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This collection of student work is from Frank Keim's classes. He has wanted to share these works for others to use as an example of Culturally-based curriculum and documentation. These documents have been OCR-scanned. These are available for educational use only.





Editorial Page


Native Sovereignty


Why don't people from the city support Native Sovereignty? Well, they live in the city, that's the problem. They don't understand what it is like being a Native living in the bush. Living in the bush is a lot different than living in the city. City life is easy because all the people have to do is live and follow the rules. It's so big that they don't need to worry about laws like the one against importation of alcoholic beverages. Villages are small, and people depend on each other. They have to work together and live together closely. If they don't, the village will be a big disaster.

I don't agree or disagree with the Native sovereignty issue, but I do believe that people should do what they think is right, whether it is the desire for sovereignty by Native villages, or doing things the way the state wants them done.

If you have lived in a village for a long time and know everything about it, you might see how some villages would be better off governing themselves. It would help the community run better and keep the people living there happy because they would be able to choose what they need themselves. People in these villages think this way because it has been hard for them to get what they need since their community is so small and their "voices" are rarely ever heard. And when they are, it's hard to get people on the outside to really listen to what they have to say.

Some people say that the government came and took over the land and made Native people follow government rules-- do as they say or go to jail! It wasn't really fair to the people who didn't understand what was happening or how it would affect their lives in the future. If Natives were as educated then as they are now it wouldn't be such a cat and dog fight today.

If you think like someone who lives in the city, there is a much different outlook on this issue. If everyone follows the same rules as set down by the state, everyone would be equal and everyone should be happy, right? No one has any reason to complain. Everything kind of fits into place in a big community and in one way or another they have the same pattern of thinking no matter how diverse they are. Some city people don't really think that it's fair for Native villages to be granted sovereignty because, since they live by the State Constitution they think everyone else should too. Sometimes it's hard for people in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau to understand how things are in small villages. I'm not saying that city people should move out to the village for a year or two, I'm just saying that they have a different outlook and that therefore, no one can blame them for being ignorant of what Natives think is the best way to keep their community together and running like it should.

So, no matter where you're from, what culture you belong to, or how big your community is, you will have a different point of view on this sovereignty issue about the Alaska Constitution and on how Native villages desperately want to be unique and show people that they can run their community by themselves. It's been good that the government is letting people express their thoughts and say what they think is best for the Alaskan people. And it is good to see people stand up for what they believe and show their support for what they think is right.

Charlotte Alstrom




Some say, "Oh, I will never use drugs or alcohol." Well, what happens if they do? I know from experience that a person who drinks and abuses alcohol will become an alcoholic. I myself have an alcohol-related background. I grew up with relatives who drank, and I even have relatives who have died because of drug and alcohol abuse. And I have to face the troubles of our loss today. I do not use drugs or alcohol myself because it was my choice and I know the effects they can have on a person.

Some people used to say that if a child grows up with an alcoholic background the child has a fifty-fifty chance of being an alcoholic when he/she is older and on their own. They are wrong. It is the child's own choice when they get older to decide whether he/she wants to use drugs or not. In some cases a child might later blame his or her parents for their habit of drinking. But it's really their own fault that they used drugs and alcohol because they had that choice. They probably knew that alcohol could be very dangerous and deadly, causing accidents, family separation, and so on.

When you read the newspaper just find the Matter of Record page if you want to see the names of the people who were involved with drugs and alcohol. There is a lot of killing today is this area and most of it has to do with drugs and alcohol. A person who does something stupid like this is sent to a prison for who knows how long! And during that time they have to face the consequences and suffer a lifetime of guilt from drinking and then taking a life.

People who drink can become very aggressive or depressed. And if they are in this condition, they may have an accident, commit suicide, destroy a friendship, or even destroy their family life. People who think that drugs and alcohol can solve all their problems are wrong. If you are depressed or angry about something, go talk to someone you trust, a counselor, or a priest, or a good friend.

So what's your choice? Do you want to be on the safe side, or on the opposite side and face the consequences? Remember this, that no one will ever care as much about you as you do about yourself, and the decisions you make about using or not using drugs and alcohol will affect you for the rest of your life.

Tassie Fitka



Editorial Page

Native Sovereignty

Charlotte Alstrom

Say No to Drugs and Alcohol

Tassie Fitka


Max's Message from the Best
Little School on the Yukon


Feature News

A Bad Year For Eeling

Jonathan Boots

Floss Your Teeth

Tatiana Sergie

Armory Nearly Finished

Maurice Turet

Brush Your Teeth!

Rose Lynn Fitka

The AFN Convention

Mary June Tinker

What's Happenin' at School?

Annie's Kindergarten

Annie Hunter

Barb's 1st and 2nd Grades

Written by the 2nd grade students.

Happy Thanksgiving from Room #103

Janice Olsen

Tom's Class

Tom Andrew

Richard's Classes

Richard Olsen

Frank's Classes

Frank Keim

Guy's Classes

Guy Sandlin

Special Olympics in Marshall

A New Volleyball Season For Alvin

Tassie Fitka

Fish Flash

Jonathan Boots

Signs of Global Warming

Joe Fitka



November 1997 Calendar


Elders Page


Taking the Wrong Trail

Alexander Isaac




Dear Tat


Mystery People


Did You Know That…


Fun Page


Look To The Stars
Your Personal Horoscope


??Guess Who!!


Special Feature from the Tundra Drums
in memory of Veterans Day

Vietnam vet recalls the 'crazy wars'

Frank Keim

Message Page (in pdf)


End Notes
Christmastime Tales
Stories real and imaginary about Christmas, Slavik, and the New Year
Winter, 1996
Christmastime Tales II
Stories about Christmas, Slavik, and the New Year
Winter, 1998
Christmastime Tales III
Stories about Christmas, Slavik, and the New Year
Winter, 2000
Summer Time Tails 1992 Summertime Tails II 1993 Summertime Tails III
Summertime Tails IV Fall, 1995 Summertime Tails V Fall, 1996 Summertime Tails VI Fall, 1997
Summertime Tails VII Fall, 1999 Signs of the Times November 1996 Creative Stories From Creative Imaginations
Mustang Mind Manglers - Stories of the Far Out, the Frightening and the Fantastic 1993 Yupik Gourmet - A Book of Recipes  
M&M Monthly    
Happy Moose Hunting! September Edition 1997 Happy Easter! March/April 1998 Merry Christmas December Edition 1997
Happy Valentine’s Day! February Edition 1998 Happy Easter! March/April Edition 2000 Happy Thanksgiving Nov. Edition, 1997
Happy Halloween October 1997 Edition Edible and Useful Plants of Scammon Bay Edible Plants of Hooper Bay 1981
The Flowers of Scammon Bay Alaska Poems of Hooper Bay Scammon Bay (Upward Bound Students)
Family Trees and the Buzzy Lord It takes a Village - A guide for parents May 1997 People in Our Community
Buildings and Personalities of Marshall Marshall Village PROFILE Qigeckalleq Pellullermeng ‘A Glimpse of the Past’
Raven’s Stories Spring 1995 Bird Stories from Scammon Bay The Sea Around Us
Ellamyua - The Great Weather - Stories about the Weather Spring 1996 Moose Fire - Stories and Poems about Moose November, 1998 Bears Bees and Bald Eagles Winter 1992-1993
Fish Fire and Water - Stories about fish, global warming and the future November, 1997 Wolf Fire - Stories and Poems about Wolves Bear Fire - Stories and Poems about Bears Spring, 1992



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