Outside Events and Job Opportunities

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"Makah Voices and the Sea"

Joshua Reid
Associate Professor
University of Washington

April 27, 4 - 6 PM, Bunche 6275

Joshua Reid is an Associate Professor at University of Washington. He will be speaking on his recently published book, The Sea Is My Country: The maritime World of the Makahs.

Native Voices at the Autry's world premiere of Fairly Traceable

Native Voices at the Autry

Fairly Traceable World Premiere

Written by Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee)
Directed by Jon Lawrence Rivera
Producing Artistic Director Randy Reinholz (Choctaw)
Producing Executive Director Jean Bruce Scott

March 10–26
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 8:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: 2:00 p.m.

Wells Fargo Theater
$10 Autry Members / $25 Nonmembers / $15 Students, Seniors (60+), and Military (With ID)


Set during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Fairly Traceable follows the journeys of a young Ponca man and a Chitimacha woman as they juggle personal and career ambitions with advocacy for the environment and the people they love. In this romantic dramedy, award-winning Cherokee playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle reveals the culpability of corporate polluters and climate change deniers in environmental disasters. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

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"Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider" at the Los Altos History Museum

The exhibit explores traditional California Indian food sources, their sophisticated system
of environmental knowledge and the importance of native foods in contemporary
California Indian communities.

Los Altos History Museum welcomes Seaweed, Salmon and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast Exhibition

Through April 16, 2017
Los Altos, CA — Filled with historic and contemporary photographs, baskets and other artifacts, food specimens, memoirs, and recipes, Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast is a traveling exhibition from the Grace Hudson Museum and Exhibit Envoy. The exhibit, which opens at the Los Altos History Museum on January 12, 2017 and runs through April 16, 2017 features foods important in the lives of Native Californians including fish, shellfish, seaweed, meat, vegetables, berries, fruits, flowers, nuts, seeds, and salt.  This delicious look at Native foods is based on the Heyday Books publication Seaweed, Salmon, and Manzanita Cider: A California Indian Feast by Margaret Dubin and Sara-Larus Tolley (2008), a delightful and sometimes startling compendium of Native American cuisine (the most authentic local food around).

Sherrie Smith-Ferri, Director of the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah (www.gracehudsonmuseum.org), curated this exhibition in consultation with her aunt, Kathleen Rose Smith, a California Indian artist and a member of the Coast Miwok and Dry Creek Pomo tribes. Smith-Ferri notes how much fun it was to put the exhibit together. "It brought back lots of good memories of getting together with the family to spend time at the coast harvesting abalone, mussels and seaweed, or going to pick berries. And of course, it brings back recollections of some great meals eaten together. I found I would get really hungry if I worked too long a stretch of time on the exhibit."

"Our foods were (and still are) as varied as the landscape, as are our methods of preparing them," states Kathleen Rose Smith. "We ate them raw. We roasted, boiled, baked, leached, steeped, dried, and stored them, and, after contact, we fried, and canned them."

The book and the exhibit contain harvesting instructions and recipes for many delicious foods, including Huckleberry Bread, Pine Nut Soup, Rose Hip or Elderberry Syrup, Peppernut Balls, and Ingeniously Roasted Barnacles.

Modern California Indians have retained much of the precious plant and animal knowledge of their ancestors, and are in a process of recovering even more. "Despite missionization, Mexican land grants, the Russian quest for sea otters, and American expansionism, we are still here," states Smith. "We knew (and still know) the land with an intimacy that results from countless interactions."

February 11, 10-12 pm at the Los Altos History Museum, free
Native Plants as Food
An introduction to safe plant foods gathered by Native Americans along the west coast. Learn about the uses and tastes of many local plants, grind acorns, and play a native stick game.

Exhibition Support: Funding for this exhibit was provided by the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, the Mendocino County Office of Education, Exhibit Envoy, and the Sun House Guild.

The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm.  Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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

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.

Digitization Project Coordinator, UC Riverside

The Digitization Project Coordinator is responsible for digitizing and providing access to the Sherman Indian Museum's collection of historical records, documents, and photographs. This position will oversee both on-site and outsourced digitization and will manage the ingest of digitized content and metadata into a digital asset management system (DAMS). This is a 2 year contract position. This position will start June 1, 2017 or shortly thereafter. This position will work off-site at the Sherman Indian Museum in Riverside.

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CRC RAIN! Project Coordinator


CRC RAIN! Project Coordinator  
$3,892 - $7,691 monthly  
The Retention of American Indians Now! (RAIN!) Project Coordinator 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 Coordinator 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 Coordinator is fiscally responsible for their project and keeps within funding guidelines and limitations. The RAIN! Project Coordinator 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.  
8:00 am  
5:00 pm  

Asst Dir., Native American/Alaskan Native Recruitment


Asst Dir., Native American/Alaskan Native Recruitment  
$4,275 - $8,475 monthly  
In support of Undergraduate Admission (UA) efforts to meet annual new student recruitment and enrollment goals, the Assistant Director directs the development, planning, implementation and evaluation of new student recruitment and yield activities, and participates in application review. The primary objective of the position is to stimulate and motivate an academically competitive, talented and broadly diverse applicant pool of California resident, domestic non-resident and international students and assist these students through the admission and enrollment process. Visit secondary schools and community colleges in California, across the U.S. and internationally (as needed), providing substantive information about UCLA specifically, and the University of California generally (as required). Provide information on admissions requirements, processes and deadlines; financial aid; housing, and campus services.

The Assistant Director will be assigned a specific target population which is the American Indian population, the incumbent will be sufficiently well-versed to work with this targeted population, as well as a variety of prospective student audiences. Maintain a full schedule of school/college visits, making oral presentations and conducting workshops. Represent UA/UCLA in special joint programs with schools, colleges, and UC campuses. Advise prospective applicants and parents. Cultivate, establish and maintain working relations with counselors, administrators, other school personnel, tribal leaders and Native colleagues in the United States. Based on analysis, designs, implements and participates in activities to increase the yield of highly able and other target recruitment populations. Participate in application review providing information on targeted schools, and by reading applications, assessing applicant academic performance, and recommending admission using established guidelines. Manage one or more specific functions, such as Stay-Over Programs; Campus Tours, Alumni and Bruin Ambassador Programs, STOMP and annual UA staff training as well as specialized staff training programs. Hire, train and supervise student assistants to support program needs.  
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5:00 pm  

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