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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 17, 2001 - Issue 49


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The Council Energy Resource Trust is looking for candidates to fill a one year environmental policy position in DC. The "internship" pays $35,000/for the year.

Please contact:
Lisa Wayne

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The (MS)2 program, Mathematics and Science for Minority Students, at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts works with talented and committed African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American high school students for five weeks during the summer in a rigorous program that has an accelerated math, science, English and college curriculum. Having Teaching Assistants from the same minority groups is critical to the success of the program. Seniors tend to be the best candidates, but juniors will be considered.
Applications completed by February 1st, 2002 will be favored, but consideration will be given to late applicants for the positions, if still available.
If you have any questions, please call (978)749-4402 or e-mail The application can be found online at
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The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College is searching for a curator with deep expertise in one or more of the following culture areas: African, Oceanic, Native American (includes North, Central, and South America). The museum's collections in these areas are extensive (totaling approximately 15,000 works), historic (with distinguished acquisitions dating back to the 18th century), and diverse (including archaeological artifacts, examples of material culture, and modern/contemporary fine art objects).
Candidates should possess significant professional experience in museum contexts and an advanced degree (Ph.D. preferred) in Anthropology, Art History, or other related academic discipline. The job requires excellent communication administrative skills, sensitivity to the concerns of Native American and other interested community representatives, active engagement with scholarly debates and research, and an appreciation for the value of working directly with objects. Sharing the Hood's collections with the scholarly community at Dartmouth, throughout the surrounding region, and among the broader museum field is a primary responsibility of the curator.
The position comes with competitive salary and excellent benefits. Dartmouth College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send letter of interest, current c.v., publications, and complete contact information for at least three professional references to:

Derrick Cartwright, Director, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 03755-3591 (no telephone calls please).

Deadline for receiving all application materials is 4 January 2002.

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Bebop Books is currently accepting manuscripts for emergent readers with multicultural themes.

Emergent readers are used by kindergarten and first-grade teachers to help young children develop early reading skills and strategies. Each book is a 12 or 16-page paperback, with full color illustrations and a story
specifically written and illustrated to support 5- and 6-year-olds in their efforts to begin reading. The stories should fit within Fountas and Pinnell's Guided Reading levels D­G and Reading Recovery® levels 6­12.

We are looking for realistic fiction and nonfiction stories that feature young children of color. We prefer stories that are culturally specific, that is, the content of the story relates specifically to a particular culture or ethnic group, but stories about universal childhood experiences are also acceptable.
We encourage anyone interested in submitting to get more information on our Web site

Jennifer Frantz
an imprint of LEE & LOW BOOKS
95 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10016

For the most comprehensive, up-to-date information about our books, VISIT today!
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Title: Smithsonian--Native American Community Scholar Awards
SYNOPSIS: 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.

Deadline: 06/01/2002.
Web Site:

Program URL:
Title: Smithsonian-NMAI Indian--Internship Program
SYNOPSIS: The sponsor provides support for Native American students and scholars, currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program to pursue directed-research projects using the sponsors Native American-related resources. Stipends are $300 per week for ten week periods, with an additional travel allowance.

Deadline: 02/01/2002.
Web Site:

Program URL:
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The ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools would like to invite all of you to our 2001 online forums. This is an excellent venue to share and discuss current issues in the field of American Indian/Alaska Native education. We especially encourage professors, teachers, and instructors to join in with their classes. We hope you will join your friends and colleagues from across North America in our third series of online forums, which this year will explore questions such as-
How do American Indian and Alaska Native youth-the Seventh Generation-view their lives and their schools and what are their main sources of inspiration and hope? (November 26-30 with Amy Bergstrom, Linda Cleary Miller, and Thomas Peacock).
Just go to to get more information and sign up for the forum.
The forums begin briskly in a one-hour chat on a Monday at 5:00pm EST (one participant described this part as closely approximating a verbal food fight), but then settle into a more thoughtful listserv conversation for the duration of the workweek, ending on Friday afternoon. It's easy to join in, its fun, and never boring. We hope you will join these conversations with your colleagues from across North America.

Hope to see you there!
Robert Hagerman
User Services/Technology Specialist
Eric Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools
AEL, Inc.
P.O. Box 1348
Charleston, WV 25325-1348
304-347-0428 Toll-free 800-624-9120
FAX: 304-347-0467

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Title: NSDAR- American Indian Scholarship
Sponsor: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
The sponsor awards this scholarship to Native Americans. All awards are judged based on financial need and academic achievement.

Deadline(s): 07/01/2002
Established Date: 10/31/2001

For the fall term, the deadline date is July 1; for the spring term, the deadline date is November 1.


Address: Office of the Committees
1776 D Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20006-5392
Program URL:
Tel: 202-879-3292

This award is intended to help Native American students of any age, any tribe, in any state striving to get an education.
This scholarship is applicable to programs of vocational training or college/university at the undergraduate or graduate level. Graduate students are eligible; however, undergraduate students are given preference. Applicants must be Native Americans(proof of American Indian blood is required by letter or proof papers)in financial needand have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher. There will be no exceptions.
This is a one time $500 award. (skr)
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ALASKA SEABIRD BIO. TECHNICIANS (2). GS-5 or GS-6 (+25% COLA) needed 21 April-19 Oct 2002 as field leaders for seabird colony monitoring project on the Alaska Peninsula/Becharof Natl. Wildl. Refuges. Technicians lead nest plot productivity monitoring, seabird colony counts, disturbance observations, beach watches, small mammal monitoring, data management, and technical report preparation. Camp is located 60 air miles from King Salmon (refuge headquarters) on the Pacific coast. Technicians supervise interns in above projects.

To Qualify: B.S./M.S. in wildlife or biological sciences, ability to follow monitoring protocol to a tee, ability to watch seabird behavior for long hours in inclement weather, ability to identify birds by sight, ability to organize and lead a remote field camp. Must be able to pass 12-gauge shotgun qualification (bear safety), be knowledgeable about bear safety, climbing safety and IBM-PC software, and be able to daily climb a steep 500' grassy slope. No Acrophobics! Looking for enthusiastic, outgoing individuals in excellent physical condition willing to work in remote wilderness field camp. Location offers great scenery & wildlife, but requires working in rainy/windy/buggy conditions.

To qualify you must:

  1. Apply to the FWS Alaska Summer/Seasonal register. To do this acquire instructions from Division of Personnel Mgt., U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, (907) 786-3371 or Internet ? (search for US Fish & Wildlife seasonal biological technician posting for Alaska) around 12/1/01. Applications usually must be received in December.
  2. ALSO contact Jodi Doster at (907) 246-3339 OR for further instructions.

ALASKA SEABIRD INTERNSHIPS (2) 12 May-30 September 2002. Interns will assist technicians with seabird productivity observations, seabird colony counts, disturbance observations, beach watches, small mammal monitoring, PC data entry, and field camp logistics. Live in extremely remote field camp on the Pacific Coast of the Alaska Peninsula for 14 wks.

To Qualify you must have a college degree or junior/senior standing in wildlife or biology program, ability to observe seabird nest plots for long periods of time in inclement weather, use IBM-PC software, be in excellent physical condition, and be able to get along in a remote, no-amenities field camp.

No Acrophobics! Please do not apply if you cannot meet arrival date.

Initial training (bear safety/firearm safety/boat operation) and necessary field equipment is provided. Benefits include airfare, food/lodging and small stipend.

To apply - send detailed cover letter, resume (include 3 references) to Jodi Doster, OR AK Pen Nat'l Wildl. Refuge, PO Box 277, King Salmon, AK 99613, postmark by Feb. 1, 2002.

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The Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is offering new tribal affairs fellowships for applicants to the Master of Science in Public Policy and Management (MSPPM). Students wanting to pursue careers working on behalf of American Indians and/or tribal affairs may apply for the Tribal Affairs Fellowships. The fellowship covers full tuition ($24,760 for two years) and a research assistantship at $6,000 a year (work 8-15 hours a week). Areas of concentration include: Public policy, Health care, Education, Environmental, Information technology, Management and Criminal Justice.
  1. Application for Admission
  2. Tribal Affairs Fellowship Application, Online applications are available at
  3. Admission and Fellowship essay
  4. Complete transcripts
  5. Three letters of recommendation
  6. official GRE or GMAT scores
  7. $50 application fee. This fee is waived if you are using the Online Admission Application
  8. Resume
DEADLINE: All application materials must be submitted together in one package by January 15, 2002. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Sandra Day, Assistant Director of Admissions
Minority & Foreign Student Coordinator
The Heinz School - Carnegie Mellon
Phone: (800) 877-3498

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Title: VSF--Research on Processes of Intercultural Dissociation, Mediation and Identity-Shaping
Sponsor: VolkswagenStiftung Foundation
The sponsor provides support for research projects, scientific meetings and single-term stays at German universities concerned with the structural change discussed in terms of the keyword "globalisation" and the attendant transnational interconnections, which bring about new forms of conceptualisation, combination and intermixture of foreign and native. The sponsor wishes to support research contributing towards the development of new political and
social perspectives.
Contact: Dr Hiltgund Jehle
Address: Postfach 81 05 09
D-30505 Hannover, Germany
Web Site:
Program URL:
Tel: 49 511 8381 276

Award Type(s)Conference--Attend Conference--Host/Conduct
Research Grants/R & D
Travel Abroad

The thematic scope of the programme is as follows: intercultural encounters as well as cultural dissociation are neither a specific achievement nor an exclusive problem of the late 20th Century. What appears to be a novel feature is the scale, dynamics and explosiveness of such processes, and thus also the strong public interest which they attract. There seems to be a broad consensus now that these processes are extremely multifaceted and, particularly in conjunction with political, social and economic developments, far more complex than is suggested by the descriptive term, encounter. The conviction has intensified that the key concepts appied in this field of research require no less reflection than the phenomena which researchers are trying to investigate with their assistance. This is the case with such key concepts as "culture", "identity", "interculturalism", "foreign", and "native" which are by no means fixed parameters. As recent studies have shown they themselves are construed and seem to be the variable outcome of just such processes of continuous encounter, dissociation, conciliation, intermixture and superimposition of different cultures. Investigating these processes and their momentum of change, analysing their premises, conditions, framework, structures and effects theoretically as well as empirically and with the necessary historical reflection and thus illuminating them in a problem oriented perspective is the thematic scope of this area. Projects which pursue these objectives and address these central points of interest will be given priority. The following topics may serve as examples: transformations of cultural identity-shaping and their dynamics; cultural (self) perception processes within new transnational structures; changes in addressing cultural features in everyday social life; new options for immigration policy: between cultural integration and transcultural opening; national identity and ethnic difference (dual) citizenship and cultural self-perception; new media and the presentation of cultural identity; knowledge and knowledge transfer in the intercultural perspective; historical and systematic analyses of key concepts (including culture) and key categories.
The sponsor can provide funds only to academic institutions. In theory, applicants worldwide will be given equal consideration to German applicants. Foreign applicants should, however, have a firm association with a German institution.
Funds can be provided for: research projects (by provision of funds to cover personnel expenses, scholarships, running and non-recurrent expenditures, including travel allowances, also for co-operating with foreign partners); scientific meetings involving a limited, interdisciplinary and international group of participants, including meetings abroad, and; single-term stays at German universities on the part of teachers of Asian, Latin American and African origin for the purpose of conveying indigenous non-Western academic concepts.
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