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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 22, 2003 - Issue 81


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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



Major Gift Development Officer

Red Cloud Indian School seeks a qualified Major Gift Development Officer to help us continue to provide a quality education for 600 Lakota boys and girls. This person will work either at our main campus at Pine Ridge, South Dakota, or as a Regional Representative as part of our Development Team and report to the Director of Development.

The Major Gift Development Officer will be responsible for identifying, cultivating, and soliciting prospective major donors and foundations for outright and planned gifts/grants. In addition, this person will help identify funding sources that match our priorities, build relationships, and help develop proposals. The ability to travel and to be available for some evening and weekend assignments are an integral part of the position.

Candidates should possess: a Bachelors' Degree and ideally at least three years of fundraising experience; the capacity to work independently and creatively' effective oral and written communication skills; strong organizational skills; and, an acceptance of Red Cloud's mission as a private Lakota Catholic institution administered by the Jesuits and Lakota people "to develop and grow as a vibrant church, through an education of the mind and spirit, that promotes Lakota and Catholic values."

Salary is negotiable, based on professional background and experience. Red Cloud offers an attractive benefits package.

Red Cloud Indian School operates 16 parishes, 3 schools, and The Heritage Center. Through the 2 elementary schools and the high school, a quality education of the mind, body, and spirit is made available to 600 students within the context of the rich Lakota culture. The parishes provide a grassroots community outreach on the Pine Ridge Reservation, in order to lift for families and children the horizon of a credible hope that is rooted in faith. The Heritage Center, through its celebration of Native American art and local craft, builds both knowledge of and a pride in the strong Lakota heritage that can successfully carry the Lakota people into the future.

Review of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled. Qualified candidates should send a cover letter of interest, a current resume, and three letter of recommendation to: Red Cloud Indian School, Inc. Jane Farrell, Director of Development, 100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, SD 57770-2100. Visit our website at

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Certification Coordinator

Major Job Function:
Coordinate the certification process for the Great Plains Minority Supplier Development Council to assure that the business is at least 51% owned, operated, and controlled by minority group members that are Asian, African American, Hispanic, and Native American.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Promotes the purchase of minority-produced goods and services by the corporate membership.
  • Actively seeks ethnic minority business applicants for certification.
  • Conducts interview and thoroughly screen applications for completion.
  • Conducts day-long certification orientation to eligible business owners.
  • Conducts site visit to applicants' headquarters or primary facility.
  • Prepares case summary and makes recommendation whether to certify applicant.
  • Assists in communicating corporate purchasing needs to certified minority suppliers.
  • Assists in conducting business counseling sessions with minority suppliers.
  • Administers an information and referral system to match goods and services of minority suppliers with the needs of purchasers.
  • Designs and implements special events such as training seminars and buyer work shops to increase the visibility of and level of purchases from minority suppliers.
  • Maintains certification database; initiating annual recertification process.

Education, Training and Experience Required:

  • Bachelors degree in business, public administration, sociology or related field.
  • Three years of experience in for profit or not-for-profit organization.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of business enterprise and development.
  • Previous counseling experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communications capabilities required.
  • Sensitivity to people from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Knowledge of Omaha required.
  • Must be able to work independently.
  • Knowledge in reading financial statements, spreadsheets, debt instruments preferred.
  • Flexible hours including evenings and weekends.
  • Substantial local travel to and from businesses and other functions.
  • Limited regional travel for site visits.
  • Knowledge of Word, Excel, Access and Internet search engines.
  • Ability to speak Spanish a plus.
  • Must be able to drive and/or Provide own transportation.

Equal Opportunity Employer-Affirmative Action W/M/D/V
Starting annual salary $30,000.00. Excellent benefits.

Please fax or mail resume to:
Great Plains MSDC, Inc.
1301 Harney Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
Fax Number: 402-346-7050

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Native American Internships


Appointments are offered to Native American students, who are formally or informally related to a Native American community, to pursue internship projects related to Native American topics and using Native American resources at the Smithsonian. Appointments are spent in residence at the Institution's facilities under the supervision of Smithsonian research and professional staff members. Appointments of 10 weeks are available to undergraduate or graduate students, and provide stipends and a travel allowance. Contact to the Office of Fellowships and Grants for further information.


10 weeks


February 1 for Summer (to begin after June 1)
June 1 for Fall (to begin after October 1)
October 1 for Spring (to begin after January 1)


$350 per week

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"Capture the Spirit: Learn, Grow, Succeed"

The Oklahoma State University Native American Student Association invite you to the 6th annual Native American Student Leadership Conference on the Oklahoma State University Stillwater campus, March 26-29, 2003.

We expect an educational and fun-filled time with workshops, speakers, social events and our Annual Spring Contest Pow Wow. Registration packets will be forwarded and also available for downloading on February 3 at "".

For more information, please contact:
Kristen Walker, President, at (405) 744-8777
Dr. Pete G. Coser, Faculty Advisor, at (405) 744-5481

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Thursday, February 13, 2003

(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) will be hosting a New Tradewinds Cultural Celebration on Friday, February 21st from 6pm to 10pm and Saturday, February 22nd from 12pm to 5pm. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The celebration is a culmination of a grant that supports the continuing partnership between the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage, the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem and the Bishop Museum in Honolulu. This is one of the continuing series of Celebrating Culture Saturdays, sponsored by BP, which presents a unique cultural program each week.

"We are very pleased with the outcome of this grant as it has allowed ANHC, a very young organization, to partner with two of the most respected and established museums in the country," stated Lonnie Jackson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "The lessons we have learned from the Peabody Essex in Salem and the Bishop Museum in Honolulu are valuable and we look forward to building our partnership with these two wonderful organizations."

The Friday evening portion of the celebration will consist of performances from Ataqan Akun Dance Group, the Inupaiq Dance Group of Mt. Edgecumbe High School (MEHS) and the United States Air Force Band of the Pacific. The Ataqan Akun (We are One) Dance Group, Aleut, was formed in 1992 on both St. Paul and St. George Islands. During the 18th century the Russian fur hunters relocated the Aleut people from the Aleutian Islands to the Pribilofs to hunt seals for the Russians. Traditional dance was lost during this time period. Ataqan Akun, with the help of the elders and community members are creating new dances in relationship with Aleut songs, folklore and Russian songs. The drug-free group consists of about 30 students and their mission is to share their culture and pride with audiences. The Inupiaq Dance Group of Mt. Edgecumbe High School is comprised of students from all over Alaska including Nome, Unalakleet, Kotzebue, Kiana, Ambler, Fairbanks, and Holy Cross. The group practices twice a week and performs regularly in locations throughout Southeast Alaska. Natalie Weber is the group's advisor and is a counselor at MEHS. Top Cover is the popular ensemble of the US Air Force Band of the Pacific. This seven-member group performs the full spectrum of popular music including classic rock 'n roll, country, jazz fusion and today's top 40 hits. Top Cover was formed in 1990 and has performed throughout Alaska, Hawaii, Yukon and British Columbia. The group has a high school presentation on "Say No To Drugs" which drives home this important message. Master Sergeant Kevin Barnett is the Director.

The Saturday program will include performances from all the above groups. There will be numerous demonstrating artists throughout the day. Eva Bryant, Yup'ik Eskimo, will be one of our demonstrating artist. Bryant is originally from Eek, Alaska and was taught to sew by her mother and grandmother 30 years ago. She makes dolls, yoyos, ornaments, Eskimo pins, and seal skin teddy bears. Frank Perez, Tsimshian, was born in Metlakatla, Alaska and began carving in 1978. By preference he is a very traditional Tsimshian artist who follows protocol established in his culture and art form. In 1997, Perez was invited to the Smithsonian to show his work. His traditional art includes drums, masks, bowls and other Tsimshian pieces.

David Boxley, Tsimshian, will be giving a public presentation on Tsimshian carving. He is part of the ExxonMobil Master Artists Series and will be teaching a workshop on the art of carving Tsimshian Hand Rattles at the ANHC. Boxley is an internationally known artist whose work is in public and private collections throughout the world. He has carved 54 totem poles in the last 20 years and has produced bentwood boxes, rattles, masks, panels, bowls and silkscreen prints.

Arts and Crafts sessions will be available throughout the day for all ages. Instructions include how to make Athabascan necklaces, Yup'ik/Cup'ik dance fans, Inupiaq/Saint Lawrence Island Yup'ik Eskimo yoyos, Aleut/Alutiiq visors and Southeast stone necklaces. There will be demonstrations of Native games and healing games with the opportunity for everyone to participate. Several videos will be shown such as People of Kashunuk, Qayaqs and Canoes, More than Words, More than Bows and Arrows, and In the Land of the War Canoes. Weather permitting; there will be snowshoeing, a snowperson building contest and winter basketball. Lap game, a Native game that is a bit like baseball and dodge ball will be one of the games that will be taught.

Visitors can experience the five recreated village sites that illustrate the traditional structures in a typical village before or shortly after contact with non-Native cultures. Knowledgeable tour guides will share the history, culture and traditions of each site.


The Alaska Native Heritage Center is an independent, nonprofit that is open year-round as a gathering place to celebrate, perpetuate and share Alaska Native cultures; it is a place for all people. It is located at 8800 Heritage Center Drive in northeast Anchorage, just off Muldoon Road North near Bartlett High School. For more information about other events and programs, visit

Kay E. Ashton (907) 330-8055

Kay E. Ashton
Public Relations
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Fax: 907 330-8030
Phone: 800 315-6608
907 330-8055

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OLCG 2003 Summer Institute for Educators

Observing Locally
Connecting Globally
2003 Summer Institute for Educators
10-25 June, 2003

In communities around Alaska you hear comments like: "The weather is strange and unpredictable"; or "Sea ice patterns are changing." These comments reflect Alaskans' observations and concerns about the effects of global change on their communities and lives. Join educators from around the state as they:

  • learn to integrate local/traditional knowledge with environmental studies
  • use the GLOBE * curriculum to enhance student science skills and understanding
  • learn some of the latest teaching techniques and current best practices in science education
  • address science, math and cultural standards
  • share ideas, strategies and perspectives

Who: Anyone working with students is welcome. We are especially encouraging teams consisting of teachers, resource specialists and local experts in science or Native knowledge.

Cost: $100 credit registration fee. Partial to full grant support for travel and per diem on an application basis
Credit: 4 credits, UAF - NRM 595 or ED 595

Instructors: Elena Sparrow, Leslie Gordon, and Sidney Stephens


Contact: Martha Kopplin
474-2601 phone
474-6184 fax

"The most beneficial part of the institute was learning via human interaction - demonstrating, practicing, using the senses, bouncing ideas off each other, sharing ideas and information, observing, discussing, gaining perspectives on other places and other ways."

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Government of Nunavut Employment Opportunity

Closing Date: March 7, 2003
Director, Curriculum and School Services
Department of Education HQ
Government of Nunavut
Arviat, Nunavut

Education Nunavut is looking for an individual with a strong background in curriculum development. As a professional educator you are comfortable with the role of "Educational Leader" and would have no difficulty co-coordinating the development of the policies, strategies and curricula (in both Inuktitut and English) required to meet the educational demands for the youth of Nunavut. You believe strongly in the ideal that Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit is a living part of Nunavut Education. Yours is a key role in the professional development of a curriculum development team in keeping with the goals of Nunavut's education vision. This opportunity will appeal to those who are excited by the prospect of contributing to the creation of a new Northern Education unique to Nunavumiut.

You are a seasoned educator, both as a teacher and administrator. You should have a Masters in Education and five years of progressive experience in education management/administration at the regional or departmental level.

You should also have at least 5 years experience leading curriculum development teams and at least 10 years experience as an educator in the K-12 school system. You should have experience directing the efforts of skilled and experienced educators operating in a team based work environment. Experience in teaching or administration in a cross-cultural and/or bilingual setting is desirable.

Salary range is $75,920.00 to $108,457  (Canadian) per annum plus a Northern Allowance of $11,792.00. (Canadian)

Reference #: 03-320-0347RM

Closing Date: March 7, 2003

Write to:

Department of Human Resources
Government of Nunavut
P.O. Bag 002
Rankin Inlet, Nunavut
X0C 0G0
Phone: (867) 645-3075
Fax: (867) 645-2870

We will contact only those candidates selected for interviews.· Candidates must clearly identify their eligibility in order to receive priority consideration under Article 23 of the Nunavut Land Claim Agreement.

Equivalencies will be considered.

Priority Hiring Policy ~ Smoke Free Environment

Thanks to: Haa Ai from Education Nunavut (EC&SS Division)

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Minority Writers Seminar, May 1-4 in Nashville, TN

The National Conference of Editorial Writers Foundation, in partnership with Freedom Forum Diversity Center, sponsors the hands-on workshop, designed for experienced minority journalists interested in making a move to opinion writing or for opinion writers who have held the position for a short time.

Since the seminar's inception in 1996, more than 25% of the participants have made successful career changes into opinion-writing jobs.

The seminar - believed to be the only event of its kind in the country - provides practical advice and valuable insights to equip minority writers to make a career move. Employees miss only two to four days of work, and all expenses except transportation are covered. This is a ready-made tool to help you enhance diversity on your editorial board!

Enrollment is limited to 16 and the deadline for applications is March 14, so act promptly to nominate your star performers.

More information and an application are available at  

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George Washington Williams Fellowship
The Independent Press Association Announces New Round of Fellowships
for Journalists of Color

The Independent Press Association announces the spring  2003 application cycle of the George Washington  Williams Fellowship, created to encourage journalists  of color to pursue important social issues in the public interest. The fellowship funds stories written by journalists of color about issues such as the environment, global trade policy, healthcare, race, and education. Fellows receive access to some research support, consultants, advanced professional training, and a large network of journalists working in the public interest sector. In addition, program staff work closely with fellows to publish their stories in major publications.

Individuals may apply for financial and institutional support to write a single story, or they may seek an  investigative or depth reporting fellowship of between three and twelve months to research a specific social issue. If accepted, the George Washington Williams Fellowship will pay national commercial rates for individual stories or $1500 per month plus expenses for depth reporting fellowships.

Any journalist of color with at least three years of solid professional reporting and writing experience may apply for the fellowship. Individuals with backgrounds in investigative or enterprise reporting are preferred. Previous reporting or other experience in the chosen subject area is desirable. The fellowship is open only to U.S. citizens or to foreign journalists who have established relationships with US publications. College journalism or internship experience do not qualify as professional experience.

The fall application deadline is April 30, 2003.

The George Washington Williams Fellowship is named after the late 19th century African American journalist who wrote the first history of African Americans from their own point of view. Williams was also the first reporter to document the upheaval in the Belgian Congo at that time.

For more information and to download an application, visit our web site at:

You may also call 415.643.4401 to contact Carly Earnshaw at x116.

The Independent Press Association is a nonprofit, national magazine trade association representing more than 400 independent and public interest periodicals. In addition to the G.W. Williams Fellowship, the IPA  offers a variety of services to its members. These include a revolving loan fund, a paper-buying  cooperative, on-line publishing advice, newsstand distribution services, and publishing conferences.

Other ways to contact poster:
415.643.4401 x.116

This is a contract job.

This is at a non-profit organization.

Principals only, recruiters, please don't contact this  job poster.

Phone calls about this job are ok.

Contacting the poster about other services, products  or commercial interests is NOT OK.

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(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) will be holding its annual Spring Bazaar on March 1, 2003 from 10am to 5pm. Silver Hand artists from across the state will be on hand to offer unique and authentic Alaska Native arts and crafts for purchase. Admission is free.

All artists who participate in the Bazaar are 'Silver Hand' artists, as identified by the Alaska State Council on the Arts. The 'Silver Hand' program guarantees that all work is handcrafted, authentic and made in whole by an Alaska Native in Alaska.

"The ANHC Bazaars offer a variety of high quality Native arts and crafts in a setting where there can be valuable interaction between buyer and seller," states Lonnie Jackson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

In addition to the arts and crafts there will be performances from Native entertainers. One of the popular groups performing is Henry Shavings & Crew. Shavings was born in 1929 in a traditional sod house on Nunivak Island off Alaska's west coast. He sings gospel, country, and "cowboy" songs while sporting a blue baseball cap that reads, "Henry Shavings - the singing fisherman". He learned fishing from his father and grandfather and is still an active commercial fisherman as well as an artist, performer and storyteller. Though his "Crew" may change, depending on who is available, it generally consists of his wife Hilma; their son Arnold Shavings; Archie Swan of Kivalina; and Davis Normand of Anchorage.

Other performers include the Anchorage Moravian Church Choir, Robin Kiyutelluk, and the ANHC Dance Group. The Anchorage Moravian Church Choir has been performing together since 1973. The members are Yup'ik Eskimo from the Kuskokwim region around Bethel and Dillingham. Robin Kiyutelluk, a 10-year-old Inupiaq Eskimo, will also be singing. She has been singing since the age of 3 and travels to villages and other cities to sing for various church functions. Robin is a favorite for the Anchorage Native Musical during the Anchorage Fur Rondy. The Alaska Native Heritage Center Dance Group includes young Native adults trained at the Center, who work to encourage other youth to participate in Native Cultures. They performed at Governor Murkowski's Inaugural Ball and are currently touring on the East coast.


The Alaska Native Heritage Center is an independent, nonprofit that is open year-round as a gathering place to celebrate, perpetuate and share Alaska Native cultures; it is a place for all people. It is located at 8800 Heritage Center Drive in northeast Anchorage, just off Muldoon Road North near Bartlett High School. For more information about other events and programs, visit

Kay E. Ashton
Public Relations
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Fax: 907 330-8030
Phone: 800 315-6608
907 330-8055

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(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) is offering its next ANHC Cultural Awareness Workshop on March 3rd and 4th from 8:30 to 4pm. The workshops are $100 for businesses and $75 for non-profit organizations for a two-day workshop. Wells Fargo is sponsoring the workshops.

The Cultural Awareness Workshops are designed for organizations, businesses and agencies wishing to learn more about Alaska Native cultures enabling them to better serve their clients and employees. Each workshop can be tailored to the client's specific needs.

"Alaska Native Heritage Center's Cultural Awareness Workshops have been a highly rewarding experience for past participants," stated Vincent Scott, Quality Programs Manager. "It is a great way to begin to appreciate important cultural similarities and differences between Alaska Natives and non-Natives."

The workshops will include topics such as:

  • Cross-cultural communication techniques
  • Do's and Don'ts when visiting a village
  • How to be polite in different cultures
  • Conducting business in a village
  • Alaska's history from a Native perspective
  • Specific skills pertinent to Alaska Native life and cultures
  • In depth introductions to the major Native cultural groups in Alaska

Each workshop is presented by Alaska Natives from different areas of the state, chosen for their varied perspectives and personal and professional histories. The workshops are interactive and engaging with teaching strategies ranging from role-play and personal interviews to lecture, question and answer, and trial and error sessions. Tradition Bearers and Elders are brought in from around the state to participate in panel discussions and interact with workshop participants.

The final workshop will be held on: April 7th and 8th, 2003

Workshops may also be scheduled for any date with groups of 15 or more.

Workshops are held at the Alaska Native Heritage Center campus, which includes the 26,000 square-foot Welcome House and five traditional village settings surrounding a two-acre lake. Two-day workshops are $100 for corporations and $75 for non-profit organizations.

Past clients have included the FBI, FAA and other federal agencies, the Girl Scouts, American Red Cross, Covenant House, the Nerland Agency, the US Army and Air Force, and a number of state agencies.

For more information regarding the Cultural Awareness Workshops or to register, call 330-8002, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is an independent, nonprofit that is open year-round as a gathering place to celebrate, perpetuate and share Alaska Native cultures; it is a place for all people. It is located at 8800 Heritage Center Drive in northeast Anchorage, just off Muldoon Road North near Bartlett High School. For more information about other events and programs, visit

Kay E. Ashton
Public Relations
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Fax: 907 330-8030
Phone: 800 315-6608
          907 330-8055

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