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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


May 3, 2003 - Issue 86


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Opportunities - Page Three


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




Cheyenne River Youth Project seeks Assistant Director

A number of Harvard folks have volunteered over the past few years at the Cheyenne River Youth Project, an extraordinary non-profit organization working towards improving the quality of life for the children of the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation in Eagle Butte, South Dakota.

"The Main," as the youth center is called, provides a safe, alcohol, drug and tobacco free environment which is both mentally and physically supportive for these children.  The Main is a youth drop-in center that is open seven days a week providing alternative recreational activities along with sports, arts & crafts, as well as other support services. The center provides a home like environment where children can feel comfortable and safe. Within the center is a large recreation area where the children watch movies, create their arts & crafts, play games and eat their meals. We also have a library where the children can read and study.

In 1992, the Cheyenne River Youth Project's founder and project director, Julie Garreau was awarded the State of South Dakota's Volunteer of the year from the late Governor George Mickelson. Julie was nominated by the Governor for the Presidential Points of Light Award and was presented that award by President George Bush in May of 1992.

The Main is currently seeking an Assistant Director.

Position Responsibilities

  1. Responsible for planning, organizing and implementing structured youth programs utilizing volunteer resources.
  2. Maintains and compiles statistical data as required.
  3. Works in cooperation with the Project Director to prepare a quarterly newsletter.
  4. Responsible for recruitment, supervision, orientation and training of volunteers.
  5. Composes and types routine correspondence and memoranda using word processing software.
  6. Responsible for writing articles and taking photographs to submit to the local newspaper.
  7. Responsible for writing required program reports.
  8. Oversees maintenance of buildings, grounds and equipment.
  9. Organize and implement fundraising activities for the Project.
  10. Develop and maintain a network with other youth service organizations.
  11. Required to make public presentations to local and outside organizations.
  12. Responsible for general office management and other office duties.
  13. Perform other related duties as required.

Minimum Requirements

  1. A minimum of a 2- year degree is preferred but not required.  Work history and work experience may be considered.
  2. Prior successful experience in working with pre-teens and/or adolescents is required.
  3. Prior experience in working with American Indians (or another culture/ethinic group) not necessary but preferred.
  4. Must be capable of operating basic office equipment, personal computers and various software packages. Publishing software preferred.
  5. Knowledge of modern business communication, including style and format of letters, memoranda, minutes and reports preferred.
  6. Must serve as a positive role model to area youth.  Of particular importance is functioning as a sober and stable example to the children served.
  7. Must have ability to establish priorities, work independently, and proceed with objectives without supervision.  The capability of adhering to schedules and meeting deadlines is essential.
  8. Must have a valid SD Driver's License or be able to obtain one.
  9. Applicants are required to submit to a Criminal History background check.

For more information, contact

Joelle Novey '01-02 volunteered at The Main last spring and would be happy to describe the program:

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Position Announcement: Talent Search Coordinator

LOCATION:   OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY - STILLWATER Office of Scholarship and Financial Aid
SALARY:        Commensurate with education and experience

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsible for the implementation of the goals and objectives of the Education Talent Search Program, management of student files, and will act as liaison between the target schools and post-secondary institutions.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelors Degree required (Master's preferred) Experience working with students from a diverse background (TRIO experience or experience as a participant in a Talent Search program, preferred); knowledge of academic needs of low-income, first-generation and minority students.

LOCATION PROFILE: Oklahoma State University is a nationally recognized, public, comprehensive land-grant university with a long history of educational outreach programs. OSU is located in Stillwater, a north central Oklahoma community, and is located one hour from both Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

TO APPLY: Individuals submitting a letter of application and resume that includes the names and addresses of three references will receive full consideration if documents are received by April 28, 2003.  Initial review will begin on that date, and will continue until positions are filled.

SUBMIT TO:  Chair, Talent Search Coordinator Search, 119 Student Union, Stillwater, OK 74078

OSU is an AA/EOE employer committed to multicultural diversity.

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Greetings to you all,
I want to alert interested parties that you might circulate the fact that UMass Amherst is seeking to hire two positions in Enrollment Services, one as a recruiter to Native communities here in the greater Northeast, and the second among the Hispanic/Latino/a communities. The link to the announcement is below. Please note that the search committee will start
reviewing apps on Monday, 4/28. For the Native recruitment position we encourage applications by Native people. A year or two experience in admissions helps but if anyone lacks that, apply anyway.

Attending UMass Amherst, situated in the Connecticut River Valley near Northampton and about 15 miles north of Springfield, are about 50 Native undergraduates largely from Mashpee and Aquinnah Wampanoag, plus Nipmuc, Passamaqoddy, Seneca, Quechua, among others who are served by NASSS (Native American Student Support Services), an AISES chapter, and the Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center; about eight grad students (Yurok, Abenaki, Piscataway-Conoy, Gros Ventre, Cree, and Mohegan); three FT faculty, one PT, and about five professional staff. We also offer a certificate program in Native Studies.

This is the link to the job advertisement.

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imagineNATIVE 2003 Call for Submissions

The imagineNATIVE Media Arts Festival is held in downtown Toronto, Canada every year in October. ImagineNATIVE includes programming of the best in international Aboriginally produced film, video, radio, television and multimedia, workshops, panel discussions, and cultural events.   The works accepted reflect the world’s Indigenous Nations and illustrate the vitality and excellence of our art and culture in contemporary media. For more information, please see our website,

Deadline: June 15, 2003

Media works by Aboriginal artists from any country are eligible for submission in the following categories:

  • Film and video are accepted in all lengths and genres (fiction, documentary, experimental, animation).
  • Multimedia/New Media works are accepted as installations, CD ROMs, or Web Sites. For installations, please indicate your technical and site requirements on a separate sheet. Special consideration is given to Aboriginal content and correlation with technology.
  • Television Submissions may include one or more episodes of a series
  • While we encourage the submission of works in Aboriginal languages, all works in languages other than English should have English subtitles
  • Radio submissions of all lengths are accepted (if they are in a language other than English, a full transcript should be provided)


Title in English:
Country of Origin:
Year Completed (after 2000 only):
Running Time:
Original Format shot in:
Please circle one of the following categories:

Documentary  Drama  Experimental        Television  Radio  Multimedia

Sound: Mono   Stereo   Dolby SR
Screening Format: BETA SP (NTSC)   8mm   16mm   35mm
Ratio: 1:1.33    1:1.66   1:1.85   1:2.35

Number of Reels:

Original Language:
(if original language is not English, subtitles must be in English)
SYNOPSIS (maximum 25 words):


If applicable, this will be a premiere in: Toronto    Ontario   Canada   World    None



First Name:
Last Name:
Aboriginal Affiliation:
Postal Code/Zip Code:
(results will be sent by email):

(will be listed in the Festival guide, please type or print clearly):

Postal Code/Zip Code:
Web Site:


I certify that I have the authority to include this work for consideration into the Festival.

I give permission for my work to be included in the Festival Archives, whether accepted to the festival or not

I agree that if accepted, I grant permission for the reproduction of stills from the work for the Festival catalogue, and for promotional and educational purposes, and for excerpts of my work, of up to one minute to be used for promotional and educational purposes in relation to the festival.

Signed by:____________

Print Name: __________  Title: ____________  Date: _______

Please send all other entries to:

imagineNATIVE Media Arts Festival
401 Richmond St. West, Suite 417
Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8

VERY IMPORTANT!  All submissions should include:

  1. One paragraph synopsis
  2. Director’s biography
  3. 2 NTSC VHS tapes PREFERRED for review
  4. 2 photographs or digital file stills from the entry.  Digital file stills for films can be sent as TIFF files on CD-Rom - jpegs can be emailed to
  5. press clippings, or press kits


  1. An imagineNATIVE festival form must be filled out, signed and submitted.
  2. Multimedia and Radio submissions should be sent on CD or CD-Rom. Multimedia installation proposals should include a detailed description of technical and site requirements on a separate sheet and should be submitted for consideration no later than June 15, 2003. Please note that installations may be displayed off site. A nearby media co-op may be utilized.
  3. The festival will not cover the cost of returning preview tapes. If you require your preview tape be returned please include a courier account number.  Screening copies will be returned after the festival to the print source address unless otherwise indicated.
  4. Packages sent by UPS will not be accepted.
  5. Participants will be notified through email of the selection results.

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