Udall Foundation awards 2019 Native American Congressional Internships

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The Udall Interns will complete an intensive nine-week internship in the summer of 2019 in Washington, D.C.

News Release

Udall Foundation

Native Nations Institute

The Udall Foundation and Native Nations Institute are pleased to announce that 12 students from 10 tribes and 10 universities have been selected as 2019 Native American Congressional Interns. They were selected by an independent review committee on the basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to careers in tribal public policy.

The Udall Interns will complete an intensive nine-week internship in the summer of 2019 in Washington, D.C. Special enrichment activities will provide opportunities to meet with key decision makers. From 1996 through 2019, 278 Native American and Alaska Native students from 124 Tribes will have participated in the program. 

The 2019 Udall Interns are: 

  • Qay-liwh Ammon, Hoopa Valley Tribe, interning with the Subcommittee for Indigenous Peoples of the United States, House Natural Resources Committee (pending). 
  • Joseph Byrd, Cherokee Nation, interning in the Office of Tribal Justice, Department of Justice.
  • Kacey Chopito, Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, interning with the Council on Environmental Quality, White House (pending).
  • Julie Combs, Cherokee Nation, interning in the Office of the Assistant Secretary, Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior (pending).
  • Amber Holland, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, interning in the Office of the Solicitor, Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior.
  • Emma Johnson, Cowlitz Indian Tribe, interning in the office of Senator Catherine Cortez Masto.
  • Tamee Livermont, Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Pine Ridge Reservation, interning with the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions.
  • Austin Moore, Samish Indian Tribe, interning in the Office of Indian Rights and Claims, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Department of Justice.
  • Kami Naylor, Muscogee (Creek) Nation, interning with the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (pending).
  • Selena Neptune-Bear, Penobscot Tribe of Maine, interning in the office of Representative Raúl Grijalva (pending).
  • Raven Pinto, Navajo Nation, interning in the office of Senator Tom Udall.
  • Kellylynn Zuni, Navajo Nation, interning with the Office of Clinical and Preventive Services, Indian Health Service (pending).

Learn more about the Congressional Internship Program and meet the 2019 Udall Interns. 

The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides Native American and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the Federal legislative process in order to understand firsthand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the Federal Government. The Udall Internship is funded and co-administered by the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona. 

For additional information about the Native Nations Institute and the Udall Internship program, please contact Mona Nozhackum at nozhackum@email.arizona.edu. 

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