Tribal heritage research fellowship (opportunity)

 Applications are available to award up to 20 fellowships in the Tribal Heritage Research Project, a 26-month program sponsored by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums.

"There is a growing interest on the part of American Indian Nations to research, write and present accurate portrayals of their history," according to Susan Feller, development officer at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the coordinating agency for the national initiative.

Applications are available to award up to 20 fellowships in the Tribal Heritage Research Project, a 26-month program sponsored by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums.

"There is a growing interest on the part of American Indian Nations to research, write and present accurate portrayals of their history," according to Susan Feller, development officer at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries, the coordinating agency for the national initiative.

Feller said the project's goals are to provide a greater understanding of indigenous cultures, contribute valuable materials to tribal archives and provide a tribal interpretation of historical events.

The project will introduce selected research fellows to methods and strategies for designing research projects, identifying sources, and accessing American Indian materials in local, regional and national collections. Participants will also produce a short video documentary using the information collected.

The fellowship opportunity is open to tribal organizations from throughout the nation. Other partnering organizations are the Library of Congress, the National Anthropological Archives, the National Archives and Records Administration and the National Museum of the American Indian.

Application guidelines, forms, and a sample application are available at the Oklahoma Department of Libraries Web site at www.odl.state.

Applications are due 5 p.m. Central Standard Time Feb. 1.
For more information, call 405-522-3515 or e-mail

IARC Native Artist Fellowships (opportunity)

The Indian Arts Research Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico seeks Native and First Nations artists to apply for its upcoming artist fellowships for 2010-2011. This is a reminder that the deadline to apply is January 15, 2010. Please forward to any artists, list serves, and individuals who may be interested.

The Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) at the School for Advanced Research (SAR) offers three artist-in-residence fellowships annually to advance the work of mature and emerging Native artists. Each fellowship includes a $3,000 monthly stipend, housing, studio space, supplies allowance, and travel reimbursement to and from SAR. These fellowships provide time for artists to explore new avenues of creativity, grapple with new ideas to further advance their work, and to strengthen existing talents. The fellowships support diverse creative disciplines and can include sculpture, performance, basketry, painting, printmaking, digital art, mixed media, photography, pottery, music, writing, and film.

Artist fellows must live on the SAR campus, complete a project resulting in the creation of one or more works, and make a public presentation at the end of their fellowship. While in residence, artists can access the IARC collection of Native arts for research and study. Additionally, SAR would like to see the fellow's work represented in the object, archives, or photo collection; therefore, the fellowships request the donation of a single piece created while working at SAR. If selected for the fellowship, artists must agree to participate in interviews, photo sessions, video recordings, and exit interviews to document the fellow's process and progress. This information will be entered into the IARC archives to serve as a permanent public record. Deadline to apply is January 15, 2010.

This application cycle includes: the Ronald and Susan Dubin Native Artist Fellowship 2010, Rollin and Mary Ella King Native Artist Fellowship 2010, and Eric and Barbara Dobkin Native Artist Fellowship for Native Women 2011. To download the application, read the FAQ, or find out more about the fellowships, visit:

Completed applications must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2010 . There are absolutely no exceptions to the date. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Any supplementary materials submitted will not be considered or returned. Notifications will be sent approximately four months after the application deadline. Questions may be directed to (505) 954-7205 or

About the School for Advanced Research: The School for Advanced Research provides a dynamic environment for the advanced study and communication of knowledge about human culture, evolution, history, and creative expression. SAR draws upon its century-deep roots in the American Southwest, anthropology, and indigenous arts to present programs, publications and initiatives that impart the learning of social scientists, humanists, and artists to inform the thoughts and actions of scholars, artists, educators, and the interested public.

Dissertation Writing Fellowship (opportunity)

From Alyssa Mt. Pleasant, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, American Studies Program
Yale University


The Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences in conjunction with the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders invite applications for the
inaugural Henry Roe Cloud Dissertation Writing Fellowship in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. The Roe Cloud Fellowship is intended to develop American Indian Studies at Yale and by extension throughout the academy by facilitating the completion of the doctorate by scholars working on issues related to the American Indian experience. Scholars working on topics in Indigenous Studies that relate to the study of North American Indians are also encouraged to apply.

The Henry Roe Cloud Fellowship honors the legacy of Henry Roe Cloud, a member of the Winnebago Nation of Nebraska and graduate of Yale College, 1910.  A tireless critic of federal Indian assimilation programs and a proponent of increased educational opportunities for American Indians, Roe Cloud transformed American Indian higher education through his leadership of the Society of American Indians, his founding of the American Indian Institute, and as co-author of ?The Problem of Indian Administration,? commonly known as "The Meriam Report," an extensive survey made at the request of Secretary of the Interior that detailed the appalling failures of federal Indian policy in the early twentieth century. This survey, presented to Congress in 1928, helped to set in motion many of the subsequent reforms of the Indian New Deal.

The Fellowship will support a graduate scholar in any doctoral field for the academic year, beginning September 2010 and ending August 2011.  Graduate students working towards careers in higher education who have completed all doctoral requirements but the dissertation are invited to apply.  The expectation is that the dissertation will be completed during the fellowship year.  The criteria for selection will be based solely on an assessment of the quality of the candidate's work and the project's overall significance for the study of American Indian and/or Indigenous Studies.

The Roe Cloud Fellowship will provide support comparable to that for Yale University graduate students, including an annual stipend of $26,000, full access to Yale facilities and services, and health care coverage.  The fellow will have office space in the Lamar Center and access to Yale's exceptional research libraries. The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, in addition to its premier collection of Western Americana, also holds the papers of many important American Indian writers, including Joseph Bruchac, Leslie Marmon Silko, Gerald Vizenor, and James Welch, as well as those of important policy makers such as Felix Cohen and Richard Henry Pratt.  Manuscripts and Archives at Sterling Memorial Library holds the papers of John Collier and Henry Roe Cloud.  The Lewis Walpole Library hosts the New England Indian Papers Project, which is in the process of collecting, digitizing, and placing on the World Wide Web a comprehensive database of primary sources written for, by, and about New England Indians.

The Roe Cloud Fellow will also have the opportunity to participate in the activities of the Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders, the Native American Cultural Center, and the Association of Native Americans at Yale (ANAAY). Yale student and faculty members are also increasingly active in regional and national Indian Studies networks, and the Roe Cloud Fellow may choose to participate in the gatherings of the Native Studies community in New England, which generally holds bi-semester and other informal gatherings in the Northeast. Additionally, the state and federally-recognized Indian Nations of Connecticut maintain museums,  archives, and research centers, and host community events that draw regional, national, as well as international visitors.

Each fellow will be mentored by a professor in Yale's Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The fellow will be responsible for making a formal presentation of the project near the conclusion of the academic year, an event open to all interested members of the campus community.

Applications must include a c.v. the dissertation prospectus, a writing sample of approximately 25 pages, a letter describing plans to complete the dissertation during the fellowship period, as well as three letters of recommendation, sent under separate cover, including one from the candidate's dissertation advisor.  The application deadline is March 5, 2010.

All materials must be sent to:
Henry Roe Cloud Fellowship Committee
Howard R. Lamar Center for the Study of Frontiers and Borders
Yale University
PO Box 208201
New Haven, CT 06520-8201

For further information write to:

DOT Internship Program (opportunity)

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.

To learn more about STIPDG program please visit:

Once you have reviewed the information above, should you have questions, please contact Mr. Lafayette Melton, Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator, Office of Human Resources, Federal Highway Administration, (202) 366-2907, or email

MURAP Summer Student Fellowships (opportunity)

Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program
Announcement of Summer Student Fellowships
May 23-July 29, 2010
The Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (MURAP) is a paid summer fellowship designed to foster the entrance of talented students from diverse backgrounds within the humanities, social sciences, and fine arts into graduate school and faculty positions in U.S. colleges and universities.  More broadly, the program seeks to increase the presence of minorities and others who demonstrate a commitment to eradicating racial disparities in graduate school and eventually in academic ranks.  The program serves the related goals of providing role models for all youth and structuring campus environments so that they will be more conducive to improved racial and ethnic relations.  MURAP aims to achieve its mission by identifying and supporting students of great promise and helping them to become scholars of the highest distinction.

Each summer, the program brings a cohort of 18-22 undergraduates (rising juniors and seniors) from colleges and universities in the U.S. to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus for an intensive, ten-week research experience. Students are expected to develop a 20-page research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor with whom they are paired according to areas of study and research interests. In addition to meeting at least three times a week with faculty mentors, students will attend weekly 3-hour seminars where they will present their research and discuss it with faculty and other students in the program, receive required biweekly instruction in preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), attend biweekly writing and presentation skills workshops, and participate in a variety of informative workshops, social events and conferences designed to expose them to the graduate experience. Participants will submit their final research paper based on their project and must receive approval through the signature of their faculty mentor. For a student to complete the program successfully and receive the entire stipend, participation in all of these activities and completion of the research paper are required.  A sample calendar of required activities and deadlines is available on our website.

For their participation in the program, student fellows will receive a generous stipend of $3500 (in the case of students holding Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships, they receive the difference between their summer stipend and MURAP’s), an allowance for meals of $1450 and travel allowance up to $500 to cover the cost of transportation to and from Chapel Hill.  Additionally, students will be provided on-campus housing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 


Applying to MURAP

Program applicants should be mindful that MURAP offers an intensive research experience which requires a substantial commitment of time, intellectual resources and effort.  Therefore, students may not be employed or take classes while enrolled in the program.  Student fellows are selected based on a variety of factors that may include their academic promise, clarity and quality of their statement of research interests, availability of an appropriate mentor match, their demonstrated commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities in academic settings in the fields designated above, serious intent to pursue graduate (as opposed to professional) studies, and willingness and ability to participate in all aspects of the MURAP program. 
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, must have completed at least four semesters of undergraduate study, and must have at least one semester of undergraduate work remaining when they enter MURAP. 

In completing the statement included in the application, students must demonstrate clearly their fit with and suitability for the program given MURAP's mission and selection criteria. For more information about the program and to learn how to apply please visit the MURAP website
Rising seniors applying to MURAP should consider applying simultaneously to the Associate Program of the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT), as it would be of great help during the graduate school application process.  For more information consult

HUNAP Opportunities Newsletter (opportunity)

OPPORTUNITIES is compiled by the Harvard University Native American Program and includes internship, scholarship, fellowship, grant, and career opportunities as well as announcements for conferences, workshops and symposia.
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Harvard University Native American Program
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This is the Opportunities Newsletter compiled by the Harvard University Native American Program for Friday, December 4, 2009.

 Opportunities Table of Contents

I.                    CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: 2010 Honoring Nations Award Program:

II.                 College Horizons Program/ Graduate Horizons Program

III.               Internship Opportunities

IV.               Employment Opportunities

V.                 Scholarship Opportunities

VI.               Fellowship Opportunities

VII.            Call for Papers

VIII.          Conference Opportunities

IX.               Miscellaneous

2">Harvard Opportunity Announcement

Title: Call for Applications: 2010 Honoring Nations Award Program
Contacts: Megan Hill ( or 617-496-4229) or Misko Beaudrie ( or 617-496-9446) if you have any questions.

On behalf of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and the Honoring Nations Board of Governors, we invite you to apply for the 2010 Honoring Nations Award Program.

Honoring Nations is a national awards program that identifies, celebrates, and shares outstanding examples of tribal governance. The award-winning programs address a broad range of topics, including cultural affairs, economic and community development, education, environment and natural resources, government performance, health and social services, intergovernmental relations, and justice.  They offer insight into effective problem solving and provide fresh ideas for strengthening sovereign Nations through self-determination.

You can access the online application at:  Share it with your colleagues or tribal Nation programs that would be good candidates for Honoring Nations.

College Horizons Program

Title: College Horizons: A Pre-College Workshop For Native American High School Students
Deadline: February 1, 2010 (priority); February 26, 2010 (2nd round)

Program Dates: 
June 12-16, 2010 - University of Hawai'i Hilo (Hilo, HI)  
June 26-30, 2010 - Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) 
June 26-30, 2010 - University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA) 

College Horizons is a five-day “crash course” in preparing for college.  The individualized program helps students select colleges suitable for them to apply to, get admitted to, and receive adequate financial aid. Students research their top 10 schools; complete essays, resumes, applications, and the FAFSA; receive interviewing skills and test-taking strategies (on the ACT and SAT) and financial aid/scholarship information.   Eligible participants must be American Indian (enrolled members only), Alaska Native (proof of status) or Native Hawaiian; current sophomores and juniors with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (in academic courses). 

Applications will be accepted on a space-available basis to May 1 (after March 1, please contact us to see which site may still have spaces). Complete program cost is $200 (includes tuition, room, meals, all materials and transportation to campus from the designated airports). Students are responsible for their own airfare, but substantial funds are available for travel and tuitionassistance (each year we award travel assistance to over 50% of our students). 

Graduate Horizons Program

Title: Graduate Horizons: A Pre-Graduate Workshop For Native College Students & College Graduates
Deadline: February 1, 2010 (priority); February 26, 2010 (2nd round)

Program Dates: 
July 17-20, 2010 - Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)

Graduate Horizons is a four-day “crash course” for Native college students, college graduates, master’s students in preparing for graduate school (master’s, Ph.D. or professional school).  Faculty, admission officers and deans from a host of graduate and professional schools and representing hundreds of graduate disciplines work with students to consider career paths and related graduate studies; complete personal statements, resumes, applications; and receive test-taking strategies (on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT) and financial aid/scholarship information.  Eligible participants must be American Indian (enrolled members only), Alaska Native (proof of status), Native Hawaiian, First Nations of Canada; a college student, master's student, or college graduate. 

Applications will be accepted on a space-available basis to June 1 (after May 1, please contact us to see which site may still have spaces). Complete program cost is $200 (includes tuition, room, meals, all materials and transportation to campus from the designated airport). Students are responsible for their own airfare, but substantial funds are available for travel and tuitionassistance (each year we award travel assistance to over 50% of our students). 

Internship Opportunity Announcement

New Opportunity!
Title: Student Summer Internship (SSI) Program, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Application Deadline: February 15, 2010 (supporting documentation due February 22, 2010)
Contact: Mansel A. Nelson
Phone: 928-523-1275

The Environmental Education Outreach Program (EEOP) staff is recruiting interns for Summer 2010.  The host sites selected will be published on the website by January 15th and the intern selection process will begin February 15th.  Interns are eligible for host sites that will be selected from across the nation.  The internship is designed to give college students an opportunity to:

  • Assist EPA/Tribal agencies with environmental issues.
  • Acquire ready-to-use skills.
  • Gain actual experience while contributing to a project.
  • Earn $4,000 during the ten week experience.
  • Receive a limited housing allowance.
  • Receive a limited travel allowance.

Internship Opportunity Announcement

Title: Public Health/Psychology Intern
Deadline: Open until filled.
Location: Cambridge, MA and Ipswich, MA
Contact: Shelley A. Welch, MA, Project Director

Job Opportunity: Tribal Liaison Drug Policy

The Office of Intergovernmental Public Liaison (OIPL) within the Executive Office of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) is recruiting a Policy Analyst (Tribal Liaison) position.  This position will provide advice and counsel regarding substance abuse enforcement, treatment, prevention and recovery needs in Indian Country. The Tribal Liaison will also be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with Tribes, as well as external national Indian organizations. 

The position will assist the OIPL in coordinating all of ONDCP's activities related to state, local and tribal government, law enforcement officials, and outside organizations. In addition, the position will assist OIPL to ensure that the state, local and tribal perspective is taken into account in the establishment of policies, priorities, and objectives for the Nation's drug control program. 

This position would report to the Associate Director of Intergovernmental Public Liaison. Applications will be accepted from United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swain Island).  This is a Schedule A appointment in the excepted service and salary will be commensurate with experience. 

This position requires the selectee to be at least 18 years old and be able to obtain and maintain an Executive Office of the President (EOP) favorable security determination as a prerequisite to employment.  EOP's offer of employment is conditional until the selectee passes a drug screen, pre-employment security interviews, appropriate credit checks, a criminal background record and identification check, and the EOP exercises its discretion to grant the selectee a favorable security determination.  Any employment offer EOP management extends prior to a favorable determination is merely tentative, and the EOP expressly reserves the right to rescind the tentative employment offer at any time before the selectee's start date. Also, EOP employees are eligible for benefits.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.  Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

 Resume and a cover letter should be facsimiled to 202-395-1147 or 202-395-6724 attention Briggitte LaFontant at ONDCP, Office of Management and Administration (OMA) by December 7, 2009.

2010 SAC Announced (opportunity)


Bringing Honor Through Education is the theme for the U.S. Department of Education, Office Indian Education’s 2010 Native American Student Art Competition. The competition, which celebrates the values and successes of education in Native American communities, is open to all American Indian and Alaska Native students in grades Pre-K through 12. The deadline for submissions is January 29, 2010. 

By supporting this competition, the Office of Indian Education hopes to inspire students to explore the connection between their education and culture through art and writing. Entries for the 2010 Native American Student Art Competition should relate to the theme Bringing Honor Through Education and reflect the promise and importance of pursuing an education for Native youth. Submissions will be judged in six different grade levels, and prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the artist and writing categories. 

In recognition of the students’ artistic talents, the 2009 Native American Student Artist winning entries were exhibited at the U.S. Department of Education, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, Oklahoma History Center, and the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. 

The Student Art Competition rules require that a student register their entry online or over the phone prior to submitting their entry. For additional information, rules, and entry form, please visit, email, or call (866) 259-0060. 

AICF (education)

Scholarships for Native students:

The American Indian College Fund's Mission: The American Indian College Fund transforms Indian higher education by funding and creating awareness of the unique, community-based accredited Tribal Colleges and Universities, offering students access to knowledge, skills, and cultural values which enhance their communities and the country as a whole.