NEW YORK CITY ? As part of November's National American Indian Heritage Month, Scholastic News dedicated an entire issue about American Indian children.
The November/December issue is titled Native American News and has features which include learning a Cheyenne word, canoes in Canada and a pow wow dancer.
Andrea-Thompson Tune of Albuquerque, N.M., graces the cover of the magazine that is read by school children nationwide. Andrea, 7 is a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and of Lakota heritage. She explained why she likes dancing in competition and said she was thrilled with the attention she got from Scholastic News, which included a professional photo shoot of her in full regalia.
Cheyenne children from Lame Deer, Mont., were featured at a camp where they learned not only the Cheyenne language, but also got to sleep in tents and tipis at night.
Canoe Journey 2001 was featured in the issue along with photographs of their trip near Vancouver, British Columbia.
Although the stories about the children were only a paragraph or two long, associate editor Laine Falk and other editors said they wanted children from across the country to understand the diversity of the Native American population by featuring the three diverse groups.
Andrea's mother, Beverly Tune summed the whole thing up simply. 'I think it is totally exciting!'