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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


May 3, 2003 - Issue 86


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Opportunities - Page Four


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




(Anchorage, AK) - The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) will celebrate its Opening Day for the summer season on Mother's Day, May 11, 2003. To recognize the support the local community has given the Center and to celebrate Mother's Day, ANHC has dropped admission rates. Mothers will be admitted free and everyone else pays only $1. Opening Day at ANHC also marks the beginning of the summer season with its new hours, 9am to 6pm daily. The theme for summer 2003 will be, "Explore the Past, Experience the People".

"We have experienced overwhelming support from the local community for our winter programs. We want to take this opportunity to thank the community by opening our doors for a day of celebration", stated Lonnie Jackson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. "Our fifth year of summer programming will offer activities and programs for Alaskans and for visitors from around the world".

Opening Day will feature many activities for families, including Native dance lessons, storytelling and dance performances by the ANHC Dance Group. There will be musical entertainment by the Artie Joseph Fiddlers and flute player Doug Yates. ANHC cultural hosts will be presenting information on all the Alaska Native cultures. In addition, there will be village site tours and demonstrations of Native games.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center Dance Group includes young Native adults trained at the Center, who work to encourage other youth to participate in Native Cultures. They performed at Governor Murkowski's Inaugural Ball and recently finished a tour of the East Coast. The dancers, dressed in traditional regalia, will perform dances that tell the stories of Native legends and lifestyles.

The Artie Joseph Fiddlers are from Anchorage and their members include Artie Joseph, Louise Britton and David Chanar. The Athabascans of Interior Alaska learned fiddle music and step dancing from early traders and quickly made it their own. Distinctive styles developed along the great waterways that cut through the vast Interior landscape. Fiddle dances have become popular with other Alaska Native cultures and are an endearing tradition that Athabascan fiddlers continue to share.

Doug Yates, Tsimpshian and Haida, is a wood flute player from Metlakatla and Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska. Yates is from the Killer Whale clan, a culture bearer and motivational speaker. He is active in promoting Native culture and speaks to young people about prevention of suicide and the effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

Arts and Crafts sessions will be available throughout the day for all ages. Instructions include how to make: Athabascan Mini-Shelters and Medicine Pillows, Yup'ik/Cup'ik Ladies Tool Bags and Masks, Inupiaq/St. Lawrence Island Yupik Bullroarers and Fur Bracelets, Aleut/Alutiiq Paper Baskets and Rattles and Southeast Tattoos/Face Paint and Stone Necklaces. Several videos will be shown such as Potlatch, Just Dancing, Siberia Through Siberian Eyes, Nourished By Our Food, Sustained By Our Traditions, Bending Traditions and Bishuta: Contemporary Seal Hunt.

The 2003 theme, "Explore the Past, Experience the People", is a culmination of ANHC's themes from the first four years of operation. Past themes include Native traditional housing, clothing, watercraft and health and wellness. Each month, there will be a focus on one past theme, but programming will include activities and demonstrations from all themes.

ANHC Memberships will be discounted during the month of May. New and renewing members can purchase annual memberships at 10% off the regular price. Members receive benefits including free admission to ANHC, discounts on non-consignment items at ANHC Heritage Gifts, discounts on classes and free guest passes. Memberships will be available on Opening Day or by calling 330-8000. More information about the various types of membership can be found at

Visitors can experience the five recreated village sites that illustrate the traditional structures in a typical village before or shortly after contact with non-Native cultures. Knowledgeable tour guides will share the history, culture and traditions of each site.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center is an independent, nonprofit that is open year-round as a gathering place to celebrate, perpetuate and share Alaska Native cultures; it is a place for all people. It is located at 8800 Heritage Center Drive in northeast Anchorage, just off Muldoon Road North near Bartlett High School. For more information about other events and programs, visit

Kay E. Ashton
Public Relations
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Fax: 907 330-8030
Phone: 800 315-6608
          907 330-8055

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Return Of the Drums Community Pow Wow & Festival

M'Wikwedong Native Cultural Resource Centre
1723 8th Avenue East -- Owen Sound – Ontario -- N4K 3C2
Telephone: (519) 371-1147 Toll-Free: 866-202-2068
Fax: (519) 371-6181 E-Mail:

Web Site:

Return Of the Drums Community Pow Wow & Festival
Friday, June 27th to Sunday, June 29th, 2003
Kelso Beach , Owen Sound

Tickets available in advance:

  Day Passes Weekend Passes
Adult $10.00 $15.00
Student $ 5.00 $10.00 (includes Much Music Video Dance)
Elders and Children 6-12 $ 2.00  
Family ( 2 adults and up to 4 children) $ 20.00 $30.00
Feast Tickets only 250 available $10.00  

Note: Watch for new programming additions on our website!!

Hours: 7pm- 10pm

Hand Drum Gathering:

  • open to anyone with a hand drum.
  • come and learn how to drum.
  • come and share your songs.

Host Drum:
Northern Lake Singers

Nawash Juniors
Black Ash
Eagle Flight (TBC)
Twin Fires (TBC)

Hours: 10am- 7pm
  • Grand entry at noon.
  • Dance, drumming and singing demonstration and *Intertribals in afternoon and evening.

Special Guests:

  1. Siqiniup Qilauta Inuit Throat Singers.
  2. Metis Fiddler and Dancers.
  3. Aboriginal Storyteller: Priscilla Yellowhead Tobey.
  4. Mohawk dance, drum troupe.


  • Hide scrapping demonstration.
  • Scone Bake off

5pm- 6pm Feast
9pm- 11pm Much Music Video dance

  • Aboriginal craft vendors and aboriginal cuisine vendors.
  • Various craft workshops TBA.
Hours: 10am- 5pm
  • Grand entry at 1:00pm.
  • Dance, drumming and singing demonstrations and *Intertribals in afternoon.

Special Guests:

  1. Australian Aboriginal music
  2. Aboriginal Storyteller:
    Priscilla Yellowhead Tobey.
  3. Aztec drummers, dancers and singers.
  4. Spirit Singers (Women's/ Girl's hand drum group)


  • White Ash Basket Weaving

  • Aboriginal craft vendors and aboriginal cuisine vendors.
  • Various craft workshops TBA

* Intertribals- All visitors are invited to join in the dances.

NB: NEW: In addition to Dancer Honorarium- Draw for $1,000; $500; $250 will be held on Sunday. Dancers must be registered and dance for both Saturday and Sunday.

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An Opportuniy

Many of you know me as the Rant Writer.  But when I'm not out saving the world from the evil ways of stupid politicians, I am a Contracts Administrator for a Fortune 500 Company.  Actually, for one of the top 5 Engineering Firms in the world and I need your help.  

Currently, the client I work for is expanding their facilities.  I have been placed in charge of the Construction Contracts for all of their facilities ... 29 to be exact all over the US.  I find the companies we need, I qualify them, I send them the bid packages and if they bid right, I'll write the contract that guarantees payment.  In that capacity, I have a lot of power to qualify and select what companies do business with us and which ones don't. I've taken advantage of this position to expand the diversity of our Contractors to include a larger number of Minority, Female, Veteran, and Disabled Owned companies.  Believe it or not, finding many of these companies, isn't as easy as a click of the mouse like so many things are today.

I see this as an opportunity to showcase and make public Native American Companies that might not otherwise have that opportunity.

Advertising is not cheap as many of you know, but here, it's free and it is guaranteed to get you noticed.  Sure, I could go to the Chamber of Commerce, or other resources, but this reaches so many more and people go to those sites to look specifically for something.  I need Contractor companies of all kinds.

Electrical, Civil, Mechanical, skilled trades, Instrument Fitters, Construction Management.

The more of you that contact me, the larger I can make this list and perhaps use it as a resource for my parent company for the future. Many of the companies I seek work for the Government, but now is an opportunity to work for a Top 100 company.

Send out the word.  Get me the information I need and I'll contact you as soon as I can.  Don't hesitate to call me or contact me with any questions at all.  Thank you in advance for your assistance and I look forward to hearing from you.

Primarily, I need Contractors that can work in:

Battle Creek, MI
Kimper, KY
Atlanta, GA
Blue Anchor, NJ
Lancaster, PA
Muncy, PA
Columbus, GA
La Jolla, CA
Memphis, TN Omaha, NE Charlotte, NC San Jose, CA
Rossville, TN
Worthington, OH Zanesville, OH Chicago, IL
Ft. Worth, TX
Alpharetta, GA Des Plaines, IL  


Jamie Lockard
Construction Contracts Administrator
Procurement Department
(269) 961-3800

"There are many things to be shared with the Four Colors of humanity in our common destiny as one with our Mother the Earth. It is this sharing that must be considered with great care by the Elders and the medicine people who carry the Sacred Trusts, so that no harm may come to people through ignorance and misuse of these powerful forces."
Resolution of the Fifth Annual Meetings of the Traditional Elders Circle, 1980

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ERIC Clearinghouses on the Chopping Block!

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a draft plan for a "New ERIC" system. Unless this plan is modified all 16 Clearinghouses and their services--including the ERIC Clearinghouse on Rural Education and Small Schools which serves American Indians and Alaska Natives--will be eliminated.

There also will be a dramatic change in the content of the ERIC database.

The public has an opportunity to comment until May 9, 2003.

The plan for the "New ERIC" makes the following changes:

  • Closes all 16 ERIC Clearinghouses
  • Eliminates personalized reference and referral services
  • Terminates AskERIC and clearinghouse question-answering services
  • Ends all networking and outreach activities, including ERIC-sponsored Listservs
  • Shuts down Clearinghouse Web sites currently visited by 22.5 million unique visitors a year
  • Eliminates ERIC Digests, books, and other synthesis publications
  • Reduces coverage of the journal literature from 1100 journals to an estimated 400
  • Restricts consumer access to information, limiting ERIC database coverage to "approved lists" of journals and document contributors

There is still time to change it!

If the proposed changes do not reflect your vision of ERIC, ask Secretary Paige and your legislators to change their plan to include all 16 ERIC Clearinghouses with their information services and user-friendly products and Web sites; and to continue comprehensive coverage of the education literature.

Please make your views known by May 9 to:

      Secretary of Education Rod Paige
      Fax: 202-401-0596 (on letterhead. please)

      Your State's Senators:

      Your Congressional Representative:

For additional up-to-date information on ERIC, please visit:

      ERIC Reauthorization News


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