Outside Events and Job Opportunities

LA Film Festival: Mekko


Start Date: Jun 12 2015 6:30 PM
Start Date: Jun 17 2015 4:00 PM

US Fiction Competition

(2015, 84 min., DCP 2K, DCP )

Directed by: Sterlin Harjo

Screenwriter: Sterlin Harjo

Producers: Jasper Zweibel, Chad Burris

Cinematographer: Shane Brown

Editor: Sterlin Harjo, Matt Leach, Blackhorse Lowe

Music: Ryan Beveridge

Cast: Rod Rondeaux, Zahn McClarnon, Wotko Long, Sarah Podemski

Finally free after two decades in prison, Mekko finds himself homeless in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He struggles to find his way in the outside world until he’s welcomed into an unconventional community of Native Americans. It is amongst these new companions that Mekko discovers a darkness that threatens to destroy them all from within. Haunted by his past, Mekko begins a quest for revenge to save his friends and himself.

Writer-director Sterlin Harjo expertly melds old and new fears in this modern day tale of redemption. Rod Rondeaux is superb as the titular character whose biggest challenge is to forgive his own past. Featuring dialogue in both Muscogee (Creek) and English, Mekko is as compelling as it is beautiful.
-Jennifer Cochis

Native Voices 17th Annual Festival of New Plays

Purchase tickets at TheAutry.org/NativeVoices. Download the flyer.

Native Voices at the Autry's
17th Festival of New Plays

See new and in-progress plays by Native writers presented as staged readings followed by audience talkbacks where you, the audience, become part of the collaborative process. 

Free but reservations are recommended. The Autry’s cafe, Crossroads West, will be open before each reading.

By Joseph Valdez (Navajo)

An artist attempts to reconcile a tragic event in order to reclaim his identity.

Wednesday, May 27, 4:00 p.m.
At the Autry in Los Angeles

Saturday, May 30, 2:30 p.m.
At La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla

They Don’t Talk Back
By Frank Henry Kaash Katasse (Tlingit-Eagle/Tsaagweidí)

A young teen, sent to live and work with his Tlingit grandparents in a remote village in Alaska discovers the meaning of family.

Wednesday, May 27, 7:30 p.m.
At the Autry in Los Angeles

Saturday, May 30, 7:00 p.m.
At La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla

So Damn Proud
By Justin Neal (Squamish)

A former dance prodigy fights to shut out her past and her troubled brother, as the biracial siblings carve out their identities in a divided world.

Thursday, May 28, 7:30 p.m.
At the Autry in Los Angeles

Sunday, May 31, 3:00 p.m.
At La Jolla Playhouse in La Jolla

An intimate and rare look at the Blackfeet Indian reservation, WHERE GOD LIKES TO BE looks longingly and lovingly at the place Andi, Edward and Doug call home * June 9 on AMERICA REFRAMED

Season 3 of AMERICA REFRAMED with Host Natasha Del Toro continues with WHERE GOD LIKES TO BE by  
Anna Hudak & Nicolas Hudak
Tuesday, June 9, 2015, on Public Television’s
WORLD Channel at 8 p.m.

Twitter: @americareframed #americareframed    

Twitter: @counterfilm #WGLTB

April 20, 2015 -- (New York, NY) – Anna and Nicolas Hudak’s documentary WHERE GOD LIKES TO BE will have its national television broadcast premiere on Tuesday, June 9, 2015, at 8 p.m. on WORLD Channel as part of the third season of the AMERICA REFRAMED series. (Check local listings.)  [CV2]  Audiences across the nation can also view the film FREE for 14 days starting June 10, 2015 on http://worldchannel.org/.

WHERE GOD LIKES TO BE focuses on three young protagonists full of hope and promise—Andrea Running Wolf, Edward Tailfeathers, and Douglas Fitzgerald—following them over the course of a summer that marks a turning point in all of their lives. Each grapples with whether to leave and pursue opportunities far from home, or stay behind with friends and family potentially struggling with limited opportunity and marginalization.  

Edward is looking for work but doesn't even get a call back from national stores and fast food chains. He wonders if this has anything to do with his last name, Tailfeathers, and if employers are not willing to work with Native Americans due to the stereotypes that are attached to them. He relieves his frustration by playing loud metal music with his band “Nothing Survives” in a friend’s garage. In the intimacy of his bedroom, time stands still as he strums his guitar and sings a love song. Andi, a young woman who graduated high school with honors, is on her way to the University of Montana in Missoula, taking with her lots of photos of family and friends as well as her favorite poster of Sitting Bull. This is her first time away from home and she anxiously sits on the train not knowing what to expect. Once at her University dorm she soon feels lonely and out of place. When she returns to the reservation again after her first months away she visits her grandfather’s grave and realizes how deep her connection to her home and her ancestry really is. Doug struggles to make a living on the reservation but vows never to leave his home. He is proud to be a true cowboy and an Indian. A young family man, living in a small house with his wife, his baby daughter and his siblings, mother and grandfather, he worries that families on the reservation today are not teaching their kids about their ancestors and connection to the land which nurtures their identity, as well as their native language and culture.  



“An intimate and rare look at the Blackfeet Indian reservation, WHERE GOD LIKES TO BE looks longingly and lovingly at the place Andi, Edward and Doug call home,” says Simon Kilmurry, Executive Director, American Documentary, Inc.

“WORLD Channel and WGBH are thrilled to collaborate with American Documentary on the third season of AMERICA REFRAMED presenting television premieres and encores of important films such as WHERE GOD LIKES TO BE . As co-producers, we share a passion for storytellers committed to helping us gain a deeper and more nuanced understanding of America today,” says Chris Hastings, Co- Executive Producer, America ReFramed.

Film Credits

Director:          Nicolas Hudak
Producer:         Anna Hudak
Original Score: Tobias Wagner

Book Talk: "Cherokee Medicine, Colonial Germs: An Indigenous Nation’s Fight against Smallpox, 1518-1824"

Presented by Professor Paul Kelton, University of Kansas

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
4-6 PM
Bunche Hall 6275

Paul Kelton is an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas. His research focuses on indigenous peoples of North America, environmental history, and Early American history.

Save the Date: Thinking Gender 2015 Conference


25th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference

Call for presentations: Power, Contested Knowledge, and Feminist Practices 

How have feminist approaches altered the existing understanding of scientific knowledge and practices? Celebrating the 25th Annual Graduate Student Research Conference at the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Thinking Gender 2015 invites submissions for individual papers, pre-constituted panels, and posters on topics that focus on the participation and/or contribution of marginalized individuals or groups who have been historically excluded from knowledge production. We welcome papers and posters—across all disciplines and historical periods—that engage with the concept of the body as a contested site intersecting with gender, race, sexuality, and identity and how it is related to certain agencies in particular contexts. We invite scholarship engaging the following topics or others related to the conference theme of “Power, Contested Knowledge, and Feminist Practices”:

- The bodies of medicine
- Gender movement in contested spaces
- Construction and representations of bodies in the arts
- Faith and feminism
- Gender in conflict zones
- Technology and power
- Gender, cultures, and environmental crisis
- Consumerism in reproduction and maternal identities
- Gendered networks
- Gender disparities in sciences
- Language, communication, and gender 
- Feminist epistemology

CSW accepts submissions from graduate students who are registered at US or international colleges or universities. Please note that we do not accept submissions from papers presented at previous Thinking Gender conferences. No previously published material is eligible. Undergraduate students are eligible for poster submissions.

Students proposing individual papers and posters are to submit an abstract (250 words), a proposal (5 double-spaced pages maximum), a CV (2 pages maximum), and a Works Cited (1 page maximum). 

All components are to be submitted to the website at https://uclacsw.submittable.com, according to the submission guidelines. 

For pre-constituted panels, a 250-word description of the panel topic is required, in addition to the materials that must be provided for individual paper submissions. 

Send submissions to: https://uclacsw.submittable.com

Deadline for submissions: Monday, December 15, 2014

Conference will be held April 23 and 24, 2015, at UCLA Covell Commons

Event is free and open to the public. There will be a $50 registration fee for each presenter.

THINKING GENDER COORDINATOR: Chien-Ling Liu is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of History at UCLA. Her dissertation is on the microbiological studies and public health work by the Pasteur Institutes in China between 1899 and 1950, particularly concerning prophylaxis of smallpox and rabies. She is interested in power dynamics of scientific knowledge production and practices in cross-cultural contexts, relating to the issues of modernity. When not writing her dissertation, she enjoys going to movies and playing badminton. 

INFO: thinkinggender@women.ucla.edu

Udall Foundation: Internship and Scholarship Program Opportunities

The Udall Foundation is pleased to announce our 2015 internship and scholarship program opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students. We request your assistance in identifying students who would be excellent candidates for our programs and encouraging them to apply.

The Native American Congressional Internship<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Internship/AboutInternship.aspx> program is a fully-funded, ten-week summer internship in Washington, DC, for American Indian and Alaska Native undergraduate, graduate and law students. Interns work in congressional and agency offices where they have opportunities to research legislative issues important to tribal communities, network with public officials and experience an insider’s view of the federal government. The Foundation provides airfare, housing, per diem, and a $1,200 educational stipend. The application deadline is January 31, 2015<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Internship/ImportantDates.aspx>.  For an application and information about complimentary webinars, please see our “Apply<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Internship/Apply.aspx>” page.

The Udall Scholarship<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/AboutScholarship.aspx> program awards $5,000 merit-based scholarships for college sophomores and juniors seeking a career in tribal health, tribal public policy, or the environment. Two- and four-year college students are encouraged to apply. Scholars participate in a five-day Orientation<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/Orientation.aspx> in Tucson, AZ, to learn from and network with experts, their peers, and members of the Udall family. The award includes life-time membership in the Udall alumni community<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/AlumniNetwork.aspx>, a vibrant community offering job and internship opportunities, support for public service initiatives, and intellectual discussion. Applications must be submitted through a Udall faculty representative<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/HowToApply.aspx> at the student's college or university. The application deadline is March 4, 2015. A faculty representative directory and schedule of free webinars can be found on the “Apply<http://udall.gov/OurPrograms/Scholarship/Apply.aspx>” page.

The Udall Foundation honors Morris K. Udall’s thirty years of service in the U.S. House of Representatives and Stewart L. Udall’s service as Secretary of the Interior. Both men worked tirelessly for the rights of American Indian and Alaska Native peoples. Since 1996, 110 tribes have been represented in the scholarship and internship programs.

We encourage you to visit our website at www.udall.gov and join our Facebook group Native Education @ Udall Foundation<https://www.facebook.com/groups/NativeEducationUdallFoundation/>. There, you’ll find our alumni profiles, tips for the applications, and more. We are eager to hear from interested students, faculty, staff and educational partners directly by email or phone. Thank you for your time and assistance. We look forward to working with you!

Harpo Foundation Accepting Application for Native American Artists Fellowships

New online database showcases tribal governance resources

A new database on tribal governance is now available http://phys.org/news/2012-10-online-database-showcases-tribal-resources.html. "The Indigenous Governance Database, recently launched by the UA's Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy, pulls together in one central location articles, case studies, videos and other resources focused on governance, sovereignty, leadership, and sustainable economic and community development."

Resource for High School Students: Paying for College (Scholarship Booklet)

This is a contribution, to provide scholarship information for Native students, to encourage and promote postsecondary education for Native students, to promote networking opportunities for Native Americans, and to raise awareness and appreciation for the contributions made by Native Americans to our society. I share this resource with the hope that you would also seek compassion about young people who need guidance and support toward finding the quality of life. You may duplicate and distribute this free booklet. ~Rosie Dayzie, email: rosie.dayzie@gmail.com

Lakota Language Education Action Program

Be Part of the Future of the Lakota Language 
  • Jobs available every year in many schools across South Dakota
  • Department of Education provides financial support to qualified students
  • For students who already have or are seeking a bachelor's degree, and want to teach Lakota
LLEAP Training Options at USD (see note):
  • Option 1: A Bachelor's of Liberal Studies in Teaching Lakota Language, leading to full teaching certification
  • Option 2: A Teaching Minor in Lakota Language, which can be added to a teaching major and full certification in another subject.
  • Option 3: A K-12 Lakota Languages Education Endorsement for teaching Lakota Language only as per South Dakota statute ARSD 24:15:06:29.

Note:  Currently under review by the South Dakota Board of Regents and Department of Education.

LLEAP South Dakota Contacts:

Extramural Funding Opportunities for Entering Students

Many of the fellowships provide multiple years of funding and are for students in their first year or two of graduate studies. After that, they are no longer eligible to apply. Thus the sooner students learn about these opportunities, the better their chances of preparing a strong application.


The Department of American Studies & Ethnicity, Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, California, is seeking to hire a part-time or full-time lecturer able to teach American Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies and/or Latina/o Studies during the 2015-16 Academic Year. Possible hiring opportunities for the Spring 2016 semester include:

AMST 200 Introduction to American Studies and Ethnicity
AMST 250 The African Diaspora
AMST 378 Introduction to Asian American History
AMST 449 Introduction to Asian American Literature

The department is interested in scholars from humanities or the social sciences whose work demonstrates an engagement with the fields of American and Ethnic Studies. The scholar should have a Ph.D. in a relevant field of study by the start of this appointment and should be able to demonstrate teaching excellence in the subject area.

To apply please send letter of interest, a CV, three letters of recommendation that speak to teaching abilities, and sample syllabi to: Nayan Shah, Chair, Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, Kaprielian Hall (KAP) 462, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2534, preferably by email to asehiring@dornsife.usc.edu.  Review of applications will begin on July 15, 2015 and continue until the positions are filled.

In order to be considered for this position, applicants are also required to submit an electronic USC application; follow this job link or paste in a browser:http://jobs.usc.edu/postings/49045.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting uschr@usc.edu.

Youth Education Guidance Counselor, Family Preservation Services Department

The position is with the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians. The Youth Education Guidance Counselor works with Native children from infant to 12th grade who reside in Los Angeles County. For more information, please visit the website: http://www.torresmartinez.org/Departments/HR/JobBoard.aspx.

Under the direction of the Family Preservation Services Manager, provide technical assistance and information to students in a variety of academic and career related matters including scheduling options, course selection, graduation requirements, college applications, college entrance tests and scholarships; develop and organize programs to introduce students to careers and colleges. Successful candidate must have knowledge of methods, procedures and planning strategies pertaining to student careers and academics; Academic subject matter, program options and scheduling common to a K-12 educational organization. College admissions processes, requirements and application procedures: Principles and techniques of social work and the function of a social service agency. Modern office practices, procedures and equipment: Policies and objectives of assigned programs and activities; Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy. Record-keeping and report preparation techniques: Organizational registration, scheduling, proficiency and graduation requirements; must have ability to maintain client confidentiality: Perform clerical duties related to assigned activities. Communicate effectively both orally and in writing, including some public speaking. Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others. Maintain records and prepare reports. Meet schedules and time lines. Work with people from diverse cultures, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and must always maintain cultural sensitivity.

This position requires driving in performance of duties and therefore requires possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license and ability to maintain insurability under the Tribe’s auto insurance policy throughout employment.

This position has duties and responsibilities that require regular contact with or control over Indian children and is therefore subject to the background investigative process to comply with PL 101-630.
Education and/or Experience Requirements: Any combination equivalent to: bachelor’s in psychology, sociology, education, or related field, and two years of increasingly responsible educational or social services experience.

AIR Project Director

The American Indian Recruitment (AIR) Project Director provides programmatic oversight, administrative direction, and management for the outreach project sponsored by the Student Initiated Outreach Committee (SIOC) and housed in the Student Initiated Outreach Center. The AIR Project Director has responsibilities for the short and long term development and day-to-day operations of the project in collaboration with the project's Sponsoring Student Organization, American Indian Student Association, and the Student Initiated Outreach Committee. The AIR Project Director is fiscally responsible for their project and must adhere to budget guidelines and restrictions. The AIR Project Director ensures that the project strives to provide educational support services that help and encourage youth in the Los Angeles community, specifically targeting the American Indian community, become eligible for a post-secondary education and provide community college students with services that cater to the needs of the distinctive population of transfer students.

Apply here: hr.mycareer.ucla.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=65598 (Req#: 21912)

RAIN Project Director

The Retention of American Indians Now! (RAIN!) Project Director provides programmatic oversight, administrative direction, and management for the retention project sponsored by the Campus Retention Committee (CRC) and housed in the Student Retention Center. The RAIN! Project Director has responsibilities for the short and long term development and day-to-day operations of the project in collaboration with the project's Sponsoring Student Organization, the American Indian Student Association, and the Campus Retention Committee. The RAIN! Project Director is fiscally responsible for their project and keeps within funding guidelines and limitations.The RAIN! Project Director ensures that the project strives to assist UCLA students, specifically American Indian students, graduate by providing the following services: Peer Counseling, Mentorship, and a Wellness Program.

Apply here: hr.mycareer.ucla.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=65594 (Req# 21908)

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