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Opportunities - Page Two

Here you will find opportunity listings for the following categories:

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
Title: LEAD and the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) Summer Business Institute
Extended Deadline: March 15, 2009 (for Native students)
Location: Various.
Contact: Tashina Etter, Associate Director of Education at NAFOA
Phone: (303) 503-8772
Website: &

For more than 28 years, the LEAD Program has provided business education to more than 7,500 minority high school students. In summer 2009, LEAD and the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) are partnering to provide a unique program for Native American and Alaska Native students.

Native American and Alaska Native high school juniors will participate in a four week program to learn about business and finance as it is relevant to Native communities. Tribal leaders and Native people working in business and finance will introduce students to exciting career opportunities. Students will live on a university campus, participate in interactive classes and corporate site visits conducted by business school professors and corporate executives.

Students will also take classes in marketing, accounting, finance, economics and ethics. The curriculum also includes a day focused on college admissions. Students will participate in business and stock market competitions. On weekends, students will engage in a variety of extracurricular activities from theme park trips to sporting events.

Please do not let cost deter you from applying. Additional funding is available for Native students.
Title: 12th Annual Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative
Deadline: Student application- April 17, 2009; Counselor application- March 6, 2009
Date(s): June 20 - 28, 2009
Location: Washington D.C.
Contact: Julie Bottoms, Student Programs Administrative Assistant
Phone: Phone # 405-946-7072 x133/ Toll Free: 877-943-4299

The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) is now accepting applications for the 12th Annual Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative which will be held in Washington D.C., June 20 - 28, 2009. American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) high school students, ages 16- 18, who have an interest in the health careers and/or biomedical research are encouraged to apply. The NNAYI scholarship pays for travel, lodging, and most meals during the program. NNAYI's curriculum is strategically designed to prepare students for admission to college and professional schools, as well as for careers in health and biomedical research.

To accompany the students, AAIP is accepting applications for counselors, age 21 and older, to serve as role models and chaperones to a select group of five high school students. AI/AN medical and health professional students are encouraged to apply. AAIP will cover travel, lodging, meals, as well as provide a stipend upon completion of the program. Counselors will be expected to arrive in Washington D.C. 1-2 days prior to program dates.
Title: Young Native Writers Essay Contest

The deadline for this year's Young Native Writers Essay Contest approaches. All essays are due by midnight on April 30 , 2009. The top five essay contest winners will receive college scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $1,000, and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington DC to visit the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). The teachers of all five winning essayists will receive a sponsored trip to accompany their students, and share in a week of touring NMAI and archives, visiting with Native American authors, and participating in various special events deigned specifically for the group.

Native American students wishing to enter the contest will write about cultural, historical, and current events that are related to tribal life. The Web site at contains all guidelines for the essay contest, as well as Native America lesson plans and reference sources for students and teachers. Past winning essays are posted at this site, as well as pictures from previous Washington DC trips.

The Young Native Writes Essay Contest is a collaborative project of the Holland & Knight Charitable Foundation and NMAI. Questions about the essay contest may be addressed to Angela Vlachos Ruth at or 813-227-6331.
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Title: North American Indian Center of Boston Work Study or Independent Study
Contact: Dennis Norman, Ed.D., Faculty Chair, HUNAP,
Phone: 617 726-3285

HUNAP is looking for a student with interest in developing a web sight for the North American Indian Center of Boston. Web development experience necessary and can be a part-time work study position or an independent study that would include field research involving urban Indian centers that focus on cultural, community, social as well as Indian Health activities. The project will involve becoming acquainted with the current and projected structural organization, outreach and web connectivity.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dennis Norman.

Title: The Peabody Museum Weekend of the Americas—Visualizing Power: Plains Pictographic Arts
Date(s): Friday, April 3 through Saturday, April 4, 2009
Catherine Linardos
Phone: 617-495-2269
Registration Desk, Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge. Sat 8:30am – 12:00pm.
Mailing Address: Office of External Relations, Peabody Museum, Harvard University, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
Fax: 617-495-7535
Website: & (find out registration information here)

Ledger books, rock art, and buffalo robes, stunning examples of Native American pictographic arts, offer the warriors’ perspective on life in the West. What stories do they tell? What can we learn from them? What significance do they have for Native peoples today?

Explore with us current understanding of Plains pictographic arts, how they changed after contract with non-Natives and exposure to written documents and new materials. The seminar expands on themes presented in the Peabody’s new exhibition Wiyohpiyata, which features a newly discovered Lakota ledgerbook from the mid-nineteenth century.

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Title: The Graduate School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Recruitment Event
Date: April 6, 2009
Contact: Megan Christopher Or Alan Kendrick
Website: &

Highlights of the event will include:
· Opportunities to meet one-on-one with professors I your field of interest
· Seminars on funding sources and applying to graduate school
· Information panels of UNC graduate students about graduate life
· Evening cultural event
· Tours of campus and the Chapel Hill area
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Title: Energy Resource Development Tribal Internship Program
Deadline: April 3, 2009
Phone: 630-252-4114
Website: & &

Skibine Announces New Effort to Recruit, Train Next Generation of Tribal Energy, Natural Resource Management Professionals. IEED, CERT and Argonne National Lab partner on college-level science and engineering.

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, a major research center, is pleased to announce a unique summer internship program for American Indian and Native Alaska (AI/NA) college students. The Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT) and the Department of the Interior's Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) worked together to identify strategic opportunities for internships based on current Argonne programs and mentorship availability. Potential research arenas are focused on energy resource development, both renewable and non-renewable, and environmental evaluation and analysis of potential impacts from energy resource development activities. To facilitate the program DEP will collaborate with the Environmental Sciences Division in providing scientific and technical mentoring for interns.

Title: EPA Region 1’s Summer Intern
Deadline: May 29, 2009 (recommended applying early)
Location: Various
Contact: Shirley Gakuru

Project I: No Discharge Area Initiative Program
The Ocean and Coastal Protection Unit in OEP requests one summer intern to assist with the No Discharge Area (NDA) Initiative, one of the region’s top priorities. EPA is authorized under section 312 of the Clean Water Act to designate No Discharge Areas where the discharge of all sewage from boats is prohibited. EPA grants approval for NDAs upon demonstration by the state applying for the designation that there is a need for greater water quality protection and that sufficient pump-out facilities exist for the safe and sanitary disposal of vessel sewage. NDAs provide a higher level of water quality protection for important resources like shellfish beds and swimming beaches.

Location: EPA New England office, requiring travel to different locations in Maine and Massachusetts
Preferred College Major: Environmental studies, environmental science, marine biology
Preferred Year in College: Junior/senior or graduate school
Date(s): May 1 – August 30, 2009

Project II: Mystic River Watershed Initiative
Location: Boston, MA
Preferred College Major: Environmental Science/Biology/Engineering with good mathematical and computer skills.
Preferred Year in College: Junior/Senior. If a graduating senior, intern MUST be enrolled in a degree-seeking program for fall 2009.
Dates: May 15, 2009 – August 31, 2009

Project III: National Pollution Elimination System (NPDES) Program
Location: Boston, MA
Preferred College Major(s): engineering, biology, environmental sciences
Preferred Year in College:
Preferred Background: science or engineering with good writing and basic computer skills
Date(s): June – September 2009

Project IV: Asthma Research Project
Location: Boston, MA
Preferred College Major(s): Environmental Health Sciences
Preferred Year in College: Graduate Student
Preferred Background: Graduate student with public health/environmental health concentration or environmental sciences preferred. An upper level undergraduate with excellent organization and communication skills in any major will also be accepted.
Date(s): May 2009 – September 2009

Project V: Superfund Information Management
Title: Information Management Assistant
Location: Region I – Boston, MA
Preferred College Major(s):
Preferred Year in College: Can be High School or College
Date(s): Summer, 2009

Title: Internship at Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices
Deadline: March 15, 2009
Contact: Ms. Jameson C. Brant
Phone: (819) 776-8270
Fax: (819) 776-8429

The Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation (CMCC), which is comprised of the Canadian Museum of Civilization (CMC) and the Canadian War Museum (CWM), is offering an Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices to those with an interest in pursing a career in the field of museology. The goal of the Program is to offer First Nations, Métis, and Inuit participants professional and technical training. The Program operates from September to April of each year, with a two week break for the holiday season.

Title: Cultural Resources Diversity Internship Program, 14 Paid Internships
Deadline: March 16, 2009
Contact: Turkiya Lowe, Program Coordinator
Phone: 202-354-2266.

Below are a few internships. Please see details on the website.

1. Fort Necessity National Battlefield, NPS
American Indian Interpretive Project
Location: Farmington, PA

2. Bandelier National Monument, NPS
Pueblo Ruins Conservation Project, Architectural Conservation Intern
Location: Los Alamos, NM

3. Ohio Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office
National History Day Educational Outreach
Location: Columbus, OH

Intern Benefits:

  • $225 per week
  • Basic Medical Insurance
  • $800/month Housing Stipend
  • $100.00 Uniform Allowance
  • $630 Travel Expenses to/from the worksite
  • $1,000 AmeriCorps Educational Award
  • 3-day Career Workshop in Washington, D.C. (hotel, travel, and most meals included)
Title: Energy Resource Development Tribal Internship Program
Deadline: April 3, 2009
Location: Argonne, IL

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, a major research center, is pleased to announce a unique summer internship program for American Indian and Native Alaska (AI/NA) college students. The Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT) and the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED) worked together to identify strategic opportunities for internships based on current Argonne programs and mentorship availability. Potential research arenas are focused on energy resource development, both renewable and non-renewable, and environmental evaluation and analysis of potential impacts from energy resource development activities. To facilitate the program DEP will collaborate with the Environmental Sciences Division in providing scientific and technical mentoring for interns.

The DEP has designed a residential program to host ten undergraduates, selected by Argonne and CERT, during the summer of 2009. Students would be in residence at the laboratory for ten weeks. A key element of the internship experience is Tribal involvement. CERT in coordination with Argonne will recruit interns from public, private and Tribal Institutions of higher learning.

The program begins May 26, 2009 however there is some flexibility in the appointment period. In addition to research activities, participants attend a series of seminars and tours dealing with current topics in science and engineering.
Title: Harvey W. Branigar, Jr. and Anne Ray Native Internships
Deadline: March 30, 2009
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Phone: (505) 954-7205
Website: &

The School for Advanced Research, Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) offers two nine-month internships to Native individuals who are recent graduates, current graduate students, or junior museum professionals interested in furthering their collections management experience and enhancing their intellectual capacity for contributing to the expanding field and discourse of museum studies.

The internships include a $2200 monthly stipend, housing, book allowance, travel to one professional conference, and reimbursable travel to and from SAR. The internship period is September 1–May 31.

The interns will devote their time to working on IARC programs, directed research and writing activities, and collections management and registration. In addition to daily duties specific requirements include presenting a research paper at the SAR Colloquium Series; attending a national conference; assisting in the coordination and facilitation of one IARC seminar or symposium; providing tours of the IARC collection; and working on outreach initiatives to Native communities.

See the websites above for details on how to apply.
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Title: Native American Literature, South Atlantic Modern Language Association Conference
Deadline: April 1, 2009
Conference Date(s): November 6-8, 2009
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Contact: Angela Mullis, Department of Language and Literature, Mount Olive College

With the special focus of SAMLA’s upcoming convention being “Human Rights and Humanities,” this session welcomes submissions of proposals regarding any aspect of Native American literature and its role in human rights. From the pan-Indian activism of the Society of American Indians to the American Indian Movement of the 1960s and current struggles of Indigenous peoples throughout the Americas and beyond, Native writers have resisted the forces of cultural genocide. Native literatures have borne witness to the abuse of human rights both in its historical moment and retrospectively, rewriting conventional narratives of the past through alternative history and historical fiction. This session invites academic papers, multi-media, or digital pieces on any aspect of Native American literature that addresses human rights.

Please email (no regular mail) 300-word abstracts with the requisite information as noted in the SAMLA call for papers guidelines, to Angela Mullis, Department of Language and Literature, Mount Olive College, at

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Title: 2009 Algonquian Peoples Seminar
Date: April 4, 2009
Location: New York State Museum, Madison Avenue , Albany, NY
Contact: Mariann Mantzouris, Seminar Chairwoman
Phone: 518-369-8116
Website: &

The Native American Institute of the Hudson River Valley is a voluntary organization associated with Native Americans, educators, students, and interested community groups. The purpose of the Institute is to promote awareness of the First Nations of America and particularly those Native Americans, who lived in what is now New York State and the surrounding areas, with emphasis on the Northeastern Algonquian peoples.

The Institute will support and carry out research and educational activities promoting awareness of Native American culture and experience. The intention of the Institute and its members is to research and disseminate accurate information and historical fact concerning the European encounter with the First Nations and the history of these nations before and after that encounter.

Please check out the websites for more information.

Title: 2009 LEAD Institute National Conference
Conference date(s): April 8, 2009
Location: Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa, Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico
Contact: Montoya Whiteman, Director of Training & Technical Assistance
Phone: (303) 774-7836 ext. 18.

The LEAD Institute is a National Conference for Native American Nonprofit & Philanthropic Professionals and Individuals Working in Tribal Organizations. This year, First Nations Development Institute is partnering with Native Americans in Philanthropy's Annual Institute.

Native American nonprofit professionals, Native American individuals interested in launching or expanding nonprofit and/or philanthropic organizations, Tribal Leaders or those who work in tribal organizations .

Title: Fifth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference
Conference date(s): April 2-3, 2009
Location: University Center Annex, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Contact: Alesia Cummings
Phone: 910.521.6266

The purpose of the Southeast Indian Studies Conference is to provide a forum for discussion of the culture, history, art, health and contemporary issues of Native Americans in the Southeast. The conference serves as a critical venue for scholars, students and all persons interested in American Indian Studies in the region.

Keynote Speaker: Donald L. Fixico (Shawnee, Sac & Fox, Muscogee Creek and Seminole), Distinguished Foundation Professor in the Department of History at Arizona State University. He has served on the Advisory Council for the National Endowment for the Humanities and his books include The American Indian Mind in a Linear World: American Indian Studies and Traditional Knowledge (2003), and The Urban Indian Experience in America (2000).

Title: Fourth Annual NC State University Graduate Student Research Symposium
Conference date(s): Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Location: Jane S. McKimmon Center
Contact: David M. Shafer, Ph.D., Assistant Dean for Outreach and Diversity North Carolina State University
Phone: (919) 515-4462

NC State University Graduate Student Association (UGSA) and the Graduate School invite you to the Fourth Annual NC State University Graduate Student Research Symposium

This year, there will be over 150 poster presentations representing research being conducted in 58 graduate programs. The primary goal of the symposium is to showcase the outstanding quality and diversity of graduate research at NC State. This is a great opportunity for all to take a look at the interesting research projects being conducted at the graduate level. Undergraduates who are interested applying to graduate school will certainly benefit from talking to our graduate students about their research, and perhaps getting ideas as to how to present their research at conferences at which they may participate in the future.
Title: For All My Relations 10th Annual Conference for Indian Families
Conference date(s): July 9th – 11th, 2009
Location: Hyatt Regency Orange County, Garden Grove, California
Contact: National Indian Justice Center
Phone: 707-579-5507
Email: or

Please join us for new information and resources to develop ways to address issues of concern to Native communities. It is for All Our Relations that we come together to share our knowledge, skills, hopes and dreams for the future of Indian families. This conference will have an opening general session with guest speakers, two days of workshops, a college career fair, silent auction, a wealth of exhibits, and lastly, a closing general session.
Title: New England Science Symposium
Conference Date(s): April 3, 2009
Location: Boston, MA
Contact: Lise D. Kaye, Biomedical Science Careers Program, Harvard Medical School, Office for Diversity and Community Partnership
Phone: 617.432.0552

The Harvard Medical School Minority Faculty Development Program and the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) will sponsor the eighth annual New England Science Symposium on Friday, April 3, 2009 in Boston, Massachusetts. Established in 2002, the New England Science Symposium promotes careers in biomedical science. The aim of the symposium is to encourage postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental, and graduate students; post baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) to present their research projects through oral or poster presentations, to exchange ideas that can further their career development, and to expand their professional network.
Title: 2009 National American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) Conference
Conference Date(s): April 7-9, 2009
Location: Desert Diamond Hotel and Casino in Tucson, Arizona

The American Indian Business Leaders, a national student based organization, is to support and promote the education and development of future American Indian business leaders. AIBL sponsors the National American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) Conference.

AIBL’s National Conference is the hottest place to be for Indian students and professionals to access business information and expertise. Each year AIBL’s Conference offers a selection of activities designed to stimulate, enhance, and expand our participants’ educational experience beyond what is taught through traditional academic methods, to address contemporary business issues impacting Indian Country.

Title: Native Women and Men’s Wellness Conference—“Circles of Wellness: Self, Family, Community, and Nation”
Conference date(s): April 5-9, 2009
Location: San Diego, California
Contact: Sue Thomas, Health Promotion Programs
Phone: 405-325-1799
Website: &

The American Indian Institute’s Health Promotion Programs at the University of Oklahoma proudly announces the eighth Native Women & Men’s Wellness Conference. This annual event is the largest wellness conference for Native and Indigenous people throughout North America. The conference recognizes the dramatic changes in the lifestyles of Native people over the years. With these changes have come unhealthy behaviors, leading to dysfunctional relationships, high stress levels, lack of physical exercise, substance abuse and unhealthy sexuality affecting overall wellness.

A sampling of these topics includes:

  • alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse prevention
  • anger management
  • caring for loved ones
  • chronic disease prevention (cancer, depression, diabetes heart disease, kidney disease, osteoporosis)
  • creative intervention skills

Title: 2009 Partnerships for Indian Education conference
Conference date(s): April 17-19, 2009.
Location: Norman, OK
Website: &

The 2009 national conference provides an opportunity for Indian education partners at all levels to participate and engage in an effective dialogue for addressing the issues facing American Indian and Alaska Native students, their schools, families, and communities. The 3-day forum will help foster communication, collaboration, and cooperative strategies among federal, state, local and tribal agencies, and national advocacy organizations.

The conference seeks to:

  • Share information on successful collaborative interagency partnerships in Indian education
  • Provide opportunities to discuss current research in Indian education
  • Engage and discuss research-based projects suitable for replication
  • Reveal the latest and most innovative practices that successfully advocate for Native student success in all areas of their community

Title: The Parliament of the World's Religions -- Healing the Earth with Care and Concern
Conference date(s): December 3-9, 2009
Location: Melbourne, Australia

Environmental concerns, collaborations, and actions, as informed by religious perspectives, will be a central theme of the next Parliament of the World's Religions in Melbourne, Australia, December 3-9, 2009. Program submissions are welcome, particularly focusing on Climate Change, Bio Diversity, the Earth Charter, the Universe Story and World Religions, and Securing Food and Water for all People.

The 2009 Parliament will convene thousands of people from around the world to renew their work for the future of the planet. The theme is Make a World of Difference: Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth. We see an urgent need to cultivate awareness of our global interconnectedness, and this Parliament will honor the struggles and spiritualities of the Indigenous Peoples around the globe, particularly highlighting the Aboriginal communities of Australia.

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At Haskell Indian Nations University June 15 through 19, 2009

Program Overview:
The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) is sponsoring the Youth Leadership Challenge 2009. The program will provide a rigorous schedule of instruction, events, challenges, recreation and social activities that are designed to create awareness and improve the knowledge base of young tribal members in the unique Nation to Nation relationship that Indian Tribes have with the United States Government. Participants will receive instruction from tribal leaders and other experts in the field based upon a curriculum that will provide knowledge and information on the historical, political, legal and social development of tribal governments as the instrument to carry out this nation to nation relationship. Activities that enhance knowledge and promote problem solving skills will be integrated into the program. Competition between groups and evening social activities will provide motivation and foster communication and sharing among participants and facilitators. Follow up challenges, projects, and activities will be continued throughout the year for participants completing the challenge.

Eligibility Requirements:
The program is open to American Indian/Alaska Native students who will be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year during the fall of 2009. Students from all BIE operated and funded schools are welcome to apply. Schools, community and tribal organizations are encouraged to sponsor students to attend the challenge. Food and lodging will be provided. Travel to and from Haskell will be the responsibility of the participant or the participant’s school or sponsoring organization. Students should plan to arrive on campus anytime after noon on Sunday, June 14, and depart for home Saturday, June 20. A total of 150 to 200 applicants will be approved to attend the challenge. Students that demonstrate leadership skills and those that need a little motivation are encouraged to apply. Students will need to complete the following check list, to apply.

  1. Youth Leadership Challenge Program application
  2. Recommendation forms completed by a teacher and school counselor.
  3. A 250 to 300 word essay (Written or Typed) identifying the four major areas (economic development, education, social programs, cultural activities, etc.) that the student’s tribe is involved in that have a positive influence on their lives. The essay should also identify the top four challenges that the student feels his/her tribe faces and recommend solutions to those challenges.
  4. Verification of Enrollment in grades 9 through 11. (for example, the student’s Report Card or a letter from the school administrator)
  5. Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) or letter from tribal official verifying eligibility for tribal membership.
  6. A one page essay that demonstrates the student’s interest in Leadership and Tribal Government
  7. A parent’s or guardian’s signature on the application
  8. A recent photograph and shirt size
  9. A list of any medical conditions and medications that may present challenges to participation in some activities.

The application and supporting materials must be received by May 1, 2009. Applications must be complete to be considered. Applicants that are selected will be notified no later than May 15, 2009.

Please submit applications to:

Stephanie Birdwell, Deputy Director,
Policy and Post Secondary, Bureau of Indian Education,
1849 C Street, NW; MS-3609 MIB
Washington D.C. 20240.

If you have any questions about the Youth Leadership Challenge, please contact Ms. Birdwell at: 202-208-4397 or via e-mail at:

Title: American Indian Educational Foundation Scholarships
Deadline: April 4, 2009
Website: (main)
& (Graduate Scholarship)
& (Undergraduate Scholarship)

AIEF is one of the United States’ largest grantors of scholarships to Native Americans, providing nearly $450,000 to about 225 students each year. Of these, nearly half are the first in their family to attend college. In addition, AIEF mentors and supports scholarship recipients throughout the year, which makes a dramatic difference in their success rates.

AIEF looks for students who might be overlooked by other scholarship programs, but have demonstrated the motivation and drive to improve their own lives and the lives of others. In addition to our Graduate and Undergraduate scholarships, AIEF also offers several foundation and memorial scholarships.

Visit the websites above to apply.

Title: 2009-2010 Scholarship for Cherokee Nation Tribal Citizens
Deadline: March 20, 2009
Cherokee Nation Education Corporation
PO Box 948, Tahlequah, Ok 74465-0948
918-453-5420 or
Website: &

Grants for Cherokees who will be enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate for any degree but especially a degree leading to a career that will serve Cherokee people.

Title: The Society of American Indian Government Employees Conference- Youth Track Scholarship
Deadline: April 1, 2009
Location: San Diego, California
JoAnn Brant, Youth Track Coordinator
Phone: (202) 564-0375
Website(s): or or (under Youth Track)

The Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) is the only national Non- profit organization that advocates for American Indian and Alaska Native Government employees. SAIGE will host their 6th annual training conference, “Many Nations, One Voice,” June 1-5, 2009 in San Diego, California at the Town and Country Hotel.

As part of the Training Conference, SAIGE will also host the annual Native Youth Track.
This program is designed to provide Native American students an opportunity to learn about careers within the federal government, to participate in professional and personal development workshops and training, and to network with Native American professionals.

The Youth Track is open to Native Students between the ages of 18 and 25 who can demonstrate they are currently enrolled in good standing at an accredited high school, college or university. Students must be interested in gaining a professional degree and in the possibility of pursing a career with the federal government.

Title: 2009 MishkoswIn Scholarship (Strength)
Deadline: August 31, 2009
Application Process
Contact: Dr. Michael Niles (Wakshe)
Office of American Indian Projects
411 North Central Avenue #880M
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Email: (ATTN: MishkoswIn Scholarship Selection Committee)

The Indigenous Early Intervention Alliance (IEIA) provides an educational scholarship called the MishkoswIn Scholarship (Strength) to help an Indigenous college student that has shown courage, bravery, and dedication to their college education. This scholarship is given in honor of Brady and Halle Doughty, members of the Cherokee Nation and possessors of great personal strength and character.

Scholarship Requirements
The scholarship is a one-time award in an amount to be determined. The nominee must be an enrolled tribal member (any tribe) and preferably residing on the reservation at the time of application. Preference will be given to those who are returning to their tribe following their college graduation.

Title: 2009 Keepers of the Fire Scholarship Program
Deadline: August 31, 2009
Application Process
Contact: Dr. Michael Niles (Wakshe)
Office of American Indian Projects
411 North Central Avenue #880M
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Email: (ATTN: Edbesendowen Scholarship Selection Committee)

The “Keepers of the Fire Scholarship” is an annual scholarship program that awards 3 $500.00 scholarships to American Indian (Indigenous) students attending a college or university in the United States or Canada. The scholarships are given in honor of Philip L. and Esther J. Niles. Philip Niles was an enrolled tribal member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma (descended from the Fox family clan) and dedicated his professional life to helping many American Indian tribes throughout the United States through his employment with the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Scholarship Requirements:
The nominees must be an enrolled tribal member of any American Indian (Indigenous) tribe or community in the United States or Canada.

Preference will be given to those who are returning to their tribe following their college graduation.

Title: 2009 “Ghigau” (beloved woman) Scholarship Program
Deadline: August 31, 2009
Application Process
Contact: Dr. Lisa Byers
OU-Tulsa, School of Social Work, Schusterman Center
4502 E. 41st St.
Tulsa, OK 74135

The “Ghigau Scholarship” is an annual scholarship program that awards 1 $500.00 scholarship to a Cherokee student attending a college or university in the United States, Canada, or other Indigenous community. The scholarship is given in honor of the Cherokee Tribe and to celebrate the family of Dr. Lisa Byers and her children, Brady and Halle (all Cherokee tribal members). The scholarship is also a way of supporting the education and capacity-building of the Cherokee student population.

Scholarship Requirements
The nominee must be an enrolled tribal member of the Cherokee tribe.

Preference will be given to those who are returning to their tribe or village following their college graduation.

Title: 2009 Edbesendowen Scholarship Program
Deadline: August 31, 2009
Application Process
Contact: Dr. Michael Niles (Wakshe)
Office of American Indian Projects
411 North Central Avenue #880M
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Email: (ATTN: Edbesendowen Scholarship Selection Committee)

Edbesendowen is a Potawatomi word that means “Humility.” The spirit of this scholarship is the recognition of the importance of being humble and knowing that we are no more than the next. Our presence on Mother Earth is a gift. We are not more than the trees or the oceans. We are equal to all things that we share our planet with. We are not more than those who struggle or have no home. Those that have taught me this important concept are remembered through this award.

Scholarship Requirements

  1. The scholarship will be given to an American Indian (Indigenous) student who are accepted into or registered at a college or university (preferably studying Social Work or American Indian Studies).
  2. The scholarship is a 1-time award of $300.00. The recipient and non-awardees are encouraged to re-apply in the following year (fall 2010).
  3. The nominees must be an enrolled tribal member of any American Indian (Indigenous) tribe or community in the United States, Canada, or elsewhere.
  4. Preference will be given to those who are returning to their tribe following their college graduation.

Title: Artist Leadership and Emerging Artist Programs
The National Museum, of the American Indian
Deadline: April 6, 2009
Website(s): and

The National Museum of the American Indian's Indigenous Contemporary Arts
Program offers support to a wide range of arts activities with the goal of increasing the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of contemporary Native American arts. The NMAI considers the recognition of living artists of the Western Hemisphere and Hawaii to be of primary importance and will give awards to projects that strengthen the scholarship in this underserved field and create opportunities for new and innovative work.

The Artist Leadership Program enables indigenous artists to research, document, network, and develop life skills to enhance artistic growth and strengthen career development. This two-part program includes a visit to Washington, D.C., to conduct research and to receive professional training services, as well as an artist-facilitated community project to share the knowledge learned from the visit.

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Title: Indigenous Fellowship Programmes for 2010
- English: April 30, 2009
- Spanish: July 15, 2009
- French: TBA
- Russian: September 30, 2009

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) organizes every year an Indigenous Fellowship Programme, which is an extensive training programme aimed at strengthening indigenous representatives’ knowledge of the United Nations system, general Human Rights mechanisms and other mechanisms more specifically dealing with indigenous issues.

This programme is EXCLUSIVELY for indigenous persons. It is implemented in close cooperation with University partners and other UN agencies. Trained participants are better equipped to assist their organizations and communities in using existing international instruments and mechanisms to protect their rights. This training programme is available in 4 languages: English, Spanish, French and Russian.

Please visit the website for more information.

Title: Post-Doctoral positions in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Deadline: Open until filled.
Contact: Linda Schreyer, SIPID-GE Program Administrator, Washington University School of Medicine, Division of Biostatistics
Phone: 314-362-1565

The Division of Biostatistics at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine seeks candidates for multiple post-doctoral positions in genetic epidemiology who will be involved in the development and application of novel statistical methods for analysis of data from family/genetic studies with an emphasis on substantive applied orientation in cardiovascular disease (CVD) and CVD risk factors. Background in one or more areas among biostatistics, statistical genetics, genetic epidemiology, and bioinformatics is highly desirable. Candidates with research interests in the development of novel analytic methods in genetic epidemiology are particularly encouraged to apply.

Washington University School of Medicine is among the world’s premier biomedical research institutions. It is home for several large scale centers at the forefront of research in their chosen fields, including nationally funded Centers in the areas of genome sequencing, cancer, and Alzheimer Disease.

Interested candidates are encouraged to apply with a statement of research interests, CV, and two letters of recommendation to: Dr. D. C. Rae, Division of Biostatistics, Washington University School of Medicine, 660 South Euclid, Campus Box 8067, St. Louis, MO 63110-1093 or email

Title: Summer Institute Program to Increase Diversity (SIPID), Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Deadline: April 1, 2009
Contact: Linda Schreier, SIPID-GE Program Administrator
Phone: 314-362-1565
Website(s): and

The Summer Institute Program to Increase Diversity (SIPID) is an all-expense-paid research opportunity sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). This mentored research program will address the difficulties experienced by junior investigators in establishing independent research programs and negotiating through the academic ranks.

The all-expense-paid program brings participants to the University for 3-week sessions during two consecutive summers, with a short mid-year visit. The SIPID program provides mentor-mentee partnerships with matching based on common research interests. The mentors will be experienced in research and grant writing and will offer long-term collaborations. The didactic curriculums involve faculty and mentors from multiple disciplines with various levels of hands-on training. Special emphasis is placed on developing grantsmanship skills, with mentors assisting mentees one-on-one to develop specific research projects and improve long-term fundability. NHLBI scientific program staff will provide a grants workshop to assist mentees with project focus and to identify viable funding sources to promote a sustainable independent research program for career advancement.

Title: Endocrinology Fellowship Opportunity
Deadline: Open until filled.
Contact: Carla Deal, Fellowship Coordinator
Phone: (405) 271-3613
Website: &

The Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service in conjunction with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), Section of Endocrinology & Diabetes and the Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center is actively requesting candidates to apply for a 2-year Endocrinology fellowship program.

Interested applicants must hold U.S. Citizenship. American Indians are strongly encouraged to apply. Upon completion of the fellowship training, a 2-year payback will take place at the Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service in the role of Area Consultant for Endocrinology.

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Title: Lecture by Lori Alvord, M.D., 2009 Pine Manor College Honorary Degree Recipient
Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2009, 5:30-7:00 PM
Location: Founder’s Room, Pine Manor College, 400 Heath Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Please join President Gloria Nemerowicz as Pine Manor College Welcomes 2009 Honorary Degree Recipient Lori Arviso Alvord, M.D.

Dr. Alvord is the author of “The Scalpel and the Silver Bear,” the story of the author’s journey from a reservation in New Mexico to become the first woman Navajo surgeon and her work to combine Navajo philosophies of healing with western medicine. The lecture will focus on Dr. Lori Alvord’s experience as a Navajo woman surgeon.

Please RSVP to Erin Mills ‘05 at 617-731-7132 or

“It is my hope and vision that groups of people can learn from one another -- that the culture of medicine can learn from the culture of Native Americans, and that both can be richer for the experience.” -- Lori Arviso Alvord, MD.

Title: Lecture and Reception
Date: Friday April 3, 2009, 5:30 P.M.
Location: Lecture in Geological Lecture Hall, Harvard University, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge.
Reception follows in the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave.
Contact: 617-496-1027 (Public Information)

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology presents a lecture by award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick, “Starting at Standing Rock: Following Custer and Sitting Bull to the Little Big Horn.”

In June of 2007, Philbrick traveled to the Standing Rock Sioux Agency in North Dakota to research an upcoming book about the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Over the next two weeks, he ventured up the Missouri River to Fort Lincoln, home to General George Custer’s Seventh Cavalry, and then followed Custer’s route more than three hundred miles to the Little Bighorn National Monument in Crow Agency, Montana. In this illustrated lecture about his trip, Philbrick, who is known for his bestselling books about maritime topics, will talk about the challenges of moving from the sea to the American West as well as the unexpected importance that photographs and native artwork have had in shaping his understanding of the battle and its participants.

Title: Astronomy Camp on Kitt Peak: June 2009
Deadline: Open until filled.
Location: Kitt Peak National Observatory, Arizona
Contact: Dr. Don McCarthy, Camp Director
Phone: (520) 621-4079
Dr. Katy Garmany, NOAO/ Kitt Peak
Phone: (520) 318-8526

This year, Astronomy Camp, a very successful program that has been running for over 20 years on Mt Lemmon, is moving to Kitt Peak. Students will spend a week living and working together with staff members to explore astronomy, science, technology, math, and engineering. Activities will include nighttime observing with a variety of telescopes as well as daytime hands-on activities, hikes, and tours.

In order to encourage Tohono O’odham youth, several scholarships will be available for this weeklong adventure. Students in the Beginning Camp, scheduled June 10-16, are between 12 and 15 years old. There will be up to 20 Campers, from all over the US. They will be mentored by 6- 8 adults, many of whom participated in the Camp in previous years and are now college or graduate students around the US.

The Camp curriculum emphasizes hands-on immersion experiences both day and night. Typical nights would utilize public telescopes and other equipment for viewing by naked eye and also for monitoring moving and time-variable objects.

We expect to also have at least one night on a research size telescope where we will obtain color images of faint nebulae and monitor time variable stellar objects.
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I. NAICOB Work Study/ Independent Study Opportunity
II. Harvard Opportunities
III. Scholarship Opportunities
IV. Internship Opportunities
V. High School Student Opportunities
VI. Graduate Opportunities
VII. Employment Opportunities
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IX. Call for Papers
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