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       FOCUS on NATIVE AMERICANS                         
     
       NO. 09-02
       Fall  2009                                                                           
       
       
       Resources for teachers
       
       
       Diabetes education for children
       
       The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), division of
       Diabetes Translation, in collaboration with the Tribal Leaders Diabetes
       Committee and the Indian Health Service, have developed the Eagle
       Books series for Native American children. The books promote diabetes
       education and foster awareness of the importance of healthy eating and
       physical activity for diabetes prevention. The series consists of four titles:
       _Through the Eyes of the Eagle, Knees Lifted High, Plate Full of
       Color,_ and_ Tricky Treats_. In the series a wise eagle is the tribal elder
       who teaches traditional ways of health that children can remember and
       retell in their homes, schools, and communities. Print and animated DVD
       editions are available free from the publications division of the CDC at
       www.cdc.gov/diabetes/pubs/eagle.htm.
       
       In addition the CDC is sponsoring an Eagle Books community outreach
       campaign through 2012 targeting Native communities. Campaign
       highlights include large-panel images of the pages from Eagle Books 
       series, storytelling, and school events.
       
       Native Americans resources from the Library of Congress
       
       The Library of Congress American Memory web site includes a page
       titled Native Americans/Themed Resources for Teachers. The page
       provides lesson plans for teaching grades 6-9 and includes manuscripts,
       maps, photographs, film footage, and audio recordings related to the 
       
       treatment and portrayal of American Indians by European explorers and
       settlers. See www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/themes/
       native-americans.
       
       Indigenous geography
       
       The National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) has produced a
       new multimedia educational web site Indigenous Geography/Geografia
       Indingea to provide students with an understanding of the environment
       and cultural diversity in several Native communities throughout the
       Western Hemisphere. Profiles of Native communities in Alaska, Arizona,
       Canada, Central America, Hawaii, Mexico, and South America are
       presented through photographs, sound clips, and essays on family,
       language, origins, and rituals, among others. Two sets of lessons
       accompany each community profile, one for grades 4-8 and one for
       grades 9-12. The site is available in English and in Spanish. See
       http://www.indigenousgeography.si.edu.                      
       
       NMAI made its object and historic photography collection available on
       its web site. See www.nmai.si.edu/searchcollections/home.aspx.
       
       We Shall Remain toolkit
        
       The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) five-part television series We
       Shall Remain tells the history and stories of Native peoples as an integral
       part of the formation of the United States. College, elementary and high
       school, and tribal library staff may download a toolkit that contains
       resources and programming ideas from www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/we
       shallremain/libraries.