Canku Ota


(Many Paths)


AN Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


March 10, 2001 - Issue 31






Please visit these websites for Scholarship and Fellowship information.


  • Black Enterprise
  • Black Excel-
  • US Department of Education:
  • OCA page
  • high school seniors go to and complete the student profile for scholarships


For a complete description of the Administrative Fellowship Program at Harvard, please visit

The Harvard University Native American Program currently has a one year appointment opening for an Administrative Fellow. Harvard University's Administrative Fellowship Program seeks to attract more ethnic minorities to administrative careers in higher education. To this end, the Administrative Fellowship Program offers a twelve-month management experience complemented by a professional development program. AFP is a program designed for mid-career professionals with at least 5 years work experience.

The Program provides participants with opportunities to broaden their experience through working in an academic environment as a mid-level administrator. The Program seeks to enrich and diversify the Harvard community by bringing talented professionals to Cambridge.

The Program is in its twelfth year of operation and will draw Fellows from business, government, education, and the professions. Each participant will receive a salary from Harvard University. All costs for the required educational seminar will be covered by Harvard University. Participants must secure and cover the cost of their housing.

The 2001-2002 Program will begin in September. Fellows are strongly urged to obtain leaves of absence from their current jobs. While the University will make every effort to place successful participants, there is no guarantee of permanent Harvard employment upon completion of the Program.

Fellows will participate in a seminar series in addition to a full-time work assignment. Seminars, lectures, and case studies have been designed to enhance management and administrative skills and to assist in self-assessment and development. The overall goal of the education program is to encourage Fellows to assess their own career development and to generate strategies for advancement.

Applicants must have a bachelors degree and at least five years of work experience. The evaluation of applications will be based on professional and academic achievement, a written statement of purpose, and three letters of recommendation. The final selection of Fellows will be based on interviews with the sponsoring Harvard schools and departments and suitability for the Program.

Please visit and read the section on FAQ's before requesting an application. To receive a copy of the application in PDF format, please download AFP 2001-02 Application from this website.

For more information, write or call: Harvard University, Office of the Assistant to The President, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue Holyoke Center, Room 935 Cambridge, MA 02138 Telephone: (617) 495-8919. When applying, please specify your interest in the Native American Program at Harvard.

University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Department of Psychology:
Director, Indians into Psychology (INPSYCH) Program.

Three anticipated positions at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Department of Psychology:
Director, Indians into Psychology (INPSYCH) Program. We are seeking a tenure track Assistant Professor to Full Professor to lead the development of a program to increase the numbers of Alaska Natives entering and graduating from undergraduate and graduate programs in psychology. The person will join a faculty with a history of commitment to indigenous students and participatory research with American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Duties will be to:

  • (1) develop and lead the INPSYCH Program, including recruitment and retention of Alaska Native students, grant writing, and serving as liaison with schools, UAF College of Rural Alaska campuses, Alaska Native communities, tribal entities, and corporations;
  • (2) teach one course per semester;
  • (3) develop a program of research in collaboration with Alaska Native communities.

Doctoral degree in Psychology or related field with significant experience with Alaska Native, American Indian, or Canadian First Nations cultures is required. ABDs will be considered.

Two term-funded positions at the Assistant Professor level. Positions will be filled and renewable annually contingent upon funding. Typical duties include teaching five to six courses per academic year, research, and service. Doctoral degree in Psychology or related field is required; ABDs will be considered.

Candidates with the ability to teach in more than one of the following areas are sought:

  • (1) graduate courses, including community psychology, program evaluation, prevention, counseling, psychotherapy, and psychological assessment;
  • (2) undergraduate courses, including personality, abnormal, developmental, community, and social psychology.

Opportunities also exist to teach additional courses in areas of specialization. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong background in quantitative methods or in interventions with children, rural, or multicultural populations.

  • Send a UAF Employment Application (at least page one, completed in full and signed and dated; an application can be downloaded from ;
  • a letter of application outlining background and interests; a vita;
  • and three letters of recommendation, including phone numbers and email addresses of recommenders, to:

Search Committee, Department of Psychology, Box 756480, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK 99775-6480. Screening will begin on April 2, 2001, and will continue until the positions are filled. Additional information can be found through our web site at The University of Alaska Fairbanks is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and Educational Institution.

Summer 2001 Cultural Heritage Internship

The Cultural Heritage and Education Institute (CHEI) is a non-profit organization located in Fairbanks, Alaska dedicated to preserving the Athabascan way of life and sharing it with others. The Old Minto cultural heritage camp is a rural traditional working fish camp located along the Tanana River in the Minto Flats State Game Refuge. The intern will work under the direct guidance of the Executive Director, an Athabascan Elder. The intern will learn all aspects of CHEI's cultural heritage projects. This position will be varied depending on the current activities of CHEI and range from providing assistance during the cultural heritage camps to coordinating with Cultural Atlas staff, and research, writing, and some office duties. Blocks of time will be spent at the heritage camp in Old Minto, ranging from a few days to a couple of weeks. This position will also be responsible for helping with projects, activities, and grant writing reporting processes as well as handling the occasional out of office errands.


  • Undergraduate & graduate college students currently enrolled in an accredited college in the USA;
  • Interest in cultural heritage and the Athabascan culture; Ability to work well with others of various cultural backgrounds and ages; Willingness to live and work in the outdoors.
  • Excellent written and communication skills, particularly business grammar and vocabulary; Some work experience in an office or other similar position; Strong computer skills including Windows, Word, Excel, email, and web design skills desired;
  • Valid Driver's License.

Monthly stipend and college credit. In Old Minto, room (tent living) and board provided.

Interested applicants should submit cover letter, resume, and three personal references to:
Mr. Robert Charlie, Executive Director, Cultural Heritage and Education Institute
P.O. Box 73030; Fairbanks, AK 99707

Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa Community Colleges are a fast-growing lifelong learning system with great facilities, full benefits and glorious weather. Job opportunities exist in faculty, management, technology, support staff, facilities, custodial, and other areas.

All employment opportunities are posted online at, and for public view at the District Office, Room 226, 2411 W. 14th Street, Tempe, AZ 85281or 480-731-8444.
Applications are required.

The Maricopa Community Colleges are located in the Phoenix, Arizona Metropolitan area. MCCCD is an affirmative action and equal employment opportunity employer.

American Indian Student Services
Req. # M29604
Closing date:

The Director of American Indian Student Services serves on the staff of the Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs and is charged with developing and administering the functions of the American Indian Student Services Center. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the planning, organizing, implementation and coordination of services/budget for American Indian students while acknowledging the University's commitment to the concept of cultural pluralism and
cultural diversity.

Bachelor's Degree in a Related Administrative, Business, Liberal Arts, or Social Sciences Discipline. Three to five years experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.

Knowledge of student support programs and services. Knowledge of community support services and funding agencies. Program planning and implementation skills. Skill in examining and re-engineering operations and procedures, formulating policy, and developing and implementing new strategies and procedures. Ability to develop, plan, and implement short- and long-range goals. Knowledge of organizational structure, workflow
, and operating procedures. Knowledge of faculty and/or staff hiring procedures. Ability to supervise and train assigned staff including organizing, prioritizing, and scheduling work assignments. Ability to foster a cooperative environment. Employee development and performance management skills. Knowledge of financial/business analysis techniques. Skill in budget preparation and management. Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. Ability to develop and deliver presentations. Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart information to a range of clientele and/or media sources. Ability to identify and secure alternative funding/revenue sources.

Master's Degree in Student Personnel Administration, Counseling, Educational Indian Administration or related field. Recent extensive (preferably 5+ yrs.) experience in the advising and counseling of American Indian students in a university setting. Progressive administrative responsibilities/experience in higher education, including human resources and budget management. Excellent interpersonal relations skills and demonstrated communication skills (verbal and writtten). Demonstrated success in developing and managing student programs. Related experience in an American Indian Student Services Center, in positions/capacity which relates to the Division of Student Affairs and to its philosophy of student development. Experience setting multiple work priorities to achieve stated goals in an American Indian Student Services Center. Experience with multicultural and diverse student populations. Demonstrated community involvement. Supervisory experience.


Plans, implements, and directs programs, policies, and services for American Indian undergraduate and graduate students. Establishes and implements short- and long-range departmental goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures; monitors and evaluates program effectiveness; effects changes required for improvement. Designs, establishes, and maintains an organizational structure and staffing to effectively accomplish the organization's goals and objectives; recruits, employs, trains, supervises, and evaluates unit staff. Develops and manages annual budgets for the organization and performs periodic cost and productivity analyses. Oversees the overall operations of unit(s) reporting to this position. Represents the university to various institutional divisions as well as externally to media, government agencies, funding agencies, students and their parents, and/or the general public. Recommends, participates in the development of, and establishes university policies and procedures; may serve on university planning and policy-making committees. Plans, develops, and implements strategies for generating resources and/or revenues for the department. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Basic Annual Safety Training, Supervisor's Safety Training. Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment. No or very limited physical effort required. No or very limited exposure to physical risk. Must be legally authorized to work in the USA. Must be at least 18 years of age at the date of hire.

To be considered send a completed application and/or resume with a compelling cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications specified in the Job Vacancy Announcement to:

Sandra Barela, Search Coordinator,
Office of the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs,
Mesa Vista Hall, Room 3047,

University of New Mexico,
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131.

Employment documents must be received no later than 5:00PM on 3/12/2001.

You may pick up the Job Vacancy Announcement and application at:
1717 Roma NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131.

For a complete job vacancy please visit: Indicate Req. # 29604 and job title on the application and/or resume with cover letter.

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and Educator


The Tribal Resource Institute in Business, Engineering, and Science (TRIBES), a summer program for high school graduates on their way to college or post secondary education sponsored by the Council of Energy Resource Tribes (CERT), is now accepting applications for the 2001 program. Thirty American Indian students from across the nation and Canada will be selected to attend the University of New Mexico for six weeks and can earn up to nine transferable college credits in math, writing, and Native American studies. In this residential program, students take the three courses, learn about how to succeed in college, and participate in a number of field-trips and activities designed to enhance their awareness of Native communities' social, cultural, political, and environmental issues. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible for a $1000 scholarship for five years of college or post-secondary study.

Dates of the program: June 14-July 27, 2001

Location: University of New Mexico in Albuquerque

Contact Info:

TRIBES Program,
University of New Mexico,
Attn: Native American Programs,
Office of the Provost,
Scholes Hall, Room 225,
Albuquerque, NM 87131
tel. 505-277-5725
fax 505-277-0228

TO APPLY: write, call, or email [email protected] for an application packet, which includes the application form, a personal statement, and three letters of recommendation.

DEADLINE: Applications must be received by
May 4, 2001


The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and Howard University have launched this program create opportunities for minority students in health policy. The program provides 10 talented college students from underprivileged backgrounds the opportunity to work in Washington, DC for 9 weeks in a congressional office with major health policy responsibilities. The Scholars will gain exposure to health policy issues and firsthand understanding of how the federal government works. Seminars, lectures, and field trips will augment the work experiences of the Scholars.

Please visit the following web site for more information: (Students can apply on-line) or, if you have any questions or would like more information, contact Jomo Kassaye at [email protected]

(Project Manager)

ONABEN, located in Tigard, Oregon (a provider of business development training and technical assistance to Native Americans) is looking for an all-around project management person with strong communication skills.

The Utility Infielder provides administrative, program, and marketing support to the ONABEN core management team. The infielder will participate in the design development process for programs, projects, and then work with the individual team member to implement the program or project.

Please contact [email protected]g for a complete description or fax resumes to 503-968-1548

Coordinator, NAGPRA and Native American Relations

Job Title: Coordinator, NAGPRA and Native American Relations
Job Type: Academic
Department: NAGPRA & Native American Relations -
Phoebe Hearst Museum of Anthropology
Closing Date

Coordinator, NAGPRA and Native American Relations - Vice Chancellor for Research Office- University of California, Berkeley - Reporting to the Vice Chancellor for Research, and in coordination with the Phoebe

Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the coordinator is responsible for compliance with legal mandates relating to North American Indian collections, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act assessment of the collections, consultation with tribal groups, and responding to repatriation claims. Develop partnerships with California tribal groups. Solicit extramural funding. Supervise professional staff.

Complete job description at:

Advanced degree in anthropology/archaeology (Ph.D. in California archaeology or ethnography preferred). Museum experience with archaeological and ethnographic collections. Experience with Native American traditions and contacts with tribal groups. Knowledgeable about NAGPRA law and NPS regulations. History of grant awards. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Supervisory experience.

How to Apply: Closing date April 2, 2001. Review of resumes begins April 3, 2001.

Salary: $51,408 - 71,232. Appointment dates: July 1, 2001 June 30, 2002 renewable annually.

Send cover letter, c.v., and list of references to:

NAGPRA Coordinator Search Committee,
Vice Chancellor for Research,
119 California Hall,
Berkeley, CA 94720-1500.

Catching the Dream

CATCHING THE DREAM is now in the process of receiving scholarship applications for the Year 2001 Summer and Fall semesters. All CTD scholarships are based on merit.

Catching the Dream (CTD) announced that the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in Prior Lake, Minnesota has given CTD $10,000 for the continuation of its MESBEC Program. CTD's MESBEC Program funds high achieving Native American Indian students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of:


Scholarship Application DEADLINES are MARCH 15, 2001 for Summer semester and APRIL 15, 2001 for the Fall Semester

To request a scholarship application, call (505) 262-2351 or write to:

Catching the Dream
8200 Mountain Road N.E., Suite 203
Albuquerque, NM 87110

Applications may also be requested through CRD's email address: [email protected]

Students wishing to apply must:

  • Show proof of one-quarter or more Native American blood
  • Submit certification of tribal enrollment
  • Attend an accredited institution of higher learning
  • Show above-average grades and ACT or SAT scores

Water Resource Manager

An Indian, non-profit organization located in Rapid City, South Dakota, is seeking a full-time Water Resource Manager. Tribal employment experience is preferred.

The successful applicant must possess: a Masters degree (Doctorate preferred) in hydrology or a related field; experience with tribal water rights and working with tribal governments; experience in utilizing hydrology, watershed management, water quality, and environmental policies; familiarity with water treatment systems; supervisory experience in team problem solving; skills in teaching, writing (e.g., technical reports), and communicating for a variety of audiences; experience in program development and submission of programs to various funding agencies; strong personal commitment to train and transfer technical skills to Tribes; computer literacy, and availability to travel occasionally.

Indian Preference will be applied to this position and applications should include a certificate of Indian Blood, if claiming Indian Preference. The position will remain open until a candidate who meets the position requirements is hired. Interested applicants should submit a resume', transcripts, and three employment references to:

Mni Sose Intertribal Water Rights Coalition,
PO Box 2890,
Rapid City,
South Dakota, 57709,
by the close of business on
March 28, 2001.

Phone: 605-343-6054
Fax: 605-343-4722
E-mail: [email protected]

National Diabetes Prevention Center

The National Diabetes Prevention Center is recruiting for two positions, Nurse Clinical Trial Coordinator which has been reposted and a Field Research Tech/ Life Sci to work on the following research project "Diabetes Control Using Pharmacy Based Intervention." The objective of this study is to determine if a
pharmacy-based diabetes management program will improve glucose control in a Native American population as compared to the usual care. The Project Principal Investigator is Charlene Avery, M.D. who is the Clinical Coordinator for the Gallup Indian Medical Center Diabetes Program and the Co PI is Joe Anderson, Pharm D who is a professor at the Health Sciences Center College of Pharmacy in Albuquerque, New Mexico. These positions are University of New Mexico positions and the duty station will be at the Gallup Indian Medical Center in Gallup, New Mexico.

The positions are posted on the UNM web-site at under Jobs, Job Openings, and Job Opportunities and then click on the appropriate title.

For further information, please contact Selina Keryte or Dr. Avery.

Selina Keryte
National Diabetes Prevention Center,
214 Nizhoni Blvd
Gallup, NM 87301

e-mail: [email protected]
(505) 863-0166
(505) 863-0172 fax

The Fourth Annual Yale Native American Studies Conference Honors Writing
New Haven, Connecticut
March 23-24, 2001

The fourth annual Yale Native American Studies conference will be held March 23rd and 24th at the Whitney Humanities Center, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, and Sudler auditorium in William L. Harkness Hall. Organized by Jace Weaver, associate professor of American studies, religious studies and law at Yale, the conference takes up a different theme each year. This year's conference explores Native American literary and artistic traditions.

In addition to addresses by Gerald Vizenor and Joy Harjo, the weekend's activities include panel discussions, a public reception and buffet supper in the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library; and a screening of Gerald Vizenor's short film, "Harold of Orange." Conference events, including the reception and buffet supper at Beinecke Library on Saturday evening, are open to the public without fee or reservation. To assist our preparations, we would appreciate learning of your intention to attend by
March 16. Please send email to [email protected] or call the Beinecke Library at 203-432-2969.

Conference Theme
Native Americans have been representing themselves in English at least since the 18th century. Even before this advent of writing in a colonizer's language, however, they were not "pre-literate." As historian Homer Noley notes, "It is popular among contemporary writers of American history to say that the Indians of North America had no written records ... In a good many cases, records were available but in an unfamiliar medium." Mayan codices, carvings in stone and wood, winter counts, and other media all attest to the literacy of Native peoples. In addition, painting, pottery, and other art forms also expressed Native views of their experiences and preserved stories of their people.

The Fourth Annual Yale Native American Studies Conference honors Native American writing. In addition to keynote presentations by Gerald Vizenor and Joy Harjo, we will have sessions on Native American literature and journalism. We will devote a session to performance and a discussion of the arts and there will be a screening of Gerald Vizenor's rarely seen film, "Harold of Orange."

It has been said that you can judge the vitality of a culture by its artistic expression. Judged by that standard, Native cultures are alive and thriving. We hope you will join us for this exploration of Native American writing and the arts.

Schedule of Events
Friday, March 23 - Whitney Humanities Center 53 Wall Street

2:00 - Readings and Remarks: Delphine Redshirt and Thom White Wolf Fassett
2:45 - Screening of "Harold of Orange" Remarks by Gerald Vizenor
5:00 - Keynote Presentation: Gerald Vizenor

Saturday, March 24 - Whitney Humanities Center 53 Wall Street

9:00 - Opening Remarks, Jace Weaver
9:30 - 11:30 - Native American Literature:

Panelists: LeAnne Howe, Jace Weaver,and Craig Womack

11:30 - 1:00 - Lunch Break
1:00 - 3:00 - Native American Journalism:

Panelists: Paul DeMain, Robert Warrior and Kara Briggs
Respondent: Gerald Vizenor

3:00 - 3:15 Break
3:15 - 5:15 - Performance and the Arts:

Panelists: Geri Red Corn, Charles Red Corn, Inés Hernandez and Luci Tapahonso

5:15 - 7:30 - Reception and Buffet Supper at the Beinecke Library, 121 Wall Street.
7:45 - Keynote reading and performance: Joy Harjo

Sudler Auditorium in William L. Harkness Hall, 100 Wall Street.

Conference Sites and Accommodations:
The conference will be held in the lecture hall at the Whitney Humanities Center, 53 Wall Street, New Haven, Connecticut. On Saturday evening, a reception and buffet supper will be provided at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, 121 Wall Street. There is no registration fee for the conference, which is open to the public. Hotels in New Haven include: the OMNI New Haven Hotel at 155 Temple Street, 1-800-The OMNI; the New Haven Hotel, 229 George Street, 203-498-3100; the Colony Inn, 1157 Chapel Street, 203-776-1234; and the Holiday Inn at Yale, 30 Whalley Avenue, 203- 777-6221. Numerous other hotels are located a short drive from campus.




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