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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
The Admissions Offices of Harvard University, the Harvard University Native American Program (HUNAP), and Phillips Academy, Andover are pleased to present:



College ** High School Post-Graduate Program ** Education ** Law ** Public Health & Medicine ** Government & Public Policy ** Arts & Sciences ** Divinity & Religion ** Architecture & Design

Admissions Officers from Harvard University’s graduate & undergraduate programs, as well as staff from Harvard’s Native American Program & the Native American Post-Graduate Program at Phillips Academy, Andover, will be hosting 5 receptions for any interested Native American students, educators, tribal members & families to discuss opportunities, admissions & financial aid:

*ALBUQUERQUE: Monday, 11/16, 6 pm, Sandia Resort
30 Rainbow Rd. NE – 505/796-7500

*FARMINGTON: Tuesday, 11/17, 6 pm, Best Western Inn & Suites
700 Scott Ave – 505/327-5221

*WINDOW ROCK: Wednesday, 11/18, 6 pm, Quality Inn, Navajo Nation
48 West Highway 264 – 928/871-4108

*PHOENIX: Thursday, 11/19, 6 pm, Sheraton Wild Horse Pass
5594 Wild Horse Pass Blvd., Chandler – 602/225-0100

*TUCSON: Friday, 11/20, 5:30 pm, 4 Points Sheraton, University Plaza
1900 E. Speedway Blvd. – 520/327-7341

All are welcome!! No registration is required!
For questions or more information, please call 617/495-9918 or e-mail HUNAP@Harvard.EDU
Title: Harvard University Doctoral Program for Education Leaders

Harvard University has announced the launch of a new, practice-based doctoral program to prepare graduates for senior leadership roles in school districts, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector. The new tuition-free Doctor of Education Leadership Program (Ed.L.D.) will be taught by faculty from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), the Harvard Business School (HBS), and the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). The program offers an unprecedented approach to preparing leaders equipped to transform the American education system in order to enable all students to succeed in a 21st-century world. The three-year program will begin in August 2010 and initially enroll 25 students per year.

In the first two years of the program, students will participate in a new customized curriculum of classes, modules, and practice-based experiences. In the concluding year, students will enter a year-long residency in a partner education organization pursuing transformational change where they will receive hands-on training and lead a capstone project to complete the doctoral degree. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit: and

For information on how HUNAP can facilitate your application process, please contact Steven Abbott, HUNAP’s Associate Director of Student Affairs and Recruitment, at, or complete HUNAP’s Student Information Form at
Title: Native American HEALTH Forum: “Diabetes and Health Policy in American Indian Communities”
Date: Monday, November 2, 2009
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 pm
Location: Harvard Medical School, Waterhouse Faculty Room, Gordon Hall, 25 Shattuck Street, Boston

Donald Warne, MD, MPH: President and CEO of American Indian Health and Management Policy, LLC
Donald Warne, MD, MPH is the Executive Director of the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board (AATCHB) and President and CEO of American Indian Health Management & Policy—an American Indian healthcare consulting firm. He is also an adjunct clinical professor at the Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law where he teaches American Indian Health Policy. Dr. Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe from Pine Ridge, South Dakota and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men.

RSVP ASAP to Christine Colacino at 617-432-2922 or

Title: Indigenous Knowledge and The Environment Symposium, UMASS Boston
Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Time: 6:30-8:30
Location: Healey Library, 11th floor, UMass Boston

Keynote Speaker: Darren Ranco (Penobscot), Dept. of Anthropology, University of Maine


  • Trudie Lamb Richmond (Schaghticoke), Mashantucket Pequot Museum and Research Center;
  • Earl Mills, Jr. (Mashpee Wampanoag), Cultural Preservation Office of Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
  • Josh Reid (Snohomish), Dept. of History, UMass Boston
  • Marge Bruchac (Abenaki), Dept. of Anthropology, UCONN;
  • Jose Martinez-Reyes, Dept. of Anthropology, UMass Boston
  • Ellen Lutz, Executive Director, Cultural Survival

Sponsored by: The Department of Anthropology at UMass Boston and the Wampanoag Center for Bicultural History at Plimoth Plantation in conjunction with Cultural Survival and UMass Boston's Urban Harbor Institute, the Department of Environmental, Earth, and Ocean Sciences, the Institute for New England Native American Studies, the Sustainability Club, Anthropology Club, and Native American Student Society.

For further information, please contact Prof. Amy Den Ouden, Department of Anthropology, UMASS BOSTON at 617-287-6852 or

Title: Program Manager, Harvard Medical School, Diversity and Community Partnership Dept.
Date Posted: October 13, 2009

The Program Manager will be the primary administrative and operational contact for 12 institution research project "Factors that Promote and Support Careers of Women of Color in Academic Medicine." Oversee the day-to-day implementation of the research project and related activities. Serve as the point of contract for the 12 partner institutions working closely with institutional liaisons within each institution. Serve as the primary liaison with the research team and partner institutions to carry out project related activities. Coordinate and manage all data collection activities including secondary and primary sources. Work closely with the PIs to prepare IRB for the lead institution and to facilitate the IRB process within partner institutions. This is a grant-funded position through June 30, 2013.

Basic Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in one of the following fields: sociology, education, psychology, public policy or economics. Five or more years experience with a track record of successfully leading research projects, and with progressive responsibility. Experience with SAS, database programs.

For additional information, please visit:

Title: Curriculum Development Associate, Graduate School of Education (Part-Time Position)
Date Posted: October 8, 2009

The Curriculum Development Associate will take a lead role in researching and developing curricular and knowledge capture products for both the Executive Leadership Program for Educators (ExEL) and the Doctoral Leadership Degree (EdLD). Working in collaboration with faculty and staff involved with both efforts, the Curriculum Development Associate will play a key role in gathering the lessons learned and impact of the ExEL initiative and will co-develop mini-cases, analytical briefs, and evaluative narratives. For the EdLD, s/he takes a lead role in the researching and writing of several products including cases, industry notes, and teaching notes. Please note that this is a term position through June 30, 2010.

Basic Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree and 3+ years of directly related experience. Strong qualitative research skills, and previous experience with analytical writing and development of curricular and evaluation products. Previous experience using qualitative software.

Advanced Qualifications: The position requires deep knowledge of the education sector, experience within the sector in different kinds of positions (school level, policy level), strong research and writing skills, and capacity to engage with and interview senior level leaders in school districts and state education agencies.

For more information, visit:

Title: Admissions and Financial Aid Officer, College Admissions & Financial Aid
Date Posted: October 1, 2009

Serves as a member of the College Financial Aid and Admissions Committees, with primary responsibility for counseling students and their families regarding financial aid issues. Financial aid responsibilities include evaluating aid applications for both returning and newly admitted students; participating in the formulation of financial aid policy and procedures and assisting with a variety of projects and programs. Admissions responsibilities include reading and evaluating applications for admission to Harvard College; developing and maintaining relationships with alumni/ae interviewers and traveling to assigned areas.

Harvard University requires pre-employment reference and background screening.
Harvard University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information, visit
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Title: College Horizons: A Pre-College Workshop For Native American High School Students
Deadline: February 1, 2010 (priority); February 26, 2010 (2nd round)

Program Dates:
June 12-16, 2010 - University of Hawai'i Hilo (Hilo, HI)
June 26-30, 2010 - Lawrence University (Appleton, WI)
June 26-30, 2010 - University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA)

College Horizons is a five-day “crash course” in preparing for college. The individualized program helps students select colleges suitable for them to apply to, get admitted to, and receive adequate financial aid. Students research their top 10 schools; complete essays, resumes, applications, and the FAFSA; receive interviewing skills and test-taking strategies (on the ACT and SAT) and financial aid/scholarship information. Eligible participants must be American Indian (enrolled members only), Alaska Native (proof of status) or Native Hawaiian; current sophomores and juniors with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (in academic courses).

Applications will be accepted on a space-available basis to May 1 (after March 1, please contact us to see which site may still have spaces). Complete program cost is $200 (includes tuition, room, meals, all materials and transportation to campus from the designated 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).

Title: Graduate Horizons: A Pre-Graduate Workshop For Native College Students & College Graduates
Deadline: February 1, 2010 (priority); February 26, 2010 (2nd round)

Program Dates:
July 17-20, 2010 - Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)

Graduate Horizons is a four-day “crash course” for Native college students, college graduates, master’s students in preparing for graduate school (master’s, Ph.D. or professional school). Faculty, admission officers and deans from a host of graduate and professional schools and representing hundreds of graduate disciplines work with students to consider career paths and related graduate studies; complete personal statements, resumes, applications; and receive test-taking strategies (on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT) and financial aid/scholarship information. Eligible participants must be American Indian (enrolled members only), Alaska Native (proof of status), Native Hawaiian, First Nations of Canada; a college student, master's student, or college graduate.

Applications will be accepted on a space-available basis to June 1 (after May 1, please contact us to see which site may still have spaces). Complete program cost is $200 (includes tuition, room, meals, all materials and transportation to campus from the designated 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 50% of our students).

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Title: 2010 Honors Paralegal Intern Program, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division
Deadline: December 31, 2009

We are hiring paralegals for our 2010 Honors Paralegal Intern Program. Positions will be located in Washington, D.C. and Denver. Program participants in this two year program will receive both formal and on-the-job training, and be mentored by an attorney. Duties of the paralegal include: Administrative case preparation, Trial support, Cite checking, Freedom of Information requests, Legal research utilizing Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw, etc.

We are looking for 2009/2010 college graduates, with an overall GPA of at least a 3.0, who are organized, analytical, have strong research and writing skills, and can work both independently and collaboratively, starting on or about July 19, 2010. The starting salary for a GS-7 is approximately $41,000. (U.S. Citizenship, security clearance and drug test are required.)

The Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD) is a 700 person organization with approximately 400 attorneys and nearly 300 legal support and administrative staff. As the largest environmental law firm in the country, ENRD has represented virtually every federal agency in courts nationwide. ENRD has primary responsibility for litigation on behalf of the United States regarding: Prevention and Clean Up of Pollution, Wildlife Protection, Environmental Challenges to Federal Programs and Activities, Acquisition of Property for Federal Needs, Native American Rights and Claims, Stewardship of Public Lands and Natural Resources

To apply please visit following link: After establishing your userID and password, use 291592 as the Vacancy ID number, then follow the instructions to complete your application.

Note: If you experience difficulty uploading your documents, fax them to 478-757-3144. Use the cover sheet found at the following website if you fax your documents: Please enter PH291592 into the Vacancy Identification Number box on the cover sheet.

Title: Semester, summer and internship opportunities in Central America, Mexico, and Southern Africa, Center for Global Education, Academic
Programs Abroad, Augsburg College
Deadline: Fall Programs: April 1, 2010; Spring Programs: October 15, 2010; Summer Programs: April 1, 2010.

Title: Lakota People’s Law Project Internships
Deadline: Rolling deadlines; however, internship decisions will not be made until approx. 6 wks before the beginning of a semester.
Contact: Bobbi Jo Handley
Phone: 605-791-0990

The Lakota People’s Law Project is a non-profit law office addressing human rights abuses held in common by the Lakota, Dakota, and Nakota people. Our effort combines litigation with social justice organizing.

The Lakota People’s Law Project is looking for hard-working, experienced, qualified interns interested in current issues affecting Native American communities for fall semester, summer semester, or spring semester internships to assist in our main office in Rapid City, South Dakota.

Must have completed at least one year of college with 3.0 GPA or higher. Research, writing, and/or website experience; interest in civil rights or Indian Law; self-motivated, independent, and responsible. Experience in Lakota or other native communities preferred.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Working with other staff to gather information critical to the understanding of important issues
  • Interview potential plaintiffs, community members, and government employees
  • Assist with administrative work
  • Maintain the organization’s website
  • Work with Tribal governments to collect further data.
Housing provided to summer interns. Please speak with your Career Services staff about potential funding. Stipends are available if funding from your university is unavailable.
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Title: Workshop- Race, Ethnicity, Indigenous Peoples and Politics: Land, Territoriality & the Environment, Canadian Political Science Association Conference
Deadline: November 3, 2009
Conference Date(s): June 1-3, 2010
Location: Concordia University, Montreal, Canada

Inspired by the 20th anniversary of the Oka Crisis, this daylong workshop will explore issues of land, territoriality and the environment from the vantage of, or its intersection with, research on race, ethnicity and Indigenous peoples.

This workshop aims to bring together scholars from different subfields and participants from government, the public sector and the community and to encourage innovative, crosscutting scholarly exchange on matters of land, territoriality and environment.

The workshop will consist of four panels: (1) Oka @ 20 which will examine the impact of the Oka crisis on Indigenous peoples, Canada and politics; (2) Contentious Claims which will explore intersections of identity and territoriality; (3) hot spots/hot topics which will look the politics of land and landlessness; and (4) a panel on constructions of land and environmental politics.

Paper proposals for this workshop are most welcome! Beyond the usual call for papers, REIPP is specifically seeking proposals connecting the study of race, ethnicity and Indigenous peoples and advancing the discipline and its theoretical and methodological underpinnings.

Title: 2010 Canadian Journal of Native Education: Connecting to Spirit in Indigenous Research
Deadline: January 31, 2010
Contact: Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, Indigenous Education

Research is a part of everything we do and how we live our lives. In this 2010 Canadian Journal of Native Education (CJNE) theme issue “Connecting to Spirit in Indigenous Research” we will highlight scholarly work focused on the importance of reclaiming and redefining “research” from Indigenous perspectives by experiencing the process and approaches in which scholars connect to “spirit” in doing research.

This CJNE call is for research papers, stories and thought-pieces that address the 2010 theme. The following questions are of particular interest:

  • How do Indigenous research approaches contribute to the significant improvement and transformation of Indigenous education?
  • How do researchers “connect to spirit” in their research?
  • How do Indigenous research approaches and methodologies honor and strengthen our connection to our families, communities, nations and ourselves?
  • How does the natural world contribute to and inform Indigenous research?
  • How does Indigenous research draw on Indigenous ways of knowing and being, connecting with self and spirit?

Title: The Newberry Library Seminar in American Indian Studies, 2009-2010 Academic Year
Deadline: Open until filled.

The seminar will provide a forum for works-in-progress that explore topics in American Indian Studies. We encourage the submission of proposals for seminar papers that examine a wide variety of subjects relating to American Indian and Indigenous history and culture broadly conceived. The seminar is open to graduate students, faculty members and independent scholars. Graduate students and junior faculty in the early-writing stages who wish to present work are especially encouraged to apply. The seminar will meet several times during the academic year, usually on a Thursday afternoon from 3pm to 5pm, at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois.

To propose a paper, please send a one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief c.v. to: Jade Cabagnot, Program Assistant, D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History, The Newberry Library. Please send all materials as electronic attachments via email to:

Title: 2010 Annual Meeting American Society for Ethnohistory Call for Papers
Deadline: April 15, 2010
Conference Date(s): October 14-16, 2010
Conference Location: Lord Elgin Hotel, Ottawa ON Canada

The theme for the ASE Ottawa 2010 is titled ‘Creating Nations and Building States: Past and Present,’ focusing on indigenous societies and their relations with expanding colonial and modern state structures of Canada, America, and Latin America. This general theme is intended to initiate discussions on the complex and often fractious relations between Native societies and expanding state structures in the Americas from contact onward. Papers on instances of ethnogenesis, persistence and transformation of identity, culture and social structures over time are especially welcomed.

We are strongly encouraging electronic submissions. All of the necessary forms will be made accessible through the American Society for Ethnohistory’s website: Completed forms can then be emailed directly as Microsoft Word attachments to For those submitting proposals via U.S. Mail, please send panel/paper abstracts, registration fees, application cover letter, and curriculum vitae to: ASE Program Committee Chair, c/o Professor Jean Francois Belisle; History Department; University of Ottawa; Ottawa, ON; Canada K1N 6N5.

Title: Call for Papers, Southwest/Texas Popular & American Culture Association's 31st Annual Conference
Deadline: December 15, 2009
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Conference Dates: February 10-13, 2010

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

  • Indigenous Methodologies
  • Indians in Higher Education
  • Teaching Popular Culture in Native American Studies
  • Biography, autobiography, and nonfiction works by and/or about Indigenous people
  • Native Literature
  • Public Health and Indigenous Peoples
  • Popular culture and religion (or, religious popular culture)
  • Native peoples across borders: racial/physical/economic/political… etc
  • Native representations in popular culture (television, comic books, video/computer games (etc)
  • Politics and Native peoples
  • Indigenous Women in Social Work
  • Indigenous resistance, regional or global (whaling/fishing rights, incarceration issues, sports mascots, etc.)
Inquiries regarding this area and/or abstracts of 250 words may be sent to L. Rain Cranford-Gomez ( or Citlalin Xochime (

Title: Southeastern Indians Through Time: Land, Geography, and Environment- Call for Papers
Deadline: December 1, 2009
Conference Date(s): February 19-20, 2010
Location: University of Georgia, Athens, GA
Contact: Professor R. Alfred Vick
Mailing Address: 609 Caldwell Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.

The Institute of Native American Studies at the University of Georgia (“UGA”) invites proposals for a conference on the Native peoples of what is today the Southeastern United States, to be held at UGA in Athens, GA, February 19-20, 2010. Cheyenne-Arapaho filmmaker Chris Eyre will be a featured guest. He will be showing and discussing his documentary “The Trail of Tears,” part of the series “We Shall Remain” on American Experience.

Proposals should be for presentations of 15-20 minutes concerning the tribal nations with historical ties to the Southeast in relation to one or more of the three terms in the conference subtitle. Emphasis should be on change through time. Possible topics include, but are not limited to: sacred sites; environmental ethics and attitudes; relationships to the environment through food, medicine, ceremony, and myth; relationship to flora and/or fauna; reactions to temporal and spatial changes in environment and landscape; climatic changes; recombinant neo-tribes and their ties to specific lands; the process of geographic naming and appropriation thereof; protection and management of tribal lands; legal battles for land and land integrity; the evolution from so-called “pre-historic” tribes to contemporary tribal nations; the effects of removal and dispossession; and historical reconstruction. No specific discipline is required. Proposed papers can be from any disciplinary perspective, including anthropology, archaeology, ethnobotany, history, landscape architecture, law, literature, and religious studies, among others. It is the organizers’ hope to publish the proceedings as an edited volume.

Proposals should be no more than 250 words and should be typed and double-spaced. Selection will be based on quality, originality, and significance, as well as fit with other presentations. Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2009. Submitters will be notified by January 1, 2010. Although no honoraria will be paid, a limited amount of funds are available to assist with travel and expenses. These will be allotted on a competitive basis and will favor graduate students.

Title: Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Language Revitalization
Contact: Dr. Priscilla Day

Eni-gikendaasoyaang the Center for Indigenous Knowledge and Language Revitalization is seeking article submissions for our online journal Bemaadizing. Bemaadizing is an online interdisciplinary journal of Indigenous life. We are looking for submissions that reflect Indigenous learning across the lifespan, Indigenous resiliency or are open to having an eclectic mix of topics.

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: Proposed special issue of SAIL: Facing East: Literatures of Indigenous New England
Deadline: Title and 250-word abstract/paper proposal— December 30, 2009; Final Essays due June 30, 2010
Contact: Margo Lukens, University of Maine (; Siobhan Senier, University of New Hampshire (

Indigenous New England remains under-represented and under-theorized across the many disciplines of Native American Studies. In the study of literature, just about the only Native writers from this region to get any acknowledgement are the earliest ones (e.g., the obligatory Occom and Apess, who appear in many anthologies and syllabi). The tendency to weight literary study toward such early figures only reinforces the idea that Indians vanished from the northeast long ago.

We therefore seek papers and contributions that will illuminate the rich and continuous literary output of Native people in New England from 1930s newspapers like The Narragansett Dawn, to contemporary writers like Abenaki poet Cheryl Savageau and Mohegan historian/novelist Melissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel, to the brand-new Passamaquoddy-Maliseet dictionary, full of sentences that tell stories. We hope to privilege pieces that focus on literature from the 20th century and forward (although we certainly welcome work on earlier periods as well); and we aim to place Native community-based scholarship alongside more conventionally university-based research.

We would like to use that scholarship as an opportunity to keep deconstructing, reconstructing, complicating and interrogating the very idea of a nation. In other words, this is a good time to start looking in earnest at the literatures of peoples who might not always have federal recognition, reservations, or a particular blood quantum--all colonial constructs that constrain, even as they enable, nationhood. Indigenous New England, and its literature, is promising terrain in which to have such conversations.
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Title: 10th International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations
Conference Date(s): July 19-21, 2010
Location: Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

The Diversity Conference has a history of bringing together scholarly, government and practice-based participants with an interest in the issues of diversity and community. The Conference examines the concept of diversity as a positive aspect of a global world and globalised society. Diversity is in many ways reflective of our present world order, but there are ways of taking this further without necessary engendering its alternatives: racism, conflict, discrimination and inequity. Diversity as a mode of social existence can be projected in ways that deepen the range of human experience.

Title: 2010 National Tribal Science Forum
Date: June 6-10, 2010
Location: Grand Traverse Resort and Spa, Traverse City, Michigan

Theme: "Mother Earth: Indigenous Knowledge and Science to Promote Positive Change."

This national forum is being sponsored by the National EPA-Tribal Science Council and hosted by the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. The forum is designed for representatives of Tribal communities, including elders, leaders, faculty, staff and students working on environmental issues.

The forum will provide a platform to discuss issues of vital interest to Indian Country and make available opportunities to:

  • Showcase tribal science through cutting-edge research and case studies
  • Promote Native Science and highlight progress being made in environmental and health programs on tribal lands
  • Share tribal science success stories through presentations, exhibits and poster session
  • Obtain technical training in high priority areas identified by tribal governments and members of the Tribal Science Council
  • Network and share knowledge among Native scientists and environmental professionals from throughout Indian Country
  • Interact with Native students and hear their environmental voices via youth poetry and poster contests

Visit the forum web site for up-to-date information including agenda, plenary sessions, keynote speakers and registration beginning January 2010:

Title: 16th Annual American Indian Business Leaders Conference
Conference Date(s): April 8-10, 2010
Location: Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College, Black Bear Casino Hotel, Cloquet, MN
Phone: (877) 245-2425

AIBL Mission: To support and promote the education and development of future American Indian business leaders

Since 1995, the American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) organization fulfills its mission by conducting a national conference that offers business and leadership skill development, through the participation and engagement of over 75 established AIBL chapters that are based in middle and high schools, Tribal Colleges and Universities. Currently, there are 76 AIBL Chapters across America.

Conference Highlights:

  • Business Symposia, Keynote Speakers and Panel Discussions
  • Business and Leadership Development Workshops
  • Business Plan Competition
  • Scholarship Stipend Awards
  • Banquet Awards Ceremony
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Corporate Contacts for Internships

Matauranga Taketake: Traditional Knowledge
Conference Date(s): June 6-9, 2010
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Theme: 'Kei muri i te awe kapara, he tangata ke: Recognising, engaging, understanding difference'

This conference addresses the question of difference. What are the costs to communities and society of failing to understand others? Can we reflect on our own assumptions and practice, our shared past and present and imagine and pursue a better future for individuals and the greater collective? The conference will provide opportunities to discuss strategies for engaging, understanding and accommodating difference in order to build relationships that address social, economic, resource, and environmental risks associated with failure to understand sufficiently the differences among indigenous and non-indigenous communities and societies. Given the diversity present in those attending the conference there will be many opportunities to learn from diverse contexts around the world about efforts to engage across the inter-face between indigenous and non-indigenous communities, across all disciplines, from individuals to societies, governments and nations. The intention is to move beyond identifying and understanding problems toward creative solutions that meet the needs of present and future generations. The conference provides the opportunity to develop a broader understanding by seeing and hearing things outside our own scope, to make connections across boundaries, and to formulate partnerships across new interfaces.

Title: "Sustainability--Indigenous Community--Activism": The 11th Annual American Indian Studies Association Conference
Conference Date(s): February 4-5, 2010
Location: Memorial Union, Arizona State University, Tempe Arizona
Contact: Elizabeth Martos
Phone: 480-727-8691; 480-965-3634 (Main desk)

For more information visit:

Title: NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (Multicultural Institute), Strengthening Connections for Strategic Multicultural Leadership
Dates: December 10-12, 2009
Location: Hyatt Regency Dallas, Dallas, TX

Student affairs professionals and faculty working in multicultural education, as well as those who frame their practice in multicultural pedagogy, face challenging questions. What are effective methods for multicultural educators in developing their own professional competencies? How can educators partner with one another to deepen multicultural practice on campus? What are means of being strategic in our multicultural work with fellow community members including administrators, faculty, and students?

The NASPA Multicultural Institute is a dynamic professional development experience designed specifically for multicultural educators in higher education. This three-day Institute will consist of plenary speakers, educational sessions, and roundtable discussions. The Institute theme of Strengthening Connections for Strategic Multicultural Leadership summarizes the program's goal of creating a forum for multicultural educators across the academy to connect with one another, and gain valuable tools and ideas to engage upon returning to their institution.

All sessions and meals are open to register participants only.
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Title: Southwest Tribal NARCH Scholarship Program

The purpose of the Southwest Tribal NARCH Scholarship Programs is to help American Indian and Alaska Native students pursue an education in public health. Fall 2009 marks the first round of scholarship funding.

Applicants must be an enrolled member in a federally recognized tribe. Priority will be given to members of tribes in New Mexico, Texas, and Colorado. Applicants must be enrolled in a graduate degree program. Priority will be given to students that have demonstrated commitment to their program of study for the Graduate Research Assistant program. Priority will be given to dual degree MD and MPH students for the MPH scholarship
program. Two students will be selected per semester per program.

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Title: Newberry Library, Fellowships in the Humanities, 2010-2011
Deadline: See below
Phone: 312-255-3666

The Newberry’s fellowships support humanities research in our collections. We promise wide-ranging and rich collections; a lively interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on your research with staff curators, librarians, and scholars; and an array of scholarly and public programs.

LONG-TERM FELLOWSHIPS- Applications Due: January 11, 2010
These awards support research and writing by scholars with a doctorate. Their purpose is to help fellows develop or complete larger-scale studies that draw on our collections, and to foster intellectual exchange among fellows and the Library community. Fellowship terms range from six to eleven months with stipends of up to $50,400. Major long-term fellowship funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Dr. Audrey Lumsden-Kouvel.

SHORT-TERM FELLOWSHIPS- Applications Due: March 1, 2010
Ph.D. candidates and scholars with a doctorate are eligible for short-term travel-to-collections fellowships. Their purpose is to help researchers study specific materials at the Newberry that are not readily available to them elsewhere. Short-term fellowships are usually awarded for a period of one month. Most are restricted to scholars who live and work outside the Chicago area. Stipends are $1600 per month.

NEW: We invite short-term fellowship applications from teams of two or three scholars who plan to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. The individual scholars on a team awarded a fellowship will each receive a full stipend of $1600 per month. Teams should submit a single application, including cover sheets and CVs from each member.

We also offer exchange fellowships with British, French and German institutions, a fellowship for American Indian women pursuing any post-graduate education, and a fellowship for published independent scholars.

Title: Moreau Academic Diversity, Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, University of Notre Dame
Deadline: December 10, 2009
Contact: Don Pope-Davis, Ph.D. (574-631-5716); Susan Ohmer, Ph.D. (574-631-1626)
Address: Moreau Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, Office of the Provost, 300 Main Building, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN 46556-5602

The Moreau Academic Diversity Postdoctoral Program seeks to increase the number of scholars who will contribute to the intellectual vibrancy and research excellence of The University of Notre Dame by providing a two-year research, teaching, and mentoring experience. Promising candidates in any discipline who meet one or more of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

  • Scholars in any discipline from one of the populations underrepresented historically in American higher education (e.g., Women, Native American, African American, Asian American, or Latino/a)
  • Scholars whose research focuses on Gender, First Nations/Native American, Africa/Africana, Asian/Asian American, Ethnic, Latino/a, or Latin American Studies
  • Scholars with interdisciplinary research projects that promise to enhance cultural competency and diversity within the American educational landscape and who are interested in exploring the implications of such work for liberal education in the Catholic tradition
  • Scholars with a track record of involvement in initiatives aimed at promoting diversity in higher education through teaching Fellows will devote their time to research and will teach two courses each year during their tenure. The first will be in the area of their specialization. The second will be a core undergraduate offering for the department serving as their home. Fellows will also be part of mentoring initiatives sponsored by their host department and the Office of the Provost. These will be geared toward long-term professional development and the evaluation of each fellow for possible appointment to a teaching-and-research position at the University.

These two-year postdoctoral appointments will carry a starting annual salary of $50,000. Health insurance and $5,000 for relocation/research expenses will also be part of the fellowship package.

Applicants must have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree by August 2010 or have received the terminal degree in their discipline within the past five years.

Title: Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2010-2011 (Wesleyan University, Center for the Americas)
Deadline: December 4, 2009
Contact: Robert T. Conn, Director, Center for the Americas
Address: Wesleyan University, 255 High Street, Middletown, CT 06459

Wesleyan University invites applications for two fellowships:

  1. Native American Studies. We seek a cultural anthropologist or historian whose research focuses on indigenous peoples of the Americas.
  2. Latin American Studies. We seek a postdoctoral fellow whose research focuses on literary and/or cultural production in the borderland zone of the Caribbean, Mexico, and the United States.

These fellowships carry limited teaching duties, and opportunities for scholarly research and professional development. Ph.D. must have been received before July 2010 and preferably since 2006. Annual stipend of $45,000, research/travel funds and health insurance.

Renewable for a second year. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States, or expect to pursue a teaching career in the United States. Electronic applications accepted only, in PDF or Word format--Submit letter of interest, CV, 3 letters of reference, and brief writing sample to: Robert T. Conn (see above).

Title: DOE ARRA-Funded Office of Science Graduate Fellowship Program
Deadline: November 30, 2009 (Applicants may begin submitting applications on September 30, 2009)

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced last Wednesday that up to $12.5 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be awarded in early 2010 to support at least 80 graduate fellowships to U.S. students pursuing advanced degrees in science, mathematics, and engineering through the newly created Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Fellowship program. To be eligible for the Fellowship, applicants must be U.S. citizens and currently a first or second year graduate student enrolled at a U.S. academic institution, or an undergraduate senior who will be enrolled as a first year graduate student by the fall of 2010. Applicants must be pursuing graduate study and research in the physical, biological, engineering and computational sciences. Interested students can apply online at:

Each fellowship award will be $50,500 per year for three years to provide support for tuition, living expenses, research materials and travel to research conferences. Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of peer review.

Title: Ann Plato Fellowship, Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut
Deadline: Review of applications begins November 15, 2009 and will continue until filled.
Phone: 860-297-2128

Trinity College invites applications for a one-year pre- or post-doctoral fellowship to promote diversity at our nationally recognized liberal arts college in Hartford, Connecticut. Ann Plato Fellows will join the faculty in one of over 30 academic departments or interdisciplinary programs, interact regularly with colleagues and students on campus, and work on their own research. Pre-doctoral fellows will teach one course during the year; post-doctoral fellows will teach two courses.

Date of Fellowship: September 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011

Stipend: Between mid-$40,000 (pre-doctoral) to mid-$50,000 (post-doctoral), plus health benefits, office space, computer, conference travel expenses, and assistance in finding housing near campus.

Title: The Anschutz Distinguished Fellowship in American Studies, 2010-2011 (Princeton University)
Deadline: November 13, 2009
Location: New Jersey, United States

The Princeton Program in American Studies, founded in 1943, sponsors teaching, research, and public discussion about the history, literature, art, and culture of the United States, in ways that span the traditional disciplines.

The Anschutz Distinguished Fellowship, created through an endowment by the Anschutz family, will be awarded in the academic year 2010-11 to a writer, critic, journalist, musician, artist, or other contributor to the arts, letters, public service, or commerce. The fellowship holder need not be an academic scholar. However, the selection committee will place great weight on indicia of the candidate’s teaching ability as well as the rigor, innovation, and interdisciplinary emphasis of the proposed seminar course. The Anschutz Fellow is expected to teach one interdisciplinary undergraduate seminar course for the American Studies Program either in the fall or the spring semester. The seminar will be composed of no more than 15 students, and it will meet for three hours weekly over a 12 week teaching semester. The Fellow will also deliver one public lecture to the University. The Fellow will enjoy full access to Firestone Library and to a wide range of activities throughout the University. A computer-equipped office on campus will be provided for the semester.

A Fellow who elects to reside on campus will receive a salary of $50,000, plus benefits. A Fellow who elects to commute from elsewhere will receive $32,000, plus benefits.

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Title: Ambassadors Program, Americans for Indian Opportunity
Application Deadline: January 8, 2010

The Ambassadors Program is the only leadership initiative in the United States that encourages participants to weave their traditional tribal values into a contemporary reality. The Program provides a creative combination of mentorship, personal reflection, dialogue with national and international decision-makers, community involvement, communications training, and a discovery process into tribal values. Up to eighteen participants are selected to participate in the program that runs for two years. The participants are Native American, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, and are between the ages of 25-35.

Title: Field Environmental Biology course for Native students
Deadline: November 6, 2009
Contact: Dr. Michael Cramer, UNDERC-East Assistant Director ( or Dr. Gretchen Gerrish, UNDERC-West Assistant Director (

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and University of Notre Dame have united to establish a Field Environmental Biology course for Native students. Tuition, housing and travel are paid for, 6 credits/summer, and get paid $2,500/summer.

The purpose of this program is to promote an understanding of field-oriented environmental biology and how field research is conducted. The program helps to prepare Native American students for advanced studies in environmental biology, so they can better manage biological resources on their lands. Also, the program promotes a better understanding of Native American attitudes towards the environment in non-Native American students interested in environmental biology, so they can incorporate these cultural insights into better management strategies. These goals are achieved through interactions with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribal preservation and DNR, the Lac du Flambeau DNR, the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission and by encouraging dialogue and collaboration between the students enrolled in the program.

Eligibility: Native American descent; Minimum of Sophomore standing in an accredited college; Planning to obtain a 4-year degree in the environmental sciences; Competitive admission based on previous academic performance and statement of purpose

Program Description- The program spans two academic years.

First year: UNDERC-East runs for a 9 – 10 week period (late May- late July). The UNDERC-East site encompasses more than 7500 acres with abundant wildlife (including wolves, black bear, deer, and fisher) and includes 30 lakes, several streams, wetlands, and northern forests that have been protected for nearly a century in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Second year: UNDERC-West also runs for a 9 – 10 week period (June – mid August). The UNDERC-West site encompasses more than a million acres with abundant wildlife (including bison, elk, mountain lion, and grizzly bear) and includes grasslands, montane forests, streams and lakes on the Flathead Reservation in Montana and associated tribal lands.

Title: 2009 Native Women & Youth Agriculture Essay Contest
Deadline: November 6, 2009, 5pm
Contact: Tina Voigt
Phone: 406.259.3525

Essay Topic: “How Would I Manage Agriculture Risk on My Reservation?” (Research WHAT is Risk Management using the links below and then apply it to the essay topic)

Who Is Eligible? Young Native American Women & Men who will be entering grades 9-12 in the Fall of 2009. Graduates of May or August 2009 are also eligible to enter. Must be a member of a Federally Recognized Tribe.

Winners & Prizes: Three (3) finalists will be announced the second week of November 2009 and provided an all-expense paid trip (including chaperone) to the 2009 Intertribal Agriculture Council & Indian Nations Conservation Alliance annual meeting in Las Vegas, NV December 7-11, 2009. Finalists will be awarded several other special prizes presented at the event & will serve as Ag Ambassadors in 2009/2010. Each finalist is required to read a short self introduction and their essay (as submitted only) at the awards luncheon.

Guidelines: 3-6 pages in length, Typed, One-inch margins, Double spaced, 12-point font, 3-5 sources. All entries MUST BE ACCOMPANIED by a separate sheet containing the student’s name, address, telephone number, email (if available), school attending & Tribal affiliation.

Judging Criteria: Creativity, Quality of Sources, Quality of Grammar, Spelling & Punctuation, Organization of information, Length of Entry, Documentation of Sources (3-5 sources required), Appropriate information for topic.

Send Essay Submission to: Native Women & Youth in Agriculture

Title: Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Free SMP Education Sessions
Contact: Terrie Drew, SMP Integration Project Coordinator
Phone: 978-946-1243

On behalf of Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. (ESMV) and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA) we are pleased to announce the launching of the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) Integration Project, funded by the Administration on Aging.
The Mission of this project is to reach isolated elders and their caregivers in rural areas and in counties with a high Native American presence. Our intent is to promote the delivery of accurate and culturally appropriate information about health benefits eligibility and essential aging services to these “hard-to-reach,” underserved and unserved populations. The goal of the program is to educate elders and their caregivers in order to increase access to services and decrease the potential for healthcare errors, fraud and abuse; as well as other deceptive marketing tactics. The SMP integration project is now scheduling FREE SMP education sessions.

To schedule an education session for your senior/elder population or for more information contact: Terrie Drew.

Title: John Trudell: TRUDELL film screening and discussion
Date: Friday, November 20th 7:00pm
Location: University of New Hampshire, Memorial Union Building, Stafford Room (83 Main Street, Durham, NH)
Contact: Sean McGhee Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs
Phone: 603-862-0324

Legendary Native American poet and activist John Trudell (Santee Sioux) will host a screening of TRUDELL, the highly-acclaimed documentary film about his life and work. John Trudell is an acclaimed poet, national recording artist, actor and activist, whose international following reflects the universal language of his words, work and message. Trudell’s film credits include Thunderheart, Dreamkeepers, Incident at Oglala, On Deadly Ground and Smoke Signals. Discography includes Bone Dayes (Produced by Angelaina Jolie), Blue Indians, Johnny Damas & Me and A.K.A. Grafitti Man.

This event is free of charge and open to the public.

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