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Posted: 3/19/2009

For Further Information Contact: Libby Washburn (520) 901-8506 or Colin Ben (520) 901-8568


Terrence L. Bracy, Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Morris K. Udall Foundation, has announced that 13 students from 10 tribes and 9 universities have been selected as 2009 Native American Congressional Interns. They were selected by an independent review committee of nationally recognized Native American educators and tribal policy leaders on the basis of demonstrated commitment to careers in tribal public policy and academic achievement. The Foundation received a record number of applicants this year and this group of interns represents one of the strongest classes the Udall Foundation has seen since starting the program in 1996.

This highly regarded internship program is intended to provide Native Americans and Alaska Natives with an insider's view of the federal government. The internship is located in Washington, D.C., and is known for placing Native students in competitive positions in Senate and House offices, committees, Cabinet departments and the White House, where they are able to observe government decision-making processes first-hand.

The Foundation awards approximately 12 Internships every summer on the basis of merit to Native Americans 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 tribal governance, tribal law, Native American education, Native American health, Native American justice, natural resource protection, cultural preservation and revitalization, and Native American economic development.

This year, in accordance with a partnership with First Alaskans Institute, the number of Udall Interns increased to 13. The 13 new Udall Interns will complete an intensive, 10-week internship in the summer of 2009. Special enrichment activities will provide opportunities to meet with key decision-makers. Since its inception in 1996, 149 Native American/Alaska Native students from 84 tribes have participated in the program.

The 2009 Native American Congressional Internship class includes:

  • Timothy Argetsinger, an undergraduate student from Dartmouth College and a citizen of the Native Village of Kotzebue.
  • Jeremy Bennett, an undergraduate student from Oklahoma State University and a member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.
  • Philip Brodeen, an undergraduate student from the University of Minnesota and a member of the Bois Forte Band (Nett Lake) of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe.
  • Eugenia Charles-Newton, a graduate student from the University of Arizona and a member of the Navajo Nation.
  • Torivio Fodder, a law student from the University of Arizona and a member of the Pueblo of Taos.
  • Prestene Garnenez, a graduate student from the University of California-Los Angeles and a member of the Navajo Nation.
  • Mica Gilmore, a law student from the University of Arizona and a member of the Navajo Nation.
  • Anthony Jones, a law student from Washington University - St. Louis and a member of the Port Gamble Indian Community of the Port Gamble Reservation.
  • Honor Keeler, a law student from the University of New Mexico and a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.
  • Jacob Keyes, a law student from the University of New Mexico and a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
  • Kristina Manymules, an undergraduate student from Arizona State University and a member of the Navajo Nation.
  • Sherri Mitchell, a law student from the University of Arizona and a member of the Penobscot Tribe of Maine.
  • Nolan Smith-Kaprosy, an undergraduate student from Yale University and a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community.

The Morris K. Udall Foundation is an independent federal agency that was created by Congress in 1992 to honor Congressman Udall's legacy of public service. Congressman Udall served in the House of Representatives for three decades, a career distinguished by civility, integrity and consensus. He championed the rights of Native Americans and Alaska Natives, using his leadership in Congress to strengthen tribal self-governance and national environmental policy. The Foundation's education programs are supported by a trust fund in the U.S. Treasury and contributions from the private sector. The Udall Foundation also includes the U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, which assists in resolving conflicts related to the environment, public lands, and natural resources.

For additional information on the Native American Congressional Internship Program, please visit our website at or contact Colin Ben at (520) 901-8568 or

Libby Rodke Washburn
Director of Communications & External Relations
Morris K. Udall Foundation
130 South Scott Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701-1922
520.901.8506 (direct line)
520.670.5530 (fax)

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