January 15, 2008 Issue 194

"When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light, for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food, and the joy of living. If you see no reason for giving thanks, the fault lies with yourself."    Tecumseh, Shawnee


International Year of Astronomy 2009
The International Astronomical Union and UNESCO helps world citizens rediscover our place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky

2009 Native American Student Artist Competition
January 16, 2009

Excellence in Summer Learning Award
Deadline: January 21, 2009
Recognizes a summer program of academic achievement and positive development for K-12 students.
Washington Internships for Native Students (WINS)
Summer, 2009
Washington D.C.
Provides a professional, real-world work experience

Out of Many Multicultural Festival
January 17-19, 2009
NMAI, Washington, D.C.
A three-day festival of music, dance, and story featuring a variety of cultural traditions.

Nursing Program/free tuition
University of the District of Columbia
Offering FREE tuition, FREE books, a $250 monthly stipend, and guaranteed job to nursing students between 18-25 years of age.
Contact Ms. Beshon Smith (202) 266-5481 or

Alaska Sea Grant College Program
Deadline: January 26, 2009
Looking for creative research proposals that will help address the impacts of environmental change on coastal communities and increase the value of its coastal and ocean resources.

The Friends for Youth Mentoring Conference
January 29-30, 2009
Redwood Shores, California
Brings together youth mentoring professionals and experts to share best practices,  research, and strategies to address the 'mentoring gap' that exist in their communities.

David S. Barr Award
Deadline: January 30, 2009
Available to high school, undergraduate and graduate student journalists whose 2008 writings helped to right a wrong; correct an injustice; or promote justice and fairness.
California Indian Museum and Cultural Center
Santa Rosa, CA
Begins January 31, 2009

NEA Student Achievement and Learning & Leadership Grants
Deadline: February 1, 2009
Proposals for work resulting in low-income and minority student success with honors, advanced placement, and other challenging curricula are particularly encouraged.
The NEA Foundation

Harry Chapin Media Awards
Deadline: February 2, 2009
Honors outstanding media coverage and work that positively impacts hunger, poverty, and self-reliance.
GameChangers: Change the Game for Women in Sport
Deadline: February 11, 2009
Focuses attention on the challenges facing women in sports and identifies the most innovative solutions to them.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation: Five-Star Restoration Matching Grants Program
Deadline: February 16, 2009
Grants for projects that build diverse partnerships and foster natural resource stewardship through education, outreach, and training activities

Project Orange Thumb
Deadline: February 17, 2009
Grants for gardens and/or gardening projects geared toward sustainable agriculture, community involvement, and more
1909-1009 Peary Centennial Expedition -- Homage to the Polar Inuit
Begins February 17 -June, 2009
Follow the blog reports as Peary's trek to the North Pole is relived.

Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting
Deadline: February 23, 2009
September 2009-June 2010
Provides traditionally under-represented racial and ethnic minority journalists with an opportunity to learn basic science, gain environmental research

2009 World Ice Art Championships
February 24 to March 22
Anchorage, AL
One of the largest annual ice art competitions and exhibitions worldwide.
American Indian/Indigenous Film Area
February 25, 2009
Location: New Mexico

Nineteenth Century Native American Literature
Feb 26 -Mar. 1, 2009
Hyatt Regency - Boston, Massachusetts

Power Shift 2009, Energy Action Coalition
February 27 - March 2, 2009
Location: Washington, D.C.
A national youth conference focusing on climate change and the newly elected administration.
Symposium on Ohio Valley Urban and Historic Archaeology  
February 28,  2009
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Heinz Ketchup Creativity Contest
Deadline: February 28, 2009
Students in grades 1-12 design Heinz single serving packets to win art supplies.

Do Something Awards
Deadline: March 1, 2009
Designed to provide recognition and funding for young community volunteers.
Deadline: March 1, 2009
Challenge offers young activists everywhere the chance to work directly with a Nobel Laureate in their own school.

2009 CIPE International Essay Competition
Deadline: March 1, 2009
Open to students and young professionals aged 18-30. This year's theme: Engaging Youth in Reform Sustainable Living Ideas
Deadline: March 1, 2009
Invites ideas for more sustainable living summarized in short YouTube-style videos.
 10th Annual National Fatherhood & Families Conference
March 1 - 4th , 2009
Phoenix, Arizona
This year's theme is “Healthier Communities-Families-Fathers”

March 1, 2009
Michigan State University, East Lansing

Norman Foundation: Economic Justice Grants
Deadline: March 2, 2009
Supports efforts that help communities determine their own economic, environmental, and social well-being.
Frances C. Allen Fellowship
Deadline: March 2, 2009
Chicago, Ill
Available to American Indian women working in any graduate or pre-professional field

Tony Hawk Foundation Skateboard Parks
Deadline: March 2, 2009
Provides funds for the design, development, construction, and operation of new, quality skateboard parks located in low-income communities.

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship
March 3, 2009
Scholarships for college sophomores and juniors seeking a career in tribal health, tribal public policy or the environment.
National Forest Foundation: Collaboration Support Program
Deadline: March 6, 2009
Deadline: August 7, 2009
For organizations who engage local stakeholders in forest management and conservation issues on and around National Forests and Grasslands

51st Annual Heard Museum Guild 2009 Indian Market.
March 7-8, 2009
Scottsdale Arizona

Patty Iron Cloud National Native American Youth Initiative
Deadline for Counselor Application: March 6, 2009.
Deadline for student application April 17, 2009
June 20 - 28, 2009
Washington, D.C.
For American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) high school students, ages 16- 18, interested in the health careers and/or biomedical research.

MESBEC Scholarship
Deadline: March 15, 2009
Available to high-achieving students who are at least 1/4 or more degree Native American and are enrolled members of a U.S. tribe.

All Roads Seed Grant Program
March 15, 2009
Funds film projects by and about indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers from all reaches of the globe.

Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge
Deadline: March 15, 2009
Middle school students across the United States are invited to submit their solutions to environmental problems.
MESBEC Scholarship
Deadline: March 15, 2009
Available to high-achieving students who are at least 1/4 or more degree Native American and are enrolled members of a U.S. tribe.

“Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yup’ik Science and Survival”
April-October, 2009 Juneau, Alaska
Features Yupik items and examines how these items allowed the Yup’ik people to survive and flourish in the sub-arctic tundra.

Minority Access Internship Program
March 15, 2009
Offers experience to  Undergraduate and graduate students experience in career opportunities at the federal government and other levels
Aspen Institute’s Nonprofit Sector and Philanthropy Program: 
March 15, 2008
Introduces a diverse group of students to issues relating to philanthropy, volunteerism, and nonprofit
gniting Creative Energy Competition
Deadline: March 13, 2009
Invites K-12 students to demonstrate an understanding of what individuals, families, or groups can do  to conserve energy and help the environment
95th Annual Meskwaki Indian Pow-Wow
August 6-9, 2009
Tama, Iowa
Calling all nations who united under Tecumseh to attend.

Do Something Young People Grants
Deadline: Rolling
Supports young people with ideas for community service projects around the themes of disaster  preparedness and emergency response.



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