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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


November 29, 2003 - Issue 101


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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


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



Ford Foundation Fellowships for Minorities

Application Deadline Dates:
Predoctoral: November 19, 2003
Dissertation: December 3, 2003
Postdoctoral: December 17, 2003

Eligibility Requirements:

  • U.S. citizen or national
  • Native American Indian, Mexican American/Chicana/Chicano, Alaska Native (Eskimo or Aleut), Native Pacific Islander (Polynesian or Micronesian), Black/African American, or Puerto Rican
  • Planning a career in teaching and research at the college or university level

Stipend and Allowances:

  • Predoctoral-$17,000 to the fellow, institutional allowance of $6,000 for three years
  • Dissertation-$21,000 for one year
  • Postdoctoral-$40,000 for one year, $1,500 employing institution allowance, to be matched by employing institution
  • All awardees have expenses paid to attend at least one Conference of Ford Fellows

For Further Information and Applications, Contact:
phone: (202)334-2872
fax: (202)334-3419

See website for complete eligibility information:

Web-based applications may be filled out and submitted on-line

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Fellowship Opportunity for Activists of Color: Alston/Bannerman Fellowship Program

The Alston/Bannerman Fellowship Program is committed to advancing progressive social change by helping to sustain long-time activists of color. The program honors those who have devoted their lives to helping their communities organize for racial, social, economic and environmental justice. The program provides resources for organizers to take sabbaticals for reflection and renewal. Each year 10 long term activists of color are awarded $15,000 each to take sabbaticals of three months or more. This is a both a reward and an opportunity for rest and reflection for dedicated people who have been busting their butts working on tough issues for years. Recipients are not required to produce anything during their sabbatical period and can use the time however they choose. This year's application deadline is December 1.

More information is available at

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Rocky Mountain Natural Resource Center (Boulder, Colorado)

NWF is seeking a Research and Writing Assistant for its Tribal Lands Program. The Research and Writing Assistant will research, compile and draft tribal conservation case studies. Other duties include assisting staff with fundraising; working with contractors on designing and publishing tribal case studies; distributing case studies to inter-tribal groups, tribal conservation staff, state and federal wildlife agencies, tribal colleges and regional state universities.

Qualifications: Bachelor?s degree in Journalism, Communications, English and or Environmental Science or related field; two years experience in researching and writing documents on conservation related activities; excellent communication, writing and research skills; and willingness to travel (local and out of state). This is a one-year benefits eligible appointment. Preference is given to those with experience in working with tribes & tribal personnel. Salary is $28,080. NWF offers an excellent benefits package and is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. Please apply online at .

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Position Announcement


The Brown University Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America (CSREA) announces an open rank, tenure-track or tenured faculty position in Native American/American Indian studies. The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2004. We are seeking an interdisciplinary scholar with grounding in the humanities or social sciences who will contribute to ethnic studies at Brown University. The tenure home will be in the department appropriate to the educational background and primary field of the scholar, with the appointment shared between CSREA/Ethnic Studies and the department. We welcome all applicants whose fields include: Native American, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Native Alaskan. A Ph.D. and a record of excellence in teaching and research are required of all candidates. Assistant professor applicants should have a doctorate in a relevant field and some university-level teaching experience. Associate professor applicants are expected to have a substantial publication record and evidence of emerging leadership in their field. Full professor applicants are expected, in addition, to have an established national and international reputation as an acknowledged leader in their area ofscholarship. Applicants at advanced ranks will be treated with confidence, and candidates at these ranks should provide with their application letter and curriculum vita, the names of five references, who will be contacted by the search committee as appropriate. Beginning assistant professors should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vita, and, under separate cover, three letters of reference. All applications should be sent to Professor Matt Garcia, CSREA Box 1886, 150 Power Street, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912.

Review of complete applications will begin on November 30, 2003 and continue until the position is filled. We encourage further inquiries with search committee co-chairs: Prof. Matt Garcia (Tel: 401/863-3080; or Prof. Karl Jacoby (401/863-3009;

Brown University is an EEO/AA Employer. Scholars of color and women are encouraged to apply.

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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 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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Regional Extension Educator, Diversity and Inclusion

The REE, Diversity and Inclusion, along with other regional educators, faculty based on the university?s campuses, university research and outreach centers, regional sustainable partnerships, tribal colleges, and other colleagues will meet the needs of communities who are facing demographic changes. Regional Extension educators are responsible for several major areas of work, including program development, delivery and evaluation; attention to diversity; use of scholarly/scientific research,
effective partnerships, use of technology and continuing professional development.

The REE, Diversity and Inclusion will provide educational programs that help organizations, community groups and individuals better understand and work within the context of demographic change. As a result, communities will be better able to strengthen ties among cultures in order to stimulate vital communities. Currently, diversity and inclusion programs spotlight on specific cultures, discuss the history of immigration in Minnesota, train workplaces to work with diverse audiences, and tie communities to resources that lower linguistic barriers for the non-English-speaking population.

The position will be located in the new Extension Regional Center in Marshall, Minnesota and will serve a multi-county area in southeast Minnesota. Although located in Marshall, the REE will serve a much greater area defined by the area program leader and capacity area leader. The REE will report to the area program leader and capacity area leader for Community Vitality. The REE will also collaborate with the Regional Director as appropriate to fulfill Extension?s mission.


  • Design, develop, market, deliver and evaluate educational programs based in scholarly/scientific theory and research and appropriate to the audience, with attention to diversity, in conjunction with the capacity area leader and program teams. Assume program leadership for a defined period of time on an identified program, project or priority, as agreed to by the capacity area leader. Programs will target communities experiencing culturally-based demographic changes as they develop and implement strategies to strengthen community assets.
  • Use and conduct scholarly/scientific research in the diversity and inclusion area of expertise
  • Work with and develop programs for new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences
  • Develop and maintain effective regional, university and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs
  • Foster and contribute to a positive work climate with colleagues, advisory groups, audiences and partnerships. Partner and consult with other areas of expertise within Extension to support culturally and linguistically appropriate programming. Affiliate with the Leadership and Civic Engagement or the Community Economics areas of expertise to ensure culturally and linguistically appropriate programming to build leadership and economic opportunity for new cultures.
  • Use technology to communicate, locate information, design and deliver programs, evaluate and report
  • Assume program support functions such as public relations or marketing in collaboration with regional director and capacity area leader
  • Continue professional development in scholarship/research and program development and delivery via conferences, additional graduate work, self-directed study and other appropriate means of maintaining a high level of expertise
  • Garner funds and resources to support educational programs through grants and other means, as outlined in a diversity and inclusion program business plan.
  • Represent Extension through service on county, community and regional boards This will also include service to civic groups, joint Extension-agency project committees, and other committees and task forces.

All of these opportunities are expected to be congruent with your area of expertise.

Bachelor's degree. Formal education should include significant coursework in a field related to fields such as multiculturalism or intercultural studies; education, human development, social development; public policy, planning and/or administration; applied or community economics; community psychology; cultural studies; international education; sociology or anthropology; and/or a closely related field.

At least three years of related post-degree professional experience, including experience in the design, development, delivery, implementation and evaluation of educational programs and in program development for new and diverse audiences. At least two years of the post degree professional experience must be in related organizations such as higher education; community or interest-based organizations; state, regional or local development agencies; cooperative extension; adult education; and/or foundations. Experience must include creating effective and supportive community dialog in the face of conflict and change.

Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. The knowledge, skills and ability to apply research to program design, delivery and evaluation. The knowledge, skills and ability to use the methods of scholarship and science to design and conduct research and/or play an essential role in a research project sponsored by an academic unit. Evidence of skill in developing and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders. Evidence of ability to use technology for communication, information finding, program delivery and reporting. Commitment to ongoing professional development.

A Master's degree. Experience working and/or living in multiple cultures, either domestically or internationally. Fluency and/or study of a language other than English.

Deadline: December 12, 2003; position will remain open until filled

Submit a cover letter; resume or vita; three professional letters of reference; and transcript(s) for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), to:

Naaz Babvani
Extension Human Resources
260 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Ave.
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
Telephone: 612-624-3717
Fax: 612-624-7749

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