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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


April 3, 2004 - Issue 110


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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



Announcing the 9th Annual Harvard University Native American Powwow

Saturday, April 10, 2004
Grand Entry @ 12 noon
Free Admission!

Location: Harvard Univeristy, Cambridge, MA 02138
Science Center Lawn Near the intersection of Oxford and Kirkland Streets)
For Directions. Please Visit:

A Powwow is a social and cultural celebration of Native American people that includes dance and song along with presentations featuring storytelling, flute playing, Native arts & crafts and food. This year's Harvard Powwow will feature Marvin Burnette as Master of Ceremonies, Rez Dogs as the Northern Host Drum, and Silvercloud Singers as the Southern Host Drum.

This will be an educational, cultural, family friendly event (no pets allowed).

Admission and Parking are free!

For more information, please visit

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Conference Announcement

The American Indian Graduate Student Association (AIGSA) at the University of California, Berkeley, presents the 2nd Annual New Voices in Indigenous Research Conference, to be held April 1 and 2, 2004, in the Lipman Room in Barrows Hall on the UC Berkely campus. Keynote speakers are Cherokee scholar Dr. Daniel Justice of the University of Toronto and Muskogee activist Dr. Victoria Bomberry. Program topics range from examining how racism affects physical health to representations of Native people in film an documentary.

Registration fees are $50 for faculty and professionals, $25 for graduate students, and $10 for the public. The conference is sponsored by the American Indian Graduate Program, Graduate Assembly, Ethnic Studies Fifth Account, Native American Studies, Ethnic Studies, and the Townsend Center for Humanities. For more information, contact Dory Nason or Danika Medak-Saltzman at (510) 642-3228, or see

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Conference Annoucement


BOSTON - The Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) of Suffolk University Law School is sponsoring a conference on Wednesday, March 31, 2004 titled "In the Tradition of Sovereignty: The Past, Present and Future of Tribal Settlement Acts in New England"

The gathering will feature tribal leaders, scholars, and attorneys from Massachusetts and throughout New England with insight and perspectives on the historical foundations and interpretation of the settlement acts, and the effect on relations between tribes, state, and the federal governments.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 31, 2004

  • 8:30 a.m. - Invocation and Welcome
  • 9:00 - 11 a.m: Panel Discussion: Historical Foundations of Tribal Sovereignty in New England
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1p.m: Panel Discussion: Interpreting Settlement Acts
  • 1 - 2 p.m: Lunch with the Honorable Glen Marshall, president of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe

WHERE: Suffolk University Law School
120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02138
(Park Street T Station)
First-Floor Function Room

CONTACT: Javier Kinney, NALSA President at or 617-305-3012

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PreCollege Workshop Announcement


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, WY, CO and UT juniors). Applications will be accepted on a space-available basis to June 1. 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.

For questions about the program, contact the Program Director, Dr. Whitney Laughlin.

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AIGC/College Horizons Graduate Program

AIGC/College Horizons Graduate Program, July 17-20, 2004, is a four-day "crash course" in preparing for graduate school, at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, co-sponsored by the American Indian Graduate Center and the Alfred P. Sloan foundation. Faculty, admission officers and deans representing hundreds of graduate disciplines will help students to: select of programs and careers suitable for you, complete winning applications and write a memorable personal statement, learn what turns an applicant into an admitted student, become a test-prep "whiz kid" on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and MCAT, find your way through the financial aid/scholarship jungle, explore special issues for Native American students, and learn graduate school survival tips.

Participants are limited to 60 Native American (enrolled members only), Native Alaskan or Native Hawaiian college students (freshmen on) or college graduates from throughout the U.S. Students will be selected by application . Applications will be accepted on a space-available basis to July 1 (please contact us to see if spaces are available if applying after April 15).Complete program cost is $100 (includes tuition, room, board and all materials).

For more info or to print an application click on "College Horizons Graduate Program" 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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Harvard Business School- Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP)

This program seeks to expose talented college juniors to general management in the business world. During one week in June, at no expense to the student, Harvard Business School hosts these talented college students and provides teaching instruction from leading faculty, on campus housing and different seminars/events that introduce the students to business education. These students are immersed in a rigorous and stimulating classroom environment that mirrors the learning environment of Harvard's MBA Program.

We encourage you to direct any interested students to the Summer Ventures in Management Program (SVMP) page on our web site:

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Position Announcement:

Job Opening: Vice President for Administration Red Cloud Indian School, Inc. seeks an experienced senior manager to assist the President in day-to-day administration. Red Cloud is a private Catholic nonprofit organization sponsored by the Jesuits and the Lakota people. Located near Pine Ridge, SD, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, it serves the people of the Reservation by operating three schools, a number of Catholic parishes, and a Native American art museum. It has a $10 million annual operating budget and 160 employees. For more information visit

The Vice President for Administration has supervisory responsibility for support services (maintenance, transportation, technology, housing, security, mail and phone services, and reception), major capital projects, risk management, and certain Human Resources areas.

Applicants for the position must demonstrate a passion for Red Cloud's mission, excellent communication skills, experience in administering large budgets and programs and supervising a large number of employees, and the ability to work effectively in a Native American cultural environment. Salary range is $40,000-$65,000, commensurate with experience credentials, with good benefits. Applications are being accepted immediately. Position will remain open until filled. Screening of applicants will begin March 22, 2004.

Address inquiries and send resume to:
Fr. Pat Burns, S.J., Vice President of Finance
Red Cloud Indian School
100 Mission Drive, Pine Ridge, SD 5770-2100
Phone: 605-867-5491

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Position Announcement:

Title: Regional Director - Full-Time Position
Deadline: April 16, 2004
Location: University of Minnesota Extension Service Regional Center at Albert Lea, Minnesota

The newly configured regional director position plays a key role in Extension's plan for change and is pivotal for positioning Extension for a vital future. This position provides critical functions related to overall management of a Regional Center, setting and managing budgets, supervision of support staff, maintaining political support for county funding, and serving as a local media contact. This position plays a significant organization role in developing and strengthening linkages, identifying critical issues and connecting University resources and communities on critical issues across the state. The regional director will have excellent human relations and organizing skills, be creative and future oriented and committed to addressing critical issues through effective programs. This position serves a geographic area around Albert Lea, Minnesota.

Submit letter of application, resume, and three current letters of reference (written within the past three years), and transcript(s) for all completed college degree programs (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), to:

Naaz Babvani
Extension Human Resources
260 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Ave.
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
Telephone: 612-624-3717
Fax: 612-624-7749

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