American Indian students interested in representing tribal interests in federal government should pounce on this learning opportunity hosted by the Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE), a national nonprofit organization that advocates for American Indian and Alaska Native government employees.
As part of the SAIGE 8th annual training conference, “Service, Honor, Respect: Strengthening our Cultures and Communities,” June 13-17, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the Cherokee Hard Rock Hotel, the organization will also host the annual Native Youth Track–uniquely designed to educate Indian young adults on obtaining jobs in federal government. At the conference, students will participate in professional and personal development workshops and training, in addition to networking with American Indian professionals and federal agency representatives.
SAIGE hopes its program will encourage Indian students to earn college degrees and pursue civil service professions.
SAIGE offers a limited number of scholarships for Native students–ages 18 to 25, currently enrolled in good standing at an accredited high school, college or university–to attend the 2011 training conference. The scholarships include conference fee, airfare, hotel accommodations and per diem for meals, the SAIGE press release states.
American Indian/Alaska Native students can submit their application form, letter of reference, proof of school enrollment, and completed emergency medical information form for consideration to attend the conference. Applicants will also write a short essay about their interest in government careers, including information about themselves. The application deadline is approaching: On April 15, 2011, completed application packets must be postmarked or electronic copies sent. Find applications at www.saige.org under Youth Track.