Quote from Joybelle517
Haha. Being an IL girl, I wasn't thinking about that!
About the Oneida's, I was told they would rather hire their own and I probably wouldn't be able to get in there. I am interesting in going there because it's my understanding that it's federally funded and there are other opportunities to further my career by working for the government. I hope my info is right in that aspect anyway.
Maybe some of my information might be a little helpful. I am an Anishinaabe giigoonkwe, (Chippewa, fish-clan woman) from Chicago. Way back in my family history there are some Iroquois, (although the Chippewa word for Iroquois means "enemy".)
Anyhow, the Oneida are one of the Iroquois nations, (a league actually). The tribal land for the Iroquois is in New York state as well as the reserve that is part on NY and also crosses the border into CA, (but, it really is Iroquois land). There are Oneida in NY and some of course in Wisconsin, (Iroquois are the Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, Cayuga, Mohawk and Tuscarora).
Of course I am no way an expert in the least about things Iroquois! However I do remember flipping through a book that a hospital had about inter-cultural health care giving, (really neat stuff about many, many cultures). Sadly, they listed Native American, (over 500 federally recognized different Nations) as one group.
Even though many Indians do indeed live acculterated many, (myself included) some that I know of and myself consider ourselves to be mixed-cultured, (which means that our original beliefs and tribal culture are indeed important to us).
Some things that the inter-cultural book listed which I never intentionally considered before but, did agree with were:
1-listen fully when another is speaking, do not interrupt, (that is rude)
2-wait until you are certain the other person is finished before speaking
3-recognize that there is a difference in beliefs about eye contact, that it is considered rude or a violation of privacy to STARE at someone's eyes
4-respect that the family may be around and be certain to be respectful to all members, especially so, the grandparents or older members, (their advice is generally very important)
5-tobacco, sage, sweetgrass and cedar may be arranged in the patient room, (these are considered sacred so, do not touch without permission first).
Not listed in the book but, from my opinion, remember that Indian humor can be understated so, if you feel that a joke was made, go ahead and smile, (double check) and joke back if you are comfortable!
Also, do not forget that if you acknowledge that you do not want to insult or accidentally disprespect something and ask permission you may have very well eased any tension and opened communication.
Good luck, and check the IHS.gov website too!