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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


May 17, 2003 - Issue 87


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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



Institute for Native American and Tribal Archivists

The Western Archives Institute will hold an Institute for Native American and Tribal Archivists at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California, July 21-August 1, 2003. The intensive, two-week program will address specific concerns relating to the preservation of Native American and Tribal records. The program will provide integrated instruction in basic archival practices to individuals with a variety of goals, including those whose jobs require a fundamental understanding of archival skills, but have little or no previous archives education, those who have expanding responsibility for Native American archival materials, or anticipate working with tribal records within one year, or those who are working Native American and tribal archivists, but have not received formal instruction.

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2003 Annual California Indian Basketweavers Gathering

June 27-29

Our 2003 Annual Basketweavers Gathering will be held on Yurok tribal lands at their beautiful new tribal building and outdoor meeting space in Klamath. The site is located on Highway 101.

In addition to our usual fare, we've added the following events:

Basketweaving Classes
Stick Games
Traditional Dress Show
Basket Material Bingo (playing for materials)
Power Point Presentations
Traditional Vendors
Traditionally-Cooked Salmon
Music by the Merv George Band
And More…

If you would like to volunteer or if you know someone who would like to participate in the dress show, contact our event organizer, Poppy George at (530) 625-5432 /

Or contact the main CIBA office at (530) 478-5660 /

or contact the Northwestern Field Office at (530) 629-4567 /

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ERIC Clearinghouses on the Chopping Block!

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a draft plan for a "New ERIC" system. Unless this plan is modified all 16 Clearinghouses and their services--including the ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools which serves American Indians and Alaska Natives--will be eliminated.

There also will be a dramatic change in the content of the ERIC database.

The public has an opportunity to comment until May 9, 2003.

The plan for the "New ERIC" makes the following changes:

  • Closes all 16 ERIC Clearinghouses
  • Eliminates personalized reference and referral services
  • Terminates AskERIC and clearinghouse question-answering services
  • Ends all networking and outreach activities, including ERIC-sponsored Listservs
  • Shuts down Clearinghouse Web sites currently visited by 22.5 million unique visitors a year
  • Eliminates ERIC Digests, books, and other synthesis publications
  • Reduces coverage of the journal literature from 1100 journals to an estimated 400
  • Restricts consumer access to information, limiting ERIC database coverage to "approved lists" of journals and document contributors

There is still time to change it!

If the proposed changes do not reflect your vision of ERIC, ask Secretary Paige and your legislators to change their plan to include all 16 ERIC Clearinghouses with their information services and user-friendly products and Web sites; and to continue comprehensive coverage of the education literature.

Please make your views known by May 9 to:

      Secretary of Education Rod Paige
      Fax: 202-401-0596 (on letterhead. please)

      Your State's Senators:

      Your Congressional Representative:

For additional up-to-date information on ERIC, please visit:

      ERIC Reauthorization News


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Area of Instruction:  Native American Studies.  One to two positions available.  HSU will consider applications from qualified candidates in the field of NAS, including Federal Indian law, tribal governance, tribal environmental law, tribal government’s relationship to the United States Government, tribal literature and oral tradition, tribal histories, and tribal socio-cultural values.

Rank and Salary:  One to two positions, full-time temporary for the 2003-2004 academic year with the possibility of conversion to tenure-track, either upon appointment, or within the academic year effective Fall 2004.  For conversion to tenure track, the qualifications, experience, demonstrated capabilities and promise of the candidate shall be comparable to those expected of a finalist for a probationary position.  Rank and salary are dependent upon the appointee’s qualifications and experience.  The current CSU salary structure can be found at:

Professional Qualifications:  (1) A doctoral degree in an appropriate field, from an accredited college or university is required at time of appointment. HSU will consider applicants with a J.D., or a Ph.D. in Native American Studies, or an allied field, with a dissertation on a topic directly applicable to Native American Studies such as federal Indian Law, tribal governance, tribal environment, tribal history, or tribal literature. (2) Demonstrated ability to teach in Native American Studies and evidence of scholarly accomplishment and/or promise.  Demonstrated teaching effectiveness and the ability to communicate Native American perspectives and cultures are required.  Must have the academic and/or professional background necessary to develop curriculum in NAS program areas. (3) Demonstrated experience with Indian tribes and groups. 

The candidate must have a demonstrated interest and ability to teach a broad range of courses to diverse students (majors, general education students, etc.).  Candidates whose qualifications also suit them to prepare individuals to function in a culturally and ethnically diverse society are especially encouraged to apply.

Professional Duties:  12 semester units of teaching and 3 additional units of normal ancillary duties in the Native American Studies program (advising, committee work, etc.)  Appointee(s) will teach in the Native American Studies Department within the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science.

General Information: Humboldt State University is the only campus in the California State University system offering s a major in Native American Studies.  In 1997, HSU established the Native American Studies Department in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.  The HSU campus in Northern California is in close proximity to several thriving Native American tribes and communities.  HSU’s location near American Indian tribes offers a supportive environment for the Native American Studies program and study of American Indian tribal issues.  The University currently offers a B.A. and a minor in Native American Studies. 

HSU is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and Affirmative Action and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the State. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at

Application:   Qualified candidates should send a letter of application, a vita, and the names and contact information for three professional references to:

Dr. Joseph Giovannetti,
Search Committee Chair
Department of Native American Studies
Humboldt State University

One Harpst Street

Arcata, California 95521-8299.
Phone (707) 826-4329 / FAX (707) 826-4418.

In letter of application, please refer to Job # 2003/04-03 HS.  Candidates may use fax or email (Diana Ferris, for communications, but applications via fax or email are not acceptable.

Application Deadline:  All complete application files must be received by no later than 5:00 p.m., June 3, 2003 to receive full consideration.  Those applications arriving after this date and time may be considered if the position(s) are still open after the initial review of applicants and employment offer.

The University is an Equal Opportunity/Title IX employer with a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from women, members of all ethnic groups, veterans and people with disabilities

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The AmeriCorps*Tribal Civilian Community Corps (TCCC) is currently recruiting native American youth 18-26 years of age to join our ten month program in Hoopa, CA.

The TCCC is a ten-month, residential program that offers a variety of trainings, job experience, and the chance to travel throughout the Northwestern Region.  Some of the projects that the TCCC completes is building homes for low-income families, renovation of historical buildings, planting trees in previously burned areas of the forest, and working on several other Indian reservations and communities in California.

When participating in the program a member will receive a living allowance, reside on the campus, tackle a variety of challenging tasks, serve with twenty-five other Native youth, and gain skills that will last them a lifetime.

To learn more about the Hoopa Tribal Civilian Communtiy Corps should call us toll-free at 866-255-TCCC or check out our website:

Now is the best time for them to secure a spot in the program.  The deadline to apply is May 2, 2003  May 30, 2003 and the program will begin on July 14, 2003.

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Internship Opportunities - Summer 2003

The National Mental Health Association, a nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness, is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for its internship program. The program is designed to provide a unique opportunity for students to gain real-world work experience relevant to their academic and career goals. Internships are available in Fundraising/Development, NAMHPAC, NCSTAC, Public Education, Resources Center, Service and Policy, World Federation, Communications/Media and Publications Sales.

See the internship program section of this web site for more details or to apply online.

Other application options include sending a resume to:

2001 N. Beauregard Street,
Alexandria, VA 22311
a fax to (703) 684-5968,
or an e-mail

No phone calls please. EOE

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Public Affairs/Communications
Vice President, Media Relations

Mental health advocacy organization seeks senior level media relations professional to manage all reactive and proactive communications with print and broadcast reporters.  The candidate must demonstrate experience with promoting and maintaining national media relations activities including a protocol for responding to media requests on a timely basis.  This position will be responsible for crafting responses and training spokespersons for media interviews, and for advising senior management on publicizing the organization.  Requires 10+ years experience in progressively responsible positions, excellent communication skills, experience in management, budget and supervision.

Knowledge of cultural competence.  Experience with non-profit organizations is helpful in addition to mental health advocacy.

Send resumes to NMHA, Attn: LBM via email: or fax: 703-684-5968.

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Healthcare Reform
Policy Analyst

National mental health advocacy organization seeks policy analyst/researcher to consult with internal/external experts about mental health policy and state healthcare reform.  Knowledge of managed care and public systems necessary.  Knowledge of state legislative, regulatory and political processes desirable. Strong writing, editing, analytical skills and college degree required.

Send cover, resume and a 2 - 4 page writing sample to NMHA, Attn: GGA by Fax at 703-684-5968 or email to EOE

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Potowat Summer Camp

Hey Everyone, Summer Camp May-Gay-ToLH-Kwe is back! This year camp will be from Thursday, June 19, 2003 to Sunday, June 22, 2003. Counselors will need to report for training a day or two in advance. Camp will again be at Patrick's Point in Trinidad, CA.

Camp will provide a safe and positive camping experience for community youth between the ages of 9 and 13. There will be educational and health related activities based on values inherent to our American Indian community. We will participate in traditional cultural activities, physical activities, a talent show, and games.

We are now in the process of accepting applications for: Youth Counselors, between the ages of 15 and 18 by June 19, 2003; Adult Counselors, 19 and over by June 19, 2003; Camp Cook and Assistant Cook; and Security Personnel. Applications are available through UIHS' Potowat Health Village in Arcata. Applications are due Friday, May 16, 2003, and interviews will be on Wednesday, May 21, 2003.

Applications for Campers will be out soon…

For More Information Contact:
Tashhu Bommelyn Or Leo Canez

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The U.S. Department of Education, White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities, is currently seeking Native American internship position from June - August, 2003 in Washington, DC. Position needs to be filled ASAP. Please contact Toney Begay for more information:

Toney Begay
White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities
555 New Jersey Avenue NW Suite 408
Washington, DC 20208

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DEADLINE:  JUNE 15, 2003

Nomination Submission Forms Are Currently Being Sent To All Advisory and Industry Members.  This Year¹s Awards Recording Eligibility Period Is March 31, 2002 Through April 1, 2003. The Sixth Annual Native American Music Awards is tentatively scheduled for November 2003 with a location to be announced in the coming weeks.

Recordings are eligible for the Sixth Annual Native American Music Awards if they have been commercially released during the eligibility period (March 31, 2002 through April 1, 2003) and have national distribution by a domestic record company or authorized distributor. NAMA Advisory members and Industry members may submit an unlimited number of recordings for nomination.  Please review all guidelines in the submission form or visit our website to register as an Advisory or Industry member.

Each submitted recording may be entered in more than one (1) category unless otherwise noted in the category guidelines. NAMA reserves the right to eliminate entries which are deemed ineligible.  All entries will be compiled into a ballot and sent to NAMA Advisory/Industry Voting members to select five finalists in each category. Final Nominations will be announced in the Summer of 2003 and voting will be opened to the general public.

Contact Ellen or Donald at 212-228-8300.

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MAY 30-31,2003




400 W. ELM AVE


(928) 773-8120/8121


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Indigenous Youth Gathering

Ya'ah'teeh (Greetings)

I just wanted to pass this important event on to you. This youth summit is going to be hosted in Pinon, AZ (Navajo Nation) in an effort to educate, inspire, and encourage those who wishes to become involve in Social and Environmental Justice issues. Indigenous Peoples here in North American have seen much these injustice in the name of Progress, Economic Development and energy development. It is the goal of Black Mesa Water Coalition and Indigenous Youth Coalition to educate the local young people and at the same time bring those youth who are already in this field of work together for a gathering that will begin the healing process among our youth from the traumas of injustice that have been inflicted on the Indigenous Peoples here in North America.

On behalf of BMWC and IYCP, we invite you join us in this celebration and participate in this historical events happening on our lands.

For more information, you can e-mail me back at

My name is Roberto Nutlouis and I am a memeber of BMWC and the youth organizer for IYCP.

Black Mesa Youth Summit Registration Form
Deadline June 30th 2003
Each participant must complete each section (section III. Optional) and return BMWC
I. Participant Information

First Name: ___________________________    Last Name: ______________________________
Organization/Community: ___________________________
Are you the main contact person for this organization?     _____ Yes _____ No
Age: _______    Gender (female/male,?) _____________
Address:__________________________________    City:_______________    State:______

Work/Day phone: (_____)________________    Home/Evening phone: (_____)_____________
Fax #: (_____)_________________    E-mail: ________________________________________
Website address: ___________________________________
Can we put your contact information on a contact list for everyone at the event?    _____ Yes     _____ No
Will you need translation for any language other than English?    _____ Yes    _____ No
    If yes, what language? _______________________________
Food preference:    _____ Vegetarian     _____ Non-Vegetarian     _____ No Preference
Please keep in mind this is an outdoor event, are there any special needs, allergies, or medical concerns that we should be aware of?

II. Emergency Contact Information

In case of emergency, please contact:
1. Name:________________________________  Relationship:___________________________
    Day phone:(___)________________________ Night time:(____)________________________

2. Name:________________________________  Relationship:___________________________
    Day phone:(___)________________________ Night time:(____)________________________

III. Participation Guidelines   (Signature required below for ALL participants)

In order to positively facilitate this gathering of young people from so many communities, in efforts to “Heal and Redefine Our World,” it is important to create a safe and supportive environment for ALL. We require that each individual agree to uphold the following:

  • Respect for all is of the utmost importance.  We ask that you respect one another’s differences of opinions and ideas, as well as, each others’ privacy and personal space.
  • Bring an open mind.  Recognize that we come from many different places. We ask that you keep an open mind & be respectful as you interact and learn of one another’s different roots & experiences (i.e. culture, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and class)
  • The 2003 Youth Summit is an alcohol and drug-free event.  BMWC & IYCP expect that at no time will alcohol or drugs be used or presented during this event.

Consequences for violation of these guidelines may include, but is not limited to, termination of participation and all associated.

I, ___________________________________, by signature below, agree to the above conduct guidelines & understand the potential consequences of violations.
Signature: _____________________________    Date: ________________________

IV. Notification of Personal Risk   (Signature required below for ALL participants)

Black Mesa Water Coalition & the Indigenous Youth Coalition of Pinion cannot assume responsibility for theft, loss, or damage of personal property occurring during this Youth Summit.

As a participant I hereby acknowledge that I am aware of all aspects of my physical condition(s) and have had either a medical exam or deliberately and knowingly forgone having such an exam prior to engaging in activities associated with BMWC/IYCP. I am responsible for my own medical and/or dietary needs.

I release BMWC/IYCP and members from any liabilities, demands and/or claims for any damages. In the unlikely event of an accident or medical emergency, I authorize and give my consent to the leaders of this event to obtain any medical treatment for myself or my child, including, but not limited to, admission to a hospital for care and administration of medication and/or anesthetic.

If you are under 18, please have your parent or guardian sign as well:
Your Signature: _____________________________    Date: ________________________
Parent / Guardian: ___________________________
Please print: ________________________________   Date: ________________________

V.   Fees
  Registration Fee: $20.00 (individual)
Late Registration Fee (after June 30th): $30.00 (individual)
Payment by money orders only. Make payable to: Black Mesa Water Coalition
VI.     Scholarship Opportunities Available (OPTIONAL)

Please fill out these questions (if needed, on a separate piece of paper.)
1.  Are you currently involved in your community?  How?

2.  Why are you interested in attending the Youth Summit?

3.  How will you apply the concepts of the summit to your community?

Thank you, if there is anything else you feel we should know, please feel free to write more or contact us.

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