Tribal Government & News

Hatfield Fellowship seeking 2011-12 applicants

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde is accepting applications for the Mark O. Hatfield Congressional Fellowship.

Each year, a Hatfield Fellow serves as an intern for a member of Oregon's congressional delegation. The fellow is selected from adult Native American applicants who are enrolled members of a federally recognized Tribe in Oregon.

If there are no qualified applicants from Oregon, enrolled members of federally recognized Tribes in Washington, Idaho and Montana will be considered.

The selected candidate will intern in Washington, D.C., for nine months beginning in November and will receive a monthly stipend, relocation and travel expenses, and tuition for the American Political Science Association orientation.

Again in 2011, applications will be accepted and submitted through an electronic Web-based process only at

Videos providing an overview of the Hatfield Fellowship program and interviews with previous fellows can be viewed at Spirit Mountain Community Fund's Web site.

Deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Friday, April 29. Applicants will be notified in May if they qualify for interviews. Late applications will not be accepted.

For more information, contact Programs Officer Louis King at Spirit Mountain Community Fund at 503-879-1462, e-mail at or by mail at 9615 Grand Ronde Road, Grand Ronde, OR 97347.

The fellowship honors Mark Hatfield for his accomplishments as a U.S. senator, former Oregon governor and for his mentorship of many community leaders.