Phoenix Scholars Program (education/opportunity)

Hi, my name is Taryn Harvey.  I am of the Red House People Clan born for the One Who Walks Around Clan. My maternal grandfather is Irish and my paternal grandfather is of the Bitter Water Clan. I am a freshman at Stanford University and work with an organization called The Phoenix Scholars. Our purpose is to provide assistance and mentorship to low-income, minority, and/or first-generation juniors in high school to guide them through the college application process for their upcoming senior year and throughout their college careers. The Phoenix Scholars was founded by Michael Tubbs, an African American male from Stockton, CA, while he was a sophomore at Stanford. His vision for the organization was for it to primarily be an asset for Black males in the Bay Area.  However, The Phoenix Scholars organization has grown over the years and reached out to a number of minority groups and have made it a primary goal this year to increase the number of our Native American, Alaskan Native, and/or Native Hawaiian applicants.


Thus, every year we reach out to organizations who are actively empowering minority youth to reach higher education. Our goal is to partner with these organizations in order to increase the number of Native American applicants we receive each year and ultimately the number of Native American youth who are attending and succeeding in college each year. If you are interested in learning more about our program and how we help our students access higher education, feel free to contact me through my email:  You can also visit our


The Phoenix Scholars looks forward to working with you and establishing a relationship to help accomplish this mission.  This is a great opportunity to help Native American youth receive a college education.


Thank you!

Taryn Harvey

The Phoenix Scholars

Indian Land Tenure Foundation (opportunity)

The Indian Land Tenure Foundation is a national organization serving American Indian nations and people working to recover and control their homelands. ILTF works to promote education, increase cultural awareness, create economic opportunity, and reform the legal and administrative systems that prevent Indian people from owning and controlling reservation lands.

ILTF is accepting Letters of Inquiry to support various aspects of Native land recovery, with a focus on reacquiring alienated federal lands and ensuring  that Indian people have, at minimum, access to the financial and natural resources within their own reservations.

ILTF supports a variety of initiatives hat help tribes develop plans to reacquire reservation lands. One example is land and natural resource management plans that identify the future uses and benefits of recovered lands. Such plans are critical as tribes negotiate for the transfer of federal, state, and municipal lands to Indian ownership and control or in seeking loans.

Grants awarded for land recovery efforts will range from $10,000 to $100,000.

Proposals are accepted twice a year. However, applicants are encouraged to send Letters of Inquiry before submitting a complete proposal. For grants awarded in May, LOIs are due no later than March 3, 2014; for grants awarded in September, LOIs should be received no later than August 4, 2014.

To be eligible, applicants must be tribal, local, state governments, or nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) designation, including educational institutions. All projects must promote activities that directly benefit Native people and strengthen their relationship to their homelands.

Mukluks & Moccasins (arts/opportunity)

Manitobah Mukluks is looking for new artists for the Storyboot Project.

Are you an expert mukluk or moccasin maker? Are you interested in showcasing and selling your one-of-a-kind pieces to a world-wide audience?


Simply email with the following information:

1. Your name

2. Your bio, background & work style

3. Photo (s) of your work & prices


About the Storyboot Project: 

As an Aboriginal-owned footwear company, our vision is to build a vibrant, global brand that makes a significant social impact in Aboriginal communities. Part of that commitment means supporting and showcasing living artists who continue to make mukluks and moccasins the traditional way. Each artist that we showcase has a unique story to tell and all of the money that is made from the sale of their work goes directly back to them. Along with keeping traditions alive, this practice serves to increase the value of hand-made mukluks and moccasins.

Free Webinar (education)

Happy New Year Everyone!

We are continuing our webinar professional development series for educators of American Indian students, and American Indian Education Centers and Programs.

On this coming Monday, January 27, 2014 at 10:00 a.m, the Region IX Equity Assistance Center will host Ms. Ronalda Warito-Tome who will provide professional development on actively engaging parents in their children's education. Ms. Warito-Tome is a Training Specialist/Advocate with the Education for Parents of Indian Children with Special Needs (EPICS) in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Ms. Warito-Tome is a passionate and committed advocate for children and families.

The next message you will receive will contain the log in and dial up information for connecting to the webinar on Monday. Please be prepared to dial in at 9:30 a.m. so that we may start promptly at 10:00 a.m.

We are looking forward to a great session with Ms. Warito-Tome!

Rose Owens-West, Ph.D.
Region IX Equity Assistance Center at WestEd
300 Lakeside Drive, 25th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
510.302.4246 phone
510.302.4242 fax

Young Native Writers Essay Contest (opportunity/arts)

The Young Native Writers Essay Contest is a writing contest for Native American high school students and is designed to encourage young Native Americans to write about the progress their tribal communities have made and how their tribal communities can keep moving forward. 

The essay contest is open to Native American high school students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 only.

All students participating in the Young Native Writers Essay Contest should have a significant and current relationship with their Native American tribal community. 

For more information, elgibility, prizes and contest rules, click on link below:

Native Arts & Culture Foundation (arts/opportunity)


Support for Native Artists - Apply Now!


We are proud to announce the call for entries for the 2014 Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Artist Fellowships. Online applications are due before May  3. 

"Through the fellowship program, we hope to foster the creative voices of our indigenous artists," said foundation Program Director Reuben Tomás Roqueñi (Yaqui/Mexican). "We believe in the beauty and inspiration of the work of Native artists and the fellowships provide a significant resource for their practice.

The $20,000 fellowships awarded by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) recognize the creativity and expression of exceptional Native artists who have made significant impact in the field. American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists are encouraged to apply for this unique national fellowship honoring excellence by Native artists in six disciplines: dance, filmmaking, literature, music, traditional arts and visual arts. 

Artists who are members of federally and state-recognized U.S. tribes, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities can review criteria in full and apply by the May 3 deadline at:

We will announce recipients in November 2013. For questions about this opportunity, contact Program Director Reuben Roqueñi: or 360-314-2421.

2014 NACF Artist Fellowships

Deadline to Apply: May 3 Application:

Since it was launched in 2009, the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has awarded $1,341,000 in grants to 72 Native artists and organizations in 20 states. Created after decades of visioning among the nation's first peoples with the support of the Ford Foundation and others, we are a national charity solely dedicated to supporting the revitalization, appreciation and perpetuation of Native arts and cultures. To learn more about past fellows awarded and to donate in support of our mission,



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Cal Summer Experience (education/opportunity)

Hello, The Cal Summer Experience is a FREE two-day residential program on the UC Berkeley campus for university-bound high school and community college students. 

There is no cost to the student. However, students are expected to provide their own transportation to the Berkeley campus and back.

 There are two distinct programs:

·         High school students

·         Community college students


The goals of each program include enhancing students' academic preparation for the University and introducing them to the support services that will be available to them. An additional objective is to help students prepare for the college application process and transition to the University. Activities include faculty lectures, UC Personal Statement writing workshop, test preparation, major selection, transcript evaluation, and other related advising. In addition, participants will receive information on housing, financial aid and advice from a current Cal student panel. 





For More Information and Inquires Contact:


Thanks for sharing this information widely!


Bridget Neconie

Admission & Recruitment Specialist

Office of Undergraduate Admission

University of California, Berkeley



The National Institute on Drug Abuse Internship (opportunity)

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) invites high school and undergraduate students to submit applications for the 2013 Summer Research Program.  Under this program students underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences are paired with NIDA funded scientists at research institutions across the United States for 8-10 weeks during the summer to work in the field of substance abuse and addiction research.  Internships may involve a variety of experiences including laboratory experiments, data collection, data analysis, patient interviews, library research and literature reviews.  Student interns receive a stipend, and if necessary and eligible, provisions for travel and housing expenses.

Complete program information, including the application form, required student qualifications, research site locations and research project descriptions are available  The deadline to submit applications for the 2013 program is February 15, 2013.

For more information, contact Dr. Albert Avila at