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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 7, 2004 - Issue 106


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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 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



Dakota Language Short Course

Glenn Wasicuna is teaching the Dakota language on 2/17, 2/19, 2/24, and 2/26 from 12:30-2:20 in the Interdisciplinary Studies course "Indigenous People Globally"at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. Anyone from off campus who wishes to attend these sessions should contact me for further information and registration as an auditor at

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The National Conference on Juvenile Justice
March 28-31, 2004
Las Vegas, Nevada

The National Conference on Juvenile Justice is the largest and most prestigious conference in the country on issues effecting America's youth and the juvenile justice system.

This year's conference will offer many courses focused on issues of particular interest to those who work with Native American youth. Also, this year for the first time, a Native American Caucus will be held to provide a forum for tribal, county, state, and federal justice personnel to meet and discuss jurisdictional and other issues in an informal setting.

Seminars will include:

  • Native American Caucus
  • Minority Caucus
  • Helping Wounded Eagles Soar, Gay Munsell, Specialist in Native American Issues, Tulsa, OK
  • Developing MOUs in Indian Country, Stephen Wall, American Indian Development Associates, Albuquerque, NM
  • Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Its Impact on the Courts, Raquelle Myers & Nicole Myers-Lim, National Indian Justice Center, Santa Rosa, CA
  • Gangs on the Reservation, Kimo Keahi Souza, Tribal Social Services Director, Pueblo of Zuni, NM
  • Suicide and Native American Youth, Michelle Chino, Executive Director, American Indian Research and Education Center, Las Vegas, NV
  • What you need to know about 4-E Funds, Denise Askea, Senior Federal Programs Specialist, TX Juvenile Probation Commission
  • Basic Issues in Child Sexual Abuse Forensic Interviewing, Judy Weighan, Minnesota

For more information, please contact:

Ian Curley
Program Manager
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
University of Nevada, Reno
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, Nevada
Fax: 775-784-6628

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September 29-30, 2004
Washington State University
Pullman, Washington

The Native American Advisory Board to the President and the College of Liberal Arts invite elders, tribal leaders, scholars, students, researchers, educators, and other professionals and interested community members to participate in "Honoring the Heritage of the Plateau Peoples: Past, Present, and Future." The conference will explore the historical and contemporary social, political, educational, health, and economic status of the Plateau Tribes, as well as the preservation of language, culture, history, and cultural and natural resources of the Plateau peoples. Proposals for papers, individual or panel presentations, performances, art exhibitions, poster sessions, and project exhibit tables that relate to the above topics will be accepted through April 15, 2004. Proposals that are accepted will be notified by May 15, 2004.

Complete information for proposals and registration will be available at our WEB site:

You may also contact:

Mary Collins, Coordinator, Plateau Conference Planning Committee
Barbara Aston, Assistant to the Provost/Tribal Liaison

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Program Announcement:
Summer Academic Enrichment Program, Headlands Indian Health Careers
Application Deadline: 03/15/2004


The Headland Indian Health Careers Program is an eight-week summer program (June 6 - July 31, 2004) designed to increase the science and mathematics backgrounds and communication skills of American Indian students interested in a health career and presently in their senior year of high school or freshman year of college. Applicants should have completed at least two years of algebra and two science courses and maintained at least a 2.50 GPA (B-/C+ average) in high school.

This academic enrichment and reinforcement program consists of mini-block courses in Calculus, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Communication and Writing Skills and is designed to increase the students' backgrounds and skills so they may achieve levels of performance necessary for rigorous college academics. Topics are presented in a series of lectures and laboratories, which are complemented with individual tutorials.

Participants receive: All expenses paid (room, board, and round trip airfare) and $500 stipend. The program will be held on the main campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman.

Counselor positions are also available: College Upperclassmen and Health Professional Students will be selected to serve as dorm counselors, tutors, and role models for the participants. Counselors will be provided with free room and board during the eight week program as well as transportation costs and receive a $1,600.00 stipend.

WARNING: This is not a summer camp, it is an intensive and rigorous academic program. If the applicant is expecting an easy summer they will be rudely disappointed. Participant will be expected to attend all classes and
field trips, keep up with a rigorous schedule and large amounts of homework, and give a formal cultural presentation (speech) and write a term paper on their tribe.

For more information visit our web site: Print out a copy or our application material by clicking "How to Apply." Application deadline is March 15.

If you have any questions, or are unable to print the application materials, feel free to call us at 405-271-2250 or email us at

The Headlands Program is sponsored by the Oklahoma Native American EXPORT Center.

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Program Announcement:
Writing Intensive Summer Program, Bryn Mawr
Application Deadline: 05/01/2004

Bryn Mawr offers a writing-intensive summer program for high school women (rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors) beginning June 27 and ending July

This summer's program is divided into three writing-intensive strands: Creative Writing, Environmental Studies, and Urban Studies. The purpose of the program is to build the participants' reading, writing, and thinking skills, explore an area of study that they might want to pursue in college, and be active self-directed writers and learners while developing a portfolio. There is also a one-week college-search program where students focus on specific aspects of the college admissions process.

Students interested in attending WFC must fill out an application in addition to submitting any required supplements. There is also a fee for attending WFC, which can be found in the brochure and on-line. For more program information, visit:

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Program Announcement:
Native American Youth Enrichment Program
Application Deadline: April 2004

The Native American Youth Enrichment Program is a 7-week summer program that runs June-August for Native American children ages 6-13. NAYEP serves children of all tribal ancestries from all across the Boston area. NAYEP is looking for enrolled undergraduate students from any college/university and year to apply for senior counselor positions. Senior counselors will lead a group of 8-10 children between 9 AM and 3 PM on weekdays. Our mornings are focused on curriculum and our afternoons are usually reserved for field trips and constructive recreation. Curriculum is developed by each senior counselor and therefore changes each summer, but all major academic areas are covered. We also spend a great deal of focus on Native culture, history, myth and identity, as well as health and environmental issues, multiculturalism, and developing creativity. We are also looking for applications for director positions. There are two directors of the program. They run the overall administration, planning and every-day happenings of camp. They are in charge of hiring a staff of senior counselors, junior counselors and getting participant applications in. They are also in charge of raising money and making connections with the Native community of Boston.

We have a particular challenge in that our campers come from all kinds of social and economic backgrounds. In-depth knowledge/experience in Native Issues is not a prerequisite for the job of senior counselor or director. Anyone with a real interest in learning and teaching is welcomed and encouraged to apply. It is an amazing summer experience and the opportunity to share your personal experiences with a wonderful group of Native children who are in desperate need of wonderful role models from their own community. Undergraduate students from any college/university and year are encouraged to apply for both positions.

Program Website:

For more information and applications please email: Sophia Taula at or call (510) 967-5182.

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Scholarship Announcement:
PFLAG National Scholarships Program
Application Deadline: 03/15/04

PFLAG is pleased to announce the inauguration of its National Scholarships Program on January 15th, 2004. The National Scholarships Program consists of nine scholarships of $2,500 and fourteen scholarships of $1,000 funded by the Palmer B. Carson Trust (a PFLAG bequest) and The Dow Chemical Company.

The scholarships are for high school graduating seniors entering higher education in fall 2004. Palmer B. Carson-PFLAG scholarships are restricted to self-identified LGBT students, and The Dow Chemical Company-PFLAG scholarships are available to self-identified LGBT students, and to students who are supportive of, or involved with, the LGBT community.

After January 15th, 2004, students may download the application materials from Application materials will also be distributed through PFLAG's 500 national chapters. The deadline for completed applications is March 15th, 2004.

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