July 15, 2008 Summer Issue


"The People of Turtle Island (America's 500 Nations) were the first to invent team sports, including baseball, basketball, as well as lacrosse. While  the 'civilized' world played war games, our tribal men, women and children  were settling disputes playing team sports with long bats and lacrosse sticks."
Oren Lyons, Chief of the  Onondaga Nation of the Iroquois Confederacy
Living Indian Museum
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, CA
Emails of support from the Native community are needed to support an Intertribal presence on Alcatrazl
Please send emails of support to:     
More information: Ranger Jose Rivera:

Native American Basketball Tournaments
Submit your own or browse a listing of upcoming NA basketball tournaments

First Peoples Worldwide
Addresses injustices by equipping Indigenous peoples with resources to challenge government, corporation, and conservation policies.
Baseball’s League of Nations: A Tribute to Native Americans in Baseball
Ends December 31, 2008
Howes Cave, NY

Support Native Student's Fight to Wear Eagle Feather's to Graduation

National Society for American Indian Elderly
Recruiting volunteers for candidates to work with American Indian elder programs
Partnership for a Drug-Free America
Looking for Native American talent to participate in several National TV commercials for an Anti-Meth campaign

Education and Outreach Grants Program
Deadline: July 15, 2008
Funds activities that promote information sharing among organic agricultural researchers, farmers, and ranchers.

Native Arts Programs
Deadline: July 15, 2008
New England.
Support  for projects including preservation of arts and cultural traditions, contemporary Native arts, and/or training and technical assistance.
Animal Planet Hero of the Year Contest
Deadline: July 19, 2008
Recognizes individuals ages 18 and older for their extraordinary service in time, effort, and results for a cause that contributes to the welfare of animals.

International Youth Leadership Conference
Application review begins July 25, 2008
October 18 - November 1, 2008
Oslo, Norway
Native American student between the ages of 17-19 are wanted for this conference.
Contact Dr. Johnson Bia, (520) 206-7100, 206-7300 (voice)

Transforming Schools Our Way: Culture, Courage, Commitment
July 20-23rd, 2008
Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Co-hosted by the National Indian School Board Association and the Association of Community Tribal Schools
Contact: Carmen Taylor (
or Misty Hirsch (
GROOVE: Percussion Ensemble
Ends: July 29, 2008
Tulsa, OK
Muscogee- Creek musical artist, Julian B. will share self-expression through different forms of percussion and musicalensemble for youth ages 10-18.

Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee Logo Design Contest
Deadline: July 31, 2008
Design a logo that raises awareness of the need to free Leonard Peltier from his unlawful imprisonment

Painting  w/ Merlin Little Thunder
Ends: July 30, 2008
Tulsa OK
Youth ages 13-18 can work with Merlin Little Thunder in learning ways that artwork leads to self-expression.
KILI Wind Turbine Opening Celebration
July 31, 2008
Pine Ridge Reservation, SD
A day-long outdoor event with a feast, speakers and music

Twenty-First Century Warriors: Understanding the Changing Faces and Needs of Native Students
August 3-7, 2008
Santa Ana Pueblo, NM.
Explores research and  perspectives about changes with Native student populations and the implications for college and university administrations, faculty and staff.

Humanities Collections and Resources Grants
Deadline: July 31, 1008
The International Day of the World's Indigenous People 
Deadline: July 30, 2008
Friday 8, 2008
United Nations Headquarters, New York City
Organized by the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the NGO Committee on the International Decade of the World's Indigenous Peoples.

Native American Youth Camp
August 10-15, 2008
Painesville, Ohio
For Native children to explore and share their cultural identity and traditions.
Contact Kim Kennedy:

Finger Weaving:
Ends: August 13,  2008
Tulsa, OK
Ages 10 and up can learn the basic techniques of the traditional art of off-loom weaving.
Friday Night Cinema for Youth
Ends: August 15, 2008
Tulsa, OK
Showing contemporary Native American cinema

Grants for School Partnerships Around the World
Deadline: August 15, 2008.
Enalbes schools to develop globally-based, experiential curricula and to build educational partnerships with schools around the world.

The Choice is yours
August 14-16,2008
Browning, MT
A gathering of people interested in ideas of returning to a way of life emphasizing  indigenous traditions and beliefs.
Rapid Response Grants Program
Deadline: August 15, 2008 and October 15, 2008
Supports studies to reach children who are at highest risk for obesity, including African-American, Latino, Native American, Asian American, and Pacific Islander children

August 19, 2008
Miami, Oklahoma 

Free Indian Country Anti-Meth Training
August 18-19, 2008
San Diego, CA
A collaborative approach to combat meth production, distribution, and use.
International Young Professionals Summit
August 19, 2008
Manchester, United Kingdom

Global Youth Service Day
April 24-26, 2009

August 20-23, 2008
Orlando, Florida
Features a wide variety of activities, prominent leaders and native celebrities from many of the 565 Indian Nations recognized by the federal government,
Contact Carroll Cocchia:
Exploring the Interface Between Science & Tradition in Native Health Research
August 25-28, 2008
Portland, Oregon

 SPIRIT of Conservation Migratory Bird Program
Deadline:  September 1, 2008
Provides grants for migratory bird habitat conservation projects.

 10th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference
Call for papers deadline: August 31, 2008
March 1 - 4th , 2009
Phoenix, Arizona
This year's theme is “Healthier Communities-Families-Fathers”
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy: National Grant Program
Deadline: September 5, 2008
Provides grants for projects designed to support the development of literacy skills for adult primary care givers and their children.

Speak New Words Music Video Contest
Deadline: September 7, 2008
For students ages 13 and older, create an audio-visual video that includes the character traits  needed to create positive change and inspire greatness in your generation.

Refuge System Support Activities
Deadline: September 5, 2008
Seeks proposals for projects that assist organizations as co-stewards of natural resources within the National Wildlife Refuge System
Ronald McDonald House Charities Grants  to Aid Children
September 8, 2008
Provides grants and program services designed to make an immediate, positive impact on children in need around  the world.

Access to Knowledge Conference
September 8-10, 2008
Geneva, Switzerland
Free and open to the public with advanced registration required

Ronald McDonald House Grants for Children's Health and Well-Being
Deadline: September 8, 2008.
Support programs that help children read, provide nutritious after-school meals, offer life-changing surgeries, or help prevent life-threatening disease.
WHO Foundation: Women Helping Others
Deadline: September 9, 2008
Supports grassroots charities serving the overlooked needs of women and children.

Development Gateway Foundation Photo Contest
Deadline: September 15, 2008
Open to ALL photographers at least 13 years of age

Hooked on Hydroponics Grants
Deadline: September 15, 2008
Helps young people learn how to grow plants hydroponically and to explore related topics in botany and environmental science. 
The All Roads Film Project
Deadline: September 15, 2008
Funds film projects by and about indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers from all reaches of the globe.

September 22, 2008
Kalamazoo, MI

Every Child Matters
September 16, 2008
Washington D.C

Deadline: September 26, 2008
Seeks talented minority producers to develop projects for public television.

Deadline: Oct 1, 2008
Provides awards to young artists for artistic excellence in  dance, cinematic arts, jazz, music, photography, theater, visual arts, voice.

Captain Planet Foundation
Deadline: September 30, 2008
Supports hands-on environmental projects for youth in grades K-12.
The Grammy Foundation Grant Program
Deadline: Oct 1, 2008
Support efforts that advance the archiving and preservation of the music and recorded sound heritage of the Americas

Tommy Hilfiger Education Grants
Deadline: October 1, 2008
Supports programs/partnerships that promote educational opportunities for diverse populations in the United States.

Sabbatical Program for Alaska Nonprofit and Tribal Leaders
      Deadline: October 1, 2008
From The Rasmuson Foundation
Leading Change Conference: Blending Indigenous and Western Planning
October 1-3, 2008
Anchorage, Alaska
An open forum for the exchange of ideas, stories and information among many different peoples throughout Alaska, Hawaii, North America and the world.

Defending Basic Freedoms Grant
Deadline: October 6, 2008
Grants for projects that safe-guards basic freedoms eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and assist government agencies to be more accountable to the public.

World Conservation Congress
October 5-14, 2008
Barcelona, Spain.
A gathering of more than 8,000 of the world's leading decision makers in sustainable development.
SACNAS Conference
October 9-12, 2008
Salt Lake City, Utah
This year's theme is "International Polar Year: Global Change in Our Communities."

"Increase Your Green" School Competition
October 13 - December 15, 2008
Participants must make concrete efforts toward reducing the environmental impact of their school during the eight-week

Deadline: October 10, 2008
Winter, 2008-2009
Internship sessions American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native students interested in gaining museum practice and program development experience.
Moving Beyond Mobility
October 13-14, 2008
Berlin, Germany
Brings together those in the field  of international youth exchanges to share state of the art intercultural theory and practice.

Project Earth Environmental Education Grants
Deadline: October 15, 2008
Accepting grant proposals for energy and environmental projects at schools. 

Park Science in the Arctic
October 14-16,  2008
Fairbanks, Alaska
Focuses on parks and protected areas (e.g., preserves, monuments, and refuges) in Greater Beringia

Healthy Sprouts Awards
Deadline: October 15, 2008
Encourages the growth of health-focused youth gardens


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