Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

A Newsletter Celebrating Native America

November 18, 2000 - Issue 23




Please post this JOB ANNOUNCMENT. We currently have one vacant (MSW) Social Worker position in our Foster Care Program. We may soon have another opening for an (MSW) Social Worker position open in Adult Substance Abuse Prevention/Recovery at our transitional housing program, Unity Village. I will post that announcement when it comes available:

Social Worker - Native American Foster Care Program (Licensed MSW) Indigenous Nations: Child & Family Agency (INCFA) is seeking a dedicated, highly organized, and compassionate Licensed MSW w/experience in child-welfare or foster care. The job includes case management, family reunification, culturally appropriate placement, counseling, and court advocacy for Native American children and families in an urban setting. We are seeking individuals who work well both independantly as well as in collaboration, and those interested in a holistic, comprehensive approach to child and family welfare and service provision. A valid CA Drivers-License, reliable transportation, and auto insurance are required. We seek to fill this position immediately. Competative Salary and benefits.

Indigenous Nations Child and Family Agency (INCFA) is an Indian-managed, Oakland-based non-profit organization, incorporated as the Bay Area Indian Council. INCFA's mission is to provide comprehensive services, resources and advocacy which strengthen and unify Native American families and children.

INCFA has five main programs designed to promote family stability and wellness: child abuse treatment, education, child welfare advocacy pursuant to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) , licensed child foster care; and, domestic/family violence prevention, education and counseling. INCFA's most recent achievement has been the development and implementation of services for a transitional housing program for homeless Native Americans, called Unity Village (began in October 1999). Unity Village is composed of four separate housing units with target populations: (1) domestic violence/family violence survivors; (2) veterans and their families; (3) adults in drug and alcohol recovery; and (4) teens needing foster care placement.

INCFA was founded by a grassroots Native American community collaborative, organized in 1996, as a response to crisis and the loss of services to Native American children and their families. INCFA's guiding principles incorporate our diverse traditional values and spiritual beliefs, and a Native American approach to wellness, family, and creating social change - all within an environment of trust, inclusion, respect and caring.

Please send detailed resume, letters of support (not required, but encouraged), and references with contact phone numbers to: ATT: Executive Director, Indigenous Nations: Child & Family Agency, 440 Santa Clara Ave, Oakland, CA 94610. Please include your interest and/or experience working with Native American and/or other diverse cultural communities. We welcome all qualified applicants. Applications accepted immediately.

If you have any questions regarding the specific job posted, please call Marylin St. Germaine, Foster Family Agency Administrator, for more information: (510) 645-1431.

If you are interested in other work opportunities and/or internships with our agency, or would like to more about us please call our general office number: (510) 645-1430.

In Spirit,

Cristina Rodriguez de La Mar, Executive Director
Indigenous Nations: Child & Family Agency
Bay Area Indian Council
(510) 645-1433

There is no registration fee for this conference.
Sponsored by:

  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Native American Programs,
  • U.S. Department of Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs,
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service and Administration for Native Americans,
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture,
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Building Stronger Tribal Communities Through Planning is an inter-agency event scheduled for November 28-30, 2000. This 3-day conference is a unique collaboration among several government agencies charged with addressing Native American issues, and is an opportunity to learn and share ideas about comprehensive planning and how it can impact tribes. The conference will cover topics of importance to tribes such as infrastructure, housing, and economic and community development, among other critical issues. A series of technical assistance and training sessions as well as small group discussions will be featured.

The conference will be held in Palm Springs, CA at the Palm Springs Marquis Conference Center Resort. Registration forms are available and a conference brochure will be available shortly. NOTE: Please do not make non-refundable travel arrangements until you have registered with the Conference Coordinator and
have received a written confirmation.

For more information call the Conference Information Line at (703) 902-1236.

Call for Applications and Nominations for SAA-Administered
Scholarships for Native Peoples from the U.S. and Canada

The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) is pleased to announce the SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship and National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships for Archaeological Training for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians for the year 2001. Together, these scholarship programs will provide four awards of $3000 each to support training in archaeological methods, including fieldwork, analytical techniques, and curation. These scholarships are intended for current students--high school seniors, college undergraduates, and graduate students--and personnel of Tribal or other Native cultural preservation programs.

Native Americans and Pacific Islanders from the U.S., including U.S. Trust Territories, and Indigenous peoples from Canada are eligible for these scholarships.

Individuals may apply for these scholarships themselves, or they may be nominated by a current professor, high school teacher, or cultural preservation program supervisor. The SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship is named in honor of the first president of the SAA, who served from 1935 to 1936.

Parker was of Seneca ancestry through his father's family, and he spent his youth on the Cattaraugus Reservation in New York. The NSF Scholarships for Archaeological Training for Native Americans and Native Hawaiians are made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation to the SAA.

Application or nomination materials for these scholarships must be postmarked no later than February 15, 2001. To learn more about the application or nomination procedures, please contact the:

Society for American Archaeology
900 Second Street NE #12
Washington, DC 20002-3557

Telephone (202) 789-8200
Fax (202) 789-0284

Tristine Lee Smart, SAA Native American Scholarships Committee


Covering Fisheries: Environmental, Social, and Economic Issues
February 11-16, 2000
Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism
The University of California, Berkeley
Graduate School of Journalism

WHAT: The Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism is accepting applications from mid-career journalists to attend a five-day, expenses-paid seminar at the University of California, Berkeley that will focus on the use and abuse of the planet's fisheries. The seminar will bring 15 journalism fellows together with scientists, conservationists, policy makers, and representatives of the commercial and sports fishing industries to discuss the environmental, social and economic issues surrounding the management of our marine resources. Topics will include: the impact of high tech fishing techniques on the
fisheries and the industry; government regulation and balancing demands from commercial, independent and sport fishing interests; the application of science to sustain threatened species, as well as implications for consumers, independent fishers and ethnic communities.

WHY: Several species of fish are being commercially harvested to the point of depletion. Massive extractions by large commercial fishing companies have in some instances resulted in the removal of both targeted and non-targeted species and plant life from sea habitats. Recreational sports fishing, pollution, damming of rivers and watersheds, and attempts to counter the impact of over-fishing, have furthered the deterioration of many wetlands, rivers and ocean
ecosystems. Policies and programs designed to manage the industry and the sea-life that supports it have resulted in unexpected consequences.

WHO: Environment writers, cultural affairs and business reporters, editors, columnists and editorial writers for print and on-line news organizations as well as radio and television reporters, producers and news directors. Fellowships cover lodging, meals, reference materials and instruction with a travel subsidy.

HOW: Applications should be addressed: The Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, USC Annenberg School of Journalism, 3502 Watt Way, Suite 325, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281. Applications should include two copies each of: a resume; a 500-word statement of why this seminar would be valuable to the journalist; a supervisor's strong nominating letter agreeing to cover salary and nonfellowship expenses; and three published articles (editors may submit edited work, broadcast journalists send one audio tape or videotape not over 30 minutes.)

WHEN: Applications must be received by Jan. 2, 2001.

Questions? If you would like additional information about this seminar, please call Lanita Pace-Hinton at (510) 643-7425, or contact her by e-mail at

The Western Knight Center is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and is a joint project of the USC Annenberg School of Communications and the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.




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