Native American Art Work

American Indian Studies

American Studies

Division: Social and Behavioral Sciences
MD 139-147
Palomar College
San Marcos, California


Native American Student Alliance (NASA)

Mission Statement:

To foster, encourage and motivate Native American students attending college by providing an environment in which they can relate to other Natives who are facing similar experiences, such as leaving the reservation to attain a higher education.  In addition, NASA plans and organizes cultural, traditional, and educational events through which Native American students can share in their cultures and traditions as peers and mentors while educating non-Natives.


The Palomar Native Club will be holding weekly meetings on Thursdays in the Multi-Disciplinary (MD) Building room 132 from 12:30 – 1:30pm.  This is open to the public.  New members are always welcomed!  Inquiries can be sent to the President, Linda Nieto, or the faculty advisor, Dr. Alan Lechusza Aquallo (

Come by and say “Hi!”



Fall 2011 Officers will be posted at the start of the Fall semester.

President: Linda Nieto (Pala Band of Mission Indians)
Vice President: Alyssa Shane (Shoshone)

Facebook Group Page: (search Palomar Native Club)


American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

“We are all children of the earth; it is our library”
– M. Hiles (Anishanabee)

Mission Statement:

The American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) is a national, nonprofit organization which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values.

Through a variety of educational programs, AISES offers financial, academic and cultural support to American Indians to pursue studies in science, engineering, and technological arenas.

The trained professionals then become culturally informed leaders within the Indian community. AISES’ ultimate goal is to he a catalyst for the advancement of American Indians as they seek to become self-reliant and self-determined members of society.

NASA/AISES Contact Information:

Palomar College – homepage


News Information:

Published in the North County Times, Feb. 8, 2012

Members of the Native American Student Association at Palomar College will be on the air with KOPA Radio (91.3 FM) at 11 a.m. Wednesday for a forum to discuss issues of interest to the community.

Listeners can speak with Native American Student Association president Linda Nieto, club secretary Cristino Velasquez and Dr. Alan Lechusza Aquallo, assistant professor of American Indian Studies at Palomar College.

Listeners throughout the county can access the station through the Internet at . On a smart phone, the station is accessed through a free download on the app from the Android Market or i-Tunes. Podcasts of the program will be available through

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Scholarship Information:


Published: Feb. 13, 2012

Scholarship Applications for 2012 TALM Conference Due March 1, 2012
Will you please help get the word out about scholarship opportunities available for the June 4-7 International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums?  Approximately100 scholarships will be awarded from a $50,000 fund.  Here is the message:

Scholarships Available for 2012 International Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums, March 1 Application Deadline

Thursday, March 1 at 5 p.m. CST is the receipt deadline for scholarships to the June 4-7, 2012 International Conference of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Qualified applicants must work with a tribal archive, library, museum or cultural center, or be enrolled full-time in a museum, library, archival, or Native Studies related program. Awards are primarily based upon the extent to which an applicant is likely to benefit from the conference and financial need. Scholarships range from $250 to $750 and may include registration fees and three-nights shared lodging. Travel typically is not covered, but will be considered Funding for scholarships is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Approximately 100 scholarships will be awarded. To apply, visit the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museum’s website at

Published: Feb. 9, 2012

AISES Google Scholarship

Deadline Approaching: February 29

The AISES Google Scholarship will fund scholarships awards to American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and people of First Nations from Canada AISES members pursuing degrees in the computer science, computer engineering and related programming fields.

AWARDS:  $10,000USD total award for those studying in the US and $5,000CAD for those studying in Canada per scholarship recipient and invite to Google Scholars’ Retreat.

All 2012 AISES Google Scholarship award recipients will be invited to attend the 2012 Google Scholars’ Retreat in Mountain View, CA. The retreat is an all-expenses paid program where there will be opportunities to network with Googlers and other student scholarship recipients to build a community of peers with similar interests and backgrounds. There will also be workshops and panels to enhance your career development and skill sets.

AISES Scholarship ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA – Applicants MUST meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Must have a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  2. Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited four-year college or in their second year at a two-year college leading to a four-year degree. Students at a two-year college must demonstrate a transition plan to a four-year college/university.
  3. Must be a member of an American Indian tribe, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or First Nations otherwise considered to be an American Indian or First Nations by the tribe with which affiliation is claimed; or is at least 1/4 American Indian blood; or is at least 1/4 Alaskan Native; or considered to be an Alaskan Native by an Alaskan Native group to which affiliation is claimed.
  4. Must be a member of AISES. To obtain an AISES membership go to


  1. Must be Majoring* in one of the following college disciplines at a accredited 4-year college or university:
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Engineering

*Other majors will be considered if the applicant  demonstrates a high volume of computer science and computer engineering course work and research.

2.  Must be a current college sophomore or higher
(entering their junior or senior year of undergraduate
study or enrolled in a graduate program in the 2012-2013
academic year.

3.  Must maintain a strong academic performance.

As always, check our website for additional news and opportunities!

Published: 9, Feb. 2012

2012 AISES Summer Internships
The AISES Internship Program provides students with applied work experience and an opportunity to explore career options. Placing students in 10-week summer positions with partner agencies, the program also promotes advanced study to the graduate level and assists students in developing professional networks. Click here to read about eligibility criteria, provisions and terms, and application procedures.

Appllication Deadline Extended: Must be received by February 29, 2012.

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. Today, more than 9,000 corps members are teaching in 43 regions across the country including native communities in Hawaii, New Mexico, Oklahoma and South Dakota.

In 2010, the organization launched the Native Achievement Initiative to deepen its partnership with Native communities. Since then, the percentage of corps members from American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian backgrounds more than doubled. In addition, we are focused on recruiting graduates and professionals with STEM backgrounds to meet the needs of math and science classrooms across the country. To apply or for more information visit

Published:  6, Feb. 2012

Title:  Scholarship from the Center – Columbia University’s Summer Program for H.S. Students

Who: Students of Native American descent and entering 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade in the 2012-2013 school year
Deadline: March 2, 2012


Location: New York, NY



A 3 week pre-college program for students entering grades 9 through 12 and freshman year of college who are interested in intensive summer study. The Summer Program for High School Students in New York City is renowned for its academic rigor, instructional excellence, and the unique opportunity to experience college life in the Ivy League while sampling the vibrancy of New York City.”



Scholarship Opportunity Announcement

Title: The Udall Scholarship

Who: Sophomore and junior level college students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care.

Deadline: March 5, 2012

Awards: $5,000


Contact: Mia Ibarra (

This $5,000 scholarship is awarded to 80 undergraduate sophomores and juniors pursuing careers related to Tribal Public Policy, Native Health Care, or the Environment (you must be a Native American/Alaska Native to be eligible in the first two categories). Udall Scholars also get to attend the Udall Scholar Orientation and are immediately plugged into a growing and active alumni network. The application deadline is March 5, 2012.

Published:  25, Jan. 2012
Summer 2012
Despite more than five centuries of colonialism,
indigenous communities in what is now the United
States have retained their sovereignty. But what does
it mean to live in a nation within a nation?
This unique study abroad experience explores the
historical and contemporary dimensions of this
question in the context of the Cherokee people.
Over the course of five weeks, participants will study
Cherokee history, language, and culture in the
ancestral homelands of Western North Carolina, along
the Trail of Tears, and in the Cherokee Nation in
For more information, visit or
contact Professor Daniel M. Cobb at
To learn about American Indian Studies at UNC, find us on Facebook at
2 weeks
Eastern Band of
Cherokee Indian
Cherokee, NC
1 week
retracing the Trail
of Tears
2 weeks
Cherokee Nation
Earn six hours of academic
credit learning about Cherokee
history, language, and culture
in an innovative place-based
“We are a revitalized tribe . . . . Individually and collectively,
Cherokee people possess an extraordinary ability to face
down adversity and continue moving forward.”
Principal Chief Wilma Mankiller (1945-2010)
Kituhwa Mound, Mother Town of the Cherokees, near present-day Bryson City.

Published: 9, Jan. 2012

From: []

I work for the US Fish and Wildlife Service and I wanted to ask for your assistance in sharing some student internship opportunities that we have coming available next month with your AISES Chapter. I’ve attached the job opportunity notices along with some information regarding the Student Career Experience Program, or SCEP. We have 9 openings in the Pacific Northwest, and 9 SCEP positions throughout California and Nevada. I realize that many of your students are home for the holidays, but I wanted to share this information with you as early as possible so that they may have as much time to work on their applications as possible. I am available by both telephone and e-mail if you have any questions.

Bill Johnson
Diversity Employment Specialist

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Division of Diversity and Civil Rights
2800 Cottage Way, Suite W2606
Sacramento, CA 95825

Office: (916) 414-6630
Fax:    (916) 414-6486


Student Resource Information – borrowed from the National Indian Education Association website (

NIEA John C. Rouillard and Alice Tonemah Memorial Scholarship

NIEA awards the John C. Rouillard and Alice Tonemah Memorial Scholarship each year to deserving full-time undergraduate, masters and doctoral students who are American Indian, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian. For more information, please visit the NIEA Scholarships and Internships webpage.

Native Scholarship Resources

NIEA wants to make sure that every Native student knows about other funding opportunities to help them succeed in their academic career. For more information on other organizations who offer scholarships and internships, please visit the Scholarships for Native Students webpage.

Tribal Colleges and Universities

NIEA strives to provide as much information as possible for those wanting to attend higher education institutions. Find a listing of tribal colleges and universities, please visit the Tribal Colleges and Universities webpage.

Native American Studies

Many non-Native institutions offer studies to educate about language, history and culture of various Native American communities. You can find a list of colleges and universities that offer these programs on the Native American Studies webpage.

Manuals and Publications

At NIEA, we are working toward a comprehensive research library to study and best learn the needs of our Native students. Please visit our Manuals and Publications webpage for more information.



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