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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


December 1, 2001 - Issue 50


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The Four Directions Summer Research Program (FDSRP) is a summer program run for Native American college students by Native American medical student members of the Native American Health Organization at Harvard Medical School. FDSRP will be nine years old in 2002, and has had 66 participants so far. FDSRP welcomes applicants who are interested in becoming familiar with the medical and research community at Harvard Medical School, and who are seriously committed to helping their Native communities.

The Native American Health Organization of Harvard Medical School is seeking applicants for the Four Directions Summer Research Program. This program is run by Native students and physicians and supported by the HMS/Native American Health Organization, HMS/Division of Medical Sciences, Harvard Native American Program, and individual researchers. This is an opportunity for undergraduate/graduate Native Americans interested in becoming a physician or pursuing a career in biomedical research.

Participants will conduct basic science research with Harvard faculty members whose interests range from physiology to molecular genetics. No previous research experience is required, however introductory biology is highly recommended. There are no fees for participants. Airfare, transportation and lodging will be covered through HMS and National Institutes of Health grants. Each participant will receive a $2000 stipend, sufficient to cover the additional expenses for food and incidentals. The faculty will serve as mentors for the participants in addition to providing all necessary equipment and training. Research topics are contingent upon lab availability and cannot be selected by the applicant. Participants also have the option of observing clinical sessions, including emergency ward, surgical and primary care experiences, as well as attend seminars given by Harvard faculty, administrators and students. Unfortunately, the program's required activities do not permit concurrent preparation for the Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT).

At the core of the program, however, are the close relationships fostered between program participants and the Native American medical students at HMS. Participants are encouraged to develop ties with the medical students, thereby establishing a network among the future healers within our urban and rural communities. This close network allows the program to address the unique concerns of its Native participants on a one-to-one basis.

The NAHO/Four Directions Summer Research Program is not a credit course or a MCAT-prep course. Selection criteria for the program are not dependent on grades or test scores, but are instead focused on the applicant's motivation, maturity, commitment to the Native community and willingness to work beyond the usual expectations. We strongly encourage exceptional students from rural state colleges, tribal colleges, and community colleges to apply. Past year's participants came from a broad range of nations and attended a variety of schools including University of New Mexico, Northeastern University in Tahlequah, OK, McGill University in Montreal, University of Arizona, and Montana State University. Some had prior research experience, whereas others had minimal exposure to basic research.

Adult American Indian learners with prior college experience who are expanding their career options are also invited to apply. Applicants must be 18 years of age by the program start date to be eligible. The program will run from June 21st to August 17th, 2001.

Our mission: To find motivated Native people and encourage them to contribute their unique talents to providing care to our people, individually through medicine, or broadly through science.

Simply stated, we are Indians helping Indians.
For more information and to download an application, visit:
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Announcing the Harvard and Princetion Public Policy & Leadership Conference

March 7-10, Cambridge, MA


The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University will be offering its second annual spring conference for -first and second year college students who are interested in pursuing professional careers in public service. These include careers in federal, state or local government, and work in the nonprofit sector or in international agencies.The conference will help prepare future leaders for study in public policy, particularly in policy issues most affecting historically under-served communities and people of color.

Participants receive:

Paid travel




Sponsored by the Kennedy School of Government and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, the conference is designed to inform students of the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Fellowship Program. PPIA Fellows receive a two-year Graduate Fellowship for a master's degree in public policy or international affairs. More information can be found at see the PPIA website at

The conference will encourage students who possess a commitment to public service--in particular to addressing policy issues most affecting historically under-served communities, including African Americans, Native Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders, and Latinos?to prepare for graduate study in public policy and international affairs as well as to provide information on financial support through the PPIA Fellowship Program. The conference aims to attract students from groups under-represented in public policy and international affairs in an effort to increase the diversity of students receiving these professional degrees.

The Conference:

During three days at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, conference attendees will learn about careers in public service, receive information on PPIA Institutes and Graduate Schools that offer programs in Public Policy, and have an opportunity to meet with students and professionals in the field.

Sessions will include information on preparing for graduate study at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, as well as the various PPIA Programs--including junior institutes offered the summer after the junior year in college and graduate fellowships providing financial support for master's degrees in public policy and international affairs.

Workshops led by faculty and panel discussions with alumni will provide participants with a vision of how a degree in public policy can help them pursue a career in public service.

The Selection Criteria:

Conference participants will be selected based on good academic standing as well as a demonstrated commitment to public service. Service will be measured through student leadership and activism, participation in the civic aspects of school or community and volunteer commitments in high school as well as in college. Please include this information on your resume.

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Announcement for the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation
Service Student Career Experience Program (SCEP).

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking applicants for Student Trainee positions in their Student Career Experience Program. This program provides an opportunity for students to: earn benefits & a respectable salary, gain knowledge of NRCS progams, develop valuable work experience directly related to your academic field of study, participate in formal training, and other great benefits. The Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) also provides the opportunity for permanent employment upon satisfactory completion of all work and academic requirements!

The USDA- NRCS is currently seeking students in the following majors or related majors:
  • Agriculture Biology
  • Agriculture Science
  • Agriculture Engineering
  • Rangeland Science
  • Agronomy
  • Civil Engineering
  • Wildlife Biology
Note: Other Agriculture and Natural Science majors may be eligible.
Eligibility and Requirements:
The applicant must be enrolled or accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student in an accredited college or university or graduate school, taking at least a half-time academic course load related to the positions listed, have a minimum 2.0 GPA, and be a U.S. Citizen. For more information please visit our web site at and follow links under "Get Involved to Careers in Conservation and Training Program". You can also contact the SCEP Coordinator-information below.
For more information on how to apply for these positions contact

Rick Tafoya, USDA Liaison/NRCS-CA SCEP Coordinator

CSU, Fresno

Ph. (559) 278-8311

Fax (559) 278-7804


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Grants for NPO's AND Individuals

Do you need help to:
  • Produce a traditional community celebration?
  • Launch an organization?
  • Revitalize or strengthen an artistic tradition?
  • Document traditional art forms with audio or video?
  • Improve self-management or marketing skills?
  • Travel to an important meeting that will strengthen your tradition or organization?

The Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) is introducing a new grant called the "Traditional Arts Development Program" to support projects like this.

The Traditional Arts Development Program awards mini-grants up to $1500 to support professional development and mentoring opportunities for organizations and individuals engaged in or planning folk and traditional arts programs in California.

If you would like more information about this program or would like a copy of the application (which is VERY simple!), please give me a call at the number below.

Best wishes,
Lisa Richardson
Folk & Traditional Arts Program Manager
Los Angeles County Arts Commission
(213) 974-1343
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Job Opening:

Title: Development Manager
Reports to: President
Date Posted: October 31, 2001
Available: Immediately
Ecotrust, founded in Portland, Oregon in 1991, is a non-profit organization dedicated to building a conservation economy in the coastal temperate rain forest region of North America from San Francisco, California to Anchorage, Alaska.
The Development Manager is responsible for the overall coordination of foundation, corporation and individual fundraising. The Development Manager manages the calendar of deadlines, works with Ecotrust's Senior Management Team to coordinate proposal and report writing and assists Program Managers with grant research. The Development Manager participates in Ecotrust's strategic planning; oversees the record keeping system and donor acknowledgment system of the Development Department and works with the President on annual appeals. This is a key management position that requires a strong commitment to teamwork and attention to detail.
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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
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: Ford Foundation--Peace and Social Justice

Sponsor: Ford Foundation

Awards support domestic and international projects in the following areas: human rights and international cooperation; and governance and civil society. Most awards are made to organizations.

320 East 43rd Street

New York, NY 10017



Program URL:

Tel: 212-573-5000

Fax: 212-351-3677

Award Type(s): General Project

Public Awareness/Education

Research Grants/R & D

Training/Professional Development

The program addressed international human rights, as well as the rights of women, migrants and refugees, and racial and ethnic minorities. The program intends to promote access to justice and the protection of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights and encourages cooperation between nations toward a more peaceful and equitable international order based on pluralism and tolerance. The program also seeks to strengthen government performance and accountability, increase citizen participation, improve policy making and strengthen civil society and the philanthropic sector.
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Subject: What Do Native Youth Think About School?

There is still time.

You are invited to discuss your own experiences and the findings of a major new study of American Indian, Alaska Native, and First Nations youth-by joining your friends and colleagues in our third Fall 2001 online forum:

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 Miller Cleary, and Thomas Peacock) Hosted by the ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools

This forum, moderated by the authors of The Seventh Generation, a forthcoming book from ERIC/CRESS (spring 2002) will focus on the findings of a study of 120 Native students throughout Canada and the United States.

The authors and forum participants will share their observations and findings about student responses to important questions, such as "What makes school and life tough to deal with? What identity issues do they have? What hinders or helps develop their resiliency? In what ways do they learn best? How are some making it? How can educators and other concerned adults help?"

The week-long forum begins with a one-hour chat EST (one participant described this as closely approximating a verbal food fight) on Monday November 26th at 4:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. PST). Following the chat, discussion moves to the listserv, where it continues through Friday afternoon November 30th and takes a more thoughtful pace. Our moderators stay with the discussion all week, but you can join when and where you please.

To sign up for the forum (it's free), go to You'll find the full schedule there, as well as links to transcripts of this season's forums once they finish.

Future topics will consider issues in migrant and Indian education.

If you teach, instruct, or profess, we encourage you to bring your class into the discussion with you. Hope to hear from you soon!

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