2018 Youth Champion for Change Applications Available Now


The Champions for Change (CFC) program recognizes Native youth leaders, between the ages of 14 and 23 years old, who demonstrate leadership and service within their communities. Each year five Native youth are selected to join the CFC leadership network.  Chosen youth are provided a cost-free leadership and advocacy training in Washington, DC.

To Apply:
All of the following materials must be submitted online by November 10, 2017:

Help OMH and CDC Spread the Word about the AI/AN BRFSS Oversampling Initiative!

This year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) kicked off the 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System Oversampling Study (BRFSS), a new initiative from the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the CDC. This phone survey aims to increase understanding of health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, access to care and use of preventive services in American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) populations.

The states participating in the oversampling study are: Alaska, Arizona, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Each state asks questions based on demographic characteristics (e.g., gender and age) and current health behaviors, such as tobacco and seat belt use. It takes less than 30 minutes to answer the phone survey and all information collected is confidential.

OMH wants to promote awareness of and participation in this initiative and asks your help to inform Native communities about this project by sharing this announcement with tribes, Native organizations, and American Indians and Alaska Natives living in these states. OMH has developed a series of resources to help promote this project and to encourage American Indians and Alaska Natives to respond to the survey if they get a call from their State Health Department. 

Be sure to visit the OMH website to obtain outreach resources such as info cards, downloadable posters, and a newsletter drop-in article and share with your networks and through your communications channels. For more information, please click here.

Academic Partnerships and Traditional Teachings are the Keys to Success

Tribal policy and governance leaders Shannon Holsey and Joe Garcia valuing BPC’s sovereignty in Indigenous policy and evaluation studies. Academic partnerships, government advocacy and traditional teachings are the keys to success!
Pictured left to right: Shannon Holsey (Tribal President, Stockbridge-Munsee Tribe of WI), Nicole Bowman (President, BPC), and Joe Garcia (Southwest Area Vice President, NCAI)

Join us: Building Strong Sovereign Nations Part 3—Webinar, May 31

Building Strong Sovereign Nations Part 3: Conducting Effective Meetings in Tribal Communities
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 12:00:00 PM CDT – 1:30:00 PM CDT

This webinar will emphasize processes for running effective meetings. Participants will develop skills for establishing rules of their own that truly fit their program. The importance of good meeting facilitation and record-keeping will also be emphasized.

This webinar is the final part of a three-part series, which will examine common elements of tribal governance. A comprehensive understanding of these components is provided to offer insight that might better allow you to create community-based behavioral wellness programs for tribal members.

Register: https://events-na1.adobeconnect.com/content/connect/c1/2160439810/en/events/event/shared/2271286241/event_registration.html?sco-id=2271272308&_charset_=utf-8

RET for Science Teachers of Native American Schools

Program Dates: June 5, 2017 – July 28, 2017


CIAN is the Center for Integrated Access Networks, a ten-university Engineering Research Center (ERC) funded by NSF. CIAN is working towards creating transformative optical technologies to enable an affordable faster internet for the future.


The Optics Research Experience for Teachers In Native American Schools (O-RETINAS) Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program is designed for educators of Native American students. This includes teachers on reservation schools as well as teachers with a majority classroom population of Native American students. The program takes place at the University of Arizona campus in Tucson, AZ.

This 8-week summer program runs from June to July and is a hands-on research experience and industry internship opportunity for teachers to experience a lab setting as well as a professional industry setting to pursue their own projects. Teachers will also have the opportunity to:

  • participate in a workshop with the Native Nations Institute,
  • create an original STEM lesson plan that is relevant to Native American students,
  • participate in the Optics Research Workshop,
  • gain three hours of graduate credit (continuing education) by participating in the Teachers in Industry program.


A stipend of $6,000 and housing and travel is provided. Additionally, a classroom supply budget of $1,500 is awarded at the successful completion of the program.


Full-time teachers employed by a school that primarily serves Native American students (must confirm upcoming school year employment). K-12 teachers and community college faculty in a scientific discipline with an interest in increasing their knowledge of scientific research and industry career opportunities as well as bringing advanced information about optics, electronics, physics, materials science, and engineering into their classrooms are encouraged to apply.



See the flyer


Letter of Recommendation from School Principal (or comparable authority) & Professional of your choice

May be mailed to CIAN in a sealed and signed envelope by the letter writers, or emailed directly by the letter writers. The Principal or equivalent authority of your institute must include in his or her letter confirmation of your position for the coming school year.

All mail may be directed to CIAN headquarters.

Center for Integrated Access Networks (CIAN)
University of Arizona
c/o Amee Hennig, CIAN Education & Outreach Manager
1630 E University Blvd., 501B
Tucson, AZ 85721

Email Amee Hennig with any questions.

Job Opportunities via Tribal College Journal

Looking for a career change? Visit The Tribal College Job Board and find many nationwide opportunities from a variety of employers and disciplines.

Tribal College: Journal of American Indian Higher Education is published by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium

Call for Papers: 4th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference

The State of (In)Equality: Social Justice Under Siege

Harbourfront Centre, Toronto/Canada

October 28 – 29, 2017



The perceived orthodoxy of progressive politics has come under attack in recent years by individuals, groups, and institutions that believe their actions and speech are being policed. The term ‘social justice warrior’ (SJW) emerged in 2011. This has attempted to switch the term ‘social justice,’ which has since 1840 been primarily a positive concept, into a mainstream pejorative used mainly to dismiss individuals and groups who espoused views concerning social progressivism, civil rights, cultural inclusiveness, gay rights, or feminism. For those activists and researchers who have spent their lives attempting to change society for the better, this is a troubling turn.

Our conference will examine the current and past state(s) of inequality and social justice from a multi-disciplinary perspective. The conference takes place October 28th and 29th 2017 at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto.

Deadline for Proposals: May 30, 2017

Latetest Edition: MWCC American Indian Education Newsletter

Midwest Comprehensive Center American Indian Education Newsletter: June 2016

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Department of Health and Human Services: Health Profession Opportunity Grants Due June 1st

HHS, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance is announcing that it anticipates competitively awarding cooperative agreements to support demonstration projects that are designed to provide eligible individuals with the opportunity to obtain education and training for occupations in the health care field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high demand. In addition to providing education and training services, funds for this project may be used for child care, case management, and other supportive services as appropriate. Learn more.

Applications due June 1, 2015


Apply TODAY for The Summer Leadership Summit: Native Youth in Agriculture

Please read over the information and complete your application today, spots are filling up fast! T

he application deadline is June 1, 2015.

Dates: July 19-July 28, 2015 (this includes travel dates)

Location: University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, Arkansas

Hosts: Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative at the University of Arkansas School of Law, Farm Credit Council, Intertribal Agriculture Council, National FFA Organization

Application Information: The deadline for all applicants is June 1st, 2015, but spaces are limited, so please encourage interested youth to get their applications in as soon as possible.

To learn more & download the applications click here: http://law.uark.edu/ifai/summer-leadership-summit-native-youth-in-agriculture/