Monday, January 16, 2012

NAP Weekly Announcements - Winter 2012 - Week 3

1. Student Forum on Global Learning
Come see our very own students and interns, Kayla Gebeck and Ma'Ko'Quah Jones!

Information on the presentations:
Global Challenges, Local Solutions: Native Communities in Flux
Presenter: Kayla Gebeck '12
Language Revitalization in Native Communities
Currently, Indigenous communities around the world face the rapid decline and extinction of their native languages. According to National Geographic, “Every 14 days a language dies.” The legacy of colonialism has had an immense impact on the livelihood and existence of Native peoples and their Indigenous languages. Intrinsically linked to those of language, land, and culture have been issues of alcoholism, depression, suicide, high incarceration rates and so on. To tackle these contemporary issues, Indigenous communities have turned to language and cultural revitalization efforts as a part of the solution. Because Indigenous cultures are varied and unique across the world, there is no one solution to each community’s problems. Historically, researchers have tried to solve issues within Indigenous communities by facing each problem alone. However, we have found that Indigenous community issues must be faced holistically. By approaching language and cultural revitalization through canons of Indigenous research methodologies, Indigenous communities can be a part of and serve as a critical element in tackling the problems that face their communities. The most effective of these solutions derive from the community’s direct involvement and by use of traditional community constructs and methods of education.

Presenter: Trevelyn Wing '13
Reconciling Development, Climate Change, and Indigenous Cultural Preservation in the Scandinavian Arctic
The Arctic is changing. Global warming, perceived as an intangible threat elsewhere, is very real here. Climactic shifts introduce new flora and fauna and increase human access to once-remote locales, prompting industries and peoples to move north. Native societies around the Arctic Circle are sensitive to these phenomena. Such patterns are not new, and throughout their history they have learned to adapt to similar developments. The speed and unique nature of today’s challenges, though, are novel, and pose threats to the viability and continued existence of culturally significant institutions and practices. Nowhere is this more evident than among the Sámi of Northern Scandinavia, semi-nomadic reindeer herders who have maintained their way of life through centuries. Using the Sámi as a case study, this ethnographic research examines the interrelated issues of climate change, development, and cultural preservation in the Arctic through hands-on fieldwork and interviews with local researchers and herders. Preliminary results reveal nuanced and conflicting expectations for the region and its inhabitants; coming years promise profound change and uncertainty. The presentation will investigate these themes, explore the research challenges encountered, and reflect on the experience of conducting academic fieldwork in a rapidly evolving and dynamic Arctic.

Presenter: Ma'Ko'Quah Jones '12
Oceanic Manifest Destiny: Climate Change, Relocation and Indigenous Peoples
In the South Pacific country of Tuvalu, approximately 3,000 Tuvaluans (one quarter of their entire island population) find themselves in a political debate regarding their status of immigrant vs. refugee as they opt to migrate from their small island country to nearby New Zealand. Their stated reasons for moving include lack of income, lack of resources, and loss of traditional food sources, all problems that are exacerbated by climate change. Over 80 percent of these immigrants are settling in urbanized Auckland, a stark contrast to their traditional island lifestyle. To ensure the survival of their unique Indigenous culture and promote greater awareness of, and respect for, this vulnerable population, the Tuvaluan government must collect more precise data. This project examines post migration socioeconomic conditions of the South Pacific population, including the Tuvaluans, in Auckland, New Zealand to show the distribution of income and the Pacific Peoples population in comparison to the total population in Auckland, New Zealand.

2. Dartmouth Medical School 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration                                                                                                                                   
A Cure for the Uncommon Cold?: “Addressing Disparities in Primary Care”

Dr. Jennifer Madden
Title: "Gender Variance in the 21st Century"
Description: Dr. Madden is a primary care physician who has a special interest in working with transgendered individuals.
Date: Tuesday, Jan 17th;12:15 PM
Location: Vail Chilcottt Auditorium; Dartmouth Medical School
A light lunch will be served and Everyone is Welcome!

3. Reader to Reader Job Opening
Please apply for the Reader to Reader College Access Mentorship Program that we're launching this Winter! We're looking for a group of mentors that are eager to work with 8-12th grade students from St. Michael's High School on the Navajo Nation via email and Skype on a weekly basis. We'll also be creating a mini-web series for the program. There will be script writing, filming, and editing involved. This is the first program of its kind. You'll be a part of a really helpful and informative program. We'd love to have your help. 
Applications due by Wednesday night!! January 18th. 

Please email for more information and an application. 

4. NAD Meeting
7pm on Thursday at the NAH 
Be there!

5. Baloney Lunch This Week
Come to the NAP Friday at noon have lunch and meet the Native American Visiting Committee (NAVC). The NAVC is a group of alums interested in Native issues here at Dartmouth.  They come to campus once a year to talk to students, staff, and faculty about campus climate and Native issues.  They are presidentially appointed and they report their findings to President Kim at the conclusion of their visit.   

This is an opportunity for you to voice your concerns, share your ideas, and talk about all the things you think Dartmouth gets right!

Come connect with some Alums who share your concern and affection for Dartmouth.

What: Baloney Lunch  (Panera)
When: Friday January 20th at Noon
Where: 212 Collis
Who: You!

6. Indian Land Tenure Foundation Internships
The Indian Land Tenure Foundation (ILTF) is looking to hire current undergraduate or graduate students as interns for the summer of 2012. Visit for more information on the positions. Any questions, contact Pat Chase.

7. Columbia University Summer Public Health Scholars Program
This ten week summer program is open to students enrolled in an accredited college or university or recent graduates (within one year). The SPHSP targets underrepresented students, including Native American students, to learn about public health and minority health disparities. SPHSP includes the following opportunities:
  • Mentoring
  • GRE preparation course
  • Field Experience
  • Field trips throughout New York City to observe public health interventions and programs
  • A cademic enrichment courses
  • Stipend
  • Travel: each scholar will be provided with round trip travel
  • Housing: housing will be provided to all students
  • A week-long trip to Atlanta to visit the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Please visit the SPHSP website for more information and the program application.
Application Deadline: February 14, 2012

8. American Indian College Fund President and CEO Search
Know someone who is interested in funding the higher education of future Native students? The American Indian College Fund, a national, non-profit (501 (c) 3) organization headquartered in Denver, Colorado, is conducting a search for its next president & CEO. The primary responsibilities of the president are to fund raise and ensure that the organization operates and is managed in a fiscally responsible manner. The president must 1) provide the organization with a clear vision, which follows the defined mission; 2) ensure that the organization is meeting its goals and objectives as defined by the strategic plan/annual operating plan; 3) be responsible for management of staff to ensure that the delivery of programs, public education, policy development, day-to-day administrative operations, and fund raising are meeting their goals; and 4) be responsible for building and maintaining a positive, professional relationship with external constituencies and maintain a close working relationship with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and the presidents of the tribal colleges and universities. Please contact Carrie Basgall at for the job description and/or for further information. Applicant deadline is March 1, 2012.  

*NEW* 9. Gedakina Summer and Year Round Internships
Gedakina is accepting applications for summer and year-round internships. Ideal candidates will be undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in education, environmental studies, social work, or adventure based counseling. We are looking for self-starters - problem solvers – and passionate people who want to make a difference for young people and in the world we live in.

Gedakina, founded in 2002, is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works with Native American/First Nations youth and families from rural, urban and reservation communities across New England. Our
organizational goal is to develop new ways of reaching Native American youth, rooted in traditional cultural teachings and values, which will provide them with skills and resources to better navigate the
challenges they face in a changing landscape.

Our initiatives focus on leadership development, community health and wellness, indigenous traditional ecological knowledge (ITEK), healthy relationships and cultural revitalization/survival. Our approach
emphasizes interconnected programs to reach Native American youth and families, with clear recognition that the challenges our people encounter on a daily basis are also interconnected. Gedakina conducts community-based activities and initiatives, regional alliance building, and public education and awareness building programs with a broad outreach.

Summer Interns will:
  • Carry-out youth and community outreach helping to grow Gedakina’s footprint across New England’s rural, urban and reservation communities
  • Assist with activity planning and implementation
  • Co-lead activities including outdoor education, cultural revitalization and community/region wide events

The time commitment of interns will be negotiable, but ideally will consist of twenty to forty hours per week during the summer break, and ten to twenty hours during the academic year. Location is dependent on community needs and the intern’s preferred place of residency in New England.  Internships will include a monthly stipend and travel allowance, as well as opportunities for in-house and external professional development. If required we will assist interns in obtaining housing within communities. As we primarily work within Native American/First Nations rural, urban, reservation and historical communities, candidates with family connections to these communities in New England and the Atlantic Provinces are encouraged to apply.

We suggest that candidates browse our website to familiarize themselves with our programs, our history and our organizational philosophy.

Candidates/Applicants should submit:
  • an application (see form below)
  • a one-two page summary of experience and qualifications, including a statement on why YOU would make an ideal intern for Gedakina
  • Two–three letters of support (cannot include immediate family members).

Following submission of applications Gedakina staff and/or key volunteers will arrange interviews with candidates.

For additional information about internships please contact:
Rick Pouliot, Co/Founder and Executive Director   (603) 673-3089


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As Gedakina conducts activities with youth, Elders and survivors of domestic and sexual violence we require criminal background and reference checks for all applicants prior to acceptance as interns.

We are a safe zone organization and follow the philosophy that all people have the right to be treated with dignity and respect.

Competed applications can be submitted at or via USPS to:
PO Box 221
Milford, NH 03055

*NEW* 10. Google Opportunities
Google is invested in increasing the pipeline of future computer scientists and software developers, particularly those who are historically underrepresented in the field. Many aspiring computer scientists could benefit from a program that bridges the gap between academic study and a professional internship. Google wants to inspire these students to continue in the field with such a program.

With this in mind, Google announces the second year of the Freshman Engineering Practicum internship ( program for Summer 2012. Current freshmen majoring, or intending to major, in Computer Science or Electrical and Computer Engineering will be selected to participate in the Practicum. This program includes three main components: a software project, skills-based training, and professional development. Freshman Engineering Practicum is only available at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA.

The program is open to all qualified current college freshmen, and is committed to addressing diversity in the field of Computer Science. Students who are a member of a group that is historically underrepresented in the technology industry are encouraged to apply.

Please visit for more information and to apply today! The deadline to apply is Sunday, February 5, 2012. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and we encourage students to apply early. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at

As part of Google's ongoing commitment to advancing computing and technology, we are pleased to provide scholarships to students studying computer science.  Google's scholarship programs award students from diverse backgrounds who are studying computer science to encourage them to excel in their studies and become active role models and leaders in the field. If selected, recipients will each receive a $10,000 scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year and be invited to attend the all-expense paid Annual Google Scholars' Retreat at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA.  Scholarships will be awarded based on the strength of applicants' academic background and demonstrated passion for computer science.

Please see below for a list of open scholarships and upcoming deadlines:
Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship - Deadline to apply is Monday, February 6, 2012
Scholarships for female students entering their senior year of undergraduate study or be enrolled in a graduate program in the US and Canada
Google Lime Scholarship for Students with Disabilities - Deadline to apply is Sunday, February 5, 2012
Google AISES Scholarship - Deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Google Hispanic College Fund Scholarship - Deadline to apply is Thursday, March 1, 2012
Google UNCF Scholarship - Deadline to apply is Saturday, March 18, 2012
For complete details on all of our scholarships, please visit

Are you a freshman interested in Android development?  Would you like to join us for an all-expenses-paid program of interactive and collaborative Android curriculum at our Mountain View headquarters this summer? Apply for Android Camp today!
How to apply: Visit to learn more about the program and apply before the March 11, 2012 deadline.
When: Android Camp will begin on Sunday, July 22nd and will run until Saturday, July 28th.
I want to know more! To learn more about Android Camp and to submit your application, please visit our website at:

Look at last week's blog post here for more opportunities and events you might have missed!