WALTER LITTLEMOON

INDIGENOUS RESEARCHER INTERNSHIP SCHOLARSHIP

TO APPLY:

  1. Fill out the application here: [https://www.vistashare.com/ot2/ssview/intake/6839a06eec5511ea863a0a5edaaa6806]. You can save your application and re-login to return to it at later times.

  2. If you have any questions regarding the internship or application, please email or call Michael Brydge, Principal Director at michael@sweetgrassconsulting.net or 540-448-1826.

  3. The application must be complete and submitted using the hyperlink above by 11:59pm, 14th, September 2020.

  4. The internship will begin toward the end of September.

  5. Click here to see a copy of the application to better prepare you.

                                                     A storyteller, author, and

                                                     above all a common man

                                                     from Wounded Knee, South

                                                     Dakota, Walter served his

                                                     country in Vietnam and his

                                                     community during the

                                                     Wounded Knee uprising. He

                                                     created and directed a non-

                                                     profit in Denver, CO to serve

                                                     urban Indians in varying

                                                     capacity. He continues to

                                                     live a life that reflects long-

                                                     held Lakota values. Today, he educates others through his book “They Call Me Uncivilized: The Memoir of an Everyday Lakota Man from Wounded Knee” and award-winning documentary “The Thick Dark Fog”, both of which emphasize hope, humor, and healing, despite unthinkable trauma.

During the last five centuries, storytelling, data collection, and research of indigenous peoples have been largely extracted, owned, and often used in disparaging ways by outsiders. Thus, political alliances, wealth, resources, and decision-making among others have continued to be funneled away from indigenous communities, reinforcing systemic racism and the structures that have contributed to communities of poverty, dependence, and food deserts. Further, Indigenous Nations know well that American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian families experience high rates of hardship when entering the workforce and universities. Despite these barriers indigenous scholars, Native-led research efforts, and everyday common people like Oglala Lakota elder Walter Littlemoon live and work diligently in ways that share knowledge, strengthen foundations, solve problems, and build futures.

 

To assist in just one very small way, Sweet Grass Consulting, LLC wants to be more intentional about working with American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian aspiring researchers. It is our hope to increase research equity and enhance data sovereignty by providing greater opportunities for permanent capacity, impactful job readiness, career development, heightened esteem, and increased economic return. For this reason, we invite you to apply for the annual Walter Littlemoon Indigenous Researcher Scholarship! We will provide each competitively chosen researcher with a $1,800 stipend to participate in 120 hours of research. The selected aspiring researcher will learn applicable skills, knowledge, and confidence in applied research, evaluation, and monitoring methods by engaging in meaningful research in indigenous communities.

                                                                                                         Sweet Grass has worked with     

                                                                                                         over 21 tribal nations in 14                                                                                                                   states, operated 8 field schools,

                                                                                                         and developed over 60 databases

                                                                                                         since 2008. Our research and

                                                                                                         engagement contribute to new

                                                                                                         businesses and employment

                                                                                                         opportunities, new programs

                                                                                                         and services for Native youth,

                                                                                                         elders, farmers, ranchers, buffalo

                                                                                                         caretakers, and homeowners,

                                                                                                         tribal control over data and

                                                                                                         resources, and more.

                                                                                                         To date, we have trained over 35 interns (university students, university graduates, and community researchers). Likewise, we have trained dozens of employees from Native organizations on research techniques, data analysis, and report writing in order to build capacity in ways that promote tribal self-determination, enhance sovereignty, increase job  readiness and placement, and perpetuate localized decision-making.

 

This scholarship will allow aspiring researchers to: further pursue their research, academic, and workforce related goals; enhance their experiences, skills, and resumes; partner with universities for work-study and practicum credits; support their families; and support positive changes and adherence to traditional values in Native communities.

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