Canku Ota
(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
21st Century Community Learning Centers
U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced the award of nearly $206 million in new 21st Century Community Learning Center grants. The new grants will go to 308 school districts, working in partnership with community-based organizations, to establish centers in 1,420 rural and inner-city public schools.
AACTE Education Policy Clearinghouse
This site is designed to help users access information on education policy at the national, regional, or state level.

Accredited Online Colleges
Attending college online may seem risky, and online degree accreditation can be confusing when you're just starting to pursue a degree. aims to offer the web's best resource for finding online educational opportunities. We are proud to host a searchable directory that will help you find the colleges that fit your educational needs.

Alfonso Ortiz Research Center
Welcome to the HomePage of the University of New Mexico Anthropology Department and the Maxwell Museumís National Endowment for the Humanities grant proposal requesting funding for the Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies.
America's First Nations: American Indians in Social Studies Curricula
Featuring classroom-tested curricula on Native Americans with reproducible copies of primary source documents from Marquette University and elsewhere. These materials were created by select teacher-scholars who participated in America's First Nations: American Indians in Social Studies Curricula, a summer 2000 teacher institute hosted by Marquette University and funded by National Endowment for the Humanities.
American Indian Learning Styles Survey
This study is an exploratory effort to determine current thinking about learning styles from the perspective of those groups closely associated with American Indian students, i.e., teachers and administrators of the schools attended by American Indian students. The study assumes that there is a pervasive, but not clearly defined, understanding by practitioners of learning styles relating to American Indian people. The purpose of this study was to determine the extent of teacher knowledge about learning styles and to determine the extent to which this knowledge is applied in classrooms attended by American Indian students.
American Indian Math and Science Summer Camp
Students will interact with Native role models and peers who share common interests in mathematics and science. They will stay in Residence Halls on the Minneapolis campus. Classes, science and computer labs will be available in Appleby Hall. In addition to classroom activities, students will go on several field trips, learn about the connections of their culture and the sciences and experience life on a major research campus. Live-in camp counselors will be on duty 24 hours a day. All meals will be provided.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
Blackfeet Youth Initiative
BYI strives to break down stereotypes and inequalities between Native Americans and non-Native Americans by building up youth leaders in service to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.
Bureau of Indian Affairs Educational Employment Board
Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office Of Indian Education
The mission of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Indian Education Programs, is to provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with Tribe's needs for cultural and economic well-being in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities.  The Bureau shall manifest consideration of the whole person, taking into account the spiritual, mental, physical and cultural aspects of the person within family and Tribal or Alaska Native village contexts.
Burns Telecommunications Center
The mission of the Burns Telecommunications Center is to mobilize resources to acquire, integrate, demonstrate, and teach applications for telecommunications and multi-media technologies that will enhance education, business and personal growth.
Camas Institute
The Camas Institute, a chartered entity of the Kalispel Tribe, provides educational and employment opportunities to Kalispel tribal members, and other Native American people living on or near the Kalispel lands and the general public. The institute provides vocational and occupational training, community services, Indian culture and history education including GED preparation and testing. Other activities and services will be expanding into chemical dependency treatment and cultural exchanges.
Center for Multilingual Multicultural Research
The Center is an organized research unit at the University of Southern California, facilitating the research collaboration, dissemination and professional development activities of faculty, students, and others across School of Education, university and outside organizational lines. Faculty in the Rossier School of Education developed the USC Center for Multilingual, Multicultural Research in the Spring of 1983, as a result of deliberations of the Dean's Task Force for Bilingual Crosscultural Education. The Center provides a base for those interested in multilingual education, English-as-a second language, and foreign language instruction, multicultural education and related areas; and the opportunity to cometogether for research and program collaboration.
Changes in American Indian Education: A Historical Retrospective for Educators in the United States. ERIC Digest
THE BRIEF RETROSPECTIVE in this Digest should interest all American educators concerned with such enduring issues as equity and equality of educational opportunity, local autonomy, community involvement, curriculum development, and the relationship of cultural values to the way schooling is conducted in general.
Characteristics of American Indian and Alaska Native Education
American Indian and Alaska Native students comprise approximately 1 percent of the total student population in the United States. Consequently, these students, and the schools and staff that serve them, are rarely represented in sufficient numbers in national education studies to permit reliable and valid generalizations about their characteristics. Additionally, because of tribal and linguistic diversity, geographic dispersion, and preponderence in remote rural areas, researchers have found it too costly to add supplemental samples of Indian schools and students to other data collection programs.

Discover Data Science
Our mission is to serve students by delivering accurate, high quality information presented in a simple, clean format. We believe we have assembled the most thorough listing of data science programs available.

Drop-Out Rates among American Indian and Alaska Native Students:
Although the transition to high school poses difficulties for all students, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) students regularly face additional obstacles that can impede their progress in school. Indeed, according to a recent study, 25.4 percent of AI/AN students who should have graduated in 1992 dropped out of school--the highest percentage of all racial/ethnic groups in the U.S.
This site contains articles from leaders in the field of educational technology on the merits and pitfalls of using the technology in schools.
Education to Careers
We are going to provide you information and knowledge on how to take advantage of Education and Career opportunities for fulfilling Your Dreams.
En'owkin Centre
A native controlled spiritually based cultural educational resources organization and charity committed to reinstating vital Native philosophy and practise into human living in all its aspects. Our staff is qualified and skilled especially in developing and implementing native mechanisms to achieve our objectives and goals. We are committed to working with all peoples to achieve harmony and health within our communities. The word En'owkin is a commitment to creating a new paradigm.
Exercise for Teaching Diversity
We often think that teaching our children about diversity is a long and difficult task. However as the following exercise shows, it can be as simple as peeling a lemon:
First Americans for Grade Schoolers
About the site. This site was produced by Karen Martin, MA in Education and member of the Muscogee Nation. Many people have offered ideas and feedback including Ms. Casey, a 3rd grade Teacher at Cabello Elementary School, Stephanie Fryberg, a Phd. student in sociology.
Four Directions
4Directions is a project administered by the Laguna Department of Education which focuses on integrating Native American culture and technology into education in a way that enables students to maintain and learn their heritage while taking full advantage of their future
The mission of GEAR UP is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education

Guide to Online MBA Programs
For many people, the master's in business administration has become synonymous with career advancement. Although the MBA may not be a guaranteed ticket to success, it is an important tool that helps students and professionals better understand and navigate the business world. For this reason, the MBA – both online and traditional – is among the most popular and accessible degrees in today’s colleges. This guide to earning an MBA online lists the online master's degree programs in the nation. It includes information about careers, education requirements, and online degree specialties.

The Institute of Ethnic Studies • College of Arts and Sciences
Ethnic Studies refers to the investigation, exploration, and involvement with those factors and areas that bear on the lives and experiences, both past and present, of ethnically distinct minority groups in the U.S. The Institute for Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is composed of three separate programs: Latino and Latin American Studies, African American and African Studies, and Native American Studies. Although they operate together under the leadership of a single Director, each program has its own coordinator and plans its own curriculum and activities.
Interesting Things for ESL Students
This site is a collection of activities, games, and puzzles for students who study English as a second language.
Journal of American Indian Education
The Journal of American Indian Education is a peer reviewed scholarly journal, which publishes papers specifically related to the education of American Indians and Alaska Natives.
Native Americans are invited to join Kidlink's Who-Am-I? educational program in their languages. Out of 176 living languages listed, most are endangered, and spoken by less than 2 million American Indians, Eskimos, and Aleuts.
Knife River Indian Villages - Teachers Guide
The purpose of this Teacher's Guide is to provide history and social science teachers, at all grade levels, with information and activities about the American Indians of the Northern Plains, who lived in the area of the Knife River where it enters the Missouri. This area is now Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site.
Learning from the Dakota
This guide for a Fifth Grade Social Studies Unit is based on the book Painting the Dakota: Seth Eastman at Fort Snelling, published by Afton Historical Society Press. The unit can be used as a two week unit, but resources and activities are provided to expand the unit. Teachers are encouraged to use this guide not as a fixed script, but rather as a foundation from which to build.
Library of Congress American Memory Project:
Each Learn More About It focuses on an individual American Memory collection. Educators and historians from across the country reviewed American Memory and generated ideas for these collections according to their relevance to U.S. history, social studies, and language arts.
Lifeskills Center for Leadership
The LifeSkills Center for Leadership is comprised of Native American Trainers dedicated to the growth and learning of Native Youth. Educated in the field of Leadership Development and the Power of Communication. Our team facilitates proven processes needed to empower and encourage youth to reach their full potential.
Lit Site-Alaska
LitSite promotes literacy and reading in Alaska by displaying the writing of Alaskans. Teachers or anyone interested in promoting literacy in a community can use the instructional materials here.
Looking At Ourselves and Others
Looking at Ourselves and Others, a revision of an earlier World Wise Schools publication of the same title, introduces students to the concepts of perspective, culture, and cross-cultural relations. Specifically, the readings and activities in this guide are designed to help students: Recognize and appreciate differences in perception among individuals and cultures; Define culture and recognize its role in developing perceptions of ourselves and others; Challenge assumptions, promote cross-cultural awareness, and provide opportunities to practice the behaviors that make cross-cultural communication possible.
The Mexi'cayotl Indio Cultural Center
Danza Mexi'cayotl is composed of 25 dancers, musicians and craft persons. The focus of Mexi'cayotl is the family. The majority of dancers belong to families that comprise the dance circle. The young unmarried dancers are for the most part college students interested in entering the traditional Mexican Native American community. The ages of the dancers range from 2 to 55 years.
Milken Family Foundation
The purpose of the Milken Family Foundation is to discover and advance inventive and effective ways of helping people help themselves and those around them lead productive and satisfying lives.
Museum of the Cherokee
We have a series of Cherokee language lessons available for review and direct email.
Nahuatl Gateway
Over the years that Nahuat-l has been in existence many subscribers have shared the fruits of their research. Most of these are important resources for the study of Nahuatl.
NAMES is an innovative adult education project that nurtures a reclaiming of individual power through the education process. Thereby it provides opportunities for employment, job advancement, vocational or college education, career-building, increased self-esteem, improved leadership potential and cultural understanding.
Nizipuhwahsin (Original Language) Center
Nizipuhwahsin (Original Language) Center is a nationally recognized as a successful and effective model for Native language immersion with a multi-generational approach. Nizipuhwahsin Center's mission is to use the Blackfeet language as the tool (not object) of instruction within a local context to produce fluent speakers of the Blackfeet language. In operation since 1995, Nizipuhwahsin offers full day programming for children age 5-12. Our objective is to develop highly skilled learners who are knowledgeable in both Blackfeet and world academia.
National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation
The National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation is a nationally registered charitable organization created in 1985 by Mohawk conductor and composer John Kim Bell. Now entering its 16th year, the Foundation has fulfilled educational dreams for Aboriginal youth, placed the importance of education and the abilities of Aboriginal people into the forefront, and built an organization that is financially sound.
National Indian Education Association
The mission of the National Indian Education Association is to support traditional Native cultures and values, to enable Native learners to become contributing members of their communities, to promote Native control of educational institutions, and to improve educational opportunities and resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives throughout the United States.
National Indian Telecommunications Institute
The National Indian Telecommunications Institute is a dynamic, Native-founded and run organization dedicated to using the power of electronic technologies to provide American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native communities with extensive educational tools, equal opportunity and a strong voice in self- determination.
Native Access to Engineering
We envisage a world where the representation of Aboriginal People among doctors, engineers, carpenters, entrepreneurs, biotechnologists, scientists, computer specialists, artists, professors, archaeologists and individuals in other careers is comparable to that of any other segment of the population. Aboriginal leaders who signed treaties earlier in our history sought education that would give their children the knowledge and skills to participate as equals in the Canadian economy that was emerging. We are still far from realizing this goal.
Native American Homeschool Association Web Site
For everyone wanting to know more...
Native Child
Develops Curriculum Material for Preschools with a Focus on Native American Tribes; Resources for the Classroom PreK-3
Native Journal
A unique conference designed to excite Native American high school and college students about journalism as a career attracted 73 students and 24 student advisers to South Dakotaís Black Hills April 27 and 28, 2000, and 112 students the second year, April 25 and 26, 2001.
Nunavut Sivuniksavut
Nunavut Sivuniksavut is a unique eight-month college program based in Ottawa. It is for Inuit youth from Nunavut who want to get ready for the educational, training, and career opportunities that are being created by the Nunavut Land Claims Agreement (NLCA) and the new Government of Nunavut.
The Nunavut Youth Abroad Program
The Nunavut Youth Abroad Program (NYAP) helps to develop leadership, cross-cultural awareness, career ideas, and international citizenship. The NYAP will improve your ability to succeed in High School and life by providing a life-changing and life-directing experience relevant to your needs and aspirations. The program enables Nunavut youth to acquire concrete skills in the areas of journalism, communications, environmental conservation, office administration and management through work placements for credit during placements in communities across Canada and around the world. These skills are crucial if youth are to play a greater role in the decision-making process of the new Nunavut territory.
Principals for conducting research
The following principles have been formulated to provide guidance for researchers in the physical, biological and social sciences and the humanities
Project Willow
Understanding Native American Culture through Enviromental Education
ProTeacher! Native Americans lesson plans for elementary school teachers
Teachers, here's a site for you-lesson plans, links, and activities for the elementary teacher
Rethinking Schools
Fifteen years ago, a group of Milwaukee-area teachers had a vision. They wanted not only to improve education in their own classrooms and schools, but to help shape reform throughout the public school system in the United States. Today that vision is embodied in Rethinking Schools.
San Joaquin River Intertribal Heritage Educational Corporation
The San Joaquin River Intertribal Heritage Educational Corporation is dedicated to working with youth and adults in the preservation of Native American philosophy, and has made a commitment to preserving the ecology through hands on experience. The school offers tours for schools and institutions as well as individuals.
Seventh Generation Club
In schools across the province, First Nations students are getting involved in a fast-growing phenomenon called the Seventh Generation Club. Over 4000 students, ages 6 to 16 years, are club members, and they get to take part in contests, pen-pal programs, and reading programs.
Some Rare and Radical Ideas for Keeping Indigenous Languages Alive
Dr. Littlebear's paper and poem are adapted from a speech delivered at the Fourth Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposium at Flagstaff, Arizona, on May 2, 1997
Sovereign Nations Preservation Project
Non-profit Provider of Educational Media Benefiting Native Americans
Students on Ice
STUDENTS ON ICE organizes unique learning expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. Our mandate is to provide students from around the world with inspiring educational opportunities at the ends of our earth, and in doing so, help them foster a new understanding and respect for our planet.
Surrounded By Beauty - Arts of Native America
There is no equivalent in the many Native American languages for the word art. Yet the objects here suggest that Native Americans are a highly spiritual people who create objects of extraordinary beauty. In Native American thought there is also no distinction between what is beautiful or functional, and what is sacred or secular. Design goes far beyond concerns of function, and beauty is much more than simple appearances.
Taking the Bully by the Horns
In a recent study, 76.8% of the students said they had been bullied. And 14% of those who were bullied said they experienced severe (bad) reactions to the abuse. It's time to take those bullies by the horns!

Teach Tomorrow
Teach Tomorrow is a comprehensive site for those thinking about a career in teaching, students looking for a teaching degree program, and teachers who are relocating or looking to continue their education. Our staff is passionate about education, and many of us are former teachers or journalists who write regularly about education topics. No matter where you are in your teaching career journey, we are here to help you succeed.

Teaching Diversity: A Place to Begin
We all want children to grow up in a world free from bias and discrimination, to reach for their dreams and feel that whatever they want to accomplish in life is possible. We want them to feel loved and included and never to experience the pain of rejection or exclusion. But the reality is that we do live in a world in which racism and other forms of bias continue to affect us. Discrimination hurts and leaves scars that can last a lifetime, affecting goals, ambitions, life choices, and feelings of self-worth.
Tim Rollins and K.O.S.
Tim Rollins and K.O.S. (Kids of Survival) have worked together collaboratively since the early 1980s when Rollins, a special ed teacher assigned to public school 52 in the South Bronx, established the Art and Knowledge workshop for students with learning disabilities.
The Congress finds that--the status of the cultures and languages of native Americans is unique and the United States has the responsibility to act together with Native Americans to ensure the survival of these unique cultures and languages;
Tribal Library Census and Needs Assessment Study
Why a Census of Tribal Libraries? In the late 1990s, after fifteen years of planning, the state of California passed the Library of California Act to establish a statewide multi-type library resource sharing network.
Welcome to Oyate
Oyate is not a bookstore. Oyate is a Native organization working to see that our lives and histories are portrayed honestly, and so that all people will know our stories belong to us.
Welcome to The CRADLEBOARD Teaching Project
The Cradleboard Teaching Project turns on the lights in public education about Native American culture - past, present, and most important for the children - the Future. It comes out of Indian country, and reaches far beyond, into the mainstream classroom and into the future of education.
Wisconsin Indian Education Association
Promoting education and educationally related opportunities for American Indian people in Wisconsin.
The University of Victoria's Maltwood Museum and Art Gallery is proud to present its collection of Northwest Coast First Nations prints. Having 2000 prints in their collection, this website was established to make a small sample of this art globally accessible. The goal is to present these images in a stimulating and informative manner through SchoolNet. The user will encounter the art in the form of a game: It is an educational art game. It will test the user's learning of the Northwest Coast First Nations peoples and their art.
Young Native Scholars
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