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Amerra’s Story

Amerra

I am an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes from Ronan, Montana, and a recent graduate of Dartmouth College. As a Gates Millennium scholar and first-generation college student, I double-majored in Government and Native American Studies, graduating in the top 35% of all Dartmouth undergraduates. While at Dartmouth, I interned for the College’s Native American Program where I focused on building and strengthening community for Native women on campus. As a Udall Foundation Intern for Senator Jon Tester, I assisted the Senator’s Tribal Affairs legislative staff in addressing issues relevant to Montana Tribes, and Indian country more broadly, by researching relevant policies and drafting memorandums to inform staff. My academic and professional experiences allowed me to explore my passions of defending tribal sovereignty and promoting self-determination. I developed my passions while growing up on the Flathead Indian Reservation where I observed my Tribe’s efforts to assert senior water rights in aboriginal territories through the CSKT Water Compact. In realizing my passions, I decided that I could best serve my Tribe by returning home and pursuing a career in public service. Chosen as one of twenty-seven Lead For America Hometown Fellows, I now serve my Tribe as a Climate Change Policy Fellow where I assist in the formulation and implementation of climate change policy across tribal departments and corporate entities.