Hatfield Fellowship

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.

2017 Hatfield Fellow

Karlen Yallup

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and Spirit Mountain Community Fund are pleased to announce Karlen Yallup as the 2017/18 Hatfield Fellow. Karlen, a member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, is a graduate of the University of Idaho where she received a double Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Resources, and Fire Ecology & Management.

Karlen will begin her Hatfield Fellowship with a month-long orientation at the American Political Science Association (APSA) in November of 2017, followed by an eight-month congressional placement in Senator Ron Wyden’s office.


Karlen plans to attend law school in the fall of 2018. She recently completed a Congressional Internship with the Udall Foundation where she served in Senator John McCain’s office. She has a passion for the conservation and preservation of natural resources, and she strives to be a voice for Native people. There are many issues Yallup would like to work on while in D.C., but hopes for the opportunity to address poverty and education issues in Indian Country.

See Past Fellows

How to Apply

The Grand Ronde Tribe is proud to invest in the development of tomorrow’s Native American leaders through the Hatfield Fellowship. Submit applications. For more information about the Hatfield Fellowship, please email info@thecommunityfund.com

Application deadline is 5/31/18.