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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 15, 2002 - Issue 63


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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

Submissions for the Summer Craft Contest are now being accepted.


Entries will be accepted until 6/30/02. There are 5 categories for the Craft Contest:

Fine Arts
Other Crafts

To submit an entry, upload a picture of your craft to the Gallery under the correct Craft Contest Category. All submission will be moved to the Craft section of the Gallery after the Contest.

Voting on the crafts in each of the 5 categories will begin 7/1/02. The winners of each of these categories will receive a T-Shirt and advance to the Finals.

The Finals of the Craft Contest will begin 8/1/02. The winner of the Finals will receive a Chief Joseph Pendleton Blanket.

Second Place will receive a $50 gift certificate to Coyote's Corner, and third place will receive a $25 gift certificate to Coyote's Corner.

The Summer Craft Contest is sponsored by Coyotes Corner. Visit thier site at:

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New England Board of Higher Education
Director of Excellence through Diversity Program


The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) seeks an exemplary education professional to serve as its Director of Excellence through Diversity. The mission of NEBHE's diversity program is to increase the participation and retention of underrepresented populations in higher education, particularly in the science, mathematics, engineering and technology (SMET) disciplines. NEBHE is a non-profit, regional compact of the six New England states with a mission to increase the educational opportunities and services.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary history to Phyllis Maguire, NEBHE, 45 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02110 or to

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Call for papers
Lake Superior State University
8th Biennial International Native American Studies Conference
Friday-Saturday, October 4-5, 2002


Submit abstract proposals to:

Dr. Susan Schacher, Chair
Native American Studies Conference
Lake Superior State University
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783

Deadline: June 15, 2002

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Dartmouth College has long been recognized for its commitment to Indian education and for the strength of its Native American Studies program. Over the past thirty years, more than 500 Native Americans from over 120
different tribes have attended Dartmouth (more than at all the other Ivy League institutions combined).

The Dartmouth Admissions Office invites applications for the Assistant Director of Admissions position. The Assistant Director of Admissions will share in all of the responsibilities involved with the recruitment and selection of talented undergraduates. Specific duties will include travel designed to attract qualified students, several months of reviewing and assessing applications, organizational duties related to the spring programs for accepted students and conducting daily group information sessions and interviews. Candidates should possess a willingness to spend long hours working on application reading, travel and specific projects as well as the ability to deal effectively with students, parents, high school guidance counselors, alumni and faculty. Sensitivity to the needs of differing groups of students and a commitment to a diverse student body are essential. Strong public speaking and writing skills required. Salary and specific responsibilities will depend on the successful candidate's
credentials. Candidates should possess a bachelor's degree and some experience or special training in educational administration or the equivalent. Experience in admissions recruitment and enrollment is highly
desirable. Interested candidates should send a letter and résumé to Dan Parish, Associate Director of Admissions, Dartmouth College, 6016 McNutt Hall, Hanover, NH 03755-3541 (or by email to

Dartmouth is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer; women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Review of applications will begin May 28, 2002 and will continue until the position is filled.

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Legislative Associate, Washington, DC


Job Description

Position Title: Legislative Associate
Worksite Location: Washington, DC

Work Days/Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am 6:00pm/40+ hours
Position Type: Full time permanent

Salary: $46,821 per annum

Primarily responsible for monitoring congressional legislation affecting the Navajo Nation. Researching and analyzing all matters, which may impact the Navajo Nation and communicate to all appropriate Executive Division Directors and other branches of government. Attend congressional meetings/hearings and report significant actions/status on legislation to division directors, committees, and the Navajo Nation Council on a regular basis. Draft testimony, talking points, bill language, briefings, memoranda, and reports. Conduct independent research projects, including legislative reports, and issue analyses. Assists support staff with daily operational functions of the office when necessary and perform related work required by Executive Director.

Education and Training:
A Bachelors Degree, preferably in political science, history, and English related field.

A minimum of one (1) year of legislative or legal experiences, preferably congressional.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have excellent analytical, verbal, and writing skills. Presentation skills necessary. Ability to carry out complex instructions. Must be self-starter and take initiative within areas of responsibility. Must be a team player. Knowledge of Navajo Nation, state, and federal governments. Possess general knowledge of the Navajo Nation legislative, economic, and social issues. Establish and maintain effective working relations with those contacted in the course of work. Strong computer literacy skills necessary.

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Fellowship Opportunity



Youth Development Fellowship
Family & Child Guidance Clinic
Oakland NAHC
Youth Program Coordinator
$500 Monthly Stipend

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Native American Health Center
Youth Development Fellows


POSITION SUMMARY: Native American Health Center will hire four Youth Development Fellows for 8 weeks from June 19- August 11 to develop a plan and vision for Native American Youth Services in Oakland. The summer interns will work 3 days/week; 2 days at the Native American Youth Center as internal program evaluators and 1 day at a job shadowing site appropriate to youth interest. The youth selected for this position must be self-motivated and have an interest in program development and youth services in Oakland.

Develop a five minute video documenting community action around youth development and youth needs.
Monthly Action Plan describing goals for the month and strategies that they will use to achieve these goals.
Weekly Report describing progress/obstacles they have had in reaching their self-defined monthly goals
Participate in all youth trainings and meetings
Provide outreach to youth to encourage involvement in existing programs.
Other duties as assigned by the Youth Services Director.

Must be between the ages of 14-21
Familiarity with Native American community and youth issues in Oakland.
Ability to communicate effectively with youth and adults.
Organizing experience with youth groups.
Word processing and clerical skills.
High school diploma or currently enrolled high school student with a minimum 2.5 GPA.

Preference in hiring is given to qualified Native Americans in accordance with the Indian Preference Act (Title 25, US Code, Section 472 and 473). Applicants claiming Indian Preference must submit verification of Indian certified by tribe of affiliation or other acceptable documentation of Indian heritage.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: Within the scope of Indian Preference, all candidates will receive equal consideration without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin or other non-merit factors.

Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA): Native American Health Center abides by the mandates of the ADEA (protecting individuals 40 years and older) and considers age a non-merit factor in all employment decisions and considerations.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Native American Health Center abides by the mandates of the ADA and considers disability a non-merit factor in all employment decisions and considerations. Furthermore, NAHC will make any practical, feasible, and reasonable arrangements to accommodate qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.

Note to Applicants: Please be advised that you may be asked to get a Department of Justice Fingerprinting clearance as a contingency for an offer of employment. Criminal clearances are obtained to protect the welfare and safety of clients receiving services at NAHC.


Jason Robinson, HR Director
Native American Health Center
3124 East 14th Street
Oakland, CA 94601
FAX: (510) 261-0646
E-Mail: JasonR@UIHBI.ORG

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The 11th Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Academic Support Network Meeting


Save the date October 5, 2002, confirm your address, and remember to plan early in the semester for your underrepresented students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to attend this unique opportunity sponsored by The NEW ENGLAND BOARD OF HIGHER EDUCATION's (NEBHE) Excellence Through Diversity Program.

The 11th Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Academic Support Network Meeting
-The Science Network-
for underrepresented students.
at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts

A day for students of color from all six New England states to meet one another as well as scientists, mathematicians and engineers from academe and industry, featuring expert advice, encouragement, networking, and showcases of internship and college opportunities.



1. RESPOND TO THIS EMAIL with any corrections to your contact information, any additional contacts at the high school, undergraduate or graduate level who might encourage students to attend this event, and let us know who should be the primary campus coordinator for your institution.
2. As you may remember, the Science Network meets early in the academic year, so you and your students will have to act quickly to register in time. We will send a reminder in early September to the email addresses you have provided, but you may want to start contacting potential students now. Registration forms are attached to this email and students can register directly at the NEBHE website
3. Please provide an early estimate of how many students from your institution might attend, and whether they will need lodging. Lodging rooms must be arranged through NEBHE by a group coordinator, confirmed in late September, and will be billed to your school or college. Contact us at or 617-357-9620.

The New England Board of Higher Education looks forward to working in partnership with the region's schools, colleges, independent programs, and universities to increase access for underrepresented students interested in careers in math, science, engineering and technology. Please find more information on our website at which will be updated throughout the summer, or by calling any of us at 617-357-9620.

Fenna Hanes, Director of Office of Programs
Science Network Co-Coordinators Susan Bryant and Amanda Burton

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Dartmouth College Native American Fly-In Program
Thursday, October 3rd, 2002 - Sunday, October 6th, 2002


Dartmouth's annual Native American Fly-In program provides talented Native American high school seniors with an unparalleled opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the College's academic resources, student services, and admission and financial aid criteria. Once a student is accepted into the Fly-In Program, Dartmouth will cover ALL EXPENSES associated with airfare and on-campus rooms and meals.

If you are interested in being a Native American Fly-In participant, some of the basic criteria include:

  • Membership in a Native American, Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian tribe, nation or community;
  • A strong high school transcript;
  • Current junior status in a high school (students who will have high school senior status in the 2002-2003 school year)
  • A sincere interest in applying to Dartmouth College.

In order to apply for Dartmouth College's Native American Fly-In Program, please complete and send the following items:

  1. A completed application form. You can download the application form and instructions in PDF format at the Native American Program web site at
  2. An up-to-date high school transcript that has final grades for freshman through junior years in high school. Transcripts can be faxed to the Dartmouth Admissions Office at 603-646-1216.
  3. A well-developed essay of one to two pages, on one of the topics provided at the end of the application form. Whenever possible, please type your essay.

Each of the above documents must be sent to the following address:

Native American Fly In Program
c/o Cheryl Sprang
Dartmouth College Admissions Office
6016 McNutt Hall
Hanover, NH 03755

THE APPLICATION SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, JULY 1ST, 2002. Candidates selected for participation will be notified by August 30th.

If you have further questions, please call the Dartmouth College Admissions Office at 1-800-860-1294, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST.

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The Center for New England Culture
Native American Studies in New England: A Teacher Institute
July 15-17, 2002, Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center


The Center for New England Culture of the University of New Hampshire will sponsor a teacher institute on Native American culture and curriculum development. Open without charge to teachers (with an emphasis on elementary and middle schools) and to librarians, the institute will provide teachers with workshops on Native American culture, past and present, with leading experts at the Museum. There will also be workshops on curriculum development to incorporate Native Studies materials in existing curricular frameworks and to develop new strategies for teaching from a native perspective. Participants will have full access to museum and research facilities. The institute has a capacity of 25 teachers, drawn from all six New England states.

Groups of teachers from individual schools or districts are encouraged to apply. Housing and meals will be provided free of charge at Mitchell College in nearby New London, Connecticut. Funding for the institute is provided by a challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and by the University of New Hampshire Center for New England Culture. Participants can receive CEUs or graduate credit through UNH's Division of Continuing Education for a fee. For further information and registration, contact: David Watters, Center for New England Culture, Huddleston Hall, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824; (603) 862-0353,

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Central Washington University
Master's Degree Program in Resource Management


For any and all tribal members who currently hold the bachelor's degree, I would like to invite you to consider continuing your academic career at Central Washington University, by applying to the master's degree program in Resource Management. There are still several openings available this coming fall for qualified students to participate in the Native American Graduate Fellowship Program. We are able to offer you full tuition and a monthly stipend for living expenses under a grant from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. No matter what you have majored in as an undergraduate, the graduate Resource Management curriculum will offer you a chance to get involved with learning the important concepts and skills in managing Indian lands and natural resources as well as dealing with archaeological issues, sacred sites, and other cultural resources.

For more information on these fellowships and how to apply, see:

For more information about the CWU Resource Management program, see:

Robert Kuhlken
Associate Professor
Department of Geography & Land Studies
Central Washington University
400 East Eighth Avenue
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7420

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Media, Arts and Culture Unit/Knowledge, Creativity & Freedom Program

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION: Working with the Director, the Media, Arts and Culture (MAC) team and other Foundation staff, the Program Officer will be responsible for developing, monitoring, and evaluating the programming in arts and culture with a focus on the cultural and social knowledge and resources of Native peoples. A secondary theme is to explore linkages between the cultural knowledge of indigenous communities and other ethnic/racial groups in the U.S. Context and community are recognized as defining elements of Native culture and art. Building on the Foundation's work with American Indian and other tribal communities, the Program Officer will develop two initiatives that help these lifeways to flourish in their own communities and at the same time continue contributing to American society. The first initiative will be designed to create and support public space to nurture, celebrate, express, and understand the cultural and artistic resources of Native communities. The second initiative will support and promote exchanges of knowledge among indigenous groups, other racial/ethnic communities, and emerging artists and cultural workers.

The Program Officer will develop grantmaking strategies; identify prospective grantees; solicit, review and respond to grant proposals; and prepare recommendations for Foundation funding. The Program Officer is expected to be an important contributor to the goals of the Knowledge, Creativity & Freedom program as well as its conceptualization of-and work in-the field of arts and culture. She/he is also expected to work closely with colleagues in the Community and Resource Development unit in the Assets program as well as with staff in the Foundation's other fields in the U.S. and overseas.

QUALIFICATIONS: The Foundation seeks a seasoned professional with an advanced degree. This individual should have substantial experience with, commitment to, and a deep knowledge of Native communities in the U.S., including language, fundamental traditions and cultural frameworks. She/he should have a demonstrated interest and understanding of the potential connections between Native cultures and the artistic and cultural work of other place-based, racial and ethnic communities in the U.S. Applicants should also have a strong interest in and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, especially in the U.S. and also overseas. Strong analytical, managerial, organizational and interpersonal skills are highly desirable. Native Americans are especially encouraged to apply.

Salary is based on experience and the Foundation's commitment to internal equity. A generous benefits package is included.

To apply for employment, please send resume, cover letter, and brief writing sample (5-20 pages of original work) to Ms. Z. Reiter at the above address preferably by e-mail to by June 30, 2002.

Equal employment opportunity and having a diverse staff are fundamental principles at The Ford Foundation, where employment and promotional opportunities are based upon individual capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sexual orientation/affectional preference, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, disability, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established under law.

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Indians Into Psychology (InPsych) Program


The Indians Into Psychology (InPsych) Program at the University of Montana is still accepting applications for its two-week summer program that runs from June 30th-July 13th, 2002 in Missoula, MT on the campus of the University of Montana. The InPsych Program focuses on preparing students to apply to graduate programs in Clinical Psychology. Activities include speakers, writing personal statements, preparing for the GRE, a research seminar and more. InPsych provides for travel, room, board, and a stipend. Interested students should submit an application (available on-line @, a letter of interest/personal statement, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and proof of tribal enrollment.
Applications can either be faxed or mailed to:

Outreach Recruitment Coordinator
32 Campus Drive #1584
Missoula, MT 59812-1584

Fax number: (406) 243-6094

Shannon Dooling
Outreach Recruitment Coordinator
Indians into Psychology (InPsych)
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-5679

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The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment Writing Fellowship Program


ABC is seeking diverse writing talent for "The Walt Disney Studios and ABC Entertainment Writing Fellowship Program. Up to twelve paid positions will be available for writers who exhibit talent and a passion to work in the television and feature film profession. This will be the thirteenth year of a highly competitive program that sets the standard for the industry. The Fellowship is open to all writers; there is no entry fee, although material must be notarized. Fellows will each be provided a flat weekly salary of $961.54 ($50,000 annualized) for up to a one-year period tentatively scheduled to begin in January 2003. Fellows outside of the Los Angeles area will be provided with round-trip airfare and one month accomodations. Writers may download an application packet from the ABC website at or by calling 818-560-6894. Please note that the submission period is June 1st through July 6, 2002. To be considered, material must be postmarked no later than July 6th.

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Employment Notice

ASC Member Organizations & Contacts:

We are actively seeking candidates to apply for a newly created staff position within the Aboriginal Sport Circle. Working out of our national office in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory, Ontario, the Manager of High Performance Programs will oversee all related elite athlete training and competition programs. A copy of the Employment Notice is attached. Please forward this to your communities, member organizations and any individuals that you feel would be interested in applying for the position. Please note that no application deadline has been established as the competition will remain open until we have enough qualified applicants to interview.

Should you have any questions or require further details on the posting, please contact me by email or by telephone at (613) 938-1176, extension 22.

Thank you for your assistance.

Rick Brant,
Executive Director

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