The Hatfield Fellowship

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The Hatfield Fellowship

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Working in a Congressional Office

The Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon established the Mark O. Hatfield Fellowship in 1998 as a living tribute to Senator Hatfield.  The Fellowship honors Mark Hatfield for his accomplishments as Governor of Oregon and United States Senator on behalf of the Grand Ronde Tribe, Native Americans, Oregonians, and all Americans.  The Hatfield Fellowship is also in memory of Susan Long, Mark’s devoted assistant who epitomized the best in public service. The Hatfield Fellowship ensures that Mark Hatfield's legacy of integrity, strength, and effectiveness in public service endures.

Each year one Native American is selected to be the Hatfield Fellow and serve as a member of the staff of one of Oregon's representatives in Congress in Washington, DC. This internship lasts for nine months.

Hatfield Fellows learn the inner workings of the federal political system and serve as advisors on Native American issues. They work closely with their Member of Congress and with the entire Oregon Congressional delegation. Hatfield Fellows are capable, motivated individuals, who, through their work in Washington, acquire new skills and experiences to be change makers and leaders in their communities, producing long-term benefits for all of the Tribes and the Pacific Northwest.

Fellows also participate in the American Political Science Association’s month-long fellowship orientation. During this time, APSA fellows in journalism, political science and international policy become acclimated to the environment in Washington, DC. By collaborating with APSA, Fellows have an instant support network, including the director of the fellowship program who acts as a resource and a mentor.

Past fellows have successfully served in several congressional offices over the years, including Senators Ron Wyden, Gordon Smith, and Congressmen David Wu, Darlene Hooley, Earl Blumenauer, and Greg Walden.

The Grand Ronde Tribe is proud to encourage the development of Native American leaders through the Hatfield Fellowship. For more information on our past fellows, please visit Past Fellowship Placements - Where Are They Now? 

For more information about the Fellowship, email fellows@thecommunityfund.com