Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


AN Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


March 24, 2001 - Issue 32






Please visit these websites for Scholarship and Fellowship information.


  • Black Enterprise
  • Black Excel-
  • US Department of Education:
  • OCA page
  • high school seniors go to and complete the student profile for scholarships


Please visit:
for information on government internships

M.I.T. Science Network Meeting

Students interested in science, math, or engineering careers may wish to register and plan to attend the M.I.T. "Science Network" meeting on Saturday, October 13, 2001.

To obtain more info about the 11th annual meeting, visit :
At this website you will also find a one-page registration form which must be sent in to reserve a place on October 13th

Summer 2001 Cultural Heritage Internship (3 month position)
Open 2/13/01 until filled (interested applicants should apply as soon as possible)

The Cultural Heritage and Education Institute (CHEI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Athabascan way of life and sharing it with others. CHEI's programs include cultural heritage camps during the summer in Old Minto, the Cultural Atlas Mapping Project in conjunction with the Minto School, and other projects in the Minto Flats for educational, heritage, and preservation purposes.

Description. The Old Minto cultural heritage camp is a rural traditional working fish camp located along the Tanana River in the Minto Flats State Game Refuge. The intern will work under the direct guidance of the Executive Director, an Athabascan Elder. The intern will also work with the Grants Writer, the Office Administrator, Old Minto Camp staff, Minto Elders, camp participants and visitors. The intern will learn all aspects of CHEI's cultural heritage projects. This position will be varied depending on the current activities of CHEI and range from providing assistance during the cultural heritage camps to coordinating with Cultural Atlas staff, and research, writing, and some office duties. The summer intern will travel with other staff between Old Minto (hour boat ride from Nenana on the Tanana River) and Fairbanks. Blocks of time will be spent at the heritage camp in Old Minto, ranging from a few days to a couple of weeks. Time outside of Old Minto will be spent working at the CHEI office located in Fairbanks.

In mid-May there will be construction of several new cabins and other structures in Old Minto. Hands on assistance will be required during this time although construction skills are not necessary. Intern may work with Director on ensuring environmental safeguards during the construction, coordination of volunteers, and preparation of a community use plan. Before operating the camps, beginning in June, the summer intern will perform some duties in Fairbanks, including but not limited to: inventorying, purchasing and transporting of materials and supplies to camp. During the camps the intern will remain in Old Minto and assist where there is the need. This position will help support the Camp Manager and the Camp Cook as well as assist the Elders with whatever their needs may be.
After the completion and breakdown of the camps the intern will work the remainder of the summer in Fairbanks and travel to Old Minto as other activities are planned. The intern will also be responsible for learning and applying office skills, such as maintaining administrative program files, financial files, project records, research, and data entry in the computer accounting and word processing systems. This position will also be responsible for helping with projects, activities, and grant writing reporting processes as well as handling the occasional out of office errand. Other responsibilities may be assigned as necessary to ensure appropriate office functioning. The intern will be encouraged to learn new skills and participate in any local relevant workshops.


  • Undergraduate & graduate college students currently enrolled in an accredited college in the USA;
  • Interest in cultural heritage and the Athabascan culture; Ability to work well with others of various cultural backgrounds and ages; Willingness to live and work in the outdoors.
  • Excellent written and communication skills, particularly business grammar and vocabulary; Some work experience in an office or other similar position; Strong computer skills including Windows, Word, Excel, email, and web design skills desired;
  • Valid Driver's License.

Compensation: Monthly stipend and college credit. In Old Minto, room (tent living) and board provided.

Interested applicants should submit cover letter, resume, and three personal references to:

Mr. Robert Charlie, Executive Director, Cultural Heritage and Education Institute
P.O. Box 73030; Fairbanks, AK 99707

CHEI is a drug and alcohol-free workplace and is an equal opportunity employer

Manager, The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, MA

(This job listing from The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Manager: Museum Sponsorship and Fund Raising. The Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, nationally recognized for promoting the traditions, perspectives, and exhibits of native peoples of the United States and Canada, is seeking a Manager of Museum Sponsorship and Fund Raising to manage the Museum's corporate/private sponsorship, grant writing and fund-raising efforts. Conceive and implement fund-raising and solicitation strategies, including grant writing, to achieve support from government sources, corporations, foundations and individual donors through an annual giving program. Work with the Director of Museum Public Programs, Research, Information Resources, Exhibits and other program staff to develop creative vehicles for grant writing, fund raising and proposals for corporate sponsorships; identifies sponsorship prospects and develops and maintains prospect list.

Qualified candidates will possess: a Bachelor's degree with a background in marketing and some knowledge of Native American studies preferred; minimum of five years' experience in fund raising, with a demonstrated success in sponsorship solicitation and development; working knowledge of computer programs; outstanding management, planning and writing skills; ability to work effectively in a team environment. We offer a competitive salary, and a new expansive flexible benefits package featuring life insurance and 401(k) plans.

For immediate consideration, send your resume and salary requirements to:

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation.
Attention: Human Resources, Route 2, P.O. Box 3777,
Mashantucket, Connecticut 06339-3777; Fax: (860) 312-1599;


The MPTN practices Indian preference in hiring (PL 93-638) and is an AA/EOE. Visit us on the Web at:

BIA, Water Resources Technician Training Program

BIA Announces the 2001 Water Resources Technician Training Program. American Indians and Alaskan Natives are facing complex issues concerning the protection of their natural resources. the increase in population, land development and industrial growth in urban areas have increased the demand for quality water, a scarce natural resource. This has become a major concern to federal, state, local and tribal officials.

Tribal officials are challenged to preserve and best manage the limited water resources and to promote maximum economic and cultural growth, as well as Tribal self-sufficiency.

The Water Resources Technician Training Program will introduce talented American Indians and Alaskan Natives to the professional field of water resources. This program covers the diverse aspects of water resources, including groundwater, surface water, water and waste water treatment, water law and regulations.

"All Expenses Paid to Qualified American Indians and Alaskan Natives":
Students who successfully complete the training course will receive a voucher through their tribal government. The voucher is good for one year full-time temporary employment with their tribal government as an entry level water resources technician. (Note: current Govt. employees, federal, state or tribal, are not eligible and will not recieve a voucher for future employment from the BIA and will have to provide their own transportation to and from the training center

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must meet the following requirements to be considered for the training program:

  1. Endorsement from a federally recognized tribal government (preferably the chair, governor, president or head of governing body);
  2. High School Diploma or GED;
  3. Plans to pursue education or career development;
  4. A brief, one-page statement describing reasons for wanting to attend the program;
  5. Standard Form 171, or use any other application that provides similar information (forms available at most Federal Agency personnel offices, or BIA's Branch of Water Resources). This application is to provide general information only; and is NOT an offer, intent or consideration for federal employment.
  6. A copy of certification of membership in a federally recognized tribe.
  7. A signed pledge stating that the participant will remain alcohol and drug free during the program. A VIOLATION OF THE PLEDGE WILL RESULT IN IMMDIATE DISMISSAL FROM THE PROGRAM.

Please submit your completed application for the training program ON OR BEFORE APRIL 6, 2001 deadline.

Students are expected to complete all classroom and homework assignments in a timely and professional manner. Daily attendance and active class participation are required to graduate. Students are required to treat their fellow students and instructors with respect. BIA will provide transportation, room & board, tuition, textbooks, etc.


  • New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM
  • Washington State (site TBD)
  • Eielson Air Force Base, AK

HIGHLIGHTS: This comprehensive and very applied course will be taught in an audience-appropriate manner by highly qualified technical experts with many years of experience in teaching and consulting with American Indian and Alaska Native Tribes and individuals.

Many federal and local agencies and tribal governments participate in this program by providing technical expertise in various fields of water resources by teaching students hands-on experience. Some participating agencies include:

  • US Army Corps of Engineers
  • US Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
  • US Bureau of Land Management (BLM)
  • US Bureau of Reclamation (BOR)
  • US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS)
  • US Geological Survey (USGS)
  • US Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • US Office of Surface Mining (OSM)
  • Elephant Butte Irrigation District (EBID) - Chehalis Tribe
  • Yakama Indian Nation


Bureau of Indian Affairs
Branch of Water Resources
Mail Stop 4513, 1849 C St., NW
Washington DC 20240

- Mo Baloch, PE
Program Administrator
phone: (202) 208-6042

- Toni VillageCenter
phone: (202) 208-3956

New Mexico State University
Civil, Agricultural & Geological Engineering, MSC CE
Box 3001
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001

- Dr. James P. King, PE
phone: (505) 646-5377

- Dr. Salim Bawazir
phone: (505) 646-6044

Visit the website for information and information about past year's:

Native American Coordinator at the University of Michigan

The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, is seeking an experienced professional to provide commitment, expertise, and vision to the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA); MESA is one of five units of the Multicultural Portfolio in the Dean of Students' Office; the coordinator will join a team dedicated to promoting institutional change that results in enhanced collaborative and inclusive environments for students; MESA is an active partner in the development of students of color and contributes to efforts to increase co-curricular opportunities for social identity development within the Multicultural Portfolio and the Division of Student Affairs. Duties include: advise Native American students on personal concerns related to social adjustment and personal development; provide opportunities for student involvement in the planning and execution of cultural-specific and multi-cultural activities; initiate or assist with programs of a cultural-specific or multi-cultural nature to educate the community in regard to contributions made by various cultures and to instill a sense of pride in those of related heritage; assist with the preparation of special or periodic unit reports regarding work activities and budget status; support, participate in, and initiate collaborative efforts and programs within the office and among units in the Division of Student Affairs and the University; provide supportive services to minority student organizations, especially those related to organizational development, leadership training and various phases of program planning; other duties as assigned.

Master's degree required or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Bachelors degree in relevant field of study; three-five years of related job experience; considerable experience in student services or counseling and knowledge of student development theory; considerable knowledge and experience regarding the concerns of Native American and multi-ethnic, student of color populations; excellent communication and facilitation skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively; demonstrated ability to work in an inclusive and participatory management environment; demonstrated ability to work in a decentralized environment serving multiple constituencies; demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and demands effectively; understanding of social identity development, and the impact of multiple identities; understanding of the application of social justice education in a co-curricular environment; high level of integrity and accountability; ability to balance process and outcomes.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest and resume, with four references including a student name to: Search Committee, Coordinator - native American affairs, Office of Multi ethnic Student Affairs, 2202 Michigan Union 530 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1349.

Questions in regards to applying for this position can be E-mailed to

Ethnic Studies
(Application deadline extended)

Ethnic Studies Position (August 2001- May 2002)

Qualifications and Experience: Ph.D. or other terminal degree at time of appointment. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Responsibilities: Must be able to teach the following courses:

Ethnic Studies 64 Mixed Race Descent in the Americas: This course provides an introduction to the historical evolution of racially mixed peoples to understand the present concerns of racial and ethnic typecasting. Topics of interest will include rates of outmarriages among and between different groups, census data, legal definitions, mixed race children, literature, and film portrayals. (Spring)

Ethnic Studies 172 American Indian Women in the U.S.: This course will examine the contributions of American Indian women to their communities. While it is important to understand the present context in which these women struggle for their communities, it is also necessary to examine changing roles within a historical situation. The focus will include political situations, literature, film, migrations from aboriginal land bases, and public policy. (Spring)

Ethnic Studies 188 Film, Color, and Culture: Images of People of Color in Cinema: This course examines the creation and maintenance of stereotypes of people of color in film within the framework of a variety of disciplines, including history, sociology, literature, political science, psychology, feminist theory, and ethnic and race relations. (Fall)

Salary: Salary is dependent on educational background and experience.

Application/Deadline: Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to:

Dr. Melinda Micco, Chair,
Ethnic Studies Department,
Mills College,
5000 MacArthur Boulevard,
Oakland, CA 94613.

NASA, Ames Research Center

There is a student internship position available at NASA Ames Research Center. The point of contact is Dr. Ruth Globus:

Ruth Globus, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Code SLR
Mail-stop 236-7
NASA-Ames Research Center
Moffett Field, CA 94035-1000
Phone: (650)604-5247
Fax: (650)604-3159

Tribal EPA

The Tribal Environmental Protection Agency of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians is seeking a laboratory helper in an environmental laboratory in the Coachella Valley of California. The Tribal EPA is willing to train a highly motivated individual in the following duties and responsibilities:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include:

1. Dishwashing and organizing laboratory glassware
2. Maintaining general cleanliness of the laboratory
3. Reagent preparation
4. Water sampling

Qualifications include:

1. AA degree in sciences
2. Good communication, math and computer skills
3. Some lifting may be required

FAX resume to 760-398-0028

The Tribal EPA can also be contacted at:

47-250 Dillon Rd Coachella, CA 92236

University of New Mexico, Summer 2001

Job Title:

Requisition Number: M29756
Closing Date: 5:00 PM on 4/2/01
Grade: 09 Based on full-time Salary

$1,992.67 to $2,700.50 monthly

Temporary Full-time Position in the summer. Open until filled. If a qualified applicant is identified after the initial posting period of 10 days, this vacancy announcement may be closed prior to the advertised closing date.

This position announcement with more information is posted on the UNM Human Resource-job openings web page at>


The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Howard University have launched this program create opportunities for minority students in health policy. The program provides 10 talented college students from underprivileged backgrounds the opportunity to work in Washington, DC for 9 weeks in a congressional office with major health policy responsibilities. The Scholars will gain exposure to health policy issues and firsthand understanding of how the federal government works. Seminars, lectures, and field trips will augment the work experiences of the Scholars.

Please visit the following web site for more information: (Students can apply on-line) or, if you have any questions or would like more information, contact Jomo Kassaye at

(Project Manager)

ONABEN, located in Tigard, Oregon (a provider of business development training and technical assistance to Native Americans) is looking for an all-around project management person with strong communication skills.

The Utility Infielder provides administrative, program, and marketing support to the ONABEN core management team. The infielder will participate in the design development process for programs, projects, and then work with the individual team member to implement the program or project.

Please contact for a complete description or fax resumes to 503-968-1548

Smithsonian--Native American Community Scholar Awards

Program Number: 00313, Smithsonian--Native American Community Scholar Awards

Contact: Address:

Office of Fellowships and Grants 955 L
Suite 7000
Washington, DC 20560-0902
Tel: 202-287-3271
Fax: 202-287-3691

Awards enable Native American scholars who are formally or informally related to a Native American community or tribe, to undertake individually designed research projects related to Native American topics, using the sponsor's Native American resources. Awards provide a stipend of $75 per day, travel allowance, and a small research allowance for up to twenty-one days.

Support is provided for Native American scholars to pursue research related to Native American topics using the sponsor's Native American collections and resources.

Applications deadlines are: October 1, to begin research after February 1; February 1, to begin after June 1; and June 1, to begin after October 1. Eligible applicants are Native American students or scholars who are formally or informally affiliated with a Native American community or tribe.

Awards provide a stipend of $75 per day for up to twenty-one days, travel allowance, and a small research allowance.

Carry on the Healing Tradition

The University of Montana is pleased to offer the School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences' Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP). UM-HCOP provides academic and non-academic services for disadvantaged students desiring a career in pharmacy, physical therapy, or other health care fields. Two six-week academic enrichment programs are scheduled each summer. Students will receive a stipend, individualized advising, tutoring, computer access, career awareness lectures, field trips, talking circles, and exposure to role models in health careers.

Who is eligible?

  • Minority or disadvantaged students
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA
  • Completed junior year in high school
  • Strong math and science background
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to the health sciences

Program Highlights

  • 25 high school juniors and seniors --Coursework includes biology, chemistry, mathematics, writing skills, learning strategies, and computers
  • 25 college freshman or sophomores-- Coursework includes organic chemistry, biochemistry, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, physics, and statistics
  • Guest lectures
  • Recreational Activities · Career exploration
  • Individual tutoring · Academic advising

For information or an application please visit our website: or call (406) 243-4095.

School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences
The University of Montana
Skaggs Building 341
Missoula, MT 59812-1532
FAX: (406) 243-4353




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