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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)

HUNAPFACEBOOK: Current campus culture. Includes news, events, and announcements about what is happening on the Harvard Campus.

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Up to date announcements for scholarships, fellowships, conferences and employment opportunities from across Indian Country.

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Title: Golondrinas de las Americas
Deadline: Rolling
Contact: Lori Sonken
Phone: (607) 254-4266

We are a network of biologists studying swallows in the genus Tachycineta from Argentina to northern Canada. Founded by Cornell University professor David Winkler and supported by the National Science Foundation, the Golondrinas de las Americas project trains students to study the breeding biology and behavior of this closely related group of swallows in North, Central and South America. Using standardized protocols, students conduct field work, keep field records, maintain nest boxes and search for swallows. The internship lasts approximately two and one half to four months. Travel and living expenses as well as a small stipend are provided.

Required Qualifications: 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 required. To apply for the internship, send a cover letter, C.V. or resume and contact information for two professional references to Caren Cooper at

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Title: Ninth Native American Symposium and Film Festival: “Where No One Else Has Gone Before”
Proposal Deadline: June 25, 2011
Conference dates: November 2-4, 2011

Keynote Speaker Henrietta Mann

Papers are invited for the Ninth Native American Symposium to be held November 2-4, 2011 at Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, Oklahoma. The symposium theme this year will celebrate the uncharted but hopeful future of Native America today. Papers, presentations, panel sessions, creative projects, and films on all aspects of Native American life and studies are welcome, including but not limited to history, literature, law, medicine, education, religion, politics, social science, and the fine arts. The keynote banquet speaker will be the distinguished Cheyenne educator and scholar Dr. Henrietta Mann. All papers presented at the symposium will be eligible for inclusion in the volume of published proceedings, which will also be posted on our website at

Send abstracts of no more than 250 words by June 25, 2011 in either electronic (preferred) or hard-copy form to Dr. Mark B. Spencer, Department of English, Humanities, and Languages, Box 4121, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK 74701-0609,

Title: The Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies: Graduate Student Conference
Conference Dates: July 29-30, 2011
Location: The Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois
Call for paper deadline: June 1, 2011.

Graduate students from NCAIS member institutions are invited to present papers in any academic field relating to American Indian and Indigenous Studies. We encourage the submission of proposals for papers that examine a wide variety of subjects relating to American Indian and Indigenous history and culture broadly conceived.

The conference will take place in conjunction with the NCAIS summer institute on July 29-30, 2011. NCAIS faculty liaisons in attendance have agreed to provide feedback on individual presentations relevant to their expertise. First-time presenters are encouraged.

To propose a paper, please send up to one-page proposal, a statement explaining the relationship of the paper to your other work, and a brief C.V. to The deadline for submission is June 1, 2011

If you are interested in proposing a paper and have questions, please contact conference coordinator and Director of the McNickle Center, Dr. Scott Manning Stevens at

NCAIS is unable to provide funds for travel or lodging, but can assist in locating discounted accommodations. If you would like to receive announcements and updates about NCAIS programs or to subscribe to the NCAIS mailing list, send an email request to or call McNickle Center at (312) 255-3564.

Title: Art: Issue 6 'The Resurgence of Indigenous Women's Knowledge and Resistance in Relation to Land and Territoriality: Transnational and Interdisciplinary Perspectives'
Deadline for call: June 15th, 2011

This guest-edited issue of Intensions examines the transformative effects of dissent, resistance, mobilization and social change after five centuries of Indigenous political engagement and corporeal interaction with the Empire. We welcome submissions that explore how Indigenous women engage with territory, relate to land and its gifts as well as submissions that interrogate the manifestations of colonial structures, policies, and controls over territory in all settings inclusive of the urban environment.

Scholar Sandy Grande reflected critically on "inherent tensions between the feminist and indigenous political projects" that arise from the Conventional focus of 'whitestream' feminism on individual rights and gender equality in the marketplace (Grande 2004, 150-151). As Grande argues, the individualism of this perspective lacks crucial insight into the multigenerational effects of territorial and cultural dispossession on indigenous women and their families and communities. If, as Dian Million determined Euro-Canadian and American feminism "successfully reordered the political significance of familial 'privacy'" . . . and further determined that "private" acts were Political these campaigns did not "immediately empower Native women." However, the conception of private as political has been effectively reframed by Indigenous women who use "strategies and languages that located them within the heart of their own experiences" (Million, AIQ June 2008, 269).

This issue of Intensions anticipates innovative and nuanced insights regarding past and present resistance, activism and revitalization of Indigenous women's relations to territory. The editors seek a diverse range of interdisciplinary and transnational submissions including fiction, poetry, storytelling, theatre, historical and cultural critical analysis, oral interviews, and visual art-including digital projects (audio, video, animation, web-based), body work, spoken word, performance, and site-specific installation.

Guest co-editors: Wanda Nanibush, Leanne Simpson, Carol Williams

Please send copies of submissions to all three editors: Leanne Simpson
(, Carol Williams (,
And Wanda Nanibush (

Style and submission guidelines can be accessed and downloaded at

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Title: Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference
Deadline to Apply: September 30,2011.
Dates: June 1-15, 2012

The Canadian Leadership Conference occurs only once every four years, and brings together 230 promising leaders from Canada’s business, labour, government, Aboriginal, arts and NGO communities for two weeks from June 1 – 15, 2012.

All members share one thing: they are high potential individuals selected on the basis they are expected to achieve senior leadership positions in their organizations and communities within 10 years. The Conference attracts exceptional speakers from Canada and around the world. In the 2004 and 2008 conferences, participants were privileged to hear speakers such as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu; National Chief Phil Fontaine; Sheila Watt-Cloutier; Bernard Kouchner; Nobel Peace Prize-winning founder of Doctors Without Borders; His Highness the Aga Khan; Indra Nooyi, now CEO of Pepsico; Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté; and Canadian Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.

The Conference theme in 2012 is Leadership and Sustainable Communities. The Conference will use a variety of experiences to explore the changing nature of communities, social engagement, citizenship, education, and belonging. Deadline is September 30, 2011.

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Tribal Title IV-E Plan Development Grants HHS-2011-ACF-ACYF-CS-0174

Please note that changes (e.g., eligibility, estimated number of awards, maximum funding level, match requirement, etc.) may occur between the time forecasts are posted to HHS Grants Forecast and FOAs are published in ACF Funding Opportunities. If this is the case, the published FOA is the final word.

If you have questions, please call the CB Operations Center at 1-866-796-1591.

Title: Christopher B. Duro Fellowship
Deadline: June 30th, 2011

The Christopher B. Duro Fellowship is a merit and need based fellowship for Native students pursuing graduate study to help the advancement of Native communities. Students who are chosen to be Duro Fellows will be eligible for up to $25,000 per year, based on need and will be required to perform community service hours with the Southern California Tribal Education Institute and publish a scholarly article. Preference will be given to first-generation Native graduate students.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed!

Contact Information: Christopher B. Duro Fellowship Coordinator -
Notification of Awards: August 2011

Title: Grants to Tribes, Tribal Organizations and Migrant Programs for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention Programs
Deadline: July 5, 2011

The primary purpose of this funding opportunity announcement is to provide financial support to selected Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Migrant Programs for child abuse prevention programs and activities that are consistent with the goals outlined by Title II of Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act. This legislation specifies that one percent of the available funding from Title II will be reserved to fund Tribes, Tribal Organizations and Migrant Programs. The goal of the programs and activities supported by these funds is to prevent the occurrence or recurrence of abuse or neglect within the Tribal and Migrant populations. The funds must support more effective and comprehensive child abuse prevention activities and family support services, including an emphasis on strengthening family life and reaching out to include fathers, that will enhance the lives and ensure the safety and well-being of Migrant and Native American children and their families. Some examples of programs that may be funded include, but are not limited to, voluntary home visiting, respite care, parenting education, mutual support, family resource centers, marriage education, and other family support services. Applicants are strongly encouraged to implement evidence-based and evidence-informed programs and practices. The funds must also be used to support an evaluation of the programs and services funded by the grant. Finally, programs funded should develop stronger linkages with the Community-based Child Abuse Prevention Program (CBCAP) State Lead Agency funded under Title II of CAPTA.
It is anticipated that three grants (one each to a Tribe, a Tribal Organization, and a Migrant Program) will be funded under this announcement for $138,963 per grantee for FY 2011. This amount reflects the maximum Federal share of this project not exceeding one-third (1/3) of one percent (1%) of the Federal appropriation for Title II for each 12-month budget period.

Turkish Coalition of America (TCA) is a Washington, DC-based educational nonprofit organization that seeks to foster a better understanding of US-Turkish relations and Turkish Americans. In partial fulfillment of our mission, we have been administering a scholarship program for Native American, African American and Hispanic American students to study abroad in Turkey since 2008. We have funding to support up to 100 Native American, African American and Hispanic American students per calendar year. Since the inception of the program, we have seen a steady increase in the number of applications that reached 70 in 2010. We have so far awarded 100 students scholarships.

TCA’s efforts to build educational bridges between Turkey and US have lead to Turkish universities to offer their own scholarship programs. Bahcesehir University in Istanbul – a private, social-sciences focused university – offers up to 8 tuition scholarships to African American, Hispanic American and Native American students on a first-come, first-served basis. Eligible students who are admitted to Bahcesehir can receive a 2,000 USD scholarship from TCA.

Istanbul Technical University (ITU), Turkey’s oldest university and a leader in engineering, has announced a comprehensive scholarship program (tuition, room, monthly stipend) exclusively for Native American students. ITU will award 10 students per semester, who can also receive a 2,000 USD scholarship from TCA.

Finally, Ozyegin University (OzU) - a private university also based in Istanbul – has been administering an excellent 4-week summer program. While OzU doesn’t have a scholarship program for students, the Honorary Representative of the Hopi Tribe to Turkey (appointed due to TCA’s efforts), has agreed to provide 2 Native American students 2,500 USD scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis.

TCA scholarship applications are accepted on a rolling basis. For more information on the scholarships, please kindly visit us at

Of the 100 scholarship recipients TCA has helped sponsor over the past 3 years, only 7 have been Native Americans. We sincerely hope that you will inform Native American students at Harvard about these opportunities in Turkey.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Zeynep Guven
Project Manager
Turkish Coalition of America
1025 Connecticut Avenue, NW | Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20036
P. 202-370-1399 ext. 06

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Title: Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship Program
Location: Ithaca College (Cayuga Nation)

The School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College announces a Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship for 2011-12. 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.

As part of Ithaca College’s commitment to diversity we are launching the second year of our Pre-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship Program. We especially seek representation of Native American issues and perspectives that could emanate from many disciplines but that could be housed in Anthropology, Communication Studies, Education, English, History, Religion, and Sociology. There are a number of diversity related minors and programs the successful candidate could also interface with, including Native American Studies. Graduate students with specializations in a broad range of anthropological fields would also fit with our interests. Please forward the enclosed announcement to qualified doctoral candidates who would benefit from the opportunity to teach and hone professional skills in an excellent liberal arts college in the heart of the Finger Lakes of Central New York. Ithaca College is located in the Cayuga Nation homeland and recent revitalization projects have brought the Cayuga home after a 200 year hiatus from their ancestral homeland. These exciting developments and the proximity of the Onondaga and Seneca Nations of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy would offer informative perspectives to complement the applicant’s area of study.

Interested individuals should apply online at, and submit a C.V./Resume, a cover letter, a list of references and a transcript. Questions about the online application should be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607)274-8000. Screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

For details about the terms of the fellowship, please contact:

Brooke Hansen
Department of Anthropology
Coordinator, Native American Studies
Ithaca College

Title: AIGC Fellowship
Deadline: June 1, 2011

AIGC Fellowship program requirements:
Pursuing a master, doctoral or professional degree as a full-time student at an accredited graduate school in the United States and;
Able to demonstrate financial need and;
An enrolled member of a U.S. Federally recognized American Indian tribe or Alaska Native group, or possess one fourth (1/4) degree U.S. federally recognized Indian blood.
You do not have to be admitted into a graduate degree program at the time of application.

Title: Summer 2011 Paid Research Internship

The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma Office of Tribal Research is looking for a motivated, enthusiastic college student to assist with research work over the summer. If you don't have any summer plans, want to gain valuable experience to add to your resume and would like to make some extra spending money this might be just for you! This opportunity will include:
-Research related to economics, education, information technology, and social sciences
-Processing information for data warehouse
-Field research, interviews, and focus groups

If interested, send your resume, transcript, and one letter of recommendation from a University faculty member to:

Jake Dolezal
Director of Tribal Research
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
E-mail: (preferred)

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1210
Durant, OK 74702

Workload may be less than full-time with negotiable hours during the normal business week. Intern will be paid as a consultant and not an employee of the Tribe. No benefits or guarantee of future employment with the Tribe will be offered. Preference may be given to Native Americans and/or members of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Title: Field Research Opportunity

Please help us find tribal members who are enrolled in post-secondary degree programs and have interests in cultural or biophysical heritage, broadly defined. We need their participation in the White Mountain Apache – University of Arizona Western Apache Ethnography and GIS Field School. Successful applicants receive a $500/week stipend for the six-week program, as well as UA credit.

In partnership with the White Mountain Apache Tribe, the University of Arizona hosts the Western Apache Ethnography and Geographic Information Systems Research Experience for Undergraduates each summer, 2010-2012. A National Science Foundation-supported REU Site, this field school introduces undergraduate students to ethnographic field research and to the use of Geographic Information Systems in the analysis and interpretation of ethnographic data. Participants engage in community-based participatory research, working with Western Apache elders, tribal natural resource managers, and heritage program personnel to contribute to the Western Apache tribes’ efforts to document cultural histories, traditional and local ecological and geographic knowledge, and issues of historic and contemporary resource management. Students’ final projects provide content that will be included in a Western Apache cultural and historical atlas.

Title: All-expense paid Summer Institute in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology

Location: Washington University in St Louis, School of Medicine.
Dates: July 13-August 3, 2011.
Deadline: Rolling admissions until all slots are filled.

All-expense paid Summer Institute in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology at Washington University in St Louis, School of Medicine. The dates for the first summer are July 13-August 3, 2011. We are accepting applications now with a rolling admissions until all slots are filled.

Our Program to Increase Diversity Among Individuals in Health-Related Research (PRIDE) is an all-expense-paid research training opportunity sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). This mentored program will address the difficulties experienced by junior investigators in establishing independent research programs and negotiating through the academic ranks. The desired outcome is to improve the recruitment and retention of faculty from disabled and underrepresented minority groups in the study of heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.

The all-expense-paid program brings participants to the University for 3-week sessions during two consecutive summers, with a short mid-year visit and an Annual Workshop/Conference for all PRIDE Mentees and Mentors across 6 programs and the NHLBI. The PRIDE program provides mentor-mentee partnerships with matching based on common research interests. The mentors are experienced in research and grant writing and will offer long-term collaborations. The didactic curriculum's involve faculty and mentors from multiple disciplines with various levels of hands-on training. Special emphasis is placed on developing grantsmanship skills, with mentors assisting mentees one-on-one to develop specific research projects and improve long-term fundability. NHLBI scientific program staff will provide a grants workshop to assist mentees with project focus and to identify viable funding sources to promote a sustainable independent research program for career advancement.

For additional details about the PRIDE Program visit:
A brochure and poster may be found at:

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Title: Journey of the Universe Film Showing
Date: Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 6:30PM

For World Environment Day Hosted by United Nations Environment Programme, United Nations
North Lawn Building, Conference Rm 3, New York, NY
Entrance: UN Public Entrance; 1st Avenue between 45th and 46th street
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Please send your name and affiliation to: <>

For more information on Journey of the Universe, visit:
Title: Northwest Indian Language Institute: 2011 Summer Institute at the University of Oregon
Dates: June 20 - July 1, 2011

“Sharing Stories”
We invite you to join us for the 14th year of the NILI Summer Institute. This year we will be “Sharing Stories” and working together to create materials for teachers to take back to their communities for their students. Please be sure to check the NILI website for registration and scholarship information.
The NILI website can be found at:
Tuition and materials for the 2011 Summer Institute: $1,550.00*
*Cost of housing not included

If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to email us at or call us at (541) 346-0730.

NILI Summer Institute 2011 Courses
Indigenous Language Revitalization Issues and Human Rights (Michelle Jacob)
Linguistic Courses: Linguistics of Northwest Native Languages ( Janne Underriner); Intermediate Linguistics (Scott DeLancey); Sahaptin Linguistics (Joana Jansen )
Language Courses: Chinuk Wawa ( Tony Johnson); Sahaptin I & II ( Virginia Beavert/Roger Jacob/Greg Sutterlict); Lushootseed ( Zalmai “Zeke” Zahir); Tolowa (Me’-lash-ne Bommelyn)
Teaching Methods/Curriculum Courses: Teaching Methods for Native Languages: Strategies for Teaching Stories (Judith Fernandes/Janne Underriner)
Materials Development Courses: Materials Development: (a) Intro to Materials (Judith Fernandes); (b) Multimedia Materials I (Racquel Yamada); (c) Multimedia Materials II (Robert Elliott)


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