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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 29, 2003 - Issue 101


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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




Wings of America announces three separate opportunities for middle, high school and junior aged runners:

Foot Locker Cross Country Championships Regional Races. Assistance in the form of reimbursement of up to $250 is offered to high school and some middle school runners for travel and race-related expenses for five runners from each of the four Foot Locker Regions: Midwest, Northeast, South and West. Two female, two male and one developing runner will be selected for each region. Deadline for applications are November 5 for Midwest, Northeast and South regions; November 12 for West region only. Contact the Wings office for Nomination Forms (runners can nominate themselves).

2004 USA Cross Country Championships. Wings is seeking the most accomplished and promising junior runners (ages 14-19, cannot turn 20 in 2004) for the jr. men’s and jr. women’s 6-person all-Indian teams who will travel to Indianapolis, IN, in February of 2004. The qualifier for the World Cross Country Championships, the trip to USA Nationals is the highest level of running competition supported by Wings of America. Deadline is December 22. Selected runners must also pay a $50 registration fee. Contact the Wings office for Nomination Forms (runners can nominate themselves).

The Foot Locker and USA National races comprise the competitive level of the Wings’ programs. Selected runners will also receive racing singlets, warm-ups and shoes donated by Nike, Inc. Student athletes involved in the Wing’s competitive program are eligible to participate in the other youth development programs, including Leadership Training and serving as facilitators in Wings Running and Fitness Camps.

2004 Olympic Games Contest. One of the Wings’ funders, Justice for Athletes, encourages eligible students to enter their on-line contest. This contest is geared towards raising interest in and knowledge of the Modern Pentathlon. Eligible students may qualify to win a trip to Olympics in Athens, Greece. Eligible students must be:

  • 16 years old as of August 1, 2004;
  • in grades 9-11 right now;
  • legal residents of the USA;
  • living in the USA;
  • have one more year of high school after the Olympic Games (in the fall of 2004).

The Contest and Rules and Regulations are available at the website:
Native students are encouraged to go online, enter the Justice for Athletes contest, learn about the Olympics and have fun!

Wings of America is the only program of The Earth Circle Foundation, Inc., a federally recognized 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation. Wings has a diverse funding picture, which includes support from individual donors, foundations, corporations, and governmental and tribal entities. Major funding comes from the Bowerman Family Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, Carl & Wahleah Davis, Adelaide Hixon, Justice for Athletes, Lioness Women’s Athletic Apparel, Ambrose Monell Foundation, Navajo Area Indian Health Service, New Mexico Indian Behavioral Health Council/Dept. of Health, NIKE, Inc., and Santa Fe Community Foundation. Special thanks to Bank of America Foundation, Copi-Tech, Insty-Prints, Margaret Jacobs Charitable Trust, Santa Fe Screenprinters and Swell Design. Donations to Wings of America are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Contact Wings of America at: 505-982-6761, or send e-mail to:

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Pre-College Workshop Opportunity

AIGC/COLLEGE HORIZONS 2004, A Pre-college Workshop For Native American Students (current sophomores and juniors), co-sponsored by AIGC (American Indian Graduate Center), Daniels Fund, and Winds of Change Magazine. June 12-16 at St.John's College, Santa Fe, NM, June 19-23, at Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA, June 26-30 at Carleton College, Northfield, MN. College Horizons is a five-day "crash course" in preparing for college. Colleges represented: Washington U, MIT, St. Lawrence, Brown, Carleton, Princeton, Dartmouth, Whitman, Macalester, Barnard, Stanford, Rice, Oberlin, Smith, Yale, Cal Tech, Grinnell, U. of Denver, Westmont, Occidental, Cornell U., St. John's, Harvard, Guilford, Johns Hopkins, Skidmore, College of Santa Fe, Haverford, Reed, Wellesley, Whittier, Lawrence & Union.

Students need a minimum GPA of 3.0 (2.5 for the NM program) in college prep or academic courses to qualify. Complete program cost is $100 (includes tuition, room, board and all materials - fee waived for NM). Substantial funds are available for travel and tuition assistance. Students may indicate preference for a site. For more info or to print an application click on "College Horizons" at For application questions contact:

Robin Van Buskirk, Program Assistant,
1834 Kiva Rd,
Santa Fe, NM 87505.
Phone: (505) 670-3502.
E-mail: .

For questions about the program, contact the Program Director, Dr. Whitney Laughlin. E-mail:

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High School Academic Program Announcement

The Association of American Indian Physician's (AAIP) annual National Native American Youth Initiative will be held in Washington, DC, June 19-27, 2004.

The National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI) program is an intense academic enrichment and reinforcement program consisting of mini-block courses teaching leadership, communication, study and testing skills plus assertiveness, networking and professional behavior, interactive learning and time management. Courses are designed to increase the student's background and skills so he/she is better prepared to remain in the academic pipeline and pursue a career in the health professions and/or biomedical research. It is the goal of AAIP to prepare these students for admission to college and professional school, and empower them to utilize these skills.

Topics will be presented in a series of lectures, field trips, and tutorials. The summer program will inform students of the variety of health careers available to Native American youth. AAIP members, health professionals, and traditional healers will provide special lectures regarding personal experiences toward a health career and the collaboration between western and traditional medicine.

Native American high school students planning to enter the health professions between the ages of 16 through 18 years old are eligible to apply. Students must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (A = 4.0).


  • One Page Essay expressing plans to enter the health professions (double spaced)
  • Current Academic Transcript
  • Letter of Recommendation from school counselor/teacher
  • Primary Data Sheet
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Selected scholars will receive all expenses paid. Each participant will be provided with room, board and travel during the week long program. It will be necessary for individuals to bring extra monies for items (i.e. souvenirs) they may wish to purchase during their stay. Applications are also available for download on the AAIP web site at Only a limited number of students will be accepted, therefore early application is encouraged.

Deadline is May 14, 2004.

For more information, please e-mail Carla Guy at or call (405)946-7072.

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Scholarship Announcement

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.

Application Deadline: 12/01/03

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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Scholarship Announcement

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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