Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
July 29, 2000 - Issue 15


Indian Health Fellowships Available

Nominations are now open for the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation Native American Health Policy Fellowships for the year 2001. Fellows will spend twelve months in Washington D.C. studying national health and welfare policy and working with congressional committees and Executive branch offices. To be eligible, an applicant must be a Native American who is an enrolled tribal member, has at least three years experience in an area of Indian health care, and be willing to commit to relocation to Washington D.C. beginning January 2001 and ending December 2001.

In each of the past two years, a member of the Cherokee Nation has won a Kaiser Fellowship. "I was exposed to the policy making process at the congressional level," said Melissa McNiel, a 1999 Kaiser Fellow and Cherokee Nation's Executive Officer. "I got to take part in the process of how things work, and that experience and knowledge has been a tremendous help to me."

Candidates may be nominated by the senior official of their organization or may self-nominate with the agreement of a sponsoring agency. The Fellowships are administered through First Nations Development Institute.

Interested persons may contact Wanda Lord, Special Projects Officer, First Nations Development Institute, Fredericksburg, Virginia, at 540-371-5615, or e-mail her at
Professional Development Institute

August 16-19, 2000 Rowe, New Mexico

Sponsored by the National Institute for Native Leadership in Higher Education (NINLHE) and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

NINLHE is pleased to announce its annual institute for student affairs professionals, faculty, tribal education personnel, and other educators. This year's three-day program provides small, intensive training sessions in skills areas vital to the academic success of Native college students. Join your colleagues (and meet some new ones) at the idyllic Native American Preparatory School campus in Rowe, New Mexico -- a setting that is conducive to reflection and renewal.

Participant comments from 1998 and 1999 Institutes:
"Through some masterful presentations, respectful (and fun) group and individual discussions, powerful elder reflections, prayers, songs, generous and open-hearted guidance of veteran participants and leaders, the NINLHE experience fulfilled expectations I didn't even know I had!"

"Impressive!! The Institute selected top-notch participants. The facility was fantastic."

"The diversity of people and personalities was a joy. The laughter we all shared was enlightening. To share your experiences and the work you do with others was helpful-everyone gave support and new ideas. The workshops and speakers were all superb! I learned so much and am eager to report my experience back to my institution."

"I met a lot of great, caring, interesting people who I would never have met otherwise. I was inspired by those who are further along their career and life paths. The workshops were also useful in providing some practical tools."

The National Institute for Native leadership in Higher Education (NINLHE) is an alliance of education professionals committed to improving Native higher education by changing policy and practice at the individual, institutional, and national levels. Since the inception of the Institute in 1993, NINLHE has provided professional development and training opportunities to educators from over 55 institutions in the U.S. and Canada.

For additional information contact:

Pam Agoyo
c/o University of New Mexico Provost/Academic Affairs Phone: (505) 277-2614
Scholes Hall, Room 226 Fax: (5050 277-0228
Albuquerque, NM 87131-1002 e-mail:



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