Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
March 25, 2000 - Issue 06

by Vicki from various sources

National Native American Youth Initiative

The Association of American Indian Physicians offers a Health, Biomedical Research, and Policy program for Native American high school students between the ages of 16 and 18 years old The goals of AAIP's National Native American Youth Initiative are to motivate Native Americans to remain in the academic pipeline and to pursue a career in the health professions and/or biomedicine. In addition, the NNAYI prepares students for admission to college and professional schools, with effective leadership skills, analytical thinking, and academic proficiency. During this week long program, AAIP will provide the following to NNAYI scholars: A broad perspective of the health sciences and biomedical research. An introduction to national health and scientific institutions. A national network of Native American health professionals, scientists, role models, and mentors. Counseling on academic strengths and weaknesses. Information on the demography of Native American populations and diseases affecting Native American communities. Information on current health legislation/policy and educational issues affecting the academic and professional progress of Native Americans Workshops on:

  • academic and coursework requirements
  • standardized examinations
  • application process/financial aid
  • leadership/communication skills
  • assertiveness, networking, and professional behavior
  • study and test taking skills
  • interactive learning and time management

For more information, contact AAIP at (405) 946-7072 or via e-mail at

American Indian Higher Education Consortium has the following opportunities:

AIHEC, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing American Indian Tribal Colleges, is currently seeking a director to manage the daily operations of funds, grants, contracts, and investments.

Responsibilities include developing and implementing budgets, administering grants, contracts, and pre & post award activity. Additional responsibilities include developing budget projections, policies and procedures, analyzing, coordinating audits and preparing financial reports for the Executive Director and the Board of Directors. Qualifications include a bachelor's degree in accounting or related field, MBA and/or CPA preferred with a minimum of 3 years of financial management experience, extensive knowledge of budget, financial and fund accounting processes, grant regulations, and contract compliance; proven skills in supervising and mentoring; and excellent communication and computer skills.

Submit letter of interest, resume, and salary history to:
AIHEC-DBF, 121 Oronoco Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314
or e-mail:, or fax: (703) 838-0388.


The American Indian Higher Education Consortium, a non-profit organization, has an immediate opening for a Director of Policy Analysis and Research to support policy positions and manage a major research effort on behalf of our 33 Tribal College member institutions. Candidate must have a Bachelors Degree with extensive policy analysis, research, development and critical/statistical analysis experience; superior written and oral communication skills; computer proficiency; and demonstrated ability to direct programs and work with others.

Submit letter of interest, resume, and salary requirements to:
AIHEC-DPAR, 121 Oronoco Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.
Fax: 703-838-0388. E-mail:

American Indian Program Cornell University Associate Director of Student Services and Operations

MAIN FUNCTIONS: Work with director to develop and oversee the identification and recruitment of Native students. Develop and maintain a program of counseling/advising regarding academic, administrative and social aspects of the University for enrolled Native students. As senior staff administrator, supervise operations of the American Indian Program and work to ensure effective communication among all Program areas.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop/maintain long-term recruitment and retention plans in accordance with AIP goals and mission statement. Develop and maintain strong working relationships with University and College admissions offices, Minority Programs, Academic Services, Financial Aid, Dean of Students, Campus Life, Cooperative Extension, Faculty, Graduate and Professional Schools and the Alumni Office. Oversee identification and recruitment of Native Students. Oversee counseling and advising of students regarding academic, administrative, financial aid and social aspects of the University. Supervise RHD for Akwe:kon and act as AIP liaison for Campus Life. Supervise Student Services Associate and student services work-study students. Prepare and administer AIP Student Services budget. Oversee management of student and alumni databases. Oversee daily operations of administrative office. Supervise nonacademic administrative support staff and teaching support/technical staff. Monitor large operating budget. Respond to inquiries concerning Program activities and initiatives. Schedule and prepare for staff meetings including agendas and minutes. Work with principal investigators in development, approval and management of grants/contracts. Develop and maintain formal internal communication system. Initiate and maintain regular communication between director, associate directors and Program staff. Oversee Program newsletter, all AIP web sites and alumni communication and correspondence. Oversee management of staff/affiliates/friends database. Represent Program at campus, regional, and national conferences, meetings and symposia.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor degree required (Social Science, Humanities or Education preferred). Masters in Student Personnel or Higher Education or closely related field preferred. Minimum of two years experience working directly with college students. Experience in recruiting underrepresented minorities/ Native American and program development is highly desired. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, required. Applicants of Native American heritage are strongly encouraged to apply.

APPLICATIONS: Please submit a cover letter, resume, three references and a writing sample to:
Prof. Daniel Usner, Director,
American Indian Program, 450 Caldwell Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
14853. Application deadline is April 1, 2000.

American Indian Program Cornell University Student Services Associate

MAIN FUNCTIONS: Work with Associate Director of Student Services & Operations to provide student services such as recruiting, admissions, financial aid, and counseling for Native American students.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Counsel and advise students and prospective students at all levels (undergraduate, graduate and professional) on admissions, financial aid and academic policies. Assist with career development, student employment and resolving personal matters. Identify, recruit and retain Native American students for the University. Collect and maintain student data and program records. Assist in program planning and policy making. Evaluate effectiveness of University and AIP services to Native American students. Develop strong working relationships with: University and College Admissions Offices, Minority Programs, Academic Services, Financial Aid, Dean of Students, Campus Life, Cooperative Extension, Faculty, and Graduate and Professional Schools. Represent AIP at the national, regional and state levels. Serve as advisor to student groups. Work with Native American Summer College students.

QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor degree required (Social Science, Humanities or Education preferred). Masters in Student Personnel or Higher Education or closely related field preferred. Minimum of two years experience working directly with college students. Experience in recruiting underrepresented minorities/Native American and program development is highly desired. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, required. Applicants of Native American heritage are strongly encouraged to apply.

APPLICATIONS: Please submit a cover letter, resume, three references and a writing sample to:
Prof. Daniel Usner, Director, American Indian Program,
450 Caldwell Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853.

Application deadline is
April 1, 2000.

The Department of the Interior (DOI) strives to increase diversity in its workforce by providing internship opportunities. Interns work during the fall and spring semesters and summer months for bureaus and offices nationwide. The Office of Educational Partnerships in Washington, DC provides project coordination and oversight of the Program. Administration of internships is provided by four nonprofit partner organizations: Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU), Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Minority Access, Inc., and the Student Conservation Association (SCA). Since its inception in 1994, the program has been highly successful. The number of students receiving valuable training and work experience has grown from 16 in 1994 to 146 in 1998. Objectives of the Diversity Intern Program include:

  • Merge academic study with practical applications for students majoring in relevant fields and related disciplines.
  • Create a pool of talented students to explore and understand professional practices through exposure to research and development, technology, administration, and the government environment.
  • Provide professional experience for ethnically diverse students and students with disabilities that will enable them to make educated career choices.
  • Create a channel of future employees who have had positive, meaningful work experience with the federal government, and who might consider the Department of the Interior as a serious career choice.

For further information contact Carolyn Cunningham at (202) 208-3866 or

For an application contact: Barbara Cornelius
Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU)
155 Indian Avenue
Lawrence, Kansas 66046

(785) 749-8409
(785) 832-6610 fax

The Headlands program at the University of Oklahoma is looking for Native American students either in the senior year high school or freshman year of college for their eight week summer enrichment program. Headlands Indian Health Careers is an intense academic enrichment and reinforcement program consisting of mini-block courses in calculus, chemistry, physics, biology, writing and other communication skills. Courses are designed to increase the student's background and skills so he or she is better prepared for required college-level math and science course work in pre-health programs. American Indian students planning to enter health careers and presently in their senior year of high school or freshman year of college are eligible to apply. Students must have completed at least two years of algebra and a minimum of two science courses and maintained a 2.50 GPA (A=4.0). Graduation from high school must be completed, and verification of acceptance to a college will be required prior to beginning the program. For more information look at their website at

This is to request your help in getting the word out about the All-Indian Schools Reunion to be held in Sacramento on Saturday, May 6th. This reunion is for persons who have attended any Indian schools, i.e., Sherman, Stewart, Haskell, Chemawa, etc. during any period from the 1900's to the present. This reunion is a social gathering and dinner with entertainment. The cost is $30 per person and is held in the evening. Anyone who is interested, please e-mail with a name and address and we will forward information to them. Thank you.


The application deadline for the Ed.D. program in educational leadership at the University of Minnesota Duluth campus has been extended until Mid-May 2000. Informational meetings are being held throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin during the next several weeks. Applications are also still being taken for the tribal M.Ed. program to be offered through the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota. Interested persons can contact Thomas Peacock (

The Yale Native American Studies Conference Honors Felix Cohen
New Haven, Connecticut
March 31 - April 2, 2000

The third annual Yale Native American Studies conference will be held March 31 to April 2 in the auditorium at the Yale University School of Law. Organized by Jace Weaver, associate professor of American studies, religious studies and law at Yale, the conference takes up a different theme each year. This year, in honoring Felix Cohen, the founder of modern federal Indian law, the conference will focus on issues of Native American sovereignty. Lucy Cohen, Felix Cohen's widow, and her family will be in attendance as honored guests at the event.

In addition to the panel discussions and keynote addresses that form the core of the conference, the weekend's activities include a public reception and buffet supper in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; readings from his forthcoming novel by Gerald Vizenor, renowned author and professor of American Studies and Native American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley; and, on Sunday, a pow-wow, which will draw participants from tribal nations across the North American continent.

The conference will begin at 5 p.m., Friday, March 31, with introductory remarks by Weaver and a keynote address by Arthur Lazurus, who was a student of Felix Cohen at Yale Law School and later worked as his associate. A former Yale professor of law himself, Lazurus represented the Sioux Nation before the U.S. Supreme Court in its landmark effort to redress the government's appropriation of the Black Hills in 1876. He will speak on "The legacy of Felix S. Cohen in today's Native American world."

The conference will reconvene at 9:15 on Saturday morning with a panel discussion exploring Native American legal sovereignty from an historical perspective. Panelists will include Jo Carillo, Donald Grinde, Nell Newton, Mario Gonzalez and Shari Huhndorf. Alan Trachtenberg, the Neil Gray Jr.Professor of English at Yale, will moderate the discussion. Following a break for lunch, the afternoon session will open at 1:30 with a keynote address by Oren Lyons, traditional chief and faithkeeper of the Onondaga Nation of the Six Nations of the Iroquois. Saturday afternoon's session will close with a panel discussion of contemporary perspectives on political, economic and environmental sovereignty. Panelists will include Robert Warrior, Brenda Toineeta, Gerald Vizenor, Lawrence Baca, P. Sam Deloria, and Wilson Pipestem. The moderator of that discussion will be Judith Resnik, the Arthur Liman Professor of Law at the Yale School of Law.

At 4:30 Saturday evening Yale's Beinecke Library will host a reception and buffet supper for everyone attending the conference. The library, located at 121 Wall Street, is adjacent to the Yale Law School. Saturday's events will conclude with a reading by Gerald Vizenor, one of the most celebrated Native American writers, poets and essayists. Mr. Vizenor's reading will begin at 7:00 p.m.

At 9:45 on Sunday morning, Ines Hernandez-Avila, Jace Weaver, Russel Barsh, Robert Petersen and Patricia Monture-Angus will discuss issues of intellectual sovereignty. Carol Rose, the Gordon Bradford Tweedy professor of Law and Organization, will be the moderator. The final event of the weekend celebration will be a pow-wow on Sunday beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Payne Whitney Gymnasium on the Yale campus. Sponsored by the Association of Native Americans at Yale College, the pow-wow will feature a dance contest, drumming performance and authentic crafts, all in diverse Native American idioms.

The conference, including the reception and buffet supper, is open to the public without reservation. Those who plan to attend should contact George Miles at the Beinecke Library 203-432-2956 or e-mail him at:

The Yale Native American Studies Conference is sponsored by the Yale Collection of Western Americana; the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library; the Howard R. Lama Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders; and the Edwin and Dorothy Clarke-Kempf Memorial Fund. Additional funds to enable this conference were supplied by the Yale Law School, the Yale College Dean's Office, the Yale Department of Religious Studies, Yale's American Studies Program, and Yale's Program of Ethnicity, Race & Migration.

" Improving the Quality of Health Care for American Indians and Alaska Natives."
AAIP's 29th Annual Meeting
August 3-8th Tucson, AZ:

The Annual Meeting will offer a number of activities including the ever popular Women's Retreat, Medical Student Program, Gourd Dance/Pow Wow and Plenary Sessions focusing on the annual meeting theme: "Improving the Quality of Health Care for American Indians and Alaska Natives." We also will offer a high quality CME program that will include subspecialty updates for primary care physicians. This year's annual meeting will be held at the Westin La Paloma Hotel located at 3800 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, Arizona. This invitation is extended to all Indian and non-Indian physicians, physician assistants, medical students, nurses, tribal leaders, Indian organizations and other individuals interested in Indian health. For more information please contact AAIP at 405-946-7072, or see our banner on our website


The Catholic University of America provides housing for individuals who are in D.C. for educational purposes. The University is within three miles of the Capitol Building and is on the Red Line Bus Route. Visit: - OR Call 202-319-5277 OR E-mail at:


The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) of Northern Arizona University is offering the 2000 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Summer Internship Program. ITEP, in conjunction with the U.S. EPA, is supporting this internship program to provide Native American and other students with the opportunity to conduct research on actual problems in the environmental field in order to encourage their academic and career directions. Additional goals of the program are to contribute to the research efforts of government facilities working on environmental protection issues; to assist Indian tribes in addressing environmental issues; and to provide NAU with skilled student assistance. Students will have the opportunity to conduct hands-on research in the environmental field all over the country. Past internship sites have ranged from Anchorage AK, to Washington D.C. As an EPA student intern you can gain actual career experience in an environmental field while contributing to the research efforts of tribal and governmental facilities (primarily US EPA) working on environmental protection issues. If you are interested and meet the following requirements:

  • Full time student (12 hrs.- undergraduate, or 9 hrs.- graduate)
  • Satisfactory academic standing.
  • Majoring in environmental engineering, environmental science, environmental management, environmental planning/policy, criminal justice, or a related field.
  • Good communication skills word processing skills, and an interest in working with tribes

To Apply, Submit:

  • A resume with three names of references.
  • A letter of interest with current G.P.A.
  • A one page writing sample that demonstrates writing capability.

Internships will last from June through August 2000 and will cover a ten-week period. Student interns will be provided with a stipend, housing allowance, and traveling allowance to be used toward a round trip ticket. Submit your application to:

Bridgette Watson, Internship Coordinator
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
P.O. Box 15004
Flagstaff, AZ 86011-5004
For questions contact the internship coordinator at:
Tel. (520) 523-8871 Fax. (520) 523-1266 e-mail.

Apply For a Michael Jordan Grant

Michael Jordan, in conjunction with the JORDAN Brand division of Nike and the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education, awarded 201 grants to educators around the country. The program, "Jordan Fundamentals", awards grants to teachers and paraprofessionals who work with children in grade 6-12 in public schools where at least 40 percent of the children receive free or reduced price lunches.

The grant program is accepting proposals for its second year which should be submitted by May 15, 2000. Download an application and get more information at the site:

View the list of fall 1999 special education grant recipients at

Get a grant application online at: or call NFIE at 1-202-822-7840.

The National Foundation for the Improvement of Education
The Jordan Fundamentals Grant Program

Strong in Body & Spirit Program

Diabetes is a serious problem in the Native American community. The American Diabetes Association has brought together a team of Native American volunteers to develop an outreach initiative to address this challenge. Awakening the Spirit: Pathways to Diabetes Prevention & Control is the Association's targeted response to the challenge of diabetes in the Native American community.

Awakening the Spirit is proud to partner with the University of New Mexico Native American Diabetes Project and invites each tribe to participate as a group in Strong in Body and Spirit! Team Training. Strong in Body and Spirit! is a community-based, diabetes lifestyle education program designed for persons with diabetes and their families. The training dates for Western Oklahoma are April 25-27, 2000, and will be held in Oklahoma City. For more information please call Kyra Gustafson at 1-888-342-2383 ext 10.

Kyra A. Gustafson, Administrative Assistant
Western District Office, Oklahoma Area
South Central Region (405) 840-3881 ext. 10
American Diabetes Association

American Wildlands, the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, the Land and Water Fund of the Rockies, the Wyoming Outdoor Council and the Western Land Exchange Project present The Third Annual Natural Resources Laws Conference
Saving Ecosystems - Tools for Protecting Public and Private Lands

May 7-8, Strand Student Union, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

A workshop designed to bring together lawyers, activists and individuals to provide tools and strategies to address the problem of how we can maintain the health of wildland ecosystems and wildlife habitat connectivity in the face of public and private land development.

Conference Fees: Breakfast and Lunch Included Sunday and Monday

CLE Credits available for Montana (9), Idaho and Wyoming (9)

Activists: $25 Lawyer wanting CLE credit: $95

For more information and registration forms check out the website at <>
or email to

The conference runs from 8:00 a.m to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, and from 8:a.m. until after lunch on Monday. Each day consists of interactive panel discussions and strategic break-out sessions.

Panel Discussions:

The Issue: How to Maintain the Health of Wildland Ecosystems and Wildlife Habitat Connectivity in the Face of Public and Private Land Development. Speaker: Lance Craighead - Craighead Environmental Research Institute

Regulatory and Incentive Tools for Private Land Conservation and Preservation of Ecosystem Integrity. Speaker: Lee Nellis, The Sonoran Institute.

Regulatory and Incentive Tools for the Protection and Restoration of Rivers: Water Quality & Water Quantity. Speakers: Jory Ruggiero, Beck and Richardson Law Office; Matt Col'n, TU's Western Water Project; TBD

Regulatory and Incentive Tools for the Protection of Wildlife Habitat and Corridors. Speakers: Doug Honnold, Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, Debbie Deagen, Gallatin Valley Land Trust

Land Exchanges: Problems or Opportunities? Speakers: Deb Kmon, American Wildlands; Michael Scott, Greater Yellowstone Coalition; John Jolly, Grassroots Advocate Newspaper; Janine Blaeloch, Western Land Exchange Project; Debra Patla, Citizens for Teton Valley

Putting It All Together - A Case Study - Speaker: Lee Nellis, The Sonoran Institute

What's Your Problem? Ask the Experts, and They Will Team Up For A Solution! Potential Speakers: Lee Nellis, Dennis Glick, Debbie Deagen, Doug Honnold, Janine Blaeloch, Dick Dolan, TBD

Break Out Session: Applying regulatory and incentive based tools to solve public-private land protection problems. One session for each state: Idaho: Mark McGregor, Esq., LAWFund and Blain County Smart Growth Initiative. Wyoming: Steve Thomas, Greater Yellowstone Coalition. Montana: Dick Dolan, Goetz Gallik Baldwin & Dolan PC, Dennis Glick, Greater Yellowstone Coalition


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