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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 15, 2003 - Issue 100


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Opportunities - Page Three

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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 will update this page if we receive additional opportunities for events, etc. that will occur before our issue publication date.


We receive these announcements from various sources including Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP) and NativeShare


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Position Announcement

MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY: The Department of Anthropology invites applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position in medical anthropology. The Michigan State University graduate program in medical anthropology is more than twenty years old and has produced many outstanding graduates who now hold influential positions throughout the U.S. and the world. We seek applications from individuals who hold a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology or who will hold the degree by the time of the appointment. Research should focus on health as related to class, ethnicity/race, gender, and/or age. The candidate should specialize in at least some of the following areas: cultural construction of health and illness; political economy of health; health and environment; health inequality, health policy and medical ethics. Candidates focusing on Native North American, Africa, or Asia will be given preference. Responsibilities include teaching four anthropology courses per academic year, pursuing research interests, and working with and advising graduate students. The four-course teaching assignment will be drawn from introductory, general, and interdisciplinary courses, and from undergraduate and graduate courses in the person?s topical and geographic-area specialties. The position begins August 16, 2004; the application deadline is December 5, 2003 or until a suitable candidate has been selected. Send letter of application, vitae, and names of three references to:

Medical Anthropology Search Committee #2,
Department of Anthropology, 354 Baker Hall,
Michigan State University,
East Lansing, MI 48824-1118.

For additional information, contact Dr. Judy Pugh at EOE/AAE.

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Position Announcements


To produce one graduate of the University of Arizona, it takes the commitment of the entire University community. The Department of Multicultural Programs & Services (DMPS), one critical component of this community, is seeking three outstanding professionals to work directly with the University's diverse student populations. The DMPS consists of four units that offer targeted outreach, academic, cultural, and social programming, and a variety of resources designed for the retention and graduation of students.

If you are seeking a position allowing professional growth, the ability to impact college students, and an excellent salary with terrific benefits, the DMPS may be the right place for you!

Coordinator, Retention Programs & Services Asian Pacific American Student Affairs (Job #26949)

Coordinator, Retention Programs & Services Chicano/Hispano Student Affairs (Job #26950)

Coordinator, Retention Programs & Services Native American Student Affairs (Job #26951)

Please access, for the full job descriptions and application information.

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Position Announcement

Owens Valley Career Development Center is a fast-growing, non-profit organization dedicated to programs designed to assist Native Americans in achieving their educational and career goals. Wonderful working conditions and benefits include health/dental/life insurance, retirement, 13 paid holidays, and generous paid vacation and sick leave. OVCDC offers competitive salaries, employee training and support for continuing education.

The Assistant Finance Director will assume the responsibility of managing the day to day operations of the Finance Department with a major emphasis on delegation and supervision of department personnel. A Bachelors degree in Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, or a closely related field is highly desirable. Please see job description for complete requirements. $60,500 (Open until filled)

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Proposed panel: Contact Zones and End Zones:
Sports Culture and the Cultural Pedagogy of "Indian" Mascots "Crossroads of Cultures,"
Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association Atlanta, GA,
November 11-14, 2004

Deadline: Monday, January 5, 2004

This panel will explore those sites where education, sport, and corporate cultures come together and reshape each other, hegemonizing the "Indian" sign and homogenizing the mono-culture, or where one culture stands in to replace and speak for others--sites of cancellation, appropriation, mis-appreciation, and exploitation. We might look, for instance, at the influence of mass media coverage of United States government Indian boarding school athletics on the shaping of early collegiate and professional team monikers, at the role played by the academy or popular culture (especially wild west shows, motion pictures, and television) in forming "the language of the Indian" used in sports, or at the impact of hyper-reality and technocapitalism on developing a curriculum of consumption where the "Indian" sign intersects with and legislates fan behavior in competitive sports. We might probe puzzles such as how the hybridity that has ensued from the intersections of non-indigenous and indigenous cultures in athletic venues has moved non-Indian persons and communities to assert ownership of authentic "Indian-ness," as well as exacerbated divisions between the masses of indigenous peoples and indigenous professionals, activists, elders and knowledge keepers, and political leaders. We might interrogate how owners of corporate entities like the Major League baseball team in Atlanta own speech and invite sports commentators and loyal fans to express both admiration and contempt, envy and fear, their remoteness and impending identification with the dispossessed. Or, considering the last thirty years of active decolonization politics, we might investigate how the crossroads of civil rights and indigenous sovereignty politics both sophisticate resistance and encourage us to revise our understanding of borders and boundary-maintenance, cross-cultural contact zones, and multi-voiced communities.

By Monday, January 5, 2004, please submit a one-page paper abstract and one-page curriculum vita to Professor Tony Clark at or American Studies Program, The University of Kansas, 1440 Jayhawk Blvd, Suite 213Q, Lawrence, KS 66045-7574.

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(Anchorage, AK) - An Intertribal Pow Wow will be held at the Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) on Saturday, November 15, 2003 from 10am to 5pm. This is part of ANHC's celebration of American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month and Celebrating Culture Saturdays sponsored by BP, which presents a unique cultural program each week.

This celebration will feature American Indian and Alaska Native dance groups from the Southcentral region of Alaska. The Alaska Native performing groups scheduled are Naa Luudisk Gwaii Yatx'i, Dena'ina Jabila'ina Dance Group, Qutekcak Drum and Dance Group and the Tlingit and Haida Dancers of Anchorage. Naa Luudisk Gwaii Yatx'i is an Anchorage-based performance group composed of members of many cultures who share songs and dances from the Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian peoples. The Kenaitze Dena'ina Jabila'ina Dance Group began in 1991 and chose their name, meaning "rainbow people" in recognition of the different cultures and traditions of their dancers. The Qutekcak Native Tribe Dance and Drum Group was formed at the request of the tribe's teen athletes. After dancing with elders from other community's during invitationals at the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, the teens requested that the Qutekcak Tribal Council build a dance and drum group open to the entire community so they could dance with their own elders. The Tlingit and Haida Dancers of Anchorage have been dancing since 1986 and were formed to pass along the traditional dances of Southeast Alaska. Songs are considered clan property and those who sing and dance these songs must obtain permission.

American Indian performing groups include Mount Susitna Sleeping Lady Singers and Drummers and Midnight Sun Drum Group. Mount Susitna Sleeping Lady Singers and Drummers were founded in 1990 and are devoted to a sober lifestyle. Their songs are primarily in the traditional style of the Northern Plains but also include some from the Southern Plains. The group embraces contemporary innovations to augment their traditional background. The Midnight Sun Drum is an all-women drum group from Kenai. Members are from many different cultural backgrounds with the majority being of Athabascan decent, all are dedicated to a clean and sober lifestyle.

The Pow Wow is originally derived from the Northern Plains tribes of the Lower 48 states. Pow Wows are held for various reasons and play an important role in bringing a community together. It is also a time for indigenous people to come together to sing and dance, and to honor the heritage that has been passed down to them from their ancestors. The different styles are derived from traditional dances of the various tribes, but the individual dances are not specific to any one tribe - though they are often associated with a particular geographical area. The ANHC Pow Wow is a modified ceremony in that it has limited representation of indigenous cultures.

Native Arts and Crafts sessions will be available throughout the day for all ages. Instructions include how to make: Athabascan Necklaces, Yup'ik/Cup'ik Medicine Pouches, Inupiaq/St. Lawrence Island Yupik Eskimo Yoyos, Aleut Visors and Southeast Stone Necklaces.

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.

Kay E. Ashton (907) 330-8055

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Harvard University Native American Alumni Reception - Nov. 18, 2003
HUNAP Recruitment Booth at NCAI

HUNAP will host a reception for Harvard University Native Alumni in concurrence with the 60th Annual Session of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The reception will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2003, from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Hyatt Albuquerque Hotel (330 Tijeras, NW), Enchantment Ballroom A & B. All Harvard University Native Alumni are invited to attend.

HUNAP will also be recruiting at the NCAI; we will have a recruitment booth at the Albuquerque Convention Center (401 2nd Street, NW). Alumni are welcome to stop by the booth and we would appreciate your assistance in speaking with prospective students.

Please visit the HUNAP website to register for the reception:

For further information, please contact:

Mellor Willie:

For more information on the 60th Annual Session of the National Congress of American Indians in Albuquerque, New Mexico from November 16-21, 2003, visit their website at:

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Application Deadline: 12/01/03

The University of Texas-Austin has received a grant that will give tuition, fees, a monthly stipend and some assistance to relocate to Austin for native students who want to become librarians. They want to admit one for the spring semester of this school year and then admit two in June and three in August. Students must have completed a bachelor's degree. "2003 Recruiting and Educating Librarians for the 21st Century" The University of Texas at Austin School of Information will provide six Native American students an opportunity to pursue master's degrees in librarianship in their residence program. Partnering with the American Indian Library Association in an effort to bring new master's degreed librarians back to tribal communities, the school will provide financial support as well as opportunities for community based experiences, advising from an on-site Native American professor, and professional development through networking.

For more information, please contact:
Dr. Loriene Roy (White Earth Anishinabe) Professor, School of Information,
The University of Texas at Austin,
1 University Station D7000 Austin, Texas 78712-0390
Phone: 512.471.3959 Fax: 512.471.3971

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Assistant Professor, Position No. 84109, Department of Political Science, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawai'i at Mânoa, full-time, 9-month, tenure-track appointment, to begin August 1, 2004, and is contingent on position clearance and funding.

Duties: Teach graduate and undergraduate courses in indigenous politics; conduct and publish research; share in advising; contribute to departmental, college and community life and to the development of the indigenous politics concentration.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in Political Science or related field with a research specialization in indigenous politics [ABD with degree in hand by August 1, 2004, considered]. Demonstrated ability to teach and conduct research on indigenous politics.

Desired qualifications: Applicant should be theoretically oriented as well as have a substantive focus in indigenous peoples of the Pacific, Australia, Asia, the Americas, Africa or Europe, but not limited to these. Ability to supplement this specialization with a focus on international relations, international political economy, international law, comparative politics, feminist and/or queer theory, futures studies, or a subdiscipline in a related field (i.e., social anthropology, political geography, or others) is desired. Candidate should have ability and interest in shaping new indigenous politics program unique in the US. Selected candidate should be committed to innovative educational strategies and work with students with diverse backgrounds and experiences. The College is committed to excellence in scholarship and favors candidates who are collegial and attentive to issues of race, gender and diversity.

Salary Range: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply: send a dossier that includes a curriculum vita, a writing sample, and at least three letters of reference, to Jonathan Goldberg-Hiller, Chair, Political Science department, 640 Saunders Hall, University of Hawai'i at Mânoa, Honolulu HI 96822.

Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on January 15 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Hawai'i at Mânoa is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Institution.

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