The Nihewan Foundation has five ongoing programs:
Scholarships; Curriculum Development; the Cradleboard Teaching Project;
Teacher Training; and the Nihewan Youth Council on Race.
year history: two recipients of Nihewan scholarships went on to
found and preside over tribal colleges (Sinte Gleska University,
in South Dakota; and Deganawida-Quetzalcoatl College in California.)
Scholarship applicants are required to explain their extenuating
circumstances; prove that they have already applied for scholarship
funding at other foundations who sometimes have funding that goes
unrequested; and still lack the funding necessary to complete
the task. Nihewan Scholarship Application
well beyond the original text and graphics curriculum units begun
in the 1970s, the Nihewan Foundation now creates interactive online
curriculum as well as interactive multimedia CD-ROM curriculum.
All Core Curriculum matches National
Content Standards, and differs from Tribe Specific curriculum
and Supplementary Curriculum. Some is free, some is reserved for
Cradleboard Teaching Project participants, and some is available
for purchase at the Cradleboard Teaching Project website store.
Thanks to support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, in 1999-2000
the Nihewan Foundation was able to sponsor a Giveaway Program
and distributed close to 2000 free copies of SCIENCE: Through
Native American Eyes to underserved minority teachers and
students in the US and Canada.
Thanks to support from Toyota U.S.A. Foundation, the second volume
in the SCIENCE: Through Native American Eyes CD-ROM series
will develop Star Knowledge (Astronomy), Native American Medicines
(Botany) and Careers in Science for high school students of all
in the early 1980s, in 1997 the Nihewan Foundation initiated the
Cradleboard Teaching Project, partnering with the W. K.
Kellogg Foundation who generously provided startup funds. Since
that time thousands of children in eighteen states have benefited
by building a knowledge base, increasing test scores, raising
self esteem, and creating cross cultural friendships.
signature Partnering Program includes a partnership between an
indigenous class and a non-indigenous class of the same age. Together,
the children learn about themselves and their partner class, while
also studying Nihewan core curriculum in Science, History, Music,
Geography and Social Studies, as seen through an indigenous perspective.
A core curriculum and cross cultural partnering program now into
its fourth year, the Cradleboard Teaching Project often requires
local teacher training and year long participation. To date, over
a thousand children in eighteen states have benefited from the
program. Cradleboard is culturally rich, educationally relevant,
and for all the children, personally empowering in a world just
learning to celebrate, rather than discourage, personal uniqueness.
The Cradleboard Teaching Project was named an example of Best
Promising Practices by the President's Initiative on Race.
the 1990s, the foundation added a Teacher Training program, currently
operatingin US and Canada. At Cradleboard 101 Workshops, groups
of teachers, teacher education professors, and administrators
become comfortable with interactive multimedia, internet techniques
for curriculum delivery, and Cradleboard Methods for use in pre-service
classrooms. They also focus on the SCIENCE: Through Native
American Eyes CD-ROM.
Note: At some colleges this CD-ROM is mandatory for all teacher
candidates, who are also required to use the CD-ROM in their practice
teaching experience in classrooms.
YOUTH COUNCIL ON RACE: http://youth.nihewan.org
another Nihewan Foundation initiative based in cross cultural
self esteem, communication, and education. YCR is an opportunity
for youth ages 14-19 to define and discuss race issues online
with peers from other cultural backgrounds and foreign nations.
No cost involved. Public interaction welcome, with additional
options, Discussion Boards, Chat Rooms available to Youth Council
on Race members. Awards and travel rewards for Outstanding Participation
and Best Practices.
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation's COD-YES! Youth Engagement Strategy
includes the Youth Council on Race program as part of a
network of fourteen local and national foundations, each of whom
serve youth in a unique way.
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Nihewan Foundation programs and educational materials.