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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 23, 2002 - Issue 55


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  Here you will find listings of:  
  • Positions Available - including Fellowships and Internships;
  • Scholarship, Award and Grant Information; and
  • Event Announcements.
  • We receive these announcements from various sources including Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP).
  • To view additional listing from previous issues, click here Opportunities Button


The SAA Native American Scholarships is extending their deadline until February 29th, 2002. The scholarships annually support 4 Native American undergraduate or graduate students in the amount of $3000 each, to attend a training program or fieldschool in archaeological methods. Qualified Native Americans, Native Alaskans, First Nations, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are encouraged to apply. Please check the SAA website for additional information. The SAA office (1-202-789-8200) can fax an application.

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Position Description

California Indian Legal Services invites highly motivated and qualified undergraduate, graduate, and law students to apply for our Public Policy Internship Program. Interns have an opportunity to learn first-hand about Native American policy issues. Selected students will engage in many facets of representing California Indian interests before Congress and administrative agencies. Interns will gain practical experiences in the legislative and administrative processes in matters specifically affecting California Indians as well as those affecting Native Americans and Alaska Natives generally. Interns assist with tribal political action forums, issues tracking and communication, legislative analysis, briefings and advocacy. The internships are based in CILS' new office in Washington, DC, providing interns access to other Indian advocates, consultants and lobbyists, congressional members and their staff, and many other government officials and institutions, as well as opportunities to attend important meetings and hearings.

Responsibilities include: assisting in the preparation and distribution of legislative alerts, organizing and scheduling meetings with DC-based staff and tribal leaders, preparing policy analysis of legislation and regulations affecting Indian Country, and providing general office support.

The Internship Program has twelve-week terms year-round. Compensation for the internship is $350/week.

Application Process
Please send a cover letter, resume, transcripts (including graduate or law school transcripts if applicable), and a short writing sample (2-5 pages) to:

Patricia De La Cruz, Executive Assistant
California Indian Legal Services
510 16th Street, Fourth Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 835-0284, ext. 314
(510) 835-8045 (fax)

Applications will be accepted until positions are filled. For best consideration, please apply by:

Summer term: May 1, 2002
Fall term: August 1, 2002
Winter term: December 1, 2002

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Summer Research Fellowships in Law and Social Science for Minority
Undergraduate Students 2002



The American Bar Foundation sponsors a program of summer research fellowships to interest minority undergraduate students in pursuing graduate study in the social sciences. The summer program is designed to introduce students to the rewards and demands of a research-oriented career in the field of law and social science.

Located in Chicago, Illinois, the American Bar Foundation is an independent nonprofit research institute dedicated to the study of law, legal institutions, and legal processes. The Foundation conducts empirically-based research on a broad range of civil and criminal justice issues. Current research areas include: patterns of civil litigation and their causes, professionalism and the transformation of the legal profession in the United States and abroad, the impact of civil rights law on the economic progress of minorities, the influence of family and environmental factors on juvenile delinquency, jury decisionmaking, hate speech and its regulation, public interest lawyering and social reform, historical analyses of labor and regulatory law, and the role of law in struggles around racial relations and colonialism. The Foundation's research is conducted by a multidisciplinary resident staff of Research Fellows with academic training in law, sociology, psychology, political science, economics, history, and anthropology.

Half of the ABF's Research Fellows hold joint appointments at Chicago-area universities. Recognized as a major institution in the field of law and social science, the Foundation offers a rich environment to students considering an academic or research career.



Eligible are American citizens and lawful permanent residents including, but not limited to, persons who are African American, Mexican, Native American, or Puerto Rican.

Applications will be considered only from sophomores and juniors, that is, students who have completed at least the sophomore year and who have not received a bachelor's degree by the time the fellowship begins. Applicants must have a Grade Point Average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) and be moving toward an academic major in the social sciences or humanities.


Program, Tenure, and Stipend

Four summer research fellowships will be awarded each year. Each student will be assigned to an American Bar Foundation Research Fellow who will involve the student in the design and conduct of the Fellow's research project and who will act as mentor during the student's tenure. The students also will participate in a series of brown bag lunch seminars and field visits to acquaint them with the many facets of sociolegal research. The students will work at the American Bar Foundation's offices in Chicago, Illinois for 35 hours a week for a period of 10 weeks. Each student will receive a stipend of $3,600.

Application Procedure

Applicants for the Summer Research Fellowships must provide the following:
  • A brief essay on the topics indicated in the application form
  • Official transcripts of all academic courses completed at the time of application
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the student's work
Completed applications, including transcript and letter of recommendation, are due no later than March 1, 2002. Awards will be announced by April 15, 2002.
An application form is available at: or it may be requested from:

Summer Research Fellowships for Minority Undergraduates
American Bar Foundation
750 N. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60611

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American University Washington Internships for Native Students Program


Native American and Alaska Native students are eligible for a summer program at American University in Washington, D.C. Students will have the opportunity to: intern in an executive federal agency, live in a beautiful neighborhood on American University's campus, and enjoy social and cultural activities. Accepted students will receive free transportation to Washington, free housing in AU residence halls, a stipend for meals and living expenses, and free tuition worth 6 credit hours at American University.

Contact: American University Washington Internships for Native Students Program at or 202-885-4967.

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California Indian Basketweavers Association (CIBA), Nevada City, CA

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

Through our programs to support the study and practice of weaving, educate the public, and protect natural resources, CIBA has become widely regarded as the leading advocacy group for Native American weaving and gathering traditions and practitioners in the nation.



The Executive Director will oversee a staff of eight with a budget of over $400,000 working at the local, state and national levels on behalf of basketweavers and their communities. The Executive Director serves as the CEO of the organization and is responsible for strategic planning, financial development, administrative and program management, staff and board development and constituent and public relations.
Minimum qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree or equivalent education and experience. Experience in cultural, environmental, or community development field preferred.

Familiarity with California Indian culture, history and current issues a plus. Desirable candidates will have proven skills in all aspects of non-profit management.



DOE/DOQ: health insurance and other benefits available.
Send letter of interest, resume, salary history/requirements with names and phone numbers of three professional references to:

P.O. Box 2397,
Nevada City, CA 95959,
or via e-mail to (MS Word)

For more information visit our website: or call 530-478-5660.
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Meaningful Summer Jobs at the National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is recruiting for summer positions. We are especially urging Native American students to apply. Work in lovely Bethesda, Maryland and enjoy the Nation's Capitol.

Read about this unique opportunity on the NIH website

Students should apply directly at

Applications must be submitted to NIH by Friday, March 1, 2002. However, we ask that students apply early. Call us on 301-402-4157 to let us know of your interest. We would glad to review your application and, while it can be amended, provide feedback. Remember that when you apply on-line, you will need to be have the names and email addresses of your references at that time.

Our staff would be happy to work with you. If you have any questions, please give us a call on (301) 402-4157 or email me at or Pat Fong at We'll be happy to work with any interested students.

Thank you,

Jennifer Haley
Bldg 31/ Rm B1C35

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Position: Housing Director
Closes: February 19, 2002 at 4:00 p.m., pst
Salary: DOE/Q
Location: Plummer, Idaho

  • 4 years experience as a housing director.
  • Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or similar field.
  • Proficiency in numerous software programs including automated accounting systems.
  • Experience in developing complex financial packages for construction.
  • Strong background in communication, organizational skills, supervisory skills.
  • Knowledge in methods, tools and practices used in construction and maintenance of buildings and equipment.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Bondable.

For complete job description and application call (208)686-5713 or e-mail

To Apply: Send resume AND application to:

Human Resources, attn. Jennifer Hale
P.O. Box 408, Plummer, ID 83851
or fax to 208-686-6216.

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American Philosophical Society; Phillips Fund Grants for North Native American Research



Native American linguistics, ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans, in the continental US and Canada. Grants are not made for projects in archaeology, ethnography, psycholinguistics, or for the preparation of pedagogical materials.


The committee prefers to support the work of younger scholars, who have received the doctorate. Applications are also accepted from graduate students, for research on master's or doctoral dissertations. The committee will seldom approve more than two awards to the same person within a five-year period.
The average award is about $1,800; grants rarely exceed $3,000. Grants are ordinarily given for one year following the date of the award. In compliance with federal regulations, a 1099 miscellaneous income form will be issued for all grants that exceed $600.


March 1, 2002 - applications are due no later than this date.



The Phillips Fund of the American Philosophical Society provides grants for research in Native American linguistics, ethnohistory and the history of studies of Native Americans in the continental United States and Canada.

The grants are intended for such extra costs as travel, tapes, films, and consultant's fees, but not for general maintenance or the purchase of books or permanent equipment. If an award is made and accepted, the recipient is required to provide the American Philosophical Society Library with a brief formal report and copies of any tape recordings, transcriptions, microfilms, etc., acquired in the process of the grant-funded research. The Society will require the grant recipient to sign a release for scholarly use.

Application includes:
  • The form, supplied by the Society or available online at the website below
  • Three letters of support; if the applicant is a graduate student, one of the letters must be from the dissertation supervisor.
Electronic submission of the letters is acceptable ONLY if the writer's signature scans into a word document. If forms are downloaded from the website, verify that page-format is maintained. Requests for forms must indicate eligibility of both applicant and project; state whether the field of research is linguistics or ethnohistory. Include a self-addressed mailing label.

Phillips Fund for Native American Research
American Philosophical Society
104 South Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3387

Telephone requests for the forms cannot be honored.

Students are encouraged to contact the program directly at (215) 440-3429

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University of Arizona Archaeological Field School
Summer Program in Native American Archaeology and Heritage Preservation

The University of Arizona Archaeological Field School announces a summer program in Native American Archaeology and Heritage Preservation in the scenic Mogollon Rim region of east-central Arizona. Ten undergraduate students will be sponsored by the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Sites Program and receive stipends of $1,800 and a waiver of tuition and fees. An additional five students will be accepted seeking graduate credit. Students will participate in an intensive program of archaeological survey, mapping, excavation, damage assessment, stabilization, and laboratory analyses, while participating in a unique collaborative program between the Field School and the White Mountain Apache Tribe. A central theme of the Field School will be to teach students how archaeologists and tribes can work cooperatively to achieve mutual research and heritage preservation goals. The Field School runs from June 1st to July 14th. All students will earn 6 credit units at either the undergraduate or graduate level. The deadline for applications is March 15th. Please see our web page for more information:>

or contact Dr. Barbara J. Mills, Director,
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Putney seeks creative-minded graduate students, working artists or MA/PhD/ABD to teach ìEXCELî Pre-College Programs. Course offerings are broad, including many humanities, social science, and science subjects. Locations are colleges: Amherst, Williams, UC Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Montana, Oxford, Tuscany, Cuba, Madrid, Barcelona.

For further info, see
Mail, fax, or email resume or CV with brief cover letter to:

Tim Weed,
Director, Excel Programs,
345 Hickory Ridge Road,
Putney, VT 05346.
Fax: 802.387.4276.

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Position: Fisheries Project Supervisor
Closes: When Filled
Salary: DOE/Q
Location: Plummer, Idaho



This position is permanent full-time with the incumbent being responsible for designing & implementing Fisheries research projects on the Coeur d'Alene Reservation.
  • · B.S. degree and 3 years of professional experience, with an emphasis on applied environmental science - or - M.S. degree in fisheries resources management or related field and one year of professional experience.
  • · 1 year of professional experience in stream ecology.
  • · Excellent organizational and communication skills.
  • · Experience in technical writing.
  • · Proficiency in the use of a variety of computer software applications and technical field equipment.
  • · Current valid driver's license and ability to operate a government vehicle.
For complete job description and application call (208)686-5713 or e-mail
To Apply: Send resume, references, technical writing sample AND application to:

Human Resources, attn. Jennifer Hale
P.O. Box 408, Plummer, ID 83851
or fax to 208-686-6216.

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