Portia Skenendore-Wheelock 2L Selected as a Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Intern
The Udall Foundation has selected Portia Skenendore-Wheelock 2L as one of their 10 student congressional interns for the upcoming summer. She will spend nine weeks in Washington D.C. with the Department of Justice, Office of Tribal Justice.
Portia Kayanthos (She Plants Gardens) Skenandore-Wheelock, wolf clan, is Haudenosaunee from the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Skenendore-Wheelock is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration joint degree at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and is president of the Native American Law Students Association at the College of Law.
Udall Foundation Native American Congressional interns are selected by an independent review committee on the basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to careers in Tribal public policy.
The Udall Foundation was established by Congress in 1992 as an independent executive branch agency to honor Morris K. Udall's lasting impact on this nation's environment, public lands, and natural resources, and his support of the rights and self-governance of Native Americans and Alaska Natives. In 2009, Congress enacted legislation to honor Stewart L. Udall and add his name to the Udall Foundation.
The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides Native American and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the Federal legislative process in order to understand firsthand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the Federal Government. The Udall Internship is funded by the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy.