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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 1, 2003 - Issue 99


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Opportunities - Page One

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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 will update this page if we receive additional opportunities for events, etc. that will occur before our issue publication date.


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



Law Student & Attorney Program at Indian Land Tenure Foundation

Dear Colleagues:

I am writing to inform you of the upcoming Minority Trainee Research Forum (MTRF) in San Diego, CA, March 10-14, 2004. MTRF is an invitational scientific meeting showcasing serious trainees engaged in biomedical research. Selection is based on a national competition of abstracts from wet bench research. Twelve winning abstracts in each educational level will be selected for presentation: 12 postdoctoral trainees; 12 Ph.D. trainees; 12 M.D. /Ph.D. trainees; 12 M.D. trainees; 12 college trainees / postbac trainees; and 12 high school trainees.

The deadline for abstracts is October 1, 2003, final deadline is December 1, 2003.

Each winner will receive a full travel fellowship (air, hotel, food) to MTRF where they will give a 15 minute oral presentation and participate in the poster session, seminars and awards dinner. Invitations are limited to minority groups underrepresented in the biomedical arena.

Visit us at our website and download the Application and MTRF brochure at .

Please forward this e-mail to your trainees and other interested parties.

Moses L. Williams
Meeting Planner

Please direct all questions to:

Janelle Hundley
Medical Research Building
3420 N. Broad Street, Room 719
Philadelphia, PA 19140
Ofc: 1-800-639-5719 x. 104
Fax: 267-238-2901

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Ford Foundation Fellowships for Minorities

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or national
    Native American Indian, Mexican American/Chicana/Chicano, Alaska Native (Eskimo or Aleut), Native Pacific Islander (Polynesian or Micronesian), Black/African American, or Puerto Rican
  • Planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level

Stipend and Allowances:

  • Predoctoral-$17,000 to the fellow, institutional allowance of $6,000 for three years
  • Dissertation-$21,000 for one year
  • Postdoctoral-$40,000 for one year, $1,500 employing institution allowance, to be matched by employing institution
  • All awardees have expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows

Application Deadline Dates:

Predoctoral: November 19, 2003
Dissertation: December 3, 2003
Postdoctoral: December 17, 2003

For Further Information and Applications, Contact:

phone: (202)334-2872
fax: (202)334-3419

See website for complete eligibility information:

Web-based applications may be filled out and submitted on-line

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Fellowship Opportunity for Activists of Color: Alston/Bannerman Fellowship Program

The Alston/Bannerman Fellowship Program is committed to advancing progressive social change by helping to sustain long-time activists of color. The program honors those who have devoted their lives to helping their communities organize for racial, social, economic and environmental justice. The program provides resources for organizers to take sabbaticals for reflection and renewal. Each year 10 long term activists of color are awarded $15,000 each to take sabbaticals of three months or more. This is a both a reward and an opportunity for rest and reflection for dedicated people who have been busting their butts working on tough issues for years. Recipients are not required to produce anything during their sabbatical period and can use the time however they choose. This year's application deadline is December 1.

More information is available at

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Up to $5000 (paid in 2 equal installments)

Who can apply:

  • Must be a member of a minority group - defined as African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, or Pacific Islander.
  • Must be entering an ALA-accredited graduate library school or have completed no more than half his or her graduate program at the time the award is made (February)
  • Must be a citizen or have permanent resident status in the United States or Canada

Past recipients are not eligible.

What you need to do:

  • Submit a completed MLA Scholarship for Minority Students application by December 1st
  • Submit a minimum of two (and no more than three) letters of reference from persons not related to you.
  • Provide an official transcript from each college or university you have attended (must be sent directly from the institution).
  • Attach a short, typed essay to your application describing your career objectives and how your immediate academic plans will help you attain them.

For more details and the MLA Scholarship for Minority Students application: (You may be eligible for other MLA awards or scholarships)

For more information about MCMLA, visit the MCMLA website:

Carla Guy (Caddo)
Student Programs Coordinator
Association of American Indian Physicians
1225 Sovereign Row, Suite 103
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Tel: 405-946-7072
Fax: 405-946-7651

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Gates Millennium Scholars
Asian Pacific Islander American, African American, Hispanic American or American Indian/Alaska Native;

For nomination materials and/or further information, contact:
Catherine Domaoan, Director of Outreach
866-274-4677 x2 (toll-free),

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Washington, DC - The Gates Millennium Scholars program is pleased to announce the launching of its website for the 2004 - 2005 GMS awards. Apply online or download nomination materials from General information, detailed instructions, and current scholar profiles can also be found on the website. Principals, teachers, guidance counselors, tribal higher education representatives, and other professional educators are invited to nominate students with outstanding academic records, strong leadership potential, and commitment to community service. Nominators and recommenders must act in their personal capacity. Institutional nominations will not be accepted. All completed nomination materials must be postmarked or submitted online no later than January 16, 2004.

The Gates Millennium Scholars program was established in 1999 through a grant provided by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide Asian Pacific Islander Americans, African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and Hispanic Americans with an opportunity to complete a college education. The goal of GMS is to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for thousands of outstanding students with significant financial need, particularly those intending to study mathematics, science, engineering, education or library science, to reach their fullest potential.

Additionally, GMS provides opportunities for Scholars to prepare for leadership roles in their profession and communities through a leadership development program. GMS selected 1,000 high-achieving students for the 2003-2004 academic year, bringing the total number of students awarded GMS scholarships to more than 7,000 since the program's inception.

Eligibility Criteria

In the 2004-2005 academic year, individuals are eligible to be considered for a Gates Millennium Scholarship if they:

  • are Asian Pacific Islander American, African American, Hispanic American or American Indian/Alaska Native;
  • are a citizen, legal permanent resident or national of the United States;
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.3 on a 4.0 scale;
  • will be entering a U.S. accredited college or university as full-time, degree-seeking freshmen in the academic year 2004-2005;
  • have demonstrated leadership commitment through participation in community service, extracurricular, or other activities that reflect leadership abilities; and
  • meet the Federal Pell Grant eligibility criteria. Eligibility for Federal Pell Grant can only be determined though the submission of a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the U.S. Department of
    Education, Federal Student Aid Programs.

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Intertribal Timber Council

The Intertribal Council is pleased to invite all interested Native American/ Alaskan students to apply to our Truman D Picard Scholarship Program. We are dedicated to supporting students in pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources.

This year we will award scholarships in the following categories: 2004 graduating senior high school students ($1,200 scholarships) seeking an education in Natural Resources, and students who currently attend an institution of higher education and are studying Natural Resources ($1,800 scholarships).

Interested students must provide the following information by close of business (5:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time) January 30, 2004 to the Intertribal Timber Council Education Committee:

  • Letter of Application demonstrating (1) an interest in Natural Resources, (2) a commitment to education, community/ culture, (3) academic merit and (4) financial need. The Education Committee reviews and ranks each application. All four point should be addressed in the letter. The letter maybe up to two pages in length.

  • Resume.

  • Three letters of reference

  • Validated enrollment in a federally recognized Tribe or Native Alaska Corportation, as established by the U.S. Government.

  • 2004 GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Please provide documented proof of application to an institution of higher education to study in the area of Natural Resources along with school grades.

  • COLLEGE STUDENTS: If you are currently enrolled in a higher education program please provide documented proof of study in the area of Natural Resources, along with grades.

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