Attend Harvard Free (education/opportunity)

Harvard University
No tuition and no student loans
Harvard University announced over the weekend that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition. In making the announcement, Harvard's president Lawrence H. Summers said, "When only ten percent of the students in elite higher education come from families in the lower half of the income distribution, we are not doing enough. We are not doing enough in bringing elite higher education to the lower half of the income distribution." 

If you know of a family earning less than $60,000 a year with an honor student graduating from high school soon, Harvard University wants to pay the tuition. The prestigious university recently announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families can go to Harvard for free... no tuition and no student loans! 

To find out more about Harvard offering free tuition for families making less than $60,000 a year, visit Harvard's financial aid website at: call the school's financial aid office at (617) 495-1581. 

Youth Essay Contest (event/opportunity)


Conducted by The National Indian Justice Center 


 ~ Essay Contest ~

 Who Can Participate:
Native American students enrolled in grades 5th - 12th.

 Length and Language:
1200 - 2500 words.  Essays must be a minimum of 1200 words but not exceed 2500 words.

 For Winning Authors:
First place receives $300, second place receives $150, and third place receives $75.

June 30, 2012

 Theme: Living Proof
Native nations continue to make great strides in governance, economy, education and social welfare.  We work daily to triumph over generations of destructive federal and state policies that sought to end our political, cultural and social existence.  We are the living proof that our people did not just “survive,” we continue to “thrive.”  The theme of this year’s For All My Relations Conference is “Living Proof”.  We can all look to historical examples, heroic figures and personal anecdotes that speak to our resiliency and determination.  Each one of us is “living proof” that the strength, pride, courage and cultural values of our communities continue to thrive. 

Write an essay illustrating how you or a member of your family or community demonstrates the “Living Proof” theme in overcoming historic or contemporary challenges.

Entries will be judged anonymously.  Each essay must be original work of the contestant. All essays may be published in whole or part by NIJC.  Winning essays will be published.

Essays must be submitted to NIJC by June 30, 2012. Essays may be emailed to or faxed to 707-579-9019 or mailed to 5250 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA  95403.

Each essay must be submitted with a page that includes the applicants name, age, grade, tribal affiliation, address, phone number, and email.

  ~ Conference Registration ~

August 2-4, 2012
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Hotel
Universal City, California

This year we are celebrating the 12th anniversary of the For All My Relations Conference for Indian Families. 
Please join us as we gather to share new information and resources offered to help Native communities strengthen Indian families. This conference provides a variety of workshops for tribal adults and youth as well as workshops for those who serve tribal communities. 

The goal of this conference is to create strong foundations for Native American families and tribal governments.  Collectively, we must be ready and willing to face the challenges that can result in a stronger future for Indian country.  The cultural, social and political integrity of tribal communities will become healthy and stable if we commit collectively to care for and support Native families.  It is our duty to increase our knowledge and awareness about issues that threaten the health, safety and welfare of Native families. 
New workshops and more to experience!
Even if you participated in FAMR in the past, you will discover a new experience this year. There are new workshops and numerous opportunities to grow. More information about the workshops will be available soon on our website at

It is for all our relations that we come together to share our knowledge, skills, and dreams for the future of Indian families.
~Registration Fees ~
Standard Registration (12 years and over)   $360 person   
Child Registration (11 years and under) $185 child



 2012 Registration Detail
Each attendee is required to pre-register online at Click the 12th Annual Conference Registration link, which will direct you to the Eventbrite Registration Site. Complete the form and please pay with a credit card or check. You will receive an automated confirmation including a receipt for your payment. You must complete a separate registration for each conference participant.  Be sure to enter your email address so that confirmation of your registration can be e-mailed to you. Please note the new policies for substitution and cancellation below.

Children 8 years and older may attend youth workshops. Children who are 8 to 11 years old must be registered this year and be accompanied by a parent or chaperone in all youth workshops. All children participating and using workshop resources must be registered. Workshops are not designed for children younger than 8 years of age.  For answers to registration questions contact Margaret at (707) 579-5507 or  

Your paid conference registration provides you with entry to the general sessions, concurrent workshops, the banquet luncheon and awards, and the vendor area; three continental breakfasts; and afternoon refreshments. Ages 11 and under attending workshops and/or participating in meals must be registered. There will be no onsite registration available. The 2012 Conference Schedule at for times and locations for general sessions, workshops, banquet luncheon, and other scheduled activities will be available soon.

 Only registered participants, wearing conference name badges can attend workshops, events, and meals.

Cancellations may only be made through NIJC.  If you cancel, you will receive a refund less a 25% administrative fee.  To cancel your registration, you MUST provide a written request to Margaret Colglazier at or contact her at (707) 579-5507.  There will be NO refunds if you do not cancel by July 1, 2012.

There will be no substitutions for prepaid registrations this year. There will be no onsite substitutions. If you must cancel, your space opens to persons on the wait list automatically.

Hotel Information
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Hotel
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608


The Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is offering a conference room rate of $159.00 per night, single–quad occupancy, standard room. This rate will be available until July 11, 2012. Reservations made after that date will be charged the standard room rate. 

To reserve your sleeping room CLICK HERE and you will be linked to the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Hotel page for this conference. Or you can call the Hilton Los Angeles at (818) 506-2500 and request the group rate for 2012 For All My Relations Conference. 

 Participants are encouraged to fly into the Burbank Airport which is 6 miles from the Hilton Los Angeles. Participants can take the Shuttle for a fee of $12 to the hotel from this airport.  If you are driving, self-parking is $10 per day. The Hilton Los Angeles offers a complementary shuttle to and from the City Walk (5 minute walk to Universal Studios).

For more information regarding the 2012 For All My Relations Conference email The National Indian Justice Center at

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Firstbook (opportunity/education)

By the end of this year, First Book will have distributed 100 million books to kids in need-andwe want to reach more programs in California!  Can you help us spread the word?

If you know a local program or school that serves children from low-income families and may be interested in receiving brand new books, encourage them to register with First Book.  Registered programs have immediate and unlimited access to low cost books on The First Book Marketplace and free books from the First Book National Book Bank.

Know someone that may be interested? Forward this email to them, or send them this link to register:

Thank you! 
First Book

We R Native (opportunity)

We R Native Script Writing Contest

We R Native, a comprehensive health resource for Native youth, is hosting a script writing contest for Native youth. American Indian and Alaska Native youth ages 13-21 years old are invited to write an original script that includes one of the following themes:

·         I strengthen my Nation.
·         A young adult helping their community.
·         A young adult standing up to peer pressure.
·         A young adult impacted by drugs or alcohol.
·         A young adult impacted by bullying.
·         Or another health-related topic of your choice.

Entries are due to by June 1, 2012. For more information, please see this flyer.

Summer Youth Programs (opportunity)

InterTribal Youth Summer Programs
Our 12 Successful Year: Open to youth and Chaperones!



Marc A. Chavez
Program Director
Direct: 858-925-3776
Panama: 011 (507) 696-02208
info: 858-764-3900
Adventure, Academics, Culture, Wellness

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YNS and ITY is a program of 
The BRIDGE non-profit 501(c)3
874 Seacoast Drive 
Imperial Beach, CA 91932
HQ 619-400-3305
FAX 619-488-3305.

Central California, Eastern Sierra 
June 28-July 1, 2012 
Majesty is the backbone of California. The highest mountains and the freshest lakes hold the spirit of the people. Timeless, ancient wisdom in crisp air. The Paiute-Shoshone, Miwok, and Mono People lead ITY through their diverse lands. 
We go to the lows and highs of earth and history. Feel the experience of an educational adventure in indigenous science and knowledge - from mother earth and her first people. 

Register Now!

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Deer Park Teen Camp 2012 
Escondido, California 
July 11-15, 2012 
Join InterTribal Youth participation in the multi-cultural Deer Park Teen Camp in the hills of Escondido. A peaceful retreat led cooperatively by word-renowned leader of peace Thich Nhat Hanh. Overcoming war, genocide and trauma, Tich-na han teaches forgiveness, compassion and mindfulness. Martin Luther King Jr. nominated Hanh for the Nobel Peace Prize in1967. 
As a Zen Master and lecturer at top U.S. and European universities, our Native Youth will access worldly knowledge aimed at re-freshing our peaceful self and increasing our natural abilities. These times require a new approach as gentle warriors. Stop, Breathe, Smile. 

“Early Bird" Registration Encouraged

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San Diego, Southern California 
July 22-29, 2012 
Set on ancestral lands, at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, lay the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), La Jolla. This is where our InterTribal Youth program hold residence during a REAL college experience. 
Cool beach breezes, crystal waters and wisdom of the local mountain people make the perfect outdoor classroom. Program includes SDSU tour and adventurous reservation two-day camping trip. 

Early Registration Recommended!

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Northern California 
August 1-5, 2012 
Nor Cal’s land, rainforests, rivers and Pacific Ocean hold giant stories, flowing vibes ,and wide visions. As we make our way from UC Cal Berkeley to Humboldt State and beyond, our tour group is hosted by Mother Earth’s original people. 
To know California is to know the north - to know their stories. Large green and blue Outdoor Classroom and University Tour! 

Register Early

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Panama, Central America 
August 11-19, 2012 
Look!– no age limit. Get fit naturally and stay well. Retreat & explore rainforests, tropical beaches with monkeys, tucans & abundance of nature. Island hopping, snorkeling, waterfalls and pure nature await us on a journey of a lifetime. Know “all our relations”! 

Register Early, Plan Now

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Ecuador, South America 
Feb 13 - 18, 2013 
Tropical forests, snow capped volcanoes, indigenous people living traditional lives, and pristine tropical beaches await you in Ecuador. Located, as its name suggests on the equator, in northwestern South America, just north of Peru. For its size, Ecuador is the most bio and culturally diverse country on earth. Spanning from the great Amazon Jungle to the west rising to 23,000 foot peaks of the Andes Mountains. 

Register Early, Plan Now

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Panama PowWow and Gathering, Panama, Central America 
Rescheduled to 2013 
The BRIDGE International and InterTribal Youth invite you to the Panama Powow and International Gathering 2013. 
All dancers, students, professionals and cultural leaders are asked to join us at the bridge of the “Americas” - the traditional meeting place of Turtle Island - Panama, Central America. We gather to dance and share in a unified vision of refreshment and regeneration for our Mother Earth and her children. 

International Gathering and Powwow!

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American Indian Youth Summer Institute (education/opportunity)

Opportunity for Native American HS students who are eligible to attend the American Indian Summer Institute at California State University, Sacramento. The institute is from June 24-28, 2012.  Below is the information:

The American Indian Summer Institute is a free, 5 day, residential program at CSU, Sacramento. Students will be provided with housing in the CSU Sacramento dorms as well as meals and snacks for the 5-day stay at the AISI this year. We will have the students focusing on developing leadership skills as well as becoming comfortable in a college type setting. There will be different activities for the future higher ed. students including visiting college campuses, white water rafting, listening to presentations by Tribal leaders, and a ropes course.

  • The student must be currently enrolled as a sophomore or junior high school student for the current 2011-2012 school year (student will be a junior/senior in Fall 2012)
  • The student must be enrolled in a tribe (enrollment will be verified)
  • The student should have a desire to continue on to a college or University after graduation
  • The student must complete the online application and submit the necessary materials by the deadline: May 4, 2012 (you will be notified of any deadline extensions)

It is very important for you to fill out every section of the application, even if you’re not totally sure how to answer some of the questions. This year the application is online but you will have to email or fax some documents.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Thank you for assisting us with this educational endeavor. If you have any questions, please contact Ricardo Torres, Faculty Counselor, CSU Sacramento, or visit the website by clicking the following link at to answer any questions you may have.

NCAI Internship (opportunity)

Internship Opportunity Announcement

What: National Congress of American Indians Intern/Fellowships
Who: Undergraduate and graduate Native students
Where: Washington, D.C.
Deadline: April 15, 2012
Duration: Varies
Contact: Katie Jones (,

An internship with NCAI offers a unique opportunity for young leaders
from throughout Indian Country to be on the front lines of legislative
action and policy development from within the oldest, largest, and
most representative organization of tribal governments. In order to
ensure opportunities for participation by the wealth of emerging young
talent in Indian Country, NCAI offers the following options:

Students enrolled in institutions of higher learning are invited to
apply for semester or summer-long internships (for which most
institutions will offer college credit), with one to two applicants
selected for each term;

Applicants with a college degree or equivalent experience are invited
to apply for eleven-month fellowships (for which a stipend and
benefits will be available through the Youth Leadership Endowment),
beginning the first week of September each year, with two to three
applicants selected to serve annually.