Heidi Macdonald ('10) has been selected to spend her summer working in the office of New Mexico Sen. Jeff Bingaman as a Native American Congressional Intern. She is one of 12 students selected by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation for the prestigious program.
The foundation awards about 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. Since the program began in 1996, 162 Native American/Alaska Native students from 86 tribes have participated.
Macdonald, a member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux tribes, will spend 10 weeks in Bingaman’s office, observing government decision-making processes first-hand. Additionally, she will be given opportunities to meet with key decision-makers in Washington, D.C.
Macdonald is interested in giving a voice to children who lack adequate representation in the legal system. She hopes to work in both tribal and state court as a guardian ad litem. During law school, she has been involved in encouraging Native American children to attend college.
The Udall Foundation 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 Native American students pursuing tribal policy or health care careers.