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Student awarded Native American Congressional Internship

April 11, 2012

Bree Blackhorse, a 2L at Seattle University School of Law, received a 2012 Native American Congressional Internship from the Udall Foundation. She will complete her 10-week internship with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of Tribal Justice in Washington, D.C. this summer.Bree Blackhorse

She is one of just 12 students nationwide selected this year for the highly regarded internship program, which provides American Indians and Alaska Natives with an insider's view of the federal government.  

Blackhorse is the law school's 2010 Native American Scholar. She is an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and a cofounder, as well as the incoming Editor in Chief, of the American Indian Law Journal. Additionally, she is the President of the Native American Law Student Association. Blackhorse is also a traditional powwow dancer, a Native ledger artist and contemporary painter, and enjoys hiking and glacier climbing mountains such as Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier in her free time.

The Udall Foundation awards the merit-based summer internships to American Indians and Alaska Natives who are college juniors or seniors, recent graduates from tribal or four-year colleges, or graduate or law students who have demonstrated an interest in fields related to tribal public policy, such as criminal justice, cultural preservation and revitalization, education, economic development, health, law, natural resources protection, and tribal governance. The Native American Congressional Interns are selected by an independent review committee of nationally recognized Native educators and tribal policy leaders on the basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to careers in tribal public policy. The Udall Interns participate in special enrichment activities that provide opportunities to meet with key decision makers.

The Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that was established by Congress in 1992 to provide federally funded scholarships for college students intending to pursue careers related to the environment, as well as to American Indian students pursuing tribal public policy or health care careers. In 1998, the Foundation grew to include the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, created by Congress as the federal government's only program focused entirely on resolving federal environmental disputes. The Foundation also cofounded the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy, which is a self-determination, development, and self-governance resource to Indigenous peoples.