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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 19, 2004 - Issue 115


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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



7 th Annual NAMMY Submission Form Announcement



Nomination Submission Forms Are Currently Being Sent To All Advisory and Industry Members. This Year¹s Awards Recording Eligibility Period has been extended from April 1, 2003 Through June 1, 2004. The Seventh Annual Native American Music Awards is tentatively scheduled for the second weekend in November 2004 in Albuquerque, New Mexico with more specific information to be announced in the coming weeks.

Recordings are eligible for the Seventh Annual Native American Music Awards if they have been commercially released during the eligibility period (April 1, 2003 through June 1, 2004) and have national distribution by a domestic record company or authorized distributor. NAMA Advisory members and Industry members may submit an unlimited number of recordings for nomination. Please review all guidelines in the submission form or visit our website to register as an Advisory or Industry member.

Each submitted recording may be entered in more than one (1) category unless otherwise noted in the category guidelines. NAMA reserves the right to eliminate entries which are deemed ineligible. All entries will be compiled into a ballot and sent to NAMA Advisory/Industry Voting members to select five finalists in each category. Final Nominees will be announced in the Fall of 2004 when public voting will commence.

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Exploring Social Justice Issues in Our Schools Through Artmaking
A Retreat for Women Pre-K-12 Educational Leaders

"Art is a way of knowing what it is we actually believe… Making images is a way of breaking boundaries, loosening outworn ideas, and making way for new. It is a form of practice through which… knowledge of ourselves and (each other) can ripen into wisdom" - Pat Allen, Art Therapist

"The special virtue of art is that is engages not only the minds but the feelings and the will of the individual. Drama… is truer than history because it makes it so clear that life itself is a process of unending choices, to be or not to be, to do or not to do." - Grace Lee Boggs, Activist and Writer

As women we have unique perspectives on school leadership. Artmaking is a way for us to inquire about our leadership in ways that all of the talking, talking, and talking just can’t do.

The goal of this retreat is to engage in artmaking as a way to develop our own visions, metaphors and practices of leadership in order to create just, inclusive schools. We will explore themes such as strangers, community, margins, power, privilege, silencing, boundaries, and back talk. We will examine these themes in the context of the day to day work of school leadership: discipline, scheduling, curriculum development, parent relations, hiring, allocation of resources, student relationships, special education, supervision, dress codes, class placement etc. During the workshop we will interweave a variety of artmaking strategies including creative non-fiction writing, visual journaling, poetry, movement, Theatre of the Oppressed and mask making. No previous experience with any of these media is necessary.

Through artmaking, we will explore these and other questions:

  • How does our race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, place of birth and/ or religion, impact who we are as leaders?
  • Who is excluded and silenced in our schools? Why? Are we silenced? Excluded? Do we silence ourselves? Silence others?
  • What does leadership for social justice mean to us? What might it look like in practice?
  • How might artmaking bring forward marginalized voices and perspectives in our school communities?
  • How can we sustain our own well- being as we aim to make our schools communities more just?
  • How do we find the courage to lead in a way that is consistent with our values? How might we support each other in our leadership?

Open to Pk- 12 women educational leaders and aspiring leaders (principals, assistant principals, superintendents, teacher leaders, assistant superintendents, deans, department chairs, grade level leaders, union leaders, board members, curriculum leaders, community leaders concerned with education of young people, leaders of grassroots education activist organizations etc.)

Quotes from previous retreat participants:
"This was one of the most powerful experiences I have had!" Maria, Director of Guidance
"It opened another side of me that has been shut off for a long time." Mary, Elementary Principal
"Maybe I learned not be as comfortable, not to be as content, not to be satisfied. Are you really making the changes that you think you are? I need to ruffle up more feathers… Someone else is not going to do it. I have to do it." Jane, Elementary Principal

Lucy Barbera, teaches Expressive Arts in Human Services at SUNY New Paltz. She is the Coordinator for SETRC (Special Education Training and Resource Center) at Ulster County BOCES and has served as a teacher, professional developer, arts therapist and school principal.

Michele Shannon is Dean in a NYC high school. Before she became Dean she served as a school social worker and elementary school teacher. Michele recently traveled to Ghana with her African dance group.

Laura Shapiro is an educational consultant and adjunct faculty member at Lesley University, Creative Arts in Learning Division. For over twenty-five years she worked in the field of K-12 education and has held positions as principal, professional developer and classroom teacher. This spring she will complete her doctorate Educational Leadership with a concentration in Social Justice through Expressive arts.

Schedule: Monday, July 26, 2004  
  8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Registration check in and continental breakfast
  9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Workshop with one hour lunch break
  4:30 p.m. – dinner, journaling, lake, relaxation
Dinner on your own
Evening : Informal discussions, Open studio
  Tuesday, July 27, 2004  
  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast
  9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Workshop with one hour lunch break
  4:30 p.m. – dinner, journaling, lake, relaxation
Dinner on your own
Evening: Informal discussions, Open studio
  Wednesday, July 28, 2004  
  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Continental breakfast

9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Workshop with one hour lunch break

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Celebrate Wilderness!

In cooperation with businesses, organizations and other agencies, the Superior National Forest is sponsoring wilderness art, photography, and writing contests for all ages. These contests and other activities are part of a national celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Wilderness Act which created the National Wilderness Preservation System, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

The Superior National Forest is working with several partners to highlight the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness through a series of events and activities scheduled through the summer and fall of 2004. The focus of these events is to recognize the values and purposes of the National Wilderness Preservation System and how our actions affect those values.

Other activities will include displays at local events and Superior National Forest offices, community programs, youth activities, interpretive programs and a film and speaker series with a wilderness theme. To obtain a copy of the entry forms for the contests or for more information about the 40 th Anniversary Wilderness Celebration and, stop by a Superior National Forest office or check out the Forest web site at:

Additional Information:
The Wilderness Act was enacted on September 3, 1964 to protect some of the remaining natural areas in the United States as wilderness, including the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The intent of the Wilderness Act was to establish wilderness areas for the "use and enjoyment of the American people in such a manner as will leave them unimpaired for future use and enjoyment as wilderness..."

At the national level many activities are being planned including an updated map of the national wilderness system, online interactive curriculum for teachers, Walks for Wilderness and special programs featuring wilderness are planned for National Public Radio’s Earth & Sky program and on the Public Broadcast System. For updated information on nationwide 40 At the national level many activities are being planned including an updated map of the national wilderness system, online interactive curriculum for teachers, Walks for Wilderness and special programs featuring wilderness are planned for National Public Radio’s Earth & Sky program and on the Public Broadcast System. For updated information on nationwide 40th Anniversary events & activities please visit .

Superior National Forest PRESS RELEASE - June 17, 2004

Contacts: Christina Boston
Kris Reichenbach

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Youth Summer Training focuses on Healthy Communities!

Attn: Alaska Teens! Do you care about the environment? Want to develop some life-long leadership skills? The 2004 Summer Get Together: Healthy Communities is an exciting, statewide training event for teens who want to learn more about environmental and health issues while developing leadership skills to take positive action in their own communities. Learn about toxics in our environment and what youth can do to address this issue. Tuition is $250 and some scholarships are available.

Application Deadline: Rolling applications until July 1!!

Interested students and adult mentors email or call (907) 339-3907 and provide your name and contact information.

Sponsored by Alaska Youth for Environmental

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