Lakota Berenstain Bears Keep the Language Alive

We are excited to share with you a Native language cartoon series based on the popular children’s book and television series, the Berenstain Bears. A collaboration of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Lakota Language Consortium, the Lakota Berenstain Bears Project exposes Native youth to the history of Lakota language.

The project translated 20 episodes of the Berenstain Bears television series into Lakota with the help of Native speakers from the Standing Rock, Cheyenne River, Pine Ridge, and Rosebud communities across North Dakota and South Dakota. With Native speakers from so many Lakota-speaking communities, the show reflects the various dialects of the language.

Not only does this show present Lakota language well, but it also upholds the values of Lakota heritage touching on themes such as bravery, respect, generosity and fortitude. The collaboration selected the Berenstain family specifically for this project because the series focused on all of these values.


The Native Services Unit Supports BGCIC at NCAI Convention

The Native Services Unit (NSU) team members have been hard at work during the 71st Annual NCAI (National Congress of American Indians) Convention & Marketplace this week. This is an important event for the NSU team because it provides time for them to connect with tribal leaders from across the country, understanding how we can work together to better serve Native youth. NCAI has been a longtime friend of BGCIC, implementing programs like T.R.A.I.L. and the National Native American Mentoring Program. Attending this annual event gives NSU and NCAI the opportunity to expand and deepen this partnership.

NCAI President Brian Cladoosby even took some time to stop by the BGCIC booth and talk to our team. The NSU looks forward to continuing their efforts alongside NCAI to bring Native communities together to succeed!

Has your Club ever run a program funded by NCAI? Or maybe you’ve partnered with NCAI in a different way? Share your stories in the comments below!

Photo: NSU team members spend time with NCAI President Brian Cladoosby to talk about BGCIC. Pictured (from left to right): Teresa Walch, NSU; Linda Wiltse, NSU; Brian Cladoosby, NCAI; Carla Knapp, NSU.


Calling all Members of Healthy Programs!

So, the Healthy Kids Challenge (HKC) has a special challenge for you. Yes, you! They want you to share your most AWE-some nutrition lesson or project! The HKC believes that kids learn about healthy lifestyles best through activities that are…

Appealing and fun.
Welcome and inviting.
Easy and Simple.

We here at BGCIC tend to agree. And we know that our Native Clubs run AWE-some activities every day.
This challenge is a chance for you to showcase that work.

The Challenge

So here’s the scoop: the HKC wants you to submit either a lesson plan or a project idea for the Nutrition Ed Tool Box Challenge. It can be an activity you have used before with your Club kids or one that you have developed to use that has science-based nutrition content. Your activity should incorporate ideas and information from evidence-based resources such as MyPlate or USDA Nutrition content or guidelines. Submitting is easy.

Just type up your ideas and enter them online with the HKC before December 15, 2014.


Protecting our Native youth through bullying prevention

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. This means there are two more weeks to raise awareness and share prevention techniques to make our communities a safe environment for Native youth.

What is bullying?

Before we can prevent bullying, we have to first know how to identify it. Bullying can happen in a lot of different ways. But based on a definition from the Native Ed Review, bullying can include any of the following acts:

  • Online or in person aggressive behaviors committed by another youth or group of youth
  • One or more students tease, threaten, spread rumors or physically hit, shove, or hurt another student repeatedly
  • Shunning peers and encouraging mental or physical isolation

How to revamp your Club’s website

Ready to try something new to better market your Club, but don’t know where to start? Try updating your website like the Boys & Girls Club of the Leech Lake Area. When the Minnesota Club noticed they weren’t getting as many visitors as usual, they decided to makeover their website to give their online presence a boost.

It worked.

Since launching their new site, the Club has noticed an increase in online traffic. A simple refresh was all they needed to gain traction.