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 congressional representatives in Washington, DC.
Who We Fund
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.
This internship lasts for nine months as fellows learn the inner workings of the federal political system and serve as advisers on Native American issues.
Hatfield Fellows are capable, motivated individuals, who, through their work in Washington, acquire new skills and understanding to be change makers and leaders in their communities. The mutual understanding between tribal people and congressional leadership fostered by the Hatfield Fellowship will produce long-term benefits for all of the Tribes and the Pacific Northwest. Past fellows have successfully served in several congressional offices over the years, including the offices of Senators Ron Wyden, Gordon Smith, and Congressional Representatives Darlene Hooley, Earl Blumenauer, Greg Walden, Kurt Schrader, David Wu and Suzanne Bonamici.
2018 Hatfield Fellow
The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and Spirit Mountain Community Fund are pleased to announce Traven Joseph as the 2018/19 Hatfield Fellow. Joseph, who was born and raised in Oregon, is a member of the Koyokon Athabascan of Tanana, Alaska/Doyon Corporation and the Gros-Ventre (White Clay) tribe of Fort Belknap, Montana.
Joseph is a graduate of the University of Oregon where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Business and Economics. He has an active history in Indian Country, with past work at the Native Wellness Institute and Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board.
Joseph will begin his Fellowship in November of 2018 with a month-long orientation at the American Political Science Association (APSA) in Washington, D.C. Following orientation, he will assume his congressional placement in Congresswoman Bonamici’s office.
His future plans include returning to school in pursuit of an MBA and a law degree. He hopes to combine his education with his Fellowship experience to obtain a leadership role within his Tribe or Indian Country.