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Roots to Rising Youth Media Project
The Roots to Rising Youth Media Project is a non-profit film-making, arts, and leadership project that desires to serve the youth of the Moapa Band of Paiutes and Moapa Valley with a hands-on mobile media studio with the aspirations to grow to larger studio capacities. The film-making crews and artists consist of local youth and Hollywood and film-making student mentors. It is endorsed by the Moapa Band of Paiutes, local artists, museums, educational and community programs.
Not Your Mascots
Not Your Mascots is committed to addressing the misappropriation of indigenous identity and imagery caused by mascots, stereotypes and racist behaviors as well as the harmful effect that they have on indigenous youth and communities.

Dodging Bullets
A Documentary Film on Historical Trauma—Dodging Bullets focuses on documenting historical trauma and learned helplessness among the Indigenous North American youth and the effort to facilitate behavior change in the areas of substance abuse, suicide and diabetes.

Wozupi is an organic farm committed to growing food in a way that nourishes the earth, the community, and people’s minds and bodies. Using environmentally-sustainable and fair labor practices, we grow vegetables, herbs and fruit, produce eggs, honey, and maple syrup, and provide educational, therapeutic, and fun opportunities at the farm and through community outreach. Our produce and eggs are USDA certified organic.
CPN Cultural Heritage Center
The Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center exists to educate tribal members, the greater Native American community, and other visitors about the historical and contemporary aspects of the tribe.
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Gorillas are the largest of the apes and have no natural enemies except for man. They make their home in the rain forests of Africa, near the equator. I was amazed to learn they were not discovered by man until 1847. Can you imagine seeing a six-foot 450 pound gorilla for the very first time?
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
Dr. Dian Fossey began studying mountain gorillas in Africa in 1963. Four years later, she founded the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda and lived there among the gorillas for almost eighteen years. Although she died in 1984, her foundation continues her work. Best clicks are found in the Learning & Fun section. "Typically, mountain gorillas live in groups that contain one or two adult males (ages 12 years or older, called silverbacks), several younger males (called blackbacks), adult females, juveniles and infants." Gorilla Foundation
In 1971, Francine 'Penny' Patterson began teaching Koko, a newborn lowland gorilla, American Sign Language. Koko proved an able pupil, and her vocabulary has grown to 1000 words. First stop for elementary-age students should be the excellent Koko4Kids, which can be found on the Education menu. "Gorillas can live more than 50 years. Newborn gorillas are very small, weighing only about 4 1/2 pounds. They are helpless at birth and depend on their mothers for at least 3 years, and they usually stay in their family group as they grow up."
National Geographic Kids: Mountain Gorillas
"Mountain gorillas spend much of their time eating. Their food includes a variety of plants, along with a few insects and worms." Visit for a photo slide show, quick gorilla facts, and links to videos and other related stories, such as Gorilla Rescue and Gorilla Adoption. More National Geographic gorilla features can be found here.
San Diego Zoo: Gorillas
"Many people like to compare gorillas with humans, but there are several differences. Although they are able to stand upright, gorillas prefer to walk using their hands as well as their legs." San Diego Zoo is a great place for school report research because all the important stats (height, weight, life span) are listed on the right-hand side, along with Fun Facts, photos and short articles on Family Life, Habitat, and Diet.

WWF Global: Gorillas
"Gorillas are some of the most powerful and striking animals, not only for their size and force, but also for their gentle human like behavior." All four subspecies of Western and Eastern Gorillas "are either Endangered or Critically Endangered, threatened by hunting for bushmeat, habitat loss, wildlife trade, and infectious diseases." Learn more about gorillas and what WWF is doing to protect them.

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Ben Franklin
“If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing.” Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17, 1706 in Boston, Massachusetts, and he has not been forgotten. He was a prolific writer as well as a printer, scientist, inventor, statesman, philosopher, musician, and economist.
Benjamin Franklin House
It is not well known that Franklin spent twenty years in London, residing at 36 Craven Street. He came to England to represent the colony of America, and while there undertook many scientific experiments in his home laboratory. This house is now the only surviving Franklin home in the world. The Friends of Benjamin Franklin House are currently undertaking its renovation and the establishment of a Centre dedicated to Franklin and his ideals. Their site includes a biography and tales of Franklin's three extended English visits.
Franklin Institute: Benjamin Franklin FAQ
There is so much excellent material in this Franklin Institute site, I could devote an entire column to it. Explore the multi-faceted Franklin by learning about his many avocations: music, science, economics, inventing, politics and diplomacy. Did you know that Franklin played the violin, harp, and guitar? His interest in music lead him to build his own glass armonica, an instrument played by touching the edge of a spinning glass with a wet finger.
History: Benjamin Franklin
"During the American Revolution, he [Franklin] served in the Second Continental Congress and helped draft the Declaration of Independence in 1776. He also negotiated the 1783 Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War (1775-83). In 1787, in his final significant act of public service, he was a delegate to the convention that produced the U.S. Constitution." offers 4 short videos, a Franklin biography, and links to related pages.
Library of Congress: Benjamin Franklin ... In His Own Words
For high school students (and all curious grownups), the Library of Congress presents a virtual exhibit of primary sources that "indicates the depth and breadth of Benjamin Franklin's public, professional, and scientific accomplishments through important documents, letters, books, broadsides, and cartoons. Marking the tercentenary of Franklin's birth, this exhibition, concentrates on his achievements as a printer and writer, an inventor and scientist, and, particularly, as a politician and statesman."

PBS: Benjamin Franklin
Although the small viewport dates this web companion to the PBS TV special, the content is superb. Explore the timeline, Ben A to Z, and the special sections in the horizontal menu at the top (Citizen Ben, Wit and Wisdom, Inquiring Mind, and World of Influence.) "Born into the family of a Boston candle maker, Benjamin Franklin became the most famous American of his time. He helped found a new nation and defined the American character. Writer, inventor, diplomat, businessman, musician, scientist, humorist, civic leader, international celebrity . . . genius."

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Australia is the only country that is both an island and a continent. It ranks as the sixth largest country (covering nearly three million square miles) and the smallest continent. I’ve never been there, have you?
All Down Under: Australian Slang
"Australian slang is colourful, and often funny. Australian slang can also be a complete mystery to most people not born here." This Aussie glossary is divided into three parts: Slang Phrases, Rhyming Slang, and Categories. The latter is further divided into a dozen more categories such as People, Clothing and Animals. Do you know what boomers, chooks, or woofers are?
Australia: Facts About Australia
Visit this tourism site to learn about Australia's geography, weather, currency, seasons, plants, and animals. "Our unique animals are one of the many reasons people visit our country. Australia has more than 378 mammal species, 828 bird species, 4000 fish species, 300 species of lizards, 140 snake species, two crocodile species and around 50 types of marine mammal. More than 80 per cent of our plants, mammals, reptiles and frogs are unique to Australia and are found nowhere else."
Australian Government: About Australia
The Australian government provides quick facts and figures on geography, currency, weather, and many stories from Australian history and culture. "The Dreaming, or 'Tjukurrpa', also means to 'see and understand the law' as it is translated from the Arrernte language. Dreaming stories pass on important knowledge, cultural values and belief systems to later generations."
National Geographic: Australia through the National Geographic Lens
"Recent immigrants and ancient cultures, austere deserts and luxuriant rain forests, epic grandeur and unpretentious good humor. National Geographic photographer Sam Abell has captured the diversity of faces and places that gives Australia its unmistakable allure." Follow the links at the bottom for a few additional National Geographic articles about Australia.

National Geographic Kids: Australia
Quick facts and short articles make this one-page site perfect for elementary ages. "Most Australian cities and farms are located in the southwest and southeast, where the climate is more comfortable. There are dense rain forests in the northeast. The famous outback (remote rural areas) contains the country's largest deserts, where there are scorching temperatures, little water, and almost no vegetation."

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Black History Month
In 1915, historian Carter G. Woodson proposed a “Negro History Week” to honor the history and contributions of African-Americans. Nine years later, his dream became reality. Woodson chose the second week of February to pay tribute to the birthdays of two Americans that dramatically affected the lives of Blacks: Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809) and Frederick Douglass (February 14, 1818). The week-long observance officially became Black History Month in 1976.
Bio: Black History
"African-American history is filled with the tales of inspiring individuals – many of whom overcame great odds to leave their mark on the United States."'s collection of biographies are presented here with the newest entries at the top. To traverse to the next page, use the " See More" link at the bottom. Or, to find a particular black hero, use the search function in the upper right-hand corner.
History: Black History Month
"President Gerald R. Ford officially recognized Black History Month in 1976, calling upon the public to 'seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.'" Begin with the two-minute video on the origins of Black History Month, then peruse the related content in the right-hand sidebar, which includes a gallery of Black Women Musicians and a look at the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Scholastic: Black History in America
This Scholastic site is chock full of resources on Black History for students, teachers and parents. Best clicks for students are the interactive features such as "Rosa Parks: How I Fought for Civil Rights" and "The Underground Railroad: Escape from Slavery." Printable worksheets about heroes such as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Harriet Tubman are listed on the right-hand side of the front page. The Teacher's Guide includes lesson plans, mini-books, and whiteboard activities.
Smithsonian Education: Black History Resources
From the Smithsonian Center for Education, these Black History resources include a reading list about African-American inventors, a guide to African-American art, and a special on African-American pioneers in aviation. Don't miss the Virtual Heritage Tour. "Twelve objects have been chosen from the Smithsonian collection to help you understand African American history and culture in a new way." Muhammad Ali's boxing gloves, a Bessie Coleman postage stamp, and a slave collar are just three of the objects explored in this excellent interactive lesson.

TIME for Kids: Black History Month
Topics in this mini-site built just for kids include Honoring Kings's Dream and A Fight for the Right to Love. "This year marks the 50th anniversary of a famous U.S. Supreme Court case titled Loving vs. Virginia. In 1924, a law banning interracial marriage called the Racial Integrity Act of Virginia was set in place. Yet this did not stop a couple named Mildred and Richard Loving from fighting for their right to be together."

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