5/2 Gen-I NOW: Fertile Ground

Hau! Hello! in the Lakota language.
(pronounced how)

This Gen-I Native Opportunities Weekly (NOW) message shares information about the Fertile Ground Leadership Institute!

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) and American Heart Association (AHA) are now accepting applications for the Fertile Ground Leadership Institute. Fertile Ground is a leadership development opportunity in which participants explore food sovereignty, health, and dietary wellness in Indian Country, using traditional Indigenous knowledge.

SMSC and AHA will fully fund 50 Native leaders to participate in the Institute. Participants will be separated into two cohorts of 25, with one cohort meeting in Minneapolis/Saint Paul, June 11-13, and the other cohort meeting in Seattle, August 7-9. Roundtrip airfare, accommodations, meals, and the cost of the training will be fully covered for each admitted participant.

Applications are due Friday, May 9, 2018 at 5PM Central Time. Click here to apply!

Eligibility: Applicants must be:

  • Native American;
  • At least 18 years old;
  • From a tribal, community or nonprofit setting; and
  • Available to participate in the entire training, June 11-13 or August 7-9.

To Apply: Complete the online application, which includes short answer questions about your mission, role, and work.

Questions? Contact shirley@echohawkconsulting.com.



4/25: Gen-I NOW: National Native American Youth Initiative

Ch’ee-la! Hello! in the Siletz language
(pronounced cha-ee-lah)

This Gen-I Native Opportunities Weekly (NOW) message shares information about the National Native American Youth Initiative Summer Program.

The Association of American Indian Physician’s National Native American Youth Initiative (NNAYI)is a week-long intensive program that prepares and motivates high school students (ages 16-18) to pursue a career in healthcare or biomedical research. Students take part in lectures, interactive workshops, field trips, and networking with other AI/AN health professionals. The program takes place in Washington, D.C. from June 23 to July 1, 2018. Scholarships cover airfare, lodging, and most meals.

Applications are due April 30, 2018. Click here to apply!

Eligibility: Applicants must:

  • Be high school sophomores, juniors, or seniors between the ages of 16 and 18 years old;
  • Have an interest in the health field and/or biomedical research; and
  • Commit to participating in every session.

To Apply: Access the application here and include the following materials:

  • A one-page personal statement;
  • Most recent academic transcript (official transcript preferred);
  • One letter of recommendation;
  • The Recommendation Checklist Form;
  • A photograph; and
  • A copy of Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) or other tribal affiliation documentation.

Questions? Contact Gary Lankford at (405) 946-7072 or glankford@aaip.org.



4/18: Gen-I NOW: United Nations Association Leadership Summit

Pi:wo! Greetings in the Tutelo language!

This Gen-I Native Opportunities Weekly (NOW) message shares information about the United Nations Association (UNA) USA Leadership Summit.

The UNA-USA Leadership Summit will be hosted at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, from June 10-12. Participants will meet with high-ranking U.S. Government and UN officials, learn from global experts, gain invaluable tools to bring back home, and urge Congress to stand with the United Nations. Click here to learn more about summit.

Selected summit participants will receive a travel scholarship (reimbursement for up to $350 for food, registration, and travel to Washington, D.C.), and/or will receive free housing in the George Washington University dorm housing block. Students should be committed to leading UNA chapters at their schools, and be available to participate in the entire summit. The following states will be given priority: Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. Summit Scholarships are limited, so apply today!

Applications are due Friday, April 20. Click here to apply. 

Eligibility: Applicants must 

  • Be rising university first years, sophomores, or juniors;
  • Have an interest in global affairs and advocacy; and
  • Commit to attending the entire summit from 8 AM Sunday, June 10 to 5 PM on Tuesday, June 12.

*Note: Applicants must be at least 18 years old by June 1 to qualify for housing support.

To Apply: Completethe Global Advocate Summit Scholarships application form, which requires a brief statement on why you're interested in attending the summit (350 words max).

Questions? Contact Anna Mahalak, Youth Engagement Manager, at (202) 496-6384 or amahalak@unausa.org.



4/13 Gen-I NOW: Creative Native Call for Art

Marʉ́awe! Hello! in the Comanche language.  This Gen-I Native Opportunities Weekly (NOW) message shares information about the Gen-I Creative Native Call for Art.