Native American Village @ Blogspot

The blog companion to the Native American Village, the free community and careers site for indigenous peoples, part of the Multicultural Villages network.

Saturday, November 18, 2006

What Do Native American College Students Want in a Career?

Comprehensive survey takes the pulse of American Indian and Alaskan Native undergrads and MBAs; finds that work/life balance, opportunities to provide service, and opportunities to both teach and extend their own education are higher priorities than just making money.

Further details about the comparative, multiethnic survey can be found this week at the Native American Village Online.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

PWC Diversity Leadership Scholarship, Internship, Conference Deadline Dec. 31

Financial services giant PriceWaterhouseCoopers has announced a December 31, 2006 deadline for applications to its annual PWC eXceed scholarships, a comprehensive program offering opportunities for Native American, African American, and Hispanic American college students to explore careers at PWC through internships and participation in an annual Diversity Business Leadership Conference, along with a $3,000 support stipend.

Applications are accepted from Freshmen or Sophomores with a 3.2 or higher GPA, and an interest in Accounting, Management Information Systems, and/or Computer Science.

Also of Interest: It's that season for students to apply for next year's internships. Most deadlines are coming up by early December. Visit IMDiversity's seasonal Internships & Co-ops special page with categorized internships listings.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Job Opps: American Indian Studies Faculty - Univ. N.Carolina

The Univ. N. Carolina @ Pembroke in southeastern NC is looking to fill two full-time, tenure track positions after July 1, 2007 -- one Assistant Professor and one Associate.

The deadline is upcoming on November 15, but the posting specifies that applications may still be given consideration until the positions are filled. If interested, go copy the posting and apply now!

Description from the posting on's job bank:

One of the positions includes both administrative responsibilities as department chair and teaching responsibilities within the American Indian Studies program at upper and lower division levels. Minimum qualifications for both positions include a PhD by time of hire in American Indian Studies, Anthropology, History, Ethnohistory, Folklore or a related field. Applicants should have a strong commitment to teaching and research/scholarly activity as well as sound leadership and interpersonal skills. Applicants must be interested in and willing to work with local and state tribal communities. Rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications. Please indicate position of interest in cover letter.

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke was established in 1887 as an institution for Native Americans. Since 1953, it has had a multi-racial student body and today, 25% of the student body is Native American. UNC Pembroke has the distinction of being one of the only two universities east of the Mississippi which offers a bachelor's degree in American Indian Studies.

The University is located right off of I-95, 90 minutes from Raleigh-Durham, and two hours from Charlotte, N.C.

It is hiring for a number of other positions as well.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Affirmative Action Ban Passes in Michigan

Michigan vows to seek legal remedies; drop in Black, Latino and Native American enrollment expected to follow.

Report by Frances Kai-Hwa Wang, IMDiversity Asian American Village Acting Editor, in Ann Arbor, and by attorney, author and dean of Wayne State Law School, Frank Wu.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Whalen falls short in S.D. House race

South Dakota Republican Bruce Whalen, an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe who served as as coordinator of the tribe's judiciary committee, fell short in his effort to oust incumbent Democrat Stephanie Herseth to represent the state in its lone House seat.

According to CNN projections, Whalen had garnered only 29% of the vote (with 100% of precincts reporting) as of 9:01 ET this morning.

Hawai'i Senator Akaka a Survivor -- Again

After surviving a very tough primary challenge by fellow Democrat Ed Case this year, Hawai'i Senator Daniel Akaka is projected by CNN exit polls to be more than safe in his quest to return to Washington. As of 5:17 ET this morning, the incumbent Senator held a wide lead over Republican Cynthia Thielen, at 61% to 37% respectively.

As the first U.S. Senator of Native Hawaiian ancestry (he is of mixed Native Hawaiian and Chinese background), Akaka serves on the Indian Affairs Committee and chairs the Congressional Task Force on Native Hawaiian Issues, and was the chief champion of the Native Hawaiian Government Reorganization Act (popularly referred to as "The Akaka Bill".)

Accompanying Akaka to Washington will be a new House colleague, Democrat Mazie Hirono, who won her campaign for the 2nd District, and incumbent 1st District Rep. Neil Abercrombie. The state’s other Senator, Daniel Inouye, did not face reelection this year.

Joe Shirley Jr. re-elected as President of Navajo Nation

Incumbent Joe Shirley Jr. has beaten back a challenge by Lynda Lovejoy to win a second term as president of the Navajo Nation, whose domain extends over the largest reservation in the U.S. Although Lovejoy had won a good deal of attention during her campaign to become the first woman to serve as Navajo president, Shirley prevailed by a comfortable margin, with 65% turnout, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The win makes Shirley the first Najavo leader to hold successive terms since 1982. See the full report here.

A historic election for ethnic, women voter engagement nationwide

Nov. 8 - In a historic midterm election night, high turnout among American voters has significantly changed the balance of power in Washington DC, with the Democratic Party retaking the majority of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Anti-incumbent sentiment and dissatisfaction with the war in Iraq led to sweep in which Democrats wrested control of at least 28 seats, with 14 still undecided.

With two key Senate races, in VA and MT too close to call as of this writing, and likely headed to recount challenges, Democrats also stand chance to take back majority control of the Senate.

The election saw historic landmarks set in a number of aspects. These include: Positioning Nancy Pelosi to become the first woman Speaker of the House; electing Deval Patrick as the first African American governor in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; and sending Democrat Keith Ellison, an African American, to represent Minnesota’s 5th as the first Muslim in the House of Representatives.

Preliminary exit polling indicates that unusually high turnout was reported nationwide, affected by a number of controversial ballot initiatives as well as support for specific candidates. Minority voters, swing voters and non-traditional coalition-building also played an important role in the shift. In the most recent exit poll figures by CNN, non-white voters veered strongly to the left, with 76% of non-white men and 78% of non-white women going Democrat.

The same data indicate that while white voters overall leaned Republican, it was by a smaller margin (51% GOP to 47%) than expected, due largely to a 49/49 split among white women voters. African American voters leaned even more heavily Democrat than expected, at 89%, despite the GOP’s fielding a number of prominent Black candidates in high-level races in states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania. Latino and Asian voters, who have traditionally been more inclined to lean Republican, emerged as clear and growing swing voters, breaking to the Democrats at 69% and 62% respectively.

Although the CNN data do not breakdown the percentages of American Indians, or Alaskan and Hawaiian Natives, its exit poll figures specify that "Other" non-white voters tracked split 56% Democrat to 41% Republican.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

A good idea: How about American Indian Awareness Week?

November is, ostensibly, National American Indian Heritage Month. This year, according to a proclamation by the White House, "we honor the generations of American Indians and Alaska Natives who have added to the character of our Nation. This month is an opportunity to celebrate their many accomplishments and their rich ancestry and traditions."

Nonwithstanding the odd construction "generations...who have added to the character of our Nation," the sentiment can be appreciated. The month can be an opportunity to celebrate -- as good an opportunity as any. The problem is, American Indian Month, like many of the ethnic-themed commemorative heritage months, usually passes with little fanfare or attention -- only more so.

But a story from a student newspaper at the University of Dayton raises a good idea to think about this year: how about designating November a time to encourage awareness about Native Americans today?

The article, written by Staff Writer Carly Schott, reports that that university is for the first time organizing a "Native American Awareness Week" from Nov. 13-17. Acknlowedging that there are few Native Americans on UD’s campus, the article suggests that the emphasis on "heritage" -- i.e., more or less traditional forms of cultural/artistic expression -- is a way to move beyond culture to introduce students to contemporary social and political issues.

As more young people undertake this kind of effort on college campuses, it will hopefully provide opportunities for a greater and more diverse number of American Indians to share their news and perspectives about contemporary life, and not only focus on cultural traditions.