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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


August 11, 2001 - Issue 42


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San Diego State University is recruiting Native American Scholars, Pre-scholars and Collaborators for the Native American Collaboration Projects (NACP). The NACP consist of two projects: 1. The Multidisplinary Native American Project (MNACP) and 2. The Native American Collaboration Project (NACP). Both projects offer incentives for scholars including a stipend, professional development, assistive technology, mentor, etc, while pursuing a master degree in School Counseling, School Psychology, and Rehabilitation Counseling. If you are interested or know of anyone who is interested in pursuing a graduate program, please take a moment to look at our website and forward this email to potential scholars. Our address and phone number is available on our NACP website. Please email or write for information.

Native American Collaboration Projects
Phone: (619) 594-5508 or (619) 594-7730

Rehabilitation Counseling Program
Directed by Fred McFarlane Ph.D.
Phone: (619) 594-4228

School Counseling Program
Directed by Gerald Monk Ph.D.
Phone: (619) 594-6104

School Psychology Program
Directed by Valerie Cook-Morales Ph.D.
Phone: (619) 594-7730

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the department.

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2002 Princeton Junior Summer Institute

The Woodrow Wilson School is pleased to announce the 2002 Junior Summer Institute to be held at Princeton University from June 13 through August 2, 2002. The goal of the Junior Summer Institute is to help talented students from historically underrepresented groups to prepare for graduate study in public and international affairs. The summer institute provides a rigorous training in policy analysis and serves as a springboard to exciting careers in public service.

The brochure and application are available through our website at - check it out!

Similar summer programs are offered at Berkeley, Maryland and Michigan with some differences in eligibility. Since 1983, 48% of Woodrow Wilson School alumni of color attended one of these summer programs, which is ample proof of their value.

Students who attend the Woodrow Wilson School Junior Summer Institute, if they are admitted and enroll in the Woodrow Wilson School MPA program, will be eligible for financial aid based on need. We will continue to offer full-tuition scholarships and full stipends for living expenses to students who demonstrate full need. These students usually demonstrate high need and receive full scholarships for both years of graduate study. Students who enroll in other graduate schools will be dependent upon the financial aid policies at each institution.

The application deadline is November 1, 2001 and the admission process will be completed by mid-December. We use an early application deadline to avoid the conflict with our graduate school admission process and enable participants to have better lead-time to plan for the junior summer institute.

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MTV is awarding five $50,000 scholarships to students who demonstrate an interest in and commitment to civil rights, who demonstrate leadership potential and who possess a notable academic record. One scholarship will be awarded on the national level and one each will be awarded to students who attend school in New York, Los Angeles County, Harris County in Texas, and Charlottesville, Virginia. The competition is open to U.S. residents who are between 16 and 24 years of age and who are high school seniors or graduates, or full-time ndergraduate students at accredited two or four-year colleges or universities. You can obtain more information and an application for the scholarship on the Web site listed below:

Please note the application entry deadline of September 15, 2001.

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1. The Human Resources Office continually accepts applications from Outstanding Scholar candidates for Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-028-7. Candidates must have an undergraduate degree with at least an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.45 or above or graduated in the top 10%. College transcripts and Race and National Origin forms are requested. For more information, please contact Karen Nelson at (415) 744-2299.

2. The Human Resources Office also continuously accepts application from Person with Disabilities. For more information, please contact Karen Nelson at (415) 744-2299.


Environmental Engineer/Scientist, GS-819/1301-13
Waste Management Division, RCRA Corrective Action Office
OPEN: 7/30/2001 CLOSE: 8/17/2001
Area of Consideration: All interested candidates with U.S. citizenship.
Environmental Engineer
Environmental Scientist



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The Dept. of Anthropology & Sociology at North Carolina State University (NCSU) is looking to hire someone for Fall 2002. The NCSU Native American Student Association would appreciate if an American Indian would apply and attain this position. Here is the universityís advertisement as listed in the Chronicle of Higher Education:

North Carolina State University. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology invites applications for a tenure-track position in Socio-cultural Anthropology at the rank of assistant professor beginning Fall 2002. Ph.D. in anthropology is required at time of appointment. Candidates must be Native American specialists with a record of grant-getting and publication. Subspecialties are open but would prefer teaching/research expertise in applied, ecological, economical, educational, environmental, medical, or political anthropology. Candidates will be expected to teach regularly a course in ethnography of Native North America. Responsibilities include teaching, active research and grant seeking. Candidate's willingness to involve students in research activities would be appreciated.

Please send letter of application, including statement of your research agenda, vita, three letters of reference, teaching evaluations, and publication/writing samples to:

Chair, Anthropology Recruitment Committee,
Department of Sociology and Anthropology,
Box 8107, NCSU,
Raleigh, NC 27695-8107.

Formal screening of applications begins November 1 and will continue until the position is filled. NCSU is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. For ADA accommodations and other questions, contact: Dana Cooper, 1-919-515-3180, fax:1-919-515-2610; email:

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Dartmouth College Native American Program
Assistant Director

Coordinates the implementation and administration of a variety of responsive programs and activities directed at supporting the academic success, intellectual growth and personal development of Native American students at Dartmouth. Bachelor's degree, Master's degree preferred. One to three years of relevant experience including event and program planning, marketing, and advising student organizations; or the equivalent. Knowledge of developmental issues for college students and demonstrated commitment to diversity. Demonstrated familiarity with Native American communities and issues Concerning Native Americans in higher education. Demonstrated advising skills. Human relation and interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain positive relationships with diverse individuals and groups to meet program interests and needs. Planning and supervisory skills. Budget management skills. Self-directed, strongly motivated and well organized. Resumes will be reviewed starting September 17. NOTE: Evening and weekend hours are required to attend meetings and/or manage events.

PLEASE SEND COVER LETTER AND RESUME TO: Michael Hanitchak, Native American Program, Dartmouth College, 6037 Collis center, Room 202, Hanover, NH 03755-3586.

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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Michelle Handleman, an internship coordinator for CBS News, is looking for Native American students to participate in CBSís internship program. Her contact information is below.

Michelle Handleman
Assistant, Internship Program
CBS News
2020 M Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 973-0769
(202) 331-1791 fax

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Alaska Native Leadership Workshop
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
August 20-22, 2001
Fairbanks, AK

Based upon the international best seller, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. , this workshop incorporates traditional values and examples into timeless leadership methods. The workshop's premise is that effective leaders must first lead themselves before they can lead their families, villages, tribes or corporations. This workshop is also helpful for non-natives, seeking to better understand Alaska Native values and effective leadership.

Leadership Outcomes
Studies from the Jack Phillips Center for Research shows that those trained in this approach significantly improving their leadership capabilities by:

  • Accepting responsibility for their actions and attitudes.
  • Building trusting relationships.
  • Focusing efforts on things they can do something about, rather than things beyond their control.
  • Working to ensure that their workgroups have a clear sense of direction and purpose.
  • Being respectful of others' when communicating.
  • Doing performance follow-up with their workgroups.
  • Helping to create a positive and optimistic work environment.
  • Seeking first to understand other's viewpoints.
  • When making plans that will affect others, involving them in the decision making process.

Participants also receive CEU's from The University of Alaska Fairbanks Tanana Valley Campus.


  • Dates: August 20-22, 2001
  • Times: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
  • Location: Westmark Hotel Fairbanks
  • Materials: Participant workbook, 360 Leadership Profile, Franklin Planner
  • Tuition: Non-manager $425, Manager $465

To reserve your seat and receive course pre-work, please contact Charles Dayton @ 800.827.1776 ext. 75188.

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ABC Daytime Fellowship Program

ABC Daytime has demonstrated a long-time commitment to the development of new creative talent and to the employment of culturally and ethnically diverse new writers. We are looking for up to two writers to work developing their craft at ABC Daytime.

We will be offering Fellowships in story development for Daytime drama. No previous experience is necessary; however, writing samples are required. Fellows will each be provided a flat weekly salary of $653.85 ($34,000 annualized) for a one-year period tentatively schedule to begin January 2002. Fellows chosen outside the New York area will be provided with round trip airfare and one month's accommodations.

Eligibility: This Program is open to all writers. Writers with WGA credits are eligible for this Program, and should apply directly through the Guild's Employment Access Department at (323) 782-4648.

Application Procedure: Submit: 1) a single copy of one writing sample ( as described below), 2) a writing and work history resume, 3) a completed application form, and 4) a notarized letter agreement. Partner submissions are acceptable only if both writers submit separate applications under one cover. There is no application fee.

Submission Period: The application period for the Program is between August 1st, 2001 and August 22nd, 2001.

Writing Samples: Appropriate writing sample for applicants include: a live-action motion picture screen play (approximately 120 pages); a one-act (over 24 pages) or multi-act play, short stories, novellas and the first and last chapters of novels. Your are evaluated for character development, story telling ability, structure and understanding of romantic storytelling. Note: No material will be returned. After the final determinations are made, all materials will be destroyed.

You can find information and download an application and letter agreement at the Fellowship web site:

Or by contacting:

ABC New Talent Development Program
Daytime Writing Fellowship
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521-4389
(818) 560-6894

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NBC and the Oneida Indian Nation have launched a nationwide talent search to find Indian actors, comedians and writers with the potential to be cast in and write for programs in development and on the air.

"The Four Directions Talent Search" is open to tribally affiliated Native Americans who are not currently under contract with a talent agent or studio. The search will not only identify talent but also create an entrée for people who may not have had access to the industry in the past, and showcase their talents on a continuing basis.

The talent search begins with regional showcases around the U.S. And Canada, with first round events in Seattle, Denver, Miami, Toronto and northeast Connecticut. These events will be held at:

Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut on August 24,
The Comedy Works in Denver on September 11,
Yuk Yuks Comedy Club in Toronto on September 24,
The Comedy Underground in Seattle on October 9 and
The Comedy Corner in West Palm Beach on October 22.

Entrants in each round will showcase their talent by performing prepared monologues or stand-up comedy sets and will be Judged by a panel of entertainment professionals. Performers selected in the regional will then advance to a semi-final round in the showroom at Oneida's Turning Stone Casino Resort, with the finals to be held on November 7 at Performance Space NBC (PSNBC) in New York City's Soho district. In Addition to those performers, writers may submit a screenplay, script, or short Story for review by an entertainment industry oriented advisory panel. Those writers receiving accolades by the advisory panel will be presented at the PSNBC performance.

To register for the regional rounds, performers must submit a Copy of their tribal identification card, photo and resume (if available), and a brief description of what they intend to perform. Writers must submit a copy of their tribal identification card, and a short story, script, or screenplay treatment.

Submit entries to:

Four Directions Talent Search,
Oneida Nation Communications,
579A Main Street,
Oneida, NY 13421

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The FAA is looking for three Native Americans Alaskan Native students to participate in the fall internship program. The session of the internship will be 15 weeks from August 23 to December 8, 2001.

The background for the positions are:

Two students majoring in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering to work at the FAA Technical Center located in Atlantic City, New Jersey. These positions are in the area of Airworthiness Assurance Research and Development Branch of the Office of Aviation Research.

One student majoring in Computer Science or Information Resource Management to work in Fort Worth, Texas. The student will work in the Resources Management Branch of the Southwest Region Airway Facilities Division.

Qualified and interested students contact us as soon as possible. We will have the students apply to the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) intern program. The application can be found on their web site at Students should go to the website, print out the application, and fax it back to HACU. We will be available to assist the students throughout the process.

Please contact or call (202) 493-5188 with any questions.

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San Francisco
November 8-15,2001

The American Indian Film Institute is currently seeking entries for the 26th annual American Indian Film Festival. The entry deadline is August 17, 2001

Please visit for information. Entry forms can be obtained online or by writing to:
American Indian Film Institute
333 Valencia St. Suite 322
San Francisco, CA 94103
Attn: Michael Smith, Director

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
Native American Health Policy Fellowship Program 2002
Call for Applications

Gain a better understanding of the national policymaking process from a first-hand perspective in Washington, D.C.

Learn about national health and welfare policy issues that affect Native Americans.

Fellows will have the opportunity to:

  • Work in a Congressional or Executive Branch office
  • Research and analyze Native American health care or welfare policy
  • Attend seminars, network, and meet top administrators of health and welfare programs, elected representatives, Congressional staff, and experts from policy research groups.

Fellowships are available to outstanding Native American individuals who have made their career in health and welfare related fields and are interested in health policy. At least three years of work experience in a
rural/reservation or urban Native American health or welfare program or other relevant setting, such as a college or university or non-governmental or public sector organization is required.

The Fellowship provides an annual stipend, a supplemental living stipend, certain travel expenses for home visits, conferences and professional development.


Direct inquiries to:

The Program Manager
Native American Health Policy Fellowship Program
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
1450 G Street, NW, Suite 250
Washington, DC 20005
Tel: (202) 347-5270
Fax: (202) 347-5274

Information is also available on the Foundation's web site:

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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Prairie Island
Dakota Language Instructors (2)

Prairie Island Indian Community is currently recruiting two individuals to teach the Dakota language. Minimal requirements include fluency in the Mdewakanton Dakota language, cultural knowledge of the Mdewakanton Dakota, at least one year's experience teaching the language in an educational setting and curriculum development experience.

For more information, contact:

Robert Tiger,
Dakota Language Coordinator,
Prairie Island Indian Community,
5636 Sturgeon Lake Road,
Welch, MN 55089

or Call 651-385-4132
or 800-554-5473, ext. 4132.

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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: Grade 57 ($41,000 - $68,100, 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

For more information about employment at Harvard University, please visit The job requisition number for the Associate Director of Honoring Nations is 10169.

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The web site is:

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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.

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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

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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:

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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.

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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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