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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


December 27, 2003 - Issue 103


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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



Harvard Graduate School of Education Alumni of Color Conference

Register For The Second Annual HGSE ALUMNI OF COLOR CONFERENCE - March 5-7, 2004!!!!
"Reconnecting The I and WE: Building Community For Change"

Register at

**KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Sylvia Hurtado (HGSE Ed.M., 1983)**
Dr. Hurtado is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Michigan. Her research was instrumental in supporting the University's use of affirmative action in graduate school admissions. Dr. Hurtado will be speaking on March 6, 2004 at the awards banquet dinner at the Cambridge Marriott.

**FEATURED PANEL: Brown V. Board of Education 50TH Anniversary Commemoration**
18,190 Days of (De)segregation: How Far Have We Come?
Moderated by: Dr. Robert Peterkin
Confirmed Panelist: Dr. Vanessa Siddle Walker (HGSE Ed.M, 1985; HGSE Ed.D, 1988)
More to come...

Historical Reflections on Race and Education at HGSE: Nurturing the Souls of Students of Color
Confirmed Panelists: Dr. Courtney Cazden (HGSE Ed.D., 1965), Dr. Eileen de los Reyes, and Dr. Charles Willie

**A networking reception and evening social with current students and HGSE alums**
**Conference presentations by HGSE alumni of color who are practitioners and researchers in the field**

Find out more about submission guidelines at

Find out more about how to nominate an alum of color for the AOCC Achievement Award at

For regular updates and more information about the conference, please visit the website at or e-mail

Dorinda Carter, Conference Chair
Lionel Howard, Conference Chair
Phitsamay Sychitkokhong, Conference Chair

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7th Annual New England Tribal/EPA Environmental Training Conference and Tribal Environmental Legal Affairs Summit

I wish to invite professors and students to attend and participate in the 7th Annual New England Tribal/EPA Environmental Training Conference and Tribal Environmental Legal Affairs Summit co-hosted by the Wampanoag Tribe (Aquinnah) and the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Casino and Conference Center February 16-19, 2004.

New England Tribes will gather to discuss environmental issues surrounding Pollution Prevention Strategic Planning for New England Tribal Governments. There will be a series of presentations facilitated by Sustainable Step of New England and Tribal / EPA representatives. The philosophy of Pollution Prevention will be discussed and a strategic planning session on tribal pollution prevention implementation will follow. A Green Expo will also be conducted where Green Technologies will be showcased.

The Tribal Legal Affairs Summit will be held concurrently and discussions regarding; recent court cases involving Tribal Environmental Permit Authority, NPDES Permit Authority in Maine and many other critical Tribal Environmental Protection issues. For more information and conference registration please contact:

Jeffrey Day
Conservation Ranger Coordinator
Wampanoag Tribe (Aquinnah)
20 Black Brook Road
Aquinnah MA 02535
508-645-9265 ext 161

PS We are still looking for presenters and Green Expo Displays. These displays could include innovative technology for pollution prevention & reduction, legal presentations, or other resources for tribal pollution prevention program

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Adventures in Medicine

When: July 2004
Where: Kayenta, Arizona on the Navajo Indian Reservation at the Kayenta Health Center
What: A 4-week mentorship program for local Navajo high school students interested in health professions
Stipend: $1000 plus free housing
Contact: Ellen Rothman, MD 928-697-4000 (w) or email

Adventures in Medicine is a multidisciplinary mentorship program for 12-15 local high school students. The course runs during the month of July, Mon - Weds from 8am -- 3pm. The students attend seminars each morning. The day begins with an hour-long session on human biology. The curriculum is created by the med student mentors. They then have two sessions weekly on medicine in literature and one session on college preparation. We have medicine men come and offer a weekly session on traditional Navajo medicine. Navajo patients come weekly to discuss their experiences with western and traditional medicine. We also devote one session to health careers and invite members of the clinic staff to talk about their jobs. In the afternoons, the students shadow in the clinic, go on field trips to places like the local dialysis center and an assisted living facility, and participate in a community service project. The first day of the program is a ropes course orientation. Thursdays and Fridays are free for preparation time, traveling, or shadowing in the clinic.

Kayenta is in a remote but beautiful area of Northern Arizona 60 miles from Four Corners. We have a small clinic that has a 24-hour emergency department and outpatient clinics. The community is 98% Navajo, and because it is so far from the border towns, the culture is very intact. There is plenty of hiking and camping. We are within 4 hours of Sedona AZ and national parks -- Grand Canyon, Arches, Canyonlands, Zion, and Bryce.

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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

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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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.

The United Negro College Fund (UNCF), with the support of the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA), the American Indian Graduate Center Scholars (AIGCS), and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), administers the Gates Millennium Scholars program.

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 US accredited college or university as full-time, degree-seeking freshmen in the academic year 2003-2004;
  • 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 US Department of Education, Federal Student Aid Programs.

Vicki L. Bacon-Husband
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Dartmouth College
Financial Aid Office
6024 McNutt Hall
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: 603-646-2453
Fax: 603-646-1414

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The Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarship

The IHS has announced the availability of approximately $3,733,332 to fund scholarships for American Indians and Alaska Natives pursuing preparatory, pregraduate, and professional programs. Approximately 200 awards, 100 of which are continuing, are for 10 months duration and the average award to a full-time student is approximately $20,000.

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The Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholars Program is Now Accepting Applications for the Summer of 2004

Program: The Scholars Program brings talented African American, Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native college seniors and recent graduates to Washington, DC, where they work in congressional offices and learn about health policy. The application deadline is January 30, 2004.

Purpose: The Kaiser Family Foundation established the Scholars Program to honor the legacy of late US Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, who was a Foundation Trustee, and to expand the pool of students of color interested in the field of health policy.

Structure: Through the nine-week program (June 1 - July 30, 2004), Scholars gain knowledge about federal legislative procedure and health policy issues, while further developing their critical thinking and leadership skills. In addition to an internship in a congressional office, Scholars participate in seminars and site visits to augment their knowledge of health care issues, and write and present a health policy research paper. The program is based at Howard University.

Eligibility: Eligible candidates must be US citizens who are members of a racial/ethnic minority group and will be seniors or recent graduates of an accredited US college or university in the fall of 2004. Candidates are selected based on academic performance, demonstrated leadership potential and interest in health policy.

Compensation: Scholars receive approximately $5,000 in support, which includes a stipend, daily expense allowance, airfare and lodging.

Additional information: Application forms and additional information about the Program are available online at . All application materials are due by January 30, 2004. For further information, contact program manager Jomo Kassaye at 202-865-4827 or

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Internship Announcement

Are you looking for a paid summer internship? Then INROADS is looking for you!! If you meet these criteria:

  • FRESHMEN OR SOPHOMORE (or Juniors who have two summers before graduation) in a 4 year college
  • African American, Latino/a American, Native American & Ethnically Diverse Students
  • US Citizenship/ Permanent Residency
  • Maintaining a 2.8 or better GPA
  • You are Majoring in:
    • Allied Health Science
    • Business Administration
    • Accounting
    • Finance
    • Economics
    • Marketing Management
    • Information Systems
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • All Engineering Disciplines

Interested in gaining professional experience, apply now

Shambre Kinsey-Steward
1-800-346-7623 or
Fax Transcripts to (732) 249-1174

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