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    Please Note: Due to a lack of resource we have suspended our hosting program. If you have any questions, please contact us.


    Hosting for Web Pages Containing Indigenous Material

    NativeWeb has implemented a program to offer hosting of web pages containing material about Indigenous issues. Personal sites will not be hosted. These are the requirements that must be met by individuals and organizations for participation in the NativeWeb Indigenous Materials Hosting Program.

    Requirements for Participation

    The members of NativeWeb are not necessarily knowledgeable about submitted Indigenous materials. As such, we have to create a set of guidelines to help us ensure that we are working with material from individuals and/or organizations that fit our objectives. These are guidelines only, and are not written in stone. We recognize that circumstances may arise where we will have to make adjustments in our methods of evaluation. Comments on these guidelines are welcome; please contact us with any suggestions. Because resources are limited, filling the requirements does not guarantee that we will be able to accept all material submitted to this program. These requirements are for those who will be receiving resources and services from NativeWeb.

    Requirements for Materials

    Material must be submitted in HTML format. Content must directly involve some aspect of Indigenous cultures, societies, groups, or nations. No personal materials will be accepted.

    As a guide, we provide below our varying categories of Indigenous nations, groups, and organizations. This guide is in no way intended to restrict submission of your materials to a category below. We welcome materials from all over the world.

    Recognized Nations - U.S.

    Recognized Nations - Canada

    Recognized Nations - Meso and South America

    Recognized Nations - Other

    Organizations representing a Nation

    Non-Representative Indigenous Organizations or Non-Indigenous Organizations

    Key Individuals

    Commercial Entities

    For the most part, we will not offer help to commercial entities. However, we will consider all requests we receive on a case-by-case basis, and hope to develop this service in the near future.

    How It Works

    Because NativeWeb is an entirely volunteer-run project, we have limited time and resources to help develop web-based materials for individuals or organizations. Our preference is to host material which is fully prepared as web pages. If you do not have the technical skills to do this, we may be able to match you up with a volunteer who does.

    If the materials are a one-time submission, we will put them on our server. If your materials are substantial, and you wish to have access to them for updates, changes, or add/delete features, we will discuss giving you free FTP access to the directories containing your material.

    What Should Be On The Pages

    The main page of the submitted materials should feature a link back to NativeWeb. The coding for a suggested button is below.

    <A HREF="http://www.nativeweb.org/"><IMG SRC="http://www.nativeweb.org/hosted/hostedbynw.gif" width="109" height="110" alt="Hosted by NativeWeb" border="0"></a>

    The button will appear like this:

    Hosted by NativeWeb

    At the bottom of the main page should be the statement "These pages are hosted on NativeWeb and maintained by [your name] of [your organization, if any] at [your email address]."

    What Should NOT Be On The Pages

    In order to provide a high class, professional service, we have set up a few guidelines for users of our service. Some of these guidelines may seem strict, but they ensure a safe, functional, and trusted environment for our customers to publish their information on the Web.

    The emphasis of NativeWeb is on educational materials. We do not allow any of the following content to be published on a NativeWeb-hosted webpage:

    • Content of a pornographic, sexually explicit, adult nature
    • Content of an illegal nature (including stolen copyrighted material)
    • Pirated software sites
    • Gambling related sites
    • Sites with primarily commercial content
    • Hate sites or content that could be reasonably considered as slanderous or libelous
    Content that is questionable regarding any of the above criteria will be decided upon by the NativeWeb Board of Directors.

    Users posting any of the above content on their sites will have their Web and/or incoming anonymous FTP services temporarily suspended. They will then be contacted by NativeWeb and given the opportunity to remove the content in question before having their services reinstated. A repeated offense may cause cancellation of service.

    Customers caught using our system for illegal activities, including but not limited to breaking in to remote systems, credit card fraud, theft, vandalism, threats, or violence, will have their accounts immediately. NativeWeb reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason. We enforce this policy to ensure a professional environment for the users of our system.


    After putting all of this work into building a website, many people want to know how many people are visiting it. Because of the system resources necessary to track users, NativeWeb can not provide this service free of charge. If you would like detailed logs tracking visitors to your site, let us know and we will work out a pricing agreement. Otherwise, we suggest you use a free tracking system such as eXTReMe Tracker. In our experiences, this counter does not provide precise counts, but it will give you a general idea of how many people are visiting your site.


    We have a listserv nw-hosted in order to inform users of changes to NativeWeb. This listserv can also be used as a forum for discussions and technical support regarding web sites hosted on NativeWeb. nw-minga is a companion Spanish-language list.

    NativeWeb User Agreement

    Our complete User Agreement goes into more detail about our policies and the terms of use of our systems. All NativeWeb customers will need to accept the terms of this agreement, and comply with the terms of the agreement while using our service. You can view a copy of our user agreement by clicking here.

    Additional Note:

    If you want to borrow our lawn mower, you can only mow your lawn, and not everybody’s lawn in the whole town and return our lawn mower broke. Same thing goes for the snow blower.

    More Questions?

    We need help from people with technical, graphical, translation, and other skills to make this project a reality. For more information on this project, contact us.

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