Wicah’pi Cikala

(Little Star)

“Celebrating 40 years ~ 1971-2011”

OLC Weekly Bulletin                                    March 14-18, 2011


President’s Office (Thomas Shortbull___Good Luck to the Bravehearts and the Lady Bravehearts at the AIHEC Basketball Competition!   <><><>   BOT Meetings:  Tuesday, March 29th – Program Policy, 4:00 p.m. @ PRCC; Wednesday, March 30th – Finance, 3:00 p.m & Personnel, 5:00 p.m. @ Piya Wiconi; Thursday, March 31st – BOT Mtg, 5:00 p.m. @ Piya Wiconi. 


OLC Family___Our condolences to Diane Cournoyer (Graduate Studies) for the loss of her father Bruce Brown.  Also to the family of Ed Two Bulls, Jr., one of the first artist to participate in OLC’s Summer Artist Series at the Historical Center.  Please keep the families in your prayers.  Wopila. 


Library (LaVera Rose)___NetLibrary contains a full text collection of 10,000+ commercially published books in the arts, humanities, social sciences, life and physical sciences, business, computers & more, plus Cliffs Notes.  Visit the library’s databases page for more information on the many resources available to staff and students at OLC!  http://library.olc.edu/collections/databases.html. 


Business Office (Arlene Quist)___If you wish to purchase items from Best Buy, the following is the procedure that can be used.  We will see how this works out and inform you as we get better details.  It will be included with the training in August.  Items can be viewed online or in the store, after selections are made you contact the customer service manager for OLC, Bill Wiemann Education Account Manager- Best Buy for Business, Office 612-292-0311, Fax 952-430-0955.  He will give you a quote and then a requisition for a purchase order can be made out…..please note whether you want the item (s) delivered to the store or direct shipped to the college.  After the requisition is filled out and PO processed, an order number will be given if you are picking it up at the store and that is what you take to the store.  Or else they will ship it here.  Be sure to find out if there is a shipping charge.


Math & Science/IT (J. Tinant/Dr. LaGarry)___ Anpetu Waste, I would like to take this time to thank everyone who helped make last Friday's Career Fair a success.  Pilamiya to Mary Tobacco for allowing us to use the Multi-Purpose Building, the Maintenance Department for assisting in the set up and taking down, as well as keeping the sidewalk shoveled and deiced, and to Head Start Department and the Pejuta Haka College Center for your assistance.  The Math and Science Faculty, staff and interns that worked around the clock in preparation as well as at the event: Rich White, Anthony Valella, Jim Sanovia, Tawa Ducheneaux, Dean Haley, Jesse Pina, Michel Melvin, Michelle Salvatore, Misty Brave, Alicia Provost, Dieg Sandavol, Ale Higa, Jason Tinant, Calvin Cutschall, Michelle Lebeaux, Rebecca Bingham, Tada Varges, Michelle Loafer, and Charles Bush. There were 119 participants from Little Wound High School, Shannon County Virtual High Schools, and Kadoka High School.  The students had the opportunity to visit various very exciting Math and Science Department booths as well as neighboring Universities, Oglala Sioux Tribal (OST) Programs, and the Scholarship Programs.  From the Math and Science Dept., there were the GIS Lab, The Oglala Lakota Center for Science and Technology-Geoprobe and Chemistry, Conservation Biology, and the Earth Science Booths.  The visiting booths that attended were the American Indian College Fund, Black Hills State University, South Dakota School Mines & Technology, OST Health Education, OST Diabetes Prevention Program, OST Natural Resources, OST Environmental Protection, and the OST Parks and Recreation. This event would have not happened without all of your support in our efforts to reach our goal in empowering the next generation.  Pilamiya ye, Helene Gaddie, Lakota Native Science Field Center  <><><><>  Announcement for IT students.  Contact: Christine Stagnetto-Zweig, 455-6110, csarmiento@olc.edu.  Our Summer 2011 REU program is now ready to accept applications. Apply by March 31, 2011.  Acceptance notification April 15, 2011.  NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) at Dakota State University, May 30-July 29, 2011.  Career opportunities in cybersecurity are on the rise.  See www.dsu.edu/reu.  I would greatly appreciate it if you help promote our program. For example, you may send the poster to those who might be interested.  Students can register, must have 2.0 GPA minimum. They need a letter from IT Faculty.  In this case, I can write it. It is a Paid Summer Internship.  $4140 stipend—roundtrip travel expenses—paid housing & meals—fitness center pass.   Some students applied with anticipation. Student must register online. 


ENCC/Wanbalee (Georga Rooks)___Wanblee College Center is sponsoring a blood drive, Friday, March 25, 2011 you can call 462-6274 to make an appointment to Save A Life! There is always a need for blood and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.


Student Support Services  (Milton Fineran)___You can be the proud owner of a Digital Book.  We will be raffling a Digital Book reader for our annual program awards dinner at the end of the school year. Feb. 9-Apr. 15, 2011.  $1/tkt or $6/6tkts.  Access eBooks, music, videos and more while on the go with this lightweight digital book.  The 7” TFT-LCD provides 600x800 pixel resolution and features touch-screen capability for easy navigation through your virtual library.  WIFI lets you connect to the internet so you can browse the web.  Contact: Milton 455-2027, Thalia 867-1528, Al 867-5404, Jackie 342-1513, Amia 455-2450.


EAP/Student Affairs (Ruth Cedar Face)___Oglala Lakota College was selected as one of the 40 minority serving institutions to attend a Financial Literacy Symposium sponsored by USA Funds. A proposal was submitted in December 2010 and we were notified in January 2011 that we were selected to participate with other organizations from across the country.


Wounded Knee CC (Elaine Gibbons)___Exercise Room hours: Monday-Friday 7:00am-8:00am, 12:00-12:45pm, 4:00-4:45pm; If you're interested in Yoga or Zumba, please call Elaine 867-5352  <><><>  Students, we have tutors available for ALL Subjects, please see Liz or Elaine and we'll get you in touch with the tutor. We are scheduling Study Groups and will post in the center. 


Woksape Tipi (LaVera Rose)___DAKOTA DAUGHTERS will be presented on Thursday, March 17, 2011 from 1:00—2:00 p.m.  at the OLC Library, Piya WIconi Campus.  Performers are Geraldine Goes in Center (published author), Lilliam Witt (published author) and Joyce Jefferson (independent scholar with the S.D. Humanities Council).   <><><>  The library homepage will have links to student information by Friday.  Students need to be aware that they are responsible for any materials borrowed from the library.  If materials are lost or if they are not returned your name will be sent to the Registrar’s Office and holds will be placed on your grades and financial aid.  Don’t forget that the library at Piya Wiconi is now open until 8:00pm on Tuesdays.  We look forward to assisting you this semester! 


Athletics (Mary Tobacco)___OLC Basketball Information.  Oglala Lakota College's Bravehearts Men's Basketball team has improved its record to 15-11, winning 13 straight since January 22, including a big win over Western Nebraska Community College.  The Lady Bravehearts have improved their record to 14-13 with two wins over defending Tribal College Champions Salish Kootenai College. OLC will host Stone Child Community College from Box Elder, Montana during the 2nd OLC Invitational March 11th and 12th at the Multipurpose Building, Piya Wiconi.  The last time OLC and Stone Child met in Box Elder both teams were defeated by the Bearpaws.  The Lady Bravehearts lost by a score of 56-51 while the Bravehearts were outscored 57-58. The Invitational will be the final home game for both basketball teams, including Lady Bravehearts seniors Tera Cuny and Johaunna Dreamer.  Tera will be graduating with her Bachelor's in Elementary Education, and is currently student teaching in the Rapid City area.  She was three times named to the Tribal College's All Tournament Team, is a recipient of the Waonspekiya Kili Education Grant, and is the starting point guard for OLC. She is also the proud mother of 7 year old Wakinyan and 5 year old Wicahpi.  Johaunna will receive her Bachelor's in Business, three AA's: Accounting, Tribal Management, and Entrepreneurship, and is the starting forward for the women's team.  Johaunna is the proud mother of JuShynna, SunShynne, and Arulianna.  <><><>  OLC Invitational Schedule:  Friday, March 11, 2011, 6:00pm  Lady Bravehearts v SD Stars, 8:00pm  Bravehearts v RC Stars.  Saturday, March 12, 2011, 10:00am  Lady Bravehearts v Stone Child Community College, 12:00pm  Bravehearts v Stone Child Community College; 2:00pm   Lady Bravehearts v Stone Child Community College, 4:00pm  Bravehearts v Stone Child Community College.  Thank you for supporting OLC Athletics. 



AIHEC 2011 AnnouncementsApril 16-19, 2011, www.aihec.org.  – Bismarck, ND. 

Ruth Cedar Face is happy to report that she has all the coaches needed for the various AIHEC competitions and will have a list of the students participating by next week.  Good job Ruth! 

One Act Play Competition.  The deadline to have teams selected is March 21, 2011, rcedarface@olc.edu.  We need the names in order to complete our registration for the conference, rooms and for the charter bus.  Students for any competition should have at least a 2.00 GPA and be enrolled in at least 6 hours. 

Mr. & Ms. AIHEC  (Ruth Cedar Face) I sent the Mr. & Ms. AIHEC notice and application to all students twice. If you were interested before but the deadline was too close, you now have the chance to submit your application and information as THE DEADLINE IS NOW MARCH 18, 2011.  Please notify me if you are interested and will be submitting your application. 

Traditional Plants Competition.  I'm looking for 3 more students to compete at AIHEC Traditional Plants Competition. If you know of any interested students let me know. I'm looking for someone with experience in traditional plants or took the Traditional plants foods & herbs class and or Range Plant ID.  Email or call me. Theresa Lone Hill, Agriculture Extension Outreach, (605) 455-6085, tloneh@olc.edu.

Archery.   Qualifying Shoot on March 25-26, 10am—3pm daily.  At Piya Wiconi campus.  Students must have 12 hours to qualify, must participate both days.  Top 3 scores will go.  OLC’s IHEC 2010 Archery Individual Champion has qualified already.  20 targets/2 arrows per target/have to shoot twice—Bows/Equipment/Targets.  Lunch will be sold.  Free shooting will be allowed.  Contact Marcell Bull Bear at mabullbear@olc.edu or 441-9865/455-2450.

AIHEC Basketball Tournament .  The Bravehearts will travel to Pablo, Montana for the Tribal College Championships March 16-20, 2011 on the Salish Kootenai College campus.  Two divisions with equal champions.  Division 1 will be for teams that play a season of 15 or more games.  Division 2 will be teams that play less than 15 games per season.  All teams will be guaranteed 3 games in pool play and at least 1 game in bracket play. All players will receive a tournament t-shirt and gym bag. Championship player shirts & medal/trophy will awarded.  Contact:  Mary Tobacco mtobacco@olc.edu.    

Congratulations to Ms. Wanda Fields, she is the 2011 Oglala Lakota College Student of the Year!  Wanda is from the He Sapa College Center in Rapid City, a freshman majoring in Social Science.  She will represent OLC at the AIHEC Student Congress conference in April.


Editor (Marilyn Pourier)___Mark your calendar for April 2, 2011.  OLC will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with the Wikecemna Icitopa Ihunni Woyuonihan na Wacipi (40th Anniversary Honoring and Powwow) at the Multi-Purpose Bldg on the Piya Wiconi Campus.  The one day event will include a 10:00 a.m. honoring of board members with 10 or more years of service as OLC board members:  Newton Cummings, Gerald One Feather, Dennis Brewer, Pete Red Willow, John Her Many Horses, Lloyd Eagle Bull, Jr., Patrick Iron Cloud, Phoebe Tallman, Charles “Chuck” Conroy, Bennett “Tuffy” Sierra, Orland Big Owl, Ruth Weston, James Red Willow, Birgil Kills Straight and Sophie Lone Hill.  12:00 Noon lunch for participants and attendees of BOT recognition presentations; 1:00-5:00 p.m. Afternoon Powwow Session; 5:00 p.m. Powwow Dinner; 7:00-10:00 p.m. Evening Powwow Session.    


Humanities (Tony Fresquez)___URGENT! Looking for 5 FEMALES & 20 MALES to perform in 'BLACK ELK SPEAKS' play this upcoming SUMMER 2011.  Attached here in PDF form is the revised flier. If you check out the OLC Homepage, there is a little item on the right hand side everyone can click on to get to this flier: http://www.olc.edu/.  Feel free to print this out and replace the first flier sent to your centers a few weeks ago.  The name of the course is: HUM 313: THEATRE PRODUCTION. Please review this flier for further details.  Jenzabar Enrollment for this course is now up for all interested students, etc.  Hope we hear from each of your centers of interested students.  CLASS TIMES / CLASS ROOMS / CLASS DAYS: Dependent upon which college students show students are interested, class/rehearsal times, locations, & days will be held there (even if it means multiple locations weekly or biweekly).  Toksa, and please feel welcome to contact me with ANY questions - my celly is (308)360-0668. 

Enroll at OLC through Registrar's to receive a grade & 3 academic credit hours at the end of the course & at the end of the summer performances.  TO REGISTER, go online to JENZABAR. For more information, contact Kiri Close at (308)360-0668 (kclose@olc.edu). Limited Space so HURRY in to REGISTER! $15 lab fee per enrolled student.  Course description:  HUM 313 THEATRE PRODUCTION: This course is specifically designed to implement the use of a variety of theatrical, dramatic devices toward a grand summer 2011 season production presentation of 'BLACK ELK SPEAKS' (a play adapted by Christopher Sergel). Theatrical and dramatic tools such as voice inflection, volume enhancement, vocal clarity, some elements of song and dance, emotional display, stage marking, relaxation devices, stage confidence, stage make-up, costuming, help with set design, performance marketing/PR, and other activities will be expected. Students will be trained for both production cast and crew. They will complete this course and performances with an exhilarated sense of intense stage experience. Bimonthly mandatory performances during June, July, & August required for a final grade. Attendance will mandatory in all classes and rehearsals. Prerequisite: SpCm 103 and/or approval of instructors; able to commit to rehearsal more than once a week when prompted and scheduled by instructors. ENROLLMENT CAP TOTAL: 25 (5 Female roles, 20 Male roles; additional enrollment with permission of instructor only).    

 <><><>  OLC Humanities ART Division presents: INTERNATIONAL TRAVELING OLC STUDENT ART EXHIBIT IN ENGLAND & AFRICA!  25 student pieces will be selected for this traveling exhibit.  ELIGIBILITY:  --Must be an AA of Art Major by the end of FALL 2010 at OLC on track to graduate in that degree.  --Must be an enrolled tribal member (or equivalent) of a Native American indigenous nation.   --Must attend all INFO SESSIONS upon request by relevant Art or Humanities Faculty.

1. Maximum of two (2) art works per person.
2. Must be no larger than 2feet x 2feet, with 2inch border.
3. Pieces must be able to bend & roll piece (e.g., on canvas, paper, etc.).
4. 2-D (2 dimensional) pieces ONLY.
5. Artist must be willing to negotiate prices with buyers.
6. Must be open to no sale.
7. Must be open for exhibit gallery to receive half of purchase price.
8. Prices for sales will include shipping/handling of pieces to buyers.
DEADLINE: FRI, May 6, 2011 by 3pm at Piya Wiconi Library.
CONTACT OLC Faculty:  Martin Red Bear, MA mredbear@olc.edu; Gerald Cournoyer, MFA - gcournoyer@olc.edu;  Kiri Close, PhD - kclose@olc.edu - (308)360-0668 - Kiri Close BLOG for inquiries & comments: http://mail.olc.edu/~kclose


KOLC TV (Tony Brave)___Two new Woglakapi shows can be found on KOLC's website:  k.olc.edu.  One is an interview with OLC's own Tony Fresquez about his life, education and the early days of Oglala Lakota College.  The other interview is with Greg Gagnon, Ph. D, from the University of North Dakota, Department of Indian Studies.  Dr. Gagnon was a former Vice President here at OLC and talks about higher education for Native Americans.  Please contact me with any ideas on videotaping for KOLC, tbrave@olc.edu.   New schedule:  

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

8:08am: Cobell Presentation

8:40am: Woglakapi Show: Birgil Kills Straight

9:25am: High School Girls District 15A Playoffs: Custer Wildcats vs. Red Cloud Crusaders

10:37am: Rick Two Dogs Workshop

11:57am: OLC Lady Bravehearts vs. Ft. Peck Lady Buffalo Chasers

1:16pm: Treaty Lesson #1

  2:10pm: Jackie Bird Presentation

3:07pm: High School Girls District 14A Playoffs: LWS Lady Mustangs vs. St. Francis Lady Warriors

4:30pm: Cobell Presentation

5:03pm: Woglakapi Show: Birgil Kills Straight

5:49pm: High School Girls District 15A Playoffs: Custer Wildcats vs. Red Cloud Crusaders

  7:01pm: OLC Lady Bravehearts vs. Ft. Peck Lady Buffalo Chasers

  8:20pm: High School Girls District 14A Playoffs:  LWS Lady Mustangs vs. St. Francis Lady Warriors

9:44pm: Cobell Presentation

10:16pm: Woglakapi Show: Birgil Kills Straight

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday,

 8:08am: Allen Boxing

   9:31am: Pine Ridge Chamber of Commerce Elder Discussion

  11:40am: Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Language Summit Keynote: Ryan Wilson

   2:00pm: OLC Men's Bravehearts vs. Ft. Peck Buffalo Chasers

   3:02pm: Millie Rexroat

   4:03pm: Allen Boxing

   5:26pm: Woglakapi Show: Birgil Kills Straight

   6:11pm: Cobell Presentation

   6:43pm: Lakota, Dakota, Nakota Language Summit Keynote: Ryan Wilson

   9:03pm: OLC Men's Bravehearts vs. Ft. Peck Buffalo Chasers

Old Fords never die they just get faster.  Jesse Short Bull


Fall 2010 Calendar (April)

Spring Break (no classes)                                             Apr. 18-22

AIHEC/Bismark, ND                                                   Apr. 16-19

Easter Holiday (Good Friday)                                       Apr. 22

Registration for General Construction Summer Session    Apr. 18-22 


Student Notices: 

Tribal College Journal.   TO: Creative writing, English, and art instructors & TCU students.  FROM: Tribal College Journal staff.  Phone: (970) 533-9170 or fax (970) 533-9145.  Email: student@tribalcollegejournal.org.  Here is the student writing info:  http://www.tribalcollegejournal.org/2011_student_writing.pdf . DEADLINES:  Creative Writing- February 12, 2011; Cover Art- April 18, 2011.  WRITING CONTEST: The annual student edition is included as part of the fall edition of Tribal College Journal and is sent to all our subscribers. The TCJ Student Edition provides the students with incentives, exposure, and material for their resumes. Student support services administrators use it for recruitment and for encouraging students. Students who read it can see that other tribal college students have shared some of their experiences. We encourage students to submit their best work (proof read and edited) for consideration. We prefer for the instructors to submit their students’ work, so we can have a contact name and email.  ART CONTEST: Each year, we seek artwork to use on the cover of the Tribal College Student. Please write to student@tribalcollegejournal.org for criteria for the art contest. The deadline is April 18 to allow time for students in the AIHEC Art Contest to be considered. To be considered for the Tribal College Student cover, we need high resolution images of the artwork. It can be the art form itself (painting, drawing, or photograph) or a photograph of 3 dimensional objects. High resolution means we must have a jpeg attachment that is 300 ppi or more. It should be a vertical image for a 8.5 x 11 inch page size.  Check out the TCJ website for eligibility, application and more. 


Science Education Programs at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Contact: ornledu@orau.org. Higher Education Research Experiences (HERE) http://www.orau.gov/hereatornl. This program is open to U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents who are currently enrolled in an A.S. or B.S. degree program with a minimum GPA of 2.5/4.0, including those who have completed a B.S. within the past year.  Opportunities are available for 10 or more weeks during the summer term; some sabbatical appointments lasting 6 t0 12 months, plus some intermittent appointments, also are available.  Priority suggested deadline period for summer 2011 applicants: February 1 – March 31. 


GeoCorps America announces new GeoCorps American Indian Internships.  ●More than ninety different twelve-week geoscience internships are available in America's amazing public lands. 
●GeoCorps now features two additional GeoCorps American Indian Internships http://rock.geosociety.org/g_corps/GeoCorpsAmericanIndianInternships.htm>  and six additional GeoCorps Diversity Internships,  http://rock.geosociety.org/g_corps/GeoCorpsDiversityInternships.htm> .  Projects involve field and laboratory research focused on the earth and environmental sciences.  Internships are hosted on public lands throughout the U.S.: National Parks, National Forests and BLM areas.  Elibibility is open to students, graduates, post-docs, professionals, faculty members, teachers, retirees and others.   Applications for summer positions are due February 1st and positions take place from May-Sep. 2011.  Applications for fall/winter positions, which occur from Sep. 2011-May 2012, can be
submitted from May 2 – July 1, 2011.  Applications should be submitted through the GeoCorps website http://www.geosociety.org/geocorps.



Ola Mildred Rexroat  relates her experiences flying for the Women’s Air Force Service Pilots of WWII on April 3rd, 2:00 p.m. at the Journey Museum.  Ola is 90+ years of age, she is Oglala Lakota and is a veteran of WWII.  She was honored at OLC when the Veteran’s Monument was dedicated. 


4th Annual Tusweca Tiospaye Powwow.  April 9-10, 2011.  Wolf Creek School Gym, 7 mi. East of Pine Ridge.  Grand Entry:  April 9th @ 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. April 10th @ 1:00 p.m.  For updates and specials see www.tuswecatiospaye.org/2011powwow.  Contact: Michael Carlow, Jr. @ 605-867-6193.  <><><>   5th Annual Hanpapecun.  April 9-10, 2011.  Lakota Style (16 stick) Handgame Tournament.  Double elimination bracket.  Sponsored by Tusweca TIospaye Lakota Language & Culture program.  Box 693, Pine Ridge, SD 57770.  Contact: Michael Carlow, Jr. @ 605-867-6193 or mike@tuswecatiospaye.org. 


Pine Ridge Area Chamber of Commerce (PRACC).  Win a Harley Davidson XLH-883 Sportster Custom Motorcycle.  Raffles: 1 tkt $10.00, 3 tkts $25.00, 14 tkts $100.00.  Drawing will be held on August 11, 2011 following the “Ridin the Rez Poker Run.”  Need not be present to win.  Contact: PRACC, PO Box 375, Kyle, SD 57752.  605-455-2685.  www.pineridgechamber.com. 


2011 Wildland Firefighter Qualification Plan.  The BIA will begin February 12 and throughout April, with the veteran and rookie wildland firefighter qualification process for the 2011 Wildland fire season.  All firefighters must meet the (NWCG) National Wildland Coordinating Group qualification standards.  The standards must be achieved in the following order:  (1) Pass a urinalysis test.  (2) Have a current medical physical or a completed health screen questionnaire on file.  (3) Pass a fitness and work capacity test (Pack Test).  (4) Pass a required training: annual refresher (veterans) or basic training (rookies.  Call or write BIA for more information on the standards.  BIA, Pine Ridge Agency, PO Box 1203, Pine Ridge, SD 57770, Phone: 867-5396, Fax: 867-5052. 


28th Annual Lakota Omniciye Wacipi.  April 15-17, 2011.  American Indian Awareness Week.  April 11-15, 2011.  Donald E. Young Sports & Fitness Center—Field House.  Grand Entries: Friday April 15th @ 7:00 p.m., Sat. April 16th @ 12:00p.m. & 7:00 p.m., Sunday April 17th @ 12:00 p.m.  Contact 605-642-6578.  Kevin Whirlwind Horse Memorial Run.  Saturday April 16th @ 10:00 a.m. at Salem Park.  Black Hills State University, Spearfish, SD. 


First Peoples Fund Announces 2012 Community Spirit Awards Call for Nominations.  Deadline for nominations if May 31, 2011.  Nominees must be: Practicing artists of demonstrated maturity in their field; continually practicing artists for a minimum of 10 years; documented affiliate of a U.S. tribe.  In additon to Visual Arts, First Peoples recognizes contemporary and traditional forms of Performing Arts and Literary Arts.  Fellowships will be awarded to artists who demonstrate: An artistic practice that passes on the traditions and the life ways of the people; a commitment to building the strength of native communities by sharing their skills & talents with others in their respective communities; and deeply rooted and maintain direct ties to their tribal community.  Nomination procedure: Nominate online at First Peoples Fund or send a postcard to include complete names and address of both nominee and nominator to PO Box 2977, Rapid City, SD 57709; nominated candidates must be from an American Indian community; applications will be mailed after nomination deadline has passed.  Selection process & expectations: A national selection committee will review nominees and select awardees from those that meet the outlined qualifications; fellowship recipients will receive $5,000 designed to give them the opportunity to “practice their art.”