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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


January 12, 2002 - Issue 53


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  Here you will find listings of:  
  • Positions Available - including Fellowships and Internships;
  • Scholarship, Award and Grant Information; and
  • Event Announcements.
  • We receive these announcements from various sources including Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP).
  • To view additional listing from previous issues, click here Opportunities Button

For Spring 2002, the Indian Teacher and Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP) at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California is offering American Indian Education (AIE) courses in a variety of experimental modes (e.g., regular classes, on-line, one-week "intensives," and weekend workshops) in an effort to increase accessibility for regularly enrolled students as well as working professionals and interested community members.

Several of these courses are particularly suited to professionals in the Indian community whether inside or outside of our geographical region, but none more than our on-line course offered entirely over the web and so accessible to anyone in the world who has a computer. This is the History of American Indian Education, which is an in depth study of the development of American Indian education from first contact with Europeans to contemporary times. [Emphasis on federal policy and its impact on the education of American Indians. Instructor: ITEPP Director Suzanne Burcell,

This course is great for educators, especially in communities serving large numbers of American Indian students. Apply through: Humboldt State University Extended Education, Phone: 707-826-3731, fax 707-826-5885.]

Our other offerings may be viewed at:

The intensives mentioned above, Social and Cultural Considerations and Proposal & Grant-writing Process, are one-week long courses. The weekend workshop is Teaching Respect for Native People presented by Oyate press (

For more information call: 707-826-3672

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Conservation Internships
Student Conservation Association


Participating in an SCA program is your chance to join more than 2500 people who each year enjoy exciting and challenging work and service opportunities in more than 50 different disciplines in national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, urban greenways, and wildlands nationwide, all 50 states. Position lengths vary from 12 weeks to 12 months.


Must be 18 years or older. For more details and an online searchable database of available positions, visit our website at



Free housing, weekly stipends, travel expenses, free or low cost insurance and ability to earn an educational award of up to $4,725.

E-mail: or call 603-543-1700 (Recruitment Department)

Open to all majors and class levels.

Must submit application (can be downloaded or completed online at our website).

Positions begin year round, rolling admissions. Apply at least two months prior to start date for optimal consideration.

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Feather River Tribal Health, Inc. is searching for a qualified LCSW or MFT to work in the Native American community. Experience in working with Native American Families preferred. This is a Full time / Full benefits position under the CHAT Program. (Child Abuse Treatment)

Please Contact For More Information:

Rosalind Hussong, PhD
Director Behavioral Health Services
Feather River Tribal Health, Inc.
2145 5th Ave
Oroville, CA 95965
530-532-6811 ext 270

**Native American Preference Applies**
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The Heinz School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon will be 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.

This fellowship is open to all U.S. citizens and the announcement is attached. Please help circulate the news of this new fellowship to your students and colleagues.

Information on the Heinz School and the public policy program can be located here:

Inquiries can be directed to contact me at:

Thank you!


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

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Denali Advisors (, the largest Native American asset management firm, has a keen vision to help train young Native American professionals in finance and investments through scholarship, internship, and through direct hire at Denali. They are currently seeking an intern with graduate mathematics training. They are also looking for engineers, mathematicians, or possibly economists (perhaps with econometrics skills).

Denali currently manages $280 million and has a 5-year performance track record (AIMR compliant), a well functioning investment process, world class team, and published research (in practitioner oriented journals, such as the Journal of Investing where they were prescient in forecasting the current difficult earnings environment that the Journal of Investing ( has featured as a "best paper".

Please contact Robert G. Snigaroff at, for more information.

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The California Indian Education Conference now has the information packet and registration materials online, go to:

Then click the link:

25th Annual California Conference on American Indian Education February 21-23. 2002

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Announcing the California Tribal Indian Education Summit
- Rescheduled Dates -
January 16-17, 2002
Radisson Hotel, Sacramento, CA


Confirmed Invited Guest: William Mehojah, Director, Office of Indian Education Programs, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Washington D.C.

Sponsorship provided by the Colusa Indian Community Council, the Coyote Valley Band of Pomo Indians, and the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians.

*The Indian Nations Republican Policy Summit II is set to follow on January 18th .

Call (916) 971-9190 or (916) 978-6058 to confirm attendance.

Please call Cindy La Marr @ (916) 971-9190 or Judy Fisch @ (707) 485-6770 for more information.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service is seeking applicants for a Supervisory Information Technology Specialist position (GS-2210-13) located in its Northeast Regional Office, Financial Management, 10 Causeway Street, Boston, Massachusetts.

Applicants may access Announcement No. NE-020-02-0 at:

The announcement closes on January 23, 2002.

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Title: Grants Program
Sponsor: Educational Foundation of America


The sponsor provides grants to support nonprofit tax-exempt organizations which are not private foundations.


Diane M. Allison, Executive Director


35 Church Lane
Westport, CT 06880-3515 U.S.A.



Program URL:

Tel: 203-226-6498

Fax: 203-227-0424

Areas of interest include: the environment, the crisis of human overpopulation and reproductive freedom, Native Americans, arts, education, medicine, and human services.
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Title: NIDDK--Race/Ethnic Disparities in the Incidence of Diabetes Complications
Sponsor: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases



The sponsor provides support for research to investigate differences in risk factors for complications of diabetes and in rates of these complications; and the extent to which factors, account for these differences. Eligible applicants are domestic for-profit and nonprofit organizations, public and private, such as universities, colleges, hospitals, laboratories, units of state and local governments, and eligible agencies of the federal government. The R01 and R21 award mechanisms will be used.



Barbara Linder, M.D., Ph.D.


45 Center Drive MSC 6600
Bethesda, MD 20892-6600



Program URL:

Tel: 301-594-0021

Fax: 301-480-3503


Application receipt dates are February 1, June 1, and October 1.

This program will remain active for three years, through the October 2003 receipt date.


The sponsor provides support for research to investigate differences among contemporary populations in the United States, categorized by race-ethnicity and other factors, in risk factors for complications of diabetes and in rates of these complications; and the extent to which factors, including inherent metabolic and genetic variations, medical care, socioeconomic status, and behavioral factors account for these differences. The overall objectives are to determine whether minority race-ethnic populations continue to differ in their risk for microvascular and macrovascular complications, and, if so, the reasons for these differences. It is recognized that both biologic and non-biologic factors may be operating in these populations. Approaches may include metabolic, genetic and/or epidemiologic studies in representative populations. Advantage might be taken of extant cohort studies that may have been established for investigation of diabetes or other diseases. A collaboration among investigators of these established cohorts would be desirable, so that these studies might jointly develop protocols and evaluate findings.

Alternatively, investigators may propose to start a new cohort, appropriately powered, to capture the current risks and outcomes in the era of new medications for glycemic control, blood pressure control, and lipid control. Such studies of current risks might appropriately be based in large HMOs with structure and data management practices conducive to efficient and cost-effective analyses. Investigators are encouraged to incorporate appropriate surrogate markers for complications into study design to shorten the duration of studies. Such surrogate markers might include early indicators of end-stage complications (background retinopathy, albuminuria, serum creatinine, basement membrane thickening, EKG, carotid ultrasound).

Appropriate topics for investigation would include but are not limited to: epidemiologic studies to determine the rates of the micro- and macrovascular diabetic complications in appropriate representative samples of contemporary populations; studies to identify genes which might affect the development of micro- and macrovascular complications in different populations; state-of-the-art, hypothesis-driven metabolic studies to determine whether there are differences in metabolism, insulin sensitivity, energy expenditure, beta cell function, and body composition that might influence glycemic control and risk of complications in different populations; and studies to investigate factors, such as medical care, behavior and lifestyle, and socioeconomic status, that may contribute to risk for development and progression of complications (such studies could incorporate culturally-specific lifestyle factors into treatment and prevention strategies to reduce risk across racial and ethnic groups).

Understanding the basis for differing susceptibilities could provide information that would lead to specific therapies likely to be useful in various subpopulations at high risk for the development of diabetes complications.


The mechanisms of support will be the National Institutes of Health (NIH) research project grant (R01--see SPIN program #00487) and Exploratory/Development Research Grant (R21--see SPIN program #06246) award mechanisms. Funding of $2 million per year will be set aside to fund applications. The total project period for an R01 may not exceed five years. Applicants for the R21 must limit their requests to $100,000 direct costs per year and are limited to two years.

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The National Endowment for the Humanities Announces Internships for Summer 2002. NEH invites applications for internships to be held in Washington D.C. during summer 2002. College students who will be entering their junior or senior year in fall 2002 are eligible to apply. NEH interns receive stipends of $4,000 for 10 weeks of work. Applicants must be U.S. citizens; foreign nationals who have been legal residents in the United States for at least 3 years; or territorial residents of Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The Endowment anticipates awarding up to twelve internships to students interested in deepening their understanding of human history, language and culture and of the nature and reasons for public investment in the humanities.

The application deadline is Friday, 8 February 2002.

Applications are being accepted online at:

Questions should be directed to Russell Wyland in the Division of Research at:

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