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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


March 6, 2004 - Issue 108


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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



Conference Announcement

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.

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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15th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm (ICRDRH)

The purpose of this letter is to invite speakers to participate in the 15th International Conference on the Reduction of Drug Related Harm (ICRDRH) to be held in Melbourne Australia from the 20th - 24th of April 2004 (

Over the past few months the Conference Executive has been working on developing an Indigenous stream for the ICRDRH. The goal of this stream is to facilitate discussion at the conference about how to reduce harm caused by drug use (both licit and illicit) in Indigenous communities. It is hoped that through our networks we can encourage colleagues and peers working with Indigenous communities in the Drug and Alcohol sector to contribute to the conference and help shape the discussion.

For more information on how to participate please contact the one of the following:

Beth Harvey - or
Virginia McGowan -

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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.

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

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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Scholarship Announcement:

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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Scholarship Announcement:

Application Deadline: 05/10/2004

The Radio-Television News Directors Association & Foundation (RTNDF) announces scholarship opportunities for minorities. All scholarships are open to enrolled students (freshmen excluded) who are pursuing careers in radio and television news. Candidates must be a full-time college student whose career objective is electronic journalism and have at least one full year of college remaining. To receive an award, winners must be officially enrolled in college and be in good standing. Scholarships are paid in semi-annual installments for one year of study.

The Ed Bradley Scholarship
Ed Bradley, 60 Minutes correspondent at CBS News, was once a teacher and made a switch to journalism. Bradley spoke of introducing deserving minority students to the communications career field and endowed this $10,000 annual award under the banner of RTNDF.

The Ken Kashiwahara Scholarship
Ken Kashiwahara, retired ABC News bureau chief and correspondent, developed this $2,500 annual award in 1998 for aspiring minority journalists. His 23-year career with ABC includes coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial, Ronald Reagan's presidential bid and the Vietnam War.

The Carole Simpson Scholarship
Carole Simpson, ABC news senior correspondent, created this annual $2,000 award to encourage and help minority students overcome hurdles along their career path. Besides honoring those with talent, Carole is strict about her applicants meeting requirements in tenacity, determination and ambition to

2004 Applications
For more additional instructions and an application visit:

Application deadline is May 10, 2004

Application and supporting materials must be mailed to:

RTNDF Scholarships
1600 K Street NW,
Suite 700,
Washington, DC, 20006.

Submissions must be postmarked by May 10, 2004.

Winners only will be notified by June 30, 2004. A complete list of winners will be posted on the RTNDF Web site at Contact Karen Jackson-Bullitt at 202-467-5218 or for more information.

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Internship Announcement

Application Deadline: 03/31/04

Apply for an Allstate Summer Internship Today

If you're a college student interested in getting a realistic look at the day-to-day operation of an industry leader, apply for an Allstate summer internship today. Some of our technical areas require individuals with a focused major, but for our other internships, any student with good communication skills and a willingness to learn will be considered. In addition to a competitive salary and work experience, eligible interns will also have benefits such as: paid transportation to our home office in Northbrook, IL, a suburb of Chicago, to begin the internship and to return home, subsidized housing if requirements are met, daily transportation to and from work and on-site banking facilities. Opportunities may be available in departments such as auditing, claims, finance, accounting, marketing, investments and several more. There may also be opportunities in the Allstate-Data Engineering Curriculum Project, a reduced length internship for those with strong IT qualifications.

Interested students can apply by sending a cover letter, resume, and transcript to:

Brian Bartlow
Sales Operations Manager
Allstate Agency Distribution

Allstate Insurance Co.
2775 Sanders Rd, Ste B2
Northbrook, IL 60062-6127
(847) 402-6096
FAX (847) 402-5700

In your cover letter, please include your interests, your academic focus and any other information you would like to share with Allstate. Brian Bartlow has been working with the American Indian College Fund since 1999 placing interns at Allstate and advocating on behalf of the tribal colleges. In addition, Jeff Kaufman, Allstate Vice President of Agency Distribution is on the Board of Trustees of the American Indian College Fund. You may also contact Rick Waters with questions at the American Indian College Fund Scholarship Department at (800) 776-3863 or

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Internship Announcement: National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

Application Deadline: July 13, 2004 for Fall Session

National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Internship Program

The Internship Program of the National Museum of the American Indian is designed to provide an educational opportunity for students in the area of museum practice and related programming through guided work/research experiences using the resources of the National Museum of the American Indian and other Smithsonian offices.

Past projects include: developing and evaluating visitor guides, cataloging photos, monitoring collections, installing exhibits, exhibit research, developing educational programs for the public, and developing databases and press kits.

Stipend: A limited number of stipends target American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native students currently enrolled in academic programs.

Internship Coordinator
Smithsonian Institution
National Museum of the American Indian
Cultural Resources Center
4220 Silver Hill Road
Suitland, MD 20746-2863
Tel: 301/238-6624

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