New Stuff Tuesday – April 22, 2014

Claiming Tribal Identity

Claiming Tribal Identity:
The Five Tribes and the Politics of Federal Acknowledgment
By Mark Edwin Miller
E78.O45 M56 2013
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

The Office of Federal Acknowledgment is charged with establishing that an American Indian group exists as a federally recognized Indian tribe, and therefor eligible for certain rights as sovereign Indian nations. They review, verify, and evaluate groups’ petitions, and make final recommendations. As of November 2013 the U.S. OFA lists 344 tribes waiting for federal acknowledgement. Of these, 269 groups have submitted only letters of intent or partially documented petitions, and are not ready for evaluation. Seven petitions under active consideration, while two petitions are ready and waiting for active consideration. The others are somewhere in between.

In Claiming Tribal Identity: The Five Tribes and the Politics of Federal Acknowledgment, Miller (History, Southern Utah University, Cedar City) deals with the issue of federal acknowledgement of “new” tribal entities of the southeastern United States from the point of view of the Cherokees, Chicasaws, Choctaws, Creeks (Muscogees), and Seminoles, known collectively as the “Five Civilized Tribes.” In particular focusing on the histories of those five tribes, stories and histories of groups originally from that area who try to maintain or create tribal identity, and other local groups that, for a variety of reasons, are not currently federally recognized and wish to be. These are divided into groups of vetted tribes, contested tribes, and fraudulent tribes for the purpose of organization in the book.

One of the things I find fascinating about this book is how many groups, 68, are trying to gain federal recognition claiming ancestry with one of the Five Civilized Tribes and with part of their name containing Cherokee, Chicasaw, Choctaw, Creek (Muscogee), and Seminole. That’s over 20%, and it’s easy to see how the Cherokee Nation might want to investigate this and separate out the wheat from the chaff by eliminating the acknowledgement prospects of wannabes and fraudulent tribes. They are also against state recognition as that process tends to not be nearly as rigorous as the federal one, and many of those state “approved” tribes have not continued on to pursue federal recognition, which gives pause. The Cherokee Nation believes that only federally acknowledged tribes should be considered Native Americans, and other’s should not. It would be interesting to read more about other tribal nations’ points of view on this point.

Mark Edwin Miller has produced a well-documented book worth hours of pondering, and I think it’s worth the effort. Now if he would only write a follow-up book on other parts of the country I’d be even more happy.

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Earth Week 2014!

It’s Earth Week from April 21-25, 2014. There are campus events planned Monday-Thursday…what will you be doing? At various events you can at least recycle your plastic bag collection and maybe even buy a spider plant.

photo of UW-Whitewater greenhouse taken Sept 29, 2012

  • Monday April 21
  • Tuesday April 22
    • Birds of Prey Exhibit 10am-3pm in front of Upham Hall (in the atrium if it rains), with demonstrations at 10:30am, 12noon, and 1pm
    • Bicycle Recycle (free bike checkups and some basic maintenance) 10am-2pm outside the UC’s north side
    • Start Your Own Herb Garden! noon-4pm in Andersen Library
  • Wednesday April 23
    • Garden Volunteering and Greenhouse Tour 9am-noon in the Upham Greenhouse
    • ECOFair in UC Hamilton Room noon-3pm
    • Recyclable Fashion Show 4-5pm in Hyland Hall’s Timmerman Auditorium: build an outfit out of recyclable materials
    • Food Patriots Documentary at 6pm in UC Summers Auditorium
  • Thursday April 24
    • Pinterest Upcycling Workshop 7-9pm in UC259B (bring your toilet paper rolls and large cereal boxes)

Andersen Library has related resources, e.g., search HALCat to find titles such as the book, Bottled lightning: superbatteries, electric cars, and the new lithium economy (3rd-floor Main Collection), the Congressional committee hearing Opportunities and challenges presented in increasing the number of electric vehicles in the light duty automotive sector (online), and even a copy of the video Revenge of the electric car (2nd-floor Academic DVDs TL220 .R48 2011).

Please ask a librarian for assistance with finding materials, if desired.

FDLP logo Andersen Library is a federal and Wisconsin depository library with federal and state government documents on a variety of current and relevant issues available to you in various formats (print, DVD/CD-ROM, online). Check out your government at Andersen Library!

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Money Mondays: Understanding Your Paycheck

For some of you, starting a full-time job may be just around the corner. The prospect of a salary is likely very exciting, but there are some things you should understand about your paycheck. A few weeks ago we discussed how the cost of living affects how much you make. A more expensive city (like Manhattan) will have a higher salary simply because it is more expensive to live there. You have to take this into account when deciding whether or not to accept a position. You also have to consider the value of the benefits offered to you by the employer.

Employee benefits, sometimes called perks, can make a job with a slightly lower salary more valuable overall. Examples of benefits may include the following:

Kimbo Latte Art, by rooracer (flickr)

  • Insurance (including health, dental, vision, disability, and life)
  • Retirement plans
  • Paid and unpaid leave (including holidays, vacation, and sick days)
  • Child care
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Relocation assistance (to help with moving costs)
  • Wellness programs
  • Stock purchase plans
  • Latte art classes

The benefits listed above, among others, have monetary value. In addition to your salary, the employer is paying all or part of the cost for benefits. There are benefit calculators like this one from Calc XML available online that can help you determine the total value of your salary and benefits package. Make sure you understand exactly what you’re getting before you accept a position.

When you receive your first paycheck, you may find that you are receiving less than you anticipated. This is likely because of taxes and any required employee contributions to the benefits listed above. Here are the taxes you’re likely to see listed on your paycheck:

  • Fed OASDI/EE: This is your contribution to Social Security. Every employee contributes 6.2% of his or her paycheck.
  • Fed OASDI/ER: This is your employer’s contribution to Social Security. They match the amount you were required to pay.
  • Fed MED/EE: This is your contribution to Medicare. Every employee contributes 1.45% of his or her paycheck.
  • Fed MED/ER: This is your employer’s contribution to Medicare. They match the amount you were required to pay.
  • Fed Withholding: This is your income tax. Rather than paying the tax once a year, a portion is withheld from your paycheck each month. The amount withheld is determined by what information you filled out on your W-4 (which is completed at the start of employment). When you file your taxes each year, you either receive a refund (if too much was withheld) or you send a check to the IRS (if not enough was withheld).
  • State Withholding: This is your income tax paid at the state level. It functions much like the Fed Withholding.

Other taxes may vary by state, so if you see something you don’t understand on your paycheck ask the Human Resource Department at your workplace.

Find books about employee benefits available in Andersen Library by doing a keyword search in Research@UWW.

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Library “Mini-Break” Hours Apr 18-20

Mini Break!
Andersen Library’s hours will be:
Fri Apr 18: 8am-4:30pm
Sat Apr 19: CLOSED
Sun Apr 20: 3pm-2am (only 2nd floor is open midnight-2am)

Remember that even when the Library is closed or you are traveling, you can:

  • Search library databases …just login when prompted with your campus Net-ID (same as for your campus email or D2L),
  • Search the HALCat Library Catalog and use links to the titles that are online, including ereserves for classes,
  • Renew your checked-out books, DVDs, etc., online (once) through your Personal Record,
  • Consult online guides for assistance, including citation guides for APA, MLA, and Turabian format, and class assignment guides, and
  • Ask a librarian for help using email or chat, or phone us at the Reference Desk (262-472-1032) during Reference Desk hours (Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sunday April 20th 3-10pm).

Regular Spring Semester hours resume on Monday, April 21.

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Stuffed Animals at the Library?

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On April 11, children and their favorite stuffed animals occupied the Andersen Library for the 2nd Annual Stuffed Animal Sleepover.

The event kicked off with the children (helped by parents and volunteers) creating unique nametags for their animal best friends. Once the animals were properly accounted for, the children joined together in a few songs and story time.

All the singing and reading really got the stuffed animals tired! It was time for the stuffed animals to take their nap – so the children tucked them and headed on home.  Sometime later in the night, the stuffed animals woke to the library being completely empty. This was when all the late-night shenanigans could truly begin.

After sleeping for so long, the animals were starving. So they acted like all the college kids on campus and ordered a pizza from Toppers. We are still not sure how the pizza deliveryman reacted when he saw that stuffed animals were the ones who ordered!IMG_2402
Once they filled their bellies, the animals got together to play different games like Guitar Hero and Dominoes. This was fun for a while, but there were different parts of the library offering to be explored. Soon enough, the animals found themselves lost in a stack of books 10 times bigger than they were!

After reading, they ended the night by watching cartoons on the big screen TV. Once falling asleep again, the animals woke up in their owner’s arms the next day. Each child was fitted with their own booklet filled with camera footage of their stuffed best friend’s fun the night before!

After everything has been said and done, the Andersen Library staff would like to thank all the children participants and volunteers for another successful year of the Stuffed Animal Sleepover. We are already looking forward to next year!

-By Andrew E.

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New Stuff Tuesday – April 15, 2014

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad:
Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series
Edited by David P. Pierson
PN1992.77.B74 B739 2014
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

Missing Walter White already? Need a fix? Now that the series is over, it’s time to reflect on the impact the award-winning and crowd-pleasing television series had on viewers. This collection of essays engages with the series as it both reflected and helped shape popular culture. The essays range from meditations on the portrayal of Latinos on television to the political ideology (if there is one) of the characters on the show. For the true fan, this book will help the reader think more deeply about the show and its legacy in American culture.

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Money Mondays: Insurance

Last week we talked about net worth, which involves comparing what you own (your assets) to what you owe (your liabilities). Some of the assets taken into consideration include high-value items like a house or car. Should something happen to those items, such as damage caused by a car accident, the cost of repair or replacement could be significant which is why it is so important to have good homeowner’s and car insurance. Insurance is a form a risk management that transfers your risk to a third party, like an insurance company.

There are a number of different homeowner’s insurance plans, but according to HowStuffWorks the most common plan is the HO-3, which “covers your home and its contents against damage and theft, as well as you, the owner, against personal liability if someone is injured while on your property.” Most plans do not cover damaged caused by earthquakes and floods, so depending on where you live you may want to purchase an additional insurance plan. The cost of insurance is determined by the likelihood of disasters where you live; what your house is made out of; crime rates; the size and condition of your house; and your proximity to fire hydrants and a fire station. Even if you don’t plan to own a home for a few years, you should consider purchasing renter’s insurance (HO-4). This insures your personal belongings, such as clothes, electronics, and furniture. You can get renter’s insurance for about $10 a month, so it won’t break the bank.

Car vs motorcycle / motorcycle vs car, by Julian Schungel (flickr)

Car insurance is required in almost every state in the US. The price you pay will change based on a number of factors, including: the value of your car; where you live; how much you drive your car; your age; your gender; and your driving record. Consider these factors when purchasing a car, and be sure to drive safely! The older you are and the longer you go with a clean driving record, the cheaper your policy will be.

According to HowStuffWorks, a car insurance policy may include:

  • Liability: This protects you if you unintentionally cause bodily harm or property damage to a third party.
  • Collision: This covers damages to your vehicle if you hit another vehicle or object.
  • Comprehensive: This coverage protects you against damage caused by “fire, wind, hail, flood, vandalism or theft.”
  • Medical coverage: Pays medical expenses for injuries caused in an accident.
  • Personal injury protection (PIP): Pays medical expenses of the insured driver for injuries caused in an accident.
  • Uninsured motorist: This coverage pays for damage to your car caused by a driver without liability insurance (meaning they don’t have insurance to pay for your damages).
  • Underinsured motorist: This coverage pays for damage to your car caused by a driver with too little liability insurance.
  • Rental Reimbursement: If your car is damaged in an accident, your insurance will provide an allowance for you to pay for a rental car.

Not all of these elements are required and there are different coverage levels for each. Different states have different requirements so make sure you know what the requirements are where you live. It’s also important to take the time to compare insurance providers; you may save yourself a lot of money.

There are many other insurance policies to consider. Life insurance provides your family with money should you die at a young age and may be available through your employer. Health insurance is offered by many employers and provides you with coverage should you get sick or injured. Take some time to figure out what is available to you and what you really need.

Here are a few last things to be aware in regard to insurance policies:

  • Your deductible is how much you have to pay before the insurance company will pay anything.
  • Your premium is how much you pay annually or monthly to the insurance company.

Andersen Library has many books on insurance. In Research@UWW you can search for specific types of insurance, such as health insurance, or just do a title search for insurance in general.

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Esera Tuaolo, former Packer, Wed Apr 9

Esera Tuaolo will talk on Wed., Apr. 9, at 7pm in the UC Hamilton Room. Tuaolo, a former Green Bay Packer, is one of very few professional football players to come out as gay. The talk is part of Pride Week and is sponsored by the PB Poorman PRIDE Resource Center.You can read more about Tuaolo’s appearance in the LGBT (Task) Force‘s blog.

cover of Tuaolo autobiographyTuaolo’s autobiography, Alone in the trenches: My life as a gay man in the NFL, is available in Andersen Library’s 3rd-floor Main Collection at GV939.T78 A3 2006. Andersen library has additional resources for learning more. Search HALCat for books including The lavender locker room: 3000 years of great athletes whose sexual orientation was different (3rd-floor Main Collection, GV708.8 .W373 2006), which includes sections on tennis player Martina Navratilova and football player David Kopay, and When baseball isn’t white, straight and male: The media and difference in the national pastime (3rd-floor Main Collection, GV867.64 .A38 2013). Search article databases or Research@UWW to find articles such as “Updating the Outcome: Gay Athletes, Straight Teams, and Coming Out in Educationally Based Sport Teams” (Gender & Society, 2011, vol.25:no.2, pp.250-268, doi:10.1177/0891243210396872), “Openly Gay Athletes – Contesting Hegemonic Masculinity in a Homophobic Environment” (Gender & Society, 2002, vol.16:no.6, pp:860-877, doi:10.1177/089124302237892), “Coming Out in the Heterosexist World of Sport: A Qualitative Analysis of Web Postings by Gay Athletes” (Journal of Gay & Lesbian Psychotherapy, 2007, vol.11:no.1/2, pp.153-174), and “Glasswing Butterflies: Gay Professional Football Players and Their Culture” (Journal of Sport & Social Issues, 2011, vol.35:no.4, pp.420-436, doi:10.1177/0193723511420163).

If you’d like assistance with finding additional materials, please ask a librarian.

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New Stuff Tuesday – April 8, 2014

Coffee

Coffee:
A Comprehensive Guide to the Bean, the Beverage, and the Industry
Edited by Robert W. Thurston, Jonathan Morris, and Shawn Steiman.
HD9199.A2 C59 2013
New Arrivals, 2nd floor

If you’re a coffee fanatic like I am, you’ll love this new book available at Andersen Library! Individuals from around the world discuss both the business and culture of the steamy beverage. Whether you want information on coffee farmers in Indonesia or coffee drinkers in the United States, this book has a chapter for you.

In addition to business information (which is incredibly useful for entrepreneurs hoping to open a cafe), this book contains chapters on the coffee quality assessment process called cupping; the types of espresso drinks (so you can sound really fancy next time you order a drink at a Starbucks); the World Barista Championship; and the health effects of coffee and caffeine. Grab a cuppa and take your coffee snobbery to the next level!

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Money Mondays: Net Worth

This semester we have talked about both assets (like investments) and liabilities (like loans). These play a major role in determining your net worth. Net worth is a way of stating how much wealth you have, and it does so by comparing your assets (your investments, money in bank accounts, home, car) to your liabilities (your student loan, car loan, mortgage, credit card debt). You just have to subtract what you owe from what you own.

Balance Scale, by Sepehr Ehsani (flickr)

When you consider what you own in this scenario, only account for things that have significant value (like a car or house) and do not depreciate (lose their value) too quickly. Things like your TV and furniture aren’t often included in your net worth because they lose their value relatively quickly. If you collect art or own expensive jewelry, those things should be included in your net worth because they generally increase in value over time.

Individuals who consistently increase their net worth are considered to be in good financial health. As you start to save and invest money and pay off your debts, your net worth will increase. It’s a good idea to calculate your net worth every so often to see how you’re doing. If your net worth is not increasing, you may not be putting yourself in a good position for retirement. We’ll talk more about retirement in a few weeks.

It’s much easier to start increasing your net worth once you have a full-time job. It can be tempting to accept the job that offers the biggest salary, allowing you to save and pay down debt more quickly. However, you also need to consider the cost of living where you would be located. If the cost of living is extremely high, you won’t be able to save nearly as much as you would if you lived elsewhere. You may be offered a position with a salary of $40,000 in Milwaukee or a position with a salary of $60,000 in Manhattan. Seems like going to Manhattan is a better option. However, the cost of living in Manhattan is significantly higher, and a $60,000 salary is equivalent to about $27,000 in Milwaukee. The cost of living will affect how much you can increase your net worth over time. Check out the Statistical Abstract of the United States to find city-level data on cost of living and much more. The 2014 edition is available at the Reference Desk.

Below are a few more resources to help you calculate your net worth as well as the cost of living in different cities across the United States.

Net Worth Resources:

Cost of Living Resources:

Note: This blog post is for informational purposes only. No content should be construed as financial advice.

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