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    Native American Heritage Month

    Since 1994, Native American Heritage Month has been celebrated in November. CYFERnet links to a variety of websites which provide activities, lesson plans, and information about Native American Heritage. In addition, listed below are links to Native American organizations and Extension programs and resources.

    Native American Heritage Month For Teachers
    This Library of Congress site contains links to Native American Heritage pages on government sites, such as the Library of Congress, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art.

    American Indian Heritage Teaching Resources
    This site from the Smithsonian provides links to a variety of resources related to American Indian Heritage.

    Web Hunt: Native American Heritage
    This page from Scholastic has instructions for a web scavenger hunt which explores five traditional Native American crafts.

    Native American Contributions
    This article lists various Native American contributions to society. http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/native-american-contributions

    American Indian Heritage Month
    This site links to resources related to American Indian history and biography, contemporary issues and culture, tribes and reservation and quizzes and crossword puzzles.

    November is National American Indian Heritage Month
    This page from ReadWriteThink has classroom activities and lesson plans related to American Indian Heritage Month for grades 3-12.

    Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
    This EDSITEment! Website provides a variety of activities, lesson plans, and links related to Native American Heritage Month.

    National Indian Youth Leadership Project
    The National Indian Youth Leadership Project is a non-profit organization whose mission is to engage Native youth in challenging activities and meaningful experiences in the community and the natural world, as well as through academic, artistic and athletic performance and to honor our youth by preparing them for whole and healthy lives as capable, contributing and caring members of their family, community, tribe, and nation through traditional teachings and values.

    The American Indian Institute
    The American Indian Institute (AII) was established at the University of Oklahoma in 1951 as a non-profit Indian service, training, and research organization. AII provides expert technical assistance to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Canadian First Nation tribes and bands. With over 50 years of experience working with and for Native Peoples and Communities, AII recognizes, understands and provides the services needed throughout Indian Country.

    National Resource Center for Youth Services
    The National Resource Center for Youth Services at the University of Oklahoma, College of Continuing Education has been resourcing the youth services community for more than twenty-five years, providing training and technical assistance to programs in Oklahoma and nationally. The mission of NRCYS is to enhance the quality of life of our nation's youth and their families by improving the effectiveness of human services.

    UNITY (United National Indian Tribal Youth)
    UNITY is a national network organization promoting personal development, citizenship and leadership among Native American youth. Headquartered in Oklahoma City, UNITY has served American Indian and Alaska Native youth since 1976.

    Creating Youth Voice In A Native American Community—Lessons Learned From The Teens Out Loud 4-H Program
    This is a Powerpoint CYFAR 2009 presentation. Teens Out Loud is a 4-H group at Greyhills Academy High School located on the Navajo Nation in Tuba City, Arizona. The goals of the group are: 1) Youth will become involved with the community and develop culturally appropriate “youth voice”; and 2) Tuba City becomes a better place for teens.

    Successfully Working on the Indian Reservation--Guidance for Non-Indians
    Shoshone from the Duck Valley Indian Reservation on the Nevada/Idaho border provided insight for Cooperative Extension personnel interested in working with youth and families on Indian reservations in this PowerPoint from a CYFAR conference presentation.

    Views of some protective factors that help reduce negative behavior among Native American youth
    A report authored by Marilyn Smith, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, looking at the results of a survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th grade youth at the Owyhee school on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation. The survey asked teens their opinions about issues facing youth today. Results are presented here in an ecological perspective including community, school, and parent issues.


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