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An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


July 3, 2004 - Issue 116


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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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NAJA Seeks Education Director

Become part of an exciting new program designed to increase the number of Native journalists in mainstream media. The Department of Contemporary Media and Journalism at The University of South Dakota in partnership with the Native American Journalists Association is now accepting applications for the position of Education Director/Journalism Instructor. This position is funded through a grant from the Knight Foundation to the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA).

This is an opportunity to work in the newly renovated Al Neuharth Media Center, a state-of-the-art facility, on the campus of The University of South Dakota. The Department of Contemporary Media and Journalism offers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in mass communications and is accredited by ACEJMC. For more information about the University and the Department, visit the following websites: and

Responsibilities include:
Providing oversight of NAJA journalism education programs, including a feasibility study and development of journalism curriculum with an emphasis on teacher training programs for high schools serving Native Americans in South Dakota and surrounding states.

Serving as lead coordinator for NAJA’s annual student projects and scholarship programs.

Teaching 12 credit hours per academic year in the Department of Contemporary Media and Journalism, inclusive of summer sessions and teaching duties for the American Indian Journalism Institute. Primary teaching responsibilities will include courses in journalism emphasis areas.

The selected candidate must have a Master’s Degree in mass communication or related field. Master’s candidates with significant professional background and previous teaching experience are strongly desired. Candidates with experience in American Indian education will be given special consideration. We are seeking an individual with expertise in journalism and with the ability to teach intensive writing courses for mass media. Excellence in teaching is expected -- both in the classroom and in mentoring students outside the classroom.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications.

To apply send a letter of application, resume, and a transcript showing highest degree. Please include the names and contact information for three references to:

Ramòn Chàvez, Chairman
Department of Contemporary Media & Journalism
The University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069

Review of applications began on April 26, 2004 and has been extended until July 8, 2004.

The University of South Dakota is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action institution.

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Employment Opportunities at the Central Office of the National Mental Health Association

Internship Opportunities – Summer 2004
The National Mental Health Association, a nonprofit organization addressing all aspects of mental health and mental illness, is seeking undergraduate and graduate students for its internship program. The program is designed to provide a unique opportunity for students to gain real-world work experience relevant to their academic and career goals. Internships are available in certain departs, such as: Administration, Affiliates, Communications/Media , Executive Office, Healthcare Reform, Marketing/Publications, and World Federation. See the internship program section of this web site for more details or to apply online. Other application options include sending a resume to NMHA/JDL, 2001 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311, a fax to (703) 684-5968, or an e-mail No phone calls please. EOE

Public Education - Program Director
Manages day-to-day operations of various public education programs that address the mental health needs of the general public and individuals living with mental illness. Develops program plans, reports, proposals and educational materials in all media. Conducts research on relevant topic areas. Provides technical assistance and participates in trainings for affiliates. Plans and executes special events and other activities. Performs other projects as needed. Utilizes culturally competent techniques in all efforts. Masters degree in public health, psychology, social work or related field preferred. Excellent benefits. Send resume and to: NMHA, Attn: JR, 2001 N. Beauregard Street, 12th floor, Alexandria, VA 22311, fax: 703-684-5968, or email: No phone calls please. EOE

Federal Affairs - Government Affairs Associate
The National Mental Health Association is seeking a highly motivated self-starter to join federal affairs team. Responsibilities include legislative advocacy, policy analysis, grassroots coordination, and some administrative support. Successful applicant has work experience in federal advocacy or legislative policy, excellent written/oral communications, and strong computer skills. Please email resume, cover letter, writing sample to NMHA, Attn: RI, 2001 N. Beauregard Street, 12th Floor, Alexandria, VA 22311, fax: 703-684-5968 or email to: No phone calls please. EOE

Sr. Director of Fundraising
National non-profit organization seeks Senior Director of Fundraising a fundraising professional with a proven and verifiable fundraising track record. Previous supervisory experience required. Duties include supervising staff of no less than four. Goals include:

  • Assist program staff with raising annual budget of 8-10 million, including overseeing proposal development and identifying program sponsors
  • Manage existing and cultivate new relationships with corporate, foundation, and individual donors
  • Develop training tools and provide technical assistance to community affiliates across the country

The position requires an applicant have at least a BA, strong supervisory experience, and no less than 5 years experience in fundraising, (preferably in healthcare); excellent communication skills, a successful fundraising track record. Excellent starting pay and benefits offered. Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to, Attn: LBM, P.O. Box 16810, Alexandria, VA 22302-0810, fax 703-684-5968, or email: No phone calls. EOE

Healthcare Reform - Director of Consumer Advocacy
National mental health advocacy organization seeks FT Director of Consumer Advocacy to provide project and policy input and development; includes writing and project management. Experience as a recipient of mental health services essential. Excellent starting pay and benefits offered. Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to, Attn: CSI, P.O. Box 16810, Alexandria, VA 22302-0810, fax 703-684-5968, or email: No phone calls. EOE

Policy and Services - Program Coordinator
National Mental Health Association seeks Program Coordinator to coordinate programs that contribute to the work of the policy and services area. Responsibilities include coordinating a technical assistance program, general contract and project management for the Mental Health Planning and Advisory Councils, and providing support to board and several committees. Requires Bachelor’s degree, Master’s preferred. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook). Good benefits. Send Resume to: NMHA, Attn: JS, 2001 N, Beauregard Street, 12th Floor, Alexandria, VA 22311, fax: 703-684-5968 or email to: No phone calls please. EOE

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American Indian studies (Fellowship) at the Newberry Library

American Indian studies (FELLOWSHIP)

Applications from historians working in reservation-based communities, tribal college faculty members, and librarians or curators at American Indian cultural centers or museums, for Rockefeller Foundation fellowships in the humanities for residential research at the Newberry Library.

Deadline: September 15, 2004
Contact: Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Ill. 60610
Phone: (312) 255-3666


  • American Indian studies
  • American studies
  • Ethnic/multicultural studies
  • Libraries

Fellowships at the Newberry Library provide assistance to researchers who wish to use our collections, but who cannot finance a visit on their own. Because the Newberry Library is open to anyone over the age of sixteen who has a need to use its collections, researchers are not required to hold fellowships in order to use Library materials. Qualified individuals who present themselves at the Reader Registration Desk with a valid form of identification will be issued a reader's card and be admitted to the reading rooms. For more information on gaining access to the Newberry's collections, visit the collections page or call (312) 255-3506.

Fellowships at the Newberry Library are of two types: short-term fellowships with terms of one week to two months and long-term fellowships of six to eleven months. Short-term fellowships are generally restricted to individuals from outside the metropolitan Chicago area and are primarily intended to assist researchers with a need to examine specific items in the Library's collection. Long-term fellowships are generally available without regard to an applicant's place of residence and are intended to support significant works of scholarship that draw on the Library's strengths.

No fellowships are available for tuition or other educational expenses, with the exception of the École des Chartes exchange fellowship. Most fellowships are restricted to doctoral candidates or postdoctoral researchers, although some fellowships are available for other categories of applicants. Newberry Library fellowships, with the exception of our exchange fellowships in
Britain and France, require a residential period at the Library. Fellows make the Library their research home during their fellowship period and work on the projects for which they have received funding. Our fellowship program rests on the belief that all projects benefit both from engagement with the materials in the Newberry's remarkably diverse collections and from the lively community of researchers that gathers around those collections.

Applicants with individual questions regarding eligibility or other matters should read these pages carefully before forwarding their questions to the Committee on Awards at or (312) 255-3666.

See also: D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History

The D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History was founded in 1972. Its goals are to encourage the use of the Newberry collections on American Indian history (see the American Indian History Collection); improve the quality of what is written about American Indians; educate teachers about American Indian culture, history, and literature; assist American Indian tribal historians in their research; and provide a meeting ground where scholars, teachers, tribal historians, and others
interested in American Indian studies can discuss their work with each other.

The McNickle Center's staff, affiliated research projects, and fellows have played a major role in shaping modern scholarship on American Indian history. In its first two decades the Center hosted nearly one hundred pre- and post-doctoral scholars on long-term fellowships, generally of six to eleven months duration. During the same period nearly two hundred short-term fellows spent between two weeks and two months conducting research at the Newberry. These long and short-term fellows have produced nearly forty books and dozens of scholarly articles.

Most recently, the McNickle Center entered into a partnership with the thirteen Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) universities, dedicated toward constructing a nationally-recognized, innovative, graduate program in American Indian Studies. Each year, the CIC and McNickle Center collaborate on graduate student programming (conferences, seminars, and workshops), a national conference, and offer graduate student fellowships as well as a CIC faculty fellowship.

These initiatives broaden the McNickle Center's mission and compliment our other activities. At present, the Center offers a bi-monthy noon speaker series; organizes summer institutes for teachers and scholars of American Indian studies; sponsors conferences, seminars, and workshops for scholars and teachers; administers several fellowship programs; and publishes Meeting Ground, a national biannual newsletter.

Join our Mailing List
Send us e-mail with your preferred postal mailing address, or mail the information to: D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History, 60 West Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610-3380. Phone: 312-255-3564.

Brian Hosmer, Director
Phone: 312-255-3563
Available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday

Daniel M. Cobb, Assistant Director
Phone: 312-255-3575
Available Monday through Friday

Olivia Littles, Administrative Assistant
Phone: 312-255-3564
Available Monday through Friday

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on the Toronto Island

For the upcoming, 2003-04 season, Native Women in the Arts has created a writer in residency to stimulate Aboriginal women's academic writing on art, culture and the advancement of Indigenous Peoples.

  • To generate written material on subjects pertinent to art, culture and the advancement of Indigenous peoples.
  • To support Aboriginal Women writers by providing a residency in order to create and complete publishable academic works.
  • Hosting a discussion group with the writer in residence and the larger Aboriginal, arts and cultural communities.
Writers will be selected based on an assessment of:
  • The relevance of the hypothesis to art, culture and the advancement of Indigenous peoples;
  • Examples of writer's previous works, published and un-published, demonstrating their capacity to create unique and interesting work on pertinent topics;
  • A synopsis of the work the writer wishes to undertake for this residency;
  • Leads to magazines, academic journals or books that would be interested in publishing your work;
  • The plausibility of the completion of the work within the time-frame allotted by this project.
  • Women and female youth of Aboriginal ancestry who are established or emerging writers.
  1. Personal Information: Include your full name, Aboriginal nation affiliation/community, and updated contact information, including phone number, fax (if applicable) email and mailing address.
  2. Synopsis: Include a 1-2 page synopsis of a project you wish to complete during this writer in residency. Please include: a) working title, b) topic to explore, c) hypothesis (if applicable), d) explanation of relevance to Aboriginal issues and art, e) possible sources for publication, and f) estimated length of work (ie: number of words).
  3. Example of work: Please submit 2 examples of published and/or completed works for review. Please do not send originals, as work will not be returned.
  4. One copy of your most recent resume or curriculum vitae.

Deadline: August 10th, 2004

Send Application via mail to:

Writer in Residence
c/o Native Women in the Arts
401 Richmond Street West, Suite 420
Toronto , ONT
M5V 3A8


email to:

Put in subject heading: Writer in Residence
Please do not fax your application unless otherwise advised.

or further information about this project and the application process, contact Kerry Potts at (416) 598-4078.

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