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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


March 22, 2003 - Issue 83


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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) and NativeShare


To view additional listing from previous issues, click here Opportunities Button



Arizona Health Careers Opportunity Program

FYI - this oppt. is also open to out of state students - not just arizona residence.

The Arizona Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP) serves students from low-income families, medically underserved communities and /or members of ethnic groups currently under-represented in health professions to enter into and graduate from health profession degree programs. Students participate in a six week (May 18 - June 28, 2003) residential academic program on the NAU campus.  Students take 2 college courses in Supplemental Instruction Anatomy & Physiology and Critical Reading & Writing and participate in clinical site rotations at local healthcare agencies.

DEADLINE:       Friday, April 11, 2003

1. Be Health-related or pre-health major.
2. Member of any ethnic group
3. Low-income household or who come from an environment that puts students at an academic disadvantage
4. Students who have completed at least one semester in college

1. Application form:
2. Essay

BENEFITS: On-campus housing, meals and tuition cost are provided, earn four credit hours, stipend.  Note: Transportation to and from the NAU campus is the responsibility of each participant.

QUESTIONS: Call Arizona Health Careers Opportunity Program , Bill Johnson, Assistant Director 523-6175 or [] or  Anita Roastingear, Office Assistant 523-5096 or []

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Quilt Durango 2003

April 3rd-6th, 2003
Durango, Colorado

Quit Durango 2003 is a myriad of activities and events bringing quilters and quilt admirers together for a fabulous weekend. Immersed in workshops and lectures from some of the best know educators in quilting, Quilt Durango offers something for everyone. Come join us for an incredible time and Happy Quilting!

Go To for more info and lodging reservations!

Quilt Durango, Inc.
600 Main Ave. Suite 1
Durango, CO 81301

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Paumanauke Native American Indian Scholarship

The Paumanauke Native American Indian Scholarship is open to tribally-enrolled Native American Indians attending colleges, universities and accredited post-secondary institutions full time. You will need to include in your application a:

  1. Community Service Essay, in which you detail in one page how you have personally given back to your community,
  2. Personal Biography, a one page essay, and
  3. two letters of recommendation.

You will also need to include your tribal documentation and proof of post-secondary school acceptance or enrollment.

Additional Information
Applications are accepted from March 1 to June 1. Please write the sponsor, including a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) for additional information and an application.

Award Amount: $500-$750

Deadline Date: June 01, 2003

Paumanauke Pow-Wow & Native American Living Arts Festival, Inc.
Native American Indian Scholarship
333 Lagoon Drive South
Copiague, NY 117265408

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Northwest Indian Youth Conference

28th Annual Northwest Indian Youth Conference, which is scheduled for April 20 - 24, 2003, at the Double Tree Hotel, which is located across the way from Seattle International Airport, Seattle, Washington.

With an average of 1,200 youth participants from the lower United States, Alaska, and Canada, this event is one of the largest gatherings of Native Youth in North America. This conference provides opportunities for urban and tribal participants to gain cultural traditions. In addition, the youth conference will enhance and strengthen our unity as a whole.

We bid for this event, not just for the activities and workshops, but to show off our beautiful city of Seattle which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain ranges and Puget Sound. In addition, spectacular shopping in the malls & downtown, Pike Place Market, and ferry boat rides are just a few of the fun things to see and do. But most of all, the many colleges and universities which offer social and medical studies, making them the most diverse and successful programs
in the Country.

The Northwest Indian Youth Conference will again be led by the Northwest Indian Youth Coalition from tribal sites in Tulalip, Swinomish, and Muckleshoot, and urban programs as Winterhawk of Edmonds and I.Wa.Sil. of Seattle. All five of these groups will lead in all general assemblies, activities/events, and will conduct a workshop of their choosing. The Northwest Indian Youth Coalition wanted the leadership challenge and this is there way of achieving this to develop self-confidence and pride, while speaking in front of a thousand youth participants. They will lead professional workshops and become mentors to all other Indian/Alaskan youth groups to take challenges to have ownership of their own gatherings/events. The Coalition will conduct a Northwest Opening and Closing Ceremony, and will have a Northwest Giveaway as a coastal tradition for participants.

We look forward to seeing you in 2003, for five days of fun-filled and enlightening experiences. The challenges, before our youth, to understand our culture, education, and sovereignty will entice and strengthen you for years to come.

Please visit the web-site for registration and more information:

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Scholarship Alert: Tylenol Cash For College Sweepstakes Application

The makers of the Tylenol(r) Family of Products will award ten $10,000 scholarships and 150 $1,000 scholarships for higher education to students who demonstrate leadership in community activities and school activities and who intend to major in areas that will lead to health related fields.

You may apply to the Tylenol(r) Scholarship if you will be attending an undergraduate or graduate course of study in the Fall of 2003 at an accredited two or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school. This includes those students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate course of study and have one or more years of school remaining.

The application forms are to be printed and returned by April 30, 2003
via U.S. mail to:

Tylenol(r) Scholarship
Citizens' Scholarship Foundation of America, Inc.
1505 Riverview Road, P.O. Box 88
St. Peter, MN 56082

The link below if for students in health programs. There are 10 $10,000 scholarships and a large number of $1,000 ones. If you have any students, or know of any who may be interested, please pass this information on.

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International Organization for Migration Technical Cooperation
Centre for Europe and Central Asia Internship Programme

The IOM Technical Cooperation Centre (TCC) Internship Programme provides individuals with an opportunity to assist the work of the organization and to gain better understanding of the IOM's activities and objectives while obtaining practical experience. Within the framework of this programme, IOM TCC accepts a limited number of unpaid internships, which are filled depending on current needs and facilities of the organization. The internships usually last from two months up to a maximum of six months.

Major responsibilities
The main  assignment  of the interns is to assist the TCC in providing research support to IOM's Capacity Building in Migration Management Programmes (CBMMP) in the countries of Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA). In this context, the responsibilities of the intern  will include:

  • identifying and analyzing labor migration trends, policies and legislation in and among the EECA countries and destination countries
  • collecting media coverage  related to border control, irregular migration, migration management policies, practices, laws and administrative structures of EECA countries (to be compiled in a weekly news digest)
  • researching initiatives of donor countries relating to border control and migration management in EECA countries

Other duties assigned to the intern, in response to queries received from IOM Missions in EECA, might include assisting the TCC  with various information gathering projects and drafting topical papers on specific areas. In addition, the intern may be called upon to assist with planning workshops or other activities undertaken by the TCC.

Preferred qualifications
The IOM TCC Internship Programme is established for current undergraduate or graduate students, or recent graduates (between 19 and 32 years old) who have either studied migration-related areas (preferably labor migration) or who have some knowledge or experience of the subject. Preferred qualifications include:

  • knowledge of the countries of the former Soviet Union
  • fluency in  English language (both oral and written);
  • knowledge of Russian language is desirable.
  • strong organizational, inter-cultural and computer skills

Interested candidates are requested to email, fax or mail their application (a CV and a cover letter) by  31 March 2003  to: e-mail:

fax:       (00431) 585 33 2

International Organization for Migration
TCC Unit
Nibelungengasse 13/4
1010 Vienna

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Centers for Disease Control and ATSDR recruiting American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) students to the different programs and opportunities

I would appreciate it if you could assist in the recruitment of American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) students to the different programs and opportunities offered by the Centers for Disease Control and ATSDR.

There is much work to be done to increase the numbers of AIANs in health and public health professions and there really is a lot of work to be done in getting some of those aspiring professionals here to CDC.  In that it has been determined that a lot of what is hurting Indian country to a large degree is related to the quite apparent health disparities and public health issues present in native communities, not enough can be said about the need of native people to assist the premiere public health agency in developing and becoming more cultural competent and able to serve those communities.  A few more native people are very much needed to join the team and students definitely can and need to be part of that sphere of influence.

Please circulate the attached information about student opportunities in your schools and communities. Feel free to check the CDC Web Page for more information, In addition, contact Judy Phillips ( or Al Parnell, contact for AISES Program here at CDC ( from the Human Resource Management Office.

If you or your contacts have questions not being answered, please contact me and I will do my best at getting an answer back to you with expediency.

Last summer, there were 10 AISES student, 3 Ferguson Fellows, and one other additional fellow in the National Center for HIV/STD/TB.  Please help increase those numbers.

Thank you in advance for your help and support.

Mike Snesrud
Senior Tribal Liaison for Policy and Evaluation
Office of the Associate Director for Minority Health, OD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MS D-39
1600 Clifton Road NE
Atlanta, GA  30333
Phone: 404-639-0432  Fax: 404-639-2195

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Grants Available from Administration for Native Americans

Due 03.28.03

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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City Invites Schools to Apply for Cultural Diversity Grants

The Phoenix Youth and Education Commission and Human Relations Commission are seeking applications from local schools for the 2003 Youth Diversity Grants.

The program is part of an initiative created by young people at the 2000 Youth Town Hall, who asked the mayor and City Council to establish a fund to help schools create on-campus diversity programs. Such programs promote cultural awareness and understanding, reduce racism and violence, and build unity among the diverse groups that make up the face of America.

Grants up to $12,000 each are available for activities that occur between July 1, 2003 and June 30, 2004. To be eligible, middle or high schools (grades five through 12) must be located in Phoenix or have more than 50 percent of the school attendance boundary within Phoenix city limits. In addition, youth must be involved in developing and implementing the proposal. Applications must be postmarked or submitted electronically by April 11.

"We have seen the effects that school violence, such as that at Columbine High School, has had on students here and around the country," said Stephanie Flores, Phoenix Youth and Education Commission member. "Young people have said repeatedly that the best way to reduce violence and intolerance is through on-campus diversity programs. These are the programs most likely to be cut during these tough budget times, but the Youth Diversity Grants can give schools a boost to start or continue such projects."

A panel of youth and adults from the Youth and Education Commission, the Human Relations Commission and other community groups will review the grants. The panel will review each application and evaluate proposals based on project quality; active involvement of students; staff qualifications, commitment and ability to execute the project; accountability in addressing school diversity issues; impact on the student body; and representation of all students on campus.

All grants are made in accordance with the city of Phoenix prohibition of discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age or sexual orientation. Grant payments will be made as follows: 50 percent at the start of the project and 50 percent at midpoint.

For more information or to obtain a grant application, call the Phoenix Youth and Education Office at 602-534-5669 or apply online at

Media Contact: Christiana Ferris 602-262-6169
Deborah Dillon 602-495-0518

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