Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
January 29, 2000 - Issue 02

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OPPORTUNITIES" is distributed nationally by the Harvard University Native American Program and includes internship, fellowship, and career opportunities as well as announcements for conferences, workshops and symposia. Please feel free to forward OPPORTUNITIES to students and others who may be interested. If you would like to include a listing for distribution, please e-mail the information to

U.S. Department of Energy
Office of Fossil Energy

The Office of Fossil Energy is dedicated to supporting the DOE's Minority Education Initiative for students and is leading an initiative to recruit American Indian students from Tribal Colleges and Universities to participate in a 1-week internship opportunity. Interns majoring in math, science and engineering will undertake hands-on-entry-level professional assignments related to oil and gas at our DOE Headquarters and field sites.

U.S. Citizenship
2.8 Grade Point Average
Completion of Sophomore year

Weekly stipends will be provided as well as travel costs for one round-trip to and from the intern's work site.
Deadline: March 3, 2000

For more information and an application contact:
Pamela DeRensis @ (202) 586-6751 or

Fellowship Opportunity

Harvard University's Administrative Fellowship Program seeks to attract more ethnic minorities to administrative careers in higher education. To this end, the Administrative Fellowship Program offers a twelve-month management experience complemented by a professional development program.

The Program provides participants with opportunities to broaden their experience through working in an academic environment as a mid-level administrator. The Program seeks to enrich and diversify the Harvard community by bringing talented professionals to Cambridge.

The Program will draw Fellows from business, government, education, and the professions. Each participant will receive a salary from Harvard University. All costs for the required educational seminar will be covered by Harvard University. Participants must secure and cover the cost of their housing.

The 2000-2001 Program will begin in September. The Fellows will be placed in various schools and departments throughout the University, including the Harvard University Native American Program. Reflecting the academic and administrative diversity of the Harvard community, assignments for each Fellow will differ. However, individual fellowship needs will be shaped by considering both the school's or department's needs and the participant's career experience. Fellows are strongly urged to obtain leaves of absence from their current jobs. While the University will make every effort to place successful participants, there is no guarantee of permanent Harvard employment upon completion of the Program.

Fellows will participate in a seminar series in addition to a full-time work assignment. Seminars, lectures, and case studies have been designed to enhance management and administrative skills and to assist in self-assessment and development. The overall goal of the education program is to encourage Fellows to assess their own career development and to generate strategies for advancement.

Deadline for application: February 15, 2000

For more information and an application, contact:
Teresa Malonzo, Office of the Assistant to the President
(617) 496-1567

Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies
University of Wisconsin, Green Bay

The Humanistic Studies and American Indian Studies Programs invite applications for a tenure-track assistant professor. The successful candidate will teach courses fulfilling the general education and ethnic studies requirements for student; develop additional courses; and teach other courses in American Indian Studies and the interdisciplinary humanities program. The normal teaching load is 21 credits for an academic year, with occasional reassignments for scholarship or institutional service. The successful candidate is expected to maintain a program of scholarly activities and contribute to university and community service.

Ph.D., A.B.D. (with Ph.D. by August 2001) or terminal degree in a program
related to American Indian Studies, with a strong background in American
Indian culture including such fields as: history, literature, art, or
mythology. Applicants must provide evidence of working closely with local
American Indian communities, including but not limited to those of the
western Great Lakes.

To apply:
Send letter of application addressing candidate's education, professional
experience as it relates to job functions and qualifications, copies of CV,
transcripts (certified copies required for finalists), and three current
letters of reference to:
Denise Sweet
Chair, Search Committee, American Indian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Green Bay, WI 54311-7001
(920) 465-2348
(920) 465-2890 Fax E-mail
Review of applications will begin 1/3/00
Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Study Abroad Scholarship and Opportunity
Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships

The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International offers three different study abroad, ambassadorial scholarships in order to promote international understanding and relations between people of different nations. The scholarships provide financial assistance for individuals having completed at least two years of university or college course work and have a desire to study abroad.

Academic-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship-provides funding for one academic year of full-time study at an institution assigned by The Rotary Foundation of Trustees. Recipients may not be able to earn degrees or diplomas during the study period. Candidates should be proficient in the language of the host country. Scholarship covers: roundtrip transportation, one month of intensive language training , required fees for a normal course load, reasonable room and board, and some educational supplies.

Multi-Year Ambassadorial Scholarship-provides funding for either two or three years of full-time degree-oriented study at an institution assigned by the Rotary Foundation Trustees. The scholarship provides a flat grant of US$12,000 or its equivalent for each year; that is, US$24,000 for two years, or US$36, 000 for three years. Funding intends to help supplement the costs of pursuing one degree at one study institution. Expenses beyond the amount provided are the scholar's responsibility.

Cultural Ambassadorial Scholarship-provides funding for either three or six months of intensive language training and cultural immersion at a language school selected by The Rotary Foundation of Trustees. Applicants should have completed at least one year of college-level course work or equivalent of the proposed language of study. The scholarship covers roundtrip transportation, tuition and fees for language training, and homestay expenses. Funding will not exceed US$12, 000 or its
equivalent for a three-month scholarship.

To obtain an application, contact your local Rotary Club. To find your nearest Rotary Club and to get details concerning the scholarships, visit the web site at . Deadlines are set by the local Rotary Club and range from March 2000 to as late as July 2000.


The Academy for Educational Development is accepting applications for its New Voices Fellowship Program. This program aims to develop new leaders and to support career opportunities in nonprofits within areas of advancing human rights and international cooperation. Applicants must have completed coursework for a graduate degree by Spring 2000. Applications are available at

University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Diversity Fellowship

The Graduate Program in English at the Univ. of Mass. in Amherst invites applicants for a Diversity Fellowship ($10,000) to be offered to a graduate student in the year 2000-2001. This year the department particularly encourages applications from students with Native American heritage. The department offers the M.A./Ph.D. degree in English, within which a student may concentrate in English and American literature or American studies. The program offers a range of courses in American ethnic literatures (with faculty who specialize in Native American, African American, Latino, Asian American, and comparative American ethnic literatures).

The deadline for application is 1/15/00, but late applications will be considered until 3/15/00.
For more information contact:
Graduate School
Admissions Office, Goodell Bldg.
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

POSITION: Evaluator, GS-0301-7
LOCATION: Financial Audit Division/Office of Audit/Washington, DC
OPEN: December 22, 1999 - December 27, 1999

POSITION: Auditor (Information Systems), GS-0511-11/122
LOCATION: ADP Audit and Assistance Staff
OPEN: December 22, 1999 - January 24, 2000

This position is open to current Federal employees serving under a career or career conditional appointment, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under Special Authorities. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply.

Should you have any questions, please contact Janet Wilson on (202) 260-8771.

Denver Public Schools -- JOB A-496 -- Indian Education Project Coordinator;
212-day Work Year; Salary Range $42,366 to $53,497.
Classified Open Position/ Vol. 99/00, No. 24 Page 2

Directs and supervises project personnel; oversees budget and expenditures; implements identified objectives; develops and administers needs assessments; recommends promising instructional practices; supports American Indian students and their
families in the area of health, extracurricular activities, tutoring, Special Education staffs when needed, and other educational
services; coordinates activities of the parent American Indian Education Committee, District and American Indian community members.

Knowledge of Title IX Indian Education Project; minimum of five years experience in a school district or K-12 education; Bachelor of Arts degree; Colorado Educator Professional License; experience in the development and implementation of American Indian culture curriculum and in training teachers; proven experience in working successfully with the Denver Indian community; experience in grant writing as well as the administration and supervision of grants.

Closing date Wednesday January 19th. Pick up application at Denver Public
Schools Administrative Office, 900 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203 or call
the Denver Public Schools - Welcome Center at (303) 764-3400.

OPEN PERIOD 01/06/2000 - 01/21/2000


PHONE: (877) 483-6632
ATTN: VAC NO 06-MSR-2000-0097Z
WASHINGTON, DC 20410-3100

Applications will be accepted from: Open to current Federal employees serving under a career or career conditional appointment in the competitive service, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, or persons eligible for
non-competitive appointment under Special Authorities. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply.

Extension Educator, Child & Youth Development
University of Minnesota, Extension Service

The child and youth development specialization develops and implements programs emphasizing the connection between healthy youth and healthy communities. Extension educators specializing in child and youth development will be well-versed in child and youth development concepts and theory, current research relevant to youth, families, and their world, important contemporary issues impacting young people, and educational methods to involve youth and adults in achieving their goals.

Providing leadership for the maintenance of 4-H community club program.
Supporting and training leaders and other volunteers.
Collaborating with schools, youth-serving agencies, and Extension colleagues.
Promoting Extension youth development programs.

A bachelor's degree is required, a master's preferred. Acceptance into a graduate program at a level qualifying the applicant for admission to graduate study is required.

For more information contact:
Extension Personnel
260 Coffey Hall
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
(612) 624-3717


The South Dakota Review will publish a Spring 2000 special issue on the poetry, fiction, essays, scholarly articles, creative nonfiction, and personal essays written *by* Native American writers across the United States.

Please send manuscripts to Brian Bedard, Editor, South Dakota Review, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD, 57069.

Cover letter should include personal and publications information for possible inclusion in contributor's notes. Outside of envelope should read "For Native American Writers issue."

***Deadline for manuscripts is March 15, 2000.***

Other upcoming special issues include:

"Writing the Dakotas," (deadline May 1);

"Celebrating Frederick Manfred" (deadline August 25);

"The American West 2000," (deadline January 10, 2001).

Native American Health Organization
Four Directions Summer Research Program
Harvard Medical School

The Native American Health Organization/Four Directions Summer Research Program is seeking applicants for the summer 2000 program. This is an opportunity for undergraduate/graduate Native Americans interested in medicine or biomedical research to conduct full-time research at Harvard Medical School (H.M.S.).

Participants will perform research with investigators whose interests range from neurobiology and neuropathology to cell biology and molecular genetics. No previous research experience or science background is required. Researchers will provide all necessary equipment and training; although a basic understanding of life sciences and chemistry is recommended. In addition, the investigators will also serve as mentors for the participants. Mentor selection is based not only on a desire to teach, but also on the ability to express sensitivity to Native American issues and ensure a positive experience for each participant.

Additionally, the participants have the option to attend outpatient clinical sessions with physicians, observe surgery, work with pathologists, spend a shift in the emergency ward, attend seminars and meet Native American medical students. The participants will also have free time to explore Boston.

At the core of the program are the close relationships fostered among Native American medical students at H.M.S. with the participants: future healers within our urban and rural communities. The participants are encouraged to make the most of the 8 weeks by developing ties with the H.M.S. Native medical students. This close network allows the program to approach the participants on a one-to-one basis to meet the unique needs of
Native Americans. This is a student-initiated program and is supported by the H.M.S./Native American Health Organization, H.M.S./Division of Medical Sciences, Harvard Native American Program, and individual researchers.

There are no fees for participants. Transportation and lodging will be covered through H.M.S. and National Institutes of Health grants. Each participant will receive a stipend to supplement costs for food and miscellaneous expenditures. The tentative program dates are 23 June through 19 August, 2000.

Selection criteria for this program are not so dependent on high grades and test scores, but are instead focused on a student's motivation, maturity, and willingness to succeed in a given environment. We especially encourage motivated students from rural state colleges, tribal colleges, and community colleges to apply. Last year's participants came from a broad range of nations and attended a variety of schools including University of New Mexico, Northeastern University in Talequah, OK, McGill University in Montreal, University of Arizona, and Montana State University. Some had prior research experience. Others had minimal experience in basic chemistry labs. Adult American Indians with, preferably, some college experience and a commitment to education are encouraged to apply.

The NAHO/Four Directions Summer Research Program is an opportunity. It is not a credit course, MCAT-prep course, or hyper-intense research program. Unfortunately, the program's required activities do not allow time to prepare for the August MCAT. Lastly, there are no grades, but students will be informally evaluated at the program's end. The Program's major principle is this: If given the chance, could a given participant be motivated to pursue a career in medicine and/or medical research that would benefit themselves and their Native community?

For questions write to: Four Directions Summer Research Program, Harvard
Medical School, Division of Medical Sciences/MEC 435, 260 Longwood Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115

To receive an application, contact: Robert Pickard, H.M.S./Division of
Medical Sciences, (800) 367-9019 ext. 2; FAX: (617) 432-2644 or email:

Download an application at

Most general information is included in the application packet. If you have specific questions about the program please email us. If you do not have access to email and need to speak with someone directly, call us at our homes during the hours of 10AM-10PM, Eastern Standard time. If you do not receive a call back within 3 days, call again. Because we are students, emailing is usually the better way to contact us:

Walter Lech

Ashleigh Guadagnolo

Patrick Linson

Robert Ruelaz

Harvard University Native American Program
Read House, Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 495-4923
(617) 495-8220 (direct)
fax (617) 496-3312
WWW site:

Newberry Library.--Frances C. Allen Fellowships

SYNOPSIS: In-residence fellowships fund research at the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History. Eligible applicants are women of Native American heritage who are pursuing academic programs at any stage beyond the undergraduate degree, with emphasis on study in the humanities and social sciences. Fellowship duration is from one month to one year; stipends vary according to need.

Deadline(s): 03/01/2000
Follow-Up Date: 10/01/2000
Review Date: 01/07/2000
Address: Committee on Awards
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-3380
Web Site:
Tel: 312-255-3666

Duration: 1 YEAR(s)

Fellowship support is available for in-residence research and writing at the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History. Candidates may be working in any graduate or pre-professional field, but the particular purpose of the fellowship is to encourage study in the humanities and social sciences.

RESTRICTIONS: Eligible applicants are women of Native American heritage working in a graduate or pre-professional field.

Award duration is from one month to one year; financial support varies according to need and may include travel expenses.

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