Intertribal Youth Summer Program
Check out the Summer Youth Program Opportunities by clicking the link below. The deadline for application is June 1st!
Environmental Pests to look out for!!!
Wood Burning Resource Page
My Native Voice: Public Lands Conservation and Future Generations
CNAY is empowering Native youth in a new campaign: “My Native Voice: Public Lands Conservation and Future Generations.” This campaign gives Native American youth a chance to share stories about why conservation of historical and sacred sites is important to them and their culture. CNAY invites Native youth to submit their stories in video, written, or some other art form, with the top three submissions receiving prizes!
Who Can Participate:
Native Americans 24 years old and under
Youth across Indian Country, with special focus on tribal communities in the West
Entries will be submitted online via:
Highlight the importance of preserving public lands for culture and heritage, and for future generations; and
Mention specific sites or locations, Photos or video of the public lands that are important to you are encouraged.
Written entries should be a minimum of 1 page.
Written submissions will not be heavily scrutinized for grammar and spelling, but we encourage proofreading before you submit.
Video entries should be a minimum of 2 minutes.
Creative poems, songs, and art work are encouraged.
Application Deadline: October 18,
2013Prizes: Visa Gift Cards!
1st Place: $200
2nd place: $150
3rd Place: $100
***Special prize for those that submit early! The first youth submitting a story about why public lands and conservation are important to them will receive a $50 Visa Gift Card. The submission must meet guidelines.
The Ione Band of Miwok Indians invites our Tribal Youth 25 and under to team up with the Environmental Department on a DO SOMETHING Grant. $500 grants are given out on a weekly basis for projects that are youth driven and community focused. One great idea is to start a native plant project, or perhaps you have one of your own. Click the link below to find out more.
Environmental Youth Day June 8, 2013
The Environmental Youth Day was held in cooperation with Indian Education and the Sierra Native American Council and involved a full day of activities at Chaw’se.
The Environmental Department kicked off the day with “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”. Participants were given a reusable shopping bag that included a reusable water bottle and all of their written materials for the day. The days activities also included a brainstorming session on ways to reuse items and create new things from used and broken materials.
The Environmental department wrapped up the day by sponsering a native plant identification table which involved group discussion on plant care and traditional use.
The Environmental department would like to thank all the participants and hopes to sponser future activities for our youth.
USDA’s People’s Garden Initiative
The USDA’s People’s Garden Initiative promotes growing healthy food, people and communities. It encourages USDA employees and communities to plant gardens because the simple act of planting a garden can make a neighborhood a healthier place to live, work and play, while addressing issues such as hunger and the environment. The USDA is excited to offer their Fall Webinar Series for a second time. This year’s sessions will provide practical gardening advice on such topics as seed saving, gardening with native plants, composting, volunteers, and school gardens.
The USDA provides wastewater treatment to Colonias along the Mexican border.
The USDA provided for the creation of a wastewater treatment plan along with funding the creation of modular bathrooms that can be used in locations without access to running water.
If you want to know more about the nuts & bolts of the Tribal Environmental Dept. please check out this power point presentation!!
Environmental Department Grant Summary Report July 2011
The Environmental Department’s goals are to expand operations and its scope and focus to better deal with environmental problems and promote a healthier environment for the tribe.
Indoor & Outdoor Air Quality
Radon Testing Information
EPA’s Office of Children’s Health protection
Recycle, Trash, Composting, Junk Cars & Hazardous Waste
Kids Interactive: Webquests, Activities & Games
Chemical Sensitivity & Allergic Reactions
Fire Safe: Defensible space for your home
Green Building Energy Savings
For Tribal Fishing Licenses
Are refurbished products really ok?
Learn about pest infestations!
How to create and maintain a home recycling center
Lead based Paint safe work practices.
For more information about lead related issues click here
One of the main tasks of the Environmental Department is the Community Outreach and Public Education Revitalize and strengthen the traditional ways and livelihood of the Ione Band of Miwok Indians.
The environmental department will continue expanding its scope and focus to better deal with environmental problems and promote a healthier environment for the tribe.
Annual Youth Camp
Each year the Tribal Environmental Department takes tribal youth on a new educational day adventure. We make learning about the environment exciting while integrating important cultural aspects into our activities. Provided below are summaries of each year. We hope you will join us next year!!!
Tribal Youth Day 2012
This year’s Annual Youth Environmental Day was held at Chaw-se. Brad Cooke from “Earthwater” led the activities for the day. This year’s theme was “Plants in the Park”, so we spent time learning about the parts of the plant, how they grow and the type of care they need to survive. Everyone was able to plant some flowers and vegetables to take home. Some of the activities for the day included a Museum Tour, a Nature Walk, Recycling, and team-building games. We were given a demonstration on bow-making and learned to play a traditional Maidu field game. Many thanks to the Tribal members that gave their time to join us for the day. Check out these pictures and plan to join us next year!
Youth Camp 2011 Flyer This year the youth camp was held at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center at Lake Natomas on June 28th. For more information about this event please see the flyer.
A Day at Chaw’se (Miwok word for Indian Grinding Rock)was a fun day of environmental learning, new games, and fresh cultural experiences. Games incorporated learning about hunter and prey in the woods and environmental challenges we face today. In order to better recycle youth learn about the types of plastics and how to identify their quality by the number on the bottle . Our contracted program designer has tribal youth identify culturally significant plants and their uses and Steven Walloupe teaches youth about plants in the park.
A special thank you goes to all those involved in our youth event on September 22, 2007. Brad Cooke from Earthwater, thank you for your expertise in planning and amazing teaching skills. Thank you to our council members Barbie and Troy who love the tribal youth and put 100% into the growth of our young. Thank you Steven Walloupe for your flexibility and wealth of knowledge. For more information on Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock State Park click here.