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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


April 19, 2003 - Issue 85


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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) and NativeShare


To view additional listing from previous issues, click here Opportunities Button




A Native fundraiser for students at Menaul School, a secondary school,
will be held in Albuquerque, NM, on April 23, 2003
(the evening before Gathering of the Nations begins)
at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center.

Featuring Rodney Grant and Rayma Lynne Adkai (Miss Indian New Mexico)

Doors open at 6:30 P.M.

Costs $75.00 (Tax Deductible).

Silent Auction

For Tickets or more information, call: 505-341-7239 or 505-379-3931

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The Benton Foundation is seeking a qualified intern at the graduate student level to work part-time at our office in downtown Washington DC. The paid internship would commence in early June and would run a minimum of 12 weeks.

Primary duties:

  • Assist in the publication of Benton's daily online news-service, Communications-Related Headlines ( Intern would research daily news publications, summarize relevant stories and post summaries to the Internet.
  • Assist in the publication of the Digital Divide Network (, which focuses on digital divide issues in the United States, and its international sister site, the Digital Opportunity Channel ( Intern duties would include researching, collecting and posting of articles and Web resources, as well as writing articles profiling digital divide initiatives and related issues.  

Secondary duties:

Assist in other programmatic activities, including periodic maintenance of the website, research and writing of Benton reports and publications, attending and summarizing FCC and congressional hearings and assisting in the organizing of meetings and conferences.

Research Project:

The intern would also be expected to propose, develop and complete a major research project over the course of the internship. Sample projects might revolve around identifying sustainability strategies in community technology initiatives; creating a portfolio of articles analyzing the diversity of media outlets in a set of communities, or contrasting different strategies for bringing 21st century skills to at-risk youth; publishing a major policy paper delving into an emerging communications policy issue, etc.

Education, Skills and Qualifications:

  • Graduate-level student
  • Knowledge and interest in communications policy issues (the digital divide, 21st century skills, media ownership, edtech, etc.)
  • Excellent writing and editorial skills (experience with AP writing style a plus)
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work with limited supervision
  • Ability to meet daily deadlines and work under pressure
  • PC and Internet literacy
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and online publishing

Journalism experience is preferred, though not required.  

The intern would be expected to work a minimum of 20 hours/week, and morning hours (9am-12pm EST) are required. Candidates must be able to work out of our Washington DC office for a majority of their weekly working hours; part-time local telecommuting will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The Benton Foundation will not be able to pay for candidates relocating to the DC area.    

To apply, please send cover letter, resume and relevant writing samples to Andy Carvin at, or fax them to Andy at 202-638-5771.

Andy Carvin  
Senior Associate        
Benton Foundation

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American Indian Education Summer 2003 (July) Course Offering

AIE 380  "Child Abuse/Neglect and the Law" (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m., July 7-11*, 2003).

This course is designed for both educators and health and human services providers. It includes defining and identifying child abuse/neglect, and addresses the question, "What constitutes ‘reasonable suspicion’ of abuse for mandated reporters?" The ethics, practice, and underlying theory of child abuse prevention, early recognition, intervention, and treatment will be covered, as well as mandated reporting, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and other legal issues. Multiple responders’ perspectives will be introduced, including those of tribal governments and communities, county social services agencies, local law enforcement agencies, judicial systems, and foster care providers.

Instructor: Susan C. Cameron, Ph.D.
Dr. Susan Cameron, nationally renowned in cross-cultural counseling and multicultural education holds a PhD in Counselor Education from the Purdue University. She has been teaching American Indian Education courses for ITEPP for the past two years.  Here is a typical student comment regarding what it is like to participate in one of Dr. Cameron’s classes.

"I have never been able to learn so much through my teacher [and] through the relationships created with fellow students… This class will forever impact my life."

Community members wanting to enroll in this class should visit Humboldt State University’s Extended Education web site at or call (707) 826-3731.

*Intensive 1-week format: The Indian Teacher and Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP) at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California is offering an American Indian Education (AIE) course in a one-week "intensive" format.  We offer this format in an effort to minimize the impact on summer employment for regularly enrolled students as well as working professionals and interested community members.  This course was conceived to meet the needs of the American Indian community and is particularly suited to professionals in that community whether inside or outside our geographic region.  For information about our other course offerings relevant to Tribal professionals nationwide, visit our web site:

Address information:
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521
(707) 826-3672
Fax (707) 826-3675

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Employment Opportunities at the Central Office of the National Mental Health Association

Internship Opportunities - Summer 2003

The National Mental Health Association, a nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness, is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for its internship program. The program is designed to provide a unique opportunity for students to gain real-world work experience relevant to their academic and career goals. Internships are available in Administration/Finance, Fundraising/Development, NAMHPAC, NCSTAC, Public Education, Resources Center, Service and Policy, World Federation and Publications Sales. See the internship program section of this web site for more details or to apply online. Other application options include sending a resume to NMHA/JDL, 2001 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311, a fax to (703) 684-5968, or an e-mail No phone calls please. EOE

Public Affairs/Communications
Vice President, Media Relations
Mental health advocacy organization seeks senior level media relations professional to manage all reactive and proactive communications with print and broadcast reporters. The candidate must demonstrate experience with promoting and maintaining national media relations activities including a protocol for responding to media requests on a timely basis. This position will be responsible for crafting responses and training spokespersons for media interviews, and for advising senior management on publicizing the organization. Requires 10+ years experience in progressively responsible positions, excellent communication skills, experience in management, budget and supervision. Knowledge of cultural competence. Experience with non-profit organizations is helpful in addition to mental health advocacy. Send resumes to NMHA, Attn: LBM via email: or fax: 703-684-5968.

Healthcare Reform
Policy Analyst
National mental health advocacy organization seeks policy analyst/researcher to consult with internal/external experts about mental health policy and state healthcare reform. Knowledge of managed care and public systems necessary.  Knowledge of state legislative, regulatory and political processes desirable. Strong writing, editing, analytical skills and college degree required. Send cover, resume and a 2 - 4 page writing sample to NMHA, Attn: GGA by Fax at 703-684-5968 or email to EOE

Director of Media Relations
National mental health advocacy organization seeks media relations professional to manage day-to-day operations of busy media department. Responsibilities include developing media strategies, writing and producing press materials, pitching and scheduling interviews, planning media events and managing media staff. Qualified candidates will have an understanding of public policy and health issues advocacy, supervision skills, and 3 years media relations experience, preferably on the Hill or with a nonprofit health organization. Salary based on experience. Excellent benefits. Please send resume and writing sample to: National Mental Health Association, Attn: LBM, 2001 N. Beauregard Street, 12th Floor, Alexandria, VA 22311, fax: 703-684-5968, email: EOE

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