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As in all communities, we have a few guidelines and rules to live by, which benefit everyone. Review before you post. This forum is monitored consistently. If you have any questions, problems, or issues, please contact me.

Forum Guidelines and Rules

1. Everyone is welcomed and respected. Be respectful of others. Profanity and offensive jokes are not allowed. This forum is viewed by people of all ages, and each post must be suitable reading for all ages. �Bad� language will be edited or the post deleted.
2. The following will not be tolerated and the post containing it will be deleted immediately:
Racism, Discrimination, Condemnation or Criticism of any religion or belief, ethnic group or nationality, Disrespect, Criticism, or Antagonism towards any forum member
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Do not post anything that was copied from another person, website, or publication of any type.

Internet links and short quotes with credits are permitted in the forum. If you would like to quote something from another post within that Topic, we have a function which does it properly and includes the credits automatically. Your photos (ones you personally took) of craft items, nature, or locations are allowed, but should not include people. If you have any questions about copyright issues, quotes, links, or photos, contact me before you post. I am here to help.

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4. Stay on Topic. It all begins with our Native American theme and the Topics. If you go into the topic American Indian Mounds and post eloquently about the Dreamcatcher you just completed, it�s not only confusing, but problematic.

Members and Visitors frequently search Topics for a specific thing. If a visitor searches and finds Indian Mounds and there is a post about Dreamcatchers, it�s confusing. On the other hand, if someone is searching for Dreamcatchers, they can�t find your post and will miss out on your helpful comments.

When you have something to share, a comment, question, current event, or something you just learned about American Indians, but can�t find a Topic that quite fits - Start A New Topic. Simply click on New Topic and start posting.

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Thank you for reading all the way to the end. Yes, it was lengthy, but necessary for all of us to enjoy our forum. I sincerely appreciate your time and look forward to your posts.

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