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12 Future Leaders
TUCSON, ARIZONA- Twelve American Indian students from twelve different tribes were named 2011 Native American Congressional Interns by the Udall Foundation.
The ten-week internship is an intensive program that will take place this summer.
The 2011 Native American Congressional Internship class includes:
“We, the Grand Traverse Band, are extremely proud of Rose and have always recognized her gifts and potential.
The Udall Internship will provide her an excellent opportunity to learn and experience firsthand how DC operates, and I feel that she will make an impression and a long-lasting one at that!”
commented Derek Bailey, Tribal Chairman of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, based in Peshawbestown, Michigan, about Rose Petoskey, who is the daughter of the John and Eva Petoskey.
The Udall Foundation was created initially to honor the legacy of the late Morris K. Udall, who represented southern Arizona in the US House of Representatives for 30 years. Stewart L. Udall, who also represented southern Arizona in Congress from 1955 to 1961, was Morris Udall’s older brother. The two brothers were leaders in many policy areas, including natural resources and the environment and Native American issues.
They worked together on many initiatives while Stewart Udall was Secretary of the Interior and Morris Udall a member of Congress. In 2009, Congress amended the legislation to honor Stewart Udall and add his name to the Foundation, renaming it the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation.
“It means a lot to me. I am really excited, excited see how the federal government; particularly about how American Indians interact with the government. I understand the process is very competitive. So, I am happy I was chosen,”
said Alys Alley, currently a junior at the University of Michigan and tribal member of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians. Ms. Alley was nominated for the internship by the tribe’s chairman, Matt Wesaw.
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