Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


AN Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


January 27, 2001 - Issue 28





From: Indigenous Environmental Network <>

Job Announcement

Honor the Earth, a national Native advocacy organization working to increase funding and public support for Native environmental and sustainable community groups, seeks a highly organized professional to lead, direct and manage the overall operations of the organization and its strategic public outreach and fundraising programs.

The Executive Director will work closely with the Program Director and Advisory Board to:

Plan, implement and oversee the organization's overall fundraising strategy, including foundation, major donor and membership campaigns; plan and oversee the development of all special events.

Plan, implement and supervise the organization's communications and outreach strategy, including management of public relations and media campaigns, production and dissemination of all public education materials and web site development.

Provide support and oversight for the organization's grant-making program; work closely with applicants to provide technical assistance and process grants; partner with staff, board and Tides Foundation to nurture program development; assist in all aspects of program promotion and implementation.

Provide overall administrative and financial management for the organization through its affiliation with The Tides Center and Tides Foundation, including budget planning and oversight, fiscal record keeping and oversight of financial statements and reporting.

The ideal candidate will possess demonstrated success in non-profit management, fundraising and public education campaigns. The candidate must be highly organized, have a proven track-record in establishing partnerships across diverse communities, possess excellent verbal and written communication skills and demonstrate a strong grasp of Native environmental issues.

Competitive salary commensurate with experience.
Excellent benefits package.
Deadline for applications:
February 16, 2001.
Tentative hire date: April 1, 2001.

Send resume and cover letter to:
Honor the Earth, 2801 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55407.
E mail applications accepted at

Honor the Earth is sponored by the Indigenous Women's Network and the Indigenous Environmental Network

Indigenous Environmental Network
P.O. Box 485
Bemidji, Minnesota 56619-0485 USA
Phone (218) 751-4967
Fax (218) 751-0561
Internet Web Site:

"An alliance of Indigenous Peoples empowering Indigenous Nations and communities towards sustainable livelihoods, environmental protection of our lands, water, air and maintaining the Sacred Fire of our traditions."

Tenure-track Faculty Position University of Montana

Native American Studies at the University of Montana is seeking to fill two full-time, tenure-track professorial positions, beginning in the fall of 2001, at the assistant professor level.

Teaching responsibilities include courses within the NAS discipline and courses appropriate to the applicant's field and training. Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D. in an NAS-related field; teaching experience preferred. Candidates must have evidence of scholarship in a humanities discipline with a strong knowledge of and teaching experience in the humanistic tradition, with an emphasis on Native American religion, philosophy, history, art, languages, literatures, or contemporary issues, and research and writing studies.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts, teaching materials (student evaluations and course syllabi), a writing sample, and three current letters of recommendation to:

Native American Studies,
The University of Montana,
600 University,
Missoula, MT 59812.

The State of Montana is home to thirteen tribes and seven reservations. The University of Montana is a mid-sized state university located in the cosmopolitan Rocky Mountain town of Missoula, three hours south of Glacier-Waterton International Peace Park. Missoula residents enjoy easy access to hiking, downhill and cross-country skiing, and water sports, and Missoula has recently been featured in American Heritage and Sunset magazines for its quality of life. Additional information about The University of Montana and the area is available upon request and at our web-site at

The University of Montana is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and encourages applications from women, minorities, Vietnam era veterans, and persons with disabilities. This position is eligible for veterans preference in accordance with State law. This position announcement can be made available in alternative formats upon request.

Archeology Internships
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
Cortez, Colorado

Applications and information for Archeological Internships with the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center can be obtained at the following website or by calling Crow Canyon at (970) 565-8975 x149. Questions may be e-mailed to


April 11-13, 2001

Norman, Oklahoma and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

"Diversifying Educational Pathways for Indigenous Peoples"

For information please go to:
or contact 1-800-203-5494 or (405) 325-3760

Gateways to the Laboratory Program

Gateways to the Laboratory Program, sponsored by the Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program.

This ten week program allows freshman and sophomore underrepresented minority students to experience life as a MD-PhD. While conducting independent research projects at either the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, The Rockefeller University or the Sloan-Kettering Institute, Gateways students participate in a number of clinical activities including rounding with the Department of Medicine at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and an anatomy lab. This past summer, the Gateways students participated in a mock MCAT exam as well as numerous social and cultural activities, such as a trip to see the World Champion Yankees and the Apollo Theatre.

The program awards a stipend of $3900 and reimburses the students for their travel expenses. On campus housing is available.

The application is available on line at:

Or you may receive a copy by calling 1-888-U2-MD-PHD
or via email at "".

The application deadline is February 1st.

Hoopa Valley Tribal Council
Hoopa, CA

The Hoopa Valley Tribal Council is seeking qualified applicants for the following positions:

Accountant - Hoopa Forest Industries; Full-time, regular, salary is negotiable. Minimum requirements: B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting and 3 years of experience.

Senior Tribal Attorney - Hoopa Valley Tribal Council, Office of Tribal Attorney; Regular Full-time; contractual; salary depending on experience. Minimum requirements: California Bar membership required. At least 5 years of experience in Indian law and litigation as well as self governance, environmental law, water law, economic development and employment law.

For a complete job description, application & information contact:

Hoopa Valley Tribal Council, Personnel Dept., P.O. Box 1348, Hoopa, CA 95546
or call (530) 625-4211 Ext. 159 or 125.


CRS is for college students who want to understand, live, and shape the social justice movement. The fellowship is a new leadership development program designed to place contemporary and future social justice struggles within a national and historical context. CRS is currently seeking applicants who will be rising sophomores or juniors by summer 2001.

The fellowship begins June 8, 2001 at Harvard University with a week of academic study and leadership training. The group travels to Washington, D.C. for seven weeks where they will continue their studies while interning in policy-shaping national organizations. Fellows will return to their campuses motivated to play a leadership role, supported by their new knowledge and skills and a large network of CRS peers and mentors.

CRS is for rising second and third year students at four-year colleges who wish to:

  • Understand and discuss critical issues and future trends with progressive thinkers and policy leaders from around the country;
  • Ground their social justice work in knowledge of civil rights struggles, past and present;
  • Learn about advocacy, grassroots organizing, organization leadership, legislation, enforcement, the media, the courts, and other ways to pursue social justice.
  • Develop organizing skills and a deep respect for diversity through training as well as through new friends and mentors.
  • Engage national civil rights leaders in effective communication with young leaders.

CRS provides housing and transportation; Fellows will also receive a stipend of $120 per week for incidentals and a $1500 scholarship at the end of the fellowship.

To obtain an application form, please visit:
or contact via e-mail at
or write, phone or fax:

1629 K Street NW, Suite 1010
Washington DC 20006
Tel: 202-466-6058
Fax: 202-466-3435

Applications must be postmarked by Friday, February 23, 2001

Wisconsin Judiciary's Indian Law Office

Wisconsin Judiciary's Indian Law Office has an immediate opening in Wausau for an additional attorney to represent Native American individuals and groups on a variety of Indian Law issues. Wisconsin Judiciary is a non-profit legal services program serving northern Wisconsin where there are 11 Indian reservations.

Duties: (1) Maintain caseload on behalf of Indian individuals and groups; (2) Carry out training and back-up assistance to private attorneys; and (3) Participate in community education projects.

Qualifications: (1) Admission to practice law in Wisconsin at earliest opportunity; (2) Good communications skills; and (3) Knowledge of Native American issues preferred.

Salary: DOE. There are excellent fringe benefits (health, life and dental insurance, 5% TSA, vacation and comp. time, etc.) plus all the advantages of living in the four full seasons of northern Wisconsin.

Please submit resume, writing sample and references to:

James Botsford
Director, Indian Law Office,
Wisconsin Judicare
P.O. Box 6100,
Wausau, WI 54402.

The position will remain open until filled.

Community Development Specialist

The Center for Community Change (CCC) is a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to building the power and capacity of low-income community groups to represent the interests of poor people locally and in the broader public arena. It pursues this mission by providing capacity-building assistance and policy support to low-income organizations across the country by providing expert advice on community organizing, leadership and board development, strategic planning, and fundraising, and housing, economic and job development, transportation, healthcare, education and other issues affecting the lives of poor people. The Center also helps community groups build broader alliances to address key policy issues at the local, state and national level.

CCC is seeking a Community Development Specialist for its Field Services Unit. The role of the Community Development Specialist is to increase the capacity of community-based organizations in low-income urban Indian communities. The Specialist will work with American Indian community organization boards and staff members to identify technical assistance needs, create technical assistance plans and provide the necessary assistance, to address the organizations capacity in the areas of; affordable housing development, community economic development, and workforce development. The position requires frequent travel out-of-the-area. The Specialist will be based in San Francisco, and be supervised by the Senior Community Development Specialist

The Community Development Specialist is responsible for carrying out the following duties:

  • Conducting assessments of the community development capacity of urban Indian organizations, developing organizational profiles, and technical assistance plans.
  • Serving as the lead technical assistance provider to several urban Indian community-based organizations in carrying out T.A. workplans.
  • Assisting in the organizing of cluster community development training sessions including; identifying training needs, locating training consultants, and providing training.
  • Providing organizational development assistance to urban Indian organizations in areas of board development, strategic planning, project and financial management and fundraising.
  • Assisting with pre-development planning for community development projects including project conceptualization, feasibility analysis, business plan development, development team selection, and resource development and site control.
  • Assisting urban Indian organizations with workforce development including sector economic development and employment linkage strategies.
  • Assisting with public policy activities including policy research, position paper development, and community organizing.


  • Experience providing community development, organizational development and community organizing assistance to the board and staff of community-based organizations.
  • Demonstrated skill in community development planning and pre-development activities related to development projects.
  • Knowledge of and commitment to low income constituencies and their community-based organizations, including community development corporations.
  • Experience with American Indian Community Development including federal Indian programs and policies.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including computer word processing and e-mail.
  • Masters degree preferred in Urban Planning, Business Administration, and Social Work or related field.

Salary & Benefits: The Center offers a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package.

Application Deadline: Until position is filled.

All applicants should send a resume and cover letter with salary expectations to:

Center for Community Change
Attn: Human Resources
1000 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20007
FAX (202) 338-3453 or 202-333-5462

Please indicate title of position you are applying. Only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted


Resource Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)

BIA's Division of Environmental and Cultural Resources Management has just announced a vacancy for an environmental compliance project manager in our Washington, DC office. Seeking qualified Native candidates for the position. The duties will be to assist with the environmental audit program, draft policies, assist with compliance efforts, assist with solid waste activities, etc.

The vacancy announcement is listed on the "Office of Personnel Management USAJOBS" web page, and all applications must be online. Those who wish to apply but do not have access to the internet will have to call the personnel office and provide them the information over the phone, so that the personnel office can add it to the online system.

If you have questions, please contact

Jerry Gidner,
Chief Division of Environmental and Cultural Resources Management,
Bureau of Indian Affairs
202-208-5696, or

Debbie McBride,Environmental Compliance Coordinator


To obtain listings of Federal job vacancy announcements, please visit
the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) web site at: 3.

Society for American Archaeology (SAA) and National Science Foundation (NSF)

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:

Society for American Archaeology
900 Second Street NE #12,
Washington, DC 20002-3557
telephone (202) 789-8200
Fax (202) 789-0284

American Indian Studies Center
University of Washington

The American Indian Studies Center at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, faculty position at the assistant professor level beginning September 16th, 2001.

Applicants should be accomplished in the areas of teaching, research, and service. Applicants must have the Ph.D. or terminal degree appropriate to their field of specialization (or discipline) by the start date. Applicants for this position will be expected to perform the required duties of research and teaching regarding Native American community life, and the issues that continue to be of concern within those communities. We are especially interested in scholars whose work centers on research interests related to current Northwest tribal communities. Areas of special interest include - but are not limited to - education, sovereignty studies, government, and tribal economic development.

The University of Washington, UW, is the major research university of the Northwest. UW has approximately 500 American Indian students. AIS currently has six full-time faculty and several affiliate faculty. Current areas of specialty include history, anthropology, art, literature, sociology, and film and video study.

Salary and other considerations for this position will be fully competitive.

Applications including a curriculum vitae, a detailed statement of research and teaching interests, a writing sample, and three letters of support should be sent to:

Professor Tom Colonnese, Director,
American Indian Studies Center,
Box 354305,
Padelford Hall C-514,
University of Washington,
Seattle, Washington 98195-9000 by
March 1, 2001.

The University of Washington seeks to build a diverse faculty and minority applicants are especially encouraged to apply.

North American Indian Center of Boston (NAICOB)

Starting January 22, 2001 GED/Adult computer education classes begin. Class includes computer fundamentals, typing skills, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access 2000), Internet and resume writing and employment assistance. GED course consists of pre-test and evaluation, GED exam preparation and tutorial and payment of GED test fee. Classes are held at The North American Indian Center of Boston. The program is available to American Indians who meet employment and live in one of the following counties: Berkshire, Essex, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, Middlesex, Norfolk, Suffolk and Worcester. This is a ten-week training course. Contact Janice Falcone or Shirley Mills at (617) 277-4804

Diversity Initiative Assistant

Full-time, Boston office of National environmental non-profit seeks individual with research, administrative, and recruitment skills who has a strong interest in multicultural issues, especially the recruitment of students and graduates of color. Incumbent will do research, collect data, manage a database, conduct web searches, coordinate projects and mailings, give small group presentations, attend events, and lead other diversity-recruitment activities. There will be 25% national travel involved. Incumbent will need to be very familiar with Access, Excel, Power Point, Internet, and e-mail, and have strong written and verbal communication skills. Forward your resume with a cover letter to:

Kathy Rodman,
Environmental Careers Organization,
179 South Street,
Boston MA 02111, or
Fax it to 617-423-0998, or
email it to

The Four Directions Summer Research Program (FDSRP)

The Four Directions Summer Research Program (FDSRP) is a summer program run for Native American college students by Native American medical student members of the Native American Health Organization at Harvard Medical School. FDSRP will be eight years old in 2001, and has had 56 participants so far. FDSRP welcomes applicants who are interested in becoming familiar with the medical and research community at Harvard Medical School, and who are seriously committed to helping their Native communities.

For more information and applications, please contact:

Four Directions Summer Research Program
Harvard Medical School
260 Longwood Avenue, MEC 432
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 432-4980
(800) 367-9019 ext. 2

Website is located at

Montana State University, Bozeman Montana.

Montana State University, Department of Education is seeking qualified applicants to fill a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor teaching Multicultural Education and Foundations.


1) Conduct a balanced agenda of teaching, scholarship/research, and service.
2) Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in Multicultural Education, and Foundations.
3) Advise graduate and undergraduate students
4) Supervise field experiences.
5) Conduct research and publish in appropriate journals in the field.
6) Work effectively with representatives of Montana's seven Native American tribes.
7) Provide service to the department, college, university, professional field, and service area.

Required Qualifications:

1. A doctoral degree earned by the time employment begins. ABD will be considered.
2. Experience teaching in formal and/or informal settings, especially multicultural education.
3. Evidence of scholarly ability appropriate to candidate's level of experience.
4. Evidence of working effectively with public schools, and the communities and populations they serve.

Salary Range: $40,000-$45,000.

Screening begins Feb 1 and will continue until position is filled.

For full vacancy announcement and details of application process, please see our web page:

For other questions contact Dept Secretary Julie Smolenski at 1-406-994-6670 or e-mail search committee chair Robert Carson at

Indian Law Research Center
Indian Law Resource Center - Communications Associate

Please contact Terry Janis at (406)449-2006 or at for further information about the fellowship at Indian Law Resource Center.

Indian Law Resource Center
602 North Ewing Street C Helena, Montana 59601
Telephone (406) 449-2006
Facsimile (406) 449-2031

Institute for Indigenous Resource Management.

The Institute for Indigenous currently has Internship opportunities. If you are onterested in working in the areas of Environmental Justice, Federal Facilities Cleanup or other topics dealing with indigenous rights and resources, please visit the website: to learn more, or contact:

Alana Dixson (Intern, Human Genome Project, International Institute for Indigenous ResourceManagement) at (303) 733-0481 or by e-mail at

Association of American Indian Physicians

See the following webpage of the Association of American Indian Physicians for employment opportunities (listed under Classifieds) and Student Activities (such as financial aid). There also is a link to the Society of American Indian Dentists.

Re-figuring the Ecological Indian
American Heritage Center- Tenth Annual Symposium- September 20-22, 2001
University of Wyoming - Laramie, Wyoming

The American Heritage Center, a manuscript repository at the University of Wyoming, in association with the UW American Indian Studies Program will host the Center's Tenth Annual Symposium September 20-22, 2001. The theme of the conference will be the re-figuring of the Ecological Indian as drawn from the title of Shepard Krech III's The Ecological Indian: Myth and History.

The symposium's program committee requests proposals for papers and sessions which examine both the varied interactions between Indian peoples and their environments and the ways they have been portrayed, and indeed appropriated, by scholars and in popular culture. Multidisciplinary sessions are encouraged and areas of inquiry could include traditional ecological knowledge (TEK); the archaeological record; American culture and images of the Indian; tribal sovereignty; and, contemporary issues involving land and resource use. Papers touching on related ideas or themes, and student research sessions are also appropriate. Participation by members of native communities is particularly encouraged. Shepard Krech will be the keynote speaker for the symposium.

For papers and panels please submit a 250 word abstract. Include the title of the presentation, the full name of all presenters, institutional affiliations, vitas, mailing addresses, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail addresses; and any special requirements such as slide projectors or other equipment. Abstracts should be submitted electronically if at all possible. If funding is identified selected papers will be published in symposium proceedings


Submit proposals to:

Sally Sutherland, American Heritage Center
PO Box 3924, Laramie, WY 82071
307-766-4295; FAX: 307-766-5511

Decisions will be made by the program committee. Participants will be notified by mid-March. A small honorarium will be provided as well as some assistance for travel and lodging for those invited to speak.

The American Heritage Center holds many collections related to the environment, and 20th Century American Culture. The AHC also provides travel grants up to $500 to scholars and students who wish to use our collections. Travel applications are due
April 16, 2001. Please contact the AHC for an application form or see the AHC's web page at

Social Studies/Communication Teacher for Santa Fe Indian School
Community Based Education Project

High level of commitment in a non-traditional, community directed, interdisciplinary classroom setting which may require longer hours teaching high school level Tribal Government, History, and Communications classes. Will work in collaboration with Pueblo Communities participating in the CBE Project. A BA/MA and NM Teacher license with appropriate subject endorsements is required.

To apply, submit a Santa Fe Indian School application, resume (optional), college transcripts, and two letters of recommendations written within the past
two years to:

PERSONNEL, PO Box 5340, 1501 Cerrillos Road, Santa Fe, NM 87502

(505) 989-6304.

SFIS is an EOE organization with Indian Preference policies.

Executive Director
California Indian Basketweavers Association (CIBA)

The California Indian Basketweavers Association (CIBA) is a non-profit public benefit corporation that works to safeguard and perpetuate the rich basketweaving traditions of California's numerous and diverse tribes, as carried on today by several hundred contemporary Native weavers.

Seeking an experienced management professional to lead organization to new levels of growth and service to our constituents. The Executive Director will oversee a staff of nine professional and support personnel working with a budget of over $400,000.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director serves as the CEO of the organization with all the duties and responsibilities inherent therein. S/he has responsibility for strategic planning, financial development, administrative and program management, staff and board development, and constituent and public relations.

Bachelor's Degree required; Master's preferred. Preferred experience: minimum of 5 years in cultural, environmental or community development field. Familiarity with California Indian culture, history, and current issues preferred. Desirable candidates will have proven skills in all aspects of non-profit management. Successful candidates must be willing to make a long-term commitment to CIBA, and will possess most, if not all, of the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated planning, financial management, and organizational skills, including experience in managing change.
  • Strong interpersonal, team-building, and leadership skills, with ability to empower, motivate, and develop staff.
  • Ability to articulate a vision for the future and engage others in achieving the vision.
  • Ability to inspire enthusiasm and support for CIBA and its goals.
  • Ability to motivate, understand and communicate with diverse audiences.
  • Ability to respect and build relationships with a diversity of people, organizations, and communities.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Proven grant writing and other fund raising skills.
  • Proven success working with boards of directors.

The position will be headquartered at CIBA's main office in Nevada City, in the Sierra Nevada foothills 70 miles northeast of Sacramento, California.

The position will remain open until filled. Motivated applicants should send a letter of interest, together with a resume, salary history/requirements, and names and phone numbers of three professional references to:

CIBA, PO Box 2397, Nevada City, CA 95959

or via email to

Persons of California Indian descent are especially encouraged to apply.





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