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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


March 8, 2003 - Issue 82


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Opportunities - Page 1


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




(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) is offering its next ANHC Cultural Awareness Workshop on April 7th and 8th, 2003 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.

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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Grants for Native American Language Projects

The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) has approximately $2 million dollars available for Native American Language projects. The competitive grants will be awarded to fund activities that promote the survival and continuing vitality of the Native American languages.

Two Types of grants are being awarded.

  • Category I grants, Planning Grants, will be given for one year and will be for up to $60k each.
  • Category II grants, Design and /or Implementation Grants, will be given for up to three years and will be worth up to $150k each.

For more information, contact the ANA Applicant Help Desk, (877) 922-9262.

Applications are due March 28, 2003.

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The Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) has moved from the Graduate School of Education to the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Our new office address is: 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 100, Cambridge, MA 02138

Our new mailing address is:

Harvard University Native American Program
John F. Kennedy School of Government,
79 John F. Kennedy St., Cambridge, MA 01238

Please view the HUNAP website for information on program activities and upcoming events:

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Annual Inter-Tribal Pow-Wow

Sunday, March 2, 2003
SearsTown Mall
Commercial Road, Leominster, MA
11AM - 5PM
Grand Entry: 12:30PM

Emcee: Marvin Burnette

Host Drum: Iron River Singers
All Drums Invited (call ahead please)

Inter-tribal and demonstration dancing, drumming & singing, crafts, storytelling, flute music, craftmaking, MCNAA's resource, info, and membership table.

FREE Admission.

Directions. I-495 North/South to Route 2 West. Take Exit 33 off Route 2 (Mechanic Street). Continue on Mechanic Street to second set of lights. Take a right onto Commercial Road and follow into the mall. Go around the mall to the main entrance closest to JC Penney and go through the "ORANGE" entrance. The program will take place inside the mall in the "atrium".

Sponsored by: SearsTown Mall

Presented by:

Mass. Center for Native American Awareness, Inc.

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The 2nd Annual Na al kid (Moving Pictures) Summer Film Festival in Farmington is seeking Native American film, video and documentary entries for June 27-29, 2003. Artist's submissions for film festival poster are now being accepted.

Deadline for film entries is May 23. Volunteers are needed.

For more information call: (505) 325-2936 or email:

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The newest issue of Tribal College Journal has devoted the issue to History and Native Americans. I see this as very related to our Linguistics as when the languages went or should they disappear, our history goes with them. If you want to order this Journal the address is :

Tribal College Journal
P.O. Box 720
Mancos, CO 81328

(970) 533-9170
(888) 899-6693


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Employment Opportunity

(Student Services Professional III)
Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers
Closing Date: April 14, 2003

The Office of Student Life and Cultural Centers exists to support student development, cultural enhancement, social justice and academic excellence.

The Coordinator is responsible for implementing student support and outreach programs for the Native American community and for coordinating campus-wide programs for the student community at-large; oversees the program advising to Native American student organizations. The incumbent will provide and/or engage in programs, activities, and forums that outreach to Cal Poly Pomona faculty, staff, students as well as the surrounding community; advise and assist student committees with the coordination of programs; develop and present forums, courses, seminars, and workshops; plan and coordinate activities, such as Fall and Spring Retreats including the development and facilitation of workshops, seminars, and other retreat activities; serves as a contributing member on campus committees; prepares and presents information and training sessions as
requested by campus departments, clubs and organizations on multicultural issues; responsible for the development of the Native American Student Center brochure, newsletter and website; provides direction, guidance, and organization to the Center?s personnel in completing tasks and responsibilities. The incumbent is also responsible for the administration, forecasting, monitoring and disbursing of the Native American Center?s
budget and the development of fundraising opportunities; and performs other duties as assigned.

Equivalent to graduation from a four-year college in a related field plus upper division or graduate course work in counseling techniques, interviewing and conflict resolution AND three years of progressively responsible professional student services experience. (A Master?s degree in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, Social Work or a job-related field may be substituted for one year of professional experience. A doctorate degree and the appropriate internship or clinical training in counseling, guidance or a job-related field may be substituted for three years of the required professional experience.) Ability to plan, develop, coordinate, supervise and organize programs and activities; ability to interact with a diverse student population, faculty, staff and the public; excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Master?s degree. Demonstrated experience working with Native American communities and/or students.


Full-time, Probationary
Monday ? Friday, 8:00 a.m. ? 5:00 p.m., some evening and weekend work

The full salary range is $3,457 - $4,672 per month. Benefits include extensive health, dental and vision care, retirement system membership.

More than one position may be filled from this recruitment. Working days/hours may be changed based on operational needs.


About The University
California Polytechnic University, Pomona, a comprehensive public university noted for its scenic 1,400-acre campus, is located 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The University is comprised of approximately 2,000 faculty and staff personnel educating over 18,000 students, and has an increasingly diverse ethnic, cultural and international character.

Application Process
A completed Cal Poly application is required for each position. This application (and other required documents) must be received in the Human Resources office by 5 p.m. on the specified closing date, unless otherwise noted. Omission of, or incomplete information may result in exclusion of the application from further consideration. Resumes are not accepted in lieu of an application.

Application materials may be returned by mail or in person to Human Resource Services. You may also pick up or leave application materials at the Visitor?s Center, which is located across from the campus Parking and Information Booth on Kellogg Drive.

Contact Information:

Human Resource Services
3801 West Temple Avenue
Bldg. 98/Room B1-20
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: (909) 869-3733
Job Line: (909) 869-2100

Office Hours:

Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. ? 5 p.m.

Cal Poly Pomona hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States.

Questions? Contact Ms. Janetta McDowell, search committee chairperson at (909) 869-3642 or

or Dr. Rebecca Gutierrez Keeton, director, Office of Student Life and
Cultural Centers at (909) 869-3305 or

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The Board of Regents of Diné College invites nominations and applications for the position of President. Diné College is the tribal college of the Navajo Nation. The position is open until filled. Submission by February 15 will ensure maximum consideration.

Requirements, preferences, and application procedures are available at:

Or call (928) 724-6901.

EE0/Navajo/Veteran preference

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College Horizons (Whitman College and Washington University)
June 14-18 and June 28-July 2

College Horizons is a five-day "crash course" in preparing for college that serves 110 Native American high school students. Expert college counselors, teamed with admission offices from 26 of the nation's best colleges. Work one-on-one with participants. Students will develop a list of colleges suitable for them and will learn how to apply, how to get admitted, and how to receive financial aid and scholarships. Participating colleges include Barnard College, Brown University, California Institute of Technology, Carleton College, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Grinnell College, Guilford College, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Macalester College, Oberlin College, Occidental College, Princeton University, Rice University, St. John's College/Santa Fe, St. Lawrence University, Skidmore College, Smith College, Stanford University, Union College, University of Denver, Washington University, Westmont College, Whitman College, and Yale University.

Criteria: Application (and $10 fee); transcript; personal essay; teacher report; recommendation letters; test scores; GPA (B average); Native American student.

Grade: 10-11

For more information, contact:

Jan Randall, Co-Director
College Horizons
686 Black Hawk Dr. NE
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87122
(505) 856-7576
E mail:
Web site:

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Summer 2003
Johns Hopkins University - Center for Talented Youth (CTY)

We are seeking enthusiastic graduates and undergraduates to work in our summer programs. CTY offers intense, 3-week academic programs for highly talented students ages 8-16 from across the country and around the world. The positions available include instructors (courses range from humanities to science to writing), teaching assistants, resident assistants, resident program assistants, etc.

Where: 21 different site locations around the country: California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, Virginia, Arizona, New York, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.

When: Session 1: June 26 - July 19
Session 2: July 19 - August 9

Salary: Salaries range from $800-$2700 per 3-week session
Room and board is provided at our residential sites.

How: CTY encourages students with all majors and a GPA of 3.2 to apply for various positions

Why: CTY staff work with exceptional students, make contacts and friendships with dynamic colleagues, and gain valuable experience in a rigorous setting.

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