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Here you will find opportunity listings for the following categories:

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)

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Up to date announcements for scholarships, fellowships, conferences and employment opportunities from across Indian Country.

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Title: In this, the CTCC’s 6th international research conference, and in the City of Liverpool famed for its popular music, we seek to explore the relationships between tourism, tourists and all forms/genres and sub-genres of music including: popular, classical, folk, dance, rock, jazz and hip-hop, across all cultures and continents. In the context of new and old global motilities, we are interested in musical pilgrimage, the material and social flows of travelers and musicians, the cultural and economic policies that promote music tourism, festivals and performances for tourists, ethnographies of tourist encounters with music, the place of music in the representation of tourism destinations and, the role of music in the construction of tourist discourses, narratives and memories. As in previous events, the conference aims to provide critical dialogue beyond disciplinary boundaries and epistemologies and thus we welcome papers from the widest range of disciplines and fields including: anthropology, cultural geography, cultural studies, ethnology and folklore, history, heritage studies, landscape studies, leisure studies, museum studies, musicology and ethnomusicology, philosophy, political sciences, sociology, subaltern studies, tourism studies and urban/spatial planning.

We welcome innovative perspectives on all aspects of music and tourism. Key themes of interest to the conference include:

  • Musical memory – the role of music in narratives of tourist experience
  • Fans, pilgrimage and performances – motivations, behaviors and meanings
  • The tourist’s involvement in preserving and creating musical traditions
  • Managing tourists at musical sites
  • Musical imaginaries - representing places, peoples and pasts in music
  • Dance tourism and embodied practices
  • Designing ambience – mobilizing music in touristic spaces
  • Music festivals as opportunities for tourist encounters
  • Inspirations - traveling musicians
  • Music as intangible heritage – touring through traditions
  • Challenging musical traditions – tourist ‘noise’

Please submit a 300 word abstract including title and full contact details as an electronic file to You may submit your abstract as soon as possible but no later than November 21st 2011.

For further details on the conference please contact us at Email or Tel. +44 (0) 113 812 8541.

Title: Ninth Native American Symposium “Where No One Else Has Gone Before”

Deadline Extended to August 10, 2011

Keynote Speaker Henrietta Mann

The Ninth Native American Symposium and Film Festival to be held November 2-4, 2011 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma will celebrate the uncharted but hopeful future of Native America today. Papers, presentations, panel sessions, and creative projects on all aspects of Native American life and studies are welcome, including but not limited to history, literature, law, medicine, education, religion, politics, social science, and the fine arts. The keynote banquet speaker will be the distinguished Cheyenne educator and scholar Dr. Henrietta Mann. All papers presented at the symposium will be eligible for inclusion in the volume of published proceedings, which will also be posted on our website at

Send abstracts of no more than 250 words by August 10, 2011 to

Dr. Mark B. Spencer
Associate Professor of English and Humanities
PMB Box 4121,
Southeastern Oklahoma State University
Durant, OK 74701-0609
(580) 745-2921

Title: Media and Media Practices in Minority and Competitive Contexts: From Local to Global

Call for Proposals Edmonton, Canada, 11-12 May 2012

The University of Alberta is organizing a conference on Media and Media Practices in Minority and Competitive Contexts: From Local to Global, to be held on 11-12 May 2012. Few studies have been conducted on the topic of media in minority context, however, in today's plurilingual and multicultural societies, their role in the functioning of democracy and in the construction of minorities' cultural identities is crucial. These media are both channels of communication and gathering places or common areas for communities. By connecting individuals who share the same language, these media reinforce solidarity within minority groups as well as their cultural identity, both at the local and global levels. In order to maintain their existence, minority media must also position themselves vis-à-vis the media of the majority to which their audiences also have access.

Conceived as a space for exchange between practitioners and researchers in social sciences, humanities and modern languages, this colloquium seeks to reflect on the role of media in minority contexts from various perspectives and with a comparative angle.

The selection committee invites media professionals to participate and submit proposals on any question related to the issue of media in minority contexts, particularly cultural representations (identity, art, translation), democracy (multiculturalism, ethics, media status), networks (national, transnational), professional practice (journalism, technology), language policy and language use. Submissions of proposals dealing with different media: television, radio, specialized and general press, posters, Internet, etc. are encouraged. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 September 2011.

For more information, please contact or see

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30th Annual "Protecting Our Children" National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
April 22-25, 2012

Radisson Fort McDowell Resort
10348 North Fort McDowell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85264
Room Rate = $109 per night (+tax)

Phone Reservations: (480) 789-5300 or (800) 333-3333
Online Reservations: Fort McDowell Reservations
Group Code: NICWA Annual Conference

Title: 2012 American Indian Workshop in Zurich
Problems inherent in the very act of representation become salient in minority/majority multicultural situations. Being inherent in the act, they are not resolved in the course of (inter)cultural interaction, they are merely reshaped and reformulated. They arise with particular clarity in cultural places that function as loci of cultural canon formation, such as museums. Questions of ownership, authorization and authentication have consistently been raised with regard to them during the last few decades. I.e., issues that pervade the discussion of intercultural representation have been asked with regard to museums so as to give them a paradigmatic place in the wider discussion.

The conference will take stock of the current state of the discussion both in the discipline(s) of Indigenous Studies and in the narrower field of museology. It will attempt to play explicit and continuous attention to the fact that cultural, economic, political, etc. interactions with “Ame rican Indians” in the US and “First Nations” in Canada have been shaped differently. These differences have become of great interest to North American Native Studies, which have thereby acquired a pronounced and fruitful comparative bent.

In Zurich, conference participants will particularly discuss new insights and new develop ments in various loci, where the questions of presentation and representation become salient:

Media such as film, video, the fine arts, literature, other forms of popular culture, and the like.

Places such as museums (where representation becomes visible as presentation in ways that demand constant reflection and vigilance), theatres, the lecture hall.

Disciplines related to Native issues such as anthropology, art history, history, literature, cultural studies, law, economics, and the like.

Proposals for contributions (abstracts of no more than 250 words) are invited by October 31st to the following e-mail address ( Information on a special homepage for the 2012 meeting will be announced by the end of June.

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Title: Tvshka Chunkash (Heart of a Warrior) Scholarship

What is Tvshka Chunkash?
Tvshka Chunkash means "heart of a warrior” in Choctaw. The scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship created by Captain Teri Scroggins and provided through the Choctaw Nation’s Scholarship Advisement program. Offered on behalf of all the veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, this award is presented every fall to a student whose life and educational goals have been affected by these wars and the veterans who have served in them.

How do I apply?
To be eligible, you must:

  • Be an SAP member, and
  • Be a current Choctaw student at an accredited college or university.

For your application, you must write an original 500-word essay on how the war in Afghanistan or Iraq has affected your life and educational goals, including how this effect has shaped your future and how you approach your education.

A complete information sheet—with guidelines, further content suggestions, and scoring rubric—is available for download here.

Applications are due by August 1, 2011. The essay must be submitted electronically to formats will not be accepted.

This scholarship is awarded to one student at the beginning of every fall academic year, and presented at the CNO Veteran’s Day ceremony, on November 11th in Tuskahoma, OK.

Last year’s award recipient was Cara Caldwell of Ovilla, TX, who is now a Texas Tech University senior.

For any questions about this scholarship, please contact SAP at 800-522-6170 ext. 2383 or email

Title: National Endowment for the Arts Announces New Arts in Media Funding Category
Deadline: September 1, 2011

The National Endowment for the Arts' new Arts in Media funding category is designed to help make the excellence and diversity of the arts widely available to the American public through the national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts and media projects that can be considered works of art.

The new Arts in Media guidelines replace the Arts on Radio and Television guidelines. All project types that were previously eligible under Arts on Radio and Television remain eligible. In addition, the expanded category now includes all available media platforms, including the Internet, interactive and mobile technologies, digital games, and arts content delivered via satellite, as well as radio and television.

Grants are available to support the development, production, and national distribution of innovative media projects about the arts (e.g., visual arts, music, dance, literature, design, theater, musical theater, opera, folk and traditional arts, and media arts including film, audio, animation, and digital art) and media projects that can be considered works of art.

Projects may include high profile multi-part or single television and radio programs (documentaries and dramatic narratives), media created for theatrical release, performance programs, artistic segments for use within an existing series, multi-part webisodes, installations, and interactive games. Short films, five minutes and under, will be considered in packages of three or more.

The new program guidelines feature an emphasis on innovation as well as strengthening creativity through access to the arts. In order to reach the widest possible audience, priority will be given to projects that include substantive public engagement strategies, including the use of social media.

To be eligible, applicants must be U.S.-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, units of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes. Applications through a fiscal agent are not allowed; however, partnerships between artists and eligible nonprofit organizations are encouraged. Any application for a collaborative project representing a partnership between a media organization and an arts, education, or community organization should be submitted by the media organization.

Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $200,000, based on the platform and the complexity and scope of the project.

Visit the NEA Web site for complete program guidelines, a short video on the new program, and application instructions at

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ACF Announces Awards for the First Lady’s Let’s Move! in Indian Country Initiative

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Administration for Native Americans (ANA) announced today ten awards, totaling $193,437 to grantees participating in the First Lady’s initiative: Let’s Move! in Indian Country. The Let’s Move! in Indian Country campaign is dedicated to solving the problem of obesity through improved health, wellness, nutrition, and physical activity.

“Childhood obesity contributes to the early onset of several diseases that plague our young American Indians and Alaska Natives,” said George Sheldon, HHS acting assistant secretary for children and families. “We will continue to support the First Lady’s initiatives, as well as the efforts of our grantees as we work together to tackle obesity among our Native population.”

The Let’s Move! in Indian Country initiative was launched in May 2011 and stems from the nationwide efforts to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity. The campaign involves leaders from every sector of our society, ranging from teachers, parents, doctors business leaders, non-profit organizations, Native communities, schools, and tribes. The key goals of the Let’s Move! in Indian Country initiative include:

  • Creating a healthy start on life
  • Developing healthy learning
  • Communities increasing physical activity
  • Increasing access to affordable, healthy and traditional foods

“These grant awards announced today will provide organizations with the tools they need to encourage Native communities in working together to ensure our children develop healthy food choices and exercise habits that will result in the healthy future they deserve,” said Lillian Sparks, commissioner for the Administration on Native Americans.

For a complete listing of grantees please visit:

For more information about the Administration on Native Americans visit

To learn how you can get involved with the Let’s Move! in Indian Country initiative visit

Title: What We Want
NICWA is an organization that is dedicated to the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native children and families. Our work focuses on the strength and vitality of Native family systems and cultures, and we ask that artists consider these as well when they create their potential conference image.

NICWA's ideal conference artwork features imagery that is culturally connected, positive in spirit, and reflective of the strength of American Indian and Alaska Native people and cultures. We encourage artists to create images that are empowering, thought-provoking, colorful, and most of all, creative.

For more information on NICWA's mission and purpose, please visit the mission page of our website,

Deadline and Announcement of Winner

Submissions should be emailed to no later than July 29, 2011.

The annual conference artwork committee will meet the week of August 1 to determine the top three candidates. Candidates will be informed if they were selected to be in the top three no later than August 5. An online vote among NICWA's constituency will then take place, and a conference image will be selected and announced on August 12, 2011.

Submission Requirements
Image of artwork (jpeg, tiff, etc.). If your artwork is three-dimensional (i.e. sculpture, handweaving, beadwork, etc.) we ask that you provide a high-quality photograph of the image as your submission to the competition.
Artist/Artwork Informational Form - Versions available in MS Word or PDF (If you are not able to open either version of this form, please contact Laurie Evans at so that the form may be sent another way.)
Images and the Artist/Artwork Informational Form should be emailed to NICWA's event manager, Laurie Evans, at If you do not have access to a scanner, you may also mail your entry to

Laurie Evans
National Indian Child Welfare Association
5100 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97239

Title: Additional Opportunities for Artists
If your work is not selected for the 2012 annual conference image, you may still opt to have NICWA use your image in an advertisement for a future event. If you are interested in having your work used in a NICWA training flyer or brochure, please indicate your desire to do so on the Artist/Artwork Informational Form.

In exchange for the permission to use your work to advertise our events, NICWA will credit your work on the advertisement itself, as well on our website, and provide your contact information and/or website so that those that are interested in your art can follow up with you about your work. We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity for your work to be broadcast to a national audience.

Title: First Peoples Fund Invites Applications for Artist in Business Leadership Program
Deadline: September 1, 2011

The First Peoples Fund's Artist in Business Leadership Program is designed to help entrepreneurial Native American artists develop their marketing and business skills and build self-sustaining, arts-based businesses.

This one-year, self-directed program provides a working capital grant of up to $5,000 to support work on a marketing plan/strategy or business goal as defined by the artist applicant. Additional program benefits include technical assistance, a professional network of peers, and travel expenses to FPF's professional development workshops. The fellowship places emphasis on new works to stimulate creativity and a renewal of energy in Native art expression.

To be eligible, an artist must have five or more years of experience in marketing his or her art at Indian art markets and galleries, and have wholesale experience. Applicants must have chosen art as a means to obtain economic self-sufficiency for themselves and their family, and must have worked to establish themselves as independent, credible artists with viable community-based businesses.

Applicants must be members of a Northern Great Plains tribe located in South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Nebraska, the Eastern Plateau region of Idaho, Oregon, or Washington; a tribe from the Great Lakes region of Minnesota, Michigan, or Wisconsin; a tribe belonging to the U.S. Eastern Seaboard states; or a Hawaiian or Alaska Native. Affiliated Canadian First Nations artists are also eligible.

Artists are selected for the program based on demonstrated artistic talent, evidence of entrepreneurial experience and potential, and adherence to the values of the First Peoples Fund.

For complete program information and application procedures, visit the FPF Web site:
For more information and to download an application, visit

Title: Pieter Hovens, American Indian Material Culture: The Ten Kate Collection, 1882–1888
With contributions by Duane Anderson, Ted Brasser, Laura van Broekhoven, Alan Ferg, Ruth B. Phillips, Marian E. Rodee, and David R. Wilcox
ERNAS Monographs 4
vi+282 pp, 364 color and 31 b/w and sepia illustrations,
bibliographies, index
ISBN 978-3-9811620-1-1
Altenstadt 2010: ZKF Publishers
Euro 29,90

In the course of two years of fieldwork in the American West in the 1880s, the Dutch anthropologist Hermann ten Kate (1858–1931) assembled a sizeable collection of Native American artifacts. These pieces, ranging from utilitarian tools to genuine works of art, are especially important because of their well-documented collection history and early date of acquisition. Some of the objects, the vast majority of which are today housed by the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, represent the oldest specimens of their kind to have been preserved. This catalogue presents the complete collection and places the artifacts in their cultural and historical context by drawing on Ten Kate’s own travel diaries, anthropological studies spanning more than a century of research, as well as Native American oral traditions.

Pieter Hovens is curator of the North American Department at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden, the Netherlands. His publications include studies on Ten Kate’s life and work, Native American material culture, Indian-White relations, and gypsy affairs.

Order from ZKF Publishers, Fasanenweg 4a, D-63674 Altenstadt,, Fax: +49 6047 951785 (Visa, Mastercard, and American Express accepted)

Title: MA programme in Cultural Policy and Management Interculturalism and Mediation in the Balkans

The University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia, in cooperation with the University Lyon 2, France is organizing a joint MA programme in Cultural Policy and Management (Interculturalism and Mediation in the Balkans). This MA programme, taught in English and French, has gained an international reputation. Accredited by the University Lyon 2 and supported by other partner universities, professional organizations and guest experts from all over Europe, it attracts not only students from the Balkan region but also those coming from Europe and worldwide, who seek a new, stimulating and different study environment.

This programme enables students to be part of a creative capital and multicultural landscape of the Balkans. For its excellence in the promotion of intercultural cooperation and mediating capacities of culture, the MA in Cultural Policy and Management has been named UNESCO Chair in 2004.
The programme is implemented through lectures, project making, research based learning, problem solving, small group work, individual and group tutorials, internships in France and Balkan countries, seminars and workshops designed to help the student develop wider contextual understanding, research skills and awareness of professional issues.

Interested candidates are invited to apply by 13-15 June 2011 and 19-20 September 2011 respectively.
For more information, please visit

Sites of Interest

Navajo Language Academy
The Navajo Language Academy, Inc. is a non-profit educational organization devoted to the scientific study and promotion of the Navajo language. The NLA is a joint effort by professional language teachers and linguists. The NLA has hosted Navajo linguistics workshops for scholars every summer since 1997

Maori Language

The Role of the Computer in Learning Ndj Bbana (an Aboriginal Australian language)

Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center
Established in 1978, the Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwawén:na Raotitióhkwa Language and Cultural Center was created to preserve and enrich the language and culture of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) of Kahnawà:ke. Our center is located in the Mohawk Territory of Kahnawà:ke south of Montreal, Canada.

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