Keith Fellers, Gina Boltz, William Howe, Teresa Montano, Taquan Stewart                                                                               

Greetings to our honored educators,

Thank you for attending the diversity seminar shared by The National Association for Multicultural Education on June 26, 2007 at the NEA conference in Baltimore, Maryland.  We five NAME members  -- Keith Fellers, William Howe, Teresa Montano, Taquan Stewart, and myself -- appreciate the opportunity to celebrate multicultural education with you. A special "megwich" (thank you) to Harris Knight-Moore for his generosity in offering sage and playing his Native flute.

As promised, resources used during my session about Modern Day Native American Lesson Plans is being shared here at the Native Village website.

The America's Indigenous Peoples are known by many terms: First Nations (Canada; Alaska Native; American Indian; Native American; Native Hawaiian, and Indians (Mexico-South America).  "American Indian" and "Native American" are the preferred terms in the mainland U.S.  Remember, however, that native people prefer being recognized by their tribal nation, eg: Cherokee, Lakota, Mayan, etc. 

We are all of the human race, and we are all connected in more ways than we think. Latinos, Mexican, African-Americans, and many of us with European and Asian heritage also have Native Heritage. A few years ago, I discovered my Seneca roots by simply researching my family tree. Having "Indian" blood does not make us "Indian," but it does make us better appreciate the connections among people of all races and nations.

When learning about native cultures with your students, reach out to the tribal people themselves for information.  Their generosity is amazing.

Gina Boltz
Director, Native Village Publications
Director, Youth Forum for The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers
Secretary, Link Center Foundation

The International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers

Book: Grandmothers Council the World

Grandmother's Internet Youth Forum

Rabbit and Bear Paws
Graphic Novel

Voices Across the Canyon,
Volume I

A Canyon Records Collection of Native American Music

The Seventh Generation
Indian Students Speak About Finding the Good Path

by Amy Bergstrom, Linda-Miller Cleary, Thomas D. Peacock

Native American Teens: Who We Are
Created by In the Mix: The Emmy Award-winning PBS series

My Relatives Say
Traditional Dakotah Stories

 as Told by Mary Louise Defender Wilson,
Makoche Records

Lone Dog's  Winter Count
Among the many exception
al free offerings from the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian.
National Association
for Multicultural Education
Link Center Foundation

National Center for Great Lakes Native American Culture

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