Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
May 6, 2000 - Issue 09


CERT Summer TRIBES Program

The Tribal Resource Institute in Business Engineering and Science program (TRIBES) has secured a cadre of their phenomenal teachers to guide American Indian High School graduates into college. The bridge program focuses on reinforcing Tribal identity and sense of purpose among its student participants while giving them a "tribal" academic curriculum for which they earn college credit.

This Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT) program has significantly increased student context and self-concept as an American Indian and enhanced their readiness to achieve in college. The seven week summer program changes young people's lives in a very powerful and meaningful way.

The TRIBES program needs students!!! If you have children, siblings, nieces/nephews, relatives or friends who will be graduating from high school this summer and plan to attend college this fall, please encourage them to apply for this program
immediately. In addition to college credit, graduates of the TRIBES program become eligible for a $1000 scholarship (sent directly to students) each year for up to a $5,000 limit (even if it takes a student more than 5 years to complete college.)

An on-line application can be accessed at :
Contact: Patricia Browne at AISES ( for more information.

I am with the Office of Fossil Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. This year the office established a Minority Education Initiative that is comprised of three underrepresented groups in math, science, and engineering. One of these groups is Tribal Colleges and Universities. To this end, we are seeking Native American students who are undertaking math, science, and engineering curriculums, to participate in the program.

Students can apply on line at:

Any information you have would be appreciated. My telephone number is: 202-586-7920.

Hi Folks,

I am co-chair of the Minority Issues in Evaluation Topical Interest Group of the American Evaluation Association and I want to alert to a first-time scholarship opportunity for 3 students of color to attend the American Evaluation Association's annual meeting in Hawaii. In this note, I have included some background info on the initiative. I have also attached the final specs for the required paper proposal and application. Please encourage students to submit a proposal. More information about the
annual meeting and proposal criteria can be obtained at the association's web page:
Take good care,

Hi Minority Issues in Evaluation TIG Folks,

This is a follow-up and update on the initial mailing I sent some weeks ago notifying you of a new AEA scholarship opportunity. (For particulars, see attached mail below from AEA Board member David Chavis.) Given the feedback I have received to date, Rodney Hopson will serve as our point person for this initiative. He will work in collaboration with James Davis, our program chair, who receives all TIG proposals. I, and other interested TIG members, will join Rodney and James in the review process. We are swiftly fleshing out the specs for this paper solicitation so that *ALL* of us can start aggressively encouraging students to apply. No doubt, we each have a variety of networks that we should tap in order to broadly disseminate information re: this important opportunity.

Again, we will choose the three "best papers on building the capacity" of and expanding access for students of color in professional evaluation. Those three students will receive the AEA scholarships and present at an AEA Presidential Strand session. Note the direct relevance of this task to AEA's conference theme: Evaluation 2000: Increasing Evaluation Capacity. Based upon the introductory letter on AEA's website (, this conference "... highlights the importance of our efforts to assess the impact of social programs and cultivate self-evaluation skills and sustainable evaluation efforts. From schools to industry to non-governmental organizations to government agencies, evaluation capacity is a crucial element of our fields' future legacy."

These scholarships provide a pregnant opportunity for us to hear the voices and to harvest the wisdom and perspectives of those closest to the populations we are targeting to swell our ranks as professional evaluators. So, let us individually and collectively *WORK* this opportunity to the max: not only to identify and mentor the 3 triumphant winners but also to bring *all* applicants under a long-term mentorship umbrella for expanding and cultivating our pipeline.

Having Rodney Hopson spearhead this scholarship initiative is particularly propitious given his background research on mentorship which he presented at AEA 1999. Thanks again, Rodney, for stepping forward. Thanks also to our AEA Board representative Charles Thomas who has kept us in the loop and on target regarding this opportunity.

So, TIG members, we're in the mix and on the path! We welcome your input and collaboration as we move forward this agenda for expanding the pool of professional evaluators of color and for increasing the presence, participation and success of students of color in evaluation and evaluation-related fields. Beyond the TIG listserv and website, please share your thoughts regarding some more aggressive strategies for getting the word out to students.

Looking forward to working with you on this and other progressive initiatives that advance the mission of the Minority Issues in Evaluation TIG. The beat goes on and we aim to help shape the rhythms. We welcome your input and involvement. Let's really actively and creatively work this "scholarship incentive" opportunity to start truly expanding the pool of professional evaluators. Let's make a difference!! Peace, prosperity, justice and good spirits,

Native Women Teaching Supplement

Please read and pass this on to the UA Listserve and to others throughout Indian Country.

The Portland Title IX Indian Education Project is seeking input from Native People throughout the US in preparation for a Fall 2000 teaching supplement for Oregon teachers of grades 5-12. In conjunction with the Oregonian newspaper's education department, Portland's Title IX Project develops a 16-24 page teaching supplement (similar in size to an arts & entertainment newspaper insert) for American Indian Heritage Month in November. Teachers in Oregon and SW Washington who place their order in advance receive a free class set of the supplements which they infuse into their instruction on Native history, culture and/or contemporary life. Past supplements have focused on stereotypes, contributions, positive role models, sustainable cultures, Native artists, resources, etc. The content is determined by Title IX staff who do nearly all the research and writing. Layout, printing and distribution is done by the Oregonian in Education department.

This year's supplement will focus on American Indian Women, and will be divided into three sections:

  • 1) "Gifts of our Grandmothers" will include historical figures;
  • 2) "Native Women Today" will include local, regional, national (and possibly international) outstanding leaders and role models in the categories of education, health, science, literature, government/leadership, spiritual leaders, arts/music, cultural treasures (keepers of traditions);
  • 3) "Future Generations" will focus on contemporary Native girl's programs and outstanding local youth.

We will also include recommended lists of books, websites, museums, organizations, etc. that we'd appreciate your input on as well.

What we need are your recommendations for inclusion in this supplement. We want a broad representation throughout Indian Country as we do not have the staff time to conduct the research on our own in order to meet out timeline. Please submit the following either electronically or by snail mail by MAY 5th:

1) a short biography/autobiography only a few pages long that will be condensed into 2-3 paragraphs;
2) a good, printable photo (either color or b/w) of the subject;
3) an e-mail or mailing address plus phone number of either a contact person or the subject herself should we have questions.
4) recommended lists of books, websites, museums, organizations, etc.

Selections will be made on a first come, first served basis. Photos will be returned (which, if selected, may not be until after printing is completed in October). A copy of the supplement will be sent to the subject herself and/or contact person listed.

Please mail to:

PPS Title IX Indian Education Project
Native Women Supplement
2303 SE 28th Place
Portland, OR 97214
Phone: 503/916-6499 ; Fax: 503/916-2728

Thanks for your assistance in gathering this information. We're excited about putting together another excellent supplement for our teachers so they know what WE want them to be teaching about OUR PEOPLE.

Norrine Smokey-Smith
PPS Title IX Project Coordinator

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 (continuing education hours) for 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.

Sponsored by the Wopanaak Language Reclamation Project
and Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Saturday June 10- 11, 2000

The conference is designed to assist area tribes in the field of language reclamation. Issues such as project planning, resource gathering, community organizing, teaching tools, training, and linguistic structure of area languages will be explored.

This conference will also hold a pot luck social on June 10th at 6pm.

For further information and a registration form, please contact
Professor Suzanne Flynn and Jessie Little Doe Fermino
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 14N-305
Cambridge, MA 02139
617-253-7821 (phone)
617-258-6189 (fax)


The New York State Education Department is offering a new Summer 2000 Internship Program available from June 1 to August 30, 2000. The goal of the program is to encourage outreach to a diverse group of graduate students or graduates to participate in opportunities within various offices of the department. Participants in the program will experience challenging assignments as well as the opportunity to explore the State Education Department as a permanent career opportunity of choice.

For information about the program, please visit or call the Human Resources Management Office
at (518) 474-5215

Session runs September 4 through December 22, 2000
Application deadline,
June 23, 2000

The White House Internship Program responds to the President's call for active participation in the government by providing students with an opportunity to learn through service in the Executive Office to the President. The program is designed to challenge and reward students from around the country in a diverse and challenging professional work environment. The goal of the program is to provide an outstanding educational experience within the White House, Office of the Vice President, and Office of Policy Development. All internships are unpaid and require a time commitment of 25 hours and 3 days a week. Internships are available for credit.

Please contact the White House Intern Office at (202) 456-2742 (phone) or
202-456-5123 (fax) for an application and more information.

Or write to:
White House Internship Program
Old Executive Office Building, Room 84
Washington, DC 20502


The Agricultural Research Service is seeking an individual interested in working from 3 months up to 6 months at the National Arboretum in Washington, DC. Duties of the position vary and include but limited to plant science, agronomy, horticulture, evasive plants, and agricultural science. The position will be a GS-3/GS-7 depending upon the qualifications and education of individual selected; salary is also dependent upon individual's qualifications and education.

For information and application procedures contact Lisa Baldus, (202) 245-4553 or

October 12-15, 2000
Atlanta, Georgia
Hyatt Regency
2000 SACNAS National Conference registration is available ON-LINE. Visit our website at for program information and ON-LINE registration.

Register now and take advantage of the pre-registration (lower) rates.

Individuals who ARE NOT applying for Financial Aid are invited to use this form to register for the 2000 SACNAS National Conference including exhibiting opportunities and the 2000 SACNAS K-12 Teacher Workshops. Participants are able to renew membership dues using the same form.

Individuals who ARE applying for Financial Aid are also invited to visit our site for more information and downloadable forms.

Please contact the SACNAS office at for more information or concerns.


The EIP is a full-time, entry-level, permanent employment and career development program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This year, we plan to hire approximately twenty-five (25) EPA Interns for the Class of 2000, one will work in Region 9 San Francisco. We are looking for candidates with:

              • Leadership potential and teamwork skills
              • A commitment to a career in public service
              • Interest in environmental issues
              • Solid communication skills
              • Academic accomplishment
              • U.S. citizenship

For information about the EPA Intern Program call or send an e-mail to:
Jamie Langlie, Program Manager
Phone: 202-260-5675

Gwen Coleman, Employee Development Specialist
Phone: 202-260-2594


The International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management (IIIRM) in Denver is currently accepting resumes for several paid internships they will be offering this summer and throughout the next year. Internships are in the areas of tribal natural resource management broadly and they range from three-month summer projects to year long post-graduate placements.

Examples of research projects undertaken by IIIRM interns include: research into the environmental justice implications for tribes of the National Environmental Policy Act; the environmental justice implications of the Skull Valley Band of Goshute's Decision to accept radioactive waste. Some upcoming intern opportunities within IIIRM research projects focused on the ethical, legal, social, and cultural implications for tribes of the Human Genome project; a survey of intellectual property rights and the regulatory response of the Maori in New Zealand; and the burdens and benefits for tribes of bioremediation and other cleanup technologies at U.S. Department of Energy and other federal sites.

IIIRM is looking for highly self-directed interns (both undergrad and graduate). While IIIRM has ongoing research projects to which interns will be assigned, they also look to interns to design their particular slice of that research in accordance with their academic interests and career goals.

For further information, please contact:
Merv Tano
IIIRM President
303-377-0481 (phone) (e-mail)

Sponsor: University of Minnesota Duluth

$200 and publication for poetry
$200 and publication for fiction or creative non-fiction

Criteria: Prizes will be awarded for excellence in writing about problems, issues, or challenges facing American Indian/Alaska Native students and ways of overcoming them.

Manuscripts: Should be double spaced, typed or word-processed, include a cover page with your name, home, address, phone number, school or school address, and tribal affiliation.

DEADLINE: June 2, 2000

Send to: Thomas D. Peacock, Ed.D.
Endowed Chair of American Indian Education
University of Minnesota Duluth
132 Montague-10 University Drive
Duluth, Minnesota 55812
Phone: (218) 726-6898


The University of Toronto recognizes the need to have a focal point for academic activities related to the health and well being of First Nations Peoples. Hence, a Professorship in Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing is being created in the Department of Public Health Sciences.

The Department's educational responsibilities include: 1) graduate research MSc/PhD programs in social sciences and health, epidemiology, biostatistics, occupational and environmental health; 2) professional MHSc programs in health promotion, community health and epidemiology, occupational and environmental health; 3) residency programs in community
medicine and occupational medicine; 4) undergraduate medical teaching and 5) continuing education. The Department encompasses the Centre for Health Promotion and maintains active liaison with various research institutes and centers, community health agencies and groups, public health, professional health associations, teaching hospitals and government ministries.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent in a public health or social science discipline, with an established national and international reputation. The successful candidate will have intimate experience in working with Aboriginal People, extensive knowledge about native health and academic experience in public health education and research. Key functions of the Professorship will include:

  1. Stimulating and conducting Research on the determinants of native health, health promotion and health care services, examining both traditional and western models where appropriate.
  2. Developing and coordinating Education curricula and programs on native health at undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels in the Health Science Faculties (Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Pharmacy), Social Work and other Faculties,
  3. Raising Public Awareness and community outreach in matters of native health at local (e.g. Toronto inner city), provincial and national levels,
  4. Providing Academic Leadership for First Nations students.

To Apply: Interested, qualified individuals are requested to send in confidence, outlining their qualifications for the position including a curriculum vitae, and have three reference letters sent to: Dr. Harvey Skinner, Chair, Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, 12 Queenís Park Crescent West, Toronto, Ontario M5S1A8.

Effective Date of Appointment: July 1, 2000

Closing Date for Applications:
June 1, 2000 or when position is filled

The University of Toronto encourages applications from qualified women and men, members of visible minorities, aboriginal peoples, and persons with disabilities. The Department of Public Health Sciences is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, this advertisement is directed to
Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

Juneau, Alaska - June 25-28, 2000


Due May 20, 2000

Theme: Tribal-State Partnerships: Models of Cooperation in Government

The June 2000 NCAI Midyear Session will highlight successful models of tribal-state government cooperation and partnership. As Indian nations are more frequently exercising their powers of self-government, tribal and state governments are increasingly finding areas of mutual interest. While some areas of conflict exist, tribes and states are also discovering ways to set aside long-held jurisdictional rivalries in favor of cooperative government-to-government relationships and agreements that respect the autonomy of both governments. We hope that by highlighting examples of successful
cooperative government, NCAI's 2000 Midyear Session will enable tribes and states to share experiences and explore new avenues for improvement of governmental service for the citizens of both tribes and states.

Call for Papers: We are very interested in brief [2 - 6 p.] papers on cooperative efforts by tribes and states and would encourage tribal leaders, state government officials, legislators, as well as representatives of inter-tribal organizations and state or tribal institutions to submit papers. We are also seeking copies of agreements and other source documents. The papers and agreements will be compiled into a reference for distribution at the 2000 Midyear Session and will function as a resource for tribes and states throughout the country.

Topics: We seek contributions on any aspect of intergovernmental relations between tribes and states. Possible topics include: general governmental interaction, development of inter-governmental institutions, regulation and enforcement, taxation, land use, transportation, natural resources, cultural resources, environmental protection, justice and jurisdiction,
emergency response, police and fire protection, health care, education and welfare reform.

Joint Project with the National Conference of State Legislatures: NCAI has received support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation to undertake a joint project with the National Conference of State Legislatures to explore ways to improve
relationships between tribes and state legislatures. Exploring current models that facilitate tribal-state communication and coordination is the central focus of the grant.

To Submit Papers or Agreements: Please submit papers and/or copies of agreements by May 20, 2000, and contact us if more time is needed. Ideally, the paper would explain the background of the intergovernmental agreement or institution, and relevant agreements, statutes or source documents would be attached. We would prefer that papers identify the author, the government or organizational affiliation, and include contact information. Papers may be submitted in hard copy to NCAI, attn: Sarah Hicks, 1301 Connecticut Ave., NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20036. We would also request that document be submitted in either WordPerfect or Word and may be submitted by e-mail to

For further information, please contact NCAI at 202-466-7767 and request either
Sarah Hicks or John Dossett.

MBA graduate student for 3-4 month internship to begin May-June
Full-time, 37.5 hours/week

Work in The Environmental Careers Organization's (ECO's) national office in Boston. Develop a sustainable service model that will provide significant assistance to NPOs in the advancement of the organization's mission. Formulate a methodology to identify several major issues that create barriers and obstacles to mission fulfillment. Implement mechanisms and systems to determine needs. Quantify needs and determine potential remedies, resources to address needs and strategic partners. Project financial implications and initiate business plans. Identify specific NPO to participle in pilot. Write a business plan for ECO to form 3-5 year Partnership agreements with several regional non-profits for the purpose of managing environmental
internship programs of interest and value to both. Hold discussions, conduct surveys and interviews, brainstorm and negotiate to launch mutually-advantageous projects or programs. Possibly expand program to include non-profits outside New England. Guidance of two non-profit consultants available throughout course of internship.

Competitive hourly pay, basic health-dental plan available.

Forward resume with cover letter to:
Environmental Careers Organization
179 South Street
Boston MA 02111
Attn: NPPA

617-423-0998 (fax)
Attn: NPPA (e-mail)
For further information, see


MBA graduate student for 3-4 month internship to begin May-June Full-time, 37.5 hours/week. Work in The Environmental Careers Organization's (ECO's) national office in Boston. Determine a service-delivery structure that will link ECO's core competencies; existing and potential relationships with NPOs, small businesses, and state and local government agencies; established funding relationships; and network of environmental professionals with clients' human resource needs. Study and evaluate local and national organizations that are focused on addressing this issue. Determine gaps in service and opportunities for directed community involvement for retirees. Create a service model that will speak to these opportunities. Propose to ECO's Board of Directors initiatives that will position ECO as a leader in this service concept.

As a basis for a fundraising campaign to start the program in 2001, research and write a business plan to reallocate the experience, wisdom, networks and intellectual capital of retiring senior environmental leaders to short, part-time positions with non-profit organizations, state and local government and small businesses. Build upon experience base and network of a recent, successful ECO program. Help ECO become a resource to enable current environmental managers, professionals and leaders to continue their careers in a way that is satisfactory and beneficial to all parties.

Competitive hourly pay, basic health-dental plan available.

Forward resume with cover letter to:
Environmental Careers Organization
179 South Street
Boston MA 02111
Attn: RMPA

617-423-0998 (fax)
Attn: RMPA (e-mail)
Attn: RMPA

For more information, see


GSA has embarked on a national project titled World Class Workforce that has a mission of establishing a workforce with talents, attributes and competencies to deliver its products and services at a world class level. One part of this initiative is to establish a GSA-wide recruiting campaign targeted to fill entry-level positions. In anticipation of the retirement of approximately one third of our workforce within the next 5-10 years, we found it necessary to start recruiting for entry-level employees to replenish our existing workforce. The Great Lakes Region has identified approximately 30 positions within all three services that are available to fill at the entry level. Some of the positions available are PBS Intern, Contract Specialist, Marketing and Publications Specialist, Telecommunications Specialist, Computer Specialist, etc. We are looking for recent college graduates or students who will be graduating shortly who possess the following characteristics: enthusiasm, self-motivation, self-manageable, positive attitude, honesty, integrity, strong communication skills, and continuous learner. In order to qualify, candidates must have obtained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.45 on a 4.0 scale based on all undergraduate coursework completed or they must have graduated in the upper 10% of the university class or major
subdivision e.g. College of Liberal Arts, School of Business.

If you know of any people who match this criteria, please have them send a copy of their resume and a copy of all transcripts from all schools attended. Resumes and transcripts can be sent to:

Luz Haro
230 South Dearborn
Office of Human Resources, Room 3730
Phone: (312) 353-5571
Fax: (312) 886-3920

Wind River Reservation, Wyoming
Position Start Date June 30, 2000

Founded in 1997, Native Vision is a national non-profit American Indian youth development program that is operated by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. The mission of Native Vision is to improve the health and well being of young people on reservations through consistent, sustainable and replicable initiatives. Native Vision's Wind River
Reservation site is located in Fort Washakie, Wyoming and serves the youth of the Northern Arapahoe Tribe and Eastern Shoshone Tribe through three specific initiatives. The Healthy Bodies Initiative provides fitness, nutrition and diabetes prevention activities; the Healthy Minds Initiative promotes school completion through school-based research and youth media campaigns; and, the Health Families Initiative promotes family strengthening through parenting activities and community mobilization efforts.

Three VISTA positions are available at Native Vision's Wind River site. Each VISTA will work closely with Johns Hopkins University faculty members and local staff members in one of the three initiative areas.

  • The Healthy Bodies VISTA will facilitate the expansion of an existing after-school fitness program to new schools and age groups across the reservation. He/she will also facilitate the launch of year-round youth sports leagues in reservation communities.
  • The Healthy Minds VISTA will facilitate the continuation of a youth-produced TV, radio and print campaign to promote parental involvement in the lives of children. He/she will also help research solutions to the stigmatizing of academic success that is prevalent among reservation students.
  • The Healthy Families VISTA will facilitate the creation of a grassroots Parent Coalition made up of Shoshone and Arapaho parents and grandparents. He/she will help organize leadership, establish regular meetings, develop mission statement and program family strengthening activities.

Volunteers will need their own vehicle. Native Vision will assist in finding housing.

Contact: Todd Beane
Native Vision Field Director
PO Box 1494
Carnelian Bay, CA 96140
(530) 581-5792

The 3rd Annual Strawberry Music Festival
July 1-2, 2000

Native music lover's paradise:

This year's festival promises two days and one night of the best Native, World beat, Grassroots, Blues, Rock, R & B, Country music and
Mohawk Traditional Drum beat.
On one big outdoor stage, along the beautiful banks of the St Lawrence River.
Native arts and crafts, great food, great folks, pow-wow dancing and round dance & dance to the beat of the bands.
No competition dancing, just a grand old good time home coming fun dancing. Bring a lawn chair or blanket

Gates Open at 9 am Saturday July 1st
Music starts at 1:00 pm
Opening ceremony at 12 pm, Close at 12 am Saturday, 12 pm to 6 pm Sunday.

Featuring artists: Log on and find out more about the entertainers
• Ulali • Keith Secola and The Wild Band of Indian
• Gypsy Red • December Wind • Eric Voice • T J Jackson and Native Pride
• Jimmy Wolff • Crosswinds • Buffalo Hearts • Joseph Fire Crow, Jr,
• The River Mohawk Band • The Howard Lyons band (Sunday only)
•The Akwesasne and Border Country Cloggers(Dance Group) (Sunday only) • and more

Grants to Aid Native Veterans

Approximately $ 450,000 is available from the U.S. Department of Labor to pay for employment and training programs for Native American veterans, Secretary of Labor Alexis M. Herman announced Friday. The department's Veterans' Employment and Training Service (VETS) is soliciting grant applications from state and local public agencies, private industry councils and other nonprofit organizations to provide job-search and counseling assistance, remedial education, classroom and on-the-job training programs and job-placement services for Native American veterans.

VETS will accept applications for 30 days. The grants, which will be evaluated and awarded on a competitive basis, will be issued on or before June 1 and run for one year. VETS anticipates awarding three grants, and no single grant will exceed $150,000.

Information about applying for the grants can be found on the VETS Web site at, or at (202) 693-4745.

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