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MIT Seeking American Indian Students for Summer Program!

January 21st, 2012  |  Published in Education  | 

MIT Summer Research Program Seeks Diverse Candidates, ICTMN Staff

MIT campus

Osiyo,

Dr. Sophia Cisneros, a Dr. Martin Luther King Postdoctoral Fellow at the prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  has announced that they will be accepting applications for their Summer Research Program in engineering and science fields.

“…According to, Dr. Sophia Cisneros, a Dr. Martin Luther King Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT, the program rarely receives applications from interested Native American students, and as a Native from the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw tribes, Cisneros would like to see this change…Students who participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping to sustain a rich talent pool in critical areas of research and innovation…”

 

MIT students.

 

To learn more visit: MIT Summer Research Program

OR:  Call 617-253-4860

OR: e-mail mit-srp@mit.edu.

MIT Application Information Here

NOTE: The deadline for applications is February 3, 2012.

Kudos to Dr. Sophia Cisneros and to MIT!

“Education must provide the opportunities for self-fulfillment; it can at best provide a rich and challenging environment for the individual to explore, in his own way.”

~Noam Chomsky~(1928-)

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President Obama Donates $125,000 of Nobel Prize Money to American Indian College Fund

March 14th, 2010  |  Published in Education  | 

Written by PR Newswire

Friday, 12 March 2010, Native American Times

Richard B. Williams, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund stated, “We are thrilled that President Obama has chosen to publicly acknowledge the work the American Indian College Fund is doing in Indian Country by sharing $125,000 of his prestigious Nobel Peace Prize award with us…”

The AICF provides financial support for American Indian students attending Tribal colleges throughout the Nation. This is a generous contribution from President Obama, and one that is well deserved.

Good article.

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Indian Education Awaiting Federal Primetime

January 13th, 2010  |  Published in Education  | 

By Rob Capriccioso, Indian Country Today

Story Updated: Jan 12, 2010

WAHINGTON – If one area important to many Native Americans received less attention than it deserved in 2009, it was Indian education.

This is the opening statement of the article concerning the need to improve American Indian education in this country.

Attempts have been made in this direction, an example being the meeting of Tribal Leaders on Capitol Hill in November, for the 40- year anniversary of the Kennedy Report, whose focus was education.

John Echohawk, director of the Native American Rights Fund stated,

What Indian education really needs today is an individual like Robert or Ted Kennedy in Congress who truly understands and embraces full tribal sovereignty in education…

The National Indian Education Association notes that some funding for education was received by some tribes as a result of February’s stimulus legislation.

Indian educators  will make their concerns known to federal lawmakers this year.

This is an important  article that should be read by everyone.

Indian College Found?

January 1st, 2010  |  Published in Education  | 

By Alvin Powell, Harvard Staff Writer, Harvard Gazette

Archaeologists at Harvard University have discovered the remnants of a wall trench, what they believe to be one of the University’s oldest building (1655-1698) an American Indian College. The Indian College was built to house Native American students,

“as part of the University’s original mandate to educate the youth of both European settlers and Native people.” The excavation was one of many and is connected to the class, “Archaeology of Harvard Yard, which is offered every other autumn. The class is taught by William L. Fash, Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.

There is an exhibit currently at the Peabody Museum, “Digging Veritas: The Archaeology and History of the Indian College and Student Life at Colonial Harvard,” which will remain on view through January 2011.

The Natives Americans at Harvard College (NAHC) is the current Native American undergraduate club at Harvard. It has been in existence since 1972, but at that time was known as American Indians at Harvard. The group has undergone several changes since that period. The students represent a variety of tribes and backgrounds. These include the Taino, Seminole, Umatilla, and Nez Perce tribes.

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Cornell’s Akwe:kon melds learning with dorm living

November 17th, 2009  |  Published in Education  | 

Indian Country Today By Babette Herrmann, Story Published: Nov 10, 2009

Cornell University built their first Native-themed residence hall, Akwe:kon, nearly 20 years ago, in honor of the Iroquois Nation Mohawk people. From the architecture to the furniture, every element was planned to represent American Indian culture.

“…The building was erected in the shape of an eagle with its wings stretched north and south, symbolizing watchful protection.”

Today, of the 35 students living in the co-ed dormitory, half of them are American Indian. As a continuation of the American Indian culture studies on the campus, Cornell has established several programs for American Indian students on and off campus. There are annual powwows, smoke dances and other ceremonies. There is also a volunteer program that tutors Indian students at the Lafayette High School once a week.

This is an uplifting article that focuses on an American university that still helps American Indian students remain connected to their culture while learning new information, and creating new friendships.

Discussion Questions for Comprehension

Directions: Review any new vocabulary words from the article.

1. What is the name of the American Indian residence hall at Cornell?

2. Why was it built?

3. When was it built?

4. What shape is the building?

5. Who lives in the dormitory?

6. Discuss some of the activities The Ongwe Hall Council plans.

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Indian College Found At Harvard!

November 11th, 2009  |  Published in Education, History  | 

Indian College Found Harvard Gazette  POST

 O’siyo. Archaeologists at Harvard University have discovered the remnants of a wall trench,  what they believe to be one of the University’s oldest building (1655-1698) an American Indian College. This is exciting news not only for Harvard but for The Native Americans At Harvard College (NAHC) group.

Members NAHC

Excerpt

“The Indian College was built to house Native American students, as part of the University’s original mandate to educate the youth of both European settlers and Native people.”  The excavation was one of many and is connected to the class, “Archaeology of Harvard Yard, which  is offered every other autumn. The class is taught by William L. Fash, Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.There is an exhibit at the Peabody Museum, “Digging Veritas: The Archaeology and History of the Indian College and Student Life at Colonial Harvard,” will remain on view through January 2011. 

Members of NAHC

Memers of (NAHC)

The Natives Americans at Harvard College (NAHC) is the current Native American undergraduate club at  Harvard. It has been in existence since 1972, but at that time was known American Indians at Harvard. The group has undergone several changes since that period.  The students represent a variety of tribes and backgrounds.  These include Taino, Seminole, Umatilla, and Nez Perce tribes.” 

Kudos to Harvard University and to the Native groups studying there!

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 Legend of the Talking Feather (also known as The Talking Stick): Kanati and Asgaya Gigagei Bestow the Gift of The Talking Feather

There are many legends about how the Indians learned about the Talking Feather”. Here is one of them…

Long years ago, when gods walked this earth and the land beyond, Kanati and Asgaya Gigagei, were together enjoying the warm summer day. It was a day when the crickets chirrupted in the waving, green grass,when they noticed a figure moving towards them.

As the figure approached closer Kanati said “Look, that woman is crying, what could be the matter?” “I can not imagine why anyone would cry on such a glorious day.” Replied Asgaya Gigagei. “Let’s ask her.”

As the woman drew nearer, they could see her buckskin was decorated with beautiful designs and colors. She carried a bundle filled with leaves, sage, and colorful stones and feathers. They knew immediately this woman was a holy being.

Kanati asked her “Holy mother, why are you crying so?” The woman looked up in wonder, because she had been walking with her head down. “I’m crying because the men of my village are fighting constantly! Each thinks his ideas for leading the tribe is the best!” Kanati and Asgaya Gigagei glanced at one another, in perplexity. “Why, if there are so many good ideas for leading your tribe, why are the men fighting? And why aren’t you and the other members happy!” The poor woman shook her head sadly and replied, “Yes, you are right, the men do have very good ideas, but every man wants to speak his own ideas, and not listen to anyone else. They all shout and scream at one another so loudly, that it frightens the children who run and hide behind their mothers. The women are sad because their husbands come to the house upset and angry. Furthermore, the tribe is suffering, because no one can seem to make a decision.”  Just then a beautiful Eagle was soaring overhead, Kanati called out “Brother Eagle, may I have one of your feathers, there are poor humans in desperate need!”

Bother Eagle replied “Yes” and shook himself until a single iridescent, large feather fell to the ground. “Many thanks and Blessings on you” said Kanati. Kanati made secret signs and prayers over the Feather. Asgaya Gigagei helped him with the blessings. Kanati then said to the woman “This is the sacred Talking Father, it holds great power for the one who holds it. Go back to your people, hold this feather up in the air, all who see it will fall silent, and listen to what you have to say. Tell all who listen that from now on, who ever holds this feather, all present within the Circle Council must listen to his words. The feather must then be passed on to the next speaker.”

The woman thanked Kanati and Asgaya Gigagei and hurried back to her village where there was total chaos!. Everyone was talking at once, children were crying, men were screaming at each other. As soon as she held the feather over her head, all became quiet! No one could utter a sound! the holy woman proceeded to give the directions given to her by the gods. She then passed the feather to the first man. He called the Talking Circle together, and each man had his say as he held the feather. From that time on that tribe flourished because they now had direction, and each person could hear and understand what their peers said. The people worked together, to build a great nation. Along the way, they shared the wonders of the Talking Feather with other tribes they met. “And that my friends is the true story of  how the Talking Feather came to be!”

 

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