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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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Wild Rice Symposium White Earth August 25-27, 2008
Reservation communities of the Upper Midwest in partnership with the University of MN host this symposium and community dialogue as an important first step toward the emergence of mutual understanding of the significance of wild rice. Together they will examine the role that wild rice manoomin plays within the Anishinaabe communities of the upper Midwest and the Cree of Canada, and the threats to wild rice in the future. A key focus will be on the potential for genetic engineering of wild rice and the risks posed by such a possibility.

The first day of the conference, attendees will attend the Rice Camp!

The last day of the conference will focus on beginning a process of consensus to bridge opposing worldview. The attendees will help draft a consensus statement and make progress in finding accommodation among contesting interests on the future of wild rice, and explore possibilities for future wild rice research that includes these interests, with a goal of building trust among University scientists, Anishinaabe people and rice growers.

Tribal members passionate about wild rice and ricing are encouraged to attend. There are limited lodging scholarships available for tribal members traveling from other tribal communities to attend the conference.

For more information, and to register, visit:

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2009 American Indian Fellowship in Business Scholarship Program
Each year, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development awards scholarships to American Indian college or graduate students majoring in business. Scholarships will be awarded at the 34th Annual Indian Progress in Business Event (INPRO 2009) which will take place September 16 - 18, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Selected recipients must be available to attend the INPRO Awards Banquet on September 18, 2009. Selected recipients will be provided air and ground transportation to the event. Lodging will be reimbursed for the nights of September 17 and 18, 2009.

Eight (8) American Indian Fellowship in Business Scholarships will be awarded to American Indian college or graduate students majoring in business who are currently in the junior, senior or master level of study. Eligible students must be enrolled for the entire 2009/2010 term.

Application Package submittal deadline is August 7, 2009.


  • Must be a Business Major
  • Enrolled full time during entire school term.
  • Junior, Senior or Master level of study
  • Enrolled member of American Indian tribe or Alaskan Native.
  • If selected, candidate must be available to attend INPRO 2009 on September 18, 2009 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Expenses including lodging, ground transportation and airfare from within the 50 United States will be provided by NCAIED)
  • Important Note: if selected for an award and unable to attend, award will be forfeited.
    Please pass this information on to anyone who may qualify and wishes to apply.

click here for application and details about the package

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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: 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: Maine International Film Festival Feat: The Language of America
Deadline: Saturday, July 18 & Sunday, July 19
Phone: 207-861-8138

USA 2009 Digital Projection 90 Minutes In English and in various Native languages with English subtitles. Director, Producer, Print Courtesy: Ben Levine

Once lost, how can a language, an invaluable treasure, be revived? Ben Levine, whose Reveil: Waking Up French looked at the French language here in Maine, goes deeper in the world premiere of his new film, made with the Wampanoag, and Narragansett Tribes of New England, and in particular with Maine’s own Passamaquoddy, who have carefully tended their language to keep it alive. All are native cultures and languages that have been severely threatened by the culture of the relative newcomers to this hemisphere. The Language of America, a project many years in the making, takes us to places we’ve never been, in words we’ve never before heard.

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: 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.
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