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NATIVE KEYPALS and TEACHER CONTACTS Because neither Guestbook nor a much better threaded posts is available on the FDL server, I had tried using the free Guestbook server for postings of desired keypals. Unfortunately there has been nothing but trouble with this Lpage (basically the guy has turned it into a commercial service and to make sure he gets paid, the freebie one quits working all the time). Here's what you can TRY to get Indian keypals (most Indian schools so far do not have emailboxes for the kids). Access the various school webpages here, and email the computer teacher, whose name is (usually) on it for Webmaster. Ask if they are interested in keypals with your students, and how it should be arranged.

ADOPT A NAVAJO ELDER program -- Many teachers havce been emailing me through this school year "Our clkass is studying Native Americans so I would like to find some for my students to write to." Many Native kids and teachers are not enthusiastic about this. Here is a possibility you can do for your class and whole school. This program provides food and other life necessities to Dineh (Navajo) elders who live in remote locations on the large Navajo reservation. There are many other facets, yarn packages for weavers (so they can weave and earn some money from it), school necessities for grandchildren. . All details are explained; this program has existed for years, it is real and well-accepted, as many culturally ignorant, insensitive outsider programs are not. The program is thoroughly explained on the website. Please pay careful attention to what the program asks you to do. Giving is a native tradition, but there are unfortunately ways of doing that which are offensive, hurtful and useless to the recipients. This program has grown from roots in the beautiful (but harsh) Arizona desert. Native volunteer coordinators are in touch with the remote regions in the northern part of the reservation where these elders live. Please read everything on the website carefully.

ADOPT A P[INE RIDGE LAKOTA ELDER program -- Some of the same people are involved in this one, which has the support of the Pine Ridge Sioux tribe. It was started under the influence of the late Nellie Red Owl (who gave me a Lakota name in 1974). The Pine Ridge program is different in various ways from the Navajo program -- they arranged Red Owl grocery certificates, basically want money donations, are assisting in the building of ramps for whneelchair building access (this is quite costly), emergency heating, Xmas toy drive (so grandparents can give toys to their grandchildren) and many other things. Seeking very expensive, ambitious computer donations -- top of the line Macs for graphics pros. As with the previous elder program, this one is legitimate and well-accepted by the people. Either project is a good one for nonIndian schools and classes to become involved in. Please do not send old clothes and junk.

Sami Youth Demo against Finnish Xmas-season tourism exploitation of their lifestyle, religion, culture. Sami are light-skinned Arctic indigenous peoples whose culture involves use of domesticated reindeer. This news (lots of clickable pix) would make a good Xmas break followup. Demo page links to general Sami news.

STUDENT ACHIEVER -- Geromino Arichega, Heart of the Earth AIM Survival School, Minneapolis, MN

These web pages are running on the Fond du Lac Tribal Community college web server. You can read about the college's ambitious new Computer Science program on its own pages, which are linked to below, here. Fond du Lac is an Ojibwe or Anishinaabe (Original People) Nation located just south of Duluth, Minnesota. Neither the college nor the tribe sponsors these native resources pages, which are created and maintained by Paula Giese of Minneapolis -- they kindly provide a home for them. These pages are done in my spare time, unsupported by any grant money. Please refer any eccentric (no strings) millionaires to me! After the big electrical disaster, I'll even accept some stringy millionaires.


Circle of Life Essay Contest sponsored by AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) for Grades 7-12. Tell about values. Read conditions on their web page.Read essay by 1995-96 school-year winner: Kimberlee Barehand, Navajo-Pima, '96 graduate from Westward High School in Mesa, Arizona

  • Duck Bay (Metis) school in Manitoba, Canada is sponsoring a Round-Robin Storywriting Each parrticipating elementary class -- all (globally) are invited -- will write a paragraph, #1's will be sent to #2 to continue it, #2 to #3 etc. Kids from anywhere in the world can participate, the finished (combined) story will be published on Duck Bay's web page, and that's the only way participants can see how the whole thing developed and came out!!! Great idea, probably not enough time to get too many entrants this year. Teacher Deborah Falk wants you to contact her NOW, so she can get the Round Robin going Jan. 20, 1997 and finished, end of February.

    KIDLINK Multicultural Calendar Project -- Students all over the world enter short essay-descriptions of various special days (this is done via an on-line form). What about "days" such as special powwows, feasts, Sun Dance (June 21 solstice?). There are 4 entries for:

    • Native American Day -- the first a long, thoughtful description by a Dineh girl, the others all by non-Indians. Hey what about Columbus Day? What about your students' perspectives on Thanksgiving (national Day of Mourning)? It doesn't have to be a school holiday.

  • Canada's SchoolNet Native sections links and content reviews. Vital for teachers north of the line, it contains material interesting and valuable for teachers south of the line, too. check it out, U.S. teachers. Government sponsored and funded unified approach to Internet-hooking up schools (and providing educational content). My links on this First Nations page provide descriptive evaluations of all major Native content on schoolNet.

    YOUR OWN WEB PAGES: Learn how with tutorials on my WEB MAKER TUTORIALS page. There's an "8-minute for 8-year-olds" and for computer teachers and advanced students, the 25-lesson on-line Maricopa page-creation tutorial. There are dozens of downloadable software utilities, tutorials explaining philosophies of hypertext linkage, explanations of how to do fancy backgrounds and colored text, how to handle web graphics, setting up web tables, and more.

K - 12 Native Indian Schools

  • Ipalook School District, North Slope Borough, Alaska. Mostly tribal students from above the Arctic circle. Recently changed servers, this one seems pretty slow. The real school stunner is:

    • Ryan Miller's 5th Grade Class Be sure to read his class projects, especially the one about the forthcoming oil development in Arctic Wildlife National Refuge. Be sure to read what several of the kids write about a big dance celebration. I don't even know what a Kivaqliq is and I probably spelled it wrong, but boy would I like to go to one at Barrow! Outstanding web use by a hardworking, imaginative master teacher!

  • EASTERN CHEROKEE elementary school, Qualla Boundary rez, North Carolina, Some student writing. Last year's neat Booger Mask dance was gone alas, but there are new things. A parent tells of how her mother made traditional oak splint baskets. Culture teachers share some tales. It looks as if this school hasn't enough drive space to store much, so new replaces old.

  • Leo Ussak Elementary School: Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, Canada -- The first Inuit school to put up a web page -- nice art by the kids. Learnnet has been down or impossible to reach lately.

  • Oscar Blackburn School South Indian Lake, Manitoba Canada, Cree -- 15 kids wrote a book (legend of How the Eagle got His Good Eyes which has been published, and they tell the story of how they did it! Some 7th and 8th graders have their own web pages! There's a 3rd grade writing project. And this school has an email project (right now, kids write to others in Japan and Australia). Very nice site, and the kids are really learning a lot about computers.

  • DUCK BAY SCHOOL (Metis) Lake Winnipgosis, Canada, on the Western shore. Quite a lot of interesting student work. Teacher Debora Falk is also starting (Jan 20, 1997) a round-robin storywriting project described at more length above in Announcements.

  • Range Lake North School, Yellowknife, NWT Canada -- Siksik.learnet has been down lately when I've tried to update this school.

  • Joamie: K-12 school in Iqualuit -- Baffin Island, Nunavut, school, honors Inuit elder with name and history. First Nunavut school to have its web page up (last school year).

  • Father Porte Memorial School, Louis Chicken Dene Reserve, Saskatchewan. Canada; (sometimes called Black Lake Reserve because right on the shore of that lake in northern Sask. Location shown on map -- wish all schools would do this -- a few kidpages. School would like to receive email! Don't begin "We're studying Native Americans, so...". For one thing, Canadian Natives don't like to be called Native Americans.

  • Hector Thibodout School, Saskatchewan, Canada -- has 8th grade autobiographies (1994) and a spring, 1996 newsletter with pix and stories of school and community activities.

  • Niji Mahkwa, the Friendly Bear Native (Cree and Anishnaabeg) k - 8 students from Winnipeg. Named for a dream, founded in 1993, this school has a great student web page, with an interactive student newspaper where you can advise Jody what to do about a racist store clerk, bubble poems, an email contest winner and more.

  • Alaska Online: project of 200 students at D'zantiki Heeni (Tlingit) middle school, Juneau, intresting pags with student work, reportage, art.

    • Lessons on HTML -- By Dzantiki Heeni computer guy. This will be moved in abit to the Web Tutorials Page, where lessons, graphics, icons, downladable software utilities are. He wrote these 3 lessons for the students to get them started on the pages they've created.

  • Peenamin McKenzie School -- of Nitassinan Innu, in Newfoundland, Canada. No student or teacher work posted the last time I was able to get on.

  • North Slope Borough School District: Alaska -- Alaska's North Slope Borough covers almost 90,000 square miles of tundra on the northern coastal plain of the Brooks Range. 10 schools, 3 in Barrow and seven in the outlying villages. During the 1996-1997 academic year, 2,224 students from Early Childhood Development through twelfth grade are enrolled in this northern-most American district. Most of the students are Inupiaq.

  • Anuktuk Pass Nuniamut School -- A North Slope Borough school located in the valley of Anuktuk Pass in far-north Alaska's Brooks Range, students and teachers have created a tour -- "The Nuniamut Project" -- of the present and past of their village and their people. There are also school pages by some of the students, a journalism project, and info for (tourist) visitors.

  • Fond du Lac Ojibwe Tribal School--K -12 school of the Fond du Lac Ojibwe Tribe in northern Minnesota, running their own server

    • Fond du Lac Summer Science Camp--For 10-12-year-olds, program description, some kids; pix, using computer camera.

    • Summer Science Camp--12 kids studied astronomy, writings and pix.. Mostly 10-12-year olds, who didn't spend much time with computers, but here's what they learned to do in just a couple days.

    • SIPI College Bound '95--A summer project with about a dozen kids in grades 10-12. Some of their projects are shown --right, here, kids did astronomy, that's a big telescope they used -- and most of them write something about themselves on homepages. The 3-person staff thanks ATIIN (see below) for help getting the web pages together.

  • Peguis Central School on the Peguis Reservation inManitoba, Canada--Neat page webmastered by computer teacher Paul Pickard. Cultural staff and kids interviewed elders -- got stories on the forced move 100 km north of Winnipeg into the empty brush, which they had to clear to build new homes in the bush. Partying on the Treaty payment days. Newsletter and other work by the kids.

  • PICSS, School--Plains Indians Cultural Survival School,(Cree and Blackfeet tribes) located in Calgary Alberta, Canada has this homepage. "Our School has been in operation for the past 17 years and offers a variety of cultural and academic courses to both urban youth and reserve youth, and to adults who wish to upgrade their education, writes M. Turnerd, a school Board member, email at . When last checked, the PICSS homepage did not offer any email interchange for school staff or students, M. Turnerd had emailed me about the school.

  • Navajo crafts and LOGO programming-- Monument Valley HS, Dinè Bi K'ah Reservation, Utah. Button here is some student computer design work.

  • Tiospa Zina: K-12 School--Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe's school at Lake Traverse reservation has a new website and a nifty school page that includes email boxes for some kids who'd like keypals!!!! This is really unusual for Indians schools. The URL indicates it's some kind of BIA network, I'll try to find out more about this for others.

    The 3 Reserve schools below are on-line with great writings by kids, through Canada's (SchoolNet-sponsored) Communities project, but if the schools themselves are on-line, there's no info about it on these pages: Still, the outline of what the kids did as school projects to prepare this material is a good model for schools to follow.

  • Wanipigow/Hollow Water--Here's the start-community of a long, skinny rez (kids explain where its name came from) in Manitoba, Canada. 3 different communities send their kids to Wanipigow School.

  • Goodfish Lake Indian Reserve--Nothing the kids said let me figure whether this Manitoba rez is Anishnabeg or Cree. They ID their language as "native" and themselves as "natives".

  • Saddle Lake Cree Indian Reserve--In Alberta, Canada. These kids have a lot to say about their Reserve, some of it funny, all interesting.

  • Gila Crossing Community School -- Pima-Maricopa Tribe, Arizona. Some neat experiments with frames, music, animations. Students did a simulated vote for national (and tribal!) elections -- see how it came out.

  • Pojoaque Valley Schools Home Page--Pueblo tribal high school in New Mexico

  • Kayenta (Navajo) School district -- has elementary, middle and high school pages within a frames format not working too well. Interesting beginning of a h.s. water-study project. Some artwork by the kids. Mostly administration info.

  • Navajo Preparatory School, Farmington, NM. No student participation. Some nice photos from last year's Hozho Week celebration.

  • Native American Preparatory School, Rowe, New Mexico. A residential, college-preparatory high school opened in 1995, building on a highly successful summer program for gifted and talented Native American students.

  • Holbrook Indian School New Mexico, some kind of religious, denomination unspecified. Nothing from the kids, lots of great big photos that run off the screen and take long to load. "Opportunities for ministry" dunno what that means.

  • Pine Ridge Oglala Lakota High School, Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota. Just getting started, nothing on the web page yet by the students.

  • Red Cloud Indian School Jesuit mission school at Pine Ridge reservation, SD. Just getting started, a little art work, a poem by students; nice presentation of the Heritage collection of Indian art, too. One page with Pine Ridge's appalling poverty situation.

  • Red Lake (Minnesota Ojibwe) high School is trying to sell school arts and crafts as a school fundraiser. Looks like they need encouragement and help to actually create a school web page.

  • Red Lake (Minnesota Ojibwe) Elementary School -- page was started with a grant and lots of help in 1994. Appears to be 100% dead after tyhe money ran out. The only part that might still be useful is the keypals listing, which is a number of emails of Indian teachers, some of which might possibly still be valid.


  • AIHEC information -- addresses, phones, contacts for 28 American Indian Higher Education Consortium colleges

  • Fond du Lac Tribal College-- FDL's many programs, and its ambitious computer science Indian education initiative program are described. The College's seal--shown on its home page and tiny here in its button--represents how the college was physically designed using Indian concepts. The overall shape is a round bear-paw. Bear Clan is possibly the most numerous among Minnesota Anishnabe, but whatever the clan census, Bear brought healing medicines to the people. The small circle right of center by the 4 Directions roads is the drum-shaped Indian archives library, for historic and cultural materials the college collects, catalogs, preserves and uses educationally. Thoughts of the Drum went into designing and building it, the sound of drums now comes from it sometimes. The Drum is our hearts; this is an appropriate and beautiful place for the college's heart of Indian scholarship and learning.

    Sisseton Wahpeton Community College--From South Dakota's Lake Traverse region in the northeast corner of the state comes an already richly informative set of pages they began work on only this June. A nice feature is photos of Webmaster and electected tribal governing board; The college maintains pages for Zina Tiospa, the tribe's k-12 school, a tribal art gallery, a tribal history, and other pages that show info about the tribe, its land, and its enterprises. Most interesting is a native language-teaching page that outlines innovative methods.

  • D-Q University Homepage--DQ U was started in 1975, an early part of the growth of a new belief in Native sovereignty, following the 1973 AIM occupation of Wounded Knee. It is the longest-existing Indian-controlled college, though no individual tribe sponsors it.

  • Salish Kootenai College Home Page--Located on the Flathead Reservation in Pablo, Montana, this college was founded in 1977--one of the oldest Indian-controlled colleges. It serves tribal and other Native students.

  • Saskatchewan Indian Federated College--In central Canada, services several Cree Reserves. as started last June, but the web project seems to have been intrrupted, very incomplete page.

  • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute--A BIA-funded National Indian Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico. its focus is on technical and scientific education. Content is very interesting..

  • Oglala Lakota College -- mainly basic info on the college, no student work, no artistic or cultural content.

  • Centre for Indigenous Theatre A Toronto school for Native actors (and other theatre functions) as well as mounting productions, many famous writer/playwrites have been teachers or got their learning start here, since 1974. Student enrollment procedure explained. Currently a job vacancy for "traditional" productions manager.



  • Native Americans at Princeton--They were the first to have a page up, but they haven't done anything with it since they had that spring powwow. All links to other pages, no original student work.Nice graphics.


  • NA Studies programs, Scholarships, Education Agencies from the Web's most complete Native American Internet resources index.

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    CREDITS: Kids around the drum was drawn in 1978 in India ink by Joe Liles, then art teacher at Red School House AIM Survival School, St. Paul. It is used in the Mishomis Book by Eddie Benton-Banai, see BOOKS page reviews of these books. It was traced in FreeHand and colored by Paula Giese then rasterized for this page.

    Page prepared by Paula Giese, copyright 1995,

    Last Updated: 12/26/96