Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
June 3, 2000-Issue 11

by Vicki from various sources

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
***Scholarships and Awards***

Name: A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship
American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Deadline: June 15, 2000
$1,000/Under-graduate per academic year
$2,000/Graduate per academic year


  1. Is a current member of AISES
  2. a. Will be a full-time undergraduate student (12hrs. per semester) at an accredited four year college/university. b. Or will be a full-time graduate student (9 hrs. per semester) at a accredited four year college/university. c. Or will be a full-time student at a two year college enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree.
  3. Will be majoring in a math based discipline: math, physical science, engineering, medicine, science, or natural resources.
  4. Is a member of an American Indian tribe or otherwise considered to be an American Indian by the tribe with which affiliation is claimed or is at least 1/4 American Indian blood or is at least 1/4 Alaskan Native or considered to be an Alaskan Native by an Alaskan Native group by which affiliation is claimed.
  5. Has a 2.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA).

Download application at:
or contact the American Indian Science and Engineering Society at:
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 9828, Albuquerque, NM 87119-9828
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 2201 Buena Vista S.E. Suite 301, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: (505) 765-1052
Fax: (505) 765-5608

EPA Tribal Lands Environmental Science Scholarship
American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Deadline: June 15, 2000
$4,000/per academic year


  1. Will be a full-time Junior, Senior, or Graduate student this upcoming academic year at an accredited institution.
  2. Is majoring in an environmentally related discipline: biology, biochemistry, chemical engineering, chemistry, entomology, environmental science, hydrology and related disciplines.
  3. Is a member of an American Indian tribe or otherwise considered to be an American Indian by the tribe with which affiliation is claimed or is at least 1/4 American Indian blood or is at least 1/4 Alaskan Native or considered to be an Alaskan Native by an Alaskan Native group by which affiliation is claimed.
  4. Has a 2.5 or higher grade point average (GPA).

Download application at:
or contact the American Indian Science and Engineering Society at:
MAILING ADDRESS: PO Box 9828, Albuquerque, NM 87119-9828
PHYSICAL ADDRESS: 2201 Buena Vista S.E. Suite 301, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: (505) 765-1052
Fax: (505) 765-5608


OCTOBER 14-15, 2000

The California Indian Conference is an annual gathering for the exchange of views and information among academics, American Indians, students, and other community members. Any topic reflecting humanistic, scientific, social, literary, or historical concern with California Indian people and their heritage is welcome. Past topics have included literatures, storytelling, poetry, education, basketry, linguistics, anthropology, archeology, law, repatriation, history, casinos, Hollywood, tribal recognition, song and dance, and social and political issues. Anyone interested in giving a paper or making a presentation should send an abstract of 150 words to Dr. LaMay at the address below by September 1, 2000. Abstracts received after this date will be considered only if space is available on the program. Please be sure to include an address, e-mail address, and phone number and state if you are available both days. Inquiries are welcome as well. Selected papers may be considered for later publication in several journals.

Admission to the conference will be $30.00 for all persons attending. Special conference airfare, rental car, hotel rates and other benefits available. Conference travel information (Special discounts on air fare, hotels, and rental cars) available at

Submit abstracts to:

Dr. LaMay, Department of English
5885 Haven Avenue
Rancho Cucamonga CA 91737-2783
909-941-2162 (message)

Selected papers will be published by Studies in American Indian Literatures (S.A.I.L), News from Native California, Tribal College, and American Indian Culture and Research Journal.

Click on News for the latest on the conference as well as the links listed below: Conference Committee


JOB # 00-04-76



The Office of Student Development and Community Service announces a new opportunity within our campus community and encourages those with directly related and/or transferable skills to apply. The Native American Resource Center will provide a central resource for our students, building a community that supports awareness, advocacy and the development of programs fostering leadership, scholarship, and social responsibility. The new director will join our congenial, committed team of eight student support service directors working in partnership with students to meet the goals and objectives of the Student Affairs Division. We offer an excellent benefits package including medical/dental/vision care, tax deferred savings and a retirement program

SUMMARY OF DUTIES: Under the supervision of the Executive Director for Student Development and Community Services, the selected candidate will develop, implement, and supervise all Center programs and activities; be responsible for the formulation and implementation of short and long-term goals and objectives established for the Center; and administer/staff the Centerís routine activities on a daily basis. The Director will work in close partnership with other UCSC Resource Center Directors, college staff, academic groups, and student organizations as appropriate.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Program Development: develop/implement a variety of mentoring and issue-specific support group programs; establish open hours for the Center; develop/implement a variety of orientation activities. Advising: serve as a advisor, assisting students with personal, academic, and career concerns; assist students in developing/writing effective funding proposals; provide mediation/conflict resolution; publish a reoccurring newsletter. Administration: develop annual goals/objectives; responsible for recruiting, selecting and supervising casual support staff and student employees; responsible for managing budgets; develop and maintain resource library. Academic Support: support and offer academic programming as appropriate; provide opportunities/resource materials for faculty and students; provide space for informal/formal study groups and student research clusters. Recruitment and Retention: develop/update and publish results of a needs-assessment and analysis of issue affecting the retention/matriculation of students; identify/promote existing retention-enhancing services; develop and/or advocate for the development of new services as needed.

QUALIFICATIONS INCLUDE (with or without accommodation): experience in working with diverse communities; substantial experience in project organization and implementation; demonstrated experience in budget management, successful administrative planning, program development, and creative problem solving skills; experience in supervising professional and student staff; excellent interpersonal, public relations, team and consensus building, facilitation, and public speaking skills; excellent counseling and advising skills; excellent writing skills and the ability to prepare program evaluation, annual reports, and a variety of other publications; familiarity with university-level American Indian educational issues, community resources, and organization; knowledge of access and equity issues for educationally disadvantaged groups in California; knowledge sufficient to use computers for electronic mail, basic web site development and maintenance, word processing, desktop publishing, and data base development. The abilities to: work well in a multi-cultural and multi-disciplinary environment; maturity and good judgment, especially in confidential, sensitive, and/or crisis situations; demonstrate sensitivity to cross-cultural, gender, race, and sexual orientation issues and implementations of programs to meet diverse needs; assess student needs and evelop/implement programs that address these needs; demonstrate tact and diplomacy when working with a broad spectrum of students, student groups, faculty, administrative staff, and community persons; create an environment that supports working effectively with diverse groups of people and where difficult, sensitive and confidential situations are handled tactfully and according to university policy and procedures.

Preferred Qualifications: Master's degree in Counseling, Education, Student Development, Native American Studies, or related field; experience working with university, community, regional and national Native American organizations and programs; familiarity with issues of American Indian retention.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: Selected candidate must have the ability to work evenings and weekends, as needed.

To ensure full consideration, include a salary history with your application materials.

This position is eligible for full benefits.

Application materials must reflect a job number and be received in the Staff Human Resources Office by 5 PM on the final filing date. Please call (831) 459-2011 for further information and/or to request disability accommodation. All current job listings are available via the 24-hour Job Hot Line (831) 459-2011 or via the Internet ( The TDD number is (831) 459-5011.


Requisition #: 105197
Job Code: 8261
Job Title: Student Support Services Associate
Job Code Pay Range: $ 13.95 -$ 23.38 /Hour
Position Starting Pay: $13.95 per hour minimum
Hours Per Week: 40.00
Working Schedule: M-F, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
12 month temporary appointment

Applications Accepted Thru: 07/14/2000

Master's degree and at least one year of relevant experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

(1) Knowledge of and experience with American Indian programs and Tribes relative to Indian health.

(2) Knowledge of and experience within a university system; including counseling and records management.

(3) Experience with Macintosh computers, specifically Microsoft Word, Filemaker Pro, BASIS. Provide counseling and guidance services to students which may include K-12, undergraduate, graduate, professional schools. (30%): Plan and organize program activities, special events, presentations, and summer enrichment programs. (05%): Generate written and oral reports for supervisors. (05%): Develop educational materials, brochures, and information for recruitment purposes. (05%): Provide leadership in areas of financial aid for American Indian students, to include IHS, AIGC, State Department of Education, Tribal, etc. (20%): Provide information to general public and students interested in health careers. (05%): Represent Center of American Indian and Minority Health in appropriate units across the University, and provide expertise in counseling American Indian students across the Health Science units. Other work-related duties as assigned.

University Civil Service applications are available from:

Department of Human Resources
University of Minnesota-Duluth
255 Darland Administration Building
Duluth, MN 55812
(218)726-7161 (phone)

No resumes or cover letters are required at this time.

Health Program Representative Principal
Human Resource Management
Department of Health

$20.50 - 29.65 / hour; $42,804 - 61,909 / year.

Applications will be accepted through Friday, June 9, 2000. The current vacancy is with the Department of Health, Fetal Alcohol Program, Center for Health Promotion in St. Paul. You must code Travel on your application. The list of qualified applicants may be used to fill other vacancies as they occur.

Positions in this classification direct a health program of statewide impact or assist in directing or supervising a large section of a major health program. All positions require occasional in and out-of-state travel. Candidates may be selectively referred to vacancies based on their demonstrated education and experience and the requirements of the position.

The job duties of the current vacancy are to plan, direct and implement the statewide Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) Program and to build capacity for addressing issues surrounding perinatal exposure to alcohol and other
adverse substances of abuse and surrounding alcohol related neuro-developmental (ARND) disorders. The position will supervise staff assigned to provide technical information to health professionals, program clients and the public, will research and write grant applications to secure federal funds, prepare budget plans and manage contracts and grants.

The selection process is an experience and training rating 100%. To qualify and receive a score of 85, you must have a Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Behavioral Science, Health Care Administration, Human Services,
Social Services Administration or equivalent areas; AND you must have two years of advanced professional or supervisory experience in directing or administering a health promotion, health education, community health
program or project. You will be eligible for 15 additional points if you hold a Masterís degree in Public Health, Social Work, Psychology, a medical field or a closely related area. If you meet this requirement, attach a
description of your qualifications in each of the following five areas.

Please limit your response to no more than one page per area.

1.Supervising program staff - indicate type and number of staff supervised.
2.Project management.
3.Developing and administering budgets - indicate the budget size and role in fiscal management.
4.Public policy development, implementation and evaluation - indicate any legislative experience.
5.Experience with operations and administration in a specific health program area.

Submit your application to:

Human Resource Management
Department of Health
P.O. Box 64975
St. Paul, MN 55164-0975
(651) 215-1259 (fax).



There are currently 25 permanent and 24 temporary jobs available with EPA Region 06, as well as the EPA Interns and Outstanding Scholar positions.

Access EPA job information on the web at and click on "Jobs".

High School Language Arts Instructor
Navajo Preparatory School

A high school Language Arts instructor is needed to teach grades 9-12 at Navajo Preparatory School, Inc. in Farmington, NM. The mission of the school is to educate talented and motivated college-bound Navajo and other Native American youth who have the potential to succeed in higher education and become leaders in their respective communities. The school provides a rigorous academic program based on a strong foundation of Navajo philosophy supported by a residential environment that enhances individuality and independence.

Any interested individuals may contact: Dr. Anthony Smagacz, Dean of Instruction, at 505-326-6571, or by e-mail @, or
by fax at 505-327-9213.

"Exhibitions and Research: Story and Substance"

Workshop for American Indian Museums and Cultural Centers
August 21-25

Deadline- June 28, 2000

Sponsored by the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Workshop goal: To explore the use of historical documents and photographs in museum exhibitions and to learn about searching for and finding historical materials in research facilities. The targeted audience is tribal museum/cultural center staff people responsible for production of exhibitions. Workshop participants will visit the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian's National Anthropological Archives to hear research professionals describe historic documents and photograph collections and methods of information retrieval.


For further information and to receive an application contact:
Karen Cooper
Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies
900 Jefferson Drive SW, Suite 2235
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20560-0427
202-633-8991 (phone) 202-357-3346 (fax)

Fund of the Four Directions
Executive Director

The Fund of the Four Directions is a national Native American grant-making foundation established in 1997. Based in New York City, the Fund provides grants and technical assistance to Indigenous-controlled organizations working to revitalize the lifeways and cultures of Native Americans across the United States. Support is given to programs that focus on language restoration, renewal of Indigenous communities and intergenerational collaboration, as well as advocacy and promotion of the cultural and spiritual lifeways of Indigenous peoples. The Fund provides grants and technical assistance to community groups for capacity building, and encourages collaboration among them to develop and strengthen programs and services that are consistent with Indigenous ways.

The Executive Director directs and oversees the Fund's administrative and program operations. Reporting to the Board Chair, the Executive Director will supervise one full-time and one part-time staff. Administrative duties include fiscal planning and management, and development of the Fund's assets through an endowment campaign and other fundraising activities. Program responsibilities include providing overall direction to the Fund's giving program, evaluating and recommending proposals for funding, assisting in monitoring funded projects, and coordinating the technical assistance, resources and guidance provided to community groups. Working closely with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will participate in strategic planning and development of overall organizational policy, and coordinate Board membersí roles in the Fund's activities outside of New York City. Travel will be required.


  • Minimum 5 yearsí experience in program or project management
  • Experience in nonprofit management and community organizing
  • Tribal cultural background and Native language proficiency, a plus
  • Strong analytical, organizational and multi-tasking skills
  • Strong writing and presentation skills
  • Commitment to the vision and mission of the Fund of the Four Directions
  • Creative thinker; good sense of humor

Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Equal Opportunity Employer.

Please send resume with cover letter including salary requirement to:

FFD Search @ CRE
39 Broadway, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10006

Retention Program Coordinator, Access Program
Mission College Santa Clara, CA
** REPOST **

Opening for Retention Program Coordinator at ACCESS (a TRIO SSS Program).
The position is open until filled.

Under the direction of the ACCESS program director, the Retention Program Coordinator will oversee, plan and organize the development of the ACCESS
Program (TRIO SSS) activities. These include workshops, tours, scholarship search, career mentorship program, etc. S/he will conduct workshops, make
classroom and community presentations, an act as a liaison in establishing a calendar of cultural events and activities. Activities will also include collecting and maintaining data. S/he will work as part of a team in conjunction with the rest of the ACCESS Program staff. This is a categorical position. Full-time, 11 months
per year. Work schedule includes evening hours and an occasional weekend as needed.

Salary Range 57, $2709-$3222, 1999-2000 Classified Salary Schedule. Initial placement salary: $2709-$2949

Any combination equivalent to: a bachelor's degree with major coursework in a field related to the assignment and three years of increasingly responsible student or human services work involving public contact.

Please see below or check the following website: or
call Joni Johnson (Director) at (408) 855-5040

Submit resume to:
Joni Johnson
ACCESS Program Director
Mission College
3000 Mission College Blvd.
Santa Clara, CA 95054
(408) 855-5040
Fax: (408) 855-5458

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