Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


AN Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 10, 2001 - Issue 29





Cherokee Nation Higher Education Scholarships

The Higher Education Program was contracted from the Bureau of Indian Affairs in 1983, with the first awards made to students attending college in the 1983 summer session. In 1990, the Cherokee Nation negotiated a Self-Governance Compact with the U.S. Government that established a direct relationship between the Cherokee Nation and the U.S. Congress. The compact authorized a direct block grant to the tribe to be allocated among various tribal programs and services, including higher education, in accordance with tribal priorities.

Deadline for application submission is April 1 of each year.


The Indian Health Scholarship Program is now accepting applications for the academic year 2001-2002 awards cycle. Full-time and part-time academic scholarships will be funded for each of the three (3) scholarship programs listed below:

Health Professions Preparatory Scholarship awards are made to American Indian or Alaskan Natives (1) who have successful completed high school education or high school equivalency and (2) who have been accepted for enrollment in a compensatory, pre-professional general education courses or curriculum. Support is limited to 2 years for full-time students and the part-time equivalent of 2 years not to exceed 4 years for part-time students. Eligible academic programs being considered are:

a. Pre-Dietetics
b. Pre-Engineering
c. Pre-Medical Technology
d. Pre-Nursing
e. Pre-Pharmacy
f. Pre-Physical Therapy
g. Pre-Social Work (Jr and Sr undergraduate years)

Health Professions Pregraduate Scholarship awards are made to American Indian and Alaskan Natives (1) who have successfully completed high school education or high school equivalency and (2) who have been accepted for enrollment or are enrolled in an accredited pregraduate program leading to a baccalaureate degree in:

a. Pre-Medicine
b. Pre-Dentistry

Support is limited to 4 years for full-time students and the part-time equivalent of 4 years not to exceed 8 years for part-time students.

Health Professions Scholarships are awarded only to individuals who are members of a Federally recognized tribe (State recognized does not qualify). To be eligible for this scholarship, the individual (1) must be enrolled in a Federally recognized tribe and (2) must be enrolled in an appropriately accredited school and pursuing a course of study in one of the health professional programs as follows:

a. Associate Degree Nursing
b. Chemical Dependency Counseling
c. Civil Engineering, B.S. Degree
d. Clinical Psychology, Ph.D. Program Only
e. Coding Specialist, Certificate Program
f. Dentistry
g. Dietician, B.S. Degree
h. Environmental Engineering, B.S. Degree
i. Health Education, Masters Degree Program Only
j. Health Records, R.H.I.T. and R.H.I.A.
k. Injury Prevention Specialist
l. Medical Social Work, Master Degree Program Only
m. Medical Technology, B.S. Degree
n. Medicine, Allopathic and Osteopathic Programs
o. Nursing, B.S. Degree
p. Nursing, M.S. Degree
q. Nursing, R.N.A.
r. Optometry
s. Para-Optometric
t. Pharmacy, B.S. Degree, Pharm D.
u. Physician Assistant
v. Physical Therapy
w. Podiatry, D.P.M.
x. Public Health, M.P.H. Program
y. Public Health Nutrition, Masters Degree Program Only
z. Radiologic Technology, Certificate, Associate Degree, B.S. Degree
aa. Respiratory Therapy, Associate Degree
bb. X-Ray/Ultrasonography

Support is limited to 4 years for full-time students and part-time equivalent of 4 years not to exceed 8 years for part-time students. The Health Professions Scholarship requires a payback obligation that equals each year of support given, with a minimum of 2 years.


$1,018.00 monthly living stipend
Direct “full” tuition payment to Recipient’s school
Payment of reasonable educational expenses (as determined by the school)
Available $400.00 for tutorial expenses (annually)
Scholarship renewed if Recipient maintains good academic status

The Deadline for applications is
Monday, April 2, 2001. Applications for the 2001-2002 IHS Scholarship cycle can be requested from:

Division of Personnel Management
Portland Area Indian Health Service
1220 SW Third Ave, Room 440
Portland, Oregon 97204

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. Responsibilities: 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.

Indian Law Research Center

Indian Law Resource Center seeks a 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 interested 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 Resource Management) at (303) 733-0481 or

by e-mail 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.

Green Corps Leadership Program

Seeking top student leaders across the country for Green Corps' Environmental Leadership Training Program. Particularly interested in diversifying The leadership program and reaching out to students of color.

Green Corps Leadership Program is currently hiring for one-year paid fellowships in the Environmental Leadership Training Program. Seeking the next generation of environmental and social change leaders: recent college and Masters graduates as well as entry-level non-profit staff who want experience
running campaigns and making a concrete difference. The program includes intensive classroom training, hands-on experience running urgent public health and community organizing campaigns, and placement in permanent positions with leading environmental groups.

Please visit for more information or contact
Cindy Kang, Assistant Recruitment Director, Green Corps at


Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding and diverse recent college graduates of all academic majors who commit two years to teach in under-resourced urban and rural public schools. No education background or teaching experience is necessary to apply to this program. Corps members
receive a full-time teacher's salary and, as a result of our membership in AmeriCorps, $4,725 per year to pay back student loans or to put toward graduate school, as well as deferrals on student loans. After the two-year commitment, alumni continue working to expand educational opportunity through a variety of careers, some remaining in education, others continuing their studies at top-notch graduate schools, and still others working at a wide variety of organizations in the non-profit, government and corporate sectors.

In addition to the current 15 locations, in the fall of 2001, Teach for America will be opening a new site on a Navajo Reservation in New Mexico and possibly a site in Detroit.

Final application deadline is February 26, 2001.

Visit the website at to apply

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE)

ORISE is recruiting Native American undergraduate and graduate students for internships in the Washington DC area and in field sites throughout the country. This ten week program is designed to provide research experience to college students majoring in Business, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, and Engineering. Students will receive a stipend of $375-490 per week depending upon school classification. Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an Accredited U.S. college or university.

Applications and resume due by
February 23, 2001.

Please visit for further information.

American Indian Education
"Preserving Our Heritage, Educating For Our Future."

The theme of the 24th annual California Conference on American Indian Education is "Preserving Our Heritage, Educating For Our Future." This year's event is being held in Redding, CA on March 29-31, 2001. Awards ceremonies will be held to honor Elders who have made a significant contribution to education within their communities and to recognize , Educator, Student and Parent of the year. Sam English, renowned artist, will make a special Keynote address from Albuquerque, NM.

Additional highlights include health screening services, fun and education children's activities, California Tribal dance presentations and an inter-Tribal Pow Wow. The Local Indians For Education (LIFE)
Indian Education Center are hosting this year's conference. For more information please contact

Irma Amaro-Davis,
LIFE Center Director & Planning Committee
(530) 275-1513 P.O. Box 729
Shasta Lake, CA 96019

Conference supports are the California State Department Of Education-American Indian Education Office, California Indian Education Centers, NATIVE Charter School Board, and the California Indian
Education Association. Please join us in this cultural rich community to focus on ideas and strategies to improve education for the American Indian community.


The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), Department of Environmental Health & Engineering (DEHE) is currently recruiting engineering students to take part in externships for Summer 2001 to assist in rural sanitation or health facility related projects. We are particularly interested in Alaska Native and American Indian candidates.

Externs will work in one of three divisions of DEHE depending on the candidate's educational pursuit and the needs of the ANTHC. Externs provide support to professional staff in design, monitoring of
construction activities, and project development both in an office setting and through periodic travel to many remote villages around the state of Alaska.

To be eligible for an ANTHC Student Extern assignment, the candidate

  • Have junior or senior standing in an engineering or environmental health program accredited by an appropriate accrediting body for that field (such as ABET for engineering majors); or
  • Be enrolled in a master's degree or doctoral program in a health related field; with a
  • qualifying bachelor's degree;
  • Expect to return to full-time undergraduate or graduate school after participation in the ANTHC Student Extern Program;
  • Have a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 in pursuit of a bachelors degree or 3.0 in pursuit of a post-graduate degree (on a 4.0 scale).

- Applications may be obtained by calling Susan Gray at (907) 729-3602.
- To increase your chances of obtaining an externship, applications should be submitted as soon as possible, however applications will be accepted until
April 15, 2001.

Tribal Liaison

EPA, New England 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

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Seeking BS or BA in accounting/finance with non-profit experience preferred. Demonstrate ability to perform full-charge bookkeeping through financial reporting, budgeting analyze in accordance with application fund accounting procedures; accounting procedures. Excellent interpersonal skills are required to manage the agency's human resources. Effective written and oral communication skills, strong analytical skills, leadership as part of a consensus-making team. Ability to work independently

If interested, contact:
Bay Area American Indian Council
440 Santa Clara Avenue
Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 645-1430
(510) 645-1434 FAX


SACNAS ( is a national non-profit that since 1988 has been headquartered in Santa Cruz. Our mission is to encourage Chicano/Latino and Native American students to pursue graduate education and advanced degrees for research careers and science teaching professions. We host an annual national conference attracting upwards of 2,000 attendees. We currently have the following openings:

Exhibitor Coordinator
Compiles lists of individuals/groups requesting exhibition space; schedules needed convention facilities; sells classified and display advertising space for publication in printed Conference Program. Must have proven organizational abilities, professional oral/written communication skills, and skills sufficient to track and manage client accounts in electronic database.

Student And Membership Program Coordinator
Administers membership affairs of college/university students and professionals; executes administrative conference related functions such as lodging and travel accommodations. Administrative and database
experience is necessary.

Programs Assistant
Gives information to callers, provides clerical work and minor administrative duties, has heavy telephone contact with conferenceattendees. General clerical or office administrative experience is helpful.

Send salary history with resume/vita to:
P.O. Box 8526, Santa Cruz, CA 95061-8526; Fax (831) 459-0194;

International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management

Description of Internships:
The International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management is a non-profit corporation established to assist Indian tribes and other indigenous peoples in the sustainable utilization, management, development and conservation of their natural resources and protection of their environment. The internship program is designed to help build a cadre of scientific, environmental, legal, and other professionals knowledgeable about indigenous issues and cultural concerns.

The Institute has internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in a wide range of disciplines including the social and physical sciences, management, law, and technical fields as they relate to tribal resource management.

Required prerequisites:
Requirements vary depending on the position. The Institute considers education and work experience. Successful interns have come to the Institute from a variety of backgrounds, including political science, social work, environmental science, political geography and anthropology. Applicants should be highly motivated and able to work independently.

Requirements for Applying:
Send a cover letter to Mervyn Tano, President, explaining your interest in the internship; a current resume; writing sample; and two letters of recommendation

International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management, 444 South Emerson Street, Denver, CO 80209; 303-733-0481; Fax 303-744-9808. · Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. MST ·

Website: · Email:

PER Scholarships

The Public Employees Roundtable has announced that it isnow accepting scholarship applications. The aim of thescholarship program is to encourage the "best andbrightest" students to pursue careers in public serviceby offering merit-based scholarships. PER has given awaymore than $100,000 worth of scholarships since 1986.

Qualified applicants must have a 3.5 grade point averagein all college work completed to date. Both undergraduateand graduate students are eligible, but students must havecompleted a minimum of one year of college to apply.

Applicants are required to submit their transcripts andwrite a two-page essay identifying their specific careergoals and vision for the future. Students with priorpublic service or volunteer experience are given

Winners are honored at the annual Public Service Awards Reception each summer.

To obtain anapplication, call PER at (202) 927-4923.

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP)

Program Description:
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP) is currently seeking interns and host sites for the 2001-2002 Professional Internship Program. This unique training program offers an opportunity for Tribal Air Quality Professionals to experience individualized training, experience and exposure within an air quality area of interest. Additionally, the program encourages the development of mentoring
relationships between host sites and interns.

In addition to interested host sites, OAQPS (Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards- North Carolina) as a host site offers 8 training modules that may be of interest to tribal air quality professionals and are available as internship options (see attached).

This unique program places tribal air quality professionals in anappropriate local, tribal, state, or federal air quality agency for a one or two week internship with an experienced professional. Tribal air quality professionals who have completed at least two ITEP American Indian Air Quality Training Program workshops are eligible.

The Professional Internship Program is funded by the U.S. EPA Office of Air and Radiation. ITEP will award each intern a stipend to be used by the intern to pay for travel, lodging and subsistence costs. The intern's regular employer is responsible for his/her salary, fringe benefits (e.g., health insurance, social security) plus additional expenses incurred by the intern in excess of the stipend.

For further information and access to a downloadable application, visit the ITEP website at or contact Fonda Swimmer,
Program Coordinator at 520-523-8785, fax 520-523-1266, email



Y.E.S. TO JOBS, Youth Entertainment Summer
Minority Internship Program

Y.E.S. TO JOBS (Youth Entertainment Summer) is offering 10 weeks ofsummer employment to qualified, minority, high-school students. Theprogram places students in entry level-positions at record, music
distribution and publishing companies, television and radio stations, entertainmentretail stores, film companies, law firms, trade publications and otherrelated business. Y.E.S. TO JOBS has helped students get their foot inthe door of the very competitive entertainment industry for fifteen years.

The program will be operating in the following cities in the summer of 2001: Atlanta, Boston (Wakefield, MA), Chicago (Glendale Heights andItasca,IL), Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York,San Francisco/Bay Area, Seattle and Washington DC.

Y.E.S. TO JOBS isopen to 16-18 year old minority high-school students with a 2.5 GPA, a letter of recommendation and 90% attendance in school.

Interested students can download the application for our website at or write for an application to:

P.O. Box 3390
Los Angeles, CA 90078-3390

Deadline to submit application is
April 1, 2001.




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