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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 5, 2004 - Issue 114


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Opportunities - Page One


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



Cloudy Waters: Writings about Minnesota Rivers


The word Minnesota comes from the Dakota Language, and can have different meanings based on its pronunciation. It can be pronounced “Mini sota”, which can mean Clear water, or “Mini shota”, which can mean Cloudy water. The Dakota Iapi Okodakiciye (Dakota Language Society) is collecting writings about Minnesota rivers to be part of an exhibit at the Minnesota Historical Society titled "Cloudy Waters: Dakota Reflections on the River."

The Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers have been sites of both extraordinary loss and pain, and enduring sources of cultural strength. The complexity of the Dakota relationship to the river provides this opportunity for reflection through creative writing. The images and words presented in Cloudy Waters will convey a variety of experiences in the lives of Dakota people from the past, present, or future including celebration, mourning, commemoration, humor, and survival; they will remind people of the presence of Dakota culture in Minnesota. Dakota language, Dakota words, images, faces, voices—all will be reflected in this exhibit where the unifying element is water.

Each participant will receive a certificate of participation. Selected writings will be read in English and Dakota in the Cloudy Waters gallery space at a public event. Entries could include poetry, stories, songs, essays, history, fiction, non-fiction, personal narratives, or anecdotes.

Writings can be written in Dakota or English, and should be typed anddouble-spaced.

Writings should be just one page, so quick—write yours now!

** Deadline has been extended to MONDAY, JUNE 7th, 2004 **

Send entries by email or mail, AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to: OR

Dakota Iapi Okodakiciye, Room 2, Scott Hall
72 Pleasant St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

If you have questions, email or call 612-331-9906 (new number).

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P10th Annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference

The 10th Annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health will be presented on June 21-24, 1:30pm-4:30pm EDT. The Videoconference will be broadcast by C-band satellite. Selected sessions including the opening day will also be broadcast by Internet.

Special Opening Day Session: "Congressional Action on Health Disparities and Minority Health", with Hon. Donna Christensen, Hon. Michael Honda, Hon. Frank Pallone, and Hon. Hilda Solis of the Congressional Minority Caucus.

  • Monday, June 21 - Congressional Minority Caucus Panel
  • Tuesday, June 22 - Bill Jenkins, Ph.D., Jennie Joe, Ph.D.
  • Wednesday, June 23 - Gilbert Gee, Ph.D., Judith Bradford, Ph.D.
  • Thursday, June 24 - Ana Abraido-Lanza, Ph.D., Jerome Wilson, Ph.D.

For information:

To register a satellite downlink site:
(organizations that have registered for a previous broadcast may update their registration at:

To register for the Internet broadcast (currently only June 21):

Please join us or this important event.

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EPA Provides Scholarships for Native American delegates Native America children who are accepted to attend the 2004 International Children's Conference on the Environment will automatically qualify for a full scholarship to attend the event. The scholarship will cover the cost of travel, and all conference related fees.

The scholarships to Native American delegates is being provided through a $50,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency. Click here to apply for the conference and qualify for the scholarship.

For more information please contact:

Kimmie Weeks
phone: 860 437 0757

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InPsych Program, University of Montana

The Department of Psychology at the University of Montana with funding from Indian Health Services is pleased to be part of a larger effort to recruit, educate, and train American Indians in the field of Clinical Psychology. Section 217, Title II of Public Law 102-573, entitled The American Indians into Psychology Program was enacted as a response to the recognized need to draw American Indians into psychology careers. Psychological services on Indian Reservations are limited, and less than 0.1% of psychologists in the United States are American Indian.

Enrolled members of federally recognized tribes are invited to make application to the 4-year doctoral program in Clinical Psychology (APA-accredited program). The InPsych Program offers two competitive scholarships covering tuition, fees, and a monthly stipend. American Indian graduate students are provided research and academic mentors, tutors and academic counseling.

Additionally, the InPsych Program offers a two-week Summer Program to assist American Indian students prepare to make successful application to graduate programs in Clinical Psychology. In addition to writing vitae, personal statements, and studying for the GRE, this year's summer enrichment program students will study Psychology from an American Indian perspective.

For applications to the graduate program, the scholarship, and/or the Summer Program 2004 and for detailed information visit the InPsych website at or contact Gyda Swaney, PhD, Director, (406) 243-5630, email:

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Request for Proposals

The Kellogg Foundation has contracted with the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED) to assist in identifying regions in rural America that demonstrate the capability of creating Entrepreneurial Development Systems. The aim of the project is to select up to four of these areas where the Kellogg Foundation can make significant investments of up to two million dollars to reinforce and enhance entrepreneurial systems. The Kellogg Foundation and CFED are optimistic about the prospects of this project serving as a major catalyst for promoting entrepreneurship and homegrown economic development across rural America. For more information about the project and to download the RFP, please visit

For more information, please contact:

Rachel Lopez
Congressional Hunger Fellow
Corporation for Enterprise Development

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