Heidi J. Todacheene is one of 12 students from 5 tribes and 9 universities to have been selected as a 2014 Native American Congressional Intern by the Udall Foundation. Todacheene is in her second year at the UNM School of Law, pursuing a certificate of concentration in Indian law.
The Udall Congressional Internship Program provides interns with hands-on practical experience in congressional offices and opportunities to network with policymakers and national tribal advocacy organizations.
Todacheene 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. "I’m honored by this opportunity to get a first-hand view of the federal government," she says. "Working at the Department of Justice, I’ll learn more about the legal issues relating to Indian Country, especially those relating to national security."
Todacheene is a member of the Navajo Nation from Farmington, New Mexico. At the UNM Law School, she works as an editor for the Tribal Law Journal and served on the board of the Native American Law Students Association as Treasurer/1L Student Representative. After graduation, Todacheene would like to work on legal issues affecting Indian country to promote tribal self-governance and protect the rights of future generations.
UNM Law School student Byron "Craig" Williams, Jr. was selected for the 2013 Udall Internship, also at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of Tribal Justice. "The Udall Internship is the premier fellowship program for interns," says Williams. "It was an unparalleled opportunity to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian Country."