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Title: 9th Annual Berkeley Edge Conference, University of California, Berkeley
Location: Webcast, C-band satellite, and Tate-Turner-Kuralt building auditorium, UNC School of Social Work, and
Conference Date(s): October 16-19, 2008
Contact: Angela Armendariz, Ph.D.
Phone: 510-643-3813

For prospective graduate students in the Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, and Mathematics.

The Berkeley Edge Conference is designed to encourage underrepresented minority students, who are competitively eligible for our Ph.D. programs in science, math, and engineering, to apply to UC Berkeley.

Conference Activities:
• Workshop on preparing a competitive application for Berkeley graduate admission
• Tours of Berkeley campus and national laboratory facilities
• One-on-one consultations with UC Berkeley faculty and researchers from national labs
• Opportunities to meet and network with UC Berkeley graduate students
• Roundtrip travel to Berkeley, meals, and accommodations are provided.

The Berkeley Edge Conference is sponsored by the UC Berkeley National Science Foundation's Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP), and the Level Playing Field Institute.

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Title: Indigenous Peoples Project in Brazil, Cultural Survival
Contact: Jennifer Weston @ 617.441.5400 x15

Cultural Survival seeks an undergraduate or graduate student intern fluent in Portuguese and English, with excellent research and writing skills to assist the Executive Director and publications team with work relating to indigenous peoples in Brazil. Responsibilities will include translation of primary documents, communication with indigenous partners in Brazil, editorial assistance with a forthcoming issue of the Cultural Survival Quarterly magazine focusing on violations of land rights of Brazil's indigenous peoples, and other associated tasks.

This is an unpaid, 16 hour per week position, but work study candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. A great opportunity for students and graduates alike, interns at Cultural Survival will expand their knowledge about indigenous peoples' rights and community priorities, and gain professional experience in a nonprofit setting.

To Apply: Send a letter of interest detailing your language skills and availability, and a résumé to Please send documents in MS Word or as a PDF document.

Title: Research and Publications Internships
Contact: Jennifer Weston @ 617.441.5400 x15

Cultural Survival is seeking interns willing to commit no less than 16 hours per week in our publications and research department. Interns at Cultural Survival will expand their knowledge about indigenous peoples' rights and current policy challenges, and gain professional experience in a nonprofit setting.

Research and Publications interns will support existing Cultural Survival programs (Endangered Native American Languages; Guatemala Radio; Ngobe Rights in Panama) while supporting general administration and production of our publications, such as the Quarterly magazine. Interns must have outstanding writing and communication skills. They should be adept internet and journal researchers who pay particular attention to detail, and are able to read extensive amounts of information and present clear and concise summaries. Interns must be independent, self-motivated, and reliable. Interns will work in collaboration with the Publications and Research department and the Executive Director.

This is an unpaid internship; however we encourage applicants to seek grant or work study support through their university. Anthropology, International Relations, Journalism and other relevant majors should also explore course credit options through their degree programs.

To Apply: Send a cover letter and résumé in MS Word or as a PDF document to Include the date of your earliest availability as well as how much time you are able to commit to Cultural Survival during the work week.

Title: Grantmaking and Administrative Internship, First Nations Grantmaking
Contact: Andrea Wieland, Communications Specialist

Grantmaking and Administrative Internship--First Nations Grantmaking provides both financial and technical resources to tribes and Native nonprofit organizations to support asset-based development efforts that fit within the culture and are sustainable. The department offers support through the Eagle Staff Fund (including special initiatives within ESF), as well as other donor-advised and donor-designated funds.

Intern Responsibilities Include: Assist Grants Officer and the Associate Director of Training and Technical Assistance with managing grantee files and information, Help President with correspondence to funders and donors, Organization, filing and data entry of information related to Grantmaking. This internship is a non-paying for credit internship. Please go to our website for more information on this opportunity., or contact Andrea Wieland, Communications Specialist,

Title: Native American Philanthropy Internship, First Nations Development Institute
Location: Longmont, Colorado
Contact: Andrea Wieland, Communications Specialist

Native American Philanthropy Internship--This internship will be working within the Strengthening Native Philanthropy program (SNAP) at First Nations Development Institute located in Longmont, Colorado. This opportunity will introduce the intern to the issues surrounding the development and start up of a Native American Philanthropic organization. As well, how these organizations function within Indian Country. The intern will also have the opportunity to work with a philanthropic organization in its beginning and learn more about setting-up such an organization.

Intern Responsibilities Include--Researching Native Foundations structures nationally—"7871's" or "501(c)3", Researching and developing a referral list of lawyers who work with Native non-profits, Organization, filing and data entry of information related to Native Philanthropy Organizations, Basic design and marketing. This internship is a non-paying for credit internship. Please go to our website for more information on this opportunity., or contact Andrea Wieland, Communications Specialist,

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Title: Call for Papers and First Announcement, Fifth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference
Conference Date(s): April 2-3, 2009
Location: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Proposal Deadline: January 05, 2009
Contact: Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs
Phone: 910-521-6266.

Application Submission:
Mail: Alesia Cummings at American Indian Studies
PO Box 1510 Pembroke, NC 28372.

Proposals are invited for papers and panels addressing the study of American Indians in the Southeast cultural area. Topics may include academic or creative works on: archaeology, education, history, socio-cultural issues, religion, literature, oral traditions, art, identity, sovereignty, health and other matters. Creative works may include any written, visual, musical, video, digital or other creative production that connects to Southeast Indian peoples' experiences, histories or concerns. Proposals are welcome from all persons working in the field. Only complete proposals will receive full consideration. Individuals may submit only one proposal.

Submission of proposal
Prepare an abstract of not more than 250 words in English. A research abstract contains the study's purpose, methodology, results and/or conclusions (or may focus on any stage of the study). A creative abstract may be informative, descriptive or critical and contain a thesis, background and/or conclusion. Papers or panels should be of original work not previously presented at any venue. Choose an individual paper, or a panel.

§ Individual papers must contain a presenter name, title, affiliation, and an abstract.

§ Panel proposals must contain a title of the panel, presenter names and affiliations, titles of individual presentations, and a brief précis for all individual presentations; a person designated as chair, and an abstract for the panel as a whole.

Title: 5TH International Conference on Indigenous Education: Pacific Nations
Deadline: January 31, 2009
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Conference Date(s): May 27-29, 2009

You are invited to submit an abstract for the 5TH International Conference on Indigenous Education: Pacific Nations. This conference will draw together scholars from the Pacific Nations to present academic papers, poster or cultural displays on issues in Indigenous education. Fifteen minutes will be allocated for each presentation. Sessions will run from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for each of the three days of the conference. Please submit registration form with title and abstract in Word, Times New Roman 11 font (English) via email by January 31, 2008. Submit your abstract early as there will be a limit placed on the number of paper presentations. For those who wish to have their papers published in the conference proceedings, full text of papers to be submitted as above by April 1, 2009.

Title: Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Association's 30th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, NM
Deadline: November 15, 2008
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Conference Date(s): February 24-28, 2008

Proposals for both Panels and Individual Papers are now being accepted for the Native/Indigenous Studies Area. Listed below are some suggestions for possible presentations, but topics not included here are welcome and encouraged.

  • Indigenous Methodologies
  • Indians in Higher Education
  • Teaching Popular Culture in Native American Studies
  • Native peoples across borders: racial/physical/economic/political… etc
  • Native representations in popular culture (television, comic books, video/computer games, etc)
  • Politics and Native peoples
  • Indigenous Women in Social Work
  • Indigenous resistance, regional or global (whaling/fishing rights, incarceration issues, sports mascots, etc.)

Inquiries regarding this area and/or abstracts of 250 words may be sent to L. Rain Cranford-Gomez at

Title: Eighth Fire Gathering
Location: Earthlands, Petersham, MA
Conference Date(s): September 13-14, 2008
Phone: 978 -724-0120

A cross-cultural gathering of Native American elders, sustainability leaders, and concerned citizens will spend two days in dialogue, ceremony and celebration with the intention of building a network for sustainable culture in the Northeast. Honored guests include internationally recognized visionary, Anishinabe Tribal Elder, Dave Courchene, Jr. Sponsored by the Sacred Earth Network.

Title: Third Annual Native American Fatherhood Conference: Weaving Fatherhood into Criminal Justice, Education, and Human Services
Location: Meza, Arizona
Conference Date(s): October 27-29, 2008
Phone: 480-833-5007

The Native American Fatherhood and Families Association proudly Presents their 3rd Annual National Native American Fatherhood Conference. The three main areas of this conference are Criminal Justice, Education and Health and Human Services.

Title: 2009 George Wright Society Biennial Conference on Parks, Protected Areas and Cultural Sites
Deadline: October 3, 2008
Location: Portland, OR
Conference Date(s): March 2-6, 2009

Every two years, the George Wright Society organizes and is the primary sponsor of the USA's premier interdisciplinary conference on parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. The conference covers a broad array of places—both "cultural" and "natural"—managed by different entities: parks at all levels; historic and cultural sites; research areas and designated wilderness within national and state forests, grasslands, wildlife refuges, and other public lands; tribal reserves; marine, estuarine, freshwater, and other aquatic sanctuaries; private land-trust reserves; and similarly designated areas.

Proposals being accepted for sessions, papers, posters, workshops, and more — deadline October 3, 2008.

The GWS is unique among professional organizations because it encourages dialogue and information exchange among all the people needed for protected area conservation, from historians to biologists, managers to researchers, public agencies to private organizations, academics to field personnel. Typical attendance is 800–900 people.

The George Wright Society actively encourages minority students and Native professionals to participate in GWS2009. The George Melendez Wright Student Travel Scholarship provides assistance to minority students, while the Native Participant Travel Grant supports indigenous people from the USA, Canada, and Mexico. The application deadline for both programs is October 3rd.

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Title: The Grant Institute: Certificate in Professional Program Development and Grant Communication
Location: University of Phoenix - Burlington Campus, Burlington, Massachusetts
Program Date(s): October 20 - 24, 2008 (from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Phone: (888) 824 - 4424

The Grant Institute: Certificate in Professional Program Development and Grant Communication is a five-day intensive and interactive experience in which participants will be led through the program development, grant writing, and funding acquisition processes through the completion of four courses. The Grant Institute is not a seminar. Participants will actively engage in exercises and activities designed to strengthen their mastery of grant acquisition. Through the completion of varying assignments, students will leave The Grant Institute with a real grant proposal outline complete with quality research, solid content, and expert review. The Grant Institute focuses on combining the fundamentals of grant proposal writing with expert knowledge of communication principles such as Strategic Research, Persuasion, Argumentation, and Framing.

The Grant Institute consists of four (4) courses that will be completed during the five-day workshop. (1) Program Development and Evaluation, (2) Advanced Grant Writing, (3) Strategic Grant Research, (4) Advanced Communication Strategies: Institute for Communication Improvement Persuasion and Argumentation Techniques

Registration Methods:
1) On-Line - Complete the online registration form at under Register Now. We'll send your confirmation by e-mail.

2) By Phone - Call (888) 824 - 4424 to register by phone. Our friendly Program Coordinators will be happy to assist you and answer your questions.

3) By E-mail - Send an e-mail with your name, organization, and basic contact information to and we will reserve your slot and send your Confirmation Packet.

Title: World Indigenous Peoples Conference: Education (WIPC:E)
Location: Kulin Nation, Melbourne, Australia
Conference Date(s): 7th - 11th December 2008

Contact: Jirra Lulla Harvey, Media and Communication Consultant
World Indigenous Peoples' Conference: Education
Po Box 164
Northcote, VIC 3070
Phone: +61 3 9486 1599
Fax: +61 3 9486 1577

The purpose of WIPC:E is to provide a forum to come together, share and learn and promote best practice in Indigenous education policies, programs and practice.

WIPC:E 2008 will be a celebration of our diverse cultures, traditions and knowledge. This year will mark the first time this important international event is hosted by an Indigenous community run organization. WIPC:E will provide us with the opportunity to showcase our efforts to provide educational experiences suitable to our individual and unique communities and will be a time to rejoice in our strengths and capacity to uphold our traditions and knowledge systems. It will also be a chance to consider how we, as Indigenous people, would like to see education shaped into the future to meet our needs. It is Australia's Indigenous peoples' vision that WIPC:E 2008 will be solidly embedded in community knowledge.

Title: Culture and Change Symposium- Native Educational Policy: NCLB and Beyond
Location: Choctaw, Mississippi
Conference Date(s): October 6-8, 2008
Contact: Bobby Smith
P.O. Box 6010, Choctaw, MS 39350
Phone: 601-650-7331
Fax: 601-650-1631

It is now more than six years since the No Child Left Behind Act was signed into law, and Congress and educators are involved in critical discussions regarding its reauthorization. The Act has had a profound impact on education throughout the United States and on classrooms serving American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students. What have we learned from NCLB, and about teaching and learning in Native communities, in the meantime? What should the future look like, in terms of ensuring that Native and other underserved students have the best possible chance of educational success?

Please join us for a critically important symposium featuring open and frank dialogue, panel discussions and presentations by national experts focusing on new directions for Native youth. This is an essential event for policymakers and funders interested in improving educational policies that affect Native people. This three-day event is hosted by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, in cooperation with the Peabody Essex Museum and the ECHO partner organizations — with participants from the University of Oklahoma, Cook Inlet Tribal Council and other organizations and foundations.

Title: AISES 30th Annual National Conference
Registration Deadline: October 17, 2008
Location: Anaheim, CA
Conference Date(s): Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2008
Phone: 505-765-1052

You are invited to participate in the American Indian Science & Engineering Society's 30th Anniversary National Conference – "A Universe of Opportunities." This year's conference promises to be one of the most memorable AISES moments as we look forward to gathering in Anaheim to celebrate our many successes. We are preparing to meet the challenges of the next three decades with innovation, creativity and respect for the impact that our contributors have already had and continue to have on the world.

Why Attend?
You can't afford to miss the AISES 30th National Conference and Career Fair!

The AISES National Conference attracts the nation's brightest American Indian students, as well as professionals in the fields of science, engineering and technology.

The 3-day event includes a Career Fair, dynamic nationally-recognized speakers, panel discussions, and workshops for students, teachers and professionals.

The Career Fair offers companies a unique forum for recruiting American Indian students and professionals.

There are 1,800 participants and 200+ exhibit booths each year.

Conference sessions are provided by top trainers and are designed to benefit students and professionals alike.

Join AISES in the honoring of the 2008 Professionals of the Year and the hundreds of AISES scholarship winners and their benefactors.

Title: 39TH Annual NIEA Convention
Location: Seattle, WA
Conference Date(s): October 23-26, 2008
Phone: 202-544-7290

The National Indian Education Association (NIEA) is pleased to announce the 39th Annual NIEA Convention. The theme of this year's Convention is "Crossroads – Pulling Together Our Indigenous Knowledge" and NIEA expects this convention to be the most popular to date, making this a unique and limited opportunity with enormous benefits to all Native people.

Every year, NIEA hosts the largest Native education convention, comprised of students, educators, administrators, parents and elders. Last year, NIEA gathered over 3,000 Native educators in Honolulu, Hawaii and we expect another great turnout for this year's convention.

Title: 12th Annual North American Higher Education Conference
Location: Monterrey, Mexico
Conference Date(s): October 8-10, 2008

Join Mexican, U.S. & Canadian representatives, as well as partners from other countries, as we network, learn and share best practices in international higher education collaboration. Early Bird Registrations saves money.

Host: Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León
Convener: Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration.

Title: Kamehameha Schools 2008 Research Conference on Hawaiian Well-being
Location: Ko `olau Golf Club- Kane `ohe, O `ahu
Conference Date(s): November 3-4, 2008
Phone: 808-534-8006

The Research & Evaluation Division of Kamehameha Schools is pleased to announce its first Research Conference on Hawaiian Well-being. This conference provides a venue for sharing multidisciplinary perspectives on wellness & assembling those involved in research as they improve the well-being of the Native Hawaiian community.

This year's theme is Innovation at the Intersection of Traditional Knowledge and the Contemporary World. Topics cover all domains of well-being, from education to physical, mental & spiritual health; from family and community to malama `aina; from economics and politics to cultural knowledge and practice.

Title: World Indigenous Peoples' Conference on Education, WIPCE 2008
Conference Date(s): December 7-11, 2008
Location: Melbourne, Australia

"Indigenous Education in the 21st Century: Respecting Tradition, Shaping the Future"

The World Indigenous Peoples Conference: Education (WIPC:E) is a triennial conference of international significance that attracts peoples from around the globe to celebrate and share diverse cultures, traditions and knowledge with a focus on world Indigenous education. The purpose of WIPC:E is to provide a forum to come together, share and learn and promote best practice in Indigenous education policies, programs and practice.

To be held on the traditional lands of the Kulin Nation, Melbourne, Australia from 7th - 11th December 2008, WIPC:E 2008 will be a celebration of our diverse cultures, traditions and knowledge. It will provide us with the opportunity to showcase our efforts to provide educational experiences suitable to our individual and unique communities and will be a time to rejoice in our strengths and capacity to uphold our traditions and knowledge systems. It will also be a chance to consider how we, as Indigenous people, would like to see education shaped into the future to meet our needs. It is Australia's Indigenous peoples' vision that WIPC:E 2008 will be solidly embedded in community knowledge.

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Title: The Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) Travel Scholarships
Deadline: TBA

The society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA) will honor the memory of Dr. Beatrice Medicine with an annual student travel scholarship. The scholarship will provide financial support for two students (graduate or undergraduate) to attend the annual meeting of the Society. Two awards ($500 each) will be made to attend the 69th Annual Meeting of the SfAA in Santa Fe, New Mexico March 17-21, 2009.

Application forms and additional information regarding the Bea Medicine Travel Awards will be available in late September. Please contact the Offices of the Society for additional information.

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Title: Faculty Fellowships in Ethics (Academic year 2009-2010), Harvard University
Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics
Deadline: October 31, 2008
Contact: Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-1336
Fax: 617-496-6104

The Center encourages teaching and research about ethical issues in the professions and public life. Its residential faculty fellowships support outstanding teachers and scholars who wish to develop their ability to address questions of moral choice in areas such as architecture, business, education, government, law, medicine, public health and public policy.

Applicants are judged on the quality of their achievements in their field of specialization and their ability to benefit from work in the Center; the contributions they are likely to make in the future in higher education through teaching and writing about ethical issues; and the probable significance of their proposed research and its relevance to the purposes of the Center. Applicants should hold a doctorate in philosophy, political theory, theology, or related disciplines; or a graduate degree in one of the professions. Preference will be given to applicants at an early stage of their careers, normally no more than ten years beyond their first academic appointment. The fellowships are open to all regardless of citizenship.

For the fellowship period, fellows normally receive stipends of up to one half their academic year salaries, not exceeding a maximum stipend amount set each fall. Each fellow is expected to devote full-time to the activities of the Center during the period of the fellowship, September 1 though June 30.

Title: Research Fellowship in Museum Anthropology, The Bard Graduate Center and the American Museum of Natural History
Deadline: November 15, 2008
Contact: Peter N. Miller, Professor, Chair of Academic Programs, Bard Graduate Center
Phone: 212-501-3044

The Bard Graduate Center and the American Museum of Natural History announce a Research Fellowship in Museum Anthropology. The fellowship provides support to a postdoctoral investigator to carry out a specific project over a two-year period. The program is designed to advance the training of the participant by having her/him pursue a project in association with a curator in the Division of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). The Fellow will also be expected to teach one graduate-level course per year at the Bard Graduate Center (BGC). The Fellow will thus be in joint residence at BGC and AMNH. The fellowship includes housing and carries with it a stipend of $35,000.
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Title: The Exiles, MFA Film Program
Show Date(s): September 26-October 3
Contact: Stefanie Lubkowski
Film & Concerts Press Officer
Museum of Fine arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Phone: 617-369-3687

The MFA Film Program is proud to present a 6 show engagement of a restored 35 mm print of Kent MacKenzie's 1961 film. This is the first time that The Exiles has been widely available for theatrical engagements. The Exiles, was possibly inspired by Kent MacKenzie's friendship with Native American artist and dancer Tom Two Arrows, whom he met when they were both summer camp counselors in Maine during Kent's years at Dartmouth. Gritty, realistic and far ahead of its time (in a period when Hollywood films featured noble savages), the script for The Exiles was created exclusively from recorded interviews with the participants and with their ongoing input during the shooting of the film. Native American writers and activists have long considered the film as one of first works of art to portray modern life honestly and as an important forerunner for the cultural renaissance of American Indian fiction, poetry, filmmaking and theater starting in the 1970s.

Tickets: Members, seniors and students $8; general admission $10. Discount matinee prices (weekday until 5 pm; weekends until 12:30 pm) are $6, $7. To purchase please call the box office at 617-369-3306 or online at

The Exiles
Fri. Sept. 26
6:45 pm
Sat. Sept. 27
7:30 pm
Wed. Oct. 1
6:45 pm
Fri. Oct. 3
4:30 pm
Sat. Oct. 4
12:00 pm
Wed. Oct. 8
5:00 pm
Title: Lecture- Growing Up With Heroes … The Navajo Code Talkers of World War II
Phone: 800-225-4575
Website: or

Zonnie Gorman, a recognized historian and daughter of one of the original United States Marine Corps Navajo Code Talkers, shares a touching and riveting story about her father and the famous men who used their native language to help win America's freedom in the Pacific campaigns of World War II.

Title: The Rural Mathematics Educator, 18th issue (Volume 7, Number 1)

The 18th issue (Volume 7, Number 1) of the Rural Mathematics Educator has just been published. Table of Contents:

  • The Ambiguity of Rural Forks In the (Back) Road: Obstacles for Place-Based Strategies Toward a Research Agenda for Mathematical Language Acquisition in Rural Settings
  • A Comparison of Why Rural Matters 2007: The Realities of Rural Education Growth, published October 2007
  • Why Rural Matters 2005: The Facts about Rural Education in the 50 States, published May 2005
  • Finding out how to treat mathematical ailments
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