New internship program for Native American students in MN

By KBJR News 1

Syngen Kanassatega

June 24, 2014 Updated Jun 25, 2014 at 10:30 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Tuesday U.S. Representative Rick Nolan unveiled a new internship program within his office for Native American students called the "Native American Emerging Leaders" program.

The program is for Native students in Minnesota's Eighth District, which includes the Mille Lacs Band, the Fond du Lac, Leech Lake, Grand Portage and Bois Forte Bands.

Nolan's office says the program is designed to prepare Native American students to become community leaders and policymakers.

The office says the program will expose students to the processes through which national policies are developed and implemented on Capitol Hill and in the federal government.

The first student to participate in the program is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, who will work with Nolan's legislative staff in Washington, D.C.

"It is my hope that with this program, Emerging Leaders graduates return to their communities better informed about how government works, and better prepared to become leaders, skilled analysts, and informed advocates," Nolan said. "My ultimate goal is to better represent the issues of Indian Country in Congress."

The students are provided with a small monthly stipend for the costs of living in D.C. If you are interested in the program, you are asked to contact your tribal leader for a recommendation.

Ramona Marozas