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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


January 11, 2003 - Issue 78


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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

Benefit Concert for Louie Webster, January 16, 2003

Master flute maker and player Louie Webster has suffered several strokes since November. He is in recovery and rehab right now, but his doctors say his full recovery will take some time. In response to Louie's hard times, many of his friends have organized a benefit for Louie and his family.

The benefit concert will be held on Thursday, January 16th, 2003 at 7pm in the theater atthe Norbert Hill Center in Oneida Wisconsin. The Norbert Hill Center is located at the corners of State Highway 54 and Seminary Road in Oneida, Wisconsin. Among Louie's friends who are scheduled to appear and perform that night are The Smokey Town Singers from the Menominee Reservation; memLouie's Louie's group, "Little Big Band" Skenandored Skenandore, Randy Schumacher, John Obermiller and Jim Cassero; The Wolf River Band from the Menominee Reservation; renowed poet, Eddie Tworivers; WadeF ernandez with his group, Legacy; The Flying Feather Blues Band featuring Richie Plass, Waubano and Rick "Crow" King from Warren, Ohio; Rod Skenandore; Fred Miller with Norm Ried; folk musician Skip Jones; and flute players Dennis Hawk and Michael Jones.

There will be a silent auction during the evening's event with a painting from Oneida artist, Scott Hill, autographed pictures and CD from Branscombe Richmond (he played Bobby Sixkiller on the TV show, Renegade), autographedCD's from awarad winning singer Storm Seymour from Tama, Iowa, an autographed silk tie and personal note from Grammy Award winning Bluegrass Flat top guitar player, Tony Rice, American Indian Arts of Madison, WI., along with more items to be announced as the show date gets closer.

Organizer, Jim Stevens says this benefit and gathering of his friends are their way of showing honor and gratitude to Louie in his time of need. "Louie's music and life have touched many people for many years. His road to recovery will be a long, hard time for Louie and his family, but we hope that this show will give them some needed assistance in their time of need."

Brian Doxtator of the Oneida nation will serve as the master of ceremonies. Admission will be $15.the door with the slient auction to run until about 10:30pm. The show is planned to run from 7 to 11pm.

If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation for Louie and his family, you can do so by sending a check, money order or credit card number to: "The Oneida Nation Arts Program, P.O. Box 365, Oneida, WI., 54155, attention: Beth Bashara, Director.

Please mark your calendars for this event. Louie is a valued member of the Native American music, entertainment and arts scene across America. The performers scheduled to appear this night will ensure Louie's spirit and motivation continue.

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Jeannette Rankin Foundation (JRF) Scholarship (Women 35+)

Every year the Jeannette Rankin Foundation (JRF) awards scholarships to women 35 years of age and older who, through undergraduate or vocational education, are seeking to better themselves, their families and their communities.

All applicants for this scholarship must be:

  • Women, at least 35 years of age as of April 1, 2003.
  • U.S. citizens.
  • Pursuing a technical/vocational degree, an associate degree, or a first bachelor degree.
  • Enrolled or accepted in an accredited school for the fall of 2003.
  • Low-income.

The deadline to apply is March 1, 2003. To find the exact income guidelines for this program, or to apply, go to:

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$$ IHS Scholarship $$

DEADLINE: Feb. 28, 2003
These scholarships provide full tuition, expenses, books, and a monthly stipend over $1,000. You can print the application off the website at:

Specific Requirements
The applicant must:

  • be an American Indian or Alaska Native (Federally or State recognized);
  • be a high school graduate or equivalent;
  • have the capacity to complete a health professions course of study;
  • be enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, in a compensatory/preprofessional general educated course or curriculum; and
  • intend to serve Indian people upon completion of professional health care education and training as a health care provider in the discipline/specialty for which he/she is taking preparatory courses and for which the application is submitted.

Scholarship Description:
Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship Program provides financial assistance for American Indian and Alaska Native (Federally or State Recognized) students only to enroll in courses that will prepare them for acceptance into health professions schools, i.e., nursing, pharmacy, etc. Courses may be either compensatory (required to improve science, mathematics, or other basic skills and knowledge) or preprofessional (required in order to qualify for admission into a health professions program).

Priority Health Career Category
The selection of health career categories that are considered and given priority for award or scholarship depends upon the health staffing needs of the I H S and of the Indian People. Since staffing needs change from year to year, priority categories also change. In order for an applicant to be considered for scholarship support during the 2002-2003 scholarship cycle, he/she must be accepted by or enrolled in a college or university beginning in Fall 2002 for the following priority career categories:

  • Pre-Nursing - preparatory for entry into a Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program. If an applicant is enrolled for preparatory courses at a non-approved school, he/she must transfer to an approved and accredited program before being considered for award of a scholarship to a professional nursing program. Contact your I H S Scholarship Coordinator to confirm approval of the selected schools and program.
  • Pre-Medical Technology - preparatory to entry into a Bachelor of Science degree program in Medical Technology.
  • Pre-Pharmacy - preparatory to entry into a Bachelor of Science degree program for Pharmacy.
  • Pre-Dietetics - preparatory to entry into a Bachelor of Science degree program in Dietetics.
  • Pre-Social Work - preparatory to entry into a Masters degree program in Social Work.
  • Pre-Physical Therapy - preparatory to entry into a Bachelor of Science degree program in Physical Therapy.
  • Pre-Engineering - preparatory to entry into a Bachelor of Science degree program in Engineering.
  • Also available: the Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarship Program provides financial support for American Indian and Alaska Native (Federally or State recognized) students only to enroll in courses leading to a bachelor degree in specific preprofessional areas (premedicine and predentistry).

Priority Health Career Category
Although there are several areas of health programs that may be funded, based on the staffing needs of the IHS, it has been determined that for the 2002-2003 scholarship cycle, an applicant must be accepted by or enrolled in a program beginning in Fall 2002 for the following priority career category:

The applicant must be enrolled in a bachelor degree program, which, will, upon its completion, prepare him/her for entry into an accredited medical, osteopathic, or dental school. Within this category, priority is given to students in their junior and senior years, with freshmen and sophomores funded only if there are remaining funds available.

Tami Buffalohead-McGill
Coordinator of Multicultural Student Services
Creighton University
2500 California Plaza
Brandeis 111
Omaha, NE 68178

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The Beaumont Foundation is accepting applications for personal, community and educational grants for Toshiba computers.

The Beaumont Foundation is accepting applications for personal, community and educational grants for Toshiba computers. They plan to make 2000 grants in 2003 and say that one's best chances are if one is a child in a shelter, foster home or living below the poverty line. One applies via the phone for a personal grant.

Community grants must be applied for by a 501(c)3 organization or government agency, serving individuals at or below the poverty level. It states, "Applicants must have committed leadership and capable staff." The organization must be operational for over one year. 200 to 1000 community grants are expected to be funded in 2003.

A map above shows the estimated number of grants they expect to fulfill per state.

States are divided into Group A and Group B. Grant applications from Group A states are being accepted from 6 Jan 2003 thru 31 March 2003. Group B states will not be eligible to apply until late 2003. The division of the states between Groups A and B is given here:

How to apply and links to the educational, community and personal grant guidelines are here.

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