
a gallery of photos taken by volunteers.
Geographic Kids: Koala
"A koala mother usually gives birth to one joey at a time.
A newborn koala is only the size of a jelly bean. Called a joey,
the baby is blind, naked, and earless. As soon as it's born,
this tiny creature makes its way from the birth canal to its
mother's pouch. Using the two well-developed senses it's born
withsmell and touchalong with its strong front legs
and claws and an instinct that tells it which direction to head,
the baby koala reaches the pouch." With quick facts and
a map of the koala's range, this single-page National Geographic
site is a short but sweet introduction to the koala.
Diego Zoo: Koalas
"Koalas are naturally solitary animals that are mostly
active at night and spend most of their time napping and eating.
Koalas eat only eucalyptus leaves. Eating leaves from one kind
of plant may seem boring, but there are more than 600 different
kinds of eucalyptus trees and, from a koala's point of view,
each looks and tastes very different! Koalas prefer the leaves
of about three-dozen varieties." If you visit during PST
daylight you'll be able to watch the Koala Live Cam. The photo
gallery, however, is available 24/7.
The kids' section of this koala conservation group includes
Fascinating Facts, Furry Photos, and Fun Stuff such as a dot-to-dot
puzzle, printable crossword and word search activity. "Koalas'
fur is different in different parts of Australia. In the southern
parts of Australia it is longer and shaggier than in the north,
in order to keep them warm in the cold southern winters."
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.