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Lower Elwha Education Departments
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Monday, November 29, 2010

Good Reading

A friend from Neah Bay brought us several boxes of books which had belonged to her neighbor's mother. Entertaining reading, mostly for adults but also some for kids. We added a number of them to the collection...
...and some time soon will have a giveaway for the rest. Meanwhile, if you are stuck for something to read, come by the library and rummage through the boxes. The perfect book might be there...

Monday, November 15, 2010

In Other News...

Some other news from around the web:
  • Ojibwa author Drew Hayden Taylor's comic novel Motorcycles and Sweetgrass has been nominated for the Canada Council for the Arts' Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction. We have one of his books in our collection, The Night Wanderer, and will put the new one on our wishlist.
  • Nerds rejoice. The entire archive of Popular Science is available free on the web at Google books. Oh it's glorious.
  • Kayaker Rob Casey maintains a blog called The Elwha Project. River photographs, dam removal news, and an entertaining and even beautiful series of photographs of debris found on beaches along the Strait. See for example his September 16 post, Garbage Collected on the Elwha River Mouth.
  • You can watch a 54 minute film, Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change on the IsumaTV website. Beautiful footage and the voices of elders (and scary first-hand testimony of climate change).
  • ReadingRockets, a website for working with young readers, has a reading list of  Native American Books. We have all but one of these books. Check the catalog for the ones you are interested in.

Fishy Stuff from Around the Web

Interesting stories lately...
  • WDFW's blog has a story about the Elwha Weir.
  • Seattle Times article about the Elwha Fish Hatchery
  • KOMO story about high school class studying Lake Mills (via Olympic Peninsula Environmental News)
  • The Olympian story about the coho run at Nisqually (via the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission)
  • Editorial from Billy Frank, Jr. about fisheries restoration. "The only way we’re going to turn the corner and really restore salmon is to put the same focus on habitat protection and restoration that has been placed on harvest management."

Friday, November 5, 2010

Tribes and Parks

There have been a couple of news items recently about the relationships of other tribes with their neighboring parks:
        The Hopi Tribe is working with the State of Arizona to reopen Homolovi Ruins State Park, which had been closed for budget reasons.
        The Oglalla Sioux Tribe will be taking over the management of part of Badlands National Park, making it the first Tribal National Park.

We have a couple of books on this topic,

and of course much of the material about the ongoing removal of the dams on the Elwha River directly and indirectly addresses the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe's relations with Olympic National Park...