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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


April 5, 2003 - Issue 84


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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) and NativeShare


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



Dance of the Two Moons event to benefit Native youth

TULSA, Okla. - On April 5, the Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa will host its 13th annual Dance of the Two Moons, at the Tulsa Southern Hills Marriott Hotel. The Dance of the Two Moons features a full program of activities that includes dinner, traditional Indian dancing, western rope tricks performed by Richard Heinrich, Native American storytelling by Will Hill and Geninne DeMarco-Washington and western dance music by Butch Powell and the Seneca Band. Yvonne Harris, KTUL Channel 8 weekend anchor and reporter, and Curtis Zunigha, former Chief of the Delaware Tribe of Indians and American Indian entertainer, will co-emcee the evening.

The evening will begin with the silent auction of Indian arts and collectibles and items donated by local merchants and business owners. The highlight of the silent auction will be two original pieces donated by Cha' Tullis. Tullis will also be honored as the year's Honorary Artist. Tullis is an internationally known Native artist who is dedicated to teaching and preserving the heritage of American Indian culture. Cha' uses various mediums including: painting, sculpture and jewelry design to showcase his outstanding artistic abilities. The first of the two pieces on the auction block is a nine-foot tall eagle sculpture entitled "Above the Clouds." Tullis has also donated an acrylic on canvas painting, "Four Days Shield," depicting a traditional Native warrior.

Through this program and its proceeds, Indian Health Care is able to provide free summer camps for Native children, fitness programs at three Tulsa public schools with high Indian enrollment, immunizations, pediatric dental care and numerous other services for the clinic's youngest patients.

"This program helps us achieve our commitment to our children, to provide them with the best quality care and the resources to help them grow into healthy adults" said Carmelita Skeeter, executive director.

Other auction items include signed artwork by various American Indian artists, Indian pottery and jewelry, two tickets from Great Plains Airlines, skin treatments, massages, and a round of golf for two at Karsten Creek Golf Course. Also, up for bid is a 12-foot hand painted tipi. The tipi was custom made by the same artist that made all the tipi for the movie, Dances With Wolves.

Individual tickets are $75 each or $125 per couple, $50 of the ticket price is tax-deductible.

Contact Emily Bolusky at 382-1206 or e-mail with any questions on how to donate to the Dance of the Two Moons or to purchase tickets.

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Office of Polar Programs and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources

This document is NSF 03-033 and can be found on the NSF web site at:

4201 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA  22230
March 6, 2003

Dear Colleague,
The Office of Polar Programs (OPP) and the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) would like to call your attention to an opportunity to request NSF support for projects that integrate polar field research and education.

OPP and EHR jointly encourage proposals for well-designed, creative education projects that immerse K-12 teachers in polar research experiences and that offer structured support to effectively transfer those experiences into classrooms and communities. An opportunity to propose such a project currently exists through the Teacher Professional Continuum (TPC) program, which is managed by the Division of Elementary, Secondary and Informal Education (ESIE). The required pre-proposal deadline for the TPC program solicitation, NSF 03-534, is May 19, 2003.

Proposals are encouraged from partnerships among researchers, educators, curriculum developers, informal education centers, media centers and other centers of science research and education expertise. Potential PIs should examine the TPC program solicitation to ensure that their project design meets all TPC program requirements. In addition, interested PIs are encouraged to contact OPP program officers (Guy Guthridge,, or Renee Crain, to discuss field support that OPP could provide and ESIE/TPC program officers to discuss educational aspects such as effective classroom and community transfer of polar research experiences.

A forerunner project supported by OPP and EHR, Teachers Experiencing Antarctica and the Arctic (TEA), is scheduled to end its current 5-year project grant on March 31, 2004. OPP, EHR and the research and education communities have valued the TEA project as a pathway to improve science education through teachers' experiences in scientific inquiry, as a conduit for reciprocal exchange of experience and knowledge between researchers and educators, and as a foundation for a growing community of students, educators, researchers and the general public that is engaged in science teaching and learning. A future project may build on this valuable experience base to integrate research and education while significantly contributing to the knowledge base on science teaching and learning.

We look forward to reviewing innovative and competitive proposals that join polar science with science education reform.

Karl Erb
Director, Office of Polar Programs
Judith Ramaley
Assistant Director, Directorate for Education and Human Resources

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WiredWoods, the digital photography and web-design program for summer camps, is hiring!

WiredWoods, the digital photography and web-design program for summer camps, is hiring! In 2003, WiredWoods intends to run its innovative curriculum at two well-established overnight camps for kids and teens:

  • Crossroads for Kids (Duxbury, MA): Established in 1936, Crossroads for Kids is one of the more progressive summer program providers of services to at-risk youth in eastern Massachusetts.
  • Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries (Athol, MA): Founded in 1906, the Fresh Air Camp fosters personal growth and a sense of community through an overnight camp experience during the summer months for children from 8 -16 years of age.

We seek highly motivated educators and web-savvy artists to join our team of summer staff. Positions currently available are Program Coordinator and Program Specialist.

For complete position details, visit or send an email to

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Alaska Native Heritage Center Celebrates Archeology Day

(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) is celebrating Archeology Day in collaboration with the National Park Service (NPS) on April 5, 2003 from 12pm to 5pm. ANHC and the NPS will be providing numerous demonstrations and activities stressing the importance of archeology in Alaska. Archeology Day is one of the continuing series of Celebrating Culture Saturdays sponsored by BP.

"Archeology in Alaska is important in commemorating the ancestral past of Alaska Natives", stated Lonnie Jackson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "Archeology serves as a tool which can open a window to the past and provide insight into the various Alaska Native cultures."

In Alaska there are archeological remains that date back up to 10,000 years ago along the Tanana River containing Mammoth ivory tools, microblades and other everyday items. ANHC and the NPS will be presenting fun and informative programs for all ages including mock digs, slide presentations, board games, pictographs, whaling presentations and Native games. Archeology Day is just one of the activities that is planned for Archeology Month.

Herb Anungazuk, who currently serves as a Cultural Anthropologist with the National Park Service, will be giving a presentation on whaling in Alaska. Anungazak, Inupiaq, will share his experiences as a whaling Captain. Originally from Wales, Alaska, Anungazak started whaling in 1970 and participated until 1984. He states, "To be a whaler is to be part of an elite group in Inupiat society. Once you have felt the excitement of the chase and once you have felt the blood surge through your veins, you are forever a whaler, and no one can take that from you".

Carla Kelliher-Gingrich, Inupiaq/Athabascan, will be the demonstrating artist. Gingrich, born in Barrow and raised in Nome, has been sewing and beading for over 27 years. She learned the art from her grandmothers and mother, Trudy Kelliher. She has combined Athabascan and Inupiaq cultures into her own unique artwork.

The King Island Dancers and Singers of Anchorage, Inupiat, will have two performances. Although the Bureau of Indian Affairs relocated the King Island people to Nome they continue to strive to keep their traditions alive. The late Paul Tiulana founded the King Island Dance group in the 1970's to preserve the traditional values and rich heritage of the King Island people. Most of the dance equipment and dance masks the group uses today were hand made by Paul and his son, Eugene. The King Island Dancers and Singers have performed all over Alaska and the world.

Arts and Crafts sessions will be available throughout the day for all ages. Instructions include how to make Yup'ik/Cup'ik Dance Fans, Inupiaq /Saint Lawrence Island Yup'ik Hunting Slings, Aleut/Alutiiq Eveuates, Southeast Headbands or Dugout Canoe and Athabascan Medicine Pillows. There will be demonstrations of Native and healing games with the opportunity for everyone to participate. Several videos will be shown such as Journey of Discovery, Siulitpa Paitaat: Our Ancestor's Heritage, Archaeology Series and Stories Given Stories Shared.

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 at 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
Public Relations
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Fax: 907 330-8030
Phone: 800 315-6608
907 330-8055

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"Support our Troops" Project on American Indian Chamber site

The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma invites everyone to join in our "Support Our Troops" project on the chamber's web site: The site lists men and women serving overseas who would appreciate receiving letters, e-mails or have requests for care packages. Information is listed from the Department of Defense regarding regulations on communications and packages.

The site will accept names of members of the military through this e-mail address: Information may also be faxed to (918) 298-1652. The chamber office number is 1-800-OK-AICCO (1-800-652-4226).

If there are special needs or requests for items, please include that information, along with e-mail addresses, home town and tribal affiliation, if you know it. Pictures are welcome!

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EPA Contest for Kids

OK folks, I need your help disseminating this information to the proper audience (kids, students and teachers).

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is co-sponsorng with the National Tribal Environmental Council (NTEC) a "Design the Kid's Page Contest"

This contest is open to children and youth kindergarten through 12th grade.

Entries are due by April 30, 2003.  More information, including a flyer with an entry form is available at the following link:

Thanks for your help.

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(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Native Heritage Center will present the next workshop in the continuing ExxonMobil Artists Series. Jan See will be teaching a workshop on Carving Sterling Silver Jewelry. The class will run from April 14th to April 25th, 2003 from 6:30pm to 9pm weekdays.

Jan See, Tlingit artist from Sitka, is a self-taught silver carver. He is from the Raven tribe and his clan is the Gaanaxteidi, "Wood Worm", from the Whale House of the Chilkat in Klukwan. In 1974, he became interested in carving after he watched a man carve a pair of silver earrings at an art show in Anchorage. See asked the man about learning how to carve, but the man didn't know anyone who taught carving. As he watched, See asked questions about the types of tools the man used and how he used them. Although See never saw the man again, he was determined to learn how to carve. He began to teach himself to carve, even improvising some of the tools he could not buy. See once used a piece of copper inlaid in wood, placed on a plastic "Lazy Susan" to help him get the rotating action he needed to carve effectively. He credits his mother, Mable Pike, a well-known beader and moccasin maker for encouraging him to continue with his carving. See creates sterling silver artwork including bracelets, earrings, pins and pendants.

See sells his jewelry at craft shows all over Alaska, including the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and also the Alaska Native Heritage Center Gift Shop. He shares his story about how he taught himself to carve at schools and gives students the opportunity to try their hands at "carving silver". See is also a founding member of the Alaska Native Arts Cooperative, "Taheta Arts and Culture Group", in Anchorage. He spent most of the summer representing the Heritage Center on the Holland Cruise Ships in Southeast Alaska.

Now in its fourth year, the ExxonMobil Master Artist Series (EMMA) allows Alaska Native Master Artists to work with high school students in the afternoon, give a public presentation and conduct workshops for adults in the evenings over a two or three week period. See will be giving a public presentation on silver carving at 2pm on Saturday April 19th, 2003.

See's class will last 2 weeks and is from 6:30pm to 9pm on weekdays. The workshop will take place at the Alaska Native Heritage Center, 8800 Heritage Center Drive, Anchorage, Alaska. Cost for See's class is $200.00 with a 10% discount for ANHC members. Class size is limited to 10 - 12 people to ensure quality interaction and instruction.

To register call the Reservation Hotline at (907) 330-8002. For complete workshop description, artist information and registration information call 330-8002 or visit

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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Aboriginal Services Coordinator job posting

Working in partnership with the Delegation Development Officer and Professional Services Advisory Council members, the Surrounded By Cedar Child and Family Services team requires a fulltime Aboriginal Services Coordinator who will be responsible to assist in the transfer of delegation authority from the Province to SCCFS and increase the service delivery capacity of Aboriginal organizations in the Capital Region. This position will be an 8 month term.

Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Further develop and support the Agency's overall delegation development process.
  • Maintain open communication and accountability to urban Aboriginal agencies and Advisory Council  members. Liaise with representatives of Island First Nations, First Nations delegated child welfare agencies, Island College and University institutions and Government.
  • Design and map a Capital Region Aboriginal service delivery and educational strategy that will result in  increased long term service delivery capacity.
  • Develop, plan and coordinate a workshop or Agency fair that will clarify the mandates of Capital Region Aboriginal agencies.
  • Coordinate and provide two workshops regarding Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy issues, Maintaining Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest issues for Aboriginal service providers and educators.
  • Develop protocols with Police, Public Health and Educational representatives, Government and First Nations child welfare agencies
  • Develop a clear linkage and understanding of roles between Capital Region Aboriginal child and family service delivery agencies and the Vancouver Island Aboriginal Transition Team.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to work in a community planning developmental environment with Aboriginal peoples and Government representatives
  • Good understanding of BC Provincial delegation development process, experience in educational advising, and Capital Region Aboriginal service delivery needs
  • Skills and abilities relevant to urban Aboriginal Agency development
  • Good understanding, knowledge and communication skills directly related to protocol development
  • Strong verbal, written, personal and group facilitation skills.  A team player.


  • Master or Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Child and Youth Care, Indigenous Governance, Public Administration or a combination of 5 years senior practice experience and relevant post secondary education and / or training
  • Knowledge of Aboriginal values, urban Aboriginal/ First Nations communities, networks and organizations
  • Strong computer skills.
  • Must provide own vehicle.
  • Must provide Criminal Record check.

Pursuant to section 41 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference may be given to applicants of Aboriginal Ancestry.

Please submit your resume, cover letter and salary expectations attention to:
Shelly Johnson, Delegation Development Officer
Surrounded By Cedar Child and  Family Services
3rd Floor - 610 Johnson Street
Victoria, BC, V8W 1M4
Email : FAX : (250) 384-1586

No Phone Calls Please, only those selected for interviews will be contacted
Closing Date : April 16, 2003

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Four Directions Entertainment presents:
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Original Orchestra Score by Brent Michael Davids!
Music also features Joe Myers on guitar
& Brent Michael Davids on flute.
Features traditional Powwow Songs too!
Saturday, April 19, 2003
3PM EST (Noon PST)
See the Trailer --

The THE WORLD OF AMERICAN INDIAN DANCE is a one-hour documentary introducing the beauty, artistry, athleticism and competition of American Indian dance. Filming Crow Fair on the Crow Indian Agency of Montana, Four Directions Entertainment recorded over 40 hours of spectacular footage using Panasonic High Definition Television cameras.

Crow Fair draws approximately fifty thousand people from around the world and each year its popularity grows. The spectators are all guests of the Crow Nation as hundreds of American Indians from throughout the continent join in this summer celebration and dance competition. The event is held on historic Little Big Horn Mountain surrounded by breathtaking Crow lands located between Devil's Tower and Yellowstone National Park. From this vista, a compelling story of American Indian Dance is told.

The many types of dance, their meanings and origins are explored, depicting how the Dance fortifies and sustains the survival of a race of people. With its presence and energy, Indian Dance is a powerful influence on US-Indian relationships. Dramatic conflict ensues as we see the struggle between intertribal cultures, progress versus tradition, spirituality versus commerce, the old versus the new.

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"Support Senate Bill 575"
Introduced by Senator Daniel INOUYE

Please support Senate Bill 575 by contacting your local representatives.

Native American Languages Act Amendments Act of 2003

The purposes of this Act are:


to encourage and support, consistent with the policy of the United States as expressed in the Native American Languages Act (25 U.S.C. 2901 et seq.)
the development of Native American language survival schools as innovative means of addressing the effects of past discrimination against Native American language speakers; and
the revitalization of Native American languages through -
education in Native American languages; and
instruction in other academic subjects using Native American languages as an instructional medium;
to demonstrate the positive effects of Native American language survival schools on the academic success of Native American students and the students' mastery of standard English;
to encourage and support the involvement of families in the educational and cultural survival efforts of Native American language survival schools;
to encourage communication, cooperation, and educational exchange among Native American language survival schools and the administrators of Native American language survival schools;
to provide support for Native American language survival school facilities and endowments;
to provide support for Native American language nests--
as part of Native American language survival schools; or
as separate programs that will be developed into more comprehensive Native American language survival schools;
to support the development of local and national models that can be disseminated to the public and made available to other schools as exemplary methods of teaching Native American students; and
to develop a support center system for Native American language survival schools at the university level.

For more information, link.

For additional questions please feel free to contact Piegan Institute.
Rosalyn LaPier
Piegan Institute

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ANHC and CITC Proud to Co-sponsor Annual Statewide Native Youth Conference

(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) and Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) are co-sponsoring the Annual Statewide Native Youth Conference. The theme of this years conference is "In Our Own Voices: Claiming Our Culture" and it will be held April 18, 19, and 20, 2003 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage.

The purpose of this conference is to inspire and create opportunity for young people to discuss new ideas, broaden their scope of the world and develop successful strategies towards health living. The conference is designed to bring Alaska Native and Native American students together to work cooperatively and learn from each other.

The conference keynote speakers are Owen Patton, "Building Leadership within our Culture", and Catherine Rexford, "A New Transformation: Empowering Our Youth Through Self". Patton will speak on Saturday, April 19th at 2pm and Tagnak Rexford will speak on Sunday, April 20th at 12:15pm.

Patton, "Wicasa Isnala Najin" (Man that Stands Alone), is from the Oglala Lakota Nation for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. He is a consultant for the Native American Issues and Safe and Drug Free Schools for the Nebraska Department of Education. Patton has worked in the field of alcohol/drug intervention and prevention for the past 17 years. He has served as Vice Chairman for the Nebraska Commission on Indian Affairs, Board of Directors for the Panhandle Substance Abuse Council and Panhandle Mediation Center. He has been a Director for an Indian Center and served as the Legislative Liaison for the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He follows the Oglala Lakota traditional way of spirituality.

Catherine Tagnak Rexford, Inupiaq, graduated from Evergreen State College with a B.A. in Native American Studies. Rexford believes that through the use of Native languages that not only the language will be revitalized but also Native values and identity. She was crowned Miss Top of the World and Miss World Eskimo Indian Olympics in 2002. Immediately following this conference, Rexford will travel to the Gathering of Nations Powwow in Albuquerque, New Mexico to compete for the national title of Miss Indian World.

There will be performances by the Alaska Native Heritage Dance Group and the Academie de Danse from the Anchorage Repertory Company. The ANHC Dance Group includes young Native adults trained at the Center, who work to encourage other youth to participate in Native Cultures. They have performed at Governor Murkowski's Inaugural Ball and recently finished a tour of East Coast schools. The Academie de Danse from the Anchorage Repertory Company will be doing a Latin Multicultural Dance "Balladagio" which will be exploring basic movements, rhythms, timings and styles of Latin Dancing.

Other conference sponsors include Cook Inlet Region, Inc. and the Alaska Native Professionals Association. The Alaska Native Professionals Association is providing workshop facilitators throughout the conference.

Any student interested in participating in the conference should contact Carrie Ann Swanson at 907 330-8057 or download forms at There is no fee to attend the conference, but interested students must complete an application process in order to participate.

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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