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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
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Favorite Sites
collected by Paul and Vicki
Medicine Horse Society
The Tasunke Wakan Okolakiciye (Medicine Horse Society) works to provide Lakota cultural, language, and hands on education services to the Lakota Oyate.

Knife Chief Buffalo Nation
We are a grassroots organization on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation working to restore the buffalo and Lakota culture and lifeways.

NASA Research Opportunities
Supporting research in science and technology is an important part of NASA's overall mission. NASA solicits this research through the release of various research announcements in a wide range of science and technology disciplines. NASA uses a peer review process to evaluate and select research proposals submitted in response to these research announcements. Researchers can help NASA achieve national research objectives by submitting research proposals and conducting awarded research. This site facilitates the search for NASA research opportunities.

NASA's Education Program
NASA’s journeys into air and space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research. These accomplishments share a common genesis: education. As the United States begins the second century of flight, the Nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. NASA will continue the Agency’s tradition of investing in the Nation’s education programs and supporting the country’s educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow.

Orca Network
Orca Network is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization registered in Washington State, dedicated to raising awareness about the whales of the Pacific Northwest, and the importance of providing them healthy and safe habitats. A community is emerging that is increasingly attuned to the orca population, that cares about and tries to understand the needs of the resident and transient orcas that inhabit the Salish Sea.
Cascadia Research
Cascadia Research is a non-profit, tax-exempt (recognized by the IRS under501c3) scientific and education organization based in Olympia, Washington, USA. We were founded in 1979 primarily to conduct research needed to manage and protect threatened marine mammals.
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Mission Statement To preserve and perpetuate Pueblo culture and to advance understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.
Traditional Native American Farmers Association (TNAFA)
Since 1992, they’ve provided workshops in seed saving, health, wellness and best farming practices to revitalize traditional agriculture for spiritual and human need. TNAFA is an affiliate of the Seventh Generation Fund a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit

Slow Food USA
Slow Food USA is part of the global Slow Food network of over 150,000 members in more than 150 countries. Through a vast volunteer network of local chapters, youth and food communities, we link the pleasures of the table with a commitment to protect the community, culture, knowledge and environment that make this pleasure possible.

Moenkopi Developers Corporation
In the Hopi Tribe no person owns land – the use of land (including residential or commercial potential) is passed down through matrilineal clans. Therefore, creating businesses that require financing is a significant hurdle. The system of governance poses unique challenges in the Hopi Villages but the Upper Village of Moenkopi is the only village that has a constitution that provides the legal foundation for self governance. There is a great diversity of opinion about commercial development within the population of Hopi with the primary concern being preservation of culture. These are challenges that the elders of the Upper Village of Moenkopi met in undertaking the very significant project of economic development for the village. The outcome is a testament to their wisdom and their respect for the traditional ways of the Hopi.
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Submit Your Poems
Seeing your poetry published is exciting for writers of any age. This week’s sites specialize in publishing poems from young poets. They vary in how selective they are, the length of time it will take you to get a response, and the permissions you must grant them. Some of these sites request full copyright ownership, and others just ask for permission to publish your poem on their website. Be sure to ask your parents before you hit submit!

KIdsWWwrite: Submit Your Writing
If you are sixteen or younger you may submit up to four poems per month to the KidsWWwrite. This non-profit online anthology aims to encourage and celebrate children's writing and reading. They publish a new edition during the first week of each month, with stories, poems and book reviews grouped into three age ranges: five to eight, nine to twelve, and thirteen to sixteen.

Launch Pad Magazine: Become a Launch Pad Writer
Launch Pad "publishes stories, art, poetry, nonfiction, and book reviews by kids ages 6 – 14." If your poem is selected, it will be sent to a young artist who will create an accompanying illustration before being published on the site. The result is a beautiful site with exciting work by both young writers and artists. Don't expect a fast response on your submission, however. In the FAQ section, the editor says that a couple of months delay is pretty common.

PBS Kids: Arthur: Fern's Poetry Book: Write a Poem
"Writing poems can be fun when you juggle all the words and the rhythms together to make them exciting. A poem can be about anything – pets, family, friends, things you like to do... anything at all." Read some poems, learn about the different kinds of poems (limericks, haiku, and cinquains), and then use the form to submit your own original work. As long as it adheres to "high standards of kid-friendly good taste," it will be published in Fern's online Poetry Book.

Poetryzone: Send Us a Poem
"Dear Poetry Zone: It would be absolutely fantastic if you could read my poem and feature it on The Poetry Zone. I promise I wrote it myself!" Poetryzone is the granddaddy of online kids' poetry. They've been online since 1998 and have published more than 20,000 poems written by kids and teens. Poems are accepted from poets eighteen and younger.

Teen Ink: Submit Work
Teen Ink publishes both a print magazine and this website. For teens thirteen to nineteen, Teen Ink is not just a static website but is also a community of young writers who vote and comment on each other's work. Connect your free Teen Ink membership with your Facebook account, and you'll also be able to share your published work with your Facebook friends.

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Kites date back 3000 years, when the Chinese made them from bamboo and silk. Over the centuries kites have been used in religious ceremonies, scientific experiments, military maneuvers and, of course, for fun. In honor of April’s status as National Kite Flying Month, today’s sites explore the history, the science and the sport of kite flying.
20 Kids * 20 Kites * 20 Minutes
Can a classroom of twenty students make twenty kites, and be outside flying them in twenty minutes? You betcha! Uncle Jonathan from the Big Wind Kite Factory on the Hawaiian island of Molokai shares the kid-tested instructions he's been using with tour groups for fifteen years. The kites are folded from 8 ½ x 11 inch paper, so they are smaller than the usual kite, but the simple directions are easy enough for kindergartners, yet fun enough for big kids too!
How Does a Kite Fly?
This eye-pleasing site, created for a Physics course, starts with a short explanation of drag and lift, then quickly moves on to other disciplines. Don't miss the folk tales from China, Bali and Hawaii (found on History of Kites page) or the interviews with kiters Michael Graves and Peter Peters. Instructions for building a simple diamond kite and a large list of kite links complete this site.
NASA: Kites
"An excellent way for students to gain a feel for aerodynamic forces is to fly a kite. " This NASA site starts with a short history of kites, and then introduces the forces that act on kites. "In fact, with the exception of thrust, the forces acting on a kite are also the same forces which act on an airliner or a fighter plane. Like an aircraft, kites are heavier than air and rely on aerodynamic forces to fly. " To progress through the Guided Tour about Forces on a Kite, use the blue next arrow at the bottom of each page.
Professor Kite and the Secrets of Kites
Professor Kite teaches us how to pick the right kite for different days. "Deltas, Diamonds and Dragon kites fly well in light to medium winds (approximately 6-15 mph) while Box Kites and stickless Parafoil kites fly better when the winds get a little stronger (approximately 8-25 mph)." Flying is most fun in a medium wind, when you can do more than just hold on for dear life. Look for movement in the leaves and bushes, but not blowing or shaking. The Professor also explains how to get your kite to fly and lists important safety rules.

Virtual Kite Zoo
"Come in and see my sketches and descriptions of kites of every shape and size, many of them also including historical, anecdotal, allegorical or aeronautical snippets of information." The Virtual Kite Zoo categorizes more than fifty types of kites. Start with the terminology page (unless you already know your longerons from your spreaders) and then take the guided tour. You can finish with the JavaScript kite quiz.

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Real World Math
In honor of April’s status as Math Education Month, I’m starting off the month with a look at how math is used in our everyday lives. Like the little girl in Jon Scieszka’s Math Curse who wakes up to find everything in her world has turned into a math problem, once you go looking for it, you will find math everywhere.
Annenberg Learner: Math in Daily Life
"When you buy a car, follow a recipe, or decorate your home, you're using math principles. People have been using these same principles for thousands of years, across countries and continents. Whether you're sailing a boat off the coast of Japan or building a house in Peru, you're using math to get things done." This essay for teens and adults explores the ubiquity of math. Hidden within each section you'll find interactive activities such as a worksheet to determine whether you should lease or buy a car, and a savings calculator that demonstrates the power of compound interest.
Figure This!
Created by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Figure This! helps families with middle-school students "enjoy mathematics outside school through a series of fun and engaging, high-quality challenges." The activities are organized by topic (such as Algebra, Geometry and Measurement) under the heading Math Index. To print the challenges, follow the Printing the Challenges link (from any of the challenges) for a list of PDF files in your choice of color or black and white.
Get the Math
Get the Math uses video and interactive activities "to help middle and high school students develop algebraic thinking skills for solving real-world problems." Learn how professionals in music, fashion, basketball and special movie effects use math, and then try your hand at an interactive challenge related to that career. "Manny Dominguez and Luis Lopez of DobleFlo talk about how their duo got started, how they use math in producing hip-hop music, and set up a music-related algebra challenge."
We Use Math
"The most common question students ask math teachers at every level is ‘When will I use math?' is a non-profit website that helps to answer this question." We Use Math is filled with fun math tidbits (Hypatia of Alexandria is the first recorded mathematician circa 400 AD), career snapshots, and advice on how to succeed in math. There is also a Teacher Resource section with puzzles, problems, games, curriculum ideas, and a list of other useful sites.

Why Do Math
"Mathematical and computational analyses have proved to be uniquely insightful for solving a myriad of problems in science, society and our everyday lives. WhyDoMath highlights solutions to many of these problems in an engaging, layered, multimedia website and shows that an undergraduate mathematics education can be an entryway to rewarding and engaging career opportunities." For high-school and college students, these math problems include an introduction to Google Page Rank, Space Travel and Neuroscience.

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Botany is the branch of biology that specializes in plant life. Botanists study nearly 400,000 species of life, including flowers, vascular plants, fungi and algae. And because plants are inexpensive and easy to grow, they are frequently a topic for science fair projects. Plants
"If you're not a microbe and you're not an animal, chances are you are a plant. There are loads of species of plants on Earth. Just as there is a system of classification for animals, there is also a system of classification for plants." This Biology4Kids introduction to plants is divided into ten parts. Start your tour with Photosynthesis and progress by using the navigation buttons at the bottom of each page, or jump to any section via the menu at the top of the right-hand column. Botany Science Fair Projects
"Kids will love discovering how concepts like phototropism, gravitropism, photosynthesis, and transpiration aren't just things they can read about in textbooks – they're very cool biological processes that can be readily observed at home." Not just for the science fair, these 214 botany experiments can be done for any reason at all, including just for the fun of it!
National Museum of Natural History: Botany
For kids and grownups alike, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) provides insight into their current botany research subjects, including Plant Conservation and the Plant DNA Barcode Project. "A taxonomic impediment for many systematists, field ecologists, and evolutionary biologists is determining the correct identification of a plant or animal sample in a rapid, repeatable, and reliable fashion. This problem was a major reason for the development of a new method for the quick identification of any species based on extracting a DNA sequence from a tiny tissue sample of any organism."
TED Talks: Plantastic!
"Green, leafy, often delicious: Plants are all around us and make the ecosystem work. Hear from gardeners, vegetarians, designers and conservationists on the wonderful world of plants and vegetables." TED is an annual conference (and non-profit) devoted to spreading good ideas via short talks that are usually 18 minutes or less and very accessible. This video collection of ten botany talks (curated by TED) addresses current issues in botany, such as living in a food desert and the loss of biodiversity.

University of Illinois Extension: The Great Plant Escape
"Welcome to the Great Plant Escape! My name is Bud. My good friend Sprout and I are helping Detective LePlant on his search. You will find that plants are an important part of your life. We will need your help to find clues, do experiments, and solve problems as we journey into the world of plants." This fun interdisciplinary webquest for upper elementary students introduces botany and food science. It is organized into six separate cases, each of which includes activities, mysteries to solve and web links.

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St. Patrick's Day Blessings and Poems
St. Patrick's Day is a cultural holiday celebrated on March 17, the death anniversary of Ireland's patron saint, Saint Patrick. This week's picks include hundreds of traditional Irish blessings that can be used to decorate your classroom, adorn a St. Patrick's Day craft project, or inspire the writing of your own original blessing.
DLTK: Saint Patrick's Day Songs, Games and Poems
Each of DLTK's St. Patrick's Day poems and songs includes a printable poster, in your choice of color or black-and-white (to color yourself), and a related craft. The game is a circle game played like Doggy, Doggy, Where's Your Bone? "Leprechaun, Leprechaun where's your shamrock? Somebody has it in their Pocket! Guess who? Maybe you? Maybe a monkey from the zoo! Come on Leprechaun find your shamrock."
English Zone: Saint Patrick's Day Blessings
"May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow and may trouble avoid you wherever you go." This page of 27 family-friendly Irish blessings is part of a larger St. Patrick's Day section at the English Zone. To visit it, use the Back button at the bottom of the page. "As you slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction!"
Island Ireland: Irish Blessings
"May your day be touched by a bit of Irish luck, brightened by a song in your heart, and warmed by the smiles of the people you love." Island Ireland is a website dedicated to Irish culture. The 34 blessings on this page are all child-friendly, but there is a link to Irish Toasts at the bottom of the page that, of course, reference alcohol.
Pinterest: Irish Blessings
This is a great collection of Irish blessings for those that prefer a graphical interface over a text-based one. It is the Pinterest search results page for "Irish Blessings". From here, you can jump to the sites that originated each quote by clicking twice on any pinned image. Or visit the boards of the pinners that added these to their personal collection. As with any unmoderated collection, there may be some content not appropriate for children.

Story Soup Kids: St. Patrick's Day Poems
"Leprechauns peeking, around a willow tree, pussy willows waking, longing to be free." This is a small collection of ten poems about leprechauns, shamrocks, Ireland, and things green. "Near a misty stream in Ireland in the hollow of a tree, live mystical, magical leprechauns who are clever as can be."

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Spring Crafts
Winter still storming in your neck of the woods? Get into the spirit of spring with these craft collections, where it is all about flowers, birds and rays of sunshine.
Activity Village: Spring Crafts
Birds, blossoms, bunnies and butterflies dominate this set of spring crafts from Activity Village. In addition to the craft projects, there are printable games such as Bunny Matching, Bunny Dominoes, and a Spring Flowers Sorting Game. You'll find these at the bottom of the page by following the Spring Games link.
DLTK: Spring Crafts and Children's Activities
DLTK goes beyond crafts with Spring Bulletin Board Ideas, Recipes, Poems, Games, Jigsaw Puzzles and Spring Worksheets. To jump right into crafts, follow the link and you'll find them divided into Flower Crafts, Insect Activites, and Other Spring Crafts. In the mood for some spring bugs? You'll love the Bumblebee Crafts, Ladybug Crafts, and Spider Crafts.
First Palette: Spring Crafts
The projects from First Palette are nicely illustrated and each craft is explained step by step. In addition to the excellent instructions, each craft includes safety tips. "Small craft materials such as beads or small bells are choking hazards. Not appropriate for use by children below the age of three." Working with small children? Watch out for the "adult help needed" icon. It will let you know which steps the little ones will need help with.
Kiwi Crate: Spring Crafts
"Spring has sprung! Enjoy these flower, garden, and bug crafts." Each craft is rated for messiness (love this!), age range, and estimated time. They also display icons indicating which developmental skills are used, such a fine-motor skills, creativity, or discovery. There are 122 spring crafts here, so be sure to use the navigation buttons to scroll beyond this first page.

Spoonful: 393 Spring Crafts
"Let creativity bloom with these fresh ideas for spring art projects and crafts for kids of all ages." This is a huge collection of crafts, but I kept losing my place when navigating between an individual craft and the category page that lists all the crafts. Grrrr. Anyway, there are so many ideas here, just use the "See More" to view more craft projects.

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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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