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National Diabetes Education Program
Established in 1997, the National Diabetes Education Program is a federally-funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and includes over 200 partners at the federal, state and local levels, working together to improve the treatment and outcomes for people with diabetes, promote early diagnosis, and prevent or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes.
American Indian/Alaska Native Fat and Calorie Counter
The Fat and Calorie Counter can help you keep track of the number of fat grams and calories in foods you may eat. Choose healthier options by: Eating fewer foods that are high in fat.; Making half of your plate fruits and vegetables. Talk to your health care team about developing a healthy eating plan.

Beaver Lake Cree First Nation
The principal means of survival, namely, the traditional practices of hunting and fishing are still carried on. Band members are also actively engaged in farming, ranching, forestry, the oil and gas industry and other trades and occupations.

Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair
The Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair began in April 2003 at the Sam Noble Museum. Elder and teacher Geneva Navarro (Comanche), Indian educator Quinton Roman Nose (Cheyenne), and the museum Native American Languages curator Mary Linn wanted a way to recognize the Native language teachers and students in the state. Native communities have always valued oratory skills, and we wanted to provide a venue for youth to use their Native languages publically. In addition, we wanted to make the public aware that the Native languages of Oklahoma are living languages.
Hopitutuqaki, The Hopi School
Hopitutuqaki, The Hopi School, is dedicated to developing an educational process derived from Hopi Indian philosophy, values and methods. Always before, Hopi students have been taught in schools using values, philosophy and methods designed for and derived from an outside culture.
S.D. Nelson - Author/Illustrator
S.D. Nelson is a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in the Dakotas. “My people are known as the Sioux or Lakota. During the 19th century they were renowned as the Horse People of the Great Plains. My ancestors were also the people of the Buffalo, for the Buffalo gave them most of their food, their warm robes, and the lodge skins of their tipis.
Mountain Stewards
The desire to share the richness of the mountain environment and the need to mark and connect trails in order to make them easily available to others led to the creation of the Coalition of Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards, Inc. with this as the organization's vision: "Create and preserve an interconnecting network of trails and ecosystem study areas for increasing awareness of the unique Southern Appalachian Mountain natural, cultural and historical environment and for providing outdoor recreational opportunities."

Native Food Systems Resource Center
The Native Food Systems Resource Center is an initiative of First Nations Development Institute, under our Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative. Funding for development of this website (and several of our food-related projects) was generously provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

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Aesop's Fables
Aesop (620 - 560 BCE) was a Greek slave and storyteller. His fables, also known as the Aesopica, have been translated and retold for twenty-five centuries. Each one ends with a moral, or a lesson to be learned, and from them we learn the original of adages such as "sour grapes," "add insult to injury," and "look before you leap."
The Aesop for Children
Based on the 1919 book "The Aesop for Children: with Pictures by Milo Winters," these interactive stories are published by the Library of Congress. The original drawings "have been transformed for this interactive book, and now readers can interact with the charming illustrations to see and hear them move: a choosy heron eyes the fish swimming at his feet, a fox swishes his tail, a mouse chews a rope and frees a lion."
Fables from Aesop
These four animated fables are based on Tom Lynch's "hand sewn patchwork tapestries inspired by the textile folk art of Africa, India and Peru." The four fables include The Tortoise and the Hare, A Lesson for a Foolish Crow, The Lion and the Mouse, and The Fox and His Shadow. Lynch's children's book of the same title includes thirteen of Aesop's fables, and was published in 2000 by Viking Children's Books.
University of Massachusetts: Aesop's Fables
Each year, University of Massachusetts professor Copper Giloth asks her Computers in the Fine Arts students to illustrate or animate an Aesop fable, along with their own modern retelling of the story. This collection of nearly forty fables is the best of that student work dating back to 1994. This fun site is a must-see, and is a great place to start before creating your own fables. My personal favorite is The Jay and The Peacock.
Aesop's Fables
Although not as pretty or as well organized as some of the other sites, does have the entire text of 655 of Aesop's fables and 127 fairy tales from Hans Christian Andersen. Best click for students is Selected Fables which includes eighty-six Aesop fables "selected for their ease of reading and concise moral understanding." Look for the Real Audio logo in the lower right-hand corner of some of the story pages to hear Long's ten year old daughter read the fable.

The Color: Aesop's Fables
This collection of seventeen Aesop's Fables coloring pages can be either colored online or printed on paper for old-fashioned coloring fun. Some of the fables represented are Goose with Gold Eggs, The Fox and the Ox, The Milkmaid and Her Pail, and the Ant and the Grasshopper. If you register for a free account, you'll be able to save your colored pictures, and might even see your masterpiece featured on The Color's homepage.

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Texting While Driving
According to the 2009 Pew Internet study on Teens and Distracted Driving half of all teens say they've been a passenger in a car with a driver who texted while driving. This is scary stuff, and as parents and educators we need to get this message across. This week's batch of websites will help.
Distracted Driving
"One text or call could wreck it all. Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on America's roadways. In 2011 alone, over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes." This official US government site is published by the National Highway Traffic Administration and the Department of Transportation. Visit for facts, statistics, state by state laws, and ways for both teens and parents to get involved in a solution. Parents can influence their kids by having the talk, making a family pledge, and knowing the laws in their state.

Distracted Driver Accidents
Best clicks at Distracted Driver Accidents include statistics, safe driving tips, and the infographic, all which can be found in the horizontal nav menu. "Distracted driving puts everyone on the road in danger. Some of the most common types of distracted driving include: texting and driving, eating while driving, grooming and driving, talking to passengers, cell phones, smart phones, GPS, eating while driving, watching a video, using the radio."

Impact Teen Drivers
Founded in 2007 by California firefighters and teachers, Impact Teen Drivers aims to spread driver safety through education. "And of the 5,500 teenagers killed in car accidents last year; 75 percent of the accidents had nothing to do with drugs or alcohol. Text messaging, eating, applying makeup and adjusting music are among the main killers." Best clicks are the photo galleries (most are pretty graphic), tips for teen (16 Tips You Already Knew), and the Probability Wheel (which will show you how much certain driving behaviors increase the probability of an accident.)

It Can Wait
It Can Wait is an initiative from a coalition of cell phone carriers including AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. It promotes the following pledge. "No text message, email, website or video is worth the risk of endangering my life or the lives of others on the road. I pledge to never text and drive and will take action to educate others about the dangers of texting and driving. No text is worth the risk. It can wait."

Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.
"Nearly 500,000 young adults each year are injured due to various forms of distracted driving, including texting, mobile instant messaging, updating social media platforms, sending photos, etc. It's a habit deadlier than drunk driving." In cooperation with the Ad Council and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) this site has a collection of public service announcements (PSAs), tips and facts. For even more videos, click on Become an Advocate, and check out the Campaign PSAs page. You'll also find downloadable material such as flyers, posters, and an infographic.

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Jamestown Settlement
In 1607, thirteen years before the Pilgrims created Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, the first permanent English colony was founded at Jamestown Settlement in Virginia. The original colonists suffered a very rocky start, however, as just three later in 1610, only 60 colonists of the original 500 survived. With additional colonists arriving from the Old World, the settlement endured, and served as the capital of Virginia Colony for 83 years, from 1616 until 1699.
Historic Jamestowne
Earlier this month, archeologists confirmed "the first scientifically-proven occurrence of survival cannibalism in Colonial America. The collaboration was driven by the archaeological discovery of a partial human skull and tibia during excavation of an early 17th-century trash deposit in Jamestown." Read Jane's Story to learn more about the settler's fight for survival during the era known as "the starving time."
History is Fun: Jamestown Settlement
This official Jamestown Settlement website is managed by an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, but in addition to the events calendar and other touristy details, there is also this one-page history brief, a video about the economy of 17th century Jamestown, and a chronology of important Jamestown events. "The first two English women arrived at Jamestown in 1608, and more came in subsequent years. Men outnumbered women, however, for most of the 17th century."
Jamestown Rediscovery
"Excavations began in 1994 with the hopes of finding some evidence of the original 1607 James Fort, for over two centuries thought lost to river shoreline erosion. Today, archaeologists have rediscovered much of the fortification and have recovered over a million artifacts that tell the true story of Jamestown." Site highlights include the interactive map of found artifacts, and the hyperlinked History of Jamestown article.
National Geographic Kids: On the Trail of Captain John Smith
Adapted from the National Geographic book "John Smith Escapes Again!", this eight-part series of animated video and interactive games tells the story of Captain John Smith and Jamestown. "Two-thirds of the men will not survive their first year in American. But the Jamestown colonists will succeed in establishing the first permanent English settlement in what now is the United States."

Virtual Jamestown
A joint project of Virginia Tech, and University of Virginia, Virtual Jamestown was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1999, and was part of the 400th Jamestown anniversary celebration in 2007. Its resources include a "digital archive of images, artifacts, maps, rare documents, censuses, and other data for teachers, researchers, genealogists, students, and the general public who want to explore the meaning of Jamestown in the American experience."

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Kindergarten Readiness
August is "Get Ready for Kindergarten" month for almost two million American kids who will be entering kindergarten in the fall. Today's collection of websites include a mix of online and offline activities for parents to do with their preschoolers. But remember, although worksheets and online games are fun, reading out loud to your child is the single best way to prepare your kids for school and learning.
Bembos Zoo
"A is for antelope, B is for Bison, C is for crab. " An amazing typographic adventure awaits you at Bembo's Zoo, as you watch each letter of the alphabet transform into a wild animal right before your eyes and ears. This Flash animation for all ages is based on the book of the same name, by graphic artist Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich. Don't miss it!
CoolMath4Parents: Get Ready for Kindergarten
"How many M&M's do you think are in this bag?" "How many buttons does Daddy have on his shirt?" Math can be integrated into nearly any everyday activity you do with your preschoolers. To jumpstart your own ideas, CoolMath4Parents organizes dozens of math-learning opportunities by daily activity such as dressing, driving, snacking, etc. The last category, Good Family Games, recommends half a dozen card and board games, including UNO, Yahtzee, and bingo.
Count Us In
This collection of fifteen number games from the Australian Broadcasting Company is terrific; I only wish they had more descriptive titles, and some sound or music. For counting beginners, games one, five and eight are my favorites. All the games are available for free download, so they can be played offline on either a Mac or Windows computer. For a description of each game, click on the yellow "games" menu item.
Nick Jr: Beyond the Backpack
Beyond the Backpack is an educational initiative from Nickelodeon to help parents prepare their preschoolers for kindergarten with interactive Dora the Explorer games. Start by taking the quiz rating your child's readiness in four areas: language, social/emotional, math, and physical/wellness. Based on your answers, you'll then get a customized learning plan for your child which includes multimedia video and interactive Dora games. As your child progresses through the games, they'll earn virtual stickers to keep them motivated.

Scholastic: Countdown to Kindergarten
This two-page checklist for preschool parents starts twelve months before kindergarten, with the suggestion to visit kindergarten programs in your community to find out what's available. It continues through the first couple of weeks of kindergarten with this advice. "Take your time making the transition. Every child will respond differently. Work with the teachers to help yours adjust."

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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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