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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 28, 2003 - Issue 90


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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



Notice of policy guidance with request for comment.

SUMMARY: The Department of Labor (DOL) publishes Revised Guidance to Federal Financial Assistance Recipients Regarding the Title VI Prohibition Against National Origin Discrimination Affecting Limited English Proficient Persons (Revised DOL Recipient LEP Guidance). This Revised DOL Recipient LEP Guidance is issued pursuant to Executive
Order 13166.

DATES: This Guidance is effective immediately. Comments must be submitted on or before June 30, 2003. DOL will review all comments and will determine what modifications to the Guidance, if any, are necessary. This Guidance supplants existing guidance on the same subject originally published at 66 FR 4596 (January 17, 2001).

For more information: click here, then search for fr29my03-184.

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Looking for Indigenous Youth Representatives

I am passing the following information on to you in hopes of finding Indigenous youth world-wide that will be able to attend a meeting in Dubna, Russia from August 25-27th, 2003. As some of you know since the World Summit on Sustainable Development, we now have two seats on the United Nations Environment Programme's Youth Advisory Council for Indigenous young people. These seats are still open for interested Indigenous Youth.

Since WSSD, UNEP has had a Youth Advisory meeting and elections at their Global Youth Retreat. I was the only Indigenous youth able to attend and my name is currently on their advisory, this is only temporary until I can be replaced.

If you need any additional information please feel free to contact me at this address-

Heather Milton-Lightening
Indigenous Environmental Network
Youth Organizer
PO Box 485
Bemidji, MN 56619
youth program list-serve:
IEN website:

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Dear Colleagues,

The Canadian Aboriginal Science &Technology Society is pleased to announce its upcoming sixth Conference. The CASTS Conference 2003 will be held September 18-20, 2003 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The theme of our conference is the "Integration of Science, Technology, and Traditional Knowledge in Today's Environment".

The CASTS Conference 2003 will have six main areas of interests in which presenters will have the opportunity to showcase their research by conducting an oral presentation, workshop, or submitting a poster presentation. The deadline for presenters is June 15, 2003 - Submit Early.

There will also be an option to purchase booth space to sponsor your organization. The six main areas of interest are as follows: Science & Technology, Health, Environment, Education, Traditional Knowledge, and Careers.

For more information on the conference, how to register, and/or to submit an abstract please visit:

Philip McCloskey, Conference Coordinator
Department of Chemistry
110 Science Place, Room 180
University of Saskatchewan
Saskatoon, SK. S7K 5C9
Tel: 306-966-5533
Fax: 306-966-4730


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Hello all,

The first listing is for grants up to $225,000 offered by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)for projects that promote health research, education and intervention programs that address improved ways to serve low income, immigrant, and minorities who may be disproportionately exposed to environmental and occupational stressors.

While not specifically EJ-related, the second listing may be of interest to science teachers and coordinators to integrate environmental andsustainability research and education into their schools and classrooms.


Letter of Intent Receipt Date: September 17, 2003

Application Receipt Date: October 17, 2003


Community-based organizations are especially encouraged to apply. You may submit (an) application(s) if your institution has any of the following characteristics:

  • For-profit or non-profit organizations
  • Public or private institutions, such as universities, colleges,
    hospitals, and laboratories
  • Units of State and local governments
  • Eligible agencies of the Federal government
  • Domestic
  • Faith-based or community-based organizations

Foreign institutions are not eligible to apply.


The NIEHS intends to commit approximately $1.67 million in FY04 to fund five to six new and/or competitive continuation grants in response to this RFA. The NIOSH intends to commit approximately $500,000 in FY04 to fund two to three new grants in response to this RFA. An applicant may request a project period of up to four years and a budget for direct costs of up to $225,000 per year. Indirect costs will be paid at eight percent of direct costs less appropriate exclusions. This is not a modular grant and a detailed budget is expected. The application should include within its scope the plans for the entire length of the grant. Although the financial
plans of the NIEHS and NIOSH provide support for this program, awards pursuant to this RFA are contingent upon the availability of funds and the receipt of a sufficient number of meritorious applications.

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The AmeriCorps*Tribal Civilian Community Corps (TCCC) is currently recurring 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 program will begin on July 14, 2003.

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The American Indian Education Minor and Professional Development Program (ITEPP), Humboldt State University, promotes Indian self-determination by developing learning communities that validate Tribal cultural values, facilitate academic success, and foster a sense of self-efficacy among American Indian students, educators and other professionals.

Beginning in Summer of 2003, ITEPP will offer a five-course, 15-unit Professional Development Certificate Program with two different emphases: (1) American Indian Education and (2) Tribal Health & Human Services.

Summer 2003

  • AIE 380-Child Abuse/Neglect and the Law (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., July 7-11, 2003).

Fall Semester (August 25-December 19, 2003) Spring Semester (January 20-May14, 2004)

  • AIE 330-History of Indian Education
  • AIE 340-Educational Experiences,
  • AIE 335-Social & Cultural Considerations,
  • AIE 435-Counseling Issues,
  • AIE 380-Tribal Health & Human Services,
  • AIE 380-Working with Tribal Families,
  • AIE 430-Grant Writing for Tribal Organizations.

For more information or to register contact the Extended Education Office at 707-826-3731); the cost is $345 per 3-unit course.
Out-of-state students who enroll through Extended Education pay the same registration fees.

For more information about ITEPP, see the web site at or contact ITEPP Director Suzanne Burcell by
phone at 707-826-5195 or email at

Native American Studies faculty vacancies @ Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA can be viewed at:

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Society for The Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science is Seeking Speakers to Share Experiences Regarding Balancing Work and Home Life

SACNAS is looking for individuals to serve on a panel to discuss the issue of balancing one?s life with one's work at the 30th Anniversary SACNAS Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico this October. The panel, for the session entitled, Balancing Home, Work, and Culture: Issues Confronting Minority Scientists will focus on the difficult choices and struggles concerning such topics as balancing familial responsibilities and career goals, being a mother and scientist, isolation and intolerance in the educational system, and how cultural expectations impact success as a researcher. Panelist will have five minutes to describe their personal experience dealing with one of the specific topics; the rest of the session will be a moderated question and answer component with the audience.

SACNAS, therefore, asks that scientists with strong speaking skills and important guidance to share on the trials, tribulations, and joys associated with balancing the different aspects of a scientist's life contact us. Please send a brief paragraph stating topics about which you would be available to speak to

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The California Indian Museum and Cultural Center Announcing the 2003 Tillie Hardwick Lecture Series

During the whirlwind era of termination many California Indian Rancherias became things of the past. In a landmark case, Tillie Hardwick v. United States, one Pomo woman restored the sovereign status of 16 tribes. CIM honors Ms. Hardwick's dedication and contributions to all California

March 29, 2003 California Indian Storytelling
May 10, 2003 California Indian Languages: Preservation & Education
June 7, 2003 California Indian Basketry
July 12, 2003 Indian Gaming in California: Issues & Answers
August 9, 2003 California Indian Music and Dance
September 13, 2003 Native Plants and Medicine
October 25, 2003 Indian Religions and Spirituality
November 15, 2003 The Gold Rush and California Indians
December 6, 2003 Indian Storytelling for Christmas

All Lectures are held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, 5250 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, California

Call CIM for more information, lecture times and directions (707) 579-3004 or visit

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Artists in the Schools Performing Artist Applications for the Alaska State Council on the Arts due on November 1, 2003. This year ASCA is accepting applications from performing artists including actors, puppeteers, singers, dancers, mimes, musicians, circus artists, as well as Alaska Native drummers, dancers and storytellers. Application forms are available online at

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