Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Importance of Rest

All the parts of the human body work together, although each one has its special part to do.

The stomach must have a time to rest between meals. The other parts of the body require rest, too. This usually takes place while we are asleep. We must not be neglectful and fail to give the entire body enough rest, or they will soon get worn out and give us trouble.

Sometimes, when people are not well or are all “tired out”, they find they cannot sleep well at night. There are a number of little things that can be done to induce sleep. A warm bath before retiring, followed by a gentle massage, especially along the spine, often will, by relaxing the nerves and muscles, produce very good results. A hot foot bath, which draws the blood away from the brain, frequently will be found beneficial. A glass of hot milk or cocoa, taken just before retiring, often will have the same effect. If the sleeplessness is a result of indigestion, a plain diet will relieve this. Sleeping on a hard bed without any pillow sometimes produces the desired effect.

Always have plenty of fresh air in the room. Keep the mind free from the cares of the day. If they will intrude, crowd them out by repeating something else, like spiritual verses, some soothing sentence or bit of poetry. One good plan is to close the left nostril by pressing on it with the finger, then take four deep breaths through the right nostril. Then close the right nostril and take four deep breaths through the left one. Repeat this about four times. Then breathe slowly through both nostrils, but count your breaths. You seldom will count very many. Never take any sleeping medication except upon the advice of a physician, for they usually contain drugs that will injure the heart.

A lack of sleep, you will find, could cause a number of individuals to be nervous, which means they do have not control of their nerves, but the nerves run away with them. Sometimes this is shown in palpitations of the heart, headache, backache, and many other disorders. There may be a tendency to cry at trivial things, or a feeling of having "the blues." The cause usually can be found in the surroundings or occupation, loss of friends, or real or imagined troubles. Whatever the cause, it should be removed, if possible, and measures taken to restore the worn out nerves that are crying for rest or food.

Natural herbs help, so does nourishing food, also a change of scene and occupation, if possible. A person who is nervous frequently does not realize what the cause of his condition is, and considers only the symptoms. So when he or she has a headache, resorts to medicine.  In taking these, he or she only is deadening the pain and not removing the cause, so the pain is liable to return.

The Indigenous Way

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A Beautiful Mind!

Success is in the blood. There are those whom fate can never keep down they march forward in a jaunty manner, and take by divine right the best of everything that the earth affords. But their success is not attained by means of the Samuel Smiles-Connecticut policy. They do not lie in wait, nor scheme, nor fawn, nor seek to adapt their sails to catch the breeze of popular favor. Still, they are ever alert and alive to any good that may come their way, and when it comes they simply appropriate it, and tarrying not, move steadily on.

Good health! Whenever you go out of doors, draw the chin in, carry the crown of the head high, and fill the lungs to the utmost; drink in the sunshine; greet your friends with a smile, and put soul into every hand-clasp.

Do not fear being misunderstood; and never waste a moment thinking about your enemies. Try to fix firmly in your own mind what you would like to do, and then without violence of direction you will move straight to the goal.

Fear is the rock on which we split, and hate the shoal on which many a barque is stranded. When we become fearful, the judgment is as unreliable as the compass of a ship whose hold is full of iron ore; when we hate, we have unshipped the rudder; and if ever we stop to meditate on what the gossips say, we have allowed a hawser to foul the screw.

Keep your mind on the great and splendid thing you would like to do; and then, as the days go gliding by, you will find yourself unconsciously seizing the opportunities that are required for the fulfillment of your desire, just as the coral insect takes from the running tide the elements that it needs. Picture in your mind the able, earnest, useful person you desire to be, and the thought that you hold is hourly transforming you into that particular individual you so admire.

Thought is supreme, and to think is often better than to do.

Preserve a right mental attitude the attitude of courage, frankness and good cheer.

Darwin and Spencer have told us that this is the method of Creation. Each animal has evolved the parts it needed and desired. The horse is fleet because he wishes to be; the bird flies because it desires to; the duck has a web foot because it wants to swim. All things come through desire and every sincere prayer is answered. We become like that on which our hearts are fixed.

Many people know this, but they do not know it thoroughly enough so that it shapes their lives. We want friends, so we scheme and chase 'cross lots after strong people, and lie in wait for good folks or alleged good folks hoping to be able to attach ourselves to them. The only way to secure friends is to be one. And before you are fit for friendship you must be able to do without it. That is to say, you must have sufficient self-reliance to take care of yourself, and then out of the surplus of your energy you can do for others.

The individual who craves friendship, and yet desires a self-centered spirit more, will never lack for friends.

If you would have friends, cultivate solitude instead of society. Drink in the ozone; bathe in the sunshine; and out in the silent night, under the stars, say to yourself again and yet again, "I am a part of all my eyes behold!" And the feeling then will come to you that you are no mere interloper between earth and heaven; but you are a necessary part of the whole. No harm can come to you that does not come to all, and if you shall go down it can only be amid a wreck of worlds.

Like old Job, that which we fear will surely come upon us. By a wrong mental attitude we have set in motion a train of events that ends in disaster. People who die in middle life from disease, almost without exception, are those who have been preparing for death. The acute tragic condition is simply the result of a chronic state of mind a culmination of a series of events.

Character is the result of two things, mental attitude, and the way we spend our time. It is what we think and what we do that make us what we are.

By laying hold on the forces of the universe, you are strong with them. And when you realize this, all else is easy, for in your arteries will course red corpuscles, and in your heart the determined resolution is born to do and to be. Carry your chin in and the crown of your head high. We are strong in the chrysalis.

The Indigenous Way

Monday, March 9, 2015

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Differentiation may not have been possible before we had so many new teaching tools available via the internet. For instance, The Scholastic Teacher Express store provides an exciting new way to shop for educational products. It offers electronic (PDF) versions, as well as paperback versions of thousands of teaching resources books, activities, practice pages and lessons plans covering a wide variety of subject and curriculum areas at everyday low prices.

The most recent two decades have taught a great deal about how students function and think and the contrasts between distinctive students and how those distinctions change the way those students process data and learn. At first glance, as an educator, it’s anything but difficult to say, well I can't change my curriculum to suit each conceivable learning handicap or idiosyncrasy of identity. That is the old model of showing that has been set up for a long time. Students went to a centralized classroom and the way the lessons were displayed was what they got and it was dependent upon the students to conform to be fruitful or a disappointment.

The problem with that model is that it puts the weight of the responsibility to be successful in education on the student.  That is all well and good at the college level where the students are essentially adults and they are expected to be ready to bare a larger level of responsibility.  But at the elementary level, the burden of assuring that the student not only hears the lesson but understands it lies with the teacher.  So in the last few years, a teaching style called "differentiation" has come along that utilizes innovative classroom methods to help all students come away with a solid understanding of the material, not just the few who were able to adjust to the single approach the teaching of the old model.

Differentiation begs the question, "Who is responsible for the education of the children?"  The system where the children were exposed to a lecture, given an assignment which may have been cryptic to understand and sent home for the hapless portents to decipher what was expected is at best ineffective and at worst just plain lazy. 

Modern approaches to education see the job of the teacher as not just to present information and to correct papers. The job of the teacher is to teach and that teacher is not a success until every student in his or her class has learned the information well and can interact with it to demonstrate that the information has become knowledge which is useful and applicable in daily life.  This is a high requirement on teachers but anything short skirts the objectives of the teaching profession entirely.

One difference between students that drastically effects how well the student learns is learning styles.  Some students are visual learners meaning they do well when they learn by seeing.  Others can absorb and process information audibly whereas others must physically interact with the material to truly grasp it.  Differentiation changes the way class time is used so the same information is presented in a variety of teaching methods so all students can use each style to fully grasp the material. 

Also with online resources, we can tap the power of video online and utilize online activities so that learning is no longer just listen, write it down and repeat it on a test.  Learning now is interactive and repetitive in many different ways to the same information is processed uniquely each time.  The outcome is the student not only can learn through the learning style that fits his or her personality but that learning is deeper and longer lasting. 

Adapting your teaching style to fully tap the power of differentiation will take some time.  There are new technologies to learn to use and a new approach to the daily lesson plan to understand and learn to work with.  But once you are simultaneously teaching many while addressing the individual learning styles and unique characteristics of each child, you will find the outcome of your teaching so much more effective that you will never want to go back.

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The Indigenous Way

Sunday, March 8, 2015

"Native American Threads Still Part of County Fabric" NAAC In the News! - Cape May County Herald.com

………“Many county residents might be surprised to learn that the Leni-Lenape are still active within our area. Tyrese (pronounced Ty-ese with a silent "r" which means "flower" in Seminole) Gould is the manager of the Native Advancement Corp. She also is the daughter of the chief of the tribe that has its epicenter in Bridgeton. This organization has been implementing federal and state grants for over 20 years to improve the lives of the disadvantaged.

In 2009, the corporation was successful in applying for grants from the federal level Department of Energy administered through N.J.'s Department of Community Affairs to weatherize homes for people under a certain income level termed "impoverished” in Cape May County as well as Atlantic County.

“When we first heard we would be working in Cape May County, we thought we were going to the highest income area of N.J. but what we've discovered is quite the opposite. I would call Cape May County 'the land of the forgotten' with a huge pocket of poverty - the people are so nice but many are truly poor and these needy people live throughout the county not just in one area,' said Gould. The Native American Advancement Corp. is now serving over 375 homes in the two counties where they are presently active, Cape May County and Atlantic County.

The Corporation offers a full menu of insulation, heating replacement and energy efficiency improvements within the guidelines of DOE audits through the approximately 8.5 million dollars they have received from DCA since 2009. Corporation workers are not limited to Native Americans although the corporation itself is the only one in N.J. run by a Native American tribe in this grant program. The corporation also trains the employees who go out on the various jobs under the grants.

“We are so happy to be able to help people who are really in need," continued Gould. "My grandmother used to tell me stories that when she was growing up she wasn't allowed to ever admit outside the home that she was Native American, so I feel proud we have this opportunity to do good for others and also teach and employ people who need jobs," continued Gould.”………..

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Timex IRONMAN, the One GPS+ is available now!


The Timex Ironman is available now!  The One GPS+, a new sports watch that comes with a lot of the same features as a smartwatch and it does not require a phone to work!

Let's be honest. There are times when we need to travel light, convey the absolute minimum, hit the street and go. Consider the possibility that you could desert your telephone and stay genuinely portable. Presenting ONE GPS+. Your run, your tunes, your informing without your telephone.

It has its own particular 3G radio for connecting the internet without tying to your phone, and there's additionally an inherent GPS for following your area. Utilizing these peculiarities will guarantees the Ironman One GPS+ will get around eight hours of battery life.

As daylight was glaring brilliant outside, the watch's showcase stayed obvious and strong. This is perfect for a sportswatch, since it ought to be intended to be worn outside and in addition inside.

That is to a great extent on the grounds that Timex uses Qualcomm's Mirasol show innovation for the watch, which utilizes a little reflect to reflect light as opposed to radiating it.

The watch is capable of tracking your speed, distance, calories burned, cadence, and other statistics.

It's magnificent as a device when you work out with the goal that you don't need to bring your telephone with you.

*At launch, MP3 format only

Timex Ironman usefulness is to a great extent planned for crisis circumstances. Thus, in the event that you get to be harmed or lost amid a run, you can send a message to a preselected contact, or choose from a list of contacts. You can store up to 100 contacts on the watch and up to 10 per-written messages.

You can also read messages on the Timex Ironman One GPS+.

Since there's a GPS built in, you can share your location with built in contacts. When you share your location, the watch will send a message to the contact you desire and link you to a map where he or she can follow your running route so you can leave your phone at home while you go out for a run.

Timex IRONMAN Specs:


*At launch, MP3 format only



8-hour life in Full GPS and cellular-connected mode.

Compatible with Bluetooth® heart-rate monitors, foot pods, and wireless headphones.

Get notified when you've achieved a personal record.

See your accomplishments in the dark.

One year of AT&T mobile data service included. Features vary by market.

Water-resistant up to 50 meters.

10 customizable interval timers.

Compatible with Bluetooth heart rate monitors.
Works with Bluetooth® heart rate monitors, and wireless headphones.
Case Size: 50 mm
Case Thickness: 15.7 mm
Case Weight: 71 grams
Display Size: 1.5"
Display Resolution: 288 x 192
Touch Screen
Water Resistance: 50 meters (GPS reception and cellular service unavailable in water)

Upload your data to your favorite workout apps:

Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Standby: Up to 72 hours
GPS and cellular connected: Up to 8 hours
GPS, cellular, and music player running: Up to 4 hours
Auto Pause
Auto Lap/Split
Alerts (Vibrating + Audible Beep)
Heart Rate Zone
Interval Timers
Customizable Screens

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Native American Children Learn Differently in Schools. Teachers Must Recognize!

 Native Students Learn Differently!

Schools must recognize that Native American children learn differently!
The results are staggering!  The new generation is still faced with the same educational  issues and the problem is not the Native Community!
Thanks to the “Learning Style Quiz” taken by so many, we have resulted in the conclusions outlined by countless research.  http://www.nativeadvancement.com/what-is-your-learning-style.html
The quiz asked 20 questions in reference to data and research gathered by studies dating back to the 1950’s of actual observations, interviews and Native American schools and communities.  The quiz is open to all cultural backgrounds and therefore, provides a comparison to the different types of learning results.  The more points scored determines the learning style of many Native Americans and is included in years of research.  The highest possible score is 200. 
So far, 70% of test takers are of Native American communities, 20% at least 2 or more grandparents of Native communities and 10% of non-Native communities.  Even with this ratio, the total scores for all questions were in the high 180’s.  The 10% non-Native results were under 50!
The statement below from: The Learning Styles of Native American Students and Implications for Classroom Practice Melanie Price, Michael Kallam, and John Love Southeastern Oklahoma State University http://www.se.edu/nas/files/2013/03/NAS-2009-Proceedings-M-Price.pdf must be addressed further.
”It is apparent that many teachers do not have an understanding of the degree to which culture affects learning. Many teachers are not able to identify the learning style differences and to employ culturally responsive techniques to address the needs of diverse populations. Often teachers view differences in approach to learning as problems inherent in the students. They may be noticed as oppositional and defiant, inattentive, and under-motivated (Kallam, Hoernicke, & Coser, 1994). In order to help students learn, teachers need to adapt their teaching to support a variety of learning styles (St. Charles & Costantino, 2000).”

We are still conducting the test and ask that you please participate!  http://www.nativeadvancement.com/what-is-your-learning-style.html

Native American Elders Need Weatherization!

 Native American Elders Need Weatherization!

Weatherization of Native Homes
The Native American Advancement Corporation (NAAC) recognizes the need to provide weatherization assistance to Native Americans by taking into account the States plan of 5% served each grant year.
Management and staff have made a concerted effort to support and encourage service delivery through the established weatherization office within the tribal territory of Cumberland County, New Jersey.
Attending the tribes meetings and events have proven to be very beneficial. Phone calls and online materials are okay for dispensing information, but we know they leave something lacking when we really want to develop and sustain a high-quality relationship.
The local tribe initially expressed an urgent need for the State to address the lack of weatherization needs being met of their people.
NAAC's most astounding need is to expand weatherization services to Native Americans through the successful system of weatherization projects, with an emphasis on serving those living in tribal territories. Nanticoke Lenni Lenape Headquarters gives an assortment of effort to the tribal community and additionally operates their own social administration programs, incorporating culture of social understanding, to expand their abilities in living up to expectations with tribal families and individual Native Americans.
Our first undertaking was is to investigate the reasons why services are not arriving at low-income Native Americans in conjunction with service for the general low-income population.
Neighborhood CAP agencies get the lion's share of weatherization applications through the low-income LIHEAP program. This system is granted through the State of New Jersey. Not one tribe controls their own LIHEAP program for individuals for their territory and does not get the grants specifically from the State of New Jersey or the U. S. Bureau of Health and Human Services. CAP organizations never see the tribal need nor are able to help applicants; therefore, they don't get numerous tribal referrals for weatherization.
There are different obstructions to the administration of this program, including a past filled with broken promises; lost connections as individuals change positions or move; broken trust; the geographic area of the tribes; and mistaken assumptions about effort, to give some examples. The difficulties are as various and differed as the individuals in the tribe.
NAAC's part is to encourage dialog among tribe to discuss their needs and open doors, their history, and what's to come. We work to help the tribe comprehend their regular cultural needs and their uniqueness when it comes to weatherization.
Nearby organizational projects have generally depended on submission through LIHEAP to disseminate weatherization applications. This outreach is uninvolved. It relies on upon another person to make the move and complete. On the off chance that nobody applies, “no activity is required” seems to be the attitude.
Face to face outreach is dynamic. It obliges looking for, connecting, seeking after. Face to face outreach obliges an arrangement. Face to face outreach is a mindset, a method for approaching those in need. It must be incorporated with the project, not included if advantageous. Face to face outreach is not compelling when it is just being added to a program. NAAC is the contact that organizations must depend on to create outreach when focusing on weatherization for Native Americans in this territory.
The tribal system of face to face outreach is exceptional. NAAC was established first to focus on servicing just individuals from tribal region as per the New Jersey tribal administration strategy. Be that as it may, NAAC has developed into a full weatherization organization that is presently weatherizing all homes which do not at most times include tribal residents.
Initially, NAAC was also chosen to serve on the advisory board for the tribal initiative. The group is composed of representatives from all areas of targeted outreach populations. This was to be a model for representation working closely with the tribes to meet the challenges of fitting the weatherization program into their established outreach. These difficulties have been correspondence issues and they are not particularly Indian issues which has proven to be unsuccessful.

For more information about weatherization services, please contact NAAC at 856-455-0600.

Native Americans Finally Granted Citizenship in 1924!!

 Native Americans Become Citizens of US

"The First Illegals!  Unbelievable is all we can say when we describe this forgotten history fact!      "Act of June 2, 1924, Public Law 68-175, 43 STAT 253, which authorized the Secretary of the Interior to issue certificates of citizenship to Indians." Congress Granted Citizenship to All Native Americans Born in the U.S. (1)"
"Native Americans have long struggled to retain their culture. Until 1924, Native Americans were not citizens of the United States. Many Native Americans had, and still have, separate nations within the U.S. on designated reservation land. But on June 2, 1924, Congress granted citizenship to all Native Americans born in the U.S. Yet even after the Indian Citizenship Act, some Native Americans weren't allowed to vote because the right to vote was governed by state law. Until 1957, some states barred Native Americans from voting. At the time of the Indian Citizenship Act, an act called the Dawes Severalty Act shaped U.S. Indian policy. Since 1887, the government had encouraged Native Americans to become more like mainstream America. Hoping to turn Indians into farmers, the federal government gave out tribal lands to individuals in 160-acre parcels. Unclaimed or "surplus" land was sold, and the money was used to establish Indian schools. In them, Native American children learned reading, writing, and social habits of mainstream America. By 1932, the sale of unclaimed land and allotted land resulted in the loss of two-thirds of the 138 million acres Native Americans had held prior to the Act. A 1928 study known as the Meriam Report assessed the problems of Native Americans. The report revealed to the government that its policies had oppressed Native Americans and destroyed their culture and society. The people suffered from poverty, exploitation and discrimination. This study spurred the passage of the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act. This Act returned some of the surplus land to Native Americans and urged tribes to engage in active self-government. The U.S. government invested in the development of health care, education and community structure. Quality of life on Indian lands improved. Today some Native Americans run successful businesses, while others still live in poverty. "(2)
1)  http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/todays-doc/?dod-date=602
2) http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/jazz/jb_jazz_citizens_3.html

Are you aware that we are still in company of those who lived through this period?  Are you aware that we are still in this process of reorganization?