Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


AN Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 24, 2001 - Issue 30






Please visit these websites for Scholarship and Fellowship information.


  • Black Enterprise
  • Black Excel-
  • US Department of Education:
  • OCA page
  • high school seniors go to and complete the student profile for scholarships

EXECUTIVE MANAGER (two -year appointment)
Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment (CINE)
McGill University

The Centre for Indigenous Peoples' Nutrition and Environment (CINE), an independent research and education resource for Indigenous peoples. CINE's goal is to enhance the quality of life of Indigenous peoples around the world by addressing topics related to traditional food systems.

Reporting to the director, the incumbent will be responsible for managing response strategy requests received from communities of Indigenous peoples and for managing the human resources of the Centre; will promote CINE through community relations and as a resource for communities; will initiate and coordinate fund-raising efforts, manage media communications, prepare proposals, represent CINE in meetings, manage budget and report preparation and undertake related managerial duties as well as acting as Associate Director. The successful candidate will posses a degree in Business Administration or Management, relevant management and fund-raising experience, and will be an outstanding self-starter and result-oriented individual with proven leadership, communication and negotiating skills. Ability to speak French an asset.
Salary commensurate with experience.

For more information contact:

Macdonald Campus - McGill University
21, 111 Lakeshore Road
Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec H9X 3V9 Canada
fax: 514-398-1020

National Science Foundation

The Florida Institute of Technology's Department of Marine and Environmental Systems (DMES) is offering National Science Foundation sponsored summer internships focusing on applied research in science, engineering, and management of coastal zones. Interns will participate in an eight week summer program working with scientists on projects including inlet management, restoration of salt marshes, redirection of flood control systems to restore natural water flows, beach nourishment, biofouling, coastal sedimentary processes and overcoming barriers to sustainable development. Participants will be expected to develop and execute an independent research project with the guidance of a faculty research mentor at Florida Tech. On-site field trips to management agencies at the county, state, and federal level will be made to introduce participants to the type of research that is needed for proper management of coastal resources. In conjunction with the scheduled field trips and through invited seminars, the students will have an opportunity to meet individuals from private industry and government that work in the fields of coastal engineering and resource management to expose the students to non-academic career options.

Who May Apply: Recruitment of interns is focused on, but not limited to, women and minority candidates. Students from institutions that do not have active research programs are also encourage to apply. Applicants must be undergraduate students who have completed their sophomore year in college, are attending a four-year university, have earned at least a 3.0 GPA in their field, and are US citizens are permanent residents.

How To Apply: Interested applicants should send:

  1. the internship application (contact for application form or get on-line application form;
  2. an official transcript;
  3. two letters of recommendation from faculty familiar with their academic background and
  4. at statement of interest summarizing the applicants education and skills, what they hope to gain from the internship, and how the internship would help achieve there short/long term goals.
Send all application materials to:

Dr. Elizabeth Irlandi Florida Institute of Technology
Department of Marine and Environmental Systems 150 West University Boulevard,
Melbourne, Florida 32901
Phone: 321-674-7454-Voice

Complete Applications must be received by March 30, 2001

Conditions of Award: Students will receive a $2400 stipend for the eight week period starting June 4, 2001 and ending July 27, 2001. The stipend will cover travel to and from Florida Tech and housing and meals at the Florida Tech campus in Melbourne, Florida.

Notification of Awards will be made by April 27, 2001.

Program Assistant
Community Services
National Museum of the American Indian
Washington, DC
Salary: $24,192 - $38,954 per year
Announcement Number: 01ES-1418

The candidate will work closely with the Indigenous Geography Project Manager and the Assistant Director for Community Services, providing administrative and program support for departmental outreach projects; makes and confirms traveland lodging reservations and arrangements; prepares and submits travel authorization forms and vouchers; establishes and maintains a record system for correspondence, contracts, writings, audio, photo, design, educational materials, etc. for each community outreach project developed; maintains master calendar of scheduled work and visits; assists with the planning and execution of special events; prepares summary tables, charts, and/or other documents by assembling and manipulating data from various sources; and keeps files of materials for internal reference purposes.

For more information please contact Shantelle Stroman at (202) 287-2020, ext. 116 and refer to the announcement number listed above.

3 positions, Indigenous Nations Child and Family Agency

Indigenous Nations Child and Family Agency (INCFA) is an Indian-managed, Oakland-based 501(c) 3 non-profit, incorporated as the Bay Area American Indian Council. Is currently accepting applications and interviewing for three Job Positions:

  1. Youth/Teen Programs Coordinator
  2. Cheif Financial Officer/Human Resources
  3. Foster Care Social Worker.

Positions are open until Filled.

INCFA's overall goals are to restore and strengthen the family circle through comprehensive, culturally based services that promote family stability and wellness. INCFA is a licensed foster care agency that provides advocacy and placement pursuant to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA); child abuse and domestic/family violence prevention programs; counseling services; and parenting/ family reunification support. INCFA also provides services and case management for Unity Village, a transitional housing program for formerly homeless Native Americans. Unity Village units serve four target populations:

  1. domestic violence survivors;
  2. adults in drug/alcohol recovery;
  3. veterans' families; and (4) family reunification housing.

Please mail, fax, or e-mail your resume with cover letter and two References to the address listed below:

ATT: Cristina Rodríguez de La Mar, INCFA Executive Director
Bay Area American Indian Council, Inc.
440 Santa Clara Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610
(510) 645-1430 (510) 645-1434 FAX

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium

SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium located in Sitka Alaska is seeking a:

TREATMENT SUPERVISOR to provide services for their adult residential drug abuse treatment program. Beginning salary $47,195. With generous benefits pkg. Requires MA/MS in Psychology, chemical dependency or other human services field; certification as CD Counselor I or II. Alternatively state licensure in employee's professional discipline, plus eligibility for Alaska CD Counselor I. Five years work experience with progressive responsibility with one year supervisory experience in direct substance abuse field.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CLINICIAN to provide counseling and case work services at the Medical Center in Klawock located in southeast Alaska on Prince of Wales Island. Beginning salary $39,748. MA/MS in Psychology, Counseling, Social Work or related human services field. State licensure as Psychological Assn or Lic. Clinical Social Worker or eligibility to apply for licensure within six months of hire. One year experience with mentally ill population and/or with substance abuse as paid position or graduate internship.

American Indian preference per PL93-638.

Submit resumes/applications to: SEARHC Human Resources, 222 Tongass Drive, Sitka, AK 99835.

For more info contact:
Cathy Wellwood 907 966-8748 or 8474, Iva GreyWolf 907 966-8776 or Human Resources 907 966-8733 or 8311; fax 907 966-8702 or 8527.

Recruitment closes 2/28/01 COB or postmarked.

The Table Bluff Reservation-Wiyot

The Table Bluff Reservation-Wiyot Tribe is looking for a JOM Assistant. If you have any questions please contact Table Bluff Reservation at 707-733-5055.

Under the direction of the Social Services Director, and the Johnson O'Malley Education Committee, the Program Assistant will assist in meeting the stated objectives of the Johnson O'Malley (JOM) Educational Program. This is a part-time position only.


  • Will provide Tutoring at Table Bluff Reservation - Community Center for Youth.
  • Will lead children's groups or field trips.
  • Will assist with providing for culturally and educationally appropriate training and services.
  • Will assist with providing coordination of presentations to youth and elders.
  • Will assist with designing and implementing programs to strengthen traditional knowledge, increase academic performance, and develop student skills.


  • At least one-year experience working with Native American Youth is desirable
  • A Bachelor's degree in a related field with attendant experience working in a Tribal environment is desirable. Past experience with children and knowledge of their ages and developmental stages is helpful. The ability to write clear, concise documents, and make oral presentations is needed.
  • A Class B California Driver's License or the willingness to apply for one is desirable.


  • Possess a valid California Driver's License, and automobile insurance. \
  • Must work well with other staff, and be courteous to Tribal members and visitors.
  • Basic group management and teaching skill along with knowledge of Wiyot or other Native American cultures is needed.
  • The JOM Program Assistant will represent Table Bluff Reservation-Wiyot Tribe in a professional manner.
  • A combination of life skills and education leading to the ability to meet all of the above requirements is expected.
  • Continuing education through classes and workshops is required regularly.
  • At least one-year work experience with youth of various ages is required.
  • Fingerprinted is required.

Table Bluff Reservation-Wiyot Tribe
1000 Wiyot Drive
Loleta, California 95551
Fax (707) 733-5601


Curry Jones has created a website with a comprehensive list of available scholarships, employment and internship opportunities. This web site is updated every two weeks. The URL is:

Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
2214 N. Central Ave., Ste. 100
Phoenix, Arizona 85004
Phone: 602-258-4822
Fax: 602-258-4825

Organization Background: The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) is a State of Arizona private, non-profit organization devoted to promoting Indian self-reliance through public policy development. ITCA projects provide on-going technical assistance and training to tribal governments in program planning and development, research and data collection, resource development, management and evaluation. ITCA is committed to ensuring the self-determination of Indian tribal governments, through tribal participation in the development of policies and programs, which affect their tribal member's lives.

Program Background: The ITCA Community Tobacco Education and Prevention Program provides funding to Indian tribes and Urban Indian Centers (UIC) in Arizona to plan and implement their own Tobacco Education and Prevention Project. ITCA CTEPP is currently funding a total of eleven (11) Local Projects (LPs), eight (8) tribes and three (3) UICs. ITCA CTEPP plays the role of program and financial monitor of these LPs, as well as general liaison between the LPs and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) Tobacco Education and Prevention Program (AzTEPP). Each LPs plan is to include specific strategies that address prevention, cessation and environmental tobacco smoke, using traditional Native American practices and ceremonies that address the health dangers surrounding the use of commercial tobacco.

Qualifications: The ITCA CTEPP is seeking one (1) graduate level American Indian student currently enrolled as a full/part time student. The student must be willing to work and travel throughout the State of Arizona. The position is funded for 520 hrs. and benefits are not included.

Contact Information: Please submit a Letter of Interest and Resume to: Teresa L. Aseret-Manygoats, Project Coordinator; Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.; Community Tobacco Education and Prevention Project; 2214 N. Central Ave., Ste. 100; Phoenix, Arizona 85004.

Asian and Pacific Islander Studies
Multicultural Summer Program in Honolulu

The UCLA Asian American Studies Center, in conjunction with the American Studies Department of the University of Hawai'i, Manoa, will once again offer its Multicultural Summer Program in Honolulu for graduate, undergraduate, and high school students. The award-winning program, which was inaugurated nearly a decade ago, provides an intensive, six-week immension in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in Hawai'i through a multidisciplinary survey of their histories, cultures, and community issues.

Through classroom presentations, field frips, field studies community internships, and independent research projects, students will gain an understanding and appreciation for Hawai'i's distinct nature as a diverse and dynamic Asian American and Pacific Islander population. Students earn 8 quarter credits for the two required classes they must take, and have the option of earning 4 additional quarter credits through independent study. Directed by Erin Wright and Roderick LaBrador of the UCLA Asian American Studies Center, the program runs from Saturday, June 30 to Saturday, August 11, 2001.

For more information, please call UCLA Summer Session at (310) 794-8340 or email (, as well as view the website

Financial aid is available to qualified UCLA students. FAFSA is due by March 2, 2001. All other students should inquire about financial aid at their home institutions.


The Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in La Conner, WA is seeking a General Manager. The General Manger is chief administrator for the tribal government and reports directly to the Tribal Senate. The person selected will also take the lead in coordinating economic development efforts. We are looking for a seasoned professional with at least 5 years successful experience as a chief administrator in a multi-departmental setting. The position requires sensitivity to the needs and goals of Indian People and familiarity with tribal decision making processes. Requires a BA in Business Administration, related field, or extensive management experience in Indian Country, MBA preferred. Competitive salary and benefits.

For more information please call Merril Burke, (360) 466-7204 or send your resume to: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, CFO, PO Box 817, La Conner, WA 98257.

Summer Intern Scholarships
For Undergraduate Junior & Senior Environmental Science Majors
Sponsored by University of Georgia, Biological & Agricultural Engineering Department
Athens, Georgia

Stipend Amount? $5,000
8 ½ weeks
Start Date-June 6, 2001
End Date- August 3, 2001


KC Das at 706-542-8842 ( or
Kate McDaniel at 706-355-8315 (

Work in the Lab:
The work consists of short experiments at the bench studying the concept, mechanisms and advantages of composting; and performing experiments on air pollution measurement, data collection and analysis.

Field Trips:
Also, students will be bused to 4 other research labs in the area for 2-day field trips (one day in touring research labs, the other in the field). These research labs will introduce them to drinking water quality projects, commercial fishery exhibits, forest preservation studies, food biotechnology (insect resistant corn crops, drought-tolerant seed research), ground water contamination associated with landfill leachate, etc..

Product Produced:
Students will be required to write a report for presentation (PowerPoint) on a selected environmental problem/solution that might apply to their communities. They will be tutored every step along the way before making their presentation on the last day.

Cultural Host Provided for the Summer
A Cultural Leader will be hired as a Cultural Host to introduce students to the diverse community in this area on their own time after 5 pm.

Criteria for Eligibility:
Students should have finished their Sophomore and/or Junior year of college by the end of May, 2001. GPA should be between 2.8 and 3.5 and be a U S Citizen.

Open to All students, but Native American Indians are especially encouraged to apply.

Print and fill Application below and mailed to the specified address no later than
March 15, 2001.

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.

This unique program places tribal air quality professionals in an appropriate 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 of summer employment to qualified, minority, high-school students. The program places students in entry level-positions at record, music distribution and publishing companies, television and radio stations, entertainment retail stores, film companies, law firms, trade publications and other related business. Y.E.S. TO JOBS has helped students get their foot in the 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 and Itasca,IL), Dallas, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, San Francisco/Bay Area, Seattle and Washington DC. Y.E.S. TO JOBS is open 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.


NASA (The National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is seeking to establish a greater alignment between NASA's goals and those goals of the HBCU's (Historically Black Colleges and Universities), and the OMU's (Other Minority Universities). NASA is looking for people to help with this effort and is therefore looking for candidates for a liaison position. A description of the program, instructions, qualifications for candidates, and an application form in Adobe Acrobat format are available at the following web site:

Smithsonian--Native American Internship Program
Sponsor: Smithsonian Institution

Internships are available for Native American students who wish to pursue projects related to Native American topics and using Native American resources at the Smithsonian. Awards provide stipends of $300 per week for ten weeks, plus a travel allowance.


Office of Fellowships and Grants
955 L'Enfant Plaza, Suite 7000
Washington, DC 20560-0902

Program URL:
Tel: 202-287-3271

Applications should be submitted by
June 1, 2001 for internships to begin in the Fall;
October 1, 2001 for Spring internships.

The internship is intended to support the pursuit of projects related to native American topics and using Native American resources at the Smithsonian.

Eligible applicants are undergraduate or graduate students who are Native American students, or who are formally or informally related to Native American community. (jbb)

KEYWORDS: Native Americans



The primary duty is to provide leadership in creating and expanding an international advocacy and development program for indigenous people. This position works with a dynamic team of professionals and an exciting network of indigenous expertise to build the international department of a well-established Native American organization. Key duties include overall departmental management, staffing, program development and project management, Advisory Committee development and recruitment, international fundraising and networking.

The Associate Director reports directly to the Chief Operating Officer and works closely with the President's office to provide leadership and strategic direction for the department.


  • Develop and manage multiple international development programs;
  • Networking with other international organizations regarding their priorities and concerns;
  • Continued development of the FPW Advisory Committee;
  • Raise support for FPW core and projects.

Direct inquiries and forward resumes to:

Associate Director, FPW
First Nations Development Institute
11917 Main Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
or via email to
No phone calls please

FPW is an international indigenous organization that works with indigenous communities around the world to promote indigenous sovereignty and control of assets. We work to strengthen indigenous communities by sharing knowledge, providing technical assistance and developing tools that will assist them in charting their own course into the 21st century.

For more information, please visit our web-site at




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