Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
April 22, 2000 - Issue 08

by Vicki from various sources

Futures for Children
Community Educator

Exceptional skills in training and facilitating community groups' teamwork and project development. Excellent communication skills and creative problem solving initiative. Successful community development and organizing experience, preferably with one of the American Indian tribes of the Southwest. Experience in computer word processing. Qualified candidates must have a BA/BS in Adult Education or related field with 5 years training and community development/organizing experience or nine years of experience in lieu of a degree. Full time position based in Albuquerque. Extensive travel required. Salary range $25,000-$33,000. Send resume/cover letter to:

Futures for Children, 9600 Tennyson St NE, Alb., NM 87122 or fax
505-821-4141. Attn Laura Horochowski. No phone calls, please. Deadline:
5:00 PM, May 1, 2000.


Educational Talent Search is a federal TRIO program of Colorado State University that assists middle and high school students from first generation and low-income backgrounds to develop the skills and motivation necessary to complete secondary school and enter post-secondary education programs.

Colorado State University is in Fort Collins, a city of 100,000, which is 65 miles north of Denver. The city offers a unique blend of metropolitan advantages and small town friendliness. Located at the western edge of the Great Plains and at the eastern base of the Rocky Mountain foothills, Fort Collins with its ideal climate provides easy access to numerous outdoor

Qualifications: bachelors degree required; three years' experience with educational opportunity and/or TRIO programs; one year experience supervising professional full-time staff; three years' experience counseling students, interacting with secondary and post-secondary institutions, and documenting and reporting participant progress and accomplishments; demonstrated commitment and experience working with underrepresented, ethnically diverse and disadvantaged individual; strong communication skills, including writing, speaking, and use of computer applications; available personal transportation and willingness to travel frequently within the target area; bilingual ability desirable (English/Spanish).

Responsibilities include: Administer the travel, insurance, and purchasing functions of the program, and provide assistance
in the development and administration of the budget; supervise program counselors; provide leadership in developing academic workshop curriculum, student events and trips, and summer residential programs; monitor progress toward
accomplishment of program objectives; compile data and write reports; recruit and counsel participants; present workshops; maintain records; among others.

Starting salary: approximately $31,000 for full-time position.

Application materials must be received by 5:00 pm on May 1, 2000. Send letter of application, resume, and names, addresses and telephone numbers of three references to:

Search Committee Chair, Center for Educational Access and Outreach, 304
Student Services, Colorado State University, Fort
Collins, CO 80523. Call for complete position announcement.
Phone:970/491-6473; FAX: 970/491-1077. An Equal Opportunity Employer.


Full Time, entry-level. Boston office of national non-profit. Recruit & refer college students & grads for short-term, paid environmental internships. Serve interns & project advisors during internships. BA/BS required. Service- & results-oriented; excellent communication & interpersonal skills; organized, flexible, self-motivated, able to work both independently and as team player. Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Access & Net. Recruitment experience preferred. Competitive salary,
excellent benefits. Resume & cover with salary requirements (state job & how you heard of position) to:

Environmental Careers Organization,
179 South Street, Boston MA 02111, Attn IPC;
or fax to 617-423-0998; or email

EOE. We strive for a workforce as diverse as the environment we serve.
Environmental Careers Organization
179 South Street, Boston

Closest T stops:
Red line (South Station, Downtown Crossing)
Green line (Park Street, Boylston Street)
Orange line (Downtown Crossing, Chinatown or Tufts New England Medical Center)

Tel (617) 426-4375
Fax 617-423-0998


The Environmental Careers Organization is an educational, training and leadership development organization dedicated to building leadership capacity in the environmental field. We accomplish this through the placement of recent college graduates, graduate students and mid-career professionals in paid environmental internships and fellowships; our annual National Environmental Career Conference; our Web site and our publications and seminars. An integral part of this organization is our Diversity Initiative, which addresses the critical need to increase multicultural diversity in the environmental field by promoting career opportunities among traditionally underrepresented groups.

MISSION: ECO protects and enhances the environment through the development of diverse leaders, the promotion of environmental careers, and the inspiration of individual action.

The Mental Health of Indigenous Peoples

May 29 - 31, 2000
Institute of Community & Family Psychiatry
4333 Cote Ste Catherine Road, Montreal, Canada H3T 1E4

Around the world, indigenous peoples have experienced rapid culture change, marginalization and absorption into a global economy with little regard for their autonomy. Cultural discontinuity has been linked to high rates of depression, alcoholism, suicide, and violence in many communities, with the most dramatic impact on youth. Despite these challenges, many communities have done well. This meeting will bring together experts from Canada and other countries to discuss the value of the perspectives of social and cultural psychiatry for understanding the factors that promote mental health or lead to psychological distress in indigenous populations and communities.

This three day seminar will be of interest to researchers, health professionals and planners engaged in mental health promotion and intervention for First Nations and Inuit communities of Canada and other indigenous peoples. An international faculty will address a wide range of issues including:

        • social origins of and responses to distress
        • transformations of identity and community
        • models for collaborative research, mental health services & health promotion

Guest Faculty to Include:

  • Naomi Adelson, Ph.D. York University, author of Being Alive Well: Health and the Politics of Cree Well-Being.

  • Louis-Jacques Dorais, Ph.D., University of Laval, Editor-in-chief of ätudes/Inuit/Studies, author of Quaqtaq: Modernity and Identity in an Inuit Community.

  • Ernest Hunter, M.D., Professor of Public Health, University of Queensland.

  • Joseph Kaufert, Ph.D. Depts. of Community Health Sciences & Anthropology, University of Manitoba.

  • Jane McKendrick, M.D. Director, Resource Unit for Indigenous Mental Health Education & Research, University of Melbourne.

  • John O'Neil, Ph.D., Professor & Director, Northern Health Unit, University of Manitoba.

  • Theresa D. O'Nell, Ph.D., University of Oregon, author of Disciplined Hearts: History, Identity, and Depression in an American Indian Community.

  • Gail Guthrie Valaskakis, Ph.D., Director of Research, Aboriginal Healing Foundation, Ottawa.

  • James B. Waldram, Ph.D., Professor & Head, Native Studies, University of Saskatchewan, author of The Way of the Pipe: Aboriginal Spirituality and Symbolic Healing in Canadian Prisons, and Aboriginal Health in Canada: Historical, Cultural and Epidemiological Perspectives.

  • Cornelia Wieman, M.D., Department of Psychiatry, McMaster University, Chair of the Native Mental Health Section of the Canadian Psychiatric Association.

  • T. Kue Young, M.D., Ph.D., Professor & Head, Dept. Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba, author The Health of Native Americans: Towards a Biocultural Epidemiology; The Circumpolar Inuit: Health of a Population in Transition.

For more information, visit our web page at

Gregory M. Brass
Coordinator, Native Mental Health Research Team
Culture and Mental Health Research Unit
Sir Mortimer B. Davis - Jewish General Hospital
4333 Cote Ste-Catherine Rd
Montreal Quebec H3T 1El4
514 340-8222 x 5246
Fax 340-7503


SUBJECT: National Indian School-to-Work Conference

The Third Annual American Indian and Alaska Native School-to-Work Conference
will be held at Seattle's Westin Hotel from
May 14-17, 2000. The conference
registration website is online at

This year's theme is "The Promise of Indian Youth," and confirmed keynotes
include Wilma Mankiller, the former Chief of the Cherokee Nation and
Stephanie Powers, the Director of the National School-to-Work Opportunities Office.

The conference will be infused with many cultural and spiritual elements unique to Indian people. Native American elders will share their vision for tomorrow's leaders, and we will honor American Indian veterans with a color guard opening the first full day of interactive and informative sessions. Evening activities include a traditional Indian salmon dinner and cultural
celebration at Tillicum Village and a Seattle Mariners game at SAFECO Field. The conference hopes to attract over 250 teachers and job training staff from Indian programs across the country, both on and off the reservation.

The registration fee includes an opening night reception, breakfast and lunch on Monday and Tuesday, and the Tillicum Village traditional Indian salmon bake.

Northwest Indian College will provide clock hours service (continuing education credits) to participants at no cost.

Hotel arrangements must be made separately. For further information on the conference hotel, contact the Westin Hotel, Seattle, directly at (206)727-5888

Contact: Lori Solomon at IPAR, (510) 450-2555 or
Eric Steiner, US Department of Labor, (206) 553-5642, Ext. 8025.

3rd Annual National Native American Youth Initiative
June 17 - 25, 2000, Washington, D.C.

The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) offers a Health, Biomedical Research, and Policy Development program for Native American high school students between the ages of 16 through 18 years old.

The National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI) program is an intense academic enrichment and reinforcement program consisting of mini-block courses teaching leadership, communication, study and testing skills plus assertiveness, networking and professional behavior, interactive learning and time management. Courses are designed to increase the student's background and skills so he/she is better prepared to remain in the academic pipeline and pursue a career in the health professions and/or biomedical research. It is the goal of AAIP to prpare these students for admission to college and professional school, and empower them to utilize these skills.

Native American high school students planning to enter the health professions between the ages of 16 through 18 years old are eligible to apply.

Selected scholars will receive all expenses paid. Each participant will be provided with room, board, and travel during the week-long program.

Applications are available on the AAIP web site at Only a limited number of students will
be accepted, therefore early application is encouraged. Deadline is
May 5, 2000. For further information please contact AAIP at (405) 946-7072.

Lancer Stephens M.S. (Wichita/Creek)
HCOP Program Coordinator
Association of American Indian Physicians
1235 Sovereign Row, Suite C9
Oklahoma City, OK 73108
Tel: 405-946-7072
Fax: 405-946-7651

The Journal of American Indian Education is available online at

It is full text.

Graduate Scholarships

Sprint and the National Conference of State Legislators Women's Network

They are awarding four $2500 scholarships. The requirements are as follows:

  • 3.5 GPA in undergraduate study
  • eligible to students entering graduate school for the first time in Fall 2000
  • graduate field of study must be in Public Policy, Political Science, Public Administration or related

Award Basis:

  • scholastic achievement
  • written statement by applicant
  • 2-page policy paper
  • community/school involvement
  • 2 letters of recommendation

To request an application call Sprint Corporation at 800-796-3464.
The deadline to request an application is
June 9, 2000. Completed applications are due June 20, 2000.

Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions


The Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions, now in its 40th year, is a program developed for high school guidance counselors and college admissions personnel that is held at Harvard annually. The next Institute will take place on June 25-June 30, 2000. A national faculty of leaders in the fields of education and admissions will work with participants in more than 40 sessions that focus on assisting students with the college application process. The cost of the program is $1,000 and includes tuition, room, and board. To request an application, call (617) 495-1531 and leave your name, title, telephone number, and mailing address on the voicemail system; a brochure will be mailed to you (please mention that you read about the program from HUNAP opportunities list-serve). Tuition assistance may be available.

University of Victoria
Assistant or Associate Professor

A tenure-track position is available at the Assistant or Associate Professor level effective January 1, 2001. The School of Child and Youth Care (SCYC) provides an applied baccalaureate degree (BA) to on campus and distance education students, a distance cohort-based Master of Arts in Child and Youth Care, a graduate degree in policy and practice (MA) through the Faculty of Human and Social Development multidisciplinary graduate program, and Ph.D. degrees by special arrangement. Through its First Nations Partnership Programs, SCYC also offers a Diploma in Child and Youth Care for students who successfully complete Aboriginal, Child and Youth Care community-based coursework.

The undergraduate degree prepares students to work with children, youth and their families in a wide range of practice settings (e.g. child welfare, child protection, early childhood care and education, residential care, infant development, family support, parent education, juvenile justice, hospital-based child life, recreation, school-based child, youth and family counseling, community mental health). Graduate degrees provide students with preparation to work as advanced practitioners and leaders in various organizations and community agencies, government departments and ministries, and as researchers, trainers, administrators and educators. Diploma graduates work effectively in child day care settings and also apply their skills and knowledge to a number of other child and youth care practice settings.

Applications are invited at either the Assistant or Associate level. The position is tenure-track, but applicants in mid-career may be considered for tenure upon hiring. Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in child and youth care focused, clinical and/or applied human developmental practice. Expertise in early intervention will also be an asset. The successful candidate must also be committed to excellence in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels and to the development of an active program of research in the child and youth care field. A Ph.D. is preferred.

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, however; others are
invited and encouraged to apply and will become eligible if no appointment is made after a Canadian search is completed.

Applicants should send curriculum vitae and the name of three referees by
April 30, 2000, to:

Dr. Sibylle Artz,
Director, School of Child and Youth Care,
University of Victoria,
P.O. Box 1700,
Victoria, BC, Canada V8W 2Y2,
Ph: 250 721-6472, Fax: 250 721-7218,

The University of Victoria is an employment equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities and aboriginal persons.

Please post or distribute to any interested candidates:

The Department of Psychology at THE UNIVERSITY OF MONTANA-Missoula seeks an assistant professor in the area of Clinical Psychology with expertise in rural Native American issues. This tenure-track position will start August 30, 2000. Responsibilities include coordinating with tribal colleges' programs to train and recruit Native American students interested in careers in psychology, teaching clinical psychology courses, conducting research, and mentoring Native American students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applicants should have knowledge and interest in Native American populations and a commitment to work with tribal colleges and mental health entities to improve the training of future Native American psychologists.

Interested applicants should submit vita, graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to:

Search Committee,
Department of Psychology,
The University of Montana,
Missoula, MT 59812-1584.
Telephone (406) 243-4521.

Review of completed applications will begin immediately, and continue until the position is filled.

The Psychology Department's clinical program is APA-accredited.

The University of Montana is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, Vietnam era veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Dartmouth Powwow
Mothers' Day Weekend May, 13 - 14th, 2000
Location: The Green, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
(Rain Location - Thompson Arena)

Dance contests for:
Adult Men's Grass
Fancy and Traditional Adult Women's Jingle
Junior Girls and Boys Categories and Tiny Tot exhibitions as well.

For More information and info for vendors, please contact the Native American Program at (603) 646-2110 or e-mail

HANOVER, N.H. ó The 28th Anniversary Dartmouth Pow-Wow will take place on Saturday, May 13 and Sunday, May 14 on the Green in Hanover, New Hampshire (rain location: Thompson Arena). Each spring this event attracts between 1,000 and 1,500 participants from the United States and Canada, representing more than 40 Native American tribes.

The Native Americans at Dartmouth (NAD), a student organization, is organizing and hosting the event with co-sponsorship from more than 30 Dartmouth College and outside organizations.

The Pow-Wow consists of dance and drum competitions. The dance competitions include menís and womenís fancy and traditional dances, menís grassdance, womenís jingle, junior boys' and girls' dances, and tiny tots. The drum competition is opened to all Pow-Wow drum groups in attendance, excluding the host drum.

At noon on Saturday and Sunday, the Grand Entry will feature all competing dancers and drum groups. Street vendors near the Green will sell Native arts and crafts, as well as Native foods, including Indian tacos made with fry bread.

There will be free admission to the Pow-Wow. Saturday evening features a community dinner that is also free and open to the public. For more information, call Native Americans at Dartmouth at (603) 646-3792.

What is the ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools (CRESS)?

It is the component of the ERIC system that is responsible for information about the following areas of interest:

-American Indian & Alaska Native education
-Mexican American education
-Migrant education
-Outdoor and Experiential education
-Rural education
-Small schools

What does ERIC/CRESS do?

Within its scope, ERIC/CRESS:

      • Acquires and screens (for timeliness, usefulness, clarity, and richness of content) education-related materials such as journal articles, reports, curriculum materials, and conference papers.
      • Writes detailed descriptions of the selected materials and feeds these descriptions into the computer-searchable bibliographic database.
      • Answers requests for information.
      • Maintains a Web site, making hundreds of resources available in downloadable form.
      • Develops and disseminates free publications, low-cost publications, and a free newsletter.
      • Conducts workshops.

You can subscribe to our free newsletter in several ways. On the Web at or send a request by mail to P.O. Box 1348, Charleston, WV 25325-1348 or by calling 1-800-624-9120 (ask for the ERIC Clearinghouse) or fax at 304-347-0467. They can also email the request to

New England Board of Higher Education's (NEBHE's)
Annual Science, Engineering and Mathematics Support Network Meeting at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Date: Saturday, October 14, 2000
Time: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm

African-American, Hispanic, Native-American, and Southeast Asian students (high school, two-year and four-year college, and graduated levels) interested in science, math or engineering (need not be high academic achievers) will receive advice and encouragement from Network advisors who are professional scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. Students also
connect with a variety of peers, 300-400 students of color are anticipated.

Registration: Students must complete a two-page registration form and mail or fax it to NEBHE by April 28.

New England Board of Higher Education
45 Temple Place
Boston, MA 02111
Any questions, please contact Jeanne Washington
Tel: (617)357-9620 ext.135
Fax: (617)338-1577

MEd and EdD tribal cohorts

The application deadline for the EdD program in educational leadership 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 MEd program to be offered through the Duluth campus of the University of Minnesota.
Interested persons can contact Thomas Peacock ( or 218-726-6898 or 1-800-232-1339

American Indian Learning Resource Center
209 Bohannon Hall
University of Minnesota Duluth
MN 55812
(218) 726 - 6976
fax 726 - 6370
1-800-232- 1339


The Association of American Indian Physicians will conduct a workshop on cross cultural medicine designed to provide physicians, medical students, faculty, minority program staff and counselors, and other health care professionals with a greater understanding of Western and Traditional medicine. Objectives: Participants will be able to- identify strategies to
improve communication between American Indian and Alaska Native patients and health professionals; Describe current health issues affecting Indian communities in both reservation and urban settings. compare and contract Western and Traditional Medicine view of health, and improved understanding of the role of traditional healers.

Workshop Location: The workshop will be held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Workshop Cost: The registration fee for attending the conference is $350.00 per person. The fee covers all workshop sessions, handouts, resource materials, and refreshment breaks. Lodging, meals, and travel will be on your own. There are a limited number of spaces, so please register early by contacting AAIP.



" Improving the Quality of Health Care for American Indians and Alaska Natives"

The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) 29th Annual Meeting and National Health Conference will be held August 3-8 in Tucson, AZ.

The AAIP invites everyone interested in learning more about improving the health of American Indian people to attend and participate in this conference including Indian and non-Indian physicians, physician assistants, nurses, residents, medical students, tribal leaders, health care administrators, and Indian community members. The Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS) will also meet at this time.


1235 Sovereign Row, C-9
OKC, OK 73108


There are many executive education programs offered at Harvard University. Below are we have listed contact information. You can also access general information on Professional Development and Executive Education Programs at

Harvard Business School
Executive Education
Soldiers Field - Glass Hall, Boston, MA 02163-9986
Phone (within U.S.): (800) HBS-5577
Phone (outside U.S.): (617) 495-6555
Fax: (617) 495-6999

Harvard Graduate School of Design
Professional Development
48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 495-1680
Fax: (617) 496-0154

Harvard Graduate School of Education
Programs in Professional Education
339 Gutman Library, 6 Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (within U.S.): (800) 545-1849
Phone: (outside U.S.): (617) 495-3572
Fax: (617) 496-8051

John F. Kennedy School of Government
Executive Education Programs
79 JFK Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 496-0484 x4005
Fax: (617) 495-3090

Harvard Law School
The Program of Instruction for Lawyers, Harvard Law School
Amy E. Smith, Associate Director
Pound Hall, Room 207, 1563 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: (617) 495-3187
Fax: (617) 496-2869

Harvard Medical School
Harvard Medical School Department of Continuing Education
641 Huntington Avenue, First Floor, Boston, MA 02115
Phone: (617) 432-1525
Fax: (617) 432-1562

Harvard School of Public Health
Center for Continuing Professional Education
677 Huntington Avenue, LL-23, Boston, MA 02115-6096
Phone: (617) 432-1171
Fax: (617) 432-1969

Job Announcement
Title: Assessment Coordinator

Duration: 8 months, ¾ time to full-time, mid-May to January 15, 2001

Salary: Full-time equivalent in salary range is $26,000 to $28,000
depending on experience.

Organization: Indigenous Environmental Network

Background: The assessment project is a combination of two assessment initiatives under the Progressive Technology Project and the Environmental Justice Fund EJ Network Strategic Self-Assessment. IEN and other Native affiliated organizations will be part of this initiative.

Brief Job Description: The person hired will coordinate all assessment activities under this initiative. The coordinator will develop an assessment tool and work plan that meets the goals and objectives of both assessment initiatives. The person will coordinate all communication and meetings with core IEN organizations participating with the project. The coordinator will interpret the results of the assessment and develop a report and strategic plan for meeting the technical and organizational needs of the organization participants.

Qualifications: Applicants must be able to demonstrate experience, education, training and capability to immediately start coordinating all assessment activities as of May 30, 2000. Applicants must be able to demonstrate expert knowledge and experience with North American Indigenous Peoples of diverse cultural, social and spiritual ways. Knowledge and experience with Native-based organization analysis, assessment and organization development is preferred. The person must be able to perform the majority of their job duties and responsibilities out of their residence. The applicant must be able to travel. Experience with computers and Windows 95-2000, Microsoft Word, Lotus1-2-3 and Internet is required.

Posted via electronic list serves only.

Applicants are requested to apply only through electronic mail to: <>
Include cover letter, updated resume and at least (4) references. Attachments must be Word Document compatible.
Questions can be forwarded to: <>

Closing date to apply via electronic mail is:
May 15, 2000, 24:00 hrs.
Indigenous Environmental Network
P.O. Box 485
Bemidji, Minnesota 56619-0485 USA
Phone (218) 751-4967
Fax (218) 751-0561
Internet Web Site:

"An alliance of Indigenous Peoples empowering Indigenous communities towards sustainable livelihoods, environmental protection of our lands, water, air and maintaining the sacred Fire of our traditions."

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