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Increasing Opportunities for Native American Students Conference, May 3-4, 2013

This is a gathering for Parents, Educators and Students (grades 6-12)

The Region VIII Equity Assistance Center at Metropolitan State University of Denver is proud to host the Increasing Opportunities for Native American Students Conference: A Gathering for Parents, Educators and Students on May 3-4, 2013.  This conference is for educators, parents and students grade 6-12 and will be held on Auraria Campus, Denver, Colorado.
This two-day event is free of charge.  Friday May 3rd is for educators and parents; the focus will be on obligations all educators have to American Indian students as well as broader equity issues.  Saturday May 4th is student-centered and is directed to assisting students to become advocates for their own education.

Invited Speakers

Ms. Joyce Silverthorne and Mr. Walt Pourier have been invited to speak at the Increasing Opportunities for Native American Students Conference. 
Ms. Silverthorne was selected by the United States Department of Education to serve as its Director of the Office of Indian Education and is responsible for supporting local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations to meet the academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives.  She is a fully enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
Mr. Pourier is the Creative Director of Nakota Designs, the Executive Director of the Stronghold Society and is the current "Artist in Residence" at the Denver Art Museum.  He is Oglala Lakota from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Event Organizers

This event is a collaboration of many organizations including the Office of Lt. Governor Joseph Garcia, Ernest House, Jr., Executive Secretary of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs, Colorado Department of Education, and Title VII Coordinators from the following school districts:
  • Adams 12 Schools
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Colorado Springs District 11
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Jefferson County Public Schools
Cafe Cultura and the Regional Education Laboratory (REL) Central have also contributed their insights to the planning process.

Event Registration

There are two ways to register for this event:
1) Go to this website IOP Registration, complete the form and hit submit at the bottom
2.  Download the registration form here: IOP Registration Form, complete the form and fax to 303-556-6073 OR scan and email to EAC@msudenver.edu
There will be no registration fee for this conference.
Event Agenda
A detailed agenda will be posted soon.  Both conference days will begin at 8am for registration and conclude around 4:30pm, with a closing session.
 Check this space for more event information, as we will be updating the website frequently.  For more information, please call 303-556-6065 or send an email eac@msudenver.edu
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NAJA accepting Project Phoenix applications through May 6
Native high school students exposed to media through annual Native American Journalists Association program July 14-20 in Tempe, Ariz.
NORMAN, Okla. - The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) is now accepting applications through May 6 for Project Phoenix, an annual program that aims to introduce Native American high school students to journalism. 

During the course of a week, students accepted into the program learn the basics of news writing, photography and multimedia as they report stories under the guidance of professional journalists who serve as mentors. Students' work appears in a printed newspaper and online.

The students of both Project Phoenix and Native Voices, NAJA's college program, meet in the host city of the association's annual conference. The site of Project Phoenix this year is Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School for Journalism and Mass Communication. Program dates are July 14-20. The 2013 National Native Media Conference will be held July 18-21 in Tempe, Ariz., in conjunction with Native Public Media.

Project Phoenix this year is made possible by a generous contribution from the Ak-Chin Indian Community. Tribal Chairman Louis J. Manuel Jr., said the Ak-Chin Indian Community is dedicated to supporting NAJA's mission.
"The Ak-Chin Indian Community is supportive of the efforts NAJA instills in motivating and developing our current and future media hopefuls. Our vision is to provide opportunities to Native Americans where possible and NAJA is a huge proponent in striving for that goal with Native journalists and media," Manuel said.

"We are grateful the Ak-Chin Indian Community has become a partner this year in our effort to continue our mission," said NAJA President Rhonda LeValdo. "Our student programs hold an important place in our commitment to raising Indian Country's next generation of storytellers."

The 2013 National Native Media Conference will be held at the Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center in Tempe. Visit www.naja.com/students to learn more about NAJA's student programs and to begin the application process. 

Project Phoenix honors the first Native American newspaper, The Cherokee Phoenix, which was first printed in New Echota, Ga., on Feb. 21, 1828. It was published in both English and Cherokee using the Cherokee alphabet, making it also the first bilingual newspaper in North America.    
In keeping with NAJA's mission, Project Phoenix seeks to expose high school students to the powerful world of journalism and how it impacts Indian Country and the rest of the nation.
Several Project Phoenix graduates have gone on to pursue journalism as their college major and career.
NAJA serves and empowers Native journalists through programs and actions designed to enrich journalism and promote Native cultures.
NAJA recognizes Native Americans as distinct peoples based on tradition and culture. In this spirit, NAJA educates and unifies its membership through journalism programs that promote diversity and defends challenges to free press, speech and expression. NAJA is committed to increase the representation of Native journalists in mainstream media. NAJA encourages both mainstream and tribal media to attain the highest standards of professionalism, ethics and responsibility.
For more information, visit www.NAJA.com.

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