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We work with tribal community elders and culture bearers to document language and tribal ecological knowledge using GIS. We are weaving native cultures into the future!
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I am proposing to initiate dialogue on promoting air pollution prevention--this project will dovetail with the soon-to-be started 'Envision Chaffee County' project. By creating a air quality stakeholders group, we will be able to contribute to the comprehensive environmental health discussion, but focus on specifics that include: a current inventory of stationary sources (asphalt batch plants, gravel pits, cement kilns, industrial air pollutants), mobile sources (including vehicle emissions), natural sources (fugitive dust, wildfires) and related air pollutants. We will enhance this inventory with meteorologic data, wind direction & temp data.
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With a $200 Roots and Shoots mini-grant, we will send 5 girls (age minimum is 13, so only a few of our members qualify) to a Job Shadowing class at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, CA. The choices include Veterinary Medicine, Mammalogy, Marine Biology, and others. This unique program is consistent with the goals of both Roots and Shoots, in its environmental impact, as well as our group, MESSAGE, in advocating the importance of STEM fields for females.
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Our project will help the young men in our community have an outlet for their issues by having strong positive male figures to guide them constantly and showing them there are other ways to prosper.
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Our project will connect each member of the community together in hopes of cleaning and clearing out trash and anything that pollutes the community.
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Our group will be working with one tank of oysters that we placed in a Brooklyn waterway. We will visit the tank four times during the school year, collecting data on the conditions of the water, health, size and growth of the oysters, as well as taking stock of any additional flora and fauna co-existing with our oyster population. Outside of these four visits, we will be working within our classroom to learn about the oysters themselves; why did the start disappearing from New York; what was their benefit to our community; why are we working so hard to bring them back? In order to properly collect data regarding the oysters, students will be learning about the oysters themselves: how do they live, grow, reproduce, and what do they need to survive. They will also need to become familiar with this specific type of data collection, which means they will be exposed to many tools for measuring water turbidity, weather conditions, specimen sampling and more. As a result, their STEM knowledge will be greatly increased from exposure to real-life science and problem solving!
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Our project will consist of members going in the community and performing landscape duties to the areas that really could benefit from it.
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Our project will promote an alternative lifestyle by demonstrating ways that will help you get back on the right track with your mind body and soul.
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Our project will bring enjoyment back to Sunday morning services by incorporating things they can better understand.
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We will start our conversations through poems and artwork; we will send greeting cards and some creative artwork as a token of friendship.

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