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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
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Favorite Web Sites
collected by Paul and Vicki
Sky Hopinka
Sky Hopinka was born in Bellingham, Washington on March 20th, 1984 at 2:47AM to him and her. He lived in Ferndale, Washington for thirteen years and is a Ho-Chunk Nation of Wisconsin national. He lived in Southern California for nine years and made some songs. Lived in Portland, Oregon for seven years. Talks and teaches chinuk wawa. Lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for now, learning Ho-Chunk and making videos. Graduated some years ago from Portland State University. Graduating someday from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee with an M.F.A. in Film/Video/New Genres.
Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair
On the first Monday and Tuesday of April each year, the Native American Language department of the Sam Noble Museum hosts the Oklahoma Native American Youth Language Fair. Hundreds of pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade Native American language students participate in judged written and oral performance categories that celebrate the use of native languages in traditional and modern ways.
Shan Goshorn
Eastern Band Cherokee artist Shan Goshorn has lived in Tulsa since 1981. Her multi-media work has been exhibited extensively in the US and Canada and is in prestigious collections such as the National Museum of the American Indian (Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC), Gilcrease Museum (OK), Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (NM), CN Gorman Museum (UC Davis, CA), Minneapolis Institute of Art (MN), Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art (IN) and The Museum of the Cherokee Indian (NC).
United States Artists
Each year, United States Artists (USA) awards $50,000 fellowships to the country’s most accomplished and innovative artists working in the fields of Architecture & Design, Crafts, Dance, Literature, Media, Music, Theater & Performance, Traditional Arts and Visual Arts.
The Language Conservancy
The Language Conservancy’s vision is to save the maximum number of endangered languages in the Americas and the world, to become the global provider of language revitalization support, to become a beacon of hope to thousands of language communities, and to inspire worldwide action.
Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakichiye
The Dakhóta Iápi Okhódakichiye (Dakota Language Society) was created out of a international need for Dakota language materials to be implemented for language learning in the home, community and classroom. If someone attempted to learn the Dakota language in 2013, they would immediately realize the difficulty in reaching their language learning goals.
Lakota Language Consortium
Lakota Language Consortium is working to save and grow one of the largest remaining Native American language groups, Lakota, for the generations to come. We also hope that our work with Lakota may provide a blueprint for revitalization work in other Native American languages.LLC is working to ensure that the Lakota language can be used in every household of the reservation and that Lakota children can be raised as first language speakers.
Ojibwe Stories
Ojibwe Stories is a program of Ojibwe culture, language and ideas, airing every third Monday of the month at 6:00 p.m. The show is hosted by Dr. Erik Redix, an Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth, and a member of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe. Ojibwe Stories is produced by Chris Harwood at KUMD and the UMD Department of American Indian Studies.
FIRST NATIONS FILM - SINCE 1998 - creates and distributes award-winning television documentary films for, by and about Indigenous people - Sharing Our Stories! Our exclusive programs are distributed to broadcasters, schools, libraries, universities and other individuals and institutions throughout the world.
Hoocak Waaziija Haci Language Division
The Hoocak Waaziija Haci Language Division is dedicated to ensuring the Hoocak Language continues to be a "LIVING LANGUAGE". As a sign of respect to our elders, and the speakers that have come before us. We will continu to speak our language, celebrate our customs, respect The Hoocak value system and teach our future Generations the "HOOCAK WAY OF LIFE"
National Farm to School Network
The National Farm to School Network (NFSN) is an information, advocacy and networking hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education into school systems and preschools.
Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe - People of the First Light / People of the Dawn
The Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribal Council, Inc., formerly known as the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, is one of two federally recognized tribes of Wampanoag people in Massachusetts. Recognized in 2007, they are headquartered in Mashpee on Cape Cod.
Fond du LacOjibwe School Mission Statement
In order to survive both as a people and a culture, we must return full circle to our traditional manner of education. Traditional Anishinaabe society was outcome based and results oriented. Our society was community focused, it was so in order to survive.
Kaska Language Website
This website was created to house the Kaska language materials from the Kaska language courses that are jointly sponsored by the First Nations Languages Program (FNLG) at the University of British Columbia and the Kaska First Nations. The website is available for use by students in the language courses, by Kaska community members, and by others interested in learning Kaska.
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) was a leading Austrian composer of the late eighteen century. He was only five years old when he wrote his first minuet, six when he performed before royalty, and eight when he wrote his first symphony. During his short life, Mozart composed over 600 works, and remains one of the world’s most popular classical composers. Ludwig van Beethoven (sixteen years younger than Mozart) was greatly influenced by his work.
BBC: Primary History: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Although BBC says this page "is archived and is no longer updated," it still earns a spot in my top five Mozart resources, especially for elementary school students. Visit to read the Fun Facts, play the Mozart Game, and take the quiz. Older visitors will enjoy the link to BBC Music (in the bottom right) which includes a Mozart biography and several music videos.
Biography: Wolfgang Mozart
"Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's was the sole-surviving son of Leopold and Maria Pertl Mozart. Leopold was a successful composer, violinist, and assistant concert master at the Salzburg court. Wolfgang's mother, Anna Maria Pertl, was born to a middle class family of local community leaders." Biography provides an excellent Mozart biography, accompanied by a short video.
Kids Music Corner: Mozart
Mozart is introduced to middle-school students with quick facts (Mozart is buried in an unknown pauper's grave in St Marx cemetery, Vienna) and several videos. At the bottom of the page, you'll find a link to more composers, including Mozart fan boy Ludwig van Beethoven.
Mozart Project
The Mozart Project presents the milestones of Mozart's life in a time line showing concurrent world events. Europe was seething with political and cultural activity throughout the eighteenth century, greatly affecting Mozart's development. You'll also find an annotated catalog of Mozart's life work, cross referenced chronologically and by category. This is not simply a listing of compositions, but a detailed insight into each work and its creation.

Mozart Radio
With a single click, you can listen to Mozart all day long. With a library of 768 recordings, this online radio station plays "Mozart works masterfully performed by a variety of artists, choirs or symphonies. The range covers pieces from the many genres of which Mozart was a master, including Classical, Baroque, Symphonic, Piano, Concertante, Chamber, Operatic, Choral, Sonata, Serenades, Orchestral, Church and Keyboard music." Mozart Radio is also available as a free app (both iOS and Android) and in the iTunes store.

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What gets wetter and wetter the more it dries? What can you catch but not throw? What goes around the world but stays in a corner? No sooner spoken than broken. What is it? * If you enjoy a challenge and a laugh, then today’s mind-bending riddle sites are for you.

*Answers: 1) a towel 2) a cold 3) a stamp 4) silence or a secret
AzKidsNet: Riddles
To reveal the answers to these riddles, simply hover your cursor over the riddle or the purple push pin. The answer should appear in a floating box, depending on your browser. The site will most likely not work well on mobile platforms. "What kind of cheese is made backwards? Edam!"
Brain Food: Riddles
"Puzzles For the Brain To Gnaw On." Brain Food's puzzle collection includes hundreds of problems organized into seven categories: Logi-Numbers, Logic Puzzles, Word Boxes, Word Puzzles, Number Puzzles, Party Puzzles and Joke Puzzles. You'll find the Groaners listed under Joke Puzzles. "I have two U.S. coins that add up to fifty-five cents. One is not a nickel. What are they?" Click Solution to reveal "A nickel and a half dollar. Only one is not a nickel." I can hear you groaning from here.
NIEHS Kids Page: Brainteasers
"Scientists get to solve puzzles every day, because science and research involve finding solutions from the clues that we are given. Just like with brainteasers and riddles, the answers to science mysteries are not always easy to see at first. With time and effort, they eventually become clear." Unique sections in this National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences site are Palindromes, Optical Illusions, and the Mind Over Matter tricks.
Squiggly's Playhouse: Riddles
“What jumps higher than a building? Everything, buildings don't jump. Why did the telephone go to the jewelry store? He wanted a new ring.” Squiggly’s Playhouse offers oodles and oodles of riddles with answers (in plain sight). For another batch of riddles, reload the page using your browser controls or use the reload link at the very bottom of the page.

WU: Riddles
William Wu has created my pick-of-the-day riddle site for high-school students and adults, especially those with an interest in math or computer science. Because he doesn't want to "spoil the problem-solving experience for many visitors," answers are not available at the site. Rather, they are posted to the community forum, where you can search for them via the forum search function. Some riddles do, however have hints. To view them, click and drag your mouse over text area to the right of the "Hint" label.

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Rosa Parks
On December 1, 1955, African-American Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give her bus seat to a white passenger. One year later, on December 20, 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregated bus seating illegal. During that year, the forty-two-year-old Montgomery seamstress lead a peaceful bus boycott that became a model for other civil rights protests.
Academy of Achievement: Rosa Parks Profile
Get face-to-face with Rosa Parks in my pick-of-the-day site from the Academy of Achievement. The biography and photo gallery are both excellent, but my favorite clicks are the Parks interview (available in text, audio or video) and the Black History Month lesson plans (look in the left-hand column under Teachers.) You'll find plenty of other heroes to browse while you are here. Look for the list of Academy of Achievement honorees that are related to Parks, and further down the sidebar you'll see a list of the most popular.
Montgomery Bus Boycott: The Story of Rosa Parks
In the months before Parks refused to give her bus seat to a white man, several other black women had also been arrested for similar incidents. Why was it Park's refusal that lead to the Montgomery bus boycott? Learn more about the boycott and its place in the civil rights movement in this online special published by the Montgomery Advertiser newspaper. Best click is the interactive time line (covering 1954 to 1957) with embedded video clips.
Parks Institute: Rosa Louise Parks Biography
"Mrs. Parks was born Rosa Louise McCauley, February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama. She was the first child of James and Leona Edwards McCauley." In 1987, Parks established The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute to carry on her work encouraging youth to "reach their highest potential." Visit the Institute web page for her biography, a time line of her life, and to learn about the Pathways to Freedom program that teaches the history of American civil rights.
The Story of the Movement: The Montgomery Bus Boycott
The PBS special "Eyes on the Prize: The Story of the Movement" covers the civil rights movement by focusing on twenty-six events. The Montgomery Bus Boycott is event number two. Explore it through photos, music, video and press clippings at this website built as a companion to the TV special. Don't miss Context (what else was happening in 1956) , the Rosa Parks profile (linked from the first paragraph) and the classroom activities (click on Teachers in the left-hand nav.)

Scholastic: My Story: Rosa Parks
The Rosa Parks section of Scholastic's "Culture & Change: Black History in America" includes a Parks interview and in-depth coverage of the bus boycott and the subsequent 1956 Supreme Court ruling. How would you feel in Parks' shoes? Submit your essay for possible online publication (look for the orange Online Publishing button) and read comments from other kids (the link to Read Kids' Writing is only on the submission page.)

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Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton (January 11, 1755 or 1757 – July 12, 1804) was a Founding Father of the United States, the first Secretary of the Treasury (under President George Washington), author of the Federalist papers, the Father of the United States Coast Guard, and the founder of The New York Post. Hamilton was not born into privilege, but was educated at what is now Columbia University. He died in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr.
Alexander Hamilton Awareness Society: All Things Hamilton
"Alexander Hamilton was born on the Caribbean island of Nevis on January 11th, 1757. In 1765, when Alexander was eight years old, he moved with his parents and brother to nearby St. Croix. Over the next four years, Alexander and his brother would lose every relative they had in the area." Published by the AHA Society (Alexander Hamilton Awareness), this site is a compilation of articles, timelines, videos, quotes, and original source documents.
Biography: Alexander Hamilton
"In 1777, Hamilton became General George Washington's assistant. In 1788, he convinced New Yorkers to agree to ratify the U.S Constitution. He then served as the nation's first secretary of the treasury, from 1789 to 1795. On July 12, 1804, in New York City, Hamilton died of a gunshot wound that he sustained during a duel with Aaron Burr." This one-page biography includes links to related biographies, and a dozen Hamilton quotes.
History: Alexander Hamilton
"Though he never attained the highest office of his adopted country, few of America's founders influenced its political system more than Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804). Born in the British West Indies, he arrived in the colonies as a teenager, and quickly embarked on a remarkable career." In addition to the videos and biography found here, be sure to jump on over to History's 5 Things You Didn't Know About Alexander Hamilton.
New York Historical Society: Alexander Hamilton Exhibition
Based on an exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, this multimedia exhibit features "some of the rarest and most precious historical objects and documents connected with Alexander Hamilton and the Founding era, including the pistols that Hamilton and Burr used in their deadly duel, original copies of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, and handwritten correspondence between Hamilton and his friends and enemies." Click on Exhibition Virtual Tour to begin.

PBS: The Duel
"The Duel is the story of the conflict between Alexander Hamilton, an architect of the Constitution and designer of American capitalism, and Aaron Burr, vice president of the United States and the first modern politician." Best clicks include Special Features, Timeline, and the Hamilton biography found under People & Events. "This Founding Father came to America alone at age 15. He fought at Washington's side in the Revolution, helped ensure the ratification of the Constitution, and saved the fledgling United States from financial ruin."

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