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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: Call for Project Proposals from Native Communities and Leaders, HUNAP Nation Building II Course
Contacts: Dennis Norman
Phone: 617-726-3285.
Deadline: January 25, 2009

HUNAP is one of Harvard's 17 Interfaculty Initiatives of the Office of the President and Provost. Consistent with the Harvard University charter of 1650 calling for the "education of English and Indian youth," HUNAP has developed partnerships with established faculties at Harvard to build viable programs of research, teaching, and outreach on issues affecting the lives of indigenous peoples. As part of this mission HUNAP funds the Nation Building II graduate course offered through the Kennedy School of Government and the Graduate School of Education.

A Nation Building II Project is a field based research project requested by a client that focuses on some of the major issues Native American tribes and nations face. These projects are based on the "sovereign" choice of a community to partner with a university to study native issues, including sovereignty, economic development, constitutional reform, leadership, health and social welfare, land and water rights, culture and language, religious freedom and education. The project is completed by graduate and undergraduate students enrolled in Native Americans in the 21st Century: Nation Building II. The Projects are conducted under the guidance of faculty members with relevant expertise. Students participate in a weekly colloquium where they present their work-in-progress to fellow students and faculty. The lead faculty member for Nation Building II is Prof. Dennis Norman, Harvard Medical School and faculty chair of HUNAP.

The HUNAP Nation Building II Projects deal specifically with the issues facing Native nations or organizations working in Native affairs. Over the last seven years, more than 80 Nation Building II Projects have been performed on behalf of tribes and tribal organizations.

Examples of Projects include:

  • Creating a Nation Building Museum: Considerations for the redesign and reorganization of the Hall of the North American Indian: Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology.
  • Options for a Constitution: Heiltsuk First Nation
  • Strengthening Families for the Future: Exploring Historical Trauma at Mashantucket Pequot
  • Tribal Regulation of Genetic Research: One Sky Center, Portland, Oregon

First Step to Request a Project
Email Dennis Norman at with contact information so we can arrange a phone conversation to clarify and help come up a project that can meet your needs and is practical to accomplish in a one semester course.

After Phone Consultation, How do I submit a proposal?
Email your proposal to In the body of the message, give brief answers to the listed questions, numbering each answer to correspond with the question.
1) Your name and title ; 2) Your organization; 3) Mailing address; 4) E-mail address; 5) Phone number; 6) Fax number; 7) Proposed title for this project; 8) A one-page description of the problem or concern you would like our students to work on; and 9) A brief explanation of how you expect to use the final product.

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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: Tribal Energy Student Internship Program, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Deadline: March 15, 2010
Phone: (630) 252-4114

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is accepting applications for the Tribal Energy Student Internship Program. Twelve post-secondary students will be selected for the program, which runs May 25 through August 6 at the Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago, Illinois. "Indian Country's young men and women are the future leaders of their tribal nations," said Assistant Secretary Larry Echo Hawk, "and as such they will play a critical role in shaping the future of tribal energy development.

This internship program is intended to help prepare the next generation of tribal energy and natural resource management professionals." According to the BIA, interns will work with nationally known scientists in a wide range of research fields including energy resource development, both renewable and non-renewable, and environmental evaluation and analysis of potential impacts from energy resource development activities.

Title: 2010 Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG)
Deadline: Please visit website
Contact: Mr. Lafayette Melton, Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator
Phone: (202) 366-2907

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently recruiting for the 2010 Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG). This program provides summer opportunities for college students, particularly targeting groups who have been underrepresented in careers in transportation, such as women, persons with disabilities, and students from other diverse groups.

Eligible participants are all college/university students majoring in any academic area of study. STIPDG participants receive various benefits including hands-on experience and on-the-job training at a DOT Operating Administration or State DOT. Included is a ten-week stipend of up to $5,000 for Law or Graduate students and $4,000 for Undergraduate students. Housing and travel arrangements are also provided for all interns that are selected for assignments with locations outside of their commuting area (50 miles). Participants may also receive college credit upon successful completion of the program with the permission of their college/university.

Title: Alaska Conservation Foundation's Summer Internship Program
Deadline: February 15, 2010
Contact: Danielle Williams
Phone: 907-276-1917
Email: (email preferred)

With the goal of inspiring and empowering the next generation of Alaska conservation leaders, Alaska Conservation Foundation is pleased to announce we will be accepting applications for the 2010 Conservation Internship Program between December 18, 2009 and February 15, 2010.

This paid internship is open to undergraduate and graduate students and recent college graduates with an interest in furthering their careers in conservation, environmental justice, or related fields. Both Alaska residents and non-residents are encouraged to apply.

Title: Morris K. Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Internship Program
Deadline: January 29, 2010
Contact: Colin Ben, Internship Contractor

The Internship Program is a ten-week summer internship in Washington, DC, for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian country. The internship is fully funded: the Foundation provides round-trip airfare, housing, per diem for food and incidentals, and a stipend at the close of the program. Interns work in congressional and agency offices where they have opportunities to research legislative issues important to tribal communities, network with key public officials and tribal advocacy groups, experience an insider's view of the federal government, and enhance their understanding of nation-building and tribal self-governance.

Title: Paid Undergraduate Summer Internships, The Center for Coastal Margin Observation and Prediction (CMOP)
Application Deadline: See website
Contact: Vanessa Green, Director of Higher Education and Diversity
Phone: 503-748-1609

CMOP is headquartered at Oregon Health & Science University's west campus in Beaverton, Oregon. Interns receive a stipend of $4,600 and out-of-state students may be eligible for additional housing support. Application deadline is April 1, 2010. Summer internship dates: June 7-August 13, 2010, schedule may vary due to academic schedules at your home university. CMOP engages in collaborative research with Pacific Northwest Tribes and encourages application from Native American students.

CMOP considers applications from undergraduate freshmen, sophomores and juniors with backgrounds and majors in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, environmental science, mathematics, physics, and others. Prior lab/field experience is of interest but not required. Our past interns have come from a wide range of geographic and academic backgrounds, and have worked collaboratively in several innovative projects. Interns engage in leading-edge research to understand and predict biological, chemical and physical processes of the river-to-ocean ecosystem, contributing data and analysis that provide guidance for sustainable ecosystem management.

Title: Student Summer Internship (SSI) Program, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Deadline: February 15, 2010 (supporting documentation due February 22, 2010)
Contact: Mansel A. Nelson
Phone: 928-523-1275

The Environmental Education Outreach Program (EEOP) staff is recruiting interns for Summer 2010. The host sites selected will be published on the website by January 15th and the intern selection process will begin February 15th. Interns are eligible for host sites that will be selected from across the nation. The internship is designed to give college students an opportunity to:

  • Assist EPA/Tribal agencies with environmental issues.
  • Acquire ready-to-use skills.
  • Gain actual experience while contributing to a project.
  • Earn $4,000 during the ten week experience.
  • Receive a limited housing allowance.
  • Receive a limited travel allowance.

Title: Summer Internships at Sandia National Laboratories
Deadline: February 19, 2010
Contact: Sandra Begay-Campbell
Phone: 505-844-5418
Website: (Department of Energy)

Current college upper-classmen and graduate students, who are familiar with Native American culture and tribal issues, are needed to support Tribal Energy Program efforts with technical project tasks. College students are needed to assist a cross-disciplinary team to perform specific tasks at Sandia National Laboratories. Interactions will be with Sandia's renewable energy staff, Native American tribes interested in renewable systems, and Sandia's American Indian Outreach Committee. Instant immersion in these activities is offered to work directly with experienced and internationally recognized peers. Travel will be required, including field visits to renewable energy projects.

The student applicant must be a U.S. citizen and a Native American, defined as a member of a federally recognized tribe, Alaska Village, or Alaska Corporation (excludes state-recognized tribes; bands or groups; and first peoples of Guam or Hawaii). Specific interest in renewable energy is required.

For information on the application process, see the 2009 registration form, available at:

Title: Internships, The School for Advanced Research, Indian Arts Research Center (IARC)
Deadline: March 30, 2010
Phone: 505-954-7205

The School for Advanced Research, Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) offers two nine-month internships to Native individuals who are recent graduates, current graduate students, or junior museum professionals interested in furthering their collections management experience and enhancing their intellectual capacity for contributing to the expanding field and discourse of museum studies. The internships include a $2,200 monthly stipend, housing, book allowance, travel to one professional conference, and reimbursable travel to and from SAR.

Established in 1978, the IARC houses a collection of over 12,000 items of Native art of the Southwest. The collection, which was originally established by the Pueblo Pottery Fund in 1922 (later evolving into the Indian Arts Fund), includes pottery, jewelry, textiles, works on paper and canvas, basketry, wood carvings, and drums. IARC also holds a small collection of archival photographs, documents, and film. The goal of IARC is to bridge the divide between art/creativity and research/scholarship by supporting initiatives and projects that illuminate the intersections of the social sciences, humanities, and arts. IARC supports research and scholarship in Native studies, art history, and creative expression. IARC accomplishes this by providing opportunities for artists to engage in uninterrupted creativity through artist fellowships; fostering dialogue among artists, researchers, scholars, and community members through special seminars and programs; nurturing future arts and museums professionals through experiential training; and promoting study and exploration of the IARC collection of Native arts. The interns will devote their time to working on IARC programs, directed research and writing activities, and collections management and registration. In addition to daily duties specific requirements include presenting a research paper at the SAR Colloquium Series; attending a national conference; assisting in the coordination and facilitation of one IARC seminar or symposium; providing tours of the IARC collection; and working on outreach initiatives to Native communities. If selected for an internship, the intern must agree to participate in interviews, photo sessions, video recordings, and exit interviews to document the intern’s experience. The internship period is September 1–May 31, 2010.

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Title: Native American Recording Project- Call for Scores
Deadline: Please visit website
Contact: Richard
Phone: 818-402-9235

RMA Music in Los Angeles is seeking music by Native American composers for recording purposes. We are seeking music of a "concert" or "classical" nature, i.e., orchestra, band, chamber and/or solo works. Some commercial music such as film scores will be considered.

Funding for this project is coming from various grants. The amount of these grants will determine the number of composers participating. The greater the number of participants, the greater the grant money. Even though a composer's music may not be recorded immediately, we encourage everyone to send music now. A good response to this call will help find additional funding to continue the project. Current funding: "This event is supported [in part] through Subito, the advancement grant program of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Composers Forum". It also has the approval of the First Nations Composers Initiative (FNCI), the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCION), and the American Composers Forum (ACF).

All music will be recorded using state-of-the-art computer generated programs and sound libraries. All rights to the music will remain the property of the composer. No distribution is involved or implied. The composer will be free to distribute or use the finished recordings in whatever way he or she deems appropriate. This service is completely free.

All recordings will be 'performed' by composer, Richard Audd. A native of Oklahoma, Richard is a member of the Muscogee Creek Tribe and of Creek and Cherokee descent. He has won two international awards for his MIDI realizations and for many years been a composer and video editor in Los Angeles.

Title: Indigenous Peoples' Perspectives on Multicultural Education
Deadline: March 30, 2010
Contact: Francisco Rios at 307-766-4055 OR and Cornel Pewewardy at 503-725-9689 OR

There has been an overall lack of written representation describing the experiences of Indigenous Peoples in education (broadly) and within the field of multicultural education (specifically). This is problematic given an increasing demographic reality wherein Indigenous Peoples/First Nations/American Indians/Alaska Natives/Native Americans have become the most underrepresented, underserved, exploited, and oldest ethnic group in the US. As sovereign Nations, tribes have a role in the teaching that is conducted in their communities and in regulating that research which occurs on their tribal land and with their tribal citizens. Indeed, the conversation around race relations needs to broaden out from a Black-White discourse to include the Indigenous experience in schooling. This special issue of Multicultural Perspectives is intended to provide valuable information for practitioners (teachers, counselors, teacher educators, etc.), which might inform and impact pedagogical practices and curricular perspectives with links to Indigenous cultural practices within a multicultural education framework.

Guest editors of this special issue are interested in any and all contributions which link the Indigenous experience to multicultural education. For example, a submission may provide a general analysis/perspective on multicultural education as an academic discipline seen within an Indigenous student point of view (the promise of multicultural education for Indigenous Peoples, the problems of multicultural education for Indigenous Peoples, new directions and possibilities for multicultural education based on the Indigenous experience, etc.). Some other possibilities may include the following.

  1. Culturally Responsive Curriculum and Pedagogy for Indigenous Peoples
  2. Schooling (policies and procedures) for Indigenous Peoples
  3. Non-formal Schooling and Indigenous Peoples

We encourage the use of the tribal language of the community that you represent. We encourage the "Indigenous Ways of Knowing" of the community that you represent as well. Keep in mind that 30% of the readership for the journal is classroom (K-12) teachers.

Title: 11th Annual American Indian Studies Association Conference Call for Papers
Conference Dates: February 4-5, 2010
Conference Location: Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona
Deadline for Proposal: December 10, 2009
Contact: Elizabeth P. Martos,
Phone: 480-965-3634

Conference Theme: "Sustainability – Indigenous Community – Activism"

The organizers of the AISA Conference welcome proposals for paper presentations, panel presentations, and workshops on the following topics: Traditional Indigenous Sustainability; Sustainability in the Modern Indigenous Era; Sustainability and Indigenous Land, Air, and Water Rights; Euro-American Politics and Indigenous Sustainability; Developing Contemporary Economic Systems vs. Indigenous Sustainability; Indigenous Community as Home; The Sacred and the Profane: Indigenous Community Today; Maintaining Indigenous Community: Resistance, Resilience, Re-affirmation; Indigenous Community and Modernity as a Life and Death Matter; Indigenous Intellectual and Artistic Leadership and Indigenous Community; Activism in Artistic Vision: A Return to Tradition; Indigenous Philosophy as Activism; Re-establishing Indigenous Knowledge Through Activism; Is Indigenous Activism Useful or Not Useful?; Indigenous American Activism: A United North, Central, and South America.

Please submit feedback and/or questions re: suggested paper presentations, panel presentations, and workshops to Simon Ortiz, AISA President ( or 480-965-7999).

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?
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Title: PRE-CONFERENCE INSTITUTE-- Indigenous Bilingual Education Special Interest Group (part of the 39th Annual International Bilingual Education Conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education)
Pre-conference Date(s): February 3, 2010
Contacts: Dr. Kathryn Manuelito ( OR Dr. Christine Sims (

The 39th Annual International Bilingual Education Conference of the National Association for Bilingual Education will be held on February 3-6, 2010 at the Convention Center in Denver, Colorado.

Theme: "Sustaining Our Languages for Future Generations"
Indigenous communities around the world face an unprecedented era in which modern day challenges impact the survival of indigenous cultures and languages. In particular, educational policies at the local, state and federal level have added to this challenge for families and communities concerned about their children's future and how recent trends in education can often undermine community efforts to maintain Indigenous languages. During this Institute, we will examine and share with one another what Indigenous communities are doing to determine their own path for the education of their children. How are indigenous communities addressing the complexities of language maintenance and revitalization in today's world? What are key elements of community based and school based efforts that lead to successful support of indigenous language learning in the midst of national education policy? What are the implications for local, state and national education policy makers that the Indigenous communities must advocate for? Join us as we explore these and many other critical questions affecting the survival of Indigenous languages and cultures!

Title: Workshop- Race, Ethnicity, Indigenous Peoples and Politics: Land, Territoriality & the Environment, Canadian Political Science Association Conference
Workshop 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: 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: 19th Annual Southern Connecticut State University Women's Studies Conference: "Women and Girls of Color: History, Heritage, Heterogeneity"
Conference Date(s): April 16-17th, 2010
Location: Southern Connecticut State University 501 Crescent St. New Haven, CT 06515
Contact: Yi-Chun Tricia Lin, Director
Phone: 203-392-6133
Keynotes/Speakers: DR. ANDREA SMITH

Andrea Smith is a co-founder of Incite! Women of Color Against Violence and the Boarding School Healing Project. She is the author of Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide (South End Press) and Native Americans and the Christian Right: The Gendered Politics of Unlikely Alliances (Duke Univ Press). Through Incite!, she is the co-editor of The Color of Violence and editor of The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Nonprofit Industrial Complex (both South End Press). She teaches at UC Riverside in Media and Cultural Studies.

Theme: Both inside and outside of academe, women of color have actively participated in theoretical, artistic, and cultural production, influencing the ways we perceive and think about issues pertinent to women and girls. Situated by both gender and race, yet often at the margins, women of color have been instrumental in challenging scholars to critically re-conceptualize the discourses on race, gender, class, sexuality, and nationality. The scholarly work by women of color and on women of color is simultaneously multicultural, heterogeneous, interdisciplinary, and, in most instances, global and transnational. This body of literature, which has spawned a whole new area of study at universities and colleges, is among the most exciting and vibrant in feminist scholarship and publications. As a site of innovative knowledge production, women of color writing does not simply travel throughout academic disciplines in the U.S., but it also travels globally, generating significant connections with women’s writing especially globally. In the 19th annual SCSU Women’s Studies conference, we will take a close look at women and girls of color, looking back at their achievements throughout history but also pushing our thinking forward into the 21st century. Who are women and girls of color and what issues are important to them? How have women of color contributed artistically, culturally, and politically, inside universities as well as out in our communities? What challenges do woman and girls of color across races, classes, religions, and cultures face in an increasingly globalized world? How can the discourse surrounding women and girls of color challenge our ideas about race, gender, class, nationality, and sexuality?

Title: 8th Annual Mount Sinai Global Health Conference
Conference Date(s): February 26 - 27, 2010
Location: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Goldwurm Auditorium, 1425 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10029

Register NOW for this FREE Conference!

Theme: Indigenous Health; Keynote Address by Winona LaDuke

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous peoples living in more than 70 countries worldwide. They represent a rich diversity of cultures, religions, traditions, languages and histories; yet continue to be among the world's most marginalized population groups. The next annual Mount Sinai Global Health Conference will showcase a range of indigenous health issues... register today and join other students, physicians, academics, activitists, and community members to learn more about the critical health issues facing indigenous groups both here in the United States and across the globe.

Title: 2010 American Indian Prevention Services Conference
Deadline: February 26, 2010
Conference Date(s): April 21-22, 2010
Location: Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center, Norman, OK

This conference will bring together the expertise of prevention, public health and wellness professionals to assist in the exploration, development and sustainability of our individual and community strengths. Workshops will cover a broad range of topics to enhance the community-building foundation upon which prevention is built, such as: strategic and community planning; services for returning veterans and their families; problem and compulsive gambling; substance abuse issues and prevention; suicide prevention; domestic violence prevention; chronic disease and diabetes prevention; culturally relevant methods for American Indians; and developing Inter-Agency and Inter-Tribal relationships.

Title: IAIA Circle Professional Development Workshop Series, Institute of American Indian Arts
Deadline: Please visit website
Conference Date(s): Please visit website
Phone: 505-424-2341

A series of 19 workshops are being held on The Institute of American Indian Arts campus that provide training opportunities for New Mexico tribal departments and organizations that support Native youth. Workshops are geared towards developing professional knowledge to further education programs and support services for Native students. Registration is free. Space is available for 20 participants per workshop. Additional registrations will be placed on a wait list pending any cancellations. Workshop descriptions and registration can be accessed via the homepage.
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Title: Knowledge River Scholars Program (Library and Information Sciences)
Deadline: February 1, 2010
Contact: Sandy Littletree, Knowledge River Program Manager
Phone: (520) 621-5220

Tucson, AZ--Knowledge River (KR) is now accepting applications for KR Cohort 9, to begin the program summer 2010. Individuals who can clearly demonstrate their knowledge of, experience with, and sensitivity to at least one Native American or Hispanic group AND who want to be library and information professionals are encouraged to apply.

The Knowledge River Scholars Program has 6 main components:

  1. Financial Aid Package: Knowledge River Scholars receive financial aid in the form of graduate assistantships to cover tuition, as well as financial support to cover program fees.
  2. Library Work Experience: Each Knowledge River Scholar will have a unique opportunity to work part-time in a library setting to gain real-world professional experience and a salary while obtaining a Master's degree.
  3. Cohort Support: Knowledge River Scholars have the benefit of entering the program with a ready group of peers, all working towards the same goal: to attain their graduate degree in Information Resources and Library Science. And with more than 100 graduates of the program now working in the field, KR Scholars benefit from the strong network of previous cohorts.
  4. Mentorship: Knowledge River Scholars will receive mentorship from librarians and information professionals working in the field.
  5. Conference Travel Support: Each Knowledge River Scholar will be provided with funds to provide assistance with expenses related to conference attendance or other professional development events.
  6. Curriculum enhanced with Hispanic and Native American Cultural Perspectives: The School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS) is dedicated to ensuring that ALL library and information science students will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of diversity through a curriculum that fully embeds diversity and multicultural perspectives in core and elective courses, as well as extra-curricular opportunities.

Eligible applicants for Cohort 9 must:

  • Be accepted to the SIRLS graduate school program
  • Be willing and able to accept a graduate assistantship with one of our host libraries/partners in Tucson (Pima County Public Library; Arizona Health Sciences Library; University of Arizona Libraries; School of Information Resources and Library Science, University of Arizona)

Based at the University of Arizona's School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS), Knowledge River is concerned with the special information interests and needs of Hispanics and Native Americans. Since its inception, Knowledge River has become the foremost graduate program for training librarians and information specialists with a focus on Hispanic and Native American cultural issues. To date, over 100 scholars have graduated from this program.

Title: 13th Annual Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative, Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP)
Deadline: April 16, 2010
Location: George Washington University, Washington D.C

The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) is now accepting applications for the 13th Annual Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative, which will be held on the George Washington University campus in Washington D.C., June 19 - 27, 2010. American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) high school students, ages 16- 18, who have an interest in the health field and/or biomedical research are encouraged to apply. Selected high school students will receive a scholarship that covers their airfare, lodging, and most meals during the NNAYI program. NNAYI's curriculum is strategically designed to prepare high school students for admission to college and professional schools, as well as for careers in health and biomedical research.

AAIP is also recruiting adults, ages 21 and older, to serve as role models and chaperones to AI/AN high school students during the NNAYI program. Selected individuals will arrive in Washington D.C, on Friday, June 18, 2010 for training and to prepare for high school students arrival. AAIP will cover your airfare, lodging, meals, and a stipend will be provided upon completion of the program. Counselor application deadline is March 5, 2010.


Title: Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) Scholarships to attend annual AAIP Conference
Deadline: Friday, May 28, 2010
Phone: 405-946-7072
Website: (under the "What's New" section)

The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) announces scholarships available to attend the 39th AAIP Annual Meeting and Health Conference in Albuquerque, NM, August 5 - 9, 2010. The conference will have presentations offered by experts and leaders in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) healthcare and policy making issues. Presentations include current trends, policy, research, and practice issues concerning AI/AN populations.

The National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Office of Minority Health Research Coordination will award scholarships to ten undergraduate level AI/AN students to attend the AAIP Annual Meeting and National Health Conference. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and have an interest in biomedical research relevant to NIDDK's mission areas, i.e., diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition, obesity, and digestive, liver, urology, kidney, and hematologic diseases. Selected scholars will be required to attend a NIDDK session to be held during the conference. The remainder of the conference will be yours to attend all the other scheduled sessions and social activities. This scholarship provides for the student's airfare, hotel lodging, and meals. This scholarship is awarded on a one-time only basis.

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Title: American Indian Studies Dissertation Writing Fellowship (2010-2011), Yale University
Deadline: March 5, 2010

The Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders invite applications for the inaugural Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing Fellowship in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. The Roe Cloud Fellowship is intended to develop American Indian Studies at Yale and by extension throughout the academy by facilitating the completion of the doctorate by scholars working on issues related to the American Indian experience. Scholars working on topics in Indigenous Studies that relate to the study of North American Indians are also encouraged to apply.

The Fellowship will support a graduate scholar in any doctoral field for the academic year, beginning September 2010 and ending August 2011. Graduate students working towards careers in higher education who have completed all doctoral requirements but the dissertation are invited to apply. The expectation is that the dissertation will be completed during the fellowship year. The criteria for selection will be based solely on an assessment of the quality of the candidate's work and the project's overall significance for the study of American Indian and/or Indigenous Studies.

The Roe Cloud Fellowship will provide support comparable to that for Yale University graduate students, including an annual stipend of $26,000, full access to Yale facilities and services, and health care coverage. Each fellow will be mentored by a professor in Yale's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The fellow will be responsible for making a formal presentation of the project near the conclusion of the academic year, an event open to all interested members of the campus community.

Applications must include a c.v. the dissertation prospectus, a writing sample of approximately 25 pages, a letter describing plans to complete the dissertation during the fellowship period, as well as three letters of recommendation, sent under separate cover, including one from the candidate's dissertation advisor.

Title: Tribal Heritage Research fellowships in Oklahoma
Deadline: February 1, 2010

With funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Oklahoma Department of Libraries is sponsoring a 26-month course of study that will introduce selected participants to methods and strategies for designing research projects, identifying sources, accessing and using
American Indian materials in local, regional, and national collections, and producing a short documentary using the information collected. A maximum of 20 Research Fellows from across the nation will be selected through a competitive process.

Stipend awards are available. Application guidelines, forms, and a sample application may be downloaded from the front page of the Oklahoma Department of Libraries website at

Title: Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program Summer Student Fellowships
Deadline: February 5, 2010

The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is a paid summer fellowship designed to foster the entrance of talented students from diverse backgrounds within the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts into graduate school and faculty positions in U.S. colleges and universities. More broadly, the program seeks to increase the presence of minorities and others who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating racial disparities in graduate school and eventually in academic ranks.

Each summer, the program brings a cohort of 18-22 undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors) from colleges and universities in the U.S. to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus for an intensive, ten-week research experience. Students are expected to develop a 20-page research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor with whom they are paired according to areas of study and research interests. In addition to meeting at least three times a week with faculty mentors, students will attend weekly 3-hour seminars where they will present their research and discuss it with faculty and other students in the program, receive required biweekly instruction in preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), attend biweekly writing and presentation skills workshops, and participate in a variety of informative workshops, social events and conferences designed to expose them to the graduate experience. Fellowship Dates: May 23-July 29, 2010.

Rising seniors applying to MURAP should consider applying simultaneously to the Associate Program of the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT), as it would be of great help during the graduate school application process. For more information consult

Title: Corporate Fellowship, MBA Program, Wake Forest University
Contact: Derrick S. Boone, Ph.D.
Phone: 336-758-4475

The Master of Art in Management program is designed specifically for liberal arts majors only. The MA degree program is a 10 month intense study of the basic functional areas of Business. After graduation and working for approximately two years, all MA graduates are eligible to apply to Wake Forest as part of the MA/MBA joint degree program and get the MBA in one year. The new Dean, Steve Reinemund, has created a new scholarship for diverse students pursuing the MA degree called the Corporate Fellowship.

The Corporate Fellowship provides full tuition and a $21,000 stipend to cover living expenses. Additionally, each Corporate Fellow will participate in a practicum. The practicum has two components, educational and professional development. Each student will be assigned a mentor that is a high level executive with their sponsor corporation. The mentor will oversee an educational project covering 4 of the functional areas of business using their own corporation as the subject.

Title: Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowships in American Indian Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2010-2011
Deadline: January 22, 2010
Contact: Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert, Chair, Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee, American Indian Studies
Phone: (217) 265-9870

Under the Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the American Indian Studies Program seeks two Postdoctoral Fellows for the 2010-2011 academic year. This fellowship program provides a stipend, a close working association with AIS faculty, and assistance in furthering the fellow's development as a productive scholar. Applicants should have an ongoing research project that promises to make a notable contribution to American Indian and Indigenous Studies. While fellows will concentrate on their research, they may choose to teach one course in American Indian Studies. Furthermore, fellows are encouraged to participate in the intellectual community of the American Indian Studies Program.

The Fellowship stipend for the 2010-2011 academic year is $42,000, including health benefits. An additional $5,000 will be provided for the fellow's research, travel, and related expenses. Candidates must have completed all Ph.D. requirements by August 15, 2010. Preference will be given to those applicants who have finished their degrees in the past five years. The one-year fellowship appointment period is from August 16, 2010, to August 15, 2011.

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Title: Open Application for 13th Annual Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative
Deadline: April 16, 2010

The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) is now accepting applications for the 13th Annual Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative, which will be held on the George Washington University campus in Washington D.C., June 19 - 27, 2010.

American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) high school students, ages 16- 18, who have an interest in the health field and/or biomedical research are encouraged to apply. Selected high school students will receive a scholarship that covers their airfare, lodging, and most meals during the NNAYI program. NNAYI's curriculum is strategically designed to prepare high school students for admission to college and professional schools, as well as for careers in health and biomedical research.

Applicants will be notified of the selection results during the week of May 10, 2010.

Title: Children’s Health and Wellness Fair at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum
Conference Date(s): February 20th
Location: Mashantucket, CT

Children's Health & Wellness Fair (11am-3pm)
This health fair seeks to bring to light the burden of diabetes among Native children located in southern New England and to help spread the message that type 2 diabetes prevention and healthy living extends to children from all backgrounds. Organizations and vendors provide information, services, activities, free food samples, recipes, and products to help promote healthy lifestyles for children. Free goodie bags to the first 200 visitors.

Title: 2010 National American Indian Science & Engineering Fair EXPO
Conference Date(s): March 11-13, 2010
Location: Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Theme: “The Difference is You”

Hosted by the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES), this annual event brings American Indian and Alaska Native students, in grades 5-12, together annually to participate in a national Native American science fair. Unlike other science fairs, NAISEF includes a traditional project category, which is judged by volunteer Native American judges. Grand Award winners are selected to attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), sponsored by the Society for Science and the Public, which takes place annually in May.

NAISEF offers a great opportunity for students through the cash prizes and scholarships students can win. In addition, the exposure and experience students gain stays with them as they progress through their college and professional careers.

In conjunction with NAISEF is an EXPO, where exhibitors get a chance to interact with these amazing students, while doing hands-on projects and showing them a little bit of what they do. This is another important opportunity to get them excited about their future.

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