Day: August 22, 2014

Junior Faculty Hampton Fund Research Grant Competition for 2014-2015

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Please note: applications should be submitted via email to Pam Forsberg,, on or before September 2, 2014. A signature page will be required with Applicant and Department Head signatures. Okanagan applicants should submit applications by the deadline to the Okanagan ORS.


The Office of VP-Research & International is pleased to announce a ‘Call for Applications’ for a Junior Faculty Hampton Fund Research Grant Competition. The aim of this competition is to kick-start the research programs of tenure-track Assistant Professors in the Social Sciences and Humanities who were hired recently, i.e., those hired within the last 18 months.

Award Amounts: Up to $10,000

Eligibility: The Principal Investigator must be holding a full-time, tenure track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor at UBC for no more than 18 months at the time of application. The PI must also be eligible to apply for SSHRC funding.

 Deadline:  September 2, 2014, 4pm PST


For questions please contact Pam Forsberg (, Tel: (604) 822-4003.



Application Form

Application Guidelines

wâhkôhtowin: Indigenizing Practice in Post Secondary Education: Linking Kindred Spirits Conference

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The University of Saskatchewan’s College of Education, in cooperation with the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching Effectiveness, invite you to register for wâhkôhtowin: Indigenizing Practice in Post Secondary Education: Linking Kindred Spirits Conference on September 18-20, 2014 which will take place in Saskatoon, SK at the University of Saskatchewan.

EARLY BIRD (until Aug 7, 2014)

  • Individual Rate $200.00

 After August 7, 2014

  • Individual Rate $250.00
  • Student Rate $50.00*  please note that Department of Educational Psychology & Special Education has donated money to help subsidize the student rate
  • Daily Rate $100.00

This conference is intended for faculty, students, and educators who are working on Indigenizing and decolonizing their teaching practice in a post secondary environment. This conference will bring together ‘kindred spirits’ to unpack decolonization and share Indigenization processes and methods to transform educational practices. Keynote speakers are The Right Honorable Paul Martin and Elder Be’sha Blondin.

For more details or to register, please visit

great resources: Conditionally Accepted

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Page full of links HERE 



Logo“Many individuals are drawn to higher education, including academic careers, because of academia’s potential for change.  Countless prospective and current graduate students note that their desire to make a difference in their communities or society in general was their primary decision to attend graduate training.  Unfortunately, many colleges and universities in the US have practiced outright discrimination and exclusion throughout history, particularly against women, people of color, and disabled people/people with disabilities.

Today, academia — like every social institution — is structured hierarchically, producing numerous professional and personal obstacles for academics from marginalized backgrounds.  Scholars who are women, of color, lesbian, trans*, bisexual, gay, queer, disabled, working-class or poor, immigrants, fat, religious minorities, and/or single parents are faced daily with the difficult tension between academia’s narrow definition of success and their own politics, identities, needs, happiness, and health.

By creating this site, we hope to provide a space for academics who exists at the margins of academia.  We will provide news, information, personal stories, and resources for scholars who are, at best, conditionally accepted in the academy.  Conditionally Accepted is an anti-racist, pro-feminist, pro-queer, anti-transphobic, anti-fatphobic, anti-ableist, anti-ageist, anti-classist, and anti-xenophobic web community.

You can see more about the site’s editors here.”


Page full of links HERE 



Michigan State University: Director for the Native American Institute (NAI)

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Position Information
Posting Number: 9891
Internal Posting Date: 08-18-2014
Internal Closing Date: Open Until Filled
External Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Review of Applications begins on: 10-01-2014
Job Title: Director- Management
Position Title/Rank: Associate Professor/Professor
Multiple Position Numbers
Multiple Position Numbers No
Major Administrative Unit/College: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Primary Department: 10002601  NATIVE AMERICAN INSTITUTE
Position Employee Group: Tenure System Faculty-FAS
Appointment Basis: Annual Year, 12 months
Appointment Status: Fixed Term Academic Staff
Employment %: 100
Work Hours:
Varied Work Hours (if applicable):
Project Tech/Flexible Appointment/Off-Date Information (if applicable):
Faculty: Salary Range
Support Staff: Pay Minimum
Salary Commensurate with Experience
If flex, dates of annual flex leave:
Pay Grade Level:
Position Summary: The Native American Institute (NAI) works with tribes, Native American organizations, and various Michigan State University units to enhance the sovereignty, cultural continuity, and well-being of tribes, Native American communities, and Native American people.Located in MSU’s College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, NAI undertakes outreach and engagement scholarship. NAI works across units in the College and the University. Of special note is NAI’s close working relationship with MSU Extension (MSUE). NAI and MSUE jointly administer two tribally-focused MSU Extension programs.NAI is undergoing a reorganization of purpose, approach, and strategy to best assist Michigan’s Native American population. The Director will provide leadership for this effort in concert with Native American communities and university stakeholders, thereby carrying NAI into its next phase of vibrant community engagement.

The Director will be responsible for all aspects of leading and managing NAI. Specific responsibilities include: managing NAI faculty and academic staff; coordinating program planning efforts in partnership with community members and the NAI Advisory Group; co-directing the Building Strong Sovereign Nations tribal governance training program undertaken collaboratively with MSU Extension and the Indigenous Law and Policy Center; co-directing the Michigan Federally-recognized Tribes Extension Program and MSU Extension; nurturing new scholarly initiatives tied to NAI’s outreach and research-oriented mission; generating external funding; and building productive collaborations across the university. The Director will hire and conduct academic staff evaluations; manage NAI resources and its budget; promote program excellence; ensure program accountability; and network with a variety of related units and constituencies, on- and off-campus.

Faculty: Minimum Qualifications
Support Staff: Minimum Requirements
Ph.D. in urban and regional development or related field. Director duties for 5 years with the possibility of renewal. Additional duties of the faculty member selected will be devoted to work in what will become the director’s tenure academic department or school. Academic record must be commensurate with tenure system appointment.
Typing Requirements (wpm):
Desired Qualifications: Candidate must be an effective and dynamic leader who will foster excellence in engagement and research connecting the resources of Michigan State University with tribal communities in Michigan. Successful candidate will have community leadership experience and outstanding administrative, management, and interpersonal skills.Candidate must also possess: Experience working with Great Lakes/Michigan Native American communities; Demonstrated knowledge of, and cultural competence in, Great Lakes/Michigan Native American culture and traditions; Demonstrated commitment to research on Native American community issues and the development of Native American scholars and researchers; Demonstrated ability to engage tribal and urban communities; Experience in and ability to engage faculty and students in research and campus-community partnerships; A record of publication and grantsmanship on Native American issues.
Summary of Health Risks and Physical Demands (if applicable):
Required Applicant Documents: Resume/CV
Cover Letter
Other Document
Optional Applicant Documents: Other Document 2
Other Document 3
Number of Reference Letters Required: See Special Instructions
Special Instructions to Applicants: Posting will close on 9/30/2014 with review of applications beginning on 10/01/2014. Interviews are expected to begin on approximately 11/1/2014.Please submit full contact information for four references as an “other” attachment. In the application letter, please address fit to position qualifications and responsibilities, and describe your vision for the Native American Institute. Late submissions will be considered if a suitable candidate pool is not identified by the application deadline.Contact Dr. Scott G. Witter, Professor and Director, School of Planning, Design and Construction with questions at or by phone at 517-432-6379.
Department Website Address:
Name/Title/Email Address of Search Committee Chair: Scott G. Witter/Professor and Director/
If flex, dates of annual flex leave:
If flexible appointment, indicate end date of annual flex leave:
If flex, number of months worked per year
Union Affiliation Non Union


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Introducing the Library of Congress Indigenous Law Portal

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At the recent American Association of Law LibrariesConference, Jennifer Gonzalez,Jolande Goldberg and I had an opportunity to unveil a newIndigenous Law Portal. The Indigenous Law Portal brings together collection materials from the Law Library of Congress as well as links to tribal websites and primary source materials found on the Web. The portal is based on the structure of the Library of Congress Classification schedule for Law (Class K), specifically the Law of the Indigenous Peoples in the Americas (Classes KIA-KIP: North America).

Indigenous law materials can be difficult to locate for a variety of reasons. Tribal laws are usually maintained by individual tribes or groups of tribal peoples who may or may not have the resources to make them available in electronic format, or they may only be passed on through oral tradition. In some cases tribal legal materials are available electronically, but they may not be available freely on the Web, or the tribe may want to restrict outside access to the materials. However, through our research, we have found many tribes compile their laws and ordinances into a code, and they often provide a digital version of their most recent code and constitution online. In the Law Library, we already have digitized copies of historic American Indian constitutions from our collection and other legal materials available on our website. It makes sense to bring all these materials together in one place.

good read: “Four adopted women seek out their Native American roots”

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For more than one hundred years, U.S. policies and practices separated Native American children from their families. Prior to 1978, when the Indian Child Welfare Act went into effect, Native American children were regularly plucked from their homes and sent to live with non-Natives. Some children grew up surrounded by love; others suffered enormous hardships. Many had a powerful desire to reconnect with the culture that they had lost.

In “Lost Birds,” we profile four adopted women who sought out their Native American roots.

Lost Birds

Four adopted women seek out their Native American roots

read the full story here

Flagstaff Commits 3.6 Billion Gallons of Treated Sewage for Snowmaking on Sacred Mountain City of Administrator Shuts Public Out of Controversial Decision

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For Immediate Release

August 9, 2014


Klee Benally

FLAGSTAFF, AZ — City of Flagstaff Utility Director Brad Hill single-handedly authorized a controversial 20-year contract to extend sale of treated sewage for snowmaking on the San Francisco Peaks in Northern Arizona. He refused to hear public comment preceding his decision.

“This extension amounts to committing 3.6 billion gallons of treated sewage to be sprayed on a sensitive mountain ecosystem. This is where Indigenous People pray and where children will be exposed to harmful contaminants in snow made from this effluent.” said Klee Benally, volunteer with Protect the Peaks, “This is incredibly offensive, unsustainable and ultimately irresponsible considering the escalating water crisis we’re facing in the Southwest.”

“To add insult to injury,” Mary Sojourner, Protect the Peaks volunteer, said, “I find it reprehensible that we, the public who will be affected by this decision, were not allowed to make comments; and that an open review process was not put in place.”

The decision to extend the contract was made despite pleas from local residents and Indigenous People. “This type of agreement is short sighted and unsustainable in our continuous drought situation and also shows a total lack of regard for the 13 Indigenous Nations for whom the Peaks are sacred,” said Dawn Dyer, Protect the Peaks volunteer.

On July 22, 2014, when Arizona Snowbowl was 2 years into their original 5 year contract. Snowbowl manager J.R. Murray petitioned for the twenty-year extension. The volume of treated sewage effluent provided to Snowbowl and the duration of time for snowmaking, November to February, has not been changed. The City is required to deliver Class A reclaimed water – though since it has problems at its two reclaimed water treatment plants, it is questionable if the City can consistently deliver effluent at that standard. Flagstaff’s reclaimed water also contains high amounts of selenium and other dangerous contaminants.

City officials acknowledge that reclaimed wastewater may contain antibiotic resistant bacteria and pharmaceuticals, but have no timeline for testing and mitigating these issues. It is illegal to ingest reclaimed wastewater through the eyes, mouth, ears or skin due to its fecal coliform and chemical content. In spite of this, state agencies are turning a blind eye to these facts when considering matters with Snowbowl – thus the City and state agencies are therefore putting thousands of skiers and families at risk.

Over thirteen Indigenous Nations have expressed overwhelming opposition to the use of reclaimed wastewater on the San Francisco Peaks, citing the damage it will do to medicinal plants, animals, culture, and the sanctity of this sacred site.  The Forest Service, City of Flagstaff, and Arizona Department of Environmental Quality have all colluded to push snowmaking through and to ignore any voice against such action.

Currently, Flagstaff taxpayers are subsidizing Snowbowl’s reclaimed wastewater use for dirty snow. Arizona Snowbowl receives reclaimed wastewater for a fraction of the cost that city residents would, resulting in millions of dollars of Flagstaff tax payer funds subsidizing this unsustainable business, a business not even within city limits.

A council ordinance adopted in 2002 and reaffirmed by council in 2013, states that all agreements for existing treated sewage effluent customers are reviewed, approved, executed and enforced by the Utilities Director. Snowbowl manager J.R. Murray lobbied city officials to get the extension approved.

Arizona Snowbowl operates their private business on the Peaks under permit from the US Forest Service. The Forest Service approved ski area expansion and treated sewage snowmaking in 2005. The Coconino Forest Service Environmental Impact Statement (page 3-121) stated, “It is unrealistic to think that the Snowbowl would be a significant driver of tourism activity or the economy.”

The Hopi Tribe currently has a lawsuit against the City of Flagstaff to halt the sale of wastewater for snowmaking. The lawsuit asserts that the contract is not in the public’s best interest. In spite of the pending suit, the City of Flagstaff is undermining their concerns and ultimately judicial processes, which if regarded, should have put the City’s contract on hold until the lawsuit was resolved.

After years of legal battles, protests, teach-ins and more than 50 arrests resulting from protests to protect the Peaks, Snowbowl started making snow in 2012. The recent decision extends the contract through 2034.