Safeguarding Our Natural Heritage Youth Program

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FREE USDA Virtual Summer Camp for American Indian High School Students through UNC Pembroke, July 12-16, 2021

The Southeast American Indian Studies (SAIS) Program at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke is pleased to announce that applications are now available for the sixth annual Safeguarding Our Natural Heritage Youth Program.

The program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and hosted by SAIS, will be held July 12-16, 2021. Please see the attached application.

The FREE week long virtual program is seeking 20 American Indian high school students who are rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors that have an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as agriculture, veterinary, plant, food, environmental sciences, and natural resources, wildlife biology, and related fields.

The intensive program will be held virtually through UNC Pembroke.

The program will expose students to the STEM and other fields, the college environment at UNC Pembroke, and American Indian history and culture, as well as potential career opportunities for college graduates in the tribal community and with the USDA-APHIS.

The application deadline is Friday, June 15, 2021, no later than 5 p.m.

Return completed application to 1) Email to or; 2) mail to Southeast American Indian Studies Program, UNC Pembroke, PO Box 1510, Pembroke, NC 28372; 3) hand deliver to UNC Pembroke, Old Main, room 204 (Southeast American Indian Studies); or, 4) Indian Education YDS staff

Summer Employment Opportunities with SAIS:

The Southeast American Indian Studies Program is pleased to announce employment opportunities for UNCP students. The following positions and their descriptions can be found on the UNCP Career Center’s Handshake page.

To apply, visit the Career Center’s Handshake website at Students will need to create an account to view the postings if they have not done so already. 

#4614716: USDA-APHIS Internship with Southeast American Indian Studies 

1 position 

$12.50 per hour 

#4656809: USDA-APHIS Summer Camp Counselor 

4 positions 

$12.00 per hour

Deadline to apply for all positions:  Friday, May 7, 2021

For more information, contact Mary Beth Locklear, Director, UNC Pembroke Office for Regional Initiatives, 910.775.4020 

Additional Information

For additional information, please visit or contact:

Mary Beth Locklear, Director of Regional Initiatives, Outreach Department | Email: | Phone: 910.775.4020

Myia Reyes (Lumbee), Interim Program Coordinator, Southeast American Indian Studies Program | Email: | Phone: 910.775.4663 | Fax: 910.522.5795