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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 2, 2002 - Issue 73


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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
Eureka, November 16, 2002:


The Northern California Indian Development Council is pleased to host the 21st annual Elders Dinner to be held from Noon to 4:00 PM on November 16, 2002 at Redwood Acres in Eureka, CA. The event also features an Inter-Tribal Gathering with California Tribal dances throughout the day and a Social Pow Wow that begins at 7:00 PM and ends at 11:00 PM. There is no charge for entrance to the Gathering. The dinner is free to all Elders (Age 55 & Over). For those under 55, a $6.00 donation for dinner tickets is requested.

Representatives from the Tolowa Yurok, Aztec and Pomo Tribes will perform traditional Tribal dances and the Wiyot Singers will also perform. A Ceremony honor Ell Elders in attendance will feature a traditional give away to those over 60 years of age. Native communities have long respected the gifts of elders and enjoy this time to show them how much we appreciate them. The Grand Entry for the Social Pow will begin at 7:00 PM. The event will conclude at 11:00 PM. Invited Drums are Redland Singers from Portland, Oregon and the all woman Drum Mankillers. Pow Wow style dancers representing many Tribal Nations will be participating. Social dances will provide an opportunity for spectators to participate as well. The Pow wow will Emceed by Randy Edmonds of San Diego who is from the Kiowa and Arapaho Tribes and he will be assisted by Arena Director Art Martinez from the Chumash Tribe

This event is sponsored by The Northern California Indian Development Council but relies on the assistance of community partners and volunteers to help make the day a success. Donations are needed to support this effort. If you would like to volunteer please contact Haketa Jealous-Of-Him at (707) 445-8451

Volunteers needed during:

Set Up Help
November 15
9:00 PM
November 16
10:00 AM
11:00 PM
Cleanup Help
November 17
10:00 AM
2:00 PM

Please Download Poster @:

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Native Food Summit
November 15-17, 2002 - Albuquerque, New Mexico

First Nations Development Institute invites you to participate in the Native Food Summit. The summit is an integral part of First Nations’ Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative, and is made possible with primary support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Native Food Summit will be held on November 15-17, 2002, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

The summit will benefit those interested in Native food systems, in networking with others working in the field of Native agriculture and food systems, and in bringing about policy changes related to Native agriculture and food systems.

Our collaborative partners for the summit include Intertribal Agriculture Council, InterTribal Bison Cooperative, Traditional Native American Farmers Association, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture, Food Security Coalition, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Heifer Project Indian Nations Program.

For more information please call the Native Food Summit infoline at (540) 371-5615, ext. 41. We look forward to your participation in this event!

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Indian education forum at Capitol


HELENA -- "The Montana-Wyoming Indian Education Association's Legislative Forum is Nov. 7 and 8 at the Capitol in Helena.

Participants will discuss legislation and dropout prevention, to develop recommendations for potential legislation that will be brought to the 2003 state Legislature, as well the Montana Congressional Delegation and Tribal Government.

The forum is sponsored by the association and the Montana Advisory Council on Indian Education.

Former U.S. Rep. Pat Williams will be a keynote speaker. In addition, speakers on the legislative process, lobbying strategies, use of the media and an update on the legislative district and apportionment process will be available.

A hearing will be held 6:30 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 on the topic of Indian student dropouts from the state's public schools.

There is a $45 fee for the Legislative Forum, but the dropout hearing is free and open to the public.

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Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI) Tournament


Scheduled for Summer 2003, the Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI) Tournament is a four-day event to be held at America West Arena.

The event is an opportunity to bring Native American high school athletes, male and female, into contact with professional athletes, professional and college scouts, celebrities, Tribal leaders and the business community. It is in hope, this event provides a spark that ignites Native American youth to set their sights higher, make the most of their potential and to see a Native American youth reach the stars by walking onto the NBA or WNBA floor.

This exciting tournament is being produced by POD Productions, which will donate a portion of the proceeds to non-profits that meet the needs of Native American communities.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

For further Information Regarding Sponsorship Opportunities, Team Registration and Media Inquiries, please contact:

ph: 602.265.2770
fx: 602.222.5446
P.O. Box 25606, Phoenix, AZ 85002-5606

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ABC Entertainment and the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

ABC Entertainment Television Group will provide grants/scholarships to selected individuals to discover and support new writing, filmmaking and directing talent.

These funds will be distributed in the form of scholarships and grants to help finance creative efforts. Selected participants will be paired with an industry mentor. The program concludes with a 3-day workshop in Los Angeles at ABC Entertainmentand The Walt Disney Studios.


A representative from ABC's casting department will also hold auditions during and after the meeting for all adult Native American actors interested. Actors must provide a picture and a resume with current contact information and be involved in theatre arts.

RSVP to Rick Anderson at 320-532-7519 or Terri Drift at 320-676-1102.

For further information about ABC's Talent Development Programs visit the website at

The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe is an Organizational partner with ABC.

The deadline for submissions to the ABC Scholarship/Grant Program is:
February 15, 2003.

When and Where?
November 15, 2002

Talent Development Scholarship/Grant Program meeting begins promptly at 10:00 am.

Casting Auditions will be held 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Grand Casino Hinckley Convention Center
777 Lady Luck Drive
Hinckley, MN 55037

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