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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: College Horizons
Deadline: June 1 (extended).
Dates: June 20-24, 2009 or June 27-July 1, 2009
Contact: Christine Suina, Program Coordinator
Phone: (505)401-3854

College Horizons is a five-day ‘crash course’ in preparing for college. Expert college counselors, teamed up with admission officers, will help students:

  • Select suitable colleges to apply to
  • Complete winning applications and write memorable essays
  • Learn what turns an applicant into an admitted student
  • Become a test-prep ‘whiz kid’
  • Navigate the financial aid/scholarship jungle

Students will learn about a broad variety of colleges and universities, and establish personal relationships with admission representatives and college counselors that will continue long after the program is over. Participants will be limited to 90 at Yale and 80 at Whitman. Eligible participants will be Native American (enrolled members only), Alaskan Native (proof of status) or Native Hawaiian; current sophomores and juniors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (in academic courses).

Complete program cost is $200 (includes tuition, room, meals, all materials and transportation to campus from the Hartford or Walla Walla or Pasco airports). Students are responsible for their own airfare, but substantial funds are available for travel and tuition assistance (each year we award travel assistance to over 50% of our students). Students may indicate a site preference.


Subject: Announcing the 2009 Haskell Summer Enrichment Program

Haskell Indian Nations University is pleased to announce the 2009 Haskell Summer Enrichment Program. The program is scheduled to be held July 5-17, 2009 on the historic Haskell campus in Lawrence, Kansas.

The Haskell Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is a two-week college orientation program developed specifically for American Indian/Alaska Native students to begin planning and preparing for college. The program will be held on the historic Haskell campus and lodging and meals will be provided. The program will focus on college preparation and offer academic sessions in reading comprehension and math fundamentals. The cost involved in this endeavor is minimal. The main objective of the program is to provide students with a post-high school opportunity which prepares and assists their transition to a post-secondary environment.


  • Earn 1 hour of college credit (all students enrolled in VisionQuest 101)
  • Experience a college campus environment with other pre-freshmen
  • Engage in academic enrichment activities

General Requirements:

  • Juniors and Seniors currently in high school and 2.5 GPA
  • Member of a Federally Recognized Tribe (must have CDIB)
  • Submit application (and other required documents) and $100.00 application fee

To download a copy of the SEP application visit:
Deadline for application submission is June 5, 2009.

For more information contact:
Darryl Monteau, Project Coordinator
Haskell Summer Enrichment Program
Haskell President’s Office
155 Indian Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66046
(785) 832-6644
(785) 749-8411 fax

Haskell Indian Nations University is an intertribal post-secondary institution located in Lawrence, Kansas. Haskell is accredited by the North Central Association and affiliated with NAIA. The 2009 Haskell Summer Enrichment Program is coordinated through the Haskell President’s Office. For more information visit the Haskell Indian Nations University website at:

Subject: Minnesota Private College Week
High school students and their parents can jumpstart their college search process by visiting campuses during Minnesota Private College Week, running from June 22 to June 26. The event makes it easy to get a feel for several colleges in a short amount of time.

Campus tours and general information sessions are held twice daily - all week long - at our 17 institutions across the state. Students and parents choose which colleges they want to visit and register online for free. Now is a good time to start planning a Minnesota Private College Week road trip.

Dates: Monday, June 22 to Friday, June 26

Times: Sessions take place twice daily - 9:30-11:45 a.m. and 2-4:15 p.m.

Participating institutions: Augsburg College; Bethany Lutheran College; Bethel University; Carleton College; College of Saint Benedict; College of St. Catherine; College of St. Scholastica; Concordia College, Moorhead; Concordia University, St. Paul; Gustavus Adolphus College; Hamline University; Macalester College; Minneapolis College of Art and Design; Saint John's University; Saint Mary's University of Minnesota; St. Olaf College and University of St. Thomas.

Locations: These 17 institutions are in Arden Hills, Collegeville, Duluth, Mankato, Minneapolis, Moorhead, Northfield, St. Joseph, St. Paul, St. Peter and Winona.

Registration: Register online at

Questions: Visit <> , call 800-PRI-COLL or e-mail You can find us
on Facebook by joining the "Minnesota Private College Week" group.

About the Minnesota Private College Council

The Minnesota Private College Council represents 17 of the state's most respected four-year, liberal arts colleges and universities as well as more than 59,000 students. These institutions award about one-third of the baccalaureate degrees in the state. For more information on the Council and its members, visit

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Title: MIT CONVERGE Program
Deadline: August 1, 2009.
Date(s): October 1-4, 2009
Contact: Gail Rock
Phone: 617-253-2620
Website: (application)

MIT's CONVERGE program is a graduate preview weekend held on campus from October 1-4. The program seeks to attract candidates from underrepresented and under-served communities and to offer on-campus exposure to those interested in pursuing graduate studies at MIT.

Exposure to graduate life and learning are fundamental to the CONVERGE program. Invitees will have the opportunity to develop faculty contacts within their primary department of interest, as well as to meet central office administrators.

Applicants must be US citizens, permanent residents, or attend a US college or university. Students should be within 1-2 years of attending graduate school, have strong research skills, a minimum 3.5 grade point average, and have a genuine interest in obtaining a PhD. Those who are invited to attend this fall preview weekend will have all their expenses paid.

See the website above for details.
Title: Graduate Horizons: Pre-Graduate School Program for Native American, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native Students
Deadline: June 1.
Dates: July 18 – 21, 2009
Location: University of California, Berkeley
Contact: Christine Suina, Program Coordinator
Mail: PO Box 1262, Pena Blanca, NM 87041.
Phone: (505) 401-3854.
Website: (online application)

Collaborating partners: AIGC (American Indian Graduate Center), Winds of Change magazine, the Princeton Review Foundation, and over 40 of the nation’s finest graduate and professional programs.

The Graduate Horizons Program is a four-day “crash course” for Native American, Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native and First Nations college students, master’s students or alumni to help prepare them for graduate school (master’s, Ph.D. or professional school). Participants will be limited to 90. Faculty, admission officers and deans representing hundreds of graduate disciplines and a host of graduate and professional schools will help you: • Select programs and careers suitable for you. • Complete winning applications and write memorable personal statements. • Learn what turns an applicant into an admitted student. • Become a test-prep “whiz kid” on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, & MCAT. • Find your way through the financial aid/scholarship jungle. • Explore special issues for Native students. • Learn graduate school survival tips.

Complete program cost is $175 (includes tuition, room, meals, all materials and transportation to campus from the Oakland airport). Students are responsible for their own airfare, but substantial funds are available for travel and tuition assistance (each year we award travel assistance to over 70% of our students).

For an application and more information on the programs, please go to the website.
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Title: Public Health/Psychology/Social Work Intern
Location: Ipswich, MA (on the North Shore commuter rail).
Contact: Shelley A. Welch, MA, Project Director
Phone: 978-302-5969

Seeking Public Health/Psychology/Social Work Intern for The Capturing Spirit Project, a national non-profit research and development project focused on American Indian (A.I.) maternal infant attachment and traditional childbirth practices. The project’s Phase I duties will include: collection of journal data and research, implementation of a MySpace page for the project, and development of a map of American Indian Health organizations that serve A.I. pregnant women and their infants.

Minimum of 4 telecommuting hours weekly to start. Monthly two hour supervision and project planning on-site required. Access to medical libraries and ability to navigate journal research necessary. Paid travel. Thorough review of the project’s website is highly recommended before inquiry. Duration and hours flexible.
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
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Title: The National Congress of American Indians 2009 Mid-Year Conference
Date: June 14-17, 2009
Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2009
Location: Conference Center Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, NY.
Contact: NCAI
Phone: 202-466-7767

Panel Topics:
· Using Research to Support Indian Country in Shaping Its Own Future
· Strategies for Administering Indian Country Criminal Justice
· Joint Air Toxics Assessment Project: A Successful Multi-jurisdictional Environmental Science Research Partnership
· Improving Health Care Access in Native American Communities
· Historical and Current Trauma: Examining Community Memories for the Health of a Nation

Mid-Year Resolutions:
In accordance with Section XIII of the Standing Rules of Order, resolutions will not be considered at the Mid-Year Conference unless they are determined emergency in nature and national in scope by the NCAI Executive Committee. This designation is reserved for resolutions dealing with issues that cannot wait until the Annual Session to be addressed. As always, resolutions must be of a general nature, advocating the best interests of all American Indians and Alaska Natives. Resolutions that take one side between two conflicting tribes are not in order. If a resolution is emergency in nature and national in scope, the submission deadline for its consideration at the Mid-Year Conference is Friday, May 29, 2009.

Submission Guidelines:
Proposed resolutions must be submitted by an NCAI individual member in good standing and should be sent to NCAI Headquarters - Attn: Amber Ebarb. (electronic documents in Microsoft Word are preferred, e-mail to
Title: Eighth Native American Symposium and Film Festival Images, Imaginations, and Beyond with Heather Rae
Deadline: June 15
Date(s): November 4-6, 2009
Location: Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, Oklahoma
Contact: Dr. Mark B. Spencer

Papers are invited for the Eighth Native American Symposium. The keynote speaker this year will be the Cherokee film director and producer Heather Rae. Along with the conference sessions, we will be presenting a wide selection of films by Native American filmmakers from across the Native film community. Papers, panels, and creative projects on all aspects of Native American studies are welcome. All papers presented at the symposium will be eligible for inclusion in the volume of published proceedings, which will also be posted on our website. Send abstract of 250 words or less to Dr. Mark B. Spencer via email.
Title: Indigenous Knowledge and Education (ECE – 12), 2009 Theme Issue - Canadian Journal of Native Education
Deadline: July 2, 2009
Contact: Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, Indigenous Education
Mail: 2125 Main Mall, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, V6T 1Z4
Email: (with Word attachment)

The 2008 CJNE theme issue “Indigenous Knowledges and the University” highlighted scholarly work focused on this important area of education. The 2009 theme issue will continue to address educational challenges and successes in relation to Indigenous knowledge and education from early childhood to grade 12. This CJNE call is for research papers, stories and thought-pieces that address the 2009 theme.

The following questions are of particular interest:
How can Indigenous Knowledges contribute to the significant improvement and transformation of Indigenous education?
How do we make Indigenous Knowledges matter in early childhood to high school educational contexts?
How can Indigenous knowledges shape research, leadership, pedagogies, curriculum, policies, or parental/community engagement?
What is the nature of the forces that either resist or ensure the inclusion of Indigenous Knowledges in ECE – grade 12 contexts?

Please send four titled hard copies with abstract: (one hard copy to include name and contact address info and three hard copies without name and contact info for blind review) to:

CJNE uses APA style. Submissions should be no longer than 6,250 words in length.
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2009 Streams of Language, Memory & Lifeways for Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums National Conference

I am pleased to inform you that the Scholarship Application is now available for the 2009 Streams of Language, Memory & Lifeways for Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums National Conference to be held in Portland, Oregon October 19-22, 2009. Please visit to submit an on-line application or to print one for mailing. As you might recall this conference is funded by a Librarians for the 21st Century grant through the Institute of Museums and Library Services which is enabling us to offer limited financial assistance to those tribal folks who may not otherwise be able to attend.

The application process is competitive and will be based on demonstrated financial need. Scholarship Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2009 so please don't wait! You will find the criteria, what financial assistance you can request and, who to contact for more information on the website.

Registration will be opening in Mid-May. I and the Planning Committee are currently selecting pre-conference workshops, conference program sessions, speakers and special events. I can tell you that this conference will be the one and only conference you will want to attend in 2009!? And I will be telling you why very soon...

Malissa Minthorn Winks
2009 Streams Conference Director
Collections & Research Manager
Tam?stslikt Cultural Institute
Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
72789 Hwy 331
Pendleton, OR 97801

Title: 15th Annual Summer Public Health Research Videoconference on Minority Health
Website: &
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 1:30-4:00pm EDT
Location: Webcast, C-band satellite (tentative), and Tate-Turner-Kuralt building auditorium (registration required)

Topic: "Breaking the Cycle: Investigating the Intersection of Educational Inequities and Health Disparities"

This interactive session will be broadcast with a live audience in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt auditorium at the UNC School of Social Work and can be viewed over the Internet (webcast) and (tentatively) c-band satellite. Questions will be taken from studio and broadcast participants by email and toll-free telephone.

To register a viewing site:

To register for the Internet broadcast:

To register to participate in the studio audience at the TTK auditorium:

Answers to frequently asked questions:
Title: American Indian Teacher Conference at Northern Arizona University
Date(s): June 12-13, 2009
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
Contact: Dr. Joseph Martin or Dr. Jon Reyhner
Email: or
Phone 928-523-5933 or 928-523-0580

Northern Arizona University’s College of Education is hosting a conference on what kind of preparation Indian Nation’s need and want for the teachers of their children to help accomplish the goal of closing the achievement gap between the academic performance of American Indian students and the rest of America on June 12 and 13, 2009. Conference keynote speakers are Dr. William Demmert and Dr. Thomas Peacock.

A central concern of educational improvement is how to get teachers to appreciate and respect traditional tribal values while at the same time giving their students a world-class education that prepares them to live and work in any society they choose. An ideal teacher for American Indian students needs content knowledge about mathematics, science, history and other subjects, and knowledge of teaching methodologies, including methodologies that are congruent with how their Indian students learn to learn at home and acknowledge tribal forms of learning.

For more information, please visit the website above.
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: 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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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:

  1. The nominees must be an enrolled tribal member of any American Indian (Indigenous) tribe or community in the United States or Canada.
  2. 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

  1. The nominee must be an enrolled tribal member of the Cherokee tribe.
  2. 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
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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.
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
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Title: “Teepee Capitol of the World” 91st Annual Crow Fair Pow-Wow
Date: August 13-17, 2009
Website: &

Grand Entry Times:
Aug 13 --- 6:00 pm (Crow Style Contest Begins)
Aug 14 --- 7:00 pm
Aug 15 --- 6:00 pm
Aug 16 --- 6:00 pm
Aug 17 --- Approx 2:00 pm

Daily Parades:
Date(s): Fri. 14th, Sat. 15th, and Sun. 16th (Starting at 10:00am)
Location: “Gas Cap Hill” – Daily Prizes in several parade categories
Contact: Rhonda Rides Horse
Phone: 406 699-3015

Teepee Creepers Run
Date: Saturday, Aug 15th (Registration --- 6:30 am; Race starts --- 7:30 am)
Location: South end of dance arbor
Contact: Wayne Not Afraid or Dean Bird
Phone: 406 679-1085 or 406 8601440

Traditional Crow Arrow Throwing
Contact: Victor Dust or J.R. Dust
Phone: 406 639-8902 or 406 639-2005
Title: 37th Annual Spring PowWow, Sapulpa Public Schools Native American Student Association
Date: Saturday, May 16th 2009
Location: Sapulpa's Old High School Gym
Contact: SPS Indian Education office
Phone: (918) 224·9322

Gourd Dancing 2:00 PM
Dinner 5:00 PM
Grand Entry 7:00 PM

The SPS Indian Education Mose Cahwee Scholarship winners will be announced at the Pow Wow. All fundraising goes toward scholarships and student activates for NASA.

Bring your Pow Wow chairs, Concessions available (Indian Tacos!!!!).
Title: Global Indigenous Women’s Caucus Meeting
Date: May 14-15, 2009
Location: 777 UN Plaza, New York (across from UN Headquarters).
Contact: Tia Oros Peters, Executive Director
Seventh Generation Fund, PO Box 4569, Arcata, California 95518 USA
Phone: 707-825-7640 x111

Seventh Generation Fund and the American Indian Law Alliance and our co-sponsors listed below, warmly invite you attend the Global Indigenous Women’s Caucus Meeting.

This two-day preparatory meeting is for Indigenous women. It is a venue and time to come together, strategize, share best practices and pertinent information from our communities and Nations, and work hard together to develop policy recommendations for the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues taking place May 18-29, 2009 at the UN Headquarters, NY.

Co-sponsors (as of date) Seventh Generation Fund, American Indian Law Alliance joined by the Indigenous Women's Network, Huairou Commission, Grassroots Organizations Operating Together in Sisterhood (GROOTS International/Canada), and others to be announced.

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.

SCSU offers third American Indian Studies Institute
ST. CLOUD, Minn. – In an effort to increase knowledge, sensitivity and awareness of the histories, cultures and languages of the American Indian bands and communities in Minnesota, St. Cloud State University is sponsoring its third American Indian Studies Summer Institute June 15-19, this year on the Lower Sioux Reservation in Morton, Minnesota.

The weeklong learning experience, which is designed to enhance the effectiveness of professionals working with American Indian students, is expected to be of special interest to K-16 educators.

The Institute is sponsored by St. Cloud State University’s American Indian Center, Ethnic Studies Department and the Multicultural Resource Center and in partnership with the Lower Sioux Interpretive Center and the Minnesota Historical Society.

Sessions throughout the week will include Dakota and Ojibwe histories, cultures and languages; tribal sovereignty; incorporating American Indian history and culture into the curriculum; evaluating educational materials for bias and American Indian arts and cultural expressions.

The professional development opportunity can be taken for undergraduate and graduate credit. Registration is limited to 32 participants.

For more information visit or contact Jim Knutson-Kolodzne, American Indian Center Director, 320-308-5447, or e-mail:

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