Outside Events and Job Opportunities

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50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz by the Indians of All Tribes

Wednesday, November 20: opening prayer + private gathering
Thursday, November 21: public speaking program
Friday, November 22: Off-island event
Saturday, November 23: exhibit opening + presentations

Save the Date! The Indians of All Tribes Planning Committee invites you to Alctraz Island to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic occupation of the island by the Indians of All Tribes. Details coming soon.

Occupiers and family members: to RSVP, call (925) 297-5343 or email alltribesday2019@gmail.com

Tickets will go on sale to the public on August 20, 2019 at www.alcatrazcruises.com

2019-2020 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Opportunities at the American Philosophical Society

2019-2020 Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Opportunities

The American Philosophical Society invites applications for predoctoral, postdoctoral, and short-term research fellowships and internships from scholars at all stages of their careers, especially Native American scholars in training, tribal college and university faculty members, and other scholars working closely with Native communities on projects in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields and disciplines. These funding opportunities are supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI). Fellows and interns will be associated with the APS’s Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), which promotes greater collaboration among scholars, archives, and Indigenous communities.

Predoctoral Fellowship (deadline February 1, 2019)
This 12-month residential fellowship is intended for an advanced Ph.D. student working toward completion of the dissertation. A stipend of $25,000 (plus benefits) will be awarded to the successful applicant, who will have desk space at the APS Library. In addition, the predoctoral fellow will receive $5,000 in funding to support outside research, fieldwork, and/or travel. Further information about the fellowship and application process can be found at https://apply.interfolio.com/56007.

Postdoctoral Fellowship (deadline February 1, 2019)
This 12-month residential fellowship is intended for a recent Ph.D., professor at any level seeking sabbatical support for a research project, or an independent scholar working closely with an Indigenous community on a project. A stipend that includes the option for health benefits will be awarded to the successful applicant, who will have desk space at the APS Library. The stipend will be in the $45-60K range (depending on benefits). In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will receive $5,000 in funding to support outside research, fieldwork, and/or travel. Further information about the fellowship and application process can be found at

Short-term Digital Knowledge Sharing Fellowship (deadline March 1, 2019)
These fellowships are open to scholars working on Native American and Indigenous topics who need to do archival research at the APS Library or elsewhere in order to complete their projects. Preference will be given to those who are working closely with Native communities and who plan to share their research with Native communities. The stipend is $3,000 plus the costs associated with visiting the APS for the summer 2019 DKS workshop. Further information about the fellowship and application process can be found at https://apply.interfolio.com/56341.

Undergraduate Summer Internship (deadline February 15, 2019)
These paid 8-week internships provide three talented undergraduates with the opportunity to conduct research, to explore career possibilities in archives and special collections, and to learn about advanced training in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields. The internship will take place from mid-June to mid-August 2019. During this time students will work at the APS Library and may have the opportunity to travel to Native communities to share their work. The stipend is between $3000 and $3500 (depending on housing costs), plus a travel allowance. Further information about the internship and application process can be found at https://apply.interfolio.com/56020.

About the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR)
CNAIR focuses on helping Indigenous communities and scholars to discover and utilize the APS collection in innovative ways. The Collections comprise a vast archive of documentary sources (including manuscript materials, audio recordings, and images) related to over 650 indigenous cultures, predominantly from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The Indigenous Subject Guide may be accessed through the CNAIR webpage: http://www.amphilsoc.org/CNAIR

Questions about NASI fellowships should be directed to libfellows@amphilsoc.org or 215-440-3400


The LA SKINS FEST is accepting applications for the first-ever NATIVE AMERICAN FEATURE FILM WRITERS LAB! The lab is an intensive scriptwriters workshop that prepares Native Americans for writing careers in the entertainment industry.

The LA Skins Fest, in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, CBS Entertainment Diversity, Netflix, HBO, United Talent Agency, and Turner, have selected 7 participants for the 3rd NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB, a talent development program that aims to boost the careers of Native American writers in television.


2018 Breath Of Life Archival Institute For Indigenous California Languages

2018 Breath Of Life Archival Institute For Indigenous California Languages

June 3-9, 2018

Hosted by the Advocates for Indigenous California Language Survival and the University of California, Berkeley

Breath of Life is a response to California Indian communities and families who want to revive and strengthen their languages, particularly those for which there are no living first language speakers. By working with the linguistic field notes and other documents and recordings, participants in the workshop can learn how to understand and use these materials for the purposes of language revitalization.

University of California, Berkeley has three major archives which, collectively, house the largest collection of unpublished material on California Indian languages. We give thanks to the foresight of those who shared their knowledge with the linguists, making sure that much was recorded for posterity. Their families can find their language, take it off the dusty shelves of the archives, and turn it back into living speech – giving it the Breath of Life.

The Breath of Life Institute invites California Indians to apply. As community researchers, you will find archival materials on your languages, and learn how to use them for increasing your knowledge of your language and for purposes of language revitalization in your community. You will also be able to network with like-minded people who are trying to save their languages.

Linguistics professors, researchers, and graduate students are invited to apply to be linguistic partners for the community researchers. You will help them find materials in the campus archives, and assist them in developing the linguistic knowledge they need to make best use of them.

Applications are due by March 31.


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.

Assistant or Associate Professor of Contemporary Native North American Studies

Assistant or Associate Professor of Contemporary Native North American Studies

The University of Virginia American Studies Program, the Dept. of Anthropology, and the Dept. of Religious Studies invite applications for a joint tenure-track position in Native North American Studies at the rank of assistant or associate professor. The position will be a joint appointment in American Studies and in either Anthropology or Religious Studies, and responsibilities will include service and teaching half-time in both units. Applicants must be on track to receive a PhD in American Studies, Anthropology, Religious Studies, or other relevant fields by August 2019 and must hold a PhD at the time of appointment.

We seek scholars who are actively engaged with one or more Native North American communities, and whose scholarship is centered around Native perspectives, past and/or present. The candidate must be able to make connections with disciplinary conversations taking place in either Anthropology or Religious Studies, as well as to the interdisciplinary framework of American Studies. The successful candidate will have broad knowledge of their PhD field, deep expertise about a particular culture, region, or community, and an ongoing program of research and publication.

We encourage candidates whose work could engage with Native Americans of Eastern North America and with recently federally recognized Virginia Tribes. We welcome comparative approaches to Native North America that include global indigeneity, as well as work solely rooted in North America writ large (including US territories overseas).

Background on UVa:

The candidate will have the opportunity to participate in scholarly networks at UVa such as the Americas Center/Centro de las Américas, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, Mellon Indigenous Arts Initiative, Mellon Global South Initiative, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African and African American Studies, and the Power, Violence and Inequality Collective. The American Studies Program is also home to minors in Asian Pacific American Studies and Latinx Studies. The Anthropology Dept. is launching major concentrations in “Indigenous Worlds,” “Culture and Communication,” and “Material Culture and Heritage” in 2019-20. The Dept. of Religious Studies offers MA and PhD programs in American Religions, and is launching in 2019 a number of interdisciplinary research clusters of potential relevance, and hosts a humanities lab on religion, race, and democracy.

This position is part of a pan-University, interdisciplinary cluster hire in Race and Inequality. This cross-Grounds initiative builds on UVa's commitment to creating, advancing, and sustaining a research mission devoted to the study of race, civil rights, and social justice. The cluster includes four tenure-track searches to be conducted by departments across the College of Arts & Sciences, with participation by the humanities, science, and social science divisions, as well as the School of Law and the Curry School of Education.

To apply, visit http://jobs.virginia.edu and search on Posting Number 0624045. Complete a Candidate Profile and attach a cover letter describing research agenda and teaching experience, a CV, a list of three references, a statement describing your contributions to diversity and inclusion (https://eocr.virginia.edu/Contribution-IE-Applicants) (Other 1), and a sample article or chapter-length scholarly work (Other 2).

Review of applications will begin on October 15, 2018 and the search will remain open until filled.

For questions regarding the position or application process contact Sylvia Chong, Chair, Search Committee, schong@virginia.edu.

UVA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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