News from Native Village
Village is honored to join the Native Web Internet Community. Native Web is a project of many
people whose vision touches ancient teachings and modern technology. Their purpose is providing
a cyber-place for Earth's indigenous peoples. Native Web has been called "the premiere
website on native peoples" and was named by the National Endowment for the Humanities as
one of their original 21 top Humanities sites on the Internet.
The National Heritage Foundation has taken Native Village under its
wing. The National Heritage Foundation promotes project activities that help
restore, maintain and extend national heritages in the U.S. and cooperating countries throughout
the world. Native Village's acceptance into the NHF is truly wonderful, and we thank them
for this opportunity. Their assistance empowers us in finding grants and funding to help us
Gina Boltz, Native Village Director, has been named one of the Top Ten
Online Educators 2004 by Surfaquarium. The award is given to educators singled out by their
peers as being an inspiration to educators both locally and across the online community. Walter
McKenzie and his first-rate Surfaquarium website are being praised by educators, universities,
and educational institutions across the country.
Mrs. Boltz has also joined the Board of Advisors for the Ready to Learn
for Infants Initiative. This project, supported and created by Mesa, AZ, United Way,
educates parents, grandparents, caregivers, and others about the importance of proper
brain development for children from pre-birth to age six. R2L also offers a wonderful free
video called "What We Have Always Known." The video focuses upon Native American
communities, their youth, and the wealth of learning experiences within Native cultures.