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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


April 20, 2002 - Issue 59


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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

Hoopa Tribal Civilian Community Corps

I am with the Hoopa Tribal Civilian Community Corps in Hoopa, California. We are a tribal Americorps residential program. I would greatly appreciate it , if you could get this information out to your friends and family.

We are currently recruiting for 26 corps members male or female in the entire west coast region. The deadline to apply is June 21st, 2002. They must be able to pass a drug & alcohol test upon entry and randomly thereafter. They would start July 9th, 2002 and graduate on May 9th, 2003 with an education award of $4725.00.

If anyone needs an application, brochures, posters, flyers, pictures, etc... or needs a question answered ... please call me @ 1-866-255-TCCC or 530-625-5223x21 or email me at: tahsanchat or fax me at 530-625-5144. Thanks again for all your help and support.

Farrah Pratt

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"Expressing Your Native Knowledge in College"
Youth Conference at Cal Berkeley


Dear Indian Educationers,

I would like to remind and personally invite you to bring some of your best and brightest high school, and potential transfer students to UC Berkeley on May 7, 2002 for a Youth Conference at Cal Berkeley.

Our theme for this conference is "Expressing Your Native Knowledge in College" We are planning to have a lineup of great speakers and performers who can motivate and educate our youth to continue their educational experience in college and encourage them to make their own contribution to universities.

Conference registration will begin at 8 AM in the Martin Luther King Student Union Building. Please Pre-register by email or phone. For a map and directions, parking instructions or for more information please contact me at (510) 643-7902 or

I look forward to seeing you and your students at Cal!

Bridget Wilson,
Native American Outreach Coordinator
Office of Undergraduate Admission UC Berkeley

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Ayaangwaamizin: The International Journal of Indigenous Philosophy
announces a theme issue, "Justice From an Indigenous Perspective."

Guest Editor: Steve Russell, Associate Professor, Indiana University.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • phenomenology of justice.
  • the impact of indigenous metaphysics on conceptions of justice
  • indigenous jurisprudence
  • male and female in indigenous thought
  • treatment of indigenous interests by colonial jurisprudence
  • crime and punishment in indigenous thought
  • indigenous philosophy and dispute resolution
  • indigenous perspectives on ethical issues

Ayaangwaamizin follows the MLA Handbook with minor variations, but we will referee your proposed contribution in whatever format you have chosen if you agree to work with the editors to conform the format should your article be accepted. Feel free to recommend referees, preferably giving contact information and their affiliation (academic or tribal). The editors consider tribal elders to be qualified to speak on indigenous philosophy without regard to academic credentials, but if you suggest elders as referees be certain they have consented to the academic evaluation process.

Submit articles for this theme issue only to:

Steve Russell
302 Sycamore Hall,
Bloomington, IN 47405.

Submit one copy with your name and affiliation and two without. You may also submit by e-mailing as a Microsoft Word attachment to


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Part- time Public Relations Coordinator

Individual must be computer literate and familiar with MS Publishing or PageMaker 5.0 with excellent writing skills and ability to effectively manage twelve page community newsletter that is published quarterly. Great people skills and experience working with Native Community is a must. Also responsible for assisting in the coordination of community events and community mailings, while managing Administrative Interns. Supports and reports to the Executive Director. Position will occupy 20 hours a week at $15 an hour. Hours are flexible.

Send Resume to:

Joanne Dunn, Executive Director
North American Indian Center of Boston, Inc.
105 South Huntington Avenue
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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Scholarship Specifically for American Indian/Alaska Native Students


The American Indian/Alaska Native Employee Association for the Natural Resources Conservation Service (AIANEA for the NRCS) has come out with a scholarship specifically for American Indian/Alaska Native students that are pursuing a college degree in the natural resources field. The NRCS is an agency within the United States Dept. of Agriculture. Our mission is to give technical assistance to private landowners in dealing with any natural resource problems and concerns that they might have. This year's scholarship is for $150.

The scholarship information and application can be found on our website at When you get to the website, click on the Media and Public Relations Link and you can access the scholarship info there.

If you would like more information on the NRCS, visit the website at

For more information, you can call Kurt Cates at 208-478-3778 or email me at

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Dartmouth College
The 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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Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation Offers Scholarships
for Female Graduate Students with Disabilities
Deadline: June 25, 2002

The Ethel Louise Armstrong Foundation, Inc. (ELA) works to "Change the Face of Disability on the Planet" by promoting health in communities through arts, education, and advocacy for the total inclusion of people with disabilities. As part of its mission, ELA is committed to expanding opportunities for female graduate students with disabilities and developing future leadership in the disability community. The foundation will award one or two scholarships of up to $2,000 each per academic year to supplement financial assistance received by a female graduate student(s).

To be eligible for an ELA scholarship, applicants must be a female with a physical disability (as set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act); be currently enrolled or actively applying to a graduate program in an accredited college or university in the United States; and be willing to partner with the ELA Foundation within her chosen field of study to help advance the foundation's mission.

Visit the ELA Web site for complete eligibility information and application guidelines and forms.

RFP Link:

For additional RFPs in Education, visit:

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Summer Intern Program 2002

The Texas State Park system contains a wealth of recreational, natural and cultural resources in 120 parks and historic sites. The park system is currently recruiting interns for fourteen paid internship positions for the summer of 2002. Preference will be give to students in the field of parks and recreation, history, anthropology, biology, archeology, wildlife management, geography, environmental studies or other resources related programs.

The positions will be ten weeks in duration, with pay ranging form $8.43/hour to $9.35/hour, based on the intern's classification at the time of application.

  • Must be an undergraduate or grad student at an accredited college or university at the time of application.
  • Minimum of 12 semester hours completed, with an overall grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must provide a state of Texas Application form and valid transcript at the time of interview. Application may be downloaded from TPW website.
Visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department website at and click on the "jobs" link.
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National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
4th Partnership Conference for Graduate Programs


The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)/National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) 4th Partnership Conference for Graduate Programs will be held April 19-21, 2002, at the Hyatt Regency Reston at Reston Town Center in the Washington, D.C., area. The objective of this conference is to assist colleges and universities in using the National Board's Standards as a framework for teacher development and for the redesign of master's degree programs.

You will have the opportunity to:
  • Interact with university faculty, administrators, and National Board Certified Teachers who are implementing advanced master's programs and other teacher development opportunities aligned with the NBPTS standards
  • Examine assumptions underlying authentic redesign of programs in education
  • Learn how National Board Certified Teachers can influence the delivery of advanced master's education programs
  • Discuss challenges facing deans in restructuring teacher education programs
  • Network with teacher educators and National Board Certified Teachers
  • Explore partnerships between and among institutions

For registration information, visit or call Matt Rhodes at NCATE at 202-466-7496.

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education

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12th Annual Humboldt State University Pow Wow


The 12th Annual Humboldt State University Pow Wow will be held April 20-21, 2002 at the West Gym of HSU in Arcata, CA. This event is sponsored by the students of the Indian Natural Resource Science and Engineering Program.

For more information contact INRSEP at (707) 826-4994

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American Indian Undergraduate Students in Science

Stipend - $300/week with a $200/week supplement for eligible students
Travel to Missoula and Housing in Missoula provided for

Project TRAIN is offering eight to twelve summer internships in environmental biology to undergraduate American Indian students. Each intern will work with a faculty mentor to conduct a research project, and attend a research methods class. Orientation and social events will also be held through the summer. Stipends for interns are $300.00 per week with a supplement of $200 per week for qualified students. Housing in Missoula will be provided, along with a travel allowance. Please look at the attachments for more information and application forms. Also feel free to contact Penny Kukuk ( if you have any questions.


Penelope F. Kukuk
Division of Biological Science
The University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59801

Phone: (406) 243-6144
FAX: (406) 243-4184

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Freedom to travel. Resources for training. Good pay. Great
supervisor. What else do you need?


The Indian Health Service in Portland, OR, is readvertising a position to assist EPA in implementing the UST/LUST program on Indian Lands. If you recall, we advertised in Jan. and just hired an individual (Jim Greeves, formerly of Ecology). However, our incumbent, Dave Birney, is leaving IHS for another position on the east coast. So, we are in need of another strong candidate.

This position will be located in the EPA Seattle Office, working closely with me (don't be scared now). The details for applying can be found at this web site.
Job announcement PO 02-29 is for existing federal employees, indian preference, and commissioned officers.
Job announcement PO 02-29 DEU is for all other interested candidates.

In a nutshell, we need someone to help us implement the UST/LUST program on Indian Lands in AK, ID, OR, and WA. This position will mainly be focussed on LUST issues, but we are flexible.

If you have already applied, just contact the people at IHS and let them know you are still interested. I think you can forego another application.

Call me with any questions.

Wally Moon
US EPA, Region 10, Ground Water Protection Unit OW-137
1200 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
206.553.6903 - 206.553.1280 fax -

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A national applicant pool is being solicited for Project CLASS. Project CLASS is a Master's Degree program emphasizing curriculum and instruction targeting American Indians. It is offered by American Indian Research and Development, Inc. (AIRD, Inc.) through Cameron University (CU). Project CLASS is a federally funded program under the U.S. Education Department, Office of Indian Education, Professional Development Program.

THE PURPOSE: To provide American Indians who have earned degrees in non-teaching areas the opportunity to earn a secondary school licensure as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) through Cameron University's CAM-STEP (Cameron Secondary Teacher Education Program). This Master's degree program will be completed in one calendar year.

BENEFITS: Participants in the program can earn a graduate degree (MAT) within one year of enrolling at CU. Full tuition is provided by Project CLASS as well as a monthly stipend, a dependent stipend to qualified participants, and a book allowance.

OVERALL OUTCOME: A national pool of American Indians will be recruited to participate in Project CLASS at CU, and will have the opportunity to enhance their professional credentials to assist them in serving American Indian students as effective teachers. American Indian education professionals will enhance their professional credentials and become effective schoolteachers.

LOCATION: AIRD, Inc. is an Indian owned nonprofit organization that has 19 years of experience in Indian Education research and program development. Cameron University is located in Lawton, Oklahoma. CU is committed to specialized education in Teacher Education and Graduate Degree Programs.

Applications will be accepted until May 3, 2002 and are available on our website or to link directly to the application.

CLASSES FOR PROJECT CLASS WILL BEGIN IN EARLY AUGUST 2002. Applicants must be willing to relocate to Oklahoma for the training period.

Persons interested in applying for Project CLASS should contact:

American Indian Research & Development, Inc.
2233 W. Lindsey, Suite 118,
Norman, Oklahoma 73069.

Telephone number: (405) 364-0656 or
Fax Number: (405) 364-5464

E-Mail: or for more information.

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First Nations Orphan Association Conference
Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin
Wednesday, July 24 (evening) through Friday, July 26 (afternoon)

Conference Purpose:
To unite Native American (First Nation and Aboriginal) adoptees with professionals, community leaders, other adoptees and spiritual leaders with the goal to develop strategies that will address post-adoption issues.
Conference Themes:
  • What is needed to assist in searching for birth parents and extended family members?
  • What is needed to help families in the reunification process?
  • Time for adoptees and families to share their stories
  • Begin organizing the regional offices of First Nations Orphan Association
Who will be invited?
  • Adoptees and fostered individuals
  • Birth parents, other relatives, foster parents
  • Social Workers, Foster Care Workers
  • Tribal judges, tribal elders, spiritual leaders
  • Political leaders
  • Native American artists
  • Representatives from First Nations in Canada and Australia
Who will benefit:
  1. This conference is designed to provide professionals with insight on the unique obstacles of the Native American Adoptee or fostered individual and their families. It is estimated that 25 to 35% of all Indian children were removed from their homes and placed in orphanages, white foster homes, and adopted into white homes during the years between 1941 and 1978.
  2. This conference will provide an opportunity for professionals and community members to strategize together on how to best meet the needs of the family reunification process.
  3. Spiritual leaders and community leaders will benefit from hearing first hand accounts of unmet spiritual and psychological needs.
  4. Adoptees and fostered individuals will benefit from having a forum to share ideas for development of the First Nations Orphan Association.
  5. Adoptees and fostered individuals will have the opportunity to meet and network with other adoptees and fostered individuals, maybe for the first time in their lives.
There are two underlying goals supporting this conference:
  • To offer service to all adoptees and families in accordance with our traditional spiritual heritage and the policies of the Indian Child Welfare Act.
  • Develop a network of regional, national and international agencies that will promote, support and enhance delivery of programs in the areas of pre- and post-adoption advocacy services.

Contact: Sandy White Hawk at for information.

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Staff Opportunities with Teach For America·New Mexico/Navajo Nation

Teach For America is the national teacher corps which recruits, selects, trains and supports outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors and diverse backgrounds to teach for a two-year commitment in a public school in an underresourced community. Teach For America's vision is to ensure that all children in this nation have an equal opportunity to an excellent education. The New Mexico/Navajo Nation program of Teach For America is based in Gallup, New Mexico where currently 23 corps members are teaching in public and BIA schools serving a predominantly Native American student population.

Teach For America is seeking an Executive Director and Program Director for its New Mexico/Navajo Nation regional program, one of seventeen regional sites of Teach For America.

The Executive Director will be responsible for increasing Teach For America's visibility in New Mexico and the Navajo Nation, meeting regional fundraising goals, and managing a program staff that will meet ambitious regional program goals.

The Program Director will be responsible for employing all necessary strategies to ensure that corps members have the resources they need to become highly effective teachers who will affect significant gains in student achievement. Applicants to these positions should be able to demonstrate high achievement in their endeavors and excellent critical thinking and communication skills. Teach For America offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package. The Program Director should have at least three years successful teaching

For application information please visit

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National Project Specialist

Job Title: National Project Specialist
Reports To: Director, Western Tribal Diabetes Project
Salary Range: $34,000 to 48,000 (DOE)
Program: The Western Tribal Diabetes Project, The EpiCenter
Classification: Full Time, November 2001 ? October 2002
Location: Portland, Oregon
Opening Date: November 9, 2001

Closing Date:

November 30, 2001 or Until Filled
Job Summary:
The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) oversees the Western Tribal Diabetes Project (WTDP). The National Project Specialist is responsible for developing train-the-trainer curriculum to enable American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) Regional Support Centers (tribally operated epidemiology centers) to become proficient in data improvement systems developed by WTDP. The National Project Specialist works closely with all Project personnel and tribal representatives served by the Project. The Project Specialist’s main duties will be to:
  1. Promote standardized systems and strategies developed by WTDP for the
    implementation of a diabetes tracking system,
  2. Develop train-the-trainer training curriculum,
  3. Disseminate Project Information to AI/AN Regional Training Centers,
  4. Conduct train-the-trainer workshops in Indian Health Services (IHS) Resources and Patient Management System (RPMS)*, including Q-Man and Diabetes Management System, Version 1.0,
  5. Plan, develop and implement a Project evaluation component to assess program effectiveness, and
  6. Provide follow-up and year-end reports to the Project Director and funding agency.
*RPMS is the computerized health information system used by Indian health and medical facilities.
Essential Functions:

1. Provide technical assistance and training for staff in Regional Support Centers (centralized and on-site) that will lead to improved local data collection systems to estimate rates of diabetes and its associated complications for AI/AN.

  • Develop new and refine existing Project training tools and train-the-trainer curriculum, including presentation, handouts, evaluation and steps on how to conduct training.

2. Assist AI/AN Regional Support Centers to become proficient in strategies to improve health information for diabetes this is available among respective tribal communities.

  • Coordinate and conduct workshops in the utilization of WTDP strategies and tools.
  • Develop "How To" curriculum and materials for workshops.
  • Assist the Western Diabetes Coordinator in developing and coordinator workshops designed to demonstrate to AI/AN tribes on the utilization of health data for prevention and health promotion activities.
  • Coordinate and secure partnerships with AI/AN Regional Support Centers.

3. Disseminate information about the Project’s national services to groups, tribes and organizations throughout Indian Country.

  • Coordinate and communicate all Project activities with IHS National Diabetes Program to ensure broad dissemination of WTDP.
  • Develop and conduct presentations about Project Services and updates to
    various groups.

4. Coordinate, implement and execute train-the-trainer workshops (central and on-site) for the following: (1) RPMS Diabetes Management System, Version 1.0; (2) Data utilization, (3) Site visits, (4) Project tools (trainings will follow the criteria created by the WTDP).

  • Refine existing training materials developed by the WTDP.
  • Coordinate all aspects of train-the-trainer workshops.
  • Develop training protocols for central and local trainings
  • Develop benchmarks to evaluate progress of training systems and applications.
  • Complete the evaluation summary for the RPMS trainings.

5. Plan, develop, and implement an evaluation component to demonstrate project effectiveness.

  • Utilize Project goals, objectives, and defined evaluation activities, develop evaluation protocols to measure program outputs, activities and indicators.
  • Develop benchmarks to ensure the Project’s success based on project goals, objectives, and work scope.
  • Develop and implement an evaluation tool to inform and assess project limitations and successes (ongoing).

6. Complete all Project reporting requirements utilizing the program’s evaluation results and measures of success.

  • Formulate and submit an aggregate, year-end Project report and submit to the Project Director and funding agency.
  • Present Project outcomes at the NPAIHB quarterly meeting.
  • Submit reports to "The IHS Primary Care Provider" publication.
Additional Functions:
  1. Coordinate all travel schedules, travel advances, and travel reports necessary for this position.
  2. Track Project information utilizing the Access databases created for the Project.
  3. Assist WTDP Project staff to write and submit funding grants.
  4. Attend and co-present one presentation per year at the NPAIHB quarterly board meeting.
  5. Provide presentations on Project updates, findings, and other information to various organizations, groups and conferences.
  6. Provide weekly updates to the Project Director and Executive Director.
  7. Attend National and Regional conferences and meetings, as directed by the WTDP Director.
  1. Bachelor’s degree in health science or public health (Master’s degree in Public Health or health field preferred).
  2. Knowledge or direct experience working in diabetes highly preferred.
  3. Experience working in cross-cultural setting (experience working in Indian communities highly preferred) in conducting health-related trainings and community program planning.
  4. Basic understanding about Indian health care programs, organizations and communities preferred.
  5. Practical experience in creating written documents and editing written documents.
  6. Knowledge and experience working with computerized health information systems.
  7. Knowledge and experience working in office automation software including Microsoft applications (Access, Excel, Word, and Power Point), the Internet, and email applications.
  8. Working knowledge in statistical analysis software (Epi-Info, SPSS) preferred.
  9. Excellent organizational skills, and experience using copying and fax machines.
  10. A self-starter who works with minimal supervision.
  11. Ability to travel to national locations (35%).

Applicants must agree to serve a minimum six-month probationary period during which time their employment can be terminated at will. The NPAIHB is a drug free workplace and any job offer is conditional upon clearing a test for the presence of illegal drugs.

Physical Demands: Frequently involves sedentary work: exerting up to 10 pounds of force and/or a negligible amount of force to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body.

Physical Requirements: Constantly requires the ability to receive detailed information through oral communications, and to make fine discrimination in sound. Constantly requires verbally expressing or exchanging ideas or important instructions accurately, loudly, or quickly. Constantly requires working with fingers rather than the whole hand or arm. Constantly requires repetitive movement of the wrists, hands and/or fingers. Often requires walking or moving about to accomplish tasks. Occasionally requires standing and/or sitting for sustained periods of time. Occasionally requires ascending or descending stairs or ramps using feet and legs and/or hand and arms. Occasionally requires stooping which entails the use of the lower extremities and back muscles. Infrequently requires crouching.

Typical Environmental Conditions: The worker is frequently subject to inside environmental conditions which provide protection from weather conditions, but not necessarily from temperature changes, and is occasionally subject to outside environmental conditions.

Travel Requirements: Travel throughout IHS designated Areas is required. Overnight travel outside of the area is infrequently required.

Disclaimer: The individual must perform the essential duties and responsibilities with or without reasonable accommodation efficiently and accurately without causing a significant safety threat to self or others. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and or skills required of all personnel so classified.

Required application forms are available from:

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board,
527 SW Hall, Suite 300, Portland, Oregon 97201
(503) 228-4185 Fax: (503) 228-8182


Except as provided by Title 25 CFR, Section 472 which allows for Indian preference in hiring, the NPAIHB does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, sex, national origin, physical handicap, marital status, politics, membership or non-membership in an employee organization.

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