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Kituwah Preservation & Education Program
The Cherokee language is in danger of dying out in the near future due to the loss of elders who speak it and the few in younger generations who are fluent speakers. In an effort to reverse this trend, Cherokee Preservation Foundation is investing in language preservation programs that teach toddlers to adults how to speak and read their native tongue.

Welcome to the Alutiiq Living Words Project Web Portal!
The Qik’rtarmiut Alutiit Language Program is dedicated to documenting and revitalizing the Alutiiq Language of the Kodiak Archipelago. Through this portal, language learners, researchers, and interested public can access field research conducted on the language and culture, find educational resources, and keep up to date on the Alutiiq language community.
Isabella Blatchford’s cancer treatment fund
SUPERB! As of 8:21pm 4/27/11 we have reached our goal! I know I can speak for my sister when I say that we are both so humbled by all of the support she has received through this website. So much gratitude! We will be providing a status update on this website very soon. I’ve received 2 emails requesting to add on to the fund, it is still available to do so. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL today!!
The University of Tulsa College of Law
The TU College of Law provides an academically rigorous, yet congenial atmosphere where education goes beyond how to think like a lawyer. Here you will also get the opportunity to practice like a lawyer.
Concord Law School
Welcome to Concord Law School's website. Since 1998, Concord has been the leader in the development of online law school programs that are comprehensive, challenging, accessible, and affordable. With over 1200 graduates and a dozen years of experience, Concord faculty and staff continually work to fulfill our mission: Concord Law School, using state-of-the-art technology and the Internet, delivers a sound program of legal education that is accessible and affordable. Concord's program helps career-focused learners achieve their personal and professional goals. In doing so, the program uniquely serves the needs of the legal profession and the public interest.
Accenture American Indian Scholarship - Graduate & Undergraduate
The Accenture American Indian Scholarship fund seeks high achieving student leaders. This program meets a vital need for American Indian and Alaska Native students seeking higher education and requiring financial assistance. Accenture will award American Indian and Alaska Native students seeking degrees and careers in fields of study including: various engineering, computer science, operations management, finance, marketing and other business oriented fields.
Native Americans in Philanthropy
Native Americans in Philanthropy was formed in January 1990 when a group of Native people affiliated with philanthropic institutions convened at a national meeting in Chicago to discuss the socio-economic status of Native people and the limited role philanthropy had played in helping this population.
The Hill-Snowdon Foundation
The Hill-Snowdon Foundation envisions a fair and just society for low-income families, particularly youth of color and no-and low-wage workers. Our mission is to:Work with low-income families and communities to create a fair and just society by helping them develop the capacity and leadership skills necessary to influence the decisions that shape their lives. We believe that it is essential for people to proactively define the type of society in which they want to live and then work collectively to achieve this vision. HSF seeks to accomplish this mission by providing grants to organizations that work directly to build the power of low-income families; leveraging our and others' resources; and promoting opportunities for learning and growth.
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Birthday Poems
Dedicated to all those who have struggled to come up with a fun and unique way to pen a birthday greeting (and with a tip of the hat to April's status as National Poetry Month) this week's topic is birthday poems, sayings, wishes, quotes and pithy messages.
Birthday Messages
In addition to short birthday poems ("Hope lovely surprises are coming your way / To make your birthday a wonderful day!") Birthday Messages has, well, birthday messages. These birthday wishes are categorized as Belated, Funny, Inspirational, Love, Religious and are also sorted by relationship such as Brother, Dad, Friend, Mom, Sister, etc. These short messages are perfect for signing a paper card, sending via SMS text message, or posting on Facebook. "Birthdays are good for you. Statistics show that people who have the most live the longest!"
Famous Poets and Poems: Birthday Poems and Poetry
Although very few of these birthday poems are famous in their own right, the poets include the likes of Jane Austen, Emily Dickinson, Dylan Thomas and Sylvia Plath. Related poetry themes (look for them in the left-hand menu) include Anniversary Poems, Family Poems, Friendship Poems, and even April Poems. Popular Poets are also listed in the left-hand nav, as are American Poets, English Poets, Women Poets and Contemporary Poets.
Famous Quotes and Quotations: Birthday Quotes
Although there is nary a birthday poem in sight here at Famous Quotes and Quotations, these birthday quotes can also be used to spice up a birthday card or birthday email message. The site is formatted into lists of Top 10 quotes, but if ten is not enough for you, there is second list of ten birthday quotes (look for the link in the right-hand column, near the bottom of the page.) And what is their number one birthday quote? This one from Oprah Winfrey, "The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate."
Poems for Free: Birthday Poems
Nicholas Gordon shares over 2000 of his original poems at his Poems for Free site, and grants free use of them for personal and non-commercial purposes. Which means you may add them to greeting cards and birthday letters as you wish, as long as you cite him as the author. "Happy Birthday, Grandma! / All my love to you! / Pleased to have this chance to offer / Praises that are due. / Years and years of love / Become an unheard song, / Infiltrating every thought, / Righting every wrong ..."

Poem Source: Birthday Poems
Poem Source is a collection of poems written by Joanna or Karl Fuchs. Personal use on individual birthday cards is allowed, but be sure to read their Terms of Use, as there are some electronic uses that are strictly prohibited. Here's a lovely one written by Joanna Fuchs, titled Another Year. "I'm wishing you another year / Of laughter, joy and fun, / Surprises, love and happiness, / And when your birthday's done, / I hope you feel deep in your heart, / As your birthdays come and go, / How very much you mean to me, / More than you can know."

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Bogus Websites
When evaluating an Internet site, how do you determine if it is credible? How do you differentiate between truth, lies and opinion? And what about satire? Can you always tell when a site is just joking? Although a complete discussion of these important questions goes beyond the space allotted this column, today's sites are all examples of pranks, fabrication and satire. A few were specifically created as educational tools. Would you have been fooled by any of them?
All About Explorers
"Everything you've ever wanted to know about every explorer who ever lived ... and more!" Maybe that promise about "every explorer who ever lived" might be a small tip off that this site is not all that it appears to be. Read the explorers' biographies with a critical eye, and see if anything strikes you as odd. To learn the whole truth, jump on over to the About page. Teachers and parents will find lesson plans, links, and a printable handouts. I like the first lesson: Just Because It's Out There Doesn't Mean It's Good.
Next up is a dangerous chemical compound. "Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid. Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters." Have you taken high school chemistry? Can you figure out the DHMO secret? For the rest of the story, read the Press Kit. You'll find the username and password on the front page of the site.
Petite Lap Giraffe
They are so cute! Tiny little giraffes that can sit on your lap and fit in your hand. And you can buy them directly from the only farm that breeds them, the "world wide famous" Sokoblovsky Farms in Russia. On their front page there is a live web cam of the Bull Vladimir walking around the barn. Hmmm, I wonder what time it is in Russia right now? Is that daylight coming in the barn door? To figure out the real story, watch the two DirectTV commercials on the Photos page. What do you think now?
Shards O' Glass
"There is no such thing as a safe Shards O' Glass Freeze Pop. We now agree with the overwhelming medical and scientific consensus that eating glass freeze pops can be dangerous." My mouth hurts just looking at these pictures of frozen pops filled with shards of glass. Eww! Look at the sections titled Health Concerns and Product Facts. As you browse through the site, ask yourself the following questions. What is this website really about? Does this remind you of another product or industry?

Tree Octopus
"The Pacific Northwest tree octopus (Octopus paxarbolis) can be found in the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula on the west coast of North America. Their habitat lies on the Eastern side of the Olympic mountain range, adjacent to Hood Canal." This website is beautiful, well-written, and even has printable crafts and school activities. One of the ways you can check out a website is to visit the index page of the site (strip away all the folder and file names after the ".net") and see what you learn. What else is on the website? Who is the author? What is the nature of the rest of site? See any patterns here?

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Freedom Riders
The Freedom Riders were approximately 400 black and white Americans who (at great personal risk) traveled on buses through the Deep South in violation of Jim Crow segregation laws, for six months starting May 4, 1961. Along the way, they were met with violence and hatred. Eventually the country woke up to the injustice of these laws. On September 22, 1961, the Interstate Commerce Commission issued a federal order to end segregation in bus and train stations.

Facing History: Freedom Riders
Created as a student portal for the PBS film Freedom Riders (see site review below), Facing History offers a downloadable student guide titled Democracy in Action, a gallery of film excerpts, and a short intro to the film. "Says filmmaker Stanley Nelson, 'The lesson of the Freedom Rides is that great change can come from a few small steps taken by courageous people. And that sometimes to do any great thing, it's important that we step out alone.'"

Freedom Rides: Recollections by David Fankhauser
1961, David Fankhauser was a nineteen-year-old chemistry major at Central State College in Wilberforce, OH. On May 24, 1961, after a haircut and a shave, he flew to Montgomery, AL to join the Freedom Riders. Today, Fankhauser is a professor of Biology and Chemistry at University of Cincinnati. Visit his site to read his first person account of his experiences on the ride including his arrest in Jackson, MS, and the time he spent in the Maximum Security Unit of the Parchman State Penitentiary.
Mississippi Department of Archives and History: Freedom Rides Revisited
"How Far Would You Go?" is an interactive lesson that takes you step-by-step on a virtual Freedom Ride. "Your goal is to integrate the stations and terminals throughout the South, although you know you will face major resistance ahead." For example, after being attacked by an angry mob in the Rock Hill Greyhound station, will you continue the journey, or take the next bus home?
PBS: Freedom Riders
Coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the bus rides, the PBS film Freedom Riders premiers on May 16, 2011. The film tells the "inspirational story of six months in 1961 that changed America forever." Visit for short bios of the "Players" which include the Freedom Riders, civic rights leaders, and key government figures and a timeline of important events. "Explore the Issues" explains Jim Crow laws, discusses the role of the Cold War, and why this particular nonviolent dissent was so effective.

PBS: The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow
"Jim Crow was not a person, yet affected the lives of millions of people. Named after a popular 19th-century minstrel song that stereotyped African Americans, 'Jim Crow' came to personify the system of government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the United States." The story of the "century of segregation" begins in 1863 with the Emancipation Proclamation. This companion website to the PBS four-part television series (of the same name) does not cover the Freedom Riders themselves, but rather provides excellent background to the times leading up to the Sixties.

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Reading Games
With the advent of the Internet, reinforcing reading skills does not have to be all about having your nose in a book. These educational game sites run the gamut from introducing phonics to preschoolers to fun online activities for middle school readers.
Earobics: Game Goo
Earobics is a K-3 "reading intervention" product from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. GameGoo is the free, online educational practice game component. For a list of educational standards addressed in each game (such as identifying the letters in words), follow the Home button to the Teachers & Parents link. The games (arranged on the menu from advanced to beginner) are colorful, noisy, fun and just plain wonderful.
Kabongo is both a free and paid learning environment, but the free games are so good and the paid games so inexpensive (just $4.95 each without any recurring membership fees) that Kabongo easily earned its five stars. To access the free games, create an account with your email address, and then click the link in the confirmation email. Kabongo consists of three animated gaming habitats (two of which were free when I visited) for ages four to seven. The games build reading skills with practice of letter and pattern recognition, listening comprehension and phonetic awareness.
Reading is Fundamental: Leading to Reading
Reading is Fundamental's divides their online activity center into two age groups: Reading Planet for ages six to fifteen, and Leading to Reading for zero (zero?) to five years old. With great graphics and fun game play, these colorful online reading activities and interactive books are sure to please. To access Reading Planet (for kids over five), look for the link in the horizontal menu at the bottom of any page. Flashlight Readers
"Go inside your favorite reads" with online games from Scholastic, along with author notes, photos and audio interviews. Ten popular young adult books are featured, including "Because of Winn-Dixie" by Kate DiCamillo, "Holes" by Louis Sachar, and "Hoot" by Carl Hiassen. The site includes teacher and parent guides with ideas on how to reinforce "reading skills in fun and meaningful ways."

Starfall offers four levels of interactive reading resources for pre-k through second-grade from ABC's and phonics to read-along plays and short stories. "Every word on the site is clickable and will read aloud. In this way, your child's speaking, reading, and writing vocabulary can grow alongside his curiosity." Although the interactive stories are the star of the show at Starfall, don't overlook the printable downloads which include a Reading and Writing Journal, Reading Awards, Phonics Puzzles, and printouts to accompany many of the stories. They can be accessed from the Download Center link at the very bottom of the home page.

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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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