Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
October 7, 2000 - Issue 20


Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church, Queens and William, London
Thursday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.

Nina and Matthew Bailey-Dick, of Waterloo, Ontario, Mennonites and members of the Christian Peacemakers Team (CPT) have been monitoring the confrontation at Miramichi Bay in New Brunswick and are now coming to London. They witnessed the violence caused by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and were able to capture these events on film.

CPT is a violence reduction team which attempts to diffuse conflicts wherever they occur around the world including Chiapas, Hebron and Burnt Church.

The slides from their time in Burnt Church (the Native name of the nation is Esgenoôpetitj) show a perspective which the media has failed to cover. "Peace workers find the situation far worse than the national media said."

There will be an opportunity for sharing questions and answers.

Come for the slide show and a pot luck at 7:00 p.m. at the Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church at Queens and William in London.

The event is being hosted by Wiich Ke Yig (Ojibway for "Friends Who Walk with Us"). It is the London chapter of the Canadian Alliance in Support of the Native Peoples.

Contact Harold Koehler, (5l9) 453-5452 <> or Mary Lou
Smoke, (5l9) 659-4682 <>

Training Announcement: ARPA Training at Hopi

(Navajo doing same October 16-20; Ronald Maldonado is their contact <>).

Dear Partner in Heritage Preservation

In an effort to address the problem of looting and vandalism of archeological sites on Indian and federal lands, the Hopi Tribe and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) are hosting a class entitled Archeological Law Enforcement on October 10-13, 2000 at the Kykotsmovi Community Center in Kykotsmovi, Arizona. Law enforcement officers, rangers, prosecutors, and other tribal and federal staff whose job places them in the field are invited to attend the class. Students will be presented an overview of the Archeological Resources Protection Act (ARPA) and the serious looting problem of archeological sites on Indian and federal lands. The class will further provide exposure to the characteristics of looters and vandals, criminal investigative techniques, and prosecution strategies.

Additional training will include introducing students to archeological resources in the area and a mock crime scene exercise. Senior Instructors for the class are Messrs. Martin McAllister and Elwood Jones, long-time instructors formerly associated with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. They will be accompanied by Mr. Dennis Kennedy, Assistant U.S. Attorney from the State of Virginia. These individuals are nationally recognized for their efforts in combating looting throughout the United States and we are very pleased to have the opportunity to present this class.

Congress passed the Archeological Resources Protection Act in 1979 to protect irreplaceable archeological resources on Indian and federal lands. The law provides for both criminal and civil penalties, including a maximum fine of $250,000 and five years in prison, plus the forfeiture of all vehicles and equipment used in the commission of the crime. A $500 reward also is granted for information leading to a conviction.

Travel and lodging are the responsibility of the class participants. The closest accommodations are
approximately ten short miles away at the scenic Hopi Cultural Center 520.734.2401 on Second Mesa or in Winslow at the Best Western Adobe Inn 520.289.4638.

To ensure a quality learning experience, class size is limited to forty students. Registration is first come first serve.

For further information, contact:

Mr. Kurt Dongoske, Tribal Archeologist, Hopi Tribe, at (520) 734-3761 <>, or

Mr. Garry J. Cantley, Western Regional Archeologist, BIA, <> at 602.379.6750.

Supervisory Computer Specialist Announcement Number: 000011203

Organization: Opening Date: 09/20/2000
Office of Governmentwide Policy
Office of Information Technology
Info Technology Accommodation Division (MKC) Closing Date:
Duty Station: Washington, DC Promotion Potential: 15
Area of Consideration: CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area
ICTAP eligibles in the local commuting area
Candidates with Civil Service status, Reinstatement eligibles, Disabled
persons and 30% Disabled Veterans.

Annual Salary Range : $71,954.00 To $110,028.00.

The incumbent serves as Director of the Information Technology (IT) Accommodation Division and coordinates the efforts of a staff of GSA's top program experts in IT accommodation. The IT Accommodation Division is the designated single source for Electronic and IT accommodation policy information for executive agencies. It has achieved national and international recognition for its leadership in pioneering effective technology-based business practices that ensure inclusion and full participation by people with disabilities. The Division also coordinates Federal agency compliance with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.

The incumbent serves as the principal policy advisor to the Associate Administrator of the Office of Governmentwide Policy and the GSA Administrator on IT accommodation and universal design issues involving legislation, Executive Orders, Presidential administration initiatives, and policies.

The incumbent manages and coordinates program efforts involving the development, coordination and promulgation of government wide universal design policies and practices related to individual and institutional business use of IT with technology incompatibilities, disability, distance, illiteracy, and language difference.

The incumbent contributes significantly to the development of universal design policies and practices for IT that guide and affect the multi-billion dollar IT programs of GSA and other agencies. The policies and practices have extreme sensitivity because of the impact on disabled individuals, the significant tax dollars involved, and the business implications of the significant shift in thinking currently being advanced by stake holders involved in: 1) ensuring that the citizen rights afforded by the Americans with Disabilities Act are met; 2) ensuring that the opportunities, education, and incentives for industry responsiveness are effectively communicated; and 3) ensuring that the global business advantages of this new synergistic, universal design approach are realized, ensuring that disabled persons are not disadvantaged by lack of accessible electronic IT. The work managed is the basis for actions and initiatives included in GSA's legislative program.

The incumbent manages the tracking and marketing of those initiatives with various stakeholders and may be required to revamp or redirect policy efforts depending on progress, political changes, and the level of controversy that may develop. As Director, IT Accommodation Division and Chair, Council on Accessible Technology, directs the formulation and coordination of nationwide policies which support the development of goals and objectives related to a Government and National Information Infrastructure that accommodates the effectiveness and efficiency of business and business-related communications. Directly supervises a staff of professional, technical and support employees. Plans and schedules the division's work; distributes assignments to subordinates; develops an individual performance plan and evaluates employee's performance; and ensures that training and developmental needs of employees are met. Gives advice, counsel, or instruction to individual employees on both work and administrative matters.

(Note: This is not the complete text of the announcement.)

Please call the GSA Information Hotline on (1) (888) 562-7472 to request a copy of this Announcement/GSA Forms.

CILT2000: Technology, Equity, and K-14 Learning
October 26-29, 2000
Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, VA

CILT's annual conference is a collaborative forum for leaders in learning technology research, K-14 education, industry, and policy. The unique format of this conference features speakers and workshops designed to foster community and innovation and to advance the learning technology field.

Join us at this year's conference in the Washington D.C. area, where we will take advantage of the proximity of the policy-making community to address critical issues that can open doors to the effective and equitable use of technology in our schools, looking beyond connectivity to promote equity of learning opportunities.

As in past years, much of the activity at CILT2000 will be in topical focus areas called Theme Teams. CILT Theme Teams and their leaders are as follows:

Visualization and Modeling: Marcia C. Linn and Nancy Songer
Ubiquitous Computing: Robert Tinker
Community Tools: Roy Pea and Jeremy Roschelle
Assessments for Learning: Barbara Means and John Bransford

Please visit for additional program information and online registration.

National Technology Literacy Program

Through October 2000, student teams from across the nation and a few English speaking countries, will have an opportunity to submit Concept Papers to participate in the 2000/2001 Internet Science and Technology Fair (ISTF) challenge. They will work with technical advisors on-line from corporations, federal laboratories and academic research centers, as they apply technical applications to real world problems. Throughout the process, they adhere to content standards based on national science and technology standards from the AAAS. The 2000-2001 ISTF guidelines are now available at our website at Please feel free to review and print whatever materials you need.

The ISTF is a research-intensive effort involving only the Internet and e-mail and culminates with the development of a detailed homepage that highlights the scientific and economic aspects of a specific technical application. Elementary, middle and high school student teams may participate in coordination with a science teacher or technology/computer teacher. The program runs from October through February, when the Project Homepages are due. They are then judged on-line by a national panel of scientists, engineers and teachers. The top awards include certificates from the National Medal of Technology Program. Additional particulars are available at our ISTF website at

Assembly of First Nations
Chief Executive Officer

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is seeking an exceptional and highly motivated leader who can assess the First Nation and Non-First Nation political landscape at the community, provincial, national and international levels. The candidate will have demonstrated sound judgment and can prioritize emerging issues that enable the CEO to develop clear and coherent strategies for multi-dimensional issues affecting the AFN.

When dealing with AFN issues the candidate requires the competence to assess the organization's internal resource requirements and the ability to recognize if outside expertise is necessary. A thorough understanding of access to funding from the private sector and different levels of government is required. The talent to mobilize the organization, implement the strategies and evaluate its effectiveness are key in this role.

Reporting to, and working closely with the National Chief and the AFN's Executive Committee, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will develop and bring forward strategies for approval. The candidate will take direction and report on their actions to the National Chief and the Executive Committee. It is important that the candidate have a clear understanding of both their political and administrative roles.

The successful candidate's credentials will include solid academic training or equivalent experience in the area of public policy combined with a track record of successful management. The candidate will have demonstrated past success in the areas of strategic planning, financial and human resources management. The candidate's past work experience will be diverse and political in nature. This position demands diplomacy and excellence in: work standards, articulate communication, the ability to execute projects and evaluate results.

The ability to speak a First Nation's language and French would be a definite asset. The appointed leader's skill set will include keen negotiating skills and the ability to act in liaison with the Executive Committee in the promotion and marketing of the AFN at all levels. A remuneration package commensurate with the senior nature of this position is offered.

If you are proactive, able to work with continuous change and qualified, please forward a complete, confidential resume in support of your candidacy for this executive opportunity located in Ottawa by the October 20, 2000 to:

Higgins International, Inc.,
51 Falconer Bay,
Winnipeg, Manitoba R2M 4R6
Telephone: (204) 257-9929 Fax: (204) 257-9707
Email: or




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