Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
October 21, 2000 - Issue 21


The Second Annual Washington, D.C.
Indian Law Conference

Friday, November 3, 2000


  • Environmental Issues in Indian Country
  • Alaska Native Issues: The New Battle Ground
  • Presenting Tribal Issues Before Federal Agencies
  • Race and American Indians


The Kellogg Conference Center
Gallaudet University
800 Florida Ave., NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 651-6100

$195 FBA/NABA Member $90 Law Student $295 Non-Member

A VERY LIMITED number of sleeping rooms are available at the Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center. To reserve a room, call (202) 651-6100 and mention that you are attending the FBA/NABA Indian Law Conference.

For general information, contact Leslie Murray at the Federal Bar Association (202) 785-1614

You May Register On Line at by going to Calendar and November.

Federal Bar Association
Native American Bar Association
Native American Bar Association of Washington, D.C.

Program Includes:

Panel #1: 9:00am - 10:30am Presenting Tribal Issues Before Federal Agencies

Moderator: Larry Roberts, Trial Attorney, United States Department of Justice

Mr. James F. Simon
Office of the Assistant Attorney General
Environment and Natural Resources Division

Ms. Arlinda Locklear
Jefferson, Maryland

Ms. Sharon Blackwell
Deputy Commissioner of Indian Affairs
United States Department of the Interior
Bureau of Indian Affairs

Panel #2: 10:45am - 12:30pm Race and American Indians

Moderator Lawrence Baca, Senior Trial Attorney, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

Suzan Harjo
President and Executive Director, Morning Star Institute
Washington, D.C.

Lawrence R. Baca
Chairman, Indian Law Section, FBA
Past President, Native American Bar Association
Washington, D.C.

Third Speaker TBA

Luncheon Speaker - Keynote Address

"The State of Indian Nations at the Turn of the Century"
Mark Van Norman
Chairman, National Indian Gaming Commission
Former Director, Office of Tribal Justice

Panel #3: 2:00pm - 3:30pm Alaska Native Issues: The New Battle Ground

Moderator, Jaeleen Araujo, Attorney, VanNess Feldman, P.C., Washington, D.C.

Buddy Brown,
General Counsel for the Tanana Chiefs Conference.

Lloyd Miller
Sonosky, Miller, and Munson,
Anchorage, AK 99501.

Panel #4: "Strengthening Sovereignty and Protecting Natural Resources"

Moderator: Shana Arnold, Attorney-Advisor, Environmental Protection Agency

Jim Havard
" Tribal Governments and The Protection of Watershed and Wetlands in Indian Country"
United State Environmental Protection Agency
Office of General Counsel

Dean Suagee, "Using the Law to Protect our Indian Resources"
Director, First Nations Environmental Law Program
Vermont Law School

Planning is underway for the
which will be held February 7-9, 2001 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel.
The theme for this year's conference is MULTICULTURAL EDUCATION: Partners in Learning.


Enclosed are forms for submitting your proposals. The workshop presentations and cultural entertainment forms must be returned to the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development no later than October 27, 2000. You will be notified by November 20, 2000 regarding the selection of your proposal.


  • To increase public and professional awareness of successful program practices in bilingual multicultural education and share strategies to prepare all students for the 21st century.
  • To provide training opportunities for school personnel and parents in methods and strategies to work in a multicultural school and community.
  • To provide an opportunity for selected high school students to share and explore issues in bilingual multicultural education and develop leadership skills.
  • To address issues of community-based strategies, which include school-to-work strategies to prepare all students for the 21st century.
  • To address issues of gender, race and national origin equity in Alaskan schools.


  • Bilingual, second language and regular classroom teachers
  • Bilingual and Equity program coordinators
  • Principals, school administrators, counselors and curriculum directors
  • Bilingual paraprofessionals
  • Elders, parents, community leaders and businesses
  • Selected secondary students
  • Representatives of Institutions of Higher Education, Libraries and Museums
  • Representatives of School Boards, Social Services and Community Health agencies
  • Early Childhood and parent educators
  • Title I and IASA Federal Program Administrators and Staff
  • School-to-Career educators

We welcome workshop proposals that focus on both the theme and focus for this year's conference. Proposals can cover topics such as:

  • Multicultural Education: strategies to bring families and communities together for the success of our children.
  • Strategies to prepare all students to meet the state standards and successfully pass state assessments
  • Strategies to prepare all students for the 21st century through multicultural education
  • Technology
  • Community-based strategies, including early childhood and 21st Century Learning Community Centers
  • Family and Community activities to promote multicultural education
  • Materials and strategies that promote multicultural education
  • Integrating local knowledge in the curriculum
  • Providing teachers and administrators with the tools to work with a diverse student population
  • Creating new pathways to learning through multicultural education
  • Understanding other cultures

Proposals are due no later than October 27, 2000.

Bernice B. Tetpon, Ph.D., Program Coordinator

Job Announcements

Computer Consultant: Seeking a competent computer person to assist small office with technical support on as-needed basis. Examples: internet problem solving, some instruction, setting up DSL, setting up a database, etc.

Office Administrator/Conference Organizer: Work with small, international Indigenous organization based in Twin Cities. Responsibilities include organizing international meetings and conferences, maintaining general office functions, some fundraising. Spanish language skills necessary.

Fundraiser/Development Officer: Two native organizations based in the Twin Cities (St. Paul/Minneapolis) seek a professional fundraiser with solid international experience. Spanish language skills necessary. Our programs will focus primarily on Mexico over the next year.

For more information contact RTP, PO Box 581938, Minneapolis, MN 55458-1938 or email RTP is an Indigenous Peoples organization based in Minnesota and working globally on education, training, policy and more.

Rethinking Tourism Project
Protecting & Preserving Indigenous Lands and Cultures
PO Box 581938
Minneapolis, MN 55458-1938 USA
Saint Paul, MN Office Phone/Fax: 651-644-9984


The University of Nebraska Press has initiated a new series, Contemporary American Indian Issues. The series editor, Devon Mihesuah, has asked me to serve as editor of an anthology on powwows, which is tentatively entitled "Powwow: Native American Performance, Identity, and Meaning." I am particularly interested in original, theoretical essays that engage multiple Native voices, but I will also consider previously published papers (not to exceed 30 pages). In addition, the collection shall include a final section of interviews with "movers and shakers" in the powwow world. I am thus also calling for original interviews that follow the interview format currently in use in the American Indian Quarterly.

Interested authors should send me an abstract of their planned paper or interview by 1 December 2000 (preferably, as an E-mail attachment). By 15 January 2001, I will prepare a tentative Table of Contents and notify authors as to their participation in the collection. Provided that enough authors respond, I will promise
a relatively quick turnaround by adhering to a strict calendar:

  • December 1, 2000: abstracts due
  • January 15, 2001: notification sent to authors; tentative Table of Contents submitted to Devon Mihesuah and the University of Nebraska Press.
  • September 30, 2001: final papers/interviews due
  • November 1, 2001: final manuscript draft submitted to the University of Nebraska Press

Send abstracts to:

Luke Eric Lassiter, Ph.D.
Department of Anthropology
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306-0435

Staff Assistant, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development

Title: Staff Assistant
School/Unit: JFK School of Government, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
Location: Cambridge
FT/PT Full Time
Salary Grade 8
Date Posted October 5, 2000

Supports the conference, meetings, speaker events, and executive education components of the Harvard Project, including arranging and reimbursing travel and financial related documents. Directly supports Director of Professional Development and Leadership Program. Manages working paper distribution program, handles external inquiries regarding programs/publications, and work process/edit reports, manuscripts and articles. Performs extensive administrative duties for the Project's Fellowship Program including office management, managing filing systems, bill payment. Backs-up other Harvard Project Staff Assistant in the managing of the faculty and research team needs, including maintaining complex files, preparation of course materials, dealing with students and Policy Analysis Exercises, making travel arrangements for researchers. Performs related job duties as required.

College degree preferred, minimum of two years of administrative and office experience required. Candidate must possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills as well as ability to take initiative, set priorities and handle a wide range of tasks simultaneously. Must be able to handle complex situations and work independently. Proficiency in the use of MS-Office products is essential. Excellent customer service skills and interest in student services and meeting planning required.

For full information about this posting, please visit the Harvard employment website:
The requisition number is 7666.

For more information about the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, visit

Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT).

Founded in 1990, the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers provides financial, academic and individualized support that empowers African American, Latino and Native American college students to attain advanced degrees in preparation for teaching careers. By identifying and recruiting gifted future educators, the IRT successfully helps to address the critical imbalance in our nation's schools, colleges, and universities. IRT graduates have had remarkable success gaining entry to many of our country's top graduate programs, earning advanced degrees and securing jobs as teachers, administrators, and professors.

From an annual pool of at least 250 applicants, 30 students are accepted into a four-week summer workshop held at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Referred to by graduate school deans as "a boot camp for graduate school," the summer program immerses participants in a graduate-level curriculum of critical and cultural theory, increases their language and analytical skills, and prepares them to take their standardized tests necessary for admittance to graduate school. Most importantly, during their summer and throughout the year, the IRT staff provides hands-on assistance with the graduate school application process -- counseling students on which programs best fit their needs, apprising them of application and financial aid deadlines, and critiquing their statements of purpose and writing samples.

An additional 65 students a year are admitted into the IRT Associate Program. Though they do not participate in the summer workshop, associates receive the same extensive counseling and assistance as interns with their applications.

The IRT's e-mail address is, phone number (978) 749-4116, website address Please contact for further information.


Gaius Charles Bolin Fellowships for Minority Graduate Students
2001-2002 Academic Year

In 1985 Williams College established the Gaius Charles Bolin Fellowships to underline the importance of encouraging able minority students to pursue careers in college teaching. The Bolin Fellowships enable two minority graduate students to devote the bulk of their time during the academic year to the completion of dissertation work.

The Bolin Fellowships will be awarded to minority students who are working toward the Ph. D. in the humanities or in the natural, social or behavioral sciences.
Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and must have completed all doctoral work except the dissertation by the end of the current academic year. The stipend for 2001-2002 is $26,500. The College will also provide housing assistance, academic support including office space and computer and library privileges, and an allowance of up to $4,000 for research-related expenses. During the year of residence at Williams, the Bolin Fellows will be assigned faculty advisers in the appropriate departments, and will be expected to teach one one-semester course.

Candidates should submit two full sets in hard copy form (electronic applications will not be accepted) of each of the following materials, postmarked by January 1, 2001, to be received by January 10, 2001:

  • a full curriculum vitae
  • a graduate school transcript and three confidential letters of recommendation
  • a copy of the dissertation prospectus, preferably limited to 10-15 pp.
  • a description of teaching interests


Thomas A. Kohut
Dean of the Faculty
Hopkins Hall
Williams College
Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267

EPA, New England: September, 2000

is searching for an ECO Tribal Liaison (an Intern), a graduate student interested in participating with EPA Indian Operations, Tribe-Coordinator and technical staff. The position is a part-time in-school and fulltime during vacations.

The student should be from the Boston area Colleges and Universities, to eliminate the travel burden. EPA will provide all employee office support and the work site is at 1 Congress Street, suite 1100.


Suzanne Adamczak
Project Officer,
The Environmental Careers Organization,
179 South Street, Boston, MA 02111
617-426-4783x147 fax 8159
Visit web site at



Montana State University-Northern's College of Education seeks a dynamic, experienced academic leader for the position of Chair/Dean and Director of Graduate Studies. The Dean is a full-time 12-month employee and is responsible for all operations of the College including developing and administering the College's academic programs, including graduate studies, within the framework of the University's mission and strategic plan. Key responsibilities include strategic planning and managing financial resources, encouraging and supporting quality teaching and creative activity, maintaining high academic standards, supporting faculty development, directing grant writing, interacting closely with P-12 school systems in building partnerships and increasing enrollment, and implementing a visionary plan for the College of Education. The Chair/Dean will also teach one course per year or direct field placements to substitute for teaching. Candidates must have an earned doctorate in an area of professional education; sufficient higher education teaching experience, scholarly/creative achievements and service record that meets standards for an appointment to the rank of associate professor; extensive experience with NCATE and national teaching standards; strong interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work collaboratively with other academic units. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated significant leadership skills and administrative experience at the level of department chair or above. Applicants must include a cover letter summarizing leadership roles, instructional experience and philosophy, curriculum vitae, copies of transcripts and telephone numbers and addresses of five references. Starting date for the position is negotiable. Screening will begin on October 23, 2000; the application process will remain open until the position is filled. Salary depends on credentials and experience. Applications should be sent to Ted Spatkowski, Search Committee Chair, College of Education and Graduate Programs, Montana State University-Northern, P.O. Box 7751, Havre, MT 59501.


Teach For America is the national corps of recent college graduates who commit two years to teach in our nation's most under-served urban and rural public schools. After finishing the two years, corps members go on to expand educational opportunity from a variety of sectors, including business, law, medicine, and journalism. Beginning fall of 2001, we will place corps members on Native American reservations in addition to 15 other sites throughout the country. Corps members receive a full-time salary ranging from $21,000 to $36,000 depending on region. An education award of $4,725 for each year of service is awarded to corps members to help pay off previous school loans or future educational coursework.

First deadline is October 30. Other deadlines include January 16 and February 26. You may apply online at

For more information, please call 1-800-832-1230 ext. 225, email, or
visit our website at


SALARY: $30,000 Negotiable based on experience
SCOPE OF WORK: Under the general supervision of the Community Development Specialist, the project specialist will insure that tribes have the necessary information to develop strategies on how to best engage the energy and electric utility industry and the competitive market place that is emerging as a result of electric industry restructuring and deregulation. The region the project specialist will oversee, in coordination with other regional partners, is comprised of California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming.


  • Coordinate project activities with staff from tribes and regional tribal organizations in the southwest region;
  • Research and compile information on resources tribes and tribal organizations can use to continue long-range energy program planning and development;
  • Gather analyze, and summarize various federal, state, and local policies governing energy deregulation;
  • Build and maintain a clearinghouse of relevant information and develop a means for the dissemination and exchange of the information between tribes, regional tribal organizations, and others;
  • Develop, disseminate, and collect a survey instrument to gather information from tribes on their current energy planning and policy expectations;
  • Plan and conduct four regional forums to relay the most current information on energy deregulation, related risks and opportunities to tribes and engage in the development of model work-plans tribes can further develop and utilize;
  • Write project and administrative reports and correspondence;
  • Provide staff support for tribal working groups;
  • Maintain contact and attend meetings with tribal, state, and federal representatives and other professionals concerning project activities;
  • Provide support for community development programs as necessary. This includes completion of special projects and tasks as assigned as well as work with other ITCA staff as necessary on interdisciplinary projects and activities.

Potential candidates should have experience working with tribal governments and reservation-based project initiatives that serve tribal communities. Knowledge of the energy and electric utility industry as well as a working knowledge of research methodologies and data analysis is highly desirable. The project will require policy analysis as well as program development and implementation.


  • Bachelor's degree in management related field or other discipline providing the candidate's education is complimented by sufficient relevant experience;
  • Excellent public speaking, meeting facilitation, and training skills;
  • Considerable business, technical, expository, and proposal writing skills;
  • Working knowledge of various computer applications (word processing, spread sheets, and power point);
  • Ability to coordinate and facilitate technical training sessions;
  • Ability to prepare and maintain written reports and data collection
  • Must be willing and able to travel throughout Arizona and out of state.

SELECTION PROCESS: Interested persons should mail or fax to the organization a cover letter describing your interest, background and qualifications. Also include a complete résumé with references.


Dave Castillo, Community Development Specialist
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
2214 North Central Avenue, Suite 100 Phoenix AZ 85004
Phone: (602) 258-ITCA Fax: (602) 258-4825



The University of Massachusetts Boston seeks applicants with strong backgrounds in the social and behavioral sciences for a tenure-track position in Anthropology specializing in the Native populations of North America. The position will begin Fall 2001, pending funding, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Preferred research interests include ethnicity and cultural identity, North American Indian history, and contemporary Native American issues. The incumbent will do service teaching in a general education program as well as teach majors in Anthropology and American Studies. Willingness to commit to an ongoing
Native community outreach project and an active program of scholarly research and publication are required.

Please send CV and names of three references before Nov. 1 to:

Chair, Native American Studies Search Committee,
c/o University of Massachusetts Boston,
Human Resources,
Search #390-395,
100 Morrissey Blvd., Boston MA 02125.

The University of Massachusetts Boston is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity, Title IX employer.

University of Minnesota Extension Service and Dakota County
Position Description
Dakota County Environmental Education Coordinator
Dakota County Extension Office, Farmington, MN

The Environmental Education Coordinator will work at the Dakota County Extension and Conservation Center in Farmington, Minnesota. This is a 100% grant-funded, annual position.

This person will work, in partnership, with the University of Minnesota Extension Service, Dakota County, Dakota County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Dakota County Office of Planning and the Dakota County Environmental Management Department and will provide leadership for work with local units of government, school districts, water resource organizations and state and federal agencies educating, coordinating and managing a variety of county-wide water resource initiatives.


Jayne Hager Dee, County Extension Leader
Dakota County Extension Office
4100 220th St. W, Suite 101
Farmington, MN 55024


ERIC/CRESS is pleased to announce a series of on-line forums to be held during October and November. These focused discussions will be facilitated by some of the best known thinkers, writers, and practitioners working in the Clearinghouse's areas of interest! Each forum will begin with a real-time, hour-long chat on a Monday and continue at a more leisurely pace through the workweek, ending on Friday evening. Our recent experiences confirmed that a one-week Listserv discussion brings a level of focus and enthusiasm that happens only occasionally on ongoing lists. We think you will enjoy interacting with these particular individuals and other participants from across the nation. To learn more and sign up, visit our Web site at

How can schools better support rural community development and tribal economic self-determination?

November 13-17, 2000, beginning with a live chat at 4:00 P.M. ET (1:00 P.M. PT) Facilitated by Joseph Martin (Navajo), Northern Arizona University at Flagstaff, recipient of the Indian Educator of the Year award from the National Indian Education Association and Paul Theobald, Wayne State College (NE), author of Teaching the Commons: Place, Pride, and the Renewal of Community. This conversation, led by a well-known American Indian educator and leader and an equally well-known rural researcher and writer, will consider some of our most basic ideas about the purposes of education, and ways Native and rural educators have found to address those purposes in local schools. They and participants from across North America will share their ideas and experiences in meeting common challenges to strengthen communities in a time of globalization and standardization of culture, the economy, and schooling.

Smithsonian- National Museum of the American Indian
Native American Film and Video Festival 2000,
November 13-19

For information contact
(212) 514-3737




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