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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.
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