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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


July 28, 2001 - Issue 41


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ABC Daytime Fellowship Program

ABC Daytime has demonstrated a long-time commitment to the development of new creative talent and to the employment of culturally and ethnically diverse new writers. We are looking for up to two writers to work developing their craft at ABC Daytime.

We will be offering Fellowships in story development for Daytime drama. No previous experience is necessary; however, writing samples are required. Fellows will each be provided a flat weekly salary of $653.85 ($34,000
annualized) for a one-year period tentatively schedule to begin January 2002. Fellows chosen outside the New York area will be provided with round trip airfare and one month's accommodations.

Eligibility: This Program is open to all writers. Writers with WGA credits are eligible for this Program, and should apply directly through the Guild's Employment Access Department at (323) 782-4648.

Application Procedure: Submit: 1) a single copy of one writing sample ( as described below), 2) a writing and work history resume, 3) a completed application form, and 4) a notarized letter agreement. Partner submissions
are acceptable only if both writers submit separate applications under one cover. There is no application fee.

Submission Period: The application period for the Program is between August 1st, 2001 and August 22nd, 2001.

Writing Samples: Appropriate writing sample for applicants include: a live-action motion picture screen play (approximately 120 pages); a one-act (over 24 pages) or multi-act play, short stories, novellas and the first and
last chapters of novels. Your are evaluated for character development, story telling ability, structure and understanding of romantic storytelling. Note: No material will be returned. After the final determinations are made, all materials will be destroyed.

You can find information and download an application and letter agreement at the Fellowship web site:

Or by contacting:

ABC New Talent Development Program
Daytime Writing Fellowship
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-4389
(818) 560-6894

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(Administrator II)

Position: Humboldt State University invites applications for the position of Director of the Indian Teacher and Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP). The Director reports directly to the Dean of the College of Professional Studies. ITEPP offers an academic program, student support services, community education services, and a curriculum resource center. The American Indian Education (AIE) courses offered by ITEPP include a minor or area of concentration.

Professional Duties: The primary responsibility of the Director if ITEPP is to: Administer the general program. Review and approve internal program policy. Oversee and manage the program resources of the budget both State and other dollars. Supervise program staff and faculty. Implement curricular offerings specific to American Indian Education, which compliment the development of American Indian teachers and ancillary educational personnel. Participate, upon invitation, in social and cultural events of Indian tribes and organizations in the service area of Humboldt State University. Know the political and social structure of Indian communities to ensure proper protocol in dealing with members of the tribes. Understand the social and cultural factors related to the interaction between educational institutions and the American Indian community.

Specific Responsibilities: Fundraising through grant writing and fund development Write grants for submission to federal, state, tribal, corporation and foundation sources Work successfully with Native American communities and with Indian Tribal Educational Agencies at the local, regional, state, and national levels Work within the mission of the University to assist positive interaction with American Indian tribal and educational entities Work collaboratively with Humboldt State University colleges, departments, and programs Develop ITEPP plans and annual goals, reviews, updates, and approve policy Overall supervision of the budgeting process, office management, policy implementation, and the day-to-day workings of the program Supervise and evaluate program staff and faculty Develop field site placements for students in the K-12 school systems, tribal education, social service programs, and other agencies serving American Indians Teach courses offered in American Indian Education (AIE)

Professional Qualifications: Candidates for the position must have a conferred Master's degree from an accredited institution in Education or a related area. An earned doctorate in Education or a related field is preferred Strong communication and interpersonal skills Must demonstrate evidence of three years of successful experience working with Native American cultures in an educational context. Professional educational experience relevant to K-12 with specific knowledge of American Indian Educational programs is required Must demonstrate ability to understand American Indian perspectives and people Must demonstrate knowledge and experience of the advising and matriculation process in higher education programs and understand the implications to instructional support The ability to teach courses pertaining to social, cultural, counseling, and educational factors related to American Indians Evidence of successful administrative and counseling activities

The Campus: Humboldt State University (HSU), located in the rural redwood forest region of the California coast range, is the northernmost of the twenty-three campuses of the California State University. A faculty of over 400, represented under a collective bargaining agreement, works with
approximately 7,400 students. Humboldt State is characterized by programs of high academic quality in a setting of great natural beauty. Ten federally recognized American Indian tribes have reservations in the county that houses HSU and in the adjacent county. Additional information about the University can be found at:

Compensation: The Director is a full-time, twelve-month management position. This position is covered by the California State University Management Personnel Plan, and has an excellent benefits package. Under this plan, incumbents are subject to normal management reviews and serve at the pleasure of the University President. Anticipated starting salary $50,000 - $55,000/year commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Procedure: Submit a letter of application that speaks to your experience and qualifications, a current resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references to:

Chair, Director of ITEPP Search Committee
C/O Human Resources Department
Humboldt State University
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Phone (707) 826-3626 - FAX: (707) 826-3625

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin on June 1, 2001, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The appointment will be effective August 1, 2001, or as soon as possible thereafter.

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The Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver is seeking candidates for an Admissions Counselor position beginning August 1, 2001. Candidates for this position should be familiar with the nature and aims of a professional school of international affairs and should be able to articulate these qualities to prospective students. A full range of admissions responsibilities include processing and maintaining application files, recruiting both in-state and out-of-state, arranging special events for prospective and newly admitted students, maintaining the student records system for GSIS students and tracking their progress from acceptance through graduation.

Candidates must possess a BA degree, preferably in the social sciences, must demonstrate proficiency in Microsoft Office, must be able to prioritize tasks, and must be able to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing.

For additional information, please visit:

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NBC and the Oneida Indian Nation have launched a nationwide talent search to find Indian actors, comedians and writers with the potential to be cast in and write for programs in development and on the air.

"The Four Directions Talent Search" is open to tribally affiliated Native Americans who are not currently under contract with a talent agent or studio. The search will not only identify talent but also create an entrée for people who may not have had access to the industry in the past, and showcase their talents on a continuing basis.

The talent search begins with regional showcases around the U.S. And Canada, with first round events in Seattle, Denver, Miami, Toronto and northeast Connecticut. These events will be held at:

Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut on August 24,
The Comedy Works in Denver on September 11,
Yuk Yuks Comedy Club in Toronto on September 24,
The Comedy Underground in Seattle on October 9 and
The Comedy Corner in West Palm Beach on October 22.

Entrants in each round will showcase their talent by performing prepared monologues or stand-up comedy sets and will be Judged by a panel of entertainment professionals. Performers selected in the regional will then advance to a semi-final round in the showroom at Oneida's Turning Stone Casino Resort, with the finals to be held on November 7 at Performance Space NBC (PSNBC) in New York City's Soho district. In Addition to those performers, writers may submit a screenplay, script, or short Story for review by an entertainment industry oriented advisory panel. Those writers receiving accolades by the advisory panel will be presented at the PSNBC performance.

To register for the regional rounds, performers must submit a Copy of their tribal identification card, photo and resume (if available), and a brief description of what they intend to perform. Writers must submit a copy of their tribal identification card, and a short story, script, or screenplay treatment.

Submit entries to:

Four Directions Talent Search,
Oneida Nation Communications,
579A Main Street,
Oneida, NY 13421

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The FAA is looking for three Native Americans Alaskan Native students to participate in the fall internship program. The session of the internship will be 15 weeks from August 23 to December 8, 2001.

The background for the positions are:

Two students majoring in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering to work at the FAA Technical Center located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. These positions are in the area of Airworthiness Assurance Research and Development Branch of the Office of Aviation Research.

One student majoring in Computer Science or Information Resource Management to work in Fort Worth, Texas. The student will work in the Resources Management Branch of the Southwest Region Airway Facilities Division.

Qualified and interested students contact us as soon as possible. We will have the students apply to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) intern program. The application can be found on their web site at Students should go to the website, print out the application, and fax it back to HACU. We will be available to assist the students throughout the process.

Please contact or call (202) 493-5188 with any questions.

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San Francisco
November 8-15,2001

The American Indian Film Institute is currently seeking entries for the 26th annual American Indian Film Festival. The entry deadline is August 17, 2001

Please visit for information. Entry forms can be obtained online or by writing to:
American Indian Film Institute
333 Valencia St. Suite 322
San Francisco, CA 94103
Attn: Michael Smith, Director

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Native American Health Policy Fellowship Program 2002
Call for Applications

Gain a better understanding of the national policymaking process from a first-hand perspective in Washington, D.C.

Learn about national health and welfare policy issues that affect Native Americans.

Fellows will have the opportunity to:

  • Work in a Congressional or Executive Branch office
  • Research and analyze Native American health care or welfare policy
  • Attend seminars, network, and meet top administrators of health and welfare programs, elected representatives, Congressional staff, and experts from policy research groups.

Fellowships are available to outstanding Native American individuals who have made their career in health and welfare related fields and are interested in health policy. At least three years of work experience in a
rural/reservation or urban Native American health or welfare program or other relevant setting, such as a college or university or non-governmental or public sector organization is required.

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend, a supplemental living stipend, certain travel expenses for home visits, conferences and professional development.


Direct inquiries to:

The Program Manager
Native American Health Policy Fellowship Program
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
1450 G Street, NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 347-5270
Fax: (202) 347-5274

Information is also available on the Foundation's web site:

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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Prairie Island
Dakota Language Instructors (2)

Prairie Island Indian Community is currently recruiting two individuals to teach the Dakota language. Minimal requirements include fluency in the Mdewakanton Dakota language, cultural knowledge of the Mdewakanton Dakota, at least one year's experience teaching the language in an educational setting and curriculum development experience.

For more information, contact:

Robert Tiger,
Dakota Language Coordinator,
Prairie Island Indian Community,
5636 Sturgeon Lake Road,
Welch, MN 55089

or Call 651-385-4132
or 800-554-5473, ext. 4132.

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The 5th Conference for Indigenous Women's Health & Wellness. It will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel in Waikiki on August 4-7, 2001. They are still looking for workshop presenters; the deadline is May 1. That is also the deadline for early registration. The cost by 5/1 is $300; after, it is $375. The reg. fee includes materials, continental breakfasts, breaks and dinners. The advance notice, registration and hotel forms, and other information are all available at their new

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Title: Associate Director of Honoring Nations
Unit/Dept./School: Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development/John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Full or Part Time: Full time
Salary: Grade 57 ($41,000 - $68,100, depending on experience)

The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (Harvard Project) is housed in the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and is a project of the Harvard University Native American Program. Created in 1987, the Harvard Project seeks to understand the conditions under which socioeconomic development is achieved among American Indian nations. The Harvard Project's ongoing activities include comparative and case research, consultation to organizations working with Native populations, executive education, and the administration of a tribal governance awards program.

The Associate Director of Honoring Nations will work closely with the Harvard Project's Executive Director in the administration of Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations (also known as Honoring Nations), a national awards program created in 1998 that identifies, celebrates, and shares outstanding examples of tribal governance in the United States. Reporting to the Harvard Project's Executive Director, work will entail project management (including assistance with grants management and fundraising), writing, public speaking, and substantial interaction with tribal leaders and other decision makers in the field of American Indian affairs. Specific responsibilities will include: working with 13-member Honoring Nations Advisory Board to develop program policies, coordinating outreach efforts and media relations, managing a three-round evaluation process that culminates with a major public event, report and case study preparation, and developing and implementing dissemination strategy that provides tribal leaders, public officials, scholars, and the public with reports, case studies, and other curricular materials designed to spotlight and facilitate the spread of tribal government best practices. In addition, the Associate Director of Honoring Nations will spend approximately 20% of her/his time contributing to and coordinating with the Harvard Project's ongoing activities, including applied research and the application of that research in service to Indian nations.

Advanced degree (Masters-level or higher) in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, Law, Sociology, Anthropology, or other policy-related field is strongly preferred. Excellent writing, research, analysis, communication, and organizational skills are required. Knowledge of American Indian affairs is required. Experience in project management and administration is preferred. Travel is required. Note that this is a two-year term appointment with possible renewal depending on grant funding.

Please send resume, cover letter, and 3-5 page writing sample to:

Robert Elkin
Senior Human Resources Officer
J.F.K. School of Government at Harvard University
79 J.F.K. Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

For more information about employment at Harvard University, please visit The job requisition number for the Associate Director of Honoring Nations is 10169.

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The web site is:

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Daemen College

Daemen College seeks a project director for a student enrichment program designed to increase participation of underrepresented populations, particularly Native American, in the environmental sciences. The Center will develop partnerships with targeted rural and urban high schools in The Western New York region, with key Center activities to include a residential, intensive summer program; weekend workshops during the school year; high school science faculty enrichment programs; and web-based activities. This is a grant-funded program, with program development and first-year operational costs already secured.

Doctorate in a natural science discipline (ABD considered), with Teaching and research experience in the environmental sciences suitable for appointment at the assistant or associate professor rank. The director will serve as the principal teacher in Center programs and oversee the curriculum. Credentials in earth science are preferred. The directorship may include or lead to a tenure-track appointment in the Daemen College Natural Science Department.

Substantive experience, cultural fluency, and knowledge of populations to be served, especially Native American. Ability to create and maintain community partnerships; promote student and teacher participation; and facilitate program support and growth at the community level.

Ability to secure continued public and private funding for Center operations, with the long-term goal of attaining self-sustainability of The Center.

Administrative skills and experience sufficient to manage Center operations, including educational program, student and faculty recruitment, website development and maintenance, program assessment, and supervision of program personnel, including administrative assistant, program faculty, and specialist consultants. The director will participate in selecting a Center Advisory Board and will serve on the board ex officio.

Salary is competitive, with excellent benefits. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated starting date is September 1, 2001.

Daemen College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. Women and members of Native American and other historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to:

Personnel Director, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst, New York 14226.

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October 18-20, 2001
Houston, Texas

Scholarship applications due June 15 - Poster submissions due July 15 Registration due August 30

The Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing is the first in a series of events designed to celebrate the technical contributions and career interests of diverse people in computing fields. The symposium, sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and IEEE-Computer Society, will take place October 18-20, 2001 at the Sofitel Hotel in Houston, Texas. This year's theme, "Expanding Horizons," reflects a focus on access to powerful knowledge from diverse researchers in computing, community expansion in the field of computing, and knowledge sharing among computing disciplines.

The Tapia 2001 Symposium scholarship program provides means for students and faculty to attend this event that do not have funding for conference opportunities. Scholarship applications will be accepted until June 15, 2001 (

The symposium honors the significant contributions of Dr. Richard A. Tapia, a mathematician and professor in computational and applied mathematics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Dr. Tapia, an internationally acclaimed scientist, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the first recipient of the A. Nico Habermann Award from the Computing Research Association for outstanding contributions to aiding members of underrepresented groups within the computing community, a member of the National Science Board, and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Clinton.

In addition to a full slate of speakers and panels, the symposium will include a banquet honoring Richard Tapia, a town hall meeting to plan future events, and a Career Info Center, where symposium sponsors and supporting organizations will have the opportunity to display materials about internships, job openings, and other information.

Register by August 30, 2001 to guarantee your space at this exiting event:

The Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing is being planned by the Coalition to Diversify Computing, whose mission is to increase the visibility of people of color in computing research and to provide networking opportunities for minority researchers, faculty, and students. CDC is a joint committee of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the Computing Research Association (CRA), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) Computer Society.

For more information on CDC, see

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Harkness Fellowships in Health-Care Policy Available to Researches from Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom

Deadline: October 1, 2001

The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy, offers the Harkness Fellowships in Health-Care Policy to give mid-career professionals from Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom an opportunity to conduct a research project in the United States and to work with leading U.S. health policy experts.

Up to nine Harkness fellows are selected annually for a period of nine to twelve months. Fellows participate in a variety of events organized by the Fund and others, including the annual meeting of the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy and the Fund's Inter-national Symposium on Health-Care Policy. Each fellowship project is expected to culminate in a peer-reviewed journal article. In conjunction with the program, the Fund also offers a New Zealand Harkness Fellowship, available to citizens of New Zealand in any field of study.

Fellows are typically in their late 20s to early 40s and must be citizens of Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom; have completed a master's or Ph.D. (or the equivalent) in health-care services/policy research (in rare cases consideration may be given to candidates with bachelor's degrees); show promise as policy-oriented researchers, or be practitioners with demonstrated expertise in health policy issues and a track record in health-policy analysis; and be at the research fellow to senior lecturer level if based at an academic institution.

Application instructions and forms are available at the Commonwealth Fund's Web site.


The Commonwealth Fund
One East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 606-3800
Fax: (212) 606-3500

RFP Link:

For additional RFPs in Health, visit:

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Legislative Associate
Washington, DC

Work Days/Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 6:00pm/40+ hours
Position Type: Full time permanent
Salary: $45,677 per annum

Primarily responsible for monitoring congressional legislation affecting the Navajo Nation. Researching and analyzing all matters, which may impact the Navajo Nation and communicate to all appropriate Executive Division Directors and other branches of government. Attend congressional meetings/hearings and report significant actions/status on legislation to division directors, committees, and the Navajo Nation Council on a regular basis. Draft testimony, talking points, bill language, briefings, memoranda, and reports. Conduct independent research projects, including legislative reports, and issue analyses. Assists support staff with daily operational functions of the office when necessary and perform related work required by Executive Director.

Education and Training:
A Bachelors Degree, preferably in political science, history, and English related field.

A minimum of two (2) year of legislative or legal experiences, preferably congressional.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have excellent analytical, verbal, and writing skills. Presentation skills necessary. Ability to carry out complex instructions. Must be self-starter and take initiative within areas of responsibility. Must be a team player. Knowledge of Navajo Nation, state, and federal governments. Possess general knowledge of the Navajo Nation legislative, economic, and social issues. Establish and maintain effective working relations with those contacted in the course of work. Strong computer literacy skills necessary.

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The law firm of Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP (HSDW) is seeking to fill an attorney position in its Washington, DC office. Applicants should possess a strong academic record and a commitment to advocate on behalf of Native American and Alaska Native tribes. Experience in the field of Indian law is preferred. Salary is dependent upon experience.

Established in 1982, the law firm of Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP is dedicated to advancing the interests of Indian and Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations through high-quality legal advocacy before federal, state and local governments, courts, executive agencies, and Congress. HSDW's attorneys and legislative specialists provide a full range of legal services to Indian tribes and Indian or Alaska Native organizations throughout the United States, including lobbying, litigation, administrative agency representation and general counsel services. The firm's principal office is located in Washington, DC, with additional offices in Portland, Oregon, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Further information about the firm can be found at or by calling Allison Binney at (202) 822-8282.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and transcripts (if applicable) to the following address:

Professional Staff Recruitment Committee
Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP 2120 L Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20037 (202) 822-8282

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