SMCF ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF 2014/15 HATFIELD CONGRESSIONAL FELLOW
Spirit Mountain Community Fund (SMCF) is pleased to announce that Mary C. Bodine has been selected to be the 2014/2015 Hatfield Fellow. Ms. Bodine is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and is currently employed by the Bonneville Power Administration as their Corporate Fish and Wildlife Paralegal/Project manager in Portland, Oregon. Each year SMCF sponsors a Congressional Fellowship with a member of the Oregon delegation to enhance the mutual understanding between leadership in Washington, D.C. and Indian Country. Past fellows have served in a number of congressional offices over the years including Congressmen/Representatives; Ron Wyden, Gordon Smith, Kurt Schrader, Darlene Hooley, Earl Blumenauer, and Greg Walden.
Ms. Bodine will begin her Hatfield Fellowship in November 2014 with a month-long orientation with the American Political Science Association in Washington, D.C. Following the APSA orientation, Ms. Bodine will assume her congressional placement with Congressman Peter DeFazio [Oregon, 4th District] where it is expected she will be assigned to work with the House Committee on Natural Resources. Reflecting on the work that Hatfield Fellows can expect to do Congressman Kurt Schrader said “from your first days as a Hatfield Fellow, you’re doing the crucial behind-the-scenes work necessary to pass important legislation.”
Ms. Bodine completed her Juris Doctorate Degree in 2013 at Lewis and Clark School of Law and received her Environmental Law Certificate. Ms. Bodine earned her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies while at Lewis & Clark College in 2009. Bodine is a recipient of the Oregon State Bar Association’s award for Diversity and Inclusion. From 2006-2008 Ms. Bodine served as President of the Native American Student Union at Lewis & Clark College and was a former intern with the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission. Ms. Bodine was a notable contributor and project lead at Oregon Health Sciences University researching toxicology issues for Native Americans and consumption of contaminated salmon. Ms. Bodine is a former Udall Congressional intern and has received numerous awards, scholarships and accolades for her work in Indian country.
The Hatfield Fellowship was created in 1998 to honor Senator Mark O. Hatfield’s public service to Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Additional information about the Hatfield Fellowship program is available on the internet at http://www.thecommunityfund.com