Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 2, 2001 - Issue 37





Summer Rez 2001

If you are an American Indian who will be a sophomore or junior next school year, and are interested in finding out what college is all about, along with other Native youth, and have a GPA of 2.00 "C" or better, than this is an exciting opportunity for you.

Summer Rez 2001 is a FREE 4 day residential program designed to increase the rate of Native Youth entering college; provide academic learning opportunities to prepare students for a higher education; provide culturally based activities with Indian Elders, leaders and role models to focus upon strengthening each student's tribal knowledge to better serve communities.


Day 1: Check in at UC Davis with activities at the State Capitol and State Indian Museum.
Day 2: Travel to CSU Sacramento & Chaw-Se State Park.
Day 3: Travel to UC Berkeley for workshops.
Day 4: Workshops & Awards Luncheon at UC Davis.

You can call 916-971-9190 for information or applications.

André Cramblit, Operations Director-Northern California Indian Development Council

NCIDC ( is a non-profit that meets the development needs of American Indians and operates an art gallery featuring the art of California tribes (


The South East Texas chapter of the American Indian Movement, in conjunction with the Native American Chamber of Commerce-Gulf Coast Region, is pleased to announce the WALKING BETWEEN WORLDS scholarship series. Designed to reward Indigenous youth, who exemplify the spirit of truly walking between two worlds, recipients will be those who are advancing their academic pursuits, while serving their traditional community, and preserving traditional knowledge, thru language, stories, and community activity. Ranging from $500-$20,000, these awards will be given to the applicants who best exemplify the potential of the next generation. Awards will be associated with specific Houston area campuses, including prestigious Rice University, highly acclaimed Texas Southern University, and the University of Houston, with it's dynamic, broad based curriculum.

To apply, applicants must provide name, address, and phone number, high school transcripts- or equivalent, a five hundred word essay on what it means to Walk Between Worlds, along with photos, and related material, depicting community activism, and participation in community activities.

Applications must be post marked no later than
July 20, 2001. Awards are scheduled to be announced August 10, 2001.

Send related material to:
Walking Between Worlds
6124 North Highway 6 #120
Houston, Texas 77084


The 5th Conference for Indigenous Women's Health & Wellness. It will be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel in Waikiki on August 4-7, 2001. They are still looking for workshop presenters; the deadline is May 1. That is also the deadline for early registration. The cost by 5/1 is $300; after, it is $375. The reg. fee includes materials, continental breakfasts, breaks and dinners. The advance notice, registration and hotel forms, and other information are all available at their new


Still looking for a summer job in public service?

Native American Youth Enrichment Program is looking for Native college students with experience working with children for its seven week summer camp in Boston. Along with a junior counselor, who is Native high school student and a former camper, you will lead a group of approximately ten Native children from the Boston area ages 6-13 every day. The commitment is from 18 June to 20 August for two weeks of training and seven weeks of camp, pays a $3000 stipend, and includes housing. Senior counselor applications are due ASAP and can be found online at

Visit our webpage at - and email us at with any questions. Come join NAYEP for a memorable summer of public service!


The Navajo Nation Courts sponsor an internship program to give law students an opportunity to get hands-on experience with a court system which has been called the "flagship of American tribal courts."

Students learn while working on trial or appellate opinions, researching memoranda, and court planning projects (in diverse areas, including domestic violence, traditional Navajo law, child support legislation, and court rules). Students work with the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, the court solicitor and the trial courts. Students work with the Navajo Nation Supreme Court or a trial court in three general areas:

  • pre-argument preparation (reviews cases files assigned and prepares to brief the justices/judges on each case;
  • attendance at oral arguments; and
  • formulation and drafting of the opinion.

Many former externs praise their experience, and several have written law journal articles, using what they learned. Working with the Courts of the Navajo Nation is a unique and rewarding experience.


A small living stipend may be paid depending on the availability of funds. However, students are encouraged to seek their own funding cover living expenses.

The court arranges lodging through the local organizations or area families.


The Navajo Nation Preference in Employment Act applies to placements under this program, but non-Navajo or non-Indian students are encouraged to apply.


Where possible, places are arranged for students who bring their own stipend in the form of a work-study, scholarship, volunteer or other basis.


Interested students should send a resume, recent writing sample, and a letter of interest to Al Harris, Navajo Nation Supreme Court, Post Office Box 520, Window Rock, Arizona 86515.


Al Harris, Navajo Nation Supreme Court, (520) 871-7012, by facsimile at (520) 871-7016, or by email at




AWARD PERIOD: AUGUST 1, 2001-JULY 31, 2002

The College of Arts and Letters, the College of Social Science and the office of the Provost invite applications for a pre-doctoral dissertation fellowship award. The award will be $36,000 for one year and will require the successful applicant to teach one course each semester in either the College of Arts and Letters or the College of Social Science. Applicants must be ABD and actively working in American Indian Studies and committed to a career in Native Studies. The fellowship will provide office space, access to an outstanding library and computing facilities and the faculty involved in the American Indian Studies program at Michigan State University. Applicants may be pursuing the Ph.D. degree in any discipline or area taught by the College of Arts and Letters or the College of Social Science at MSU and will be affiliated with a department or program in one of the Colleges. Michigan State University is very interested in attracting young scholars to strengthen the American Indian Studies Program at MSU

For further information and application guidelines contact:

The American Indian Studies Program,
ATTN: Patrick LeBeau,
281 Bessey Hall,
Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI 48824.
Telephone: (517) 432-2558
or email:



Title: Associate Director of Honoring Nations
Unit/Dept./School: Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development/John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Full or Part Time: Full time
Salary: Depending on experience

The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (Harvard Project) is housed in the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and is a project of the Harvard University Native American Program. Created in 1987, the Harvard Project seeks to understand the conditions under which socioeconomic development is achieved among American Indian nations. The Harvard Project's ongoing activities include comparative and case research, consultation to organizations working with Native populations, executive education, and the administration of a tribal governance awards program.

The Associate Director of Honoring Nations will work closely with the Harvard Project's Executive Director in the administration of Honoring Contributions in the Governance of American Indian Nations (also known as Honoring Nations), a national awards program created in 1998 that identifies, celebrates, and shares outstanding examples of tribal governance in the United States. Reporting to the Harvard Project's Executive Director, work will entail project management (including assistance with grants management and fundraising), writing, public speaking, and substantial interaction with tribal leaders and other decision makers in the field of American Indian affairs. Specific responsibilities will include: working with 13-member Honoring Nations Advisory Board to develop program policies, coordinating outreach efforts and media relations, managing a three-round evaluation process that culminates with a major public event, report and case study preparation, and developing and implementing dissemination strategy that provides tribal leaders, public officials, scholars, and the public with reports, case studies, and other curricular materials designed to spotlight and facilitate the spread of tribal government best practices. In addition, the Associate Director of Honoring Nations will spend approximately 20% of her/his time contributing to and coordinating with the Harvard Project's ongoing activities, including applied research and the application of that research in service to Indian nations.

Advanced degree (Masters-level or higher) in Economics, Political Science, Public Policy, Law, Sociology, Anthropology, or other policy-related field is strongly preferred. Excellent writing, research, analysis, communication, and organizational skills are required. Knowledge of American Indian affairs is required. Experience in project management and administration is preferred. Travel is required. Note that this is a two-year term appointment with possible renewal depending on grant funding.

Please send resume, cover letter, and 3-5 page writing sample to:

Robert Elkin
Senior Human Resources Officer
J.F.K. School of Government at Harvard University
79 J.F.K. Street
Cambridge, MA 02138


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Daemen College

Daemen College seeks a project director for a student enrichment program designed to increase participation of underrepresented populations, particularly Native American, in the environmental sciences. The Center will develop partnerships with targeted rural and urban high schools in The Western New York region, with key Center activities to include a residential, intensive summer program; weekend workshops during the school year; high school science faculty enrichment programs; and web-based activities. This is a grant-funded program, with program development and first-year operational costs already secured.

Doctorate in a natural science discipline (ABD considered), with Teaching and research experience in the environmental sciences suitable for appointment at the assistant or associate professor rank. The director will serve as the principal teacher in Center programs and oversee the curriculum. Credentials in earth science are preferred. The directorship may include or lead to a tenure-track appointment in the Daemen College Natural Science Department.

Substantive experience, cultural fluency, and knowledge of populations to be served, especially Native American. Ability to create and maintain community partnerships; promote student and teacher participation; and facilitate program support and growth at the community level.

Ability to secure continued public and private funding for Center operations, with the long-term goal of attaining self-sustainability of The Center.

Administrative skills and experience sufficient to manage Center operations, including educational program, student and faculty recruitment, website development and maintenance, program assessment, and supervision of program personnel, including administrative assistant, program faculty, and specialist consultants. The director will participate in selecting a Center Advisory Board and will serve on the board ex officio.

Salary is competitive, with excellent benefits. Application review will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Anticipated starting date is September 1, 2001.

Daemen College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce. Women and members of Native American and other historically underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references to:

Personnel Director, Daemen College, 4380 Main St., Amherst, New York 14226.


October 18-20, 2001
Houston, Texas

Scholarship applications due June 15 - Poster submissions due July 15 Registration due August 30

The Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing is the first in a series of events designed to celebrate the technical contributions and career interests of diverse people in computing fields. The symposium, sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery and IEEE-Computer Society, will take place October 18-20, 2001 at the Sofitel Hotel in Houston, Texas. This year's theme, "Expanding Horizons," reflects a focus on access to powerful knowledge from diverse researchers in computing, community expansion in the field of computing, and knowledge sharing among computing disciplines.

The Tapia 2001 Symposium scholarship program provides means for students and faculty to attend this event that do not have funding for conference opportunities. Scholarship applications will be accepted until June 15, 2001 (

The symposium honors the significant contributions of Dr. Richard A. Tapia, a mathematician and professor in computational and applied mathematics at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Dr. Tapia, an internationally acclaimed scientist, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the first recipient of the A. Nico Habermann Award from the Computing Research Association for outstanding contributions to aiding members of underrepresented groups within the computing community, a member of the National Science Board, and recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Clinton.

In addition to a full slate of speakers and panels, the symposium will include a banquet honoring Richard Tapia, a town hall meeting to plan future events, and a Career Info Center, where symposium sponsors and supporting organizations will have the opportunity to display materials about internships, job openings, and other information.

Register by August 30, 2001 to guarantee your space at this exiting event:

The Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing is being planned by the Coalition to Diversify Computing, whose mission is to increase the visibility of people of color in computing research and to provide networking opportunities for minority researchers, faculty, and students. CDC is a joint committee of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the Computing Research Association (CRA), and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (IEEE) Computer Society.

For more information on CDC, see


Indians Into Psychology (InPsych) Program at the University of Montana is looking for undergraduate students who are interested in attending our summer enrichment program July 1-14th on UM Campus in Missoula, MT. This program focuses on training American Indians in Clinical Psychology. The summer enrichment program helps to prepare students to make application to a graduate program in psychology. Students receive travel, room, board, meals and a daily stipend.The deadline to apply to this program has been extended to June 15th, 2001. Applications are available on-line. Visit our website at or contact Shannon Dooling, Outreach Recruitment Coordinator at (406) 243-5679 or email

Shannon Dooling
Outreach Recruitment Coordinator
Indians into Psychology (InPsych)
University of Montana
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-5679


Harkness Fellowships in Health-Care Policy Available to Researches from Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom

Deadline: October 1, 2001

The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve health care practice and policy, offers the Harkness Fellowships in Health-Care Policy to give mid-career professionals from Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom an opportunity to conduct a research project in the United States and to work with leading U.S. health policy experts.

Up to nine Harkness fellows are selected annually for a period of nine to twelve months. Fellows participate in a variety of events organized by the Fund and others, including the annual meeting of the Academy for Health Services Research and Health Policy and the Fund's Inter-national Symposium on Health-Care Policy. Each fellowship project is expected to culminate in a peer-reviewed journal article. In conjunction with the program, the Fund also offers a New Zealand Harkness Fellowship, available to citizens of New Zealand in any field of study.

Fellows are typically in their late 20s to early 40s and must be citizens of Australia, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom; have completed a master's or Ph.D. (or the equivalent) in health-care services/policy research (in rare cases consideration may be given to candidates with bachelor's degrees); show promise as policy-oriented researchers, or be practitioners with demonstrated expertise in health policy issues and a track record in health-policy analysis; and be at the research fellow to senior lecturer level if based at an academic institution.

Application instructions and forms are available at the Commonwealth Fund's Web site.


The Commonwealth Fund
One East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
Tel: (212) 606-3800
Fax: (212) 606-3500

RFP Link:

For additional RFPs in Health, visit:

Legislative Associate
Washington, DC

Work Days/Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 6:00pm/40+ hours
Position Type: Full time permanent
Salary: $45,677 per annum

Primarily responsible for monitoring congressional legislation affecting the Navajo Nation. Researching and analyzing all matters, which may impact the Navajo Nation and communicate to all appropriate Executive Division Directors and other branches of government. Attend congressional meetings/hearings and report significant actions/status on legislation to division directors, committees, and the Navajo Nation Council on a regular basis. Draft testimony, talking points, bill language, briefings, memoranda, and reports. Conduct independent research projects, including legislative reports, and issue analyses. Assists support staff with daily operational functions of the office when necessary and perform related work required by Executive Director.

Education and Training:
A Bachelors Degree, preferably in political science, history, and English related field.

A minimum of two (2) year of legislative or legal experiences, preferably congressional.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must have excellent analytical, verbal, and writing skills. Presentation skills necessary. Ability to carry out complex instructions. Must be self-starter and take initiative within areas of responsibility. Must be a team player. Knowledge of Navajo Nation, state, and federal governments. Possess general knowledge of the Navajo Nation legislative, economic, and social issues. Establish and maintain effective working relations with those contacted in the course of work. Strong computer literacy skills necessary.


Spaces are still available for COLLEGE HORIZONS 2001, A Precollege Workshop For Native American Students (current sophomores and juniors), co-sponsored by AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society). Dates are: June 13-17 at Washington University, St.Louis, Missouri or June 20-24 at St. John's College, Santa Fe, NM. College Horizons is a five-day "crash course" in preparing for college. Colleges represented include: Rice, Brown, Colorado C., Carleton, Princeton, Dartmouth, Whitman, Macalester, Barnard, Bates, Oberlin, Notre Dame, Mount Holyoke, Yale, Cal Tech, Grinnell, Cornell U., Stanford, Harvard, & MIT.

Students need a minimum GPA of 3.0 in college prep or academic courses to qualify. Complete program cost is $100 (includes tuition, room, board and all materials). Substantial funds are available for travel and tuition assistance. Students may indicate preference for either site. For more info or to print an application click on "College Horizons" at or contact Dr.Whitney Laughlin, Director, (505) 988-2061 or e-mail:


The law firm of Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP (HSDW) is seeking to fill an attorney position in its Washington, DC office. Applicants should possess a strong academic record and a commitment to advocate on behalf of Native American and Alaska Native tribes. Experience in the field of Indian law is preferred. Salary is dependent upon experience.

Established in 1982, the law firm of Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP is dedicated to advancing the interests of Indian and Alaska Native tribes and tribal organizations through high-quality legal advocacy before federal, state and local governments, courts, executive agencies, and Congress. HSDW's attorneys and legislative specialists provide a full range of legal services to Indian tribes and Indian or Alaska Native organizations throughout the United States, including lobbying, litigation, administrative agency representation and general counsel services. The firm's principal office is located in Washington, DC, with additional offices in Portland, Oregon, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Further information about the firm can be found at or by calling Allison Binney at (202) 822-8282.

Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and transcripts (if applicable) to the following address:

Professional Staff Recruitment Committee
Hobbs, Straus, Dean & Walker, LLP 2120 L Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20037 (202) 822-8282




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