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Canoe Journey 2016! The Tribal Canoe Journeys - Paddle to Nisqually
The Leschi Heritage Foundation is honored to coordinate the Paddle to Nisqually, Canoe Journey 2016. This event involves over a year of planning by hosting tribes; bringing together natives and non-natives with a common goal of providing a drug and alcohol free event and offering pullers a personal journey towards healing and recovery of culture, traditional knowledge and spirituality. Many events are open to the public and there will be vendors, tribal songs and dances; it’s important to remember that the Canoe Journey event is a cultural ceremony, not a festival.

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation
Art and culture is how humanity makes sense of and shares the world around us. Art gives voice to our fears, our dreams and it invites others to know us and to know themselves.
Potawatomi Leadership Program
The six-week Potawatomi Leadership Program brings a group of 8-10 promising young tribal members from around the world to Shawnee, Oklahoma to learn about the government, culture, and economic development of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. At its core, the Potawatomi Leadership Program strives to give interns an accurate perception of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation as a whole and cultivate talent from within to ensure that younger generations are prepared for a role in the future governance of their tribe.
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We commit ourselves to providing valuable information, tools and guides about self improvement from experienced experts from all walks of life. No matter who you are today, you can be anyone you want to be! can definitely make your road to self help more smoother. Cheers to your success!
Welcome to the Osage Nation Language's Department online course hub. We currently offer two classes:
Osage Beginner 1A: Introduction to the Osage Orthography
Osage Beginner 1B: Basic Thought Structure
Both courses are self-paced and can be completed online. These classes are offered to you by the Osage Nation Language Department free of charge.
Center for Native American Youth
The Center for Native American Youth is dedicated to improving the health, safety and overall well-being of Native American youth through communication, policy development and advocacy.
The Giraffe Heroes Project
The nonprofit Giraffe Heroes Project was born in the head and heart of Ann Medlock, a freelance editor, publicist, speech writer and writer living in Manhattan. Ann started the Project in 1984 as an antidote to the mind-numbing violence and trivia that pervaded the media, eroding civic energy and hope. People needed to know about the heroes of our times and all that they were accomplishing as courageous, compassionate citizens.
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Rio 2016 Summer Olympics
The Games of the XXXI Olympiad will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 5 – 21, 2016. This year's games boast a record number of countries competing in a record number of sports. Kosovo and South Sudan are new participants; golf and rugby sevens are new Olympic sports. Learn more about the games, the sports and the athletes with this week's web picks.
Activity Village: Olympic Games
"When were the first Olympic Games? The first known Olympic Games was recorded in around 776 BC in Olympia, Greece. They were celebrated until 396 AD." Activity Village has an impressive lineup of Olympic activities that can used at home or in the classroom including coloring pages, puzzles, printables, recipes, worksheets, games, and tips on how to host your own Olympics.
NBC Olympics: 2016 Rio Olympic Games
For news, results, and schedules, NBC Olympics is the go-to site. They also host athlete profiles, videos, details about Team USA, human-interest stories and sport overviews. "Unlike many Olympic sports, tennis did not have players compete in Trials to earn spots at the Games. Instead, 56 singles players of each gender were culled from the official world rankings lists provided by the International Tennis Federation; they received direct acceptance based on their positioning as of June 6, 2016."
Rio 2016: Mascots
Vinicius (a mixture of Brazilian animals named after a Bossa Nova poet) and Tom (named after a Brazilian musical maestro) are the mascots of the Olympic and Paralympic Games respectively. Visit their site for fun and games that include coloring, downloads, stories, and videos. What is Vinicius' special power? "I can stretch and stretch and stretch myself, as much as I want. And since I'm a mixture of Brazilian animals, I can do all the best things they can do: I can run faster, jump higher and be stronger."!home
Rio 2016 Olympics: Official Site
The official website of the International Olympic Committee has the usual summary of events, results, photos, videos and news. They also provide an excellent look at the history and mythology of the Olympic games (look for a link to Ancient Games in the footer of any page), and a gallery of previous mascots (the link is also found in the footer.) "The mascots (life-sized costume versions) made their first public appearance at the Ginásio Experimental Olímpico Juan Antonio Samaranch, named after the former IOC President. This is a school in Rio, opened under the impetus of the Games and aimed at young sporting talents.

Team USA: Road to Rio 2016
The US Olympic team consists of 555 athletes, 191 of which are returning Olympians. Of those that competed before, 66 are Olympic champions, having won 108 Olympic medals in previous Games. Visit Team USA to learn more about our athletes, collectively and individually. "The 555-member roster is comprised of 263 men and 292 women, marking the most women who have ever competed for any nation in Olympic Games history. The United States will be represented in 27 sports (40 disciplines) and 244 of the 306 medal events that will be contested in Rio."

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Pokémon Go Tips and Tricks
Pokémon Go is a free smartphone game that has taken the world by storm since it was released earlier this month. The game allows players (called trainers) to capture virtual creatures (Pokémon) found in the real world. The game uses GPS signal to place you on a playing field built on a special Google map, and your phone's camera to create an augmented reality (AR) where Pokémon appear and can be captured. The game has become popular with all age groups, and it being praised for getting players up and out of the house.
Digital Trends: Pokémon Go Guide
"Pokémon Go wants you to get up on your feet and venture into the real world. The only way to find Pokémon is by wandering around outside. Using your phone's GPS signal, the game tracks where you are, and will spawn Pokémon for you to capture based on your location." Visit Digital Trends for seven pages of Pokémon Go advice starting with six tips on finding Pokémon to catch.
IGN: Pokémon Go Wiki Guide
The IGN wiki is one of the deepest Pokémon Go resources developed so far. Visit for video walk-throughs, tips, cheats, and more. "Tracking down, finding, and catching Pokémon in Pokémon Go requires a careful, concerted effort. Your first step is to investigate the world around you, especially rusting wild grasses you'll see on your Pokémon Go world map."
Pocket-Link: Pokémon Go: How to Play
"Sometimes you won't be able to walk around and find wild Pokémon. So, draw them to you. You can use lures like incense to attract Pokémon. Simply hit the Poke Ball at the bottom of the screen, tap Items, and select Incense to lure them in (a purple ring will appear around your avatar)." This is a long page, so be sure to keep scrolling to see all the Pokémon Go tips and advice.
Pokémon Go: Official Site
The offical Pokémon Go site does not have an extensive game guide, but visit to watch the Pokémon Go trailer, and learn some basics. "When you're in position to catch a Pokémon, the screen will switch to a first-person view with the Pokémon in front of you. Use your touch screen to throw Poké Balls to try to catch the Pokémon. Careful – Pokémon will sometimes move around, making it tricky to catch them!"

Techradar: Pokémon Go Tips and Tricks Guide
This whopping 26-page guide is still being revised, so come back often to learn more tricks. "Before you throw a Pokéball, check the colour the ring changes to - green equals easy, yellow equals moderate and red equals tough. Know these colours and you'll be on your way to mastering Pokémon Go."

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Cold War
The Cold War (1947-1991) was an era of hostility between the United States (and our democratic allies) and the Soviet Union (and their communist allies) that began after World War II. During the fifties and sixties, the threat of a Soviet nuclear attack loomed large, much the way the fear of terrorism concerns us today.
Cold War Museum
Best clicks at the virtual Cold War Museum are the Trivia Game ("Who was the founder of the Soviet Communist Party and leader of the Bolshevik Revolution?") and the decade-by-decade timeline that runs from the '40's to the '90's. Other clicks reveal a variety of quirky collections, such as Cold War patches, posters from "various exhibits and conferences that were hosted by the Central Intelligence Agency," and "nineteen posters depicting Soviet Military hardware of the 1980's."
During the early Cold War years, CONELRAD was a national Emergency Broadcasting System. Today, "CONELRAD is a site devoted to atomic culture past and present but without all the distracting and pedantic polemics." If I hadn't lived through it, I'd probably think this kitsch collection of Cold War pop culture too bizarre to be true. But, as a child of the fifties, I can vouch for its authenticity. Here's just a few of the many gems awaiting your discovery: Bert the Turtle's Duck and Cover civil defense movie (in a variety of video formats), Kix Atomic "Bomb" ring promotion (only 15¢ and a cereal box top), and a 24/7 Internet radio broadcast of Cold War era "atomic" hits.
Ducksters: The Cold War for Kids
"The Cold War was often fought between the superpowers of the United States and the Soviet Union in something called a proxy war. These were wars fought between other countries, but with each side getting support from a different superpower. Examples of proxy wars include the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Yom Kippur War, and the Soviet Afghanistan War." Learn more about the major events of the Cold War at this site for middle and high-school students.
History: Cold War History
"Postwar Soviet expansionism in Eastern Europe fueled many Americans' fears of a Russian plan to control the world. Meanwhile, the USSR came to resent what they perceived as American officials' bellicose rhetoric, arms buildup and interventionist approach to international relations." Visit for videos, photo galleries, and speeches, in addition to an introductory article.

Wilson Center: Cold War History
For high-school students (and grownups) the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars has an excellent collection of Cold War articles and original source documents. Start with the interactive timeline, and then browse the topics further down the page. "The Cold War met a miraculous end during the late 1980s, with neither a bang nor a whimper. Instead, the lasting images of the Cold War's demise were almost all peaceful (except in Romania) yet incandescent."

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U.S. Constitution
"We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." This famous sentence is the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. Learn more at the following sites.

Ben's Guide: U.S. Constitution
This section of Ben's Guide to the U.S. Government is part of the Historical Documents Learning Adventure. In addition to this page about the Constitution, Ben's Guide includes articles about the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, Bill of Rights, Emancipation Proclamation, and Gettysburg Address.

Congress for Kids: Constitution
Published for grades four through twelve by The Dirksen Congressional Center, Congress for Kids tells the story of the Constitution starting with the Constitutional Convention of 1787. "It includes information about the writing the Constitution, the Great Compromise, the Constitution's signers, the Bill of Rights, the Amendments to the Constitution and what they mean to Americans, and much more." In addition to the illustrated lessons, each section includes a related quiz or a game.

Mr. Nussbaum: Interactive U.S. Constitution for Kids
"The [Constitutional Convention] delegates agreed that the Constitution would become law once it was ratified by nine states. New Hampshire became the 9th state to ratify the Constitution on June 21, 1788. On December 15, 1791, a Bill of Rights was added to the Constitution (its first ten amendments). Today, the United States Constitution is the oldest written constitution. It currently has a preamble, seven articles (which describe Congress and its functions) and 27 amendments." Click on any of articles, amendments or framers (listed in the horizontal menu) for more.
NARA: Constitution of the United States: A History
This history of the Constitution was written by Roger A. Bruns. "May 25, 1787. Freshly spread dirt covered the cobblestone street in front of the Pennsylvania State House, protecting the men inside from the sound of passing carriages and carts. Guards stood at the entrances to ensure that the curious were kept at a distance. Robert Morris of Pennsylvania, the 'financier' of the Revolution, opened the proceedings with a nomination – Gen. George Washington for the presidency of the Constitutional Convention."

White House: Constitution
"The need for the Constitution grew out of problems with the Articles of Confederation, which established a 'firm league of friendship' between the states, and vested most power in a Congress of the Confederation." The White House explains why the Constitutional Convention was convened, the ratification process that followed, and how the Bill of Rights resolved contention between the Federalists and Anti-Federalists.

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