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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 15, 2003 - Issue 100


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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


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Conference Opportunity
Calling all College Freshmen and Sophomores!

Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC)
February 26-29, 2004
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Interested in a Career in Public Service? Apply for the PPLC Conference.

The Conference will help prepare future leaders for study in public policy, particularly in policy issues most affecting historically under-served communities and people of color. Participants receive:

  • Paid Travel
  • Accommodations
  • Meals

APPLICATIONS DUE November 20, 2003
To apply, visit the following website:

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Up to $5000 (paid in 2 equal installments)

Eligibility Criteria: 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)

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We invite you to apply for the Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence!

Recipients of the Scholarship for Excellence receive a $5000 monetary award and a paid 10-week summer internship at Goldman Sachs.

Eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Enrollment at one of our recruiting schools
  • Black, Hispanic or Native American heritage
  • Sophomore or Junior status
  • Minimum of 3.4 GPA

Please note that students of all majors and disciplines are encouraged to apply.

The application deadline is Friday, December 12, 2003. An electronic copy of the application is attached or you can pick up a printed application booklet from your campus career services office.

Questions about the scholarship program and application process should be addressed to Kari Gauksheim at or 212-855-6184.

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Intertribal Timber Council - Scholarship Announcement

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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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.

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 asfull-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;
  • 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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Announcing the Morris K. Udall Scholarship Program

Eighty $5,000 scholarships available for sophomore and junior undergraduate students in two categories:

  • Native American and Alaska Native students studying fields related to the environment, health care, or tribal public policy are eligible for the scholarship. Native American and Alaska Native scholars have come from such backgrounds as American Indian studies, political science, sociology, geography, anthropology, tribal policy, economic development, government, health care, health sciences, and health policy.

  • Any college sophomore or junior studying fields related to the environment. Majors have included environmental engineering, agriculture, biology and other natural sciences, natural resource management, political science, sociology, anthropology, geography, cultural studies, history, public policy, and pre-law. It is anticipated that the candidate's plan of study will include coursework in ethics and public policy and/or public or community service experience in the area of the candidate's career field.

The Udall Scholarship is by nomination only - students must be nominated by the Udall Faculty Representative on campus. Faculty Representative contact information and the application materials are available on our website at

Application Deadline: 03/03/04 (internal institutional deadlines may be earlier)

Please contact Melissa Millage with any questions at (520) 670-5542, or at

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Announcing the Morris K. Udall Native American Congressional Internship Program

The Udall Foundation established the Native American Congressional Internship Program to give Native American college students an opportunity to learn about the federal government from the inside. Each year, twelve candidates are selected for a ten-week, intensive internship in Washington, D.C. Interns work full time in congressional offices, fulfilling a variety of tasks ranging from general support work to special research and writing projects. This enables interns to observe government decision-making processes on a daily basis, including attending hearings and votes in The House and Senate. Through an enrichment component of the program, students are provided with the opportunity to network, meet key decision-makers, and attend lectures, special lunches and receptions.

This program will provide people of Native American ancestry with practical experiences in the legislative process, congressional matters, and governmental proceedings.

Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to learning about the federal government. They must be self-motivated and interested in taking advantage of the rich and diverse resources available to them in Washington, D.C.

Additionally, candidates for the internship program must:

  • Be an enrolled member of a recognized tribe.
  • Be a college junior, senior, graduate student, law student or graduating from a tribal college.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 GPA or "B" average.
  • Have an interest in tribal government and policy.

Interns are provided with the following:

  • Airfare to and from Washington, D.C.
  • Dormitory lodging at a local university.
  • Daily allowance sufficient for meals, transportation, and incidentals.
  • A $1,200 educational stipend to be paid at the conclusion of the internship.

The completed application package must be received by February 3, 2004.

Please mail to:

Morris K. Udall Internship Program
130 South Scott Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701-1922

If you have any questions or need assistance in completing your application, please contact Program Manager Kristin Kelling at (520) 670-5609 or (520) 670-5529, or e-mail at

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