Monday, November 5, 2012

NAP Weekly Announcements - Fall 2012 - Week 9


NAD meeting - 7 pm on Thursday at the NAH


Join the Native American Program in our Men's Wellness Initiative as we welcome Don Burnstick to Dartmouth's campus. 

From his website:
Mr. Burnstick "is a Cree from the Alexander First Nation located outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Burnstick obtained post secondary training at the University of San Diego in holistic urban youth development. He also has obtained certification as an Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselor and graduated from the Native Trainers Development program at the Nechi Institute in Edmonton.
Don has now been involved within the healing/personal wellness movement for the past 20 years and has utilized humour and performance to provide a holistic approach to healing. His highly acclaimed comedy show 'You Might be a Redskin - Healing Through Native Humour,' is a comedic performance, that humorously portrays First Nations people, their habits, likes and dislikes."

Men's Health Workshop
Date and Time: Nov. 7th, 3:00-5:30 PM
Location: Collis 101

Comedy Show
Date and Time: Nov. 7th, 8:00-9:30 PM
Location: Collis Common Ground


NEW Winter Term 2013 Courses in Native American Studies


Native American Studies 43: Winter 2A
Professor Angela Parker

The extraction and development of oil resources is one of the central issues driving U.S. geopolitical policy in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. As the U.S. government engages in covert and overt overseas incursions in order to secure oil supply, we have also reevaluated our domestic supply priorities. Both of these dynamics – as well as the work by multinational oil companies to continually explore and develop/exploit new sources – have led to fraught negotiations between states, multinational corporations, and indigenous populations across the globe. This course explores the long history of such past and present negotiations using books, articles, and documentary films. 



American Studies 16 (Identical to History 39): Winter 10A
Professor Angela Parker

Serving as the final course in a three-term survey of Native American history, this class reviews Native history from the late 19th century to the present, focusing on the interplay between large institutions and structures – such as federal and state governments, or the US legal system – and the lived, local experience of tribal communities. The major themes followed throughout the course of the term include: historical narrative (and what it justifies or explains), place and space (how local and national entities define territories), and indigeneity (indigenous identity). 


Fellowship with US PIRG

As a U.S. PIRG fellow, you will stand up to powerful interests like Wall Street lobbyists and pharmaceutical companies as you work to win concrete results for consumers. You’ll work closely with experienced advocates and organizers, and you’ll learn to make the case for reform through targeted research, coalition building, outreach to citizen activists and the media, and direct lobbying of decision-makers. Through the course of the fellowship, you will get the skills, experience and training necessary to be a leader in the social change movement. 

• As a fellow, you might work on any of the following issues: transportation, food safety, government aid to education, toxic pollution cleanup, money in politics, voting reform and more.

• Responsibilities include: developing issue expertise through research and report writing; planning campaigns and developing strategies to win; building and demonstrating public support through media events and by working with activists and like-minded organizations; making the case to decision-makers in one-on-one meetings and through legislative testimony; and building your program through fundraising. 
• Each fellow takes on the critical role of building the organization by canvassing for portions of the year, in addition to running a citizen outreach office in the summer months. 

Training & Experience 

A key part of the U.S. PIRG mission is to train leaders who are capable of organizing and winning results for the public interest. Immediately following an intensive training, fellows are trusted with significant responsibilities. The training is fully paid and starts in mid-August. Additional trainings take place during the year. Training topics include organizing skills and political strategy, and are covered through a mix of lectures, classroom briefings and discussions, role-plays, and in-the-field trainings. 

Throughout the year, you gain valuable skills and experience making your voice heard and building an organization through grant-writing, canvassing, recruiting and managing staff, and directing campaigns. 

Salary & Benefits

As a recent graduate, you will earn $23,750 over the course of your first year with U.S. PIRG. Salary for experienced candidates is commensurate with relevant professional experience. 
In addition, full-time staff can opt in to our state health care coverage, are eligible for paid sick days and vacation days, can apply for our college loan assistance program, and are also eligible to join our 401(k) program in their second year. Our staff accrue two weeks of vacation by the end of their first year and three weeks in their second year. 

Locations & Placement

Fellowship candidates are hired nationwide and placed in U.S. PIRG offices across the country. Specifically, U.S. PIRG is hiring for positions in: AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NM, OH, OR, PA, RI, TX, WA, WI and Washington, D.C. 

If you are interested only in particular locations, you will be asked to identify those locations during the interview process. If you are offered a U.S. PIRG fellowship, you are guaranteed placement in one of your specified locations. 


Please contact Emily Kowalski in our Recruitment Department with any questions. Send an email to Emily at or call (617) 747-4370


We are looking for motivated individuals who are willing to work hard and commit themselves to getting results. We value experience with campus groups or student government and academic achievement, as well as outstanding verbal and written communication and leadership skills. 
The fellowship position is a two-year commitment.


Please send a cover letter and resume to Evan Preston at

Oiaintern Announce 2012 Jul

Sierra Club’s Beyond Oil Campaign Internship Program:
Job Title: Intern – Beyond Oil Campaign, Washington, DC
Department: Conservation/ Beyond Oil Campaign
Term: Interns are accepted on a rolling basis
Hours: Minimum 20 hours per week; full time preferred
Oil is America’s # 1 source of climate disrupting emissions, and 51% of oil consumption in this country happens in the gas tanks of cars and light trucks on the road - that’s more that plastics, petrochemicals, jet fuel, and diesel fuel combined. For far too long, the oil industry has used this dependence in the transportation sector as an excuse to destroy Alberta’s boreal forests, Michigan’s Kalamazoo river, and the coastal communities of the Gulf of Mexico and the Niger Delta, not to mention the health and safety of children near refineries and freeways all over the world. When we fight for solutions to oil addiction, we fight to show the oil industry that they don’t own our future.
It's time to break Big Oil's stranglehold on our nation. The Sierra Club's Beyond Oil campaign aims to cut America's addiction to oil by stopping destructive and dirty fossil fuels and promoting real solutions such as smart transportation systems, clean cars, and clean, renewable energy that won't run out. The Beyond Oil intern will assist the campaign’s team members to move our nation beyond oil-based fuels.

Job Activities/Scope:
Interns will provide support to all aspects of the Beyond Oil Campaign, including its three sub-campaigns: dirty fuels, green transportation, and green fleets & electric vehicles. Past job activities have included conducting research and writing, assisting in outreach efforts, organizing program activities and events, preparing educational materials, providing administrative support, and contributing to program blogs and social media.

Required Knowledge and Skills:
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Demonstrated ability to research complex issues
Ability to gather and synthesize complex information and communicate it in a clear and concise manner
Ability to work well independently or in a team setting
Ability to converse comfortably on the phone
Strong attention to detail
Experience with grassroots organizing and campaigns is a plus
Possessing good time management and organizational skills
Enthusiastic about ending America’s oil addiction!

Compensation/ Pay: All Sierra Club internships are unpaid. Participants may be able to gain college credit for their internship.

To apply, please send resume and cover letter to: with “Spring 2012 Internship Application” in the subject line.