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CANAR Mid-Year 2008 Seneca Nation Newsletter

Niagara Falls, NY

The CANAR Mid-Year Conference was a great success and the Seneca Nation was a gracious host.  It was nice to see so many representatives from Indian Country/Alaska Native Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Programs.  The grand entry is always impressive when the number of Tribal Nations that have TVR programs serving Tribal members with disabilities.  The CANAR conference has been the site for recognition and graduation ceremonies for the past several years.  It was an honor to MC and present at the CANAR Mid-Year conference and represent the Oglala Lakota Nation, San Diego State University (SDSU), Circle for American Indian Rehabilitation (CAIR) and Interwork Institute.

This year the graduation for Post Employment Training – American Indian Rehabilitation (PET-AIR) and the Post Employment Training – American Indian Rehabilitation Bachelors in Vocational Education (PET-AIR/BVE) administered at SDSU, was held on the first day of the CANAR Mid-Year Conference.  PET-AIR IV (cycle 4) and PET-AIR/BVE III (cycle 3) had their graduation ceremonies on Tuesday June 24, 2008 during the general session.  The graduates in attendance were provided certificates of completion from SDSU and honored at CANAR.  CANAR conferences allow for may of the PET-AIR and PET-AIR/BVE students to gather and celebrate their accomplishment.  We here at SDSU Interwork Institute are very proud of the students and their contributions to Tribal members with disabilities.

Graduates for PET-AIR/BVE III (Bachelors level certificate program) included:

  • Maria Nevala, Great Lakes Inter tribal Council VR, Wisconsin

  • Erica Hawpetoss, Great Lakes Inter tribal Council VR, Wisconsin

  • Shellean Garcia, Delaware Nation VR, Oklahoma

  • Jimmy Begay, Project Input, Las Vegas Moapa Paiute VR, Nevada

  • Jacquie Dunn, Cheyenne River Sioux VR, South Dakota

  • Bettina Whitebean-Jock, St. Regis Mohawk VR, Hogansburg, NY

  • Nikki David, St. Regis Mohawk VR, Hogansburg, NY

  • Cheri Johansen, Bristol Bay VR, Alaska

 

Graduates for PET-AIR IV (Masters level certificate program) included:

  • Gena McKenzie, Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Counsel, Wisconsin

  • Marla D. Decker, Southern Ute Indian Tribe VR, Ignacio, CO

  • Joseph E. Kelley, CRC, Central Louisiana Intertribal VR, Natchitoches, LA

  • Tescha Hawley, Ft. Belknap, Harlem, MT

  • Margaret “Chrissy” Ishida, Hawaii State DVR, Kapolei, Hawaii

  • Jim Fox, Ft. Belknap VR, Harlem, MT

CANAR PET-AIR IV and PET-AIR/BVE III graduation ceremonies

Pictured at CANAR PET-AIR IV and PET-AIR/BVE III graduation ceremonies (L to R):
Tracy Justesen (Assistant Secretary, OSERS/DOE), Dr. Bobbie Atkins (SDSU), Jimmy Begay (Moapa), Treva Roanhorse (CANAR President and Navajo OSERS), Maria Nevala (Great Lakes Intertribal, hidden between flags), Jackie Dunn (Cheyenne River VR), Bettina Whitebean-Jock (Mohawk VR), Nichole David (Mohawk VR), Shellean Garcia (Delaware VR), Joe Kelly (Central Louisiana Intertribal VR), Cheri Johansen (Bristol Bay VR) and Jimmy Warne (SDSU).

PET-AIR VI (cycle 6) begins in March 2009.  Applications are being accepted now and will be reviewed in December 2008.  PET-AIR VI will announce accepted applicants in January 2009.

Unfortunately PET-AIR/BVE was not refunded this year and applicants that applied will be kept on file for the next cycle when funding is secured.  SDSU will continue to reapply to re-establish the PET-AIR/BVE Certificate Program. 

During CANAR breakouts sessions, many students from PET-AIR and PET-AIR/BVE presented during the PET-AIR breakout session on June 25, 2008 (pictured below).  It was good to see so many students present and share their stories at CANAR.  They all did a great job and represented their Tribal VR programs in a good way. 

CANAR pictures

Pictured (L to R): Cheri Johansen (PET-AIR/BVE Cycle III), Gerald Fox (PET-AIR Cycle I), Dr. Bobbie Atkins (SDSU), Leo Lockwood (PET-AIR Cycle V), Jill Flory (PET-AIR/BVE Cycle II), Norm “Hoss” Shawanokasic (PET-AIR Cycle II), Vaughn Pena (PET-AIR Cycle V), Shellean Garcia (PET-AIR/BVE Cycle III), Bettina Whitebean-Jock (PET-AIR/BVE Cycle III), Jeff Crone (PET-AIR Cycle V), Maria Nevala (PET-AIR/BVE Cycle III), Tom Cyrus (PET-AIR Cycle V), Arthur Schenk (PET-AIR Cycle V), Jimmy Warne (SDSU), Jackie Dunn (PET-AIR/BVE Cycle III).

Congratulations to this year’s graduates and good luck with your future academic goals and service to Tribal VR and people with disabilities.  Also it was good to see so many PET-AIR and PET-AIR/BVE graduates in leadership positions with CANAR and Tribal VR activities.  Keep up the good work that all of you do for Tribal Members with disabilities!  Keep up the good work and see you at the next CANAR Conference.

Take care, your kola (friend),

Jimmy Warne, MS
SDSU Interwork Institute, CAIR and PET-AIR


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