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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 30, 2002 - Issue 75


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Opportunities - Page Two

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

Residence Hall Director - Akwe:kon
American Indian Program - Cornell University
Ithaca, New York


The American Indian Program at Cornell University seeks a Residence Hall Director for its residential community house, Akwe:kon, to provide administrative, counseling, and programmatic responsibilities for the 35-student residential unit and the American Indian community at Cornell. Akwe:kon is dedicated to a multicultural living experience, hosted and defined by Native Americans. The building houses both Native and non-Native students. Opened in 1991, the building's striking Iroquois structure, design and symbolism define Native American presence on the Cornell campus. The house also serves as a center for programming and community development for the American Indian program and its students, and is a key component of the Program's multifaceted approach to Native American education. This "Full Circle" strategy includes student recruitment and development, academic programs, communications, and outreach and extension initiatives to Native communities. The Residence Hall Director reports to the American Indian Program via the Associate Director of Student Services and Operations (65% appointment) and Campus Life via the Assistant Director for Community Development (35% appointment) and responds to dual supervision.

Responsibilities: The Residence Hall Director will facilitate student involvement, supervise student staff, administer and implement services and activities, enhance community and individual development among
residents, work to involve faculty in the lives of students, provide personal counseling and work with campus units to provide a safe and attractive learning environment for students in the house. This person will also work directly with American Indian program staff in developing and implementing other components of the Program with regard to student recruitment and development, academic programs, and outreach initiatives. The Residence Hall Director will assume responsibility for developing year-round programming in Akwe:kon that fully uses its resources and builds and enhances the American Indian Program as a whole. This staff member will also work with Campus Life/Community Development staff to develop services and programs, select and
trainstudent staff, and contribute to university-wide activities as appropriate through participation on committees, etc.

Qualifications: A Masters degree in counseling, education, student development, social work, community development, or a related field with two to five years of experience in residential life or some other aspect of
student development is preferred. A Bachelors degree is required. Please send a letter describing your interest and qualifications for the position, a resume' and three letters of recommendation to

Raeann Skenandore
Associate Director Student Services and Operations,
American Indian Program
450 Caldwell Hall,
Cornell University,
Ithaca New York 14853.

The position is available immediately and preference will be given to applicants submitting required documentation by October 15, 2002.

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2003 -2004 American Indian Ambassadors Program

The next class will be formed in 2003.
Deadline for application submission is December 15, 2002.

Announcing Recruitment for the 2003 -2004 American Indian Ambassadors Program - A Leadership development initiative for Native Americans seeking to:

  • Rekindle dormant vision.
  • Refresh current leadership
  • Empower emerging leaders, and
  • Express cultural values in contemporary ways.

The Ambassador Program works through:

  • Personal inquiry into one's own medicine,
  • Networks of contacts and resources,
  • Focused dialogue on current issues,
  • Exploration of international indigenous perspectives,
  • Interactive meetings with established leaders,and
  • Community organizing

Open to Native Americans from the U.S between the ages of 25-36.

Contact AIO / Americans for Indian Opportunity
681 Juniper Hill Road
Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico 87004
fax 505-867-0441


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For Spring 2003, the Indian Teacher and Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP) at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California is offering American Indian Education (AIE) courses in a variety of modes (e.g., on-line, one-week ?intensives,? regular classes) in an effort to increase accessibility for regularly enrolled students, as well as working professionals and interested community members. Several of these courses are particularly suited to professionals in the Indian community whether inside or outside our geographic region. Our on-line courses are offered entirely over the web and accessible to anyone in the world who has a computer. These courses include: the History of American Indian Education, Grant Writing and Educational Experiences. For more information about course content, visit our web site:

The intensives offered in the coming semester include: Counseling Issues, a one-week course taught by Dr. Susan Cameron, nationally renowned in cross cultural counseling and multicultural education, during the week of January 13th thru 17th from 8:00 am to 4:50 pm, M-F; and Grant Writing (targeting tribes), offered during spring break (the week of March 17th thru March 21st). All of these courses are great for educators, especially in communities serving large numbers of American Indian students.

For more information call: 707-826-3672.

Apply through: Humboldt State University Extended Education,

Phone: 707-826-3731, fax 707-826-5885.

ITEPP is a program in the College of Professional Studies at Humboldt State University, which is a member of the 23 campuses of the California State University system and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Courses offered are Junior and Senior level and are generally transferable to other institutions.

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Humanities Fellowships--Tribal Histories and a Plural World: Toward a New Paradigm
Sponsor: Rockefeller Foundation


The sponsor will award one long-term fellowship and a series of short-term fellowships each year to nourish research and teaching in Native American Studies.

Deadline(s): 01/20/2003
Established Date: 10/26/2001
Follow-Up Date: 10/01/2003
Review Date: 08/29/2002

Contact: Robert Galler, Interim Director

Address: D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History
Newberry Library
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610 U.S.A.

Program URL:
Tel: 312-255-3564
Fax: 312-255-3696

The D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry invites applicants whose research projects articulate a commitment to interdisciplinary synthesis, the implications of diversity among Indian communities, and/or the collegial exploration of the methodological implications of different epistemological traditions.

Long-term fellowships of $40,000 each support postdoctoral research in residence at the Newberry for a minimum of ten months. Short-term fellowships ($3,000 per month plus $1,000 travel reimbursement), open only
to community-based tribal historians and tribal college faculty, support one to three months of research in residence.

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Title: Institute of American Cultures Postdoctoral/Visiting
Scholar Fellowship in Ethnic Studies--American Indian Studies
Sponsor: University of California, Los Angeles


The sponsor provides support for strengthening and coordinating interdisciplinary research and instruction in ethnic studies, specifically American Indian studies. Eligible applicants are individuals who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States, and who have received a Ph.D. or terminal degree. Stipends range from $27,000 to $32,000.

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Address: American Indian Studies Center
3220 Campbell Hall
Box 951548
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1548 U.S.A.

Program URL:
Tel: 310-825-7315

Fellowships will be offered to individuals who are citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Applicants are required to have received a Ph.D. from an accredited college/university, or, in the case of a visiting scholar in the arts, a terminal degree in the appropriate field.

Fellows will receive an academic year stipend that ranges from $27,000 to $32,000, contingent on rank, experience, and date of completion of the Ph.D. In addition to the stipend, fellows are eligible for health benefits
and up to $4,000 in research support.

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Title: Charles A. Eastman Dissertation Fellowship
Sponsor: Dartmouth College


Dartmouth College invites applications from U.S. citizens of Native American descent who plan careers in college or university teaching. The fellowship will support scholars for a year-long residency at Darmouth
College. A stipend of $25,000, office space, library privileges and a $2,500 research assistance fund are available.

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Contact: Gary Hutchins, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies
Address: Dissertation Fellowship Committee
6062 Wentworth Hall, Room 304
Hanover, NH 03755-3526 U.S.A.

Program URL:

The goal of the fellowship is to increase the number of U.S. Native Americans faculty in higher education by supporting Native American scholars in completing their dissertation. The second goal is to bring Dartmouth College more role models for potential Native American graduate students among Dartmouth undergraduates. The fellowship offers an opportunity for scholars who have completed all other Ph.D. requirements to finish the dissertation with access to the library, computing facilities and faculty of Dartmouth College. In addition, the Fellow will participate in classroom activities with scholars who are dedicated to undergraduate teaching. The Fellow may be taking the Ph.D. degree in any discipline taught at the Dartmouth undergraduate Arts and Sciences curriculum.

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Supreme Court Fellows Program


For the past 29 years, the Supreme Court Fellows Program has enabled exceptionally talented people to contribute to the work of the Supreme Court of the United States, the Federal Judicial Center, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts, and more recently the United States Sentencing Commission. Founded by Chief Justice Warren Burger in 1973, the program provides fellows an opportunity to study firsthand both the administrative machinery of the federal judiciary and the dynamics of interbranch relations.

The Supreme Court Fellows Program seeks outstanding individuals from diverse professions and academic backgrounds, including law, the social and behavioral sciences, public and business administration, systems research and analysis, communications, and the humanities.

For more information and applications, go to

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Minority Scholar Awards in Cancer Research
Sponsor: American Association for Cancer Research


The sponsor provides support to eligible minority scientists wishing to attend the Annual Meeting and Special Conferences of the American Association for Cancer Research. Eligible applicants must be U.S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

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Address: Public Ledger Building, Suite 826
150 South Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3483 U.S.A.
Web Site:
Program URL:
Tel: 215-440-9300
Fax: 215-440-9412

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Goldman Sachs Scholarship For Excellence Program

Deadline: December 13, 2002

We invite you to apply for the Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence. This scholarship program was established in 1994 and is an integral part of our diversity recruiting effort, helping to attract undergraduate students of Black, Hispanic and Native American heritage to careers at Goldman Sachs. Recipients of the scholarship receive a $5,000 award toward tuition and academic expenses for one year, plus a paid Goldman Sachs summer internship.

Goldman Sachs is a firm committed to excellence. We look for traits in our scholarship candidates that reflect the qualities we consider essential for success in the financial services industry. The following are among the
criteria we will consider when selecting our scholarship recipients:

  • Enrollment at one of the participating schools (Brown University, Columbia University, Duke University, Harvard University, Howard University, Morehouse College, New York University, Spelman College, Stanford University, University of Pennsylvania and Yale University)
  • Black, Hispanic or Native American heritage
  • Status as a current sophomore or junior (must be rising junior or rising senior for summer 2003)
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Interest in the financial services industry
  • Community involvement - service to campus and community environments
  • Demonstrated leadership and teamwork capabilities

Please note that students of all majors and disciplines are encouraged to apply. Opportunities are available in various areas throughout the firm including but not limited to: Equities, Finance (Controllers), Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities, Global Investment Research, Global Operations, Investment Banking, Investment Management and Technology.

Applications for the Goldman Sachs Scholarship for Excellence are available at OCS and are due on December 13, 2002. Scholarship for Excellence candidates must also apply to Goldman Sachs for a summer internship online ( and through OCS (eRecruiting). After two potential rounds of interviews with firm representatives, scholarships are awarded in the spring. Questions about the scholarship program and application process should be addressed to Kari Gauksheim at, (800) 323-5678 ext 5-6184.

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Title: Native Youth and Culture Fund
Sponsor: First Nations Development Institute


The sponsor seeks to partner with and support tribes and Native nonprofits seeking ways to preserve, strengthen, or renew Native culture and tradition among Native youth. The sponsor believes that Native youth represent the future of Native communities, and that the health and well-being of a community?s youth determines the future health and well being of a community overall. By investing in youth and giving them a sense of community and tradition, a community insures that it will have future leaders.

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Contact: Jackie Tiller
Address: The Stores Building
11917 Main Street
Fredericksburg, VA 22408 U.S.A.
Program URL:
Tel: 540-371-5615
Fax: 540-371-3505

The sponsor's goals are: youth development through preserving, strengthening or renewing cultural values, spiritual beliefs, or traditional knowledge; youth development through intergenerational activities involving the family; development of integrated youth programs that emphasize tribal language, traditional knowledge, tribal arts, ritual, historic research, or other cultural topics; development of educational or mentoring programs addressing youth and culture; use of appropriate technology (traditional and/or modern) in youth and culture; and
development of youth programs that incorporate culture and tradition to address social issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and mental health issues.

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