Article: Groundbreaking Mag Celebrates Native Women; Now in Multiple Platforms for Classrooms

Heading for classrooms soon 
To create Native Daughters magazine, Jordan Pascale, a University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) journalism student, stepped into a Pine Ridge, South Dakota sweat lodge in the fall of 2009 hoping to figure out a world he longed to understand.

To build the Native Daughters website, Molly Young, another UNL journalism student, drove through a blizzard to film teens in Santee, Nebraska talking about suicide and escaping the reservation.

To build the free curriculum companion for Native Daughters, 14 educators—half of them enrolled tribe members from Native schools—spent a week in the summer of 2011 breaking down the content to make the stories connect to students and teachers both on and off the reservation.

The result was a journalistic, multimedia study of a story that hadn’t been told enough, if at all. The onetime product, Native Daughters—Who they are, where they’ve been and why Indian country could never survive without them, came off the presses and hopped online in the spring of 2011. Now, it needed an audience.

By January 2012, the Nebraska Humanities Council, Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) and UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications had produced a Native Daughters curriculum companion free to all K-12 educators. By February, Native Daughters had sold out its second printing. The sales numbers aren’t as interesting as the people who placed the orders, which came from:

An official at an Ypsilanti, Michigan prison who wanted the magazines to inspire her Native female inmates;

Directors of Indian education programs within Minneapolis, Denver and Portland, Oregon school districts;

A Southern California professor who wanted to feature the magazine in her anthropology class;

The director of the Seattle Indian Health Board, who wanted copies as an educational tool;

The director of the Chickasaw Cultural Center, who wanted magazines to serve as the focus of a weeklong college-credit course.

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We Did It! "Ajijaak" Ojibwe Storybook Funded!

We raised enough funds to cover the costs of printing and binding 100 full color paperback books for the first edition of "Ajijaak." Chi miigwech/thank you for supporting us in this fundraiser!  Here is the link to the Kickstarter page.

3 Days Left to Help Us Raise Funds for "Ajijaak" Ojibwe Storybook!

We have just three days to go to raise funds to cover the costs of printing and binding 100 full color paperback books for the first edition of "Ajijaak." The story was written by yours truly!
Please help if you can!  It would be greatly appreciated!  Chi miigwech!

Native News Network: Raise High the "Ajijaak"

An article from the Native News Network!  Please help us spread the word so we can reach our goal for this book project!

FERNDALE, MICHIGAN - A small publishing house has big ideas for revitalizing the Anishinaabemowin language for both Native and non-Native children. 

Ajijaak childrens book, five year olds and up
5 years old and up
The company is called Four Colors Productions and already has five published children's books that rely heavily on Ojibwe teachings and language. The books are catered to five year olds and up, however, they do strongly encourage all ages to learn and enjoy.

Currently, the company is developing their sixth project entitled "Ajijaak," or "sandhill crane," and will be written in poetry format with illustrated pictures. The project's author Cecelia LaPointe, Ojibwe, has been published in "Voice On the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now," "Yellow Medicine Review: A Journal of Indigenous Literature," "Art and Thought," as well as various journals, anthologies, and online publications. The project's illustrator, Brita Brookes, also happens to be the founder of this aboriginal and non-aboriginal company.

The story centers around the personified Ajijaak, who "cares for the water and the land, doesn't want to see it polluted and not cared for,"

says Ms. LaPointe. While there are no humans in the story, "we talk about humans and the pollution they do." The book will be environmentally friendly and encourage children to appreciate the land and its beauty.

Four Colors Productions works with many Natives, encouraging their writing and artistic skills as well as their knowledge of Anishinaabemowin.

The company is small and seeking the contributions from the Native community to help bring this book to the public. To learn more about the company and help out their cause at