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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
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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.

A complete application consists of the following materials:

  • application form
  • all official undergraduate transcripts
  • two (third optional) strong faculty recommendation letters

    See the website above for details
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Title: Intern, ACCWT Summer Associate Program
Deadline: Rolling
Location: Various
Contact: Kat Bawden
Phone: 304-461-3135
Website: &

The Appalachian Coal Country Watershed Team is looking for Summer Associates to live and work in low-income communities dealing with contaminated streams, depressed economies and other issues related to abandoned mine lands. ACCWT Summer Associates will spend 8 or more weeks working closely with local community watershed groups that have mobilized to alleviate these problems and make their home-place-watersheds healthier places to live and work.

Benefits: Living allowance of $1560 for 8 weeks and an option for a $1000 education award* or a $200 cash stipend to be paid upon completion of service.
Please send your resume and a 1-page letter of intent to Lucas Elser via email.

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 nonprofit 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 AI 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.
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Title: Sixth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference
Deadline: January 11, 2010
Conference dates: April 8-9, 2010
Location: The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC
Contact: Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs, American Indian Studies Department
UNC Pembroke
P.O. Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28372
Phone: (910) 521-6266

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.

Proposals are to be submitted electronically or by mail by January 11, 2010. Proposals may not be accepted after this date. Send to or Alesia Cummings at American Indian Studies, PO Box 1510 Pembroke, NC 28372-1510.
Title: Eighth Native American Symposium and Film Festival Images, Imaginations, and Beyond with Heather Rae
Deadline: June 15, 2009
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).CJNE uses APA style. Submissions should be no longer than 6,250 words in length.
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Title: Native Investigator Development Program, the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health in the School of Public Health at University of Colorado Denver
Deadline: July 1, 2009
Contact: Dedra Buchwald, MD

The purpose of this solicitation is to recruit American Indian and Alaska Native junior faculty (MD, PhD) to apply to join the next 2-year cohort of the Native Investigator Development Program, which is an academic career development program in the Resource Center for Minority Aging Research at the University of Colorado Denver.

The Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health in the School of Public Health at University of Colorado Denver is the only National Institute on Aging funded Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) devoted to Native Elder health. This leading-edge program is designed to train the next generation of Native Investigators to study the pressing gerontological health issues in American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The purpose of this solicitation is to recruit the next cadre of Native Investigators into the program. The program provides a unique opportunity for qualified candidates to improve their research capabilities and skills in the social, behavioral and health sciences. The ultimately goal is for the candidates to become self-sustaining independent investigators conducting research at the interface of aging, health and culture.

The Native Investigator Program is a career development program that focuses on acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary for submission of a career development grant and progression to an independently-funded research career. The training program includes formal didactic sessions, workshops, mini-courses, regular meetings, mentoring activities by Core Faculty, and consultations with Affiliated Faculty.

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: Postdoctoral 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 postdoctoral 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: Native Insight Competition
Deadline: September 15, 2009
Phone: 907-274-3611

Writing Competition Invites Native Americans to Share Insights on Economy
The Alaska Federation of Natives, in partnership with the National Congress of American Indians and the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, has launched "Native Insight: Thoughts on Recession, Recovery & Opportunity," a writing competition designed to encourage Native Americans to share their perspectives on the challenges and opportunities in the current economic and political landscape.

The national competition will distributed a total of $60,000 among three Alaska Native winners and three Native Hawaiian/Lower 48 American Indian winners ($10,000 each), with opportunities for their winning essays to be published in Native journals and magazines across the United States. The competition is open to Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and American Indians of all ages.

Title: 14th Annual Contemporary Indian Art Show Preview Party
Date: July 10-12, 2009
Location: Cahokia Mounds, State Historic Site, 30 Ramey St., Colinsville, IL 62234
Phone: 618-344-7316 (call for tickets @ $15)

Mix & Mingle with the artists, be the first to view and purchase the work on display, and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Judging and awarding of prizes for artwork, and visitors vote for the People's Choice Award.
Preview party & judging: Friday, 6:30-9pm; Public show & sale: Sat & Sun 9-5pm

Title: National Native Youth Golf Championships & Career Education Fair
Date: August 5-6, 2009
Location: Chickasaw Nation’s WinStar Golf Course in Oklahoma
Contact: Steve McDonald, Youth Tournament Director
Phone: 785.685.6902
Email: Golf@Cox.Net

Please call for additional information.

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

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