July 2009

alaskanativestudentnetworkThe Alaska Native Student Network is a portal created on behalf of the ANCSA Education Consortium to provide a place for Alaska Native students and prospective students to start networking and share one another’s experiences. This is a Facebook Site.

Here are two recent postings to the Network so you can get an idea of what resources are there for you.

Alaska Native Student Network
What is a National SMART Grant? A National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (SMART) is for FT undergraduate students who are enrolled in the 3rd or 4th yr of undergraduate study. The award is for up to $4,000 for each of the 3rd and 4th years. For a list of SMART grant eligible majors go to www.ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/GEN0809.html

Alaska Native Student Network
Avoid scholarshp scams by avoiding fee-related services, as suggested by www.FinAid.org. Caution: scholarship seekers be aware of the following “tell tale lines” (US Dept of Ed 2005) such as “The scholarship is guaranteed or your money back.”  “You can’t get this info anywhere else.” “I just need your credit card or bank account number to hold this scholarship.” “You’ve been awarded a prize in a contest you didn’t enter.”

Visit and join the Alaska Native Student Network . It is one more great resource to help you with your pursuit of your education goals.

The purpose of the Interior Alaska Career Academy is to offer career exploration classes to high school students who want to expand their opportunities and learn about technical fields in high-growth, high-demand areas that can lead to successful career opportunities.

Each session will accept 12-20 students from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, 16 years of age, and still in high school with a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students will earn one (1) UAF/ TVC credit for successfully passing each session. At the completion of two sessions, participants will earn 0.5 high school elective credits. The student cost per session is $200. Scholarships may be available to qualifying students. Click on the download link below.

For more information contact your high school counselor, career guid­ance specialist, or Nina Tartakoff at 455-2869 or TVC at 455-2800.

You can also visit www.tvc.uaf.edu/iaca

Interior Alaska Career Academy.pdf

Association of AlaskaSchool Boards’ Initiative for Community Engagement (Alaska ICE) seeks a motivated individual to join a community engagement team that provides direct education and technical assistance to schools, communities, and organizations throughout Alaska. Works with a variety of people, from young to old and of varied ethnic backgrounds, to increase community support for positive youth development and success in school. Responsibilities include training and community workshops, school climate workshops, capacity building, youth leadership, and basic data analysis and interpretation.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelors degree (Masters preferred); at least 3 years of professional training or teaching experience and 2 years of project management; experience working in rural Alaska and familiarity with Alaska Native culture; strong interpersonal and writing skills. Juneau location preferred; must be willing to travel all over Alaska with limited accommodations. 217-day work year. Competitive salary/benefits. Equal opportunity employer. Background check required. Email cover letter and resumé to dmiller@aasb.org before 8/11/09. Visit www.alaskaice.org for more information.

CIRI Alaska Tourism, Corporation (CATC) is currently recruiting for a Reservations Manager. If you meet the minimum qualifications and would like to apply, please submit a resume and a CATC employment application (also attached) to:

CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp.
Attention: Susan Williams
PO Box 93330
Anchorage, AK99509-3330
Fax: 907-263-5508
Phone: 907.263.5123

You may also view this job opening on-line at: www.ciri.com. CIRI shareholders are encouraged to apply.

Download the application and job posting:
CATC Application 6-09.pdf
Reservations Manager 7-27-09.doc

Full scholarships are available to qualified Alaska Native students interested in attending George Washington University’s Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP). Scholarships cover tuition, housing, airfare and a stipend. NAPLP offers the opportunity to study in Washington, D.C. and learn how public policy decisions are made, how power is wielded, how government is run and how democratic politics function in a free society. The program involves coursework in applied politics, professional internships, mentorships and interaction with decision-makers and leaders. For more information, visit www.gwu.edu/~siw/politics/naplp/index.cfm or contact naplp@gwu.edu or 1.800.367.4776. To apply, visit www.gwu.edu/~siw/politics/admission/online-application.cfm. Applications for the spring 2010 semester are due November 1, 2009.

Applications are now available for the DENTEX Dental Health Aide Therapist Training Program, offered through collaboration between the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium and the University of Washington School of Medicine. Through the two-year program, students become advocates for oral disease prevention in rural Alaska villages, and are trained to provide restorative care.

The first year of the program takes place in Anchorage, and the second year takes place in Bethel. The program seeks applicants who, with tribal sponsorship, are willing to live and work in rural Alaska as a mid-level dental provider. Applicants should have a high school diploma or equivalent, and have work experience or desire to work in a clinical setting or health-related field. For more information or an application, visit www.dentexak.washington.edu or www.anthc.org, or contact dentex@u.washington.edu. Applications die September 1, 2009.

Southcentral Foundation’s dental clinic is offering an on-the-job training opportunity through its August 2009 dental assistant trainee class. During the 16-week course, students will receive clinical and academic training, and work closely with dental personnel and educators. Students will be on a 4/10 schedule and will receive an $8/hour salary. After successful completion of the course, a full-time employment opportunity may be presented. For more information, contact Tamara Larson at 907.729.5235 or tlarson@scf.cc.

Applications for Doyon Foundation’s basic scholarships for the 2009 winter semester are now available online. Please note these scholarships are for vocational students only. The scholarships range from $400 for part-time students to $800 for full-time students. For more information or to apply, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact Doris Miller, scholarship program manager, at 907.459.2050 or millerd@doyon.com. Applications are due September 15, 2009.

The $300 Edbesendowen Scholarship will be given to an American Indian (indigenous) student who is accepted into, or registered at, a college or university (preferably studying social work or American Indian studies). For more information, contact Michael.Niles@asu.edu. Applications due August 31, 2009.

The Keepers of the Fire Scholarship is an annual scholarship program that awards three $500 scholarships to American Indian (indigenous) students attending a college or university in the United States or Canada. For more information, contact Michael.Niles@asu.edu. Applications due August 31, 2009.

After graduating with honors from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire last month, Doyon Foundation alumna Agatha Erickson has returned to Alaska, where she has accepted a job in Fairbanks. Erickson, who majored in Native American studies, has her sights set on attending law school in the future.

“Most schools want you to have some work experience,” said Erickson, who is the new editor for Tanana Chiefs Conference’s newsletter, The Council.

Law holds a special interest for Erickson, who is the daughter of Arne Erickson of Tok and Susan Erickson of Kaltag. For her senior honor thesis, Erickson did a legal analysis of subsistence rights in Alaska. As part of that, she interviewed her mother and grandparents to see how federal Indian law has impacted their rights to access their homelands.

“When I interviewed them, I realized these laws have a very real and lasting effect on our lives. The law creates worlds in which we, as Alaska Natives, have to live and work. To know and understand the nuances of the law helps me to understand my life, my family and our existence as Alaska Natives,” said Erickson, who received the Daniel Simon award for outstanding academic achievement for her senior thesis.

Erickson, who was born in Fairbanks and grew up in Hoonah, said attending school so far from home was a challenge for her.

“When I graduated from high school, I couldn’t wait to leave. It took coming to the East Coast to help me realize how much I love home,” she said.

Now, Erickson’s long-range plans involve living in Alaska and working for Alaska Native peoples.

“I’ve done a lot of traveling and I haven’t found anywhere I like better,” said Erickson, who studied abroad in Berlin, Germany during her sophomore year.

One thing that helped Erickson overcome the challenges of being away from home was her involvement in the student group Native Americans at Dartmouth.

“It was one of the cornerstones of my experience here. The East Coast is so radically different from growing up in a village. Having other Native students to hang out with has been amazing. It has been a really big part of my life,” said Erickson, who was the co-president of Native Americans at Dartmouth when she graduated.

agatha erickson graduation

In addition to Native Americans at Dartmouth, Erickson was also editor-in-chief of First Voices, a student publication at Dartmouth, and was a Rockefeller Leadership Senior Fellow. In fall 2008, Erickson was also cited for outstanding academic achievement. Members of the Dartmouth faculty submit citation reports only when a student’s work is sufficiently distinguished to merit special recognition. Such citations are rare; typically, only a few undergraduates receive citations each term.

Erickson credits her successes to the fact she is studying something that truly interests her and impacts her life on a daily basis.

“Find your passion,” she advises other students. “It makes doing schoolwork easier. Work ceases to become work. It becomes something you enjoy. For me, federal Indian law and Alaska Native law is so fascinating. It’s fun because it’s a topic I enjoy learning about.”

Erickson is grateful for the financial support she received from the Doyon Foundation, her village corporation Gana-A’Yoo, Hoonah Indian Association and Dartmouth College.

“I’m graduating debt-free. The Doyon Foundation has helped me extensively. Thank you to Doyon and all who supported me,” she said. “I can’t imagine getting through college, especially one of this caliber, without the support of my family and everyone back home.”

The second Lead On! mini summit will take place in Girdwood, Alaska from October 4 – 6, 2009. Lead On! is a chance for youth leaders (aged 13 – 18) and community partners to develop leaderships skills to promote peace and equality in their own communities. The agenda includes youth-led workshops, nationally recognized keynote speakers, hiking and fun. Scholarships are available. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/leadonalaska or contact Kami Moore at 907.586.3650 or kmoore@andvsa.org. Applications due by August 8, 2009.

Lead On application.docx
On Save the Date.pdf

For thousands of years Native communities have thrived in challenging conditions. What wisdom does your community have to share? How can Natives support and participate in the transitions facing our great nation? This is your chance to help shape America’s successful tomorrow!
 Share your unique insights on the economy and our prospects for recovery… and you may be one of six Native winners chosen to receive $10,000 and have their opinions published!

Go to http://www.nativeinsight.org/ for more information. Deadline is September 15, 2009.

Have you read, heard about or been directly impacted by a teen suicide, accident involving drugs or alcohol, or young women getting pregnant before their lives are even stared? Have you ever thought to yourself that if the person had someone to talk to and/or a group to support them, that the choices they made may have been different? Do you want to make a difference but do not know how? Here is your chance to let the young people know how important they are.

A group to support students at Effie Kokrine Charter School is currently being formed. Once the group is established, group members will be paired up with the students and offer help in areas such as life challenges, careers, school, etc. The group plans to start working with the students this fall. For more information, contact Judy Evans at jf.evans@hotmail.com.

The CH2M HILL (formerly VECO Alaska, Inc.) Scholarship Program has been organized under Section 29 of the Grant of Right of Way Agreement Lease for the operation of the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. The goal of the Scholarship Program is to provide financial aid to Alaska Native students, which will assist them in achieving their underground college educational goals and prepare them for jobs on the Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS).

How to Apply:
If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, you must meet the above eligibility requirements and complete the attached application.

Application Deadline July 31, 2009 at 5:00PM: This is a firm deadline. No exceptions are allowed.

Where to send completed Applications:
Attention: Emily Cross
949 E. 36th Suite 500, Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

CH2M HILL Scholarship Application for 2009-2010.doc

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