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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


March 23, 2002 - Issue 57


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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

CASTS Scholarship Programs

For links and application forms see ...

CASTS scholarships are awarded to post-secondary graduate and undergraduate students for leadership and academic achievement. These awards are made possible by individuals and corporations who wish to support the advancement of Canadian Aboriginal people. Recipients cannot receive more than one scholarship per year. Students who are members of CASTS will be given first priority, however, all students are encouraged to apply. Generally, applications are accepted until June 30 for awards to be given out during the following school year.

Scholarship funds are issued in two equal payments. The first payment is issued when the award is made. The second installment is issued when CASTS scholarship committee receives proof of registration for the second school term.

Currently, CASTS administers 4 unique scholarship programs:

CASTS Scholarships
Chief Crowfoot Professional Health Careers Scholarship
Duval House Communication Careers Scholarships
Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists Scholarship

CASTS Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to post secondary students pursuing academic programs in the sciences, engineering, health-related fields, natural resources and math and science secondary education. Students must be of Canadian Aboriginal descent and enrolled in an accredited institution (not necessarily in Canada). Programs of study must be at least two years in duration.

Funds for this scholarship are obtained from conference and fellowship revenues, as well as from corporate sources. Currently, there are two $1000.00 scholarships available from CASTS funding sources (this amount varies depending on funding available), and five $2000.00 scholarships available through a generous donation from DuPont Canada.

Chief Crowfoot Professional Health Careers Scholarship
Administered for the Deb. C. Crowfoot Professional Corporation , this scholarship is made available to four students pursuing professional health careers (i.e. dentistry, medicine, nursing etc.). The four scholarships are to be awarded in the following manner:
  1. The recipient must be a member of the Siksika Nation or one parent must be a Siksika Nation member.
  2. The recipient must be a member of Saddle Lake First Nation or one parent must be a Saddle Lake First Nation member.
  3. The recipient must be a member of the Ermineskin, Samson, Louis Bull or Montana First Nations or one parent must be a member of the four bands.
  4. The recipient must be a professional Health Careers student of Canadian Aboriginal Descent.

Note: Professional health career programs are those requiring four or more years of university training.

This scholarship is funded through donations from Deb Crowfoot, a dentist from Siksika Nation with a private practice at Siksika. CASTS provides the screening and selection of recipients for this scholarship, as well as administration for the funds.

Duval House Scholarships

This $1000.00 scholarship is awarded to one student entering a field related to communications such as journalism, graphic design, television and radio arts in a program that is a minimum of two years duration. The student must be of Canadian Aboriginal descent and enrolled in an accredited institution (not necessarily in Canada).

This scholarship is funded through donations from the Duval Publishing House. CASTS provides the screening and selection of recipients for this scholarship, and Duval House provides the administration of the funds.

Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists

This $1000.00 scholarship is awarded to one post secondary student enrolled in a geophysical or geological program at an accredited institution (not necessarily in Canada). The program of study must be at least two years in length and the student must have completed the first year of their studies.

This scholarship is funded through a donation from the CSPG. CASTS provides the screening and selection of recipients for this scholarship.

Applying for a Scholarship
When applying for a scholarship please send your applications to:

CASTS Scholarship Committee
P.O. Box 5635
Fort McMurray, Alberta
T9H 3G6

If you require assistance or to request an application form please contact the Treaty 7 Offices at:

310-6940 Fisher Road. S.E.
Calgary, Alberta
T2H 1W3
Tel: (403) 258-1775
Fax: (403) 258-1811

or contact us by e-mail at:

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Scholarship For 2002
Kansas City Indian Council of Many Nations

Apply for one of our $250.00 scholarships. If you
  • Are a Native American
  • Will be a high school graduate
  • Have cumulative GPA of 2.50 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Are entering post- high school studies for the first time in your first semester
  • Are a legal resident of Clay, Jackson or Cass County, Missouri or Wyandotte or Johnson County, Kansas.
  • Will be a full-time student at an approved institute, vocational, 2 or 4 year school.
Then get an application. Call us at 913.888.5613
Or write:

Scholarship Fund
Kansas City Indian Council of Many Nations
413 Brookside Terrace
Liberty, MO 64068

and request an application, or ask your high school counselor to call for you.

Instructions and the application form is available online at:

NB: You can find it about halfway down the news page.

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This September 2002 there will be a gathering of 3,000 to 5,000 Indigenous People from all over the world. They will be coming to Albuquerque NM for the "Healing Our Spirit Worldwide" Conference to address issues of healing and recovering, health and governance. Indigenous people from North America, South America, New Zealand, Australia, the Philipines and other places are planning to attend.

We are looking for dynamic workshop presenters. If you are interested, or know someone who might be interested, in making a presentation to this conference, please see contact information below.

Applications must be submitted to the National Indian Health Board by 4/30/02. As you will see from the 14 different workshop "tracks", this will be a diverse and powerful gathering.

For further information contact:

National Indian Health Board
1385 S. Colorado Blvd., Suite A-707
Denver, CO 80222 U.S.A.
Telephone: (303) 759-3075
Fax: (303) 759-3674

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Summer Research Enhancement Program

Diné College and the Founding Partners of the Southwest Diabetes Prevention Center (SDPC) have collaborated in developing a model program for students in diabetes prevention research. The intent of the research program is twofold:
  1. To provide research training and research experiences to Native American students, and
  2. To provide students with a firm grasp of the conceptual basis of traditional Native American life, particularly in the context of western academia.
If you are a freshman or sophomore college student and have an interest in diabetes prevention research among Native Americans, this opportunity may be for you. The research program will take the approach of a culturally supportive atmosphere where each student is encouraged to adopt a strong, multi-cultural approach in diabetes prevention research. This 10-week program will help you to develop skills and interests in diabetes prevention research and to participate first hand in community based, on-going research projects that include other tribal colleges, universities and community-based research programs in diabetes prevention. As a participant of SREP, you will receive a $2,500 stipend and 7.0 transferable credit hours (4.0 classroom credits and 3.0 practicum credits). The application deadline is April 26, 2002.

For more information, visit our website at:

Or contact:

Mark C. Bauer, Ph.D. at (505)368-3589

David Wagner at (505)368-3550



Toll free: 1-888-740-5885

Applications are available to download at:

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President, Bacone College

The Board of Trustees of Bacone College invites nominations and applications for the position of President. Bacone, an American Baptist-related coeducational college founded in 1880 as Indian University, maintains its commitment to the education of American Indians while admitting students of all ethnicities and religious backgrounds into a Christian learning environment of rich cultural diversity. The college's curriculum combines a sound liberal arts foundation with majors that prepare students for meaningful The Board of Trustees of Bacone College invites nominations and applications for the careers. The Bacone campus of more than 90 acres is located forty-five minutes from Tulsa in Muskogee, Oklahoma. The college is accredited by The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission and the Joint Review Commission for Radiography Education.

Bacone seeks an experienced academic administrator to lead the college as it completes its transition from a two-year to a four-year school. Accredited Bachelor degree programs have been added in business, nursing and education, the enrollment has more than doubled, a number of additional faculty have been engaged, and new residence halls have been built, all during the past three years. Additional four-year programs are being developed and the faculty is engaged in a review of the core curriculum in order to support the bachelor degrees. A strategic planning initiative has been launched in order to coordinate the changes in admissions, support services and physical plant needed to continue these developments in the academic area.

The successful candidate should have senior level management experience in a collegiate setting, including the development and control of budgets. S/he must be a person of integrity able to quickly form relationships of trust and to create a climate of teamwork and mutual accountability. The ability to represent enthusiastically the college's Christian mission and vision and to attract increased financial support from Bacone's various constituencies, including tribal communities and the American Baptist Churches USA, is essential. An earned doctorate is preferred. Applications from qualified American Indians are especially welcome.

Inquiries, nominations and applications may be addressed to:

Chair of the Presidential Search Committee
c/o Ms. Shelli Hopkins,
Bacone College,
2299 Old Bacone Road,
Muskogee, Oklahoma 74403.


Applicants should send, no later than April 22, a letter addressing their qualifications, a resume, and names of three references. The Trustees hope to have the new President in place by mid-August, 2002.

Bacone is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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Job Title: Health Resources Coordinator

Reports To: Administrative Officer
Starting Pay: $35,000-$45,000, $50,000 with exceptional web experience
Hours: 8 to 5 PM Monday-Friday
Classification: Full time/Regular
Location: Portland, Oregon
Closing Date: March 29, 2002

Indian Preference to descendents of members of federally recognized tribes.

General Description: The Health Resources Coordinator has responsibility for providing technical assistance functions to Board Staff and member tribes. This includes identification of grant funding, serving as the communication coordinator for the NPAIHB and performing central NPAIHB administrative functions to improve the operation of NPAIHB projects and activities. This position is a key resource to top management of the organization.

Knowledge, skills and abilities required: This position requires a high level of proficiency in professional writing. It requires using publishing, word-processing and spreadsheet computer programs. Some knowledge of health issues is required, but advanced knowledge or a particular specialty in a single health area is not required. An interest in and ability to learn about health care issues is required.

For More Information:

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
527 SW Hall, Suite 300, Portland, Oregon 97201
(503) 228-4185

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Litigation Attorney


The Swinomish Tribe is very aggressively seeking to protect some of Washington state's most significant remaining salmon runs:

Litigation Attorney preferably with Indian and/or natural resources law experience in federal court. Seeking an experienced litigator with excellent written and oral communication skills to join our in-house attorney team. Compensation DOE.

Please send resume, references, and writing sample to:

Shelley Preston
Swinomish Indian Tribal Community,
P.O. Box 817, LaConner, WA 98257
Fax: 360/466-5309
Email to

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Self Motivated Individual


EPA's Southwestern Regional Office, located in San Francisco, is looking for a self motivated individual to assist tribal governments in developing and managing environmental programs. The positions are located in the Cross-Media Division, which works with 147 tribes in Arizona, California, and Nevada. Specific duties include providing assistance to tribes on environmental program development under the General Assistance Program (GAP), or in the pesticide (FIFRA) program.

Individuals should have strong experience in working with tribal governments on environmental program management.

Contact Kimberli Smith at (415)972-3778 for information on how to apply.

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TRIBES Summer Program for 2002 Graduating High School Seniors


The Tribal Resource Institute in Business, Engineering, and Science (TRIBES), a summer program for high school graduates on their way to college or post secondary education sponsored by the Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT), is now accepting applications for the 2002 program. Approximately 30 students will attend the University of New Mexico for six weeks and can earn up to nine transferable college credits in Math, English, and Native American studies. In addition to the three courses, students live on campus, learn about how to succeed in college, and participate in a number of field-trips and activities designed to enhance their awareness of Native communities' social, cultural, political, and environmental issues.

Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for a $1000 scholarship for five years of college or post-secondary study.

Dates of the program: June 13-July 26, 2002

Location: University of New Mexico in Albuquerque


Mailing Address:

TRIBES Program
University of New Mexico,
Attn: Native American Programs
Office of the Provost,
Scholes Hall, Room 226
Albuquerque, NM 87131
tel. 505-277-5725
fax 505-277-0228

TO APPLY: write, call, or email for an application packet, which includes the application form, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation.
DEADLINE: Applications must be received by May 1, 2002
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Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development
Call for Proposals


The Navajo Nation Division of Economic Development is accepting proposals from individuals who specialize in various aspects of how to start and manage a small business. We are looking for potential Native American presenters who have expertise in the following areas: Marketing; Bookkeeping-Accounting- Finance Procedures; and How to Develop a Business Plan and Using it as a Viable Tool. The presenters will present their workshop within two hours and present it twice.

We are also looking for a potential Native American speaker who owns a successful employee-owned small business as a keynote speaker.

For more informaton, please contact Roberta John at (928) 871-7373 or email her at:

The Summit is scheduled for June 20-21, 2002 in Window Rock, Arizona.

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31st Annual "Honoring our Educators" Contest Pow Wow
April 5, 6, and 7
San Diego, California,


The Native American Student Alliance and San Diego State University announces their 31st Annual "Honoring our Educators" Contest Pow Wow, April 5, 6, and 7, San Diego, California, Cox Arena.

For more information check out our website at:

or email us at:

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Native American Studies in New England: Educators, Curriculum, and Culture
University of New Hampshire, April 12-13, 2002
Durham, New Hampshire


Funded by the Center for the Humanities, University of New Hampshire, and the James H. Hayes and Claire Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities "Native American Studies in New England: Educators, Curriculum, and Culture" brings together noted tribal educators for a conversation about issues facing educators within Native American communities. It also will address strategies for transforming educational practices and materials in mainstream school systems, for addressing the representation of Native Americans in textbooks and children's books, and for using museums as sites of Native-centered education. The conference is designed to promote conversation among participants and presenters, and students and teachers are especially welcome. Free housing for students for Friday night may be available upon request. At the conclusion of the conference, there will be a planning workshop for a summer institute for teachers sponsored by the University of New Hampshire's Center for New England Culture to be held at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center, July 15-17, 2002.

Teachers attending the conference will receive 0.8 CEUs from the University of New Hampshire Division of Continuing Education upon payment of a $15.00 CEU fee.

For further information, contact:

David Watters
Department of English,
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
603 862-3983

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Title: William T. Porter Minority Fellowship in Physiology Award
Sponsor: American Physiological Society


Fellowships are available to support the training of talented minority students entering a career in physiology. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and be currently enrolled in a graduate program in physiology. Stipends will be $18,000 for one year.





Andrea Jackson, Program Manager

APS Education Office

9650 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, MD 20814-3991 U.S.A.

Web Site:
Program URL:
Tel: 301-571-0694
Fax: 301-530-7098

The goal of this program is to encourage diversity among students pursuing full-time studies toward the Ph.D. (or D.Sc.) in the physiological sciences, and to encourage their participation in the American Physiological Society.


Eligible applicants are underrepresented ethnic minority applicants who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its territories (African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, Native Alaskans, or Native Pacific Islanders).


Fellowships are awarded for one year, with a commitment from the Program for a second year if trainee progress is rated by the Committee to be good. Under exceptional circumstances, a third year may be awarded. Applicants for Porter Physiology Fellowships may choose institutions of higher education which offer advanced degrees in physiology, especially in North America where memberships in the American Physiological Society are most prevalent. The fellow may study or engage in research away from the fellowship institution during part of the tenure of the award, if the faculty judge such opportunity to be advantageous for the fellow's training. (icm)

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10 Week, Summer Paid Internship Program, Dulles, VA, near Washington, DC.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2002.

Send Essay and Resume to: Gary Kebbel ( and Kim Moy (

The AOL News internship program is designed to teach advanced students about online news presentation. Candidates for this internship should have a career interest in journalism, communications, design or photography and should have a familiarity with computers.

Students will observe and work in the AOL newsroom as editors who 1) evaluate stories, 2) assemble packages of multiple stories, photos and graphics and 3) publish those stories online. Students will be taught how to write and edit for online news presentation and will be taught the software programs necessary to do their job. They will work under the supervision of various AOL editors and will have an assigned mentor.

Sample topics will include: Story selection and evaluating multiple news sources, Summarizing stories for the online medium, Enhancing stories with multimedia, Selecting photos for stories.

Essay Question: Discuss whether you think online news will become more or less popular five years from now. Explain your answer by discussing who uses online news, what is good and bad about it, and what it would take to make a general population want to use online news every day. Please limit your response to 500 words or less.

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ExxonMobile has given the Women's Memorial a grant of $2,000.00 as part of the ExxonMobile Community Summer Jobs Program. The grant will pay a young intern to work at the Women's Memorial for 8 weeks this summer. The intern will receive a salary of $2,000.00 (total) for eight weeks work.

The intern will be responsible for researching, developing and designing a temporary exhibit for display in the Memorial in November 2002. The exhibit will commemorate the services of Native American Women Veterans and active duty and Reserve Native American servicewomen. If the exhibit is successful, it may be used in following years, or it may be the basis of what we use in following years.

ExxonMobile has defined the intern's eligibility as follows: he or she must be a full time undergraduate planning to return to college as an undergraduate full time in the Fall of 2002. That means they must presently be a freshman, sophomore or junior in college.

The Memorial's Chief Historian, Judith Bellafaire, Ph.D. is looking for applications from interested students. The individual should send a resume to Dr. Bellafaire via email at or at 5510 Columbia Pike, Arlington VA 22204. Interested individuals may also call her at 703-533-1155. Dr. Bellafaire will set up in-person or telephone interviews with the most qualified candidates.

We are looking for students with backgrounds in American History or Museum Studies. Familiarity with the military would be a plus. Please note: the terms of the grant stipulate that the individual must be hired by no later than May 1st, so we must hear from prospective candidates by April 1st.

On the Internet -

The Women In Military Service for America Memorial:

Native American Women Veterans:

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"Wisdom of the Storyteller" A Conference to Build Research Capacity in Indian Country


The American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center and Capacity Building for American Indians Project are proud to sponsor the "Wisdom of the Storyteller" A Conference to Build Research Capacity in Indian Country. The conference will be held in Washington, DC on April 25-26, 2002. Please see our website for more information:

Conference Objectives:

  1. To provide technical assistance on applying for short-term rehabilitation training, long-term rehabilitation training, and other research and training grants.
  2. To provide training on priority setting and planning for rehabilitation research.
  3. To provide training on research strategies and resources.

College Student Scholarships to Attend Conference:
A limited number of scholarships for college students to attend the conference are available. Please call 1-800-553-0714 and ask to speak with John Sargent, Instructional Specialist, to request a scholarship application. Scholarships are intended to cover conference related expenses, including travel and hotel.

Conference Information:

Priscilla Lansing Sanderson, Director
American Indian Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (AIRRTC)
Capacity Building for American Indians Project (CBAIP)
Northern Arizona University, Institute for Human Development,
Arizona University Center on Disabilities
P.O. Box 5630,
Flagstaff, AZ 86011


Julie Anna Clay, Training Coordinator


John Sargent, Instructional Specialist
(928) 523-5848 (928) 523-1695 TTY
(928) 523-9127 Fax

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Dartmouth College
Associate Dean of Student Life for Pluralism and Leadership


The Associate Dean of Student Life for Pluralism and Leadership, a senior position in the Dean of Student Life Office, provides leadership for the development and coordination of a comprehensive array of educational, cultural, social and student support programs. The Associate Dean plays a crucial role in the College's efforts to engage all students in social justice/diversity work and leadership development efforts.

The Associate Dean is responsible for assessing the quality of student interaction on the campus and, in close collaboration with colleagues in residential life, athletics, religious life and other offices, develops programs and services to improve the educational and social experiences of students in general and women and underrepresented students in particular.

The Associate Dean works closely with the College's Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity in their efforts to educate, support and engage students, faculty and staff in Dartmouth's efforts to achieve a culturally pluralistic and interactive campus community.

The Associate Dean oversees the work of a professional staff that includes four Advisors/Assistant Deans of Student Life and the directors of the Women's Resource Center and the Native American Program. The Associate Dean oversees an annual operating budget and works with the Dean of Student Life to develop short- and long-range strategic plans for leadership and pluralism efforts. The Associate Dean plays a pivotal role in fostering communication and outreach with students and student organizations, student affairs deans and directors, faculty and other administrators.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated strong interpersonal, organizational, management and planning skills. An advanced degree, considerable student affairs experience, and a demonstrated commitment to promoting pluralism and intercultural understanding is highly desirable, as is considerable experience integrating and enhancing the intellectual and social experiences of undergraduate students.

Dartmouth College is a highly selective, residential liberal arts institution with an enrollment of 4,300 undergraduates and 1,300 graduate and professional school students. The College is situated in the Connecticut River Valley of western New Hampshire.

The review of applications will begin in April and continue until the position has been filled. Letters of application, resumes and the names and telephone numbers of three professional references should be sent to:

Janet Terp
Chair of the Associate Dean for Pluralism and Leadership Search Committee
HB 6135,
Dartmouth College,
Hanover, NH 03755.


Dartmouth College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer.

Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Denali Commission 2002 Undergraduate and Graduate Internship Program



Opportunity for 4 students to gain work experience in their field of interest in an approximately 12 week paid summer Internship.

General Areas of Internship Work Available:

  • Rural Workforce Development
  • Health Care and Health Clinic Construction
  • Government Coordination and Economic Development
  • Rural Energy Development
  • To download detailed guidelines and an application please visit: or
  • contact the Commission at (907) 271-1414.
  • Applications due Friday April 19, 2002.

Denali Commission is an innovative State and Federal Partnership created by Senator Ted Stevens that provides assistance to Alaska's rural communities for critical utilities, infrastructure and economic support.

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National Education Association Jobs:


Director of Human and Civil Rights
Source: HUNAP0093
Salary: Executive Management
Closing: April 12, 2002

Sr. Professional Associate (Legal Services Programs)
Source : HUNAP0163
Salary range: $56,775 - $95,911
Closing Date: March 29, 2002


Manager, Human & Civil Rights
(Teacher Quality/Women's Issues)
Source: HUNAP0903
SALARY RANGE: $85,591 - 121,416
Closing Date: Until Filled (Reviews ongoing)

Senior Professional Associate
(School System Capacity/Equity Advocate)
Source: HUNAP0070
SALARY RANGE: $56,775 - 95,911
Closing Date: April 5, 2002


Senior Professional Associate
(Training & Leadership Development)
Source: HUNAP0105
SALARY RANGE: $56,775 - 95,911
Closing Date: April 5, 2002

Professional Associate
Source : HUNAP0346A
Salary range: $45,260 - 76,458
Closing Date: March 28, 2002


Apply online at or EMAIL résumé to

Include source on résumé, cover letter or in subject of e-mail. (Positions located in Washington, DC) EOE

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