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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: 15th Annual Harvard University Powwow
Date: May 1, 2010
Location: Harvard University

The 15th Annual Harvard University Powwow will be held at Radcliffe Yard, Harvard University on Saturday, May 1, 2010. Grand Entry is at 1pm. Dinner and Day Money will be provided for all registered dancers. This event is free and open to the public.

For additional information about the Harvard University Powwow, please call the HUNAP office at 617-495-4923 or email

Title: Public Acts, Public Arts: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Ethnic Studies
Conference Date: Friday, April 9, 2010
Location: Harvard University

Hosted by the Committee on Ethnic Studies, Harvard University

The Harvard University Committee on Ethnic Studies invites you to attend the Public Acts, Public Arts: An Interdisciplinary Conference on Ethnic Studies, being held on Friday, April 9, 2010.

Our keynote address will be delivered by Professor Robert Warrior, director of the American Indian Studies program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association.

Please email for additional information.

Title: Harvard Business School - 2010 Summer Venture in Management Program
Deadline: May 17, 2010, 5pm EST
Program Dates: June 19-25, 2010
Application Website:
General Website:

The Summer Venture in Management Program (SVMP) is a week of HBS instruction that exposes high-potential college students in the summer between their junior and senior year to the HBS MBA experience and the variety of opportunities a degree in management can afford. Participants from diverse backgrounds spend the week on campus living the MBA student experience - attending classes, analyzing case studies, and debating management issues with peers and faculty.

This unique educational experience, in combination with a summer internship at a sponsoring company or organization, gives participants a broader understanding of the challenges business leaders face, the innumerable opportunities that exist in management, and the impact they can have on their community and the world through leadership.

Consistent with the objective of promoting educational diversity and opportunity in business leadership, criteria considered among others, are whether the applicant is:

  • · the first family member to attend college;
  • a member of a group that is currently underrepresented in business schools and corporate America (e.g. African-American, Latino, Native American, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender);
  • from a family with little business education or experience;
  • from a school whose graduates are sometimes underrepresented (e.g. attends a community college as part of a four-year degree or attends a predominately minority college).
Title: HUNAP Colloquium Presents: Kraynal Alfred, HKS ’10 and Sierra Howlett, HKS ’10, “Reforming Tribal Constitutions: Maintaining and Strengthening Tribal Sovereignty in the United States through Shared Resources”
Date: April 7, 2010; Time: 12-1 pm
Location: HUNAP, 14 Story St, 4th Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138

Description: This presentation is directed to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), in response to its request for recommendation on how it can enhance communication, coordination and collaboration among tribal nations and sources of technical assistance to effectively support the tribal constitution reform in accordance with the NCAI Partnership for Tribal Governance Initiative.
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Title: Graduate Horizons 2010 Pre-Graduate Workshop 2010
Deadline: Rolling Admissions until June 1, 2010
Workshop Date(s): July 17-20, 2010
Location: Arizona State University

Graduate Horizons 2010 is currently accepting applications to our summer pre-graduate workshop. Arizona State University is hosting the Graduate Horizons program from July 17-20, 2010 in Tempe, AZ. ASU is one of the largest public universities in the nation with over 1,400 Native students enrolled. This program is ideal for Native students considering applying to graduate programs in 1 to 3 years

As you may know, Graduate Horizons is a workshop in preparing for graduate/professional school where 75-90 students work with faculty, admissions officers, deans, and professionals from over 40 graduate school programs representing hundreds of disciplines. The program is open to American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and First Nation's of Canada (who are permanent residents of the US) college students, college graduates, and those seeking a second masters/professional degree.

The eligibility information and application materials are available on-line for download. The deadline to apply is on rolling admissions from March-May, with applications accepted until June 1 on a space available basis (priority deadlines in February have closed). The cost to attend is $200.00 plus your own transportation (airfare, driving) to the program. Please note that we have significant financial aid available (for tuition and airfare) to students who qualify.

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Title: Internship Opportunities in North, Central and South America, Golondrinas de las Americas
Contact: Caren Cooper

Golondrinas de las Americas, a network of biologists studying swallows in the genus Tachycineta from Argentina to Alaska, seeks undergraduates to participate in paid internships at various locations, including Canada and Belize this Spring, and Venezuela in the Fall and Winter 2010. Founded by Cornell University professor David Winkler almost a decade ago and supported by the National Science Foundation, the project requires undergraduates to use standardized protocols to keep field records, maintain nest boxes and search for swallows. For a map of existing sites visit

Interns must have a demonstrated interest in environmental biology or a related field. The ability to work, live, and communicate well with others under rigorous and remote conditions is essential. Travel and living expenses as well as a small stipend are provided. Native Americans are encouraged to apply.

Title: Native American Student Internship, Second Language Testing, Inc.
Contact: Charles Stansfield

Second Language Testing, Inc. (SLTI) has paid full-time internships available for the summer of 2010 as well as part-time internships during the regular academic year. Interns normally earn $11 - $16 per hour, depending on educational background and experience. For those who want to stay in the area, there is the potential for continued full-time employment. Eligible applicants must be an upper level undergraduate or graduate student attending a college or university, or a recent college graduate.

Second Language Testing Inc. is a small business located in Rockville, MD, five blocks from the White Flint metro station. Our 16 full-time employees focus on language testing and related issues. This includes the development of tests of language skills, language learning aptitude tests, and the translation, adaptation, and/or linguistic simplification of standardized assessments as accommodations for English language learners or others who read below grade level. SLTI is currently working with a larger educational testing company on the development of a model for testing the oral language skills of Native American children in their tribal language, either as a native language or as a second language. This work is being done under a contract with the Bureau of Indian Education. A Native American intern could become involved in this project as well as others.

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.

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Title: Fostering Indigenous Entrepreneurship in the Americas (FIBEA)
Submission Deadline: July 16, 2010
Conference Dates: September 21-22, 2010
Location: Centro Cultural dos Povos da Amazonia (CCPA), city of Manaus, Brazil

Who Should Participate? Indigenous and non – indigenous entrepreneurs, Professors & Researchers, governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies, students, and any person interested in sustainable economic development and indigenous entrepreneurship related issues. Students are strongly encouraged to present papers & presentations and attend the conference.

Title: NCAI 5th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum
Forum Date: Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Location: Rapid City, SD

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center is currently inviting researchers, practitioners, tribal members, and organizations conducting research in areas that have or could have real impacts for tribal communities to submit a proposal to make a presentation at the 5th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum. The NCAI Policy Research Center welcomes proposals from all scholars (both Native and non-Native), academic institutions, and organizations. However, proposals from tribal colleges, Native graduate students, and tribal communities are especially encouraged. In addition, those proposals that include student presenters or youth, tribal leaders and citizens, and feature collaborative partnerships are preferred. Both completed and on-going research (with preliminary findings) will be considered.

Research from all disciplines and fields are encouraged, but this year preference will be given to research proposals that address law enforcement/public safety, health care reform, natural resources and energy development, and strategies for strengthening tribal governance.

Title: NASAA's 9th Annual Symposium— Theme: "Indigenous Research and Relationships"
Submission Deadline: March 15, 2010
Conference Dates: April 23, 2010
Location: University of Washington Club Conference Room

Scholars wishing to present at NASAA's 9th Annual Symposium must electronically submit a 250 word (maximum) abstract or summary of their proposed presentation. In addition to the summary, presenters must include:

  • Title of the proposed paper/presentation/piece
  • Name of the presenter(s), tribal affiliations, and college/university or organization
  • Presenters' e-mail address(es)
  • Please indicate your presentation format of choice (oral presentation, poster, or panel) if you are presenting a traditional academic paper.

Poetic submissions should be the actual poem(s). Artistic submissions should include a photograph and description. Musical submissions should describe genre and lyrics as they relate to indigenous relationships.

Title: 9th World Indigenous Women and Wellness Conference
Conference Dates: August 22-25, 2010
Location: Australia

The Larrakia are the Indigenous peoples of Darwin - the northern most capital city of Australia. The Larrakia Nation Aboriginal Corporation is their peak representative body and will proudly host the 9th World Indigenous Women and Wellness Conference in August, 2010. We are now inviting abstract submissions for paper and poster presentations by individuals that are concerned about, or interested in, Indigenous women and wellness.

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Title: Sixth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference
Conference Date(s): April 8-9, 2010
Conference Location: University Center Annex, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke

The purpose of the Southeast Indian Studies Conference is to provide a forum for discussion of the culture, history, art, health and contemporary issues of Native Americans in the Southeast. The conference serves as a critical venue for scholars, students and all persons interested in American Indian Studies in the region.

Keynote Speaker: Karenne Wood

Karenne Wood is an enrolled member of the Monacan Indian Nation and has served on the Monacan Tribal Council. She was recognized with a Ford Pre-doctoral scholarship prior to entering her doctoral studies at the University of Virginia. She is currently a PhD candidate in anthropology at UVA, working to reclaim indigenous languages and revitalize cultural practices.

Title: 2010 National Conference for Native American Charter & Other Self-Determined Schools
Conference Date(s): April 21-22, 2010
Conference Location: Hard Rock Casino & Hotel, Albuquerque
Contact: Alexis Cawley
Phone: 505-842-8203

Native charter schools, language & culture based schools, and other self- determined schools will share best practices and address policy issues in teaching and learning, school finance, facility acquisition, personnel, all while helping others to start Native-based public schools options.

Day One (April 21st): Student attendees will participate in activities at three local Native charter schools. Elders, Teachers, and Administrators will share best practices, address policy issues and serve as role models to tribes and organizations exploring public school options.

Day Two (April 22nd): Elders, Teachers and Administrators observe as Native students share their experiences from their respective schools. Videos about Native charters and other self-determined schools will continuously play in one of the ballrooms.

Title: 28th Annual National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect— “Protecting our Children”
Conference Date(s): April 11-14, 2010
Location: Portland, Oregon

Portland is the home of the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) offices. Several hundred child welfare advocates gather annually to learn, present, network, and support the expansion and improvement of services within their communities.

Following recent public policy reforms, the conference theme “From Opportunity to Reality: Honoring our Dream” highlights tribal realities in obtaining resources for the development of tribal child welfare programs, in order to manage cases and create out-of-home placements with Indian guardians and homes.

Title: Native American Student Advocacy Institute— "Strengthening Connections for Access and Equity in Education"
Conference Date(s): April 19-20, 2010
Location: Albuquerque, NM

Join our community of dedicated educators, professionals, and tribal leaders as we address the challenges that face today's Native American students. At the third annual Native American Student Advocacy Institute, educators from across the country will convene to ensure that Native American issues remain at the forefront of diversity agendas on college campuses.

Title: 2010 NEH Summer Institute: “From Metacom to Tecumseh: Alliances, Conflicts, and Resistance in Native North America, NEH Summer Institute for College & University Teachers”
Institute Date(s): June 14-July 4, 2010
Location: The Newberry Library, Chicago, IL

The Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History invites college and university teachers nationwide to apply for its 2010 NEH summer institute, "From Metacom to Tecumseh: Alliances, Conflicts, and Resistance in Native North America." This 4-week institute will examine the complex and shifting alliances between various Indian nations of North America and European colonists competing for land and political ascendancy in regions east of the Mississippi between the years 1675 and 1815.

Title: 2010 Native American Charter School Conference
Conference Date(s): April 21 & 22, 2010
Location: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Contact: Alicia Griego, Business Membership Coordinator
Phone: 505-842-8203

Native charter schools, language and culture based schools, and other self-determined schools will have an opportunity to share best practices and address policy issues related to teaching and learning, school finance, facility acquisition, personnel, hiring practices, and community based education. Sessions will include hands-on practical advice for helping others to create Native-based public school options.

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Title: Accenture American Indian Scholarship
Deadline: June 1, 2010

The Accenture American Indian Scholarship fund meets a vital need for American Indian and Alaska Native students seeking higher education and requiring financial assistance. Accenture will award three types of scholarships to high-achieving American Indian and Alaska Native students seeking degrees and careers in fields of study including: various engineering, computer science, operations management, finance, marketing and other business oriented fields. In addition to the funding, scholarship recipients are eligible for summer internships with Accenture, as first-year graduate students or junior-year undergraduate students.

  • Accenture Scholars—three undergraduate scholarships, of $20,000 each (each award at $5,000 per year for four years), will be awarded to students pursuing a four-year degree.
  • Accenture Fellows—two graduate scholarships, of $15,000 each (each award at $7,500 per year for two years), will be awarded to students pursuing a master’s or doctorate degree.
  • Finalist Scholarship—Two undergraduate scholarships, of $8,000 each (each award at $2,000 per year for four years) and two graduate scholarships, of $5,000 each (each award at $2,500 per year for two years).

Title: 2010 American Indian College Scholarship
Deadline: September 1, 2010

Dr. Michael Niles, a former assistant professor at Arizona State University and current Project Manager at the OU-Tulsa School of Social work is the founder of the Indigenous Early Intervention Alliance and is offering several scholarships, with one being specifically for Cherokee students. The scholarships are the Keepers of the Fire scholarship, the Edbesendowen scholarship, the MishkoswIn scholarships, and the Ghigau Scholarship.

  • The Keepers of the Fire Scholarship Program awards three (3) $500 scholarships to American Indian students attending a college or university in the United States or Canada or other Indigenous Communities.
  • The Edbesendowen Scholarship Program awards a $300 scholarship to American Indian students attending a college or university in the United States or Canada or other Indigenous Communities.
  • The MishkoswIn Scholarship Program awards a $300 scholarship to American Indian students attending a college or university in the United States or Canada or other Indigenous Communities.
  • The 2010 Ghigau Scholarship Program awards one $500 scholarship to a Cherokee student attending a college or university in the United States, Canada, or other Indigenous community.

Title: Study Abroad in Turkey - Scholarships for Native American, Hispanic & African American Students
Contact: Zeynep Guven, Turkish Coalition of America
Phone: 202-370-1399, ext. 06

The following scholarships and summer student employment opportunities are available for Native students:

  • Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) & Turkey University Scholarships-
  • Istanbul Technical University-
  • Bahcesehir University- a leader in social sciences, offers up to 8 tuition scholarships per semester to Native American, Hispanic and African-American students
  • Turkish Coalition of America (TCA)- provides 100 scholarships that range in amounts between $500 to $2,000 for Native American, Hispanic and African-American students.
  • Ozyegin University Summer Academic Program- Information will be located on TCA's website at a later date. (12-15 students).
  • Short term International Cross-Cultural Experience- Robert College (private high school) in Istanbul hires 25 college student counselors for its summer seven week program for Turkish children ages 9-14 (
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Title: Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship in Native American Studies, Ithaca College
Deadline: Open until fellowships are awarded
Contact: Brooke Hansen, Coordinator, Native American Studies
Phone: 607-274-1735

The School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College announces a Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship in Native American Studies for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Fellowship supports promising scholars who are committed to diversity in the academy in order to better prepare them for tenure track appointments within liberal arts or comprehensive colleges/universities. Successful candidates will show evidence of superior academic achievement, a high degree of promise of continuing achievement as scholars and teachers, a capacity to respond in pedagogically productive ways to the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds, sustained personal engagement with communities that are underrepresented in the academy and an ability to bring this asset to learning, teaching, and scholarship at the college and university level, and a likelihood of using the diversity of human experience as an educational resource in teaching and scholarship. Underrepresented candidates whose exclusion from membership in the American professoriate has been severe and longstanding are strongly encouraged to apply.

We recognize Native American Studies as a broad discipline with many topical and regional specializations and welcome an applicant who could teach courses related to one or more of the following fields, although subject specialization is open: American studies, museum studies, anthropology, cultural resource management, literature, music, environment and legal issues.

Terms of Fellowship: Fellowship is for the academic year (August 16, 2010 to May 31, 2011) and is non-renewable. The fellow will receive a $20,000 stipend, housing or an $8,000 housing allowance, $5,000 in research support, office space, and access to Ithaca College and Cornell University libraries. The fellow will teach one course in the fall semester and one course in the spring semester and be invited to speak about her/his dissertation research in relevant classes and at special events at Ithaca College.

Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Behavioral and Psychological Aspects of Health

The University of Pittsburgh has openings for postdoctoral fellowships supported by National Institutes of Health. Training opportunities concern psychosocial interventions for health behaviors, including weight regulation, physical activity, and smoking; development and genetic underpinnings of psychosocial risk factors; personality, stress, and social processes; role of socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and gender; and sleep as they relate to cardiovascular disease. Program is a mentor-based model with opportunities for formal didactic work in areas relevant to research focus, e.g., statistics, behavior genetics, neuroimaging, and physiological assessment.

Title: Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) Journalism Fellowship

NAPT is pleased to offer two journalism fellowships to undergraduate or graduate students. With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the purpose of the fellowships is to increase the quantity and quality of multimedia reporting on Native news available to Public Radio and Television audiences, and other news outlets. Kevin Abourezk (Oglala), a reporter at the Lincoln Journal Star (Lee Enterprises), will provide direction and mentorship for the fellows. Fellows may office in Lincoln, Nebraska, if desired-at either the newspaper or the NAPT headquarters. If the Lincoln location is not possible, we will work with finalists in finding a local office partner in their present location.

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Title: The University of Washington Nurse Camp 2010
Dates: July 12-16, 2010
Deadline: April 15, 2010

Are you currently a high school sophomore or junior interested in learning what the nursing field is all about? Do you want to know how to prepare for admission into nursing school? Apply to participate in the University of Washington School of Nursing and University of Washington Medical Center's Nurse Camp 2010! This FREE week-long camp is geared toward increasing access and opportunities in nursing to minority and low-income high school sophomores and juniors. In camp, you will have the following opportunities:

  • Shadow nurses at UWMC in various different units
  • Get your CPR certification!
  • Learn how to prepare for college and how to prepare to get into nursing school
  • Have a chance to learn in the School of Nursing Learning Lab!
  • Connect with nurses, students and faculty at UW, your future mentors

Title: SAPAI 2010 Summer Writing Retreat and Tribal College Faculty Preparation Training
Dates: June 14 – July 23
Tentative Location: The University of Montana, Missoula

Student to Academic Professoriate for American Indians (SAPAI) is a project funded by the National Science Foundation to increase the rates of degree completion for American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) graduate students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). It also aims to increase the representation of AIAN scholars in STEM faculties at Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
We are currently recruiting participants for the 2010 SAPAI Writing Retreat and Faculty Preparation Workshops. Please forward this information on these amazing and unique opportunities to students who may be interested.

This six week writing workshop will focus on bolstering critical scientific composition skills while providing guidance in drafting graduate theses and dissertations. Some key workshop elements will include; getting started with your writing, technical writing strategies, applying effective literature reviews, getting into the writing ‘zone’, effectively using your graduate committee, and utilizing constructive formal and informal peer review resources.

Title: "Grant Writing for Indigenous Languages" Handbook, The Endangered Language Fund

The Endangered Language Fund is pleased to announce the availability of the handbook entitled "Grant Writing for Indigenous Languages," by Ofelia Zepeda and Susan Penfield. It is aimed primarily at U.S. tribes seeking U.S. funds. Please feel free to make use of this document, within limits of the copyright retained by the Arizona Board of Regents on behalf of the University of Arizona. The manual can be found at:

Title: Summer Youth Leadership Challenge, Haskell Indian Nations University Challenge
Deadline: March 15, 2010 (2nd round)
Dates: June 6-12, 2010
Contact: Freda Gipp
Phone: 785-749-8407

The Summer Youth Leadership Challenge is a week long residential summer program which provides an array of educational activities and events for the students participating in the event. The Leadership Challenge was launched by the leadership of BIE in 2009 to encourage and support the youth to facilitate and stimulate a desire in students to undertake their role as leaders in their community. The format will include presentations by tribal leaders, university officials, and other experts in the fields of health, education, and leadership and based upon a curriculum that will engage students on the historical, political, legal and social development of tribal governments. Additional activities that enhance knowledge and promote problem solving skills will be integrated into the program.

The BIE SYLC program is open to students who are members of federally recognized tribes who will be in grades 9-12 during the 2010-2011 academic year. There is no cost to attend and students will be responsible for their travel to the host site. Materials must be mailed in one envelope; no faxes are accepted. Applications may be accepted until May 1 (on a space available basis); please contact the office after May 1 to find out if spaces are open.

Title: Upcoming Powwows

March 13- Dighton Intertribal Council Potluck Social, Dighton Council Hall, 1111 Somerset Ave., Dighton, MA 5PM. Contact: 508-880-6887.
March 13- Nipmucks of Chaubunagungamaug Melting Moon Potluck, United Church of Christ, Church St, Webster, MA. Contact: 508-867-7958.
March 16- MCNAA evening Pow Wow, Multi-purpose Room, Wheelock College, Boston, MA. Contact: 617-642-1683 or
March 20- Dighton Intertribal Council Powwow, 111 Honorable Gordon Owen Riverway, Taunton, MA. Contact: 508-880-6887.
April 3- Laconia Indian Historical Association Powwow, Memorial Middle School, 150 McGrath St, Laconia, NH. Contact: 603-934-5338.
April 10- Dighton Intertribal Council Fundraiser, Potluck & Social, Dighton Council Hall, 1111 Somerset Avenue, Dighton, MA. Contact: 508-880-6887.

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