May 2011

Resumes are needed this week!

Do you know anyone who might be interested in an internship with the US Department of Agriculture? They are currently searching for individuals who might be interested in an internship either locally, regionally, or at the National Level here in Washington DC. If you know of anyone, please have them send their resume to Janie Hipp (Janie.hipp) or Barbara Blake (barbara.blake).

Also, please apply using the repository database – One-Stop-Application Online Form:

To assist you with the application process, please see the attached applicant guide providing details on the process.

For additional information on the student employment opportunities at USDA, please visit our USDA Career site for Internships and Scholarships information:

This is a very quick turnaround time for the application and we are here to help answer any questions you might have.

Needed are candidates interested in any of the following areas:

Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)AMS facilitates the strategic marketing of agricultural products in domestic and international markets while ensuring fair trading practices and promoting a competitive and efficient marketplace. AMS constantly works to develop new marketing services to increase customer satisfaction.
Agricultural Research Service (ARS)ARS is USDA’s principal in-house research agency. ARS leads America towards a better future through agricultural research and information.
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)APHIS provides leadership in ensuring the health and care of animals and plants. The agency improves agricultural productivity and competitiveness and contributes to the national economy and the public health.
Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP)CNPP works to improve the health and well-being of Americans by developing and promoting dietary guidance that links scientific research to the nutrition needs of consumers.
Economic Research Service (ERS)ERS is USDA’s principal social science research agency. Each year, ERS communicates research results and socioeconomic indicators via briefings, analyses for policymakers and their staffs, market analysis updates, and major reports.
Farm Service Agency (FSA)The Farm Service Agency implements agricultural policy, administers credit and loan programs, and manages conservation, commodity, disaster and farm marketing programs through a national network of offices.
Food and Nutrition Service (FNS)FNS increases food security and reduces hunger in partnership with cooperating organizations by providing children and low-income people access to food, a healthy diet, and nutrition education in a manner that supports American agriculture and inspires public confidence.
Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)FSIS enhances public health and well-being by protecting the public from foodborne illness and ensuring that the nation’s meat, poultry and egg products are safe, wholesome, and correctly packaged.
Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS)FAS works to improve foreign market access for U.S. products. This USDA agency operates programs designed to build new markets and improve the competitive position of U.S. agriculture in the global marketplace.
Forest Service (FS)FS sustains the health, diversity and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.
Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA)GIPSA facilitates the marketing of livestock, poultry, meat, cereals, oilseeds, and related agricultural products. It also promotes fair and competitive trading practices for the overall benefit of consumers and American agriculture. GIPSA ensures open and competitive markets for livestock, poultry, and meat by investigating and monitoring industry trade practices.
National Agricultural Library (NAL)NAL ensures and enhances access to agricultural information for a better quality of life.
National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS)NASS serves the basic agricultural and rural data needs of the country by providing objective, important and accurate statistical information and services to farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and public officials. This data is vital to monitoring the ever-changing agricultural sector and carrying out farm policy.
National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)In partnership with land-grant universities, and other public and private organizations, NIFA provides the focus to advance a global system of extramural research, extension, and higher education in the food and agricultural sciences.
Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)NRCS provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain and improve our natural resources and environment.
Risk Management Agency (RMA)RMA helps to ensure that farmers have the financial tools necessary to manage their agricultural risks. RMA provides coverage through the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, which promotes national welfare by improving the economic stability of agriculture.
Rural Development (RD)RD helps rural areas to develop and grow by offering Federal assistance that improves quality of life. RD targets communities in need and then empowers them with financial and technical resources.
USDA Offices
Departmental Management (DM)DM provides central administrative management support to Department officials and coordinates administrative programs and services.
National Appeals Division (NAD)NAD conducts impartial administrative appeal hearings of adverse program decisions made by USDA and reviews of determinations issued by NAD hearing officers when requested by a party to the appeal.
Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO)The Office of Advocacy and Outreach (OAO) was established by the 2008 Farm bill to improve access to USDA programs and to improve the viability and profitability of small farms and ranches; beginning farmers and ranchers and socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers. OAO develops and implements plans to coordinate outreach activities and services provided by the Department through working collaboratively with the field base agencies, and continually assessing the effectiveness of its outreach programs.
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (OASCR)OASCR’s mission is to facilitate the fair and equitable treatment of USDA customers and employees, while ensuring the delivery and enforcement of civil rights programs and activities. ASCR ensures compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and policies for USDA customers and employees regardless of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, political beliefs, parental status, protected genetic information, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all bases apply to all programs.)
Office of Budget and Program Analysis (OBPA)OBPA provides centralized coordination and direction for the Department’s budget, legislative and regulatory functions. It also provides analysis and evaluation to support the implementation of critical policies. OBPA administers the Department’s budgetary functions and develops and presents budget-related matters to Congress, the news media, and the public.
Office of the Chief Economist (OCE)OCE advises the Secretary on the economic situation in agricultural markets and the economic implications of policies and programs affecting American agriculture and rural communities. OCE serves as the focal point for economic intelligence and analysis related to agricultural markets and for risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis related to Departmental regulations affecting food and agriculture.
Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)OCFO shapes an environment for USDA officials eliciting the high-quality financial performance needed to make and implement effective policy, management, stewardship, and program decisions.
Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO)OCIO has the primary responsibility for the supervision and coordination of the design, acquisition, maintenance, use, and disposal of information technology by USDA agencies. OCIO’s strategically acquires and uses information technology resources to improve the quality, timeliness and cost-effectiveness of USDA services.
Office of Communications (OC)OC is USDA’s central source of public information. The office provides centralized information services using the latest, most effective and efficient technology and standards for communication. It also provides the leadership, coordination, expertise, and counsel needed to develop the strategies, products, and services that are used to describe USDA initiatives, programs, and functions to the public.
Office of Congressional Relations (OCR)OCR serves as the USDA’s liaison with Congress. OCR works closely with members and staffs of various House and Senate Committees to communicate the USDA’s legislative agenda and budget proposals.
Office of Environmental Markets (OEM)OEM supports the development of emerging markets for carbon, water quality, wetlands, and biodiversity.
Office of the Executive Secretariat (OES)OES ensures that all Department officials are included in the correspondence drafting and policy-making process through a managed clearance and control system. Keeping policy officials informed of executive documents enhances the Secretary’s ability to review sound and thought out policy recommendations before making final decisions.
Office of the Inspector General (OIG)OIG investigates allegations of crime against the Department’s program, and promotes the economy and efficiency of its operations.
Office of the General Counsel (OGC)The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) is an independent legal agency that provides legal advice and services to the Secretary of Agriculture and to all other officials and agencies of the Department with respect to all USDA programs and activities.
Office of Tribal Relations (OTR)The Office of Tribal Relations is located in the Office of the Secretary, and is responsible for government-to-government relations between USDA and tribal governments.

How’aa, Gunalchéesh, Tsin’aen, Thank You,

‘Wáahlaal Gidáak-Barbara Blake

Yahkw ’Láanaas

Program Assistant

United States Department of Agriculture

Office of the Secretary, Office of Tribal Relations

1400 Independence Ave. SW, 500A Whitten Building

Washington DC 20250


202-205-2249 (main)

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April, 2011

In this issue
Call for papers: Essay contest , Women and climate change

Deadline: 1st of June Send in essays to :

greens.essaycontestSee conditions below

Women empowerment and women’s role

Women are change agents on both household and community levels with regard to natural resource management. Women are long-time leaders on poverty eradication and sustainability, and gender equality is a key issue in the climate change debate. If we do not implement gender-sensitive policies to fight climate change, it will have disastrous consequences on the gender balance.

On the other hand, if we include and empower women, who are often responsible for agriculture, food and water supply, as well as first education of the next generation, we will do a better job in addressing climate change and its consequences.

Mainstreaming the gender perspective is not only a sensible choice for our societies; it is a better, more efficient way to reach our goals.
Because this subject is at the very core of our preoccupations as members of the Green Party, we need to have better information and understanding on this subject, and answer these questions: How can we counteract the disproportionate burden of climate change on women? How to empower women so that they become a key partner in reducing climate change?

How can gender equality be fully integrated into climate policies?
We encourage everyone to send us a paper with ideas and propositions on these issues.


By taking part in the contest, participants agree on the terms of participation.

How and when to hand in my paper?

All papers have to be sent per e-mail to Greens.essaycontest before 1 June 2011, midnight. Papers sent after the deadline will not be accepted.

Who can apply?


Do I have to be a European citizen?

No, contributions from around the world are welcome.

About languages

Papers can be written in one of the four following languages: English, French, German and Spanish.

What kind of paper?

Papers should have the written form of an essay.

How long should the paper be?

Papers should be between 20.000 and 28.000 characters (with spaces) long.

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How should it be presented?

Papers should be typed. No handwritten paper will be accepted.

What will happen next?

A jury made up of Green Members of the European Parliament, representatives of the European Green Party, the Federation of Young European Greens, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the European Green Foundation, EGGO (European Green Gender Observatory) and NGOs will select the best essays.

Depending on the number of papers submitted, a pre-jury might do a pre-selection for the final jury.

What is the prize for the winner?

First of all, the best three essay writers will be invited to the Green Summer University in Frankfurt (Oder) and Slubice (1). This invitation includes transportation costs, hotel room for three nights and meals for the four days.
The best essays will also be published in their original language and English, with a preface from Members of the Parliament and members of the jury. This book will be printed out and distributed during the University (to be confirmed depending on printing delays). The winners will get 10 copies each.

An event will be organised for the winners to read their essays to a selected audience, followed by a private dinner with members of the jury.

Source: Essay contest – Women and climate change

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Call for Session Proposals
Deadline: July 1st, 2011

The Alaska APA Chapter is pleased to announce the 1st Annual Alaska State Planning Conference! You are welcome to join at the Westmark in Fairbanks, November 7-8 for this historic event! The conference planning committee is currently seeking session proposals. The call for session proposals and application form are attached. Additional information about the conference will be posted on the Chapter website and Facebook page. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the conference planning committee at: akapaconference .

We hope to see you there!

Charlene Stern
Alaska APA Chapter

The Alaska Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) announces a
call for session proposals for the 2011 Alaska Planning Conference, to be
held November 6-8, 2011 at the Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Who Should Submit a Session Proposal?
Anyone is welcome to submit a session proposal, regardless of whether or
not they are a member of the Alaska APA Chapter. If you have a particular
expertise, or have recently completed a planning initiative that others may
be interested in, we encourage you to submit a session proposal.

What Topics Are of Special Interest?
Session proposals on any topic are welcome. Speakers are encouraged to
demonstrate the topics applicability to planning in Alaska. Suggested topics
Tribal Planning
Rural Communities
Public Involvement
Economic Development
Climate Change
Comprehensive Planning

APA Session Proposals.pdf

APA Proposal Application Form.pdf

See the below email from Janie Simms Hipp, J.D., LL.M. (Chickasaw), Senior Advisor to the Secretary:

Greetings from Washington! And greetings from Secretary Vilsack. I just want to re-iterate our desire to advance as many internship resumes from TCUs throughout the Department as possible. Depending on the agency and the needs, we are willing to place students locally, regionally, and in the national offices.

If you could identify even 3-5 (or more) eager and interested students at your end and let us know their interests, we will do our best to place them in agency internship positions. But I need the resumes this week so that they can be on-boarded as soon as possible.

Please send them via email to me at: Janie.hipp; or to Barbara Blake at Barbara.blake. We will work with Lawrence and his staff to augment the 1994 intern program by adding more TCU students in the other intern programs currently underway across the Department.

Thanks for your help!

Janie Simms Hipp, J.D., LL.M. (Chickasaw)

Senior Advisor to the Secretary, Tribal Affairs

Office of Tribal Relations

United States Department of Agriculture

14th and Independence Ave. SW, 500A Whitten Building

Washington DC 20250


202-205-2249 (main)

202-720-1058 (fax)

USDA Internships.docx

All are welcome to attend. Open to those who want to listen to stories, and learn Yup’ik Eskimo language and dance.

May schedule language & dance.pdf

It’s not too late to give Doyon Foundation your graduation information to be featured in our graduation newsletter!

Graduation is a big accomplishment and Doyon Foundation would like to honor your achievements! The deadline to respond with graduation information is May 25!

Attention high school or college students who are graduating during the 2010 – 2011 academic year! Doyon Foundation wants to hear from you! The Foundation is compiling a list of current graduates, who will be recognized at our graduation reception, as well as highlighted in a special issue of the Foundation e-newsletter.

Graduates are invited to provide the following information:

What is your full name?

Where are you from?

What school are you graduating from?

What degree are you receiving (certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate, etc.), and in what field (business, education, engineering, etc.)?

What are your plans for after graduation?

How has Doyon Foundation assisted you in pursuit of your educational goals?

What are the names of your parents, and maternal and paternal grandparents?

Do you have a digital photo of yourself (If so, please email to us)?

Please e-mail the above information and photo to Tonya Garnett, Scholarship Program Manager, at You may also contact her at 907.459.2049.

Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) is currently recruiting for an Executive Assistant, Finance. Click here for more information.

Doyon Foundation is seeking a dynamic, people-person to join our fast paced team. As the scholarship program manager, you’ll be the first point of contact for students. The foundation is looking for a major multi-tasker, highly organized, an independent worker and someone who loves the adrenaline rush that comes with tight deadlines!

Click here to view the job description. Interested applicants can apply by going to the Doyon, Limited website at, click on the “jobs” tab, and click on “job openings”. Once you find the position titled “Scholarship Program Manager”, click “Apply Online”.

The application deadline is Monday, May 30, 2011.

The 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.

You can keep updated by “liking” their facebook page at:

The following article is reprinted courtesy of the Gana-A’Yoo, Limited newsletter. To view the full newsletter, visit . Article submitted by Kayli Hildebrand.

Photo courtesy of Emma Hildebrand

I was raised in Northway by my parents Bernard and Emma Hildebrand.  Northway is a small village of less than 300 people, where I lived until I graduated from High School.  My dad is originally from Nulato and my mother’s relatives are from McGrath and Anchorage.  I enjoyed learning about our Athabascan culture by attending potlatches and through Native singing & dancing. I took a Native language class growing up and enjoyed being around our elders and adults who spoke it.

Northway will always be my home.  Growing up there was some challenges and I realizing not many people from home attended college or moved away. I decided early on that I was not going to stay in the village; I wanted to make a difference in life and to show my parents that I can succeed. I received a full scholarship for being at the top of my class and I now attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

My first day of college was very scary.  I didn’t know anyone at all, but as days and weeks went by, I saw people I knew and I also met new friends.  I chose UAF to get a degree in mechanical engineering.  Why, you ask? Because my dad works for Alyeska Pipeline and I see that he makes a good living and I too want to be successful.  I also would like to have a great job that will allow me to care for my family when I am older, just as my dad did. I may not be the best at math or English, but I know I will do my best in college to show my parents I can succeed in life.

Growing up, I have done many extracurricular activities including basketball, where we made it to state twice and I was also a big sister volunteer.  I have held many jobs to stay busy growing up including a grocery store clerk, babysitting and working at Fast Eddy’s in Tok.  I now work at the Interior-Aleutians Campus as a facilitator. This job allows me to work regularly with college students.  It is a great working experience.  When I complete college, I plan to succeed far in life.  I know that UAF is the perfect place for me because it is close to all my family and friends.  The teachers and students are great and I am looking forward to a little fun while at college.

Wherever you go in life take some chances, get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself.  Good Luck.

If you have or know kids between the ages of 18-31 with a high school diploma, the Federal Aviation Association is taking applications for air traffic controller school. We all have kids and know kids in the right age group (under 31) and with some effort they could reach a salary of over $100,000 with benefits in about 3 years! You need only a high school diploma to apply and credit is given for college on the exam.

Fill out the application immediately – even if they don’t know if they’d want to attend immediately – it’s the federal government and it may take them months to call. The key is to apply NOW… There will be a lot of retirements coming up rather quickly and they need to line up training to accommodate these openings. The FAA rarely has an open application such as this and that the jobs are coveted.

This is a great opportunity and it should be noted that choosing a site like Anchorage or Indianapolis to train is a likely acceptance into the training program – after which you can transfer anywhere in the country that has a tower.

The following is the link that will be live at 1pm on Sunday for a web cast of UAF Commencement in Fairbanks. Share with anyone who might be interested in viewing the ceremony.

This is a reminder for those who can attend tomorrow’s Graduation Reception from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Doyon, Limited Chief’s Court – 1 Doyon Place, Fairbanks, Alaska. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Whitney Demientieff at 459-2048 or demientieffw@doyon.comWe hope to see you there!


Welcome – Doris Miller, Executive Director

Alumni Comments – Joy Huntington, Dartmouth College Class of 2006, Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies & Native American Studies

Introduction – Tonya Garnett, Scholarship Program Manager

Graduate Speaker – Jessie Bergman-David, University of Alaska Fairbanks Class of 2011, Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education

Recognition of Doyon Foundation Graduates

Doyon, Limited Talent Bank – Robin Renfroe, VP Human Resources and Shareholder Relations

Athabascan Dance Group

Cook Inlet Tribal Council (CITC) has a new program where we are recruiting Alaska Native and American Indian volunteers for the CASA program. The CASA would be a volunteer, who would advocate for a child or children in the foster care system. The current information is that more than 60 percent of Alaska’s children in the foster care system are Alaska Native/American Indian. In Anchorage alone, 395 out of 664 (59 percent) of the children in foster care are Alaska Native. Today, there are approximately 100 CASA volunteers in Anchorage and less than 10 volunteers are Alaska Native or American Indian. In order to balance the disproportionate numbers, CITC is recruiting Alaska Native CASAs. If anyone is interested in learning more about the CASA program or would like to attend the fall training, please contact Donna Huntington at 907.793.3155 or

CASA 5.5.11.doc

Administrative Assistant

Growing company has an immediate opening for an Administrative Assistant. Must be proficient in Word/Excel and have excellent clerical, administrative & customer service skills. Administrative Clerical Certificate or equivalent work experience required. EEOE w/ preference given to Dinyee and Birch Creek shareholders & AK natives (PL93-638). Drug/Alcohol free workplace. Competitive starting pay with room to advance for the right person. Email resume to Maureen. Deadline: 5/23/11.

Maureen Mayo
ARG Sr. Associate
(907) 452-7162
(907) 452-5063 Fax


Administrative Assistant.docx

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