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NC Commission of Indian Affairs American Indian Advocacy Fellowship

Amount: $5,000

Term: AY 2021-22

Eligibility: Doctoral students in humanities and humanistic social sciences enrolled in a degree program in one of sixteen departments in the College of Arts & Sciences*

Application Due: Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Supervisor: Steve Maynor, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program Director


About the NC Commission of Indian Affairs

The North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs provides supportive services to individuals demonstrating a need for rental housing assistance, career counseling, job training and placement, domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking services, financial assistance for American Indian students enrolled in an NC accredited community college or university, Low Income Energy Assistance Program, and other socioeconomic needs facing the American Indian population.

The Commission of Indian Affairs consists of 21 representatives of the American Indian community, two representatives appointed by the General Assembly, one representative or their designee appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Commerce, the Secretary of Administration, the Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources and the Commissioner of Labor.

These American Indian members are selected by tribal or community consent from the Indian groups that are recognized by the State of North Carolina and are principally geographically located as follows: the Coharie of Sampson and Harnett Counties; the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation; the Haliwa Saponi of Halifax, Warren, and adjoining counties; the Lumbee of Robeson, Hoke and Scotland Counties; the Meherrin of Bertie, Hertford, Gates and Northhampton Counties; the Waccamaw-Siouan from Columbus and Bladen Counties; the Sappony; and the Native Americans located in Cumberland, Guilford and Mecklenburg Counties. The Coharie shall have two members; the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation, two; the Haliwa Saponi, two; the Lumbee, three; the Meherrin, one; the Waccamaw-Siouan, two; the Sappony Indian Tribe, one; the Cumberland County Association for Indian People, two; the Guilford Native Americans, two; the Metrolina Native Americans, two; Occaneechi Band of the Sapponi Nation,one; Triangle Native American Society, one.

The Fellowship Project

The 2021-2022 American Indian Advocacy Fellow will work within the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs Advocacy Division at North Carolina Department of Administration, the leading state agency that advocates and provides supportive services to the local tribal communities and its members.

The American Indian Advocacy Fellow will:

  • Engage with program staff to develop an understanding of program services, communities served, and the importance of American Indian culture.
  • Assist with various programmatic operations such as: Data Collection, Data Entry, and Data Management, review files, prepare and send correspondence.
  • Plan and development community outreach events to promote the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs Advocacy Programs, by setting up display booths to distribute information about the Commission and programs administered by the Commission.
  • Attend various cultural events within the American Indian communities to engage with tribal members to assess and prioritize various needs.
  • Review, Research and develop draft policies to address specific needs as of the Commission and American Indian communities.
  • Take the lead on the publication of a quarterly newsletter for the Commission and assist with the publication of the Commission’s Annual Reports. Develop a White Paper on the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on State Recognized Tribes in North Carolina. Develop White Paper on the Impact of Indian Child Welfare on State Recognized Indians in North Carolina.

*Due to COVID, in-person experience may be limited and safety measures will be taken into account when designing fellowship activities and goals.

More Information

Applicants must submit a cover letter explaining their academic background and professional qualifications, as well as their goals for professional development through this fellowship; a C.V.; and a letter of support from an advisor in their department or their Director of Graduate Studies. The completed application  should be submitted to the HPG website no later than the end of the day on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Queries which are not answered in the FAQ may be directed to Ashley Melzer, HPG Initiative Director.  Open interest meetings (at this link) will be held on Tuesday, August 24 at 4pm, Friday, August 27 at 12pm, and Wednesday,  September 1 at 5pm. Email the director to setup a different time or ask a question.

*Eligible graduate programs will be affiliated with American Studies; Anthropology; Art & Art History; Classics; Communication; Dramatic Art; English & Comparative Literature; Geography; Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures; History; Linguistics; Music; Philosophy; Religious Studies; Romance Studies; and Women & Gender Studies. Graduate students within the College of Arts & Sciences who are not affiliated with one of these programs, but are pursuing a course of study which makes significant use of humanities methods or content, may write to Ashley Melzer to petition for eligibility. Graduate students in programs outside of the College of Arts & Sciences are not eligible.

The Application