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Eighth Day Farm
For our purpose, to practice is not to work towards perfection or to achieve a goal, but to engage in activity that is its own reward. We believe these activities are the natural habits and rituals birthed by the Spirit of God, inherent to God's creative work.

White Earth Land Recovery Project
The mission of the White Earth Land Recovery Project is to facilitate the recovery of the original land base of the White Earth Indian Reservation while preserving and restoring traditional practices of sound land stewardship, language fluency, community development, and strengthening our spiritual and cultural heritage.

ChangeMakers: Indigenous Minnesotans making history
This November MPR News introduces you to Indigenous Minnesotans who are making history right now across the state. Each will discuss what being Indigenous in Minnesota means to them, a bit about their background and their hopes for the future.
Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes
The Fort Peck Reservation is home to two separate American Indian Nations, each composed of numerous bands and divisions.

Honor the Earth
Our mission is to create awareness and support for Native environmental issues and to develop needed financial and political resources for the survival of sustainable Native communities. Honor the Earth develops these resources by using music, the arts, the media, and Indigenous wisdom to ask people to recognize our joint dependency on the Earth and be a voice for those not heard.

Lakota People's Law Project
LPLP aims to assist in the reclamation of Indigenous lands and to stop all threats to the Lakota culture. We understand that Native peoples possess inherent sovereignty and the right to autonomous rule and self-determination.
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First Aid
First aid is the initial care given to an injury, and in some cases can save lives. Today’s site picks are a roundup of sites that teach and review first aid practices, with a special emphasis on making the lessons fun for kids and teens.
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American Red Cross: Anatomy of a First Aid Kit
Although this section of the Red Cross site is not specifically written for kids or teens, gathering all the needed supplies for a first aid kit makes an excellent family or scout project. "Include any personal items such as medications and emergency phone numbers or other items your health-care provider may suggest. Check the kit regularly. Make sure the flashlight batteries work. Check expiration dates and replace any used or out-of-date contents."
First Aid Quiz
"The First Aid Quiz web site was created to provide a fun way to brush up on your first aid knowledge." Created by volunteer paramedic Stewart Watkiss, it includes three interactive quizzes ("What position should someone with an abdominal wound be placed in?"), four crossword puzzles (both interactive and printable), three word search puzzles, and two hangman games. First Aid Games
Sir Robert Baden-Powell (1857 - 1941) was a lieutenant general in the British Army and a founder of the Scout Movement. These outdoor first aid games are from his 1921 "Scouting Games" book. You will probably need to modify these games based on the age and knowledge of your group. And although the original text refers to boys (do I really need to say this?) these games can be played by both boys and girls!
Scouting Web: Kids' First Aid Book
This three-page printable coloring book provides basic first aid instruction for elementary-age kids. "Should your friend or a brother or sister, feel nauseous or complain of a belly pain, don't give that person anything to eat or drink. Put an ice pack on the area that hurts and call an adult."

University of Washington: Learn CPR
Although not intended to replace an actual CPR training class, this guide lists dozens of online tools to help you learn or refresh CPR skills, including printable pocket guides ("Call. Pump. Blow.") The newest kids on the block are the two mobile CPR training apps, one for the iPhone and other for the Android. Additional tools include video demonstrations, CPR FAQ, CPR Fun Facts, and a CPR Quiz. "If CPR is started within 4 minutes of collapse and defibrillation provided within 10 minutes a person has a 40% chance of survival."

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The Flu
Influenza, also known as the flu, is a viral infection marked by fever, headaches, muscle aches and a cough. Flu season runs from November to March, with a flu vaccine available in early fall. In the US, influenza kills tens of thousands of people. Experts are warning us that is it especially important to get a flu shot this year during the Covid-19 epidemic in order to reduce the number of serious flu cases that end up in the hospital. Learn more at this week’s mix of sites, some created just for kids, and others for learners of all ages.
Our thanks to
CDC: About Flu
Although there are no kids' sections here, high school students (and their parents) will find a treasure trove of information at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) influenza site. Learn key facts, how the flu spreads, answers to common questions, and more. "How do flu vaccines work? Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine."
KidsHealth: Flu Center
"The enemy sneaks up on you so quietly that you don't even know it's there. Then BAM! Before you know what hit you, influenza (say: in-floo-en-zah) has made you sick, sick, sick!" Written just for elementary-age kids, KidsHealth tells us what the flu is, how you get it, and what to do if you get it. Learn more by clicking on any of the hyperlinked words, such as virus or fever. Related topics, like Who Needs a Flu Shot?, can be found on the orange More Articles Like This tab.
NFID: Influenza and Adolescents
For high-school students and adults, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) presents a rigorous look at influenza. The Influenza Virus chapter includes fascinating information on how viruses are named, a cool schematic, and an explanation of how viruses are tracked worldwide. For those writing school reports, the site includes an extensive link section (click on More Information.) The entire document is also available as a PDF download, making it easy to print or distribute electronically.
PBS: American Experience: Influenza 1918
The influenza outbreak of 1918 killed over 600,000 Americans "until it disappeared as mysteriously as it had begun." Created as a companion site to the PBS film of the same name, it includes features not found in the movie, and a teacher's guide. As you read through the material, contrast the ways in which the public health officials of 1918 tried to combat the spread of the infection ("chew food carefully and avoid tight clothes and shoes") with today's efforts.

Science News for Students: New Ways to Fight the Flu
"Every year, between 5 percent and 20 percent of all Americans come down with the flu. Those numbers come from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. Complications send more than 200,000 of these flu victims to the hospital each year. Worse, the flu kills anywhere from 3,000 to 49,000 people annually – and that's just in the United States." This article includes a glossary, a word search puzzle, and links to additional articles via Explainer buttons, such as "What is a virus?"

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