Undergraduate Research Assistant: TRUTH Project

Deadline Extended:
Friday, January 23, 2023 / open until filled

Hourly Pay
$20.00, 10 hours per week (Now through Spring 2023)

Job Description

The TRUTH Undergraduate RA will provide a supporting role to the Towards Recognition and University-Tribal Healing Project (TRUTH). The TRUTH Project is a grassroots collaboration between the 11 recognized Tribal Nations within the geographic boundaries of Minnesota, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC), and the Office of American Indian and Tribal Nations Relations at the University of Minnesota. Born out of a growing national outcry for decolonization and justice, the TRUTH Project began after High Country News’ 2020 publication of the first ever analysis of the 1862 Morrill Act from an Indigenous perspective. Soon after the publication of this article, MIAC released a series of resolutions calling on the University of Minnesota to be a better relative to Indigenous peoples. In response, the TRUTH Project was established and assembled a team of Native scholars who would produce the first ever Indigenous-organized report on the past, present, and future of Tribal-University relations. In revealing these truths, we hope to begin the process of recognizing the atrocities the University of Minnesota and the State of Minnesota have imposed on Indigenous peoples and to create much needed space for forging better relationships in the future.

This job will be 90% remote, with the occasional in person meetings.

The ideal candidate is knowledgeable about Indigenous peoples in Mni Sota, has a commitment to detail, and is self-motivated to complete tasks by deadline with minimal supervision.  


Job Duties

  • Provide assistance to the TRUTH coordinators to support the dissemination of the TRUTH Report 
  • Maintain internal and external communications
  • Assist with designing flyers and other promotional materials
  • Social media administration 
  • Assist with the creation of a monthly newsletter 
  • Provide supportive research as needed through the end of the writing process, with credit given in final publication 
  • Maintain and coordinate files pertaining to the TRUTH Project 
  • Keeping and organizing confidential files
  • Other duties as assigned by the coordinators 


Required Qualifications

  • Must be a University of Minnesota student 
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suites, Google Docs/Sheets/Forms, Adobe, Canva
  • Great organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently from direct supervision (task oriented, self-driven, time-management)
  • Ability to meet deadlines while working remotely 
  • Great interpersonal communication skills 
  • Willingness to communicate through email, phone, and social media platforms


Preferred Qualifications

  • Work study eligible 



This position is funded through the Institute for Advanced Study.