Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

A Newsletter Celebrating Native America

December 2, 2000 - Issue 24





New York Cares, a nonprofit organization founded in 1987, enables more than 2,000 New Yorkers to provide hands-on service to hundreds of community based and social service organizations each month. The Partners in Technology Program, which mobilizes volunteers to help schools, communities, and nonprofit organizations bridge the Digital Divide (the gap between technology "haves" and "have nots") is seeking three full time AmeriCorps members (or two Full-Time and two Part-Time) to be part of a national initiative to expand this program.

Working with our two Managers of Technology Programs, New York Cares’ three AmeriCorps members will create, manage, and maintain volunteer-driven projects and initiatives that address a wide range of Digital Divide issues. Volunteer projects may include hardware and software assessment and installation; technology planning; computer-based tutorials for agency staff and clients; and more. Specific responsibilities will include: providing ongoing support to volunteer Team Leaders and Partner agencies; recruiting volunteers and Team Leaders; conducting needs assessments of new and existing Partner agencies; evaluating ongoing projects and agency relationships; creating resource materials for Team Leaders, volunteers, and agency staff; assisting Program Managers with program-related administrative duties; and, assisting Program Managers with the development of a Partners in Technology Advisory Board, and with the ongoing management of the NYC Technology Resources Consortium. Since New York Cares volunteer projects, trainings, and events take place before and after traditional work hours and on weekends, AmeriCorps members will be asked to set schedules that accommodate these hours, in order to visit and assess programs.


  • Interest in and basic knowledge of technology (e.g. using the Internet and email, basic knowledge of Mac and/or PC computers and of commonly used software) and technology-related concepts (e.g. networks, servers, databases)
  • High School Diploma (College Degree preferred);
  • Ability to use computers in a workplace setting;
  • Strong interpersonal communications skills;
  • Good writing skills;
  • Solid organizational and administrative skills, including an ability to manage many projects at once
  • Ability to work independently and in a team;
  • Commitment to community service; (prior volunteer experience helpful)
  • Ability to make a one-year commitment to AmeriCorps and New York Cares. (For more information about AmeriCorps, visit


  • Full-Time AmeriCorps members will receive a stipend of $17,000 per year (12 months/1,700 hours of service, full health benefits, and an education award of $4,725 upon completion of the year of service.
  • Part-Time Americorps Members will receive a stipend of $8,500 per year (12 months/900 hours of service), full health benefits, and an education award of $2,400 upon completion.
  • All AmeriCorps members will be required to attend a three-day training in New York City (January 25-27, 2001) and the annual CityCares Conference in Chicago (February 22-25, 2001). New York Cares will cover all travel-related costs for the Chicago conference.

To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to: New York Cares, Attn: AmeriCorps.

By mail: 116 East 16th Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003.
By fax: 212-228-6414.
By email:

Opportunities for Native American Students

The Morris K. Udall Foundation offers educational opportunities for students interested in Native American tribal or health policy, government, and the environment through scholarships and internships. We are a federal foundation committed to scholarship and excellence in national environmental policy.

Our Native American Congressional Internship Program is exclusively for Native American students. This program is designed to give students an insider understanding of the U.S. government and strengthen their professional development by introducing them to the Washington community. During their internship, students work full time in a congressional office or the White House.

It is a 10-week program, beginning Memorial Day weekend. Interns will be provided with roundtrip airfare to Washington, D.C.; dormitory lodging at a local university; daily allowance sufficient for meals, transportation, and incidentals; and a $1,200 educational stipend to be paid at the conclusion of the internship.

Qualified applicants must be juniors, seniors, graduate students or law students in a college or university; have at least a 3.2 GPA; and be a member of a recognized tribe.


If you have any questions or need more information, please contact:

Susan Parrott at (520) 670-5529, e-mail

Application forms and instructions can be downloaded from URL:

The Udall Foundation also issues undergraduate scholarships for students in programs related to environmental public policy, and for Native American/Alaska Natives in fields relating to tribal policy or health policy.

For more information on these programs, please contact

The Morris K. Udall Foundation
110 S. Church Ave., Ste. 3350
Tucson, AZ 85701
Tel: (520) 670-5529
Fax: (520) 670-5530

Charles A. Eastman Dissertation Fellowship
Application deadline: March 15

Dartmouth College offers the Charles A. Eastman Dissertation Fellowship for Native American Scholars. The fellowship runs from September 1 to August 31 and provides a stipend of $25,000, office space, library privileges, and a $2,500 research assistance fund. The fellow may have an opportunity to participate in teaching but the main goal is to concentrate on writing the dissertation, which should be completed during the tenure of the fellowship.

For information and application materials contact:

Office of Graduate Studies
Eastman Fellowship
Dartmouth College
6062 Wentworth Hall
Hanover, NH 03755
Web site:

Native American Studies Program at Dartmouth College

The Native American Studies Program at Dartmouth College is seeking two visitors for the academic year 2001-2002:

  1. An established scholar, preferably for the winter term (Jan.-March) to serve as the Gordon Russell Visiting Professor. The program is particularly interested this year in someone who can offer two courses in Native American art.
  2. A junior scholar to teach two courses in Native American history (pre-and post-1830), preferably in the Fall term (late Sept-early Dec.)

Please send resume and letter of application to:

Colin G. Calloway
Chair, Native American Studies
37 N. Main Street
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH 03755


We are seeking qualified American Indian students for INROADS. The location will be Oklahoma City and Tulsa area.

The requirements are:

High School Seniors with a G.P.A of 3.0 or better, and will attend a 4 yr college in the Fall
College students with a GPA of 2.8 or better who have two summer remaining before graduating

The areas of interest are:

Business majors to include Accounting and Finance

I have solicited your assistance in identifying these students and also offer my services in developing and placing these students in business and industry and prepare them for community and corporate leadership.

Point of Contact is:
Renade Gresham (405) 232-5777 or (918) 573-2901.

Etuangat Inuit History Prize
Application Form


Applicants will be an Inuit student currently enrolled at any Canadian university or college, and may be from the western, central, or eastern Arctic, as well as from Northern Quebec or Labrador. They may also be residing in southern Canada.

Essays will be based on an original taped interview with an Inuit elder, or one previously taped. Copies of the tape or transcript should be included with the essay, or if not available, a signed statement by the elder, verifying that the factual material is in accordance to the story told in the interview. Essays will be approximately 1500 - 3000 words or 6-12 pages long, typed and double spaced and should include a short introductory paragraph to describe the residence, background, and experience of the elder. Applications will include the name of the student's instructor to verify the author and to affirm that the essay is original.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that two copies of the essay and copies of tapes or transcripts arrive at the ACUNS office on or before January 31, 2001. Applications sent by fax or e-mail will not be accepted. Late submissions will not be accepted. No handwritten essays will be accepted.

A student may submit only one essay per year, and the award winner will not be eligible to submit in subsequent years. Unsuccessful candidates will be encouraged to submit essays in following years if they are still enrolled at a Canadian university or college.

The essay will be judged upon its literary merit, historical importance, and accuracy of background detail. Our evaluation committee members are fluent in English and Inuktitut. Submissions in French will be translated before they can be evaluated.

Send application to:

Awards Program
Canadian Northern Studies Trust
Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies
17 York Street, Suite 405
Ottawa, ON K1N 9J6



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