NAJA Alerts, Scholarships, Announcements, Potpourri - June 5th, 2007
The University of Minnesota's health journalism master's program is seeking journalists' thoughts on health reporting. Whether reporters are a seasoned journalist or just starting out, university health journalism officials would like to hear from NAJA members about their interest in health reporting and get feedback on or ideas for the program.
Please take a few minutes to complete the online survey at http://www.zoomerang.com/survey.zgi?p=WEB226H2272T4K
The University of Minnesota created the program four years ago. Graduate tuition for residents ranges between $14,000 and $28,000, depending on how many semesters students take to complete the program. There also may be limited opportunities for scholarships or graduate assistantships.
Deadline for survey is June 12. For more information, contact Leyla Kokmen, lecturer and program coordinator of health journalism at the University of Minnesota, at (612) 626-1851 or email@example.com.
South Dakota Graduate Scholarship Program - Full Tuition Scholarship
The following opportunity is open to everyone:
The South Dakota State Office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is seeking a graduate student to participate in a graduate scholarship program for students enrolled in master or Ph.D. and/or a combined graduate degree program in agronomy, agricultural engineering, biology, or a closely related field.
Generally, a maximum of two years of funding will be provided for a master degree and four years of funding will be provided for a Ph.D. degree. Participants who met all of the requirements of the program may be non-competitively converted to term, career, or career-conditional appointments.
Recipients of the scholarships will enter into an agreement with NRCS and receive full tuition scholarships. Prior to graduation, recipients intern at NRCS for a minimum of 640 hours. The internships are paid entry level professional positions are in addition to the scholarship funds.
After graduation, recipients are required to work for NRCS one year for every year of financial assistance received from NRCS. Please see attachment for more information.
Students of Asian American and Pacific Islander ancestry are encouraged to apply.
For more information please contact:
South Dakota Human Resources Department
Or write:USDA, NRCS
Federal Building, 200 4th St. SW, Room 203
Huron, S.D. 57350-2475
Hollywood Actor & TV Series Turn Lens On Native Youth Event
NVision Tour:Spotlight on Native Youth
Submitted by Alyssa Macy
PAWNEE, OK-More than 85 Pawnee and Native youth participating in the NVision Tour youth event at thePawnee Nation of Oklahoma over the Memorial Day weekend received a very special surprise when a celebrity guest arrived to partake in the festivities.
Actor Casey Affleck, a star from the upcoming film"Ocean's Thirteen," and an international TV Series "4 Real" arrived to cover the multi-media, arts, music and cultural event designed to promote leadership development for Native youth and young adults.
The innovative Native youth event was organized by NVision, a national Native non-profit organization and affiliate project of the Seventh Generation Fund. NVision is comprised of some of the country's leading young Native professionals and visual and performing artists.
NVision was selected by 4Real producers to be featured in a series of eight, half-hour television shows that take celebrity guests on adventures around the world to connect with young leaders who, according to 4RealProducers "under extreme circumstances, are affecting REAL change. These are the REAL heroes of our time."
Casey Affleck is among other celebrity guests including Mos Def, Joaquin Phoenix, the Red Hot ChiliPeppers, and Cameron Diaz who have visited or will visit communities all over the world to learn about young leaders, like those of NVision. The series will air this fall in Canada on MTV and producers are alsoseeking distribution in the U.S. and internationally as well.
Affleck, 4Real Host Sol Guy and 4 Real's camera crew spent the weekend with NVision members and Native youth participating in the NVision Tour multi-medi and visual and performing arts workshops. Native youth spent much of Saturday attending workshops in filmmaking, music, dance, photography, visual arts, and leadership and culture.
Workshops led by NVision trainers not only gave Native youth a taste of basic skills in multi-media and visual and performing arts but also focused on the importance of celebrating Native identity, history, language and culture through contemporary and traditional forms of artistic expression. NVision trainers emphasized a message to Native youth of the importance of wellness, empowerment, leadership and the ability to successfully "walk in two worlds."
NVision youth participants, Affleck, 4Real and the local community were also treated to a series of community and cultural events including a dance sponsored by NVision Friday night honoring Native high school graduates.
On Saturday evening, NVision held a community dinner and concert at the Pawnee Nation gym. The concert centered around a showcase of youth-produced pieces including a short film, murals, music, dance and photography created during the NVision Tour workshops. Nationally acclaimed Native hip hop, funk, folk/rock and traditional musical artists also performed at the concert.
A painting created by the young acclaimed Pawnee/Yakima artist and NVision member Bunky Echo-Hawk was created live on-stage during the concert. Upon its completion Casey Affleck and 4RealHost Sol Guy both autographed the painting. NVisionwill conduct on online raffle for the painting from June1-15th on its website at http://www.nvisionit.org/. Raffle proceeds will go towards creating an NVision scholarship for the Pawnee Nation College.
NVision hopes to take the NVision Tour to reservations and cities nationwide in the coming year. The non-profit organization is currently fundraising and seeking sponsorships for the NVision Tour. For more information contact 303.886.3859.
Crystal Echo Hawk
Clips From Christine
The LA Film Festival is coming to the Westside. Billy Luther's “MissNavajo” will be shown on Friday, June 22, 3 PM with free admit
Honoring our Youth & Education Powwow will be held on Saturday, June 16
Volunteers needed for the So.Calif. Indian Center Pow Wow to be heldon July 27 to 29 at Autry Museum in Griffith Park
Martha Stewart wants to trademark the name "Katonah." Some members ofthe Ramapough Lenape Nation do not want Ms. Stewart to claim the 17thcentury Chief Katonah as its own.
Best, Christine Yazzie
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