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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 30, 2002 - Issue 75


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Opportunities - Page One

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



Communications Specialist
Indian Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. (IDRS) is a national non-profit Indian organization located in Sacramento. IDRS is seeking a Communications Specialist responsible for: producing the IDRS Newsletter; developing and managing the IDRS Web Site; maintaining the communication link between staff, Board Members, Associates and Indian communities; organizing and managing IDRS participation in key regional and national conferences; participating in fundraising and promotional activities; and performing other key functions necessary to support the IDRS Team. Must work well with others, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and a history of initiative and follow through. Experience with newsletters, Web Sites and other media required. Computer skills and B.A./B.S. in communications or related fields also required. Experience working in Indian communities and public speaking experience A+. Excellent benefits. Salary Range: $40-$45. Deadline: Until Filled.

Fax/mail resume, writing sample & 3 refs to:

Steven Haberfeld, Executive Director
1722 J Street, Suite 19
Sacramento, CA 95814-3033
Fax: (916) 447-4808

Senior ADR Practitioner
Indian Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. (IDRS) is a national non-profit Indian organization located in Sacramento. IDRS is seeking a Senior ADR Practitioner. Working with Indian organizations, communities and public agencies, s(he) will be responsible for: providing training in communication, negotiation and mediation; promoting and facilitating collaborative problem-solving and decision-making; and designing and implementing dispute resolution processes and mechanisms. Additional responsibilities will include: developing new programs and strategies for the IDRS Adult Program; developing grant applications; promoting and negotiating fee-for-service contracts; and other functions necessary to support the IDRS Team. B.A./B.S. in related fields. Excellent benefits. Salary Range: $55-$75K. Deadline: Until Filled.

Fax/mail resume, writing sample & 3 refs to:

Steven Haberfeld, Executive Director
1722 J Street, Suite 19
Sacramento, CA 95814-3033
Fax: (916) 447-4808

Youth Training Specialist
Indian Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. (IDRS) is a national non-profit Indian organization located in Sacramento. IDRS is seeking a Youth Training Specialist to organize and conduct Youth Leadership and Peacemaking training workshops, a Summer Leadership Encampment, and a statewide Indian Youth Caucus. Must have a history of initiative and follow-through, good oral and written communication skills, experience in Indian communities, and possess curriculum development, youth trainer/mentor, and community organizing experience. Must be able to work on weekends as needed. Computer skills. B.A./B.S. in related fields; 3 yrs experience; teaching credential A+. Excellent benefits. Salary Range: $34-$39K. Deadline: Until Filled.

Fax/mail resume, writing sample & 3 refs to:

Steven Haberfeld, Executive Director
1722 J Street, Suite 19
Sacramento, CA 95814-3033
Fax: (916) 447-4808

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Tribal Program Manager at Western Washington University's Small Business Development Center

Anyone interested in this position should have a passion for helping Native American entrepreneurs in starting a new business or providing assistance to an existing business.

Job Description: Market Tribal BusinessLINC program to local individual tribal members. Recruit small business owners and start up businesses that will benefit from the BusinessLINC program and provide training and technical assistance to these businesses.


  • Recruit individuals from large companies as mentors
  • Develop and maintain skills inventory list of mentors
  • Develop and maintain skills inventory database of mentors
  • Recruit, screen and select Native American businesses that could benefit from mentors
  • Match small businesses to appropriate mentors, and monitor relationship continuously
  • Meet with key tribal personnel on a monthly basis
  • Market BusinessLINC Program to the tribes, large and small businesses, strategic partners, and community
  • Serve as an advocate for small businesses
  • Collect and document data outlined in BusinessLINC Program
  • Collaborate with tribes, mentors, strategic partners, and professionals in the community to develop seminars, workshops and roundtables for business skills development programs
  • Develop, implement and maintain referral capability with key tribal members, local representatives from Economic Development Council, Northwest Indian College, Chamber of Commerce, and other local, state and federal agencies in providing assistance to businesses
  • Provide referrals to and maintain working relationships with local professionals, such as bankers, attorney, accountants, and consultants


  • BA degree, MBA preferred
  • Previous experience with tribes preferred
  • Small business ownership/management experience preferred
  • Strong people skills and experience working with business community
  • Basic personal computer operating skills and familiarity with Microsoft Office 2000 software and database management
  • Strong communication, time management, and interpersonal skills

If you are interested contact:

Tom Dorr or Rex Rhoades (Chinook)
Program Manager, Tribal BusinessLINC
Western Washington University's
Small Business Development Center
Phone: 360 733 4014
Fax: 360 733 5092

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Administrative Director


The Director shall be responsible for the day to day administrative operations of the youth treatment center. The successful candidate will have a minimum of five years Administrative Director experience within a comparable institutional setting; BA with additional Education/Training and/or experience or MA in social service management; Experience with federal contract compliance; Experience with management team building; Excellent oral and written communication skills; Indian preference and experience working with Native American Communities preferred.

Please send a resume and letter of interest to:

The Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations
Attn: Personnel
E. 5600 8th Ave.
Spokane, WA 99212
509-533-6910 x. 224

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Interdisciplinary Faculty Position in American Indian
Studies University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Starting Date: Fall 2003
Salary or Appointment Range: Negotiable
Application Deadline: December 15, 2002 Preferred or Until Filled

The American Indian Studies Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison anticipates an opening for a tenure-track or tenured faculty position in one of the following four areas (see for details): Education; Health and/or Biological Sciences; Sovereignty, Tribal Governance, and the Challenges of Nationhood; Hemispheric Indigenous Studies.

This is one of a cluster of three interdisciplinary positions which focus on the interrelated challenges of Indian social policy issues in politics and law, health and biological sciences, education, and international indigenous rights. Through these positions, UW-Madison deepens campus commitment to American Indian Studies as an academic discipline while extending the University's ties to American Indian students, tribes, and communities.

The successful candidate will use the cluster structure as a catalyst for collaborative research while maintaining their own independent research program; teach at the undergraduate, graduate, and/or professional levels;
develop new courses where appropriate; advise students; and participate in the governance of the American Indian Studies Program and their respective department, College, and/or the University. The candidate's tenure home will be established in one or more departments appropriate to his/her background and qualifications. Possible tenure homes include but are not limited to: the Law School, the Medical School, the School of Education (Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Policy Studies); Political Science, the La Follette School of Public Affairs, Anthropology, and other social science and humanities departments; and various departments in
the biological or health sciences.

Appointment to begin August 25, 2003; Ph.D. or its equivalent should be in hand by that date. For fullest consideration, submit completed applications by December 15, 2002; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of to:

Ada E. Deer
Director American Indian Studies Program
University of Wisconsin-Madison
317 Ingraham Hall,
1155 Observatory Drive,
Madison, WI 53706-1397.

The University of Wisconsin is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding the applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

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Information Media Faculty Member
James W. Miller Learning Resources Center


St. Cloud State University (located 70 miles northwest of Minneapolis/St. Paul) invites applications for an Assistant Professor in the Center for Information Media to begin August 2003 in the James W. Miller Learning
Resources Center.

Type of appointment: tenure track.

Salary range: $43,000-$66,000 (commensurate with experience and qualifications).

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to teach as well as market and recruit for graduate/undergraduate courses, which may include but not be limited to, performance improvement and training, instructional design, and design of multimedia materials. Successful candidate will advise undergraduate and graduate students. Additional responsibilities could include the supervision of graduate assistants and
internships, and teaching evening, weekend, distributed learning and off-campus courses. Position requires demonstrated ability to teach and/or perform effectively, scholarly achievement or research, continued
preparation and study, contribution to student growth and development, and service to the university and community for promotion and tenure.

Qualifications and Experience: Doctorate required in instructional/educational technology, educational multimedia, or equivalent. Preparation in instructional design/training development and/or performance improvement required. Teaching experience preferred. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to work with persons of color and from culturally diverse backgrounds.

Application information and deadline: A completed application must include a letter of application; vita; copies of graduate transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable for initial screening); and the names, telephone numbers,
e-mail and street addresses of three references who can specifically comment on the applicant?s teaching ability, experience and professional preparation.

Send to:

Information Media Search Committee
c/o Dean, Learning Resources & Technology Services
112 Miller Center,
St. Cloud State University,
720 4th Avenue South,
St. Cloud, MN 56301-4498.
(320) 255-2022
Fax (320) 255-4778.

Review of applicants will begin November 18, 2002. Position will remain open until filled.

SCSU is committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity. To promote this endeavor, we invite individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply, including minorities, women, GLBT, persons with disabilities and veterans. For more information go to:

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JOB DESCRIPTION: Outdoor Leadership Positions - The Student Conservation Association is seeking qualified individuals to manage 4-5 week summer conservation work crew programs nationwide for high school volunteers in national parks, forests and other resource management areas. Proven youth leadership, camping/backpacking experience, and Wilderness First Aid (WFA, or equivalent) required, Wilderness First Responder preferred. Trail construction skills and environmental education experience highly desirable. Minimum age 21. Salary $300-540 weekly DOE ($500 bonus for leading 2 crews in one season), travel and training provided.

For information and an application, please e-mail:; phone:
603-543-1700; or visit our website at

Applications accepted now for summer 2003 - deadline is February 15.

COMPENSATION: Varies by program, Weekly salary range from $300 - $540, insurance, room & board, training valued at $1000, and travel. Also a $500 bonus for leading two crews in one summer season.

ACADEMIC LEVEL AT TIME OF PLACEMENT: Freshmen, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate student - if at least 21 years of age.

CITIZENSHIP: US citizen or Permanent Legal Resident

The Student Conservation Association
Diversity Internship Program
Address: 1800 N. Kent St, Suite 102
Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 703-524-2441
Fax: 703-524-2451

Majors desired: All

Requirements: Varies depending on program. Average applicant has 2.5 GPA or higher and is a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. International students are welcome, but will not be eligible for all internships.

SCA's Diversity Program facilitates environmental career exploration for people of color and people with disabilities. Interns receive, apart from their stipend, free travel and assistance in finding housing at the job site, if housing is not provided. Internships are located nationwide, including Hawaii and Alaska, and provide career experience in nearly every field/major possible (excluding health services and law enforcement). Most interns are eligible to earn an academic scholarship through our partnership with AmeriCorps. Some paid internships are available. Diversity Interns are invited to participate in an Opening Orientation, at which they receive leadership, teamwork, and conflict resolution training. SCA's wide variety of internships, ranging from 12 weeks to a full year, can jump-start a career and change a person's life forever. Please contact us for an application and more information. All inquiries encouraged and welcomed.

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POSITION: Executive Director
Reports to: Board of Directors
Salary: $45,000 to $60,000
Benefits: Generous Benefit Package
Work Schedule: 40 hours per week and additional time as required.
Some evenings and weekends required.

Agency Description:
Seven Tepees Youth Program is a nonprofit, community-based organization that provides comprehensive services to at-risk young people, ages 11-18. Services provided include an Outdoor Education Program, Mentor Program, Family Support Services, Community Activities, and an after-school Learning Center. Through these programs we hope to provide the youth we serve with the building blocks that will help them create positive successful futures for themselves. Seven Tepees' comprehensive programs strive to address social competency skills, academic skills, healthy self-esteem, and exposure to new options and possibilities.

Seven Tepees Youth Program is dedicated to impacting the lives of promising inner-city youth. Our mission is to work with urban youth entrusted to our care to foster the skills they need to make lifelong positive choices, and
to create their own opportunities for success. The name Seven Tepees represents the diversity of the seven continents as well as the Native American tradition of connection to nature and care of the land. The richness of the world's cultures is an integral part of all program components.

Masters Degree preferred, bachelors required, and experience working with, and relating to, at-risk youth and their families within a social services or educational environment. Demonstrated experience in senior program
management, fund raising, and staff supervision. Familiarity with the structure and workings of a nonprofit organization. Excellent communication, organization, writing, and team-building skills. Ability to manage multiple projects and work independently. Ability to work well with a diverse population of youth, families, staff, and volunteers. Bilingual English/Spanish a plus.

Primary Responsibilities:
Provide ongoing support and supervision to staff members. Research, write, and serve as the primary contact person on all received and pending grants. Act as the point person for board members, outside service providers, and community members. Assume responsibility for the integrity and overall health of Seven Tepees, including fiscal management. Recruitment of new youth and the provision of services to all youth, families, and service
providers working with the agency and within the agency's mission and goals. Create and maintain a safe, supportive, and multicultural environment that inspires youth to achieve success in their acquisition of
academic and life skills.

Please send a cover letter and resume to:
130 Church Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

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Title: Regional Extension Educator
Capacity Area: 4-H Youth Development

Deadline: September 13, 2002
Location: Kanabec and Pine Counties, Mora, MN
Announcement Number: EXT 260


Regional Extension educators serve a multi-county territory. They work in collaboration with other regional educators, campus-based faculty (including coordinate campuses), university research and outreach centers,
regional sustainable partnerships, tribal colleges and other research-based colleagues as needed. Regional Extension educators are responsible for several major areas of work, including program development and delivery, attention to diversity, use of scholarly/scientific research, effective partnerships, use of technology and continuing professional development. Regional 4-H youth development educators provide program leadership and supportive management to county and regional 4-H community clubs and other 4-H youth development opportunities, including project areas, out-of and after-school programs, campus and other community-based programs offering significant opportunities to participate and lead. The regional 4-H youth development educators work in consultation with regional community youth development educators and the Center for 4-H Youth Development.

This is an academic professional appointment in the University of Minnesota's academic appointment system as Extension educator with Extension academic rank and eligibility for promotion in rank.


Education: A Bachelor's degree is required, master's degree preferred, in a discipline or program related to working with youth and program development and implementation. Examples include: youth development
leadership, public administration, education, psychology, sociology, and social work. Course work in child and adolescent development, educational program design, experiential learning and pedagogy is preferred. If candidate does not have a master's degree, acceptance into a graduate program or academic achievement at a level sufficient for admittance into graduate study is required.

Experience: Three or more years of related post-degree professional experience is preferred. The following experience is also preferred: direct youth work; design, development, delivery, implementation and evaluation of
educational programs; volunteer management; event planning; supervisory experience, work with multi-level audiences, including cooperating agencies, committees, and volunteers; work with diverse and non-traditional

Skills/Abilities: Excellent written and oral communication skills, an understanding of youth development principles and goals; and basic computer skills are required.

Direct compliance inquiries to:

Extension EEO Coordinator
260 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Avenue
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108

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