Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
February 12, 2000 - Issue 03

By Vicki Lockard


University of Maine
Assistant Director Wabanaki Center

The University of Maine invites applications for the position of Assistant Director of the Wabanaki Center. The Assistant Director will recruit, and actively support Native American students, in achieving their personal, professional and academic goals engaging in cooperative and productive working relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni and others to accomplish these goals. This individual manages the Native American Scholarship program at UMaine. The Assistant Director develops programmatic initiatives that foster awareness of the Native communities of Maine to
help provide a supportive environment for students. The Wabanaki Center works with Native Studies to improve understanding and appreciation of the Native peoples of Maine.

Substantial knowledge of the graduate and undergraduate experience, particularly issues critical to Native student retention and developmental needs of students is required. Demonstrated success in recruiting, and serving students with counseling and other skills that positively impact Native American student retention. Knowledge and experience with Native communities is required. Knowledge and experience with Maine tribes is preferred. Excellent organizational skills including the ability to set and readjust competing priorities. Strong interpersonal skills including ability to deal effectively with diverse groups of people, motivate students and win cooperation from a variety of people. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Successful completion of formal training in education, human development or a related field at the bachelors degree level is required, training in these areas at the masters degree level is preferred. Occasional travel is required.

Candidates should provide a letter of application, a resume,
and the names and telephone numbers of three references to:

Chair, Search Committee
University of Maine
5724 Dunn Hall, Rm 314
Orono, ME 04469-5724

Review of applications will begin
January 24, 2000. Position available immediately.Salary range: $30,000 - $40,000.
The University of Maine is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer.


American Indian, First Nations, and Indigenous Peoples: The Multiplicity of Identity

The identity of Indigenous Peoples is complex and constantly in flux. The American Indian Quarterly invites original essays focusing on American Indian/First Nations identity topics for a special issue on identity. Papers from historians, anthropologists, sociologists, and psychologists may discuss political, social, economic, psychological, and religious aspects of identity. Submissions are limited to 25 pages, double spaced (notes included).

Deadline for submissions is June 1, 2000. Send four copies of your work to:

Dr. Michael Yellow Bird, Assistant Professor
School of Social Welfare
University of Kansas.

Please follow the author guidelines.
You can access the guidelines at


As a sequel to the 1996 special issue on "Writing About Indians," the American Indian Quarterly invites essays of up to 20 pages on topics pertaining to methodologies, theories, or controversial issues within the interdisciplinary field of American Indian Studies. Authors from any discipline and tribal members without an academic affiliation may respond
to topics presented in the 1996 issue (and in the book Natives and Academics) or may submit original commentaries. This invitation is open to Native and non-Native writers. Deadline to submit four copies of your paper to the address below is
May 1, 2000. Please follow the author guidelines.

The American Indian Quarterly also invites submissions for a special issue on North and South American Indian Women. Authors may be from any discipline. Authors may submit: book commentaries or discussion/commentary on any topic (methodologies, oral histories, feminism, activism, etc) from 5-10 pages in length; original, theoretically informed essays that include Native women's voices; no longer than 25 pp. double-spaced (notes included); interviews of Native women; original short poems by Native authors (three will be selected); original short fiction story by Native author (2000 words; one will be selected); literary criticism papers (one will be selected)
Send four copies of your work by
June 1, 2000 to:

Devon A. Mihesuah
Editor, American Indian Quarterly
PO Box 5623
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ 86004-5623

e-mail if you have questions to


Program Number: 46851
Title: Smithsonian--Natl. Museum of the American Indian
Internship Program

Sponsor: Smithsonian Institution

Ten-week internships provide an educational opportunity 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. Eligible applicants must be currently enrolled in a university program at the undergraduate or graduate-level, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent. A limited number of stipends target American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native students.

Deadline(s): 10/15/1999, 12/03/1999, 02/05/2000, 07/16/2000

Established Date: 01/19/1999
Follow-Up Date: 08/01/2000
Review Date: 01/25/2000

Address: Office of Fellowships and Grants
955 L'Enfant Plaza, Suite 7000
Washington, DC 20560-0902
Web Site:
Tel: 202-287-3271
Deadline Ind: Receipt

Award Type(s): Internships In-Residence Summer

Locations Tenable: U.S.A. Citizenship (including U.S. Territories)

Appl Type(s): Minority Individual

Duration: 10 WEEK(s)
Sponsor Type: Federal

OBJECTIVES: Internships 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. Intern projects vary by department. Most projects provide the intern with museum practice and program development experience. Some projects may be more research-oriented. Past projects include: developing and evaluating visitor guides, cataloguing photos, monitoring collections, installing exhibitions, developing databases for exhibitions, developing press kits, and editing label text.

Applications are due October 15 for Winter internships; December 3 for Spring internships; February 5 for Summer internships; and July 16 for Fall internships.

Eligible applicants must be currently enrolled in a university program at the undergraduate or graduate-level. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent is generally expected. A limited number of stipends are targeted primarily at American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native students.

The sponsor does not specify stipend amounts. There are four sessions of internship programs held throughout the year, all lasting approximately ten weeks. Most interns work twenty to forty hours per week. Some interns choose to find a part time job to help support their stay.

Application forms and guidelines are available and can be found on the sponsor's web site ( For additional information contact:

Internship Coordinator, National Museum of the American Indian,
Cultural Resources Center, 4220 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746-2863;
telephone: 301-238-6624; e-mail: (jeb)


AmeriCorps Promise Fellowship Opportunity
Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
located in the Four Corners

Serve as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow and be a part of a national leadership team of service members who are working to develop programs for youth and families that deliver on the goals of America's Promise to Youth:

        • an ongoing relationship with a caring adult;
        • a safe place with structured activities during non-school hours;
        • a healthy start;
        • a marketable skill through effective education; and
        • an opportunity to give back through community service.

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe is looking for an enthusiastic, service-minded person to serve in developing a Partners mentoring program for youth ages 8-18.

The program will be located in Towaoc, CO, 15 miles south of Cortez in the heart of the Four Corners, an area of diverse history and landscape.

Characteristics of a successful candidate are:

          • a strong desire to work with youth;
          • self-starter;
          • strong organization and communication skills;
          • able to work collaboratively;
          • demonstrates a commitment to community service;
          • culturally aware and responsive;
          • holds a bachelor's degree (can substitute up to 2 years of comparable experience for education.)

For the term of service, February 1, 2000 - December 31, 2000, Promise Fellow will receive:

    • a living allowance of $17,000 (health insurance will be provided) and,
    • upon successful completion of term of service, an education award of $4,725, which can be used to pay back federal school loans or applied towards future tuition expenses.

For an application or more information contact:
Tina Galyon
Coordinator for Student Services Ute Mountain Ute Tribe
Phone: (970) 565-3751 ext. 354


The Kaiser Family Foundation is launching the Congressional Scholars Program to honor the legacy of former Kaiser Trustee and Congresswoman, Barbara Jordan, by creating new opportunities for minority students in health policy and eventually increasing the numbers of minority health policy professionals. The Program will annually provide 10 talented,
economically disadvantaged college seniors or recent graduates with a 9-week summer college internship in a congressional office with major health policy responsibilities. The Scholars will gain exposure to health policy issues and firsthand understanding of how the federal government works. Seminars, lectures and field trips will augment the work
experiences of the Scholars. Desired attendant results of the program are to assist the Scholars to hone their skills in decision-making, critical thinking, research and leadership, and to provide them a greater understanding of the issues and forces that shape national debate and health policy.

Barbara Jordan Scholars will receive:

          • A stipend of $1,500 upon completion of the program
          • An allowance for incidentals (e.g. meals and local transportation)
          • Transportation/airfare to and from Washington, DC
          • Lodging at Howard University in Washington, DC

For more information, contact Virginia Webster at 202 865-4802 or by fax at 202 667-5694.

Timothy Ready, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for
Community and Minority Programs
Association of American Medical Colleges

Subject: Fellowship at Indian Arts Research Center

The School of American Research, Indian Arts Research Center (Santa Fe, NM) is now accepting applications for the 2000-2001 Harvey W. Branigar, Jr., Fellowship in museum collections work. The competitive fellowship is awarded annually to a Native American individual interested in developing his or her professional skills, with particular emphasis on preservation and collections management. Fellows will be involved in the day-to-day operations of the Indian Arts Research Center and will work closely with staff and research curators on special projects throughout their tenure. In addition, they will be an integral part of the School's programs that support Native American artists in their use of the collections.

The fellowship will provide an apartment and office, monthly stipend, library assistance, limited travel funds, and other
benefits during a nine-month tenure from September 1, 2000 through May 31, 2001.

In order to be eligible, applicants must have a Native American tribal affiliation. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of the information provided in their application as well as the strength of supporting letters. Applicants must have at least a bachelor's degree in art, art history, anthropology, history, or museum studies, or equivalent training and experience. Applicants must demonstrate a serious interest in a career in a museum, cultural center, or similar setting. Preference will be given to applicants with work experience in a museum or cultural center, and to those who can demonstrate their ability to interact successfully with a variety of scholars, Native American groups, and the general public.

For further information, please see:
Application forms can be downloaded from:
or write or call the

Indian Arts Research Center
School of American Research
P.O. Box 2188
Santa Fe, NM 87505

Applications must be postmarked by
March 17; the selection will be announced in April.

Deborah Winton, Administrative Assistant, IARC

Blackfoot University seeks faculty

This is to advise all persons of American Indian descent and people world wide that Blackfoot University has been officially established, as of April 4, 1999, and is now seeking faculty members to become teachers of Indian related subjects in all fields.

Resumes and suggested course syllabi are being requested from those who seek a position with new Blackfoot University. The university will maintain a campus, offer distance learning opportunities in communities around the globe and maintain a presence on the Internet.

All questions should be sent to:

Long Standing Bear Chief, CEO,
Blackfoot University,
P.O. Box 430, Browning,
MT 59417.

Telephone calls are being accepted at 509.865.5704 or by sending e-mail to
Long Standing Bear Chief
Spirit Talk Press
P.O. Box 390
Browning, Montana 59417

Telephone: 509.865.5704

Is currently accepting applications for the College Year 2000. This opportunity is available to those individuals who aspire to managerial careers in business, government, or non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens and members of a minority group. The minority groups are Native American, African-American or Hispanic American. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of U.S. citizenship and eligible minority group affiliation upon applying.

Approximately 300 fellowships are awarded annually and the CONSORTIUM wants to increase that number by the year 2002. Applications will be accepted from college graduates who hold a bachelorís degree in any academic discipline from an accredited institution recognized by the member universities. In addition to the self-managed application, each applicant must take the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) and complete an interview with a Consortium representative.

Member universities include the following: U C Berkeley, Dartmouth College, Indiana University-Bloomington, University of Michigan, New York University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Rochester, The University of Southern California, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Virginia, Washington University of St. Louis, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

To receive an application you may contact the CONSORTIUM AT 200 South Hanley Road, Suite 1102, St. Louis, MO 63105-3415, e-mail at: , and their web site:

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards has made the announcement that they are now accepting applicants to their awards program. The program identifies and encourages emerging generations of young artists to continue with their education and writing and art programs.

Students currently enrolled in grades 7-12 in a public or non-public school in the United States, Canada, the U.S. territories or U.S.-sponsored schools abroad are eligible to enter.

Awards are available in 10 writing categories and 16 art categories. For the year of 1999, the program awarded more than $1 million in prize money and scholarships. Entry materials will be available on the Web site starting in October 1999. You may contact the Alliance for young Artists and Writers at (212) 343-6493 or via e-mail at A&

[Federal Register: February 7, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 25)]

Administration for Native Americans (ANA), ACF, DHHS.

[Program Announcement No. 93612-003]

Administration for Native Americans FY 2000 Availability of Financial Assistance for Native American Languages

SUMMARY: The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) announces the availability of Fiscal Year 2000 funds and other available funds for Native American language projects. Financial assistance provided by ANA is designed to assist applicants in designing projects which will promote the survival and continuing vitality of Native American languages.

Special Note: The Administration for Native Americans advises all applicants that grant awards made under this announcement will have a September 30, 2000 project Start Date. Applicants should,therefore develop projects that begin no earlier than this date.
Application Kit: Application kits, approved by the OMB under control number 0980-0204, which expires
August 31, 2000, containing the necessary forms and instructions to apply for a grant under this


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