September 15, 2008 Issue 190

Untitled, 1973
Anita (Luttrell) Fields, Osage

"Take only memories. Leave nothing but footprints."
Chief Seattle


Vote for the Native American Music Awards

Codetalkers House Bill Number 4577
Deadline: Immediate; voting may take place this week.
Ask your Representative to support House Bill Number 4577 that honors WWII Native American Codetalkers from Thirteen Indian Nations who have yet to receive their  medals.
Find your Rep:

The Lost Ladybug Project
Help save the ladybugs by sending in photos and information to Cornell University

Eighth Fire Gathering
September 13-14, 2008
 Petersham, MA
Building a Network for Sustainability in the Northeast

International Day of Peace
September 21, 2008
A United Nations global holiday when individuals, communities, nations and governments highlight efforts to end conflict and promote peace.

2008/09 Global Virtual Classroom Program
Deadline: Sept 26, 2008
Enables teams of primary and secondary school students across the world to collaborate in designing a website.
Engaging American Indian Youth in the Classroom and Beyond
September 29, 2008
Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Mi
Youth and Adults invited to attend for free.

Native American Finance Officers Association  Scholarships
Deadline: September 30, 2008

Tribal Law and Policy Institute Essay Contest
Deadline: September 30, 2008
Seeking grades 9-12 student essays which focus on the important role that youth play in the efforts to respond to crime.
Tony Hawk Foundation Skateboard Parks
Deadline: October 1, 2008
Provides funds for the design, development, construction, and operation of new, quality skateboard parks located in low-income communities.

Global Solutions Multimedia Contest
Deadline: October 1, 2008
High school students, artists, designers and active artists must submit a short video addressing a question about U.S. support for Darfur.

        First Nations Composer Initiative       
Deadline: October 1, 2008; and April 1, 2009
Supports activities that boost traditional and contemporary Indigenous creative musicians
Tenth Annual Native American Music Awards
October 4, 2008
Niagara Falls, NY

Culture and Change Symposium- Native Educational Policy: NCLB and Beyond
October 6-8, 2008
Choctaw, Mississippi
Featuring an open and frank dialogue, panel discussions and presentations that focus on new directions for Native youth.

Help IYE Protect the San Francisco Peaks
October 9, 2008
Bapchule, Arizona
Send emails supporting the Indigenous Youth Experience Council request to government officials regarding the protection of Arizona's San Francisco Peaks.
For more info, contact Shawn Mulford at 630.963.7341 or
Endangered Language Fund: Native Voices Endowment
Deadline: October 15, 2008
Supports endangered language preservation and documentation projects throughout the world.

Sequoyah Research Center Annual  Symposium
October  16-18, 2008
University of Arkansas
This year's theme is "The New Faces of an Ancient People; Emerging American  Indian Studies Research from Indian Country"

Teens for Planet Earth Leadership Institute
October 16-18, 2008
New York City, NY
Encourage teenagers around the world make a difference by carrying out environmental service-learning projects in their communities.
9th Annual Berkeley Edge Conference
October 16-19, 2008
University of California, Berkeley
Encourages underrepresented minority students eligible for our Ph.D. programs in science, math, and engineering, to apply to UC Berkeley.

12th Annual North American Higher Education Conference
October 8-10, 2008
Monterrey, Mexico
Network, learn and share best practices in international higher education collaboration.

AISES 30th Annual National Conference
Registration Deadline: October 17, 2008
Conference Date(s): Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2008
Anaheim, CA
The years, the American Indian Science & Engineering Society’s  conference is titles: “A Universe of Opportunities.”
Great Lakes History Conference
Oct 17-18, 2008   
Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Crossroads – Pulling Together Our Indigenous Knowledge
October 23rd- 26th, 2008
Seattle, Washington.
Exciting keynote speakers and over 100 workshops from the National Indian Education Association. 

Training for American Indian Library Services
October 21-23, 2008
Tulsa, OK
Oregon Governor's Fund for the Environment.
Deadline: October 24, 2008
Grants to benefit the rivers and streams passing through Oregon and near coastal waters.

Staples Foundation for Learning Grants
Deadline: October 24, 2008
Provides funding to programs that support or provide job skills and/or education, especially for disadvantaged youth.

 Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museum
October 24, 2008
Tulsa, OK
Free Indian Country Anti-Meth Training
October 27-28, 2008 
Minneapolis, MN
A collaborative approach to combat meth production, distribution, and use.
Disney Mini Grants
Deadline: October 30, 2008
Support children and services for children (ages 5-14) in planning and implementing service projects in their community.
The NASA Engineering Design Challenge
Students in K-12 use space-flown basil seeds to students design, build and evaluate lunar plant growth chambers
Youth Lead the Way to Literacy
Deadline: October 30, 2008
March 2 - April 26, 2009
Supports youth efforts for reading-related service projects that will be conducted between NEA's Read Across America Day;

American Indians Against Abuse Tribal Conference
October 28-30, 2008
Baraboo, Wisconsin

AISES 30th Annual National Conference
Registration Deadline: October 17, 2008
Oct. 30 – Nov. 1, 2008
Anaheim, CA
American Indian Science & Engineering Society’s 30th Anniversary National Conference
Spirit of Community Awards
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2008.
Honors young people in grades 9-12 for voluntary service to their communities.

Akademos / 2008 Scholarship
Deadline: October 31, 2008
Available to undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited college or university in the U.S.

Society for the Study of Native American Religious Traditions
October 31, 2008
Chicago, Illinois
Contact: Prof. Fritz Detwiler,  Adrian College, 517-264-3960
Whitley Awards
Deadline: October 31, 2008.
Recognize conservation leaders from around the world who are applying sustained effort to conserve the natural environment.

Target Field Trip Grants
Deadline: November 1, 2008
Awards U.S. educators  grants of up to $800 each to fund a field trip for their students.

Youth Garden Grants
Deadline: November 1, 2008
Youth Garden Grants for schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs.
Kamehameha Schools 2008 Research Conference on Hawaiian Well-being
November 3-4, 2008
Kanç `ohe, O `ahu
This year’s theme is Innovation at the Intersection of Traditional Knowledge and the Contemporary World. 

The Love Your Veggies Grant Program
Deadline: November 7, 2008
Supports K-6 school programs that gives student access to fresh, healthy foods available through an on-campus vegetable consumption program.

Temper of the Times Foundation
Deadline:November 8, 2008
Provides funds to underwrite advertising that promotes the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems.
Lakota/Dakota/Nakota Language Summit
November 11-13, 2008
Rapid City, SD
Uniting the Seven Council Fires to celebrate and defend our way of life by revitalizing our language.

Coalitions, Collaborations, Conflicts
November 12-16, 2008
Eugene, Oregon
The American Society for Ethnohistory 2008 Annual  Meeting

Making Race, Making Health: Historical Approaches to Race, Medicine, and Public Health
November 13-15, 2008
University of Texas at Austin

National Public Radio Internships
Deadline:  November 15, 2008

The 2008 Facing Race Conference
November 13-15, 2008
Oakland, California
Explore  strategies and successful models for changing public policy.

Thoreau's Legacy: American Stories about Global Warming
Deadline: November 15, 2008
Write a 200-500 word personal account related to global warming
When Your Hands Are Tied. 
A free DVD for parents and those who work with Native youth.
The Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation
Deadline: Ongoing
Improves communities and lives through programs that help children and families, animals and the environment.
Preserve America Community Designation
Recognizes a community's efforts to care for and share its cultural and natural heritage.
Wild Ones Seeds for Education Grant Program
Deadline: November 15, 2008
Dedicated to natural landscaping with native plant species as an ecologically better alternative to traditional landscaping


Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program
Deadline: November 15, 2008.
Give monetary grants for the purpose of establishing outdoor learning centers.

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