Hatfield Fellowship

About Hatfield Fellowship

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.

2019/20 Hatfield Fellow

Cholena Wright

The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Spirit Mountain Community Fund are pleased to announce Cholena Wright as the 2019/20 Hatfield Fellow.

Wright is from Chiloquin, Oregon and is a member of the Klamath Tribes.   Wright is a graduate of the University of Oregon where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a minor in Native Studies. She has a passion for education, indigenous studies and building Tribal Nations. She is very active in Indian Country, with past work as the Native American Recruitment Coordinator and Director of the Native American Student Union at the University of Oregon, as well as serving on the board for the Oregon Indian Education Association.  Wright also interned in Peter DeFazio’s District Office, working as the Staff Assistant for Veterans Affairs in 2015/16. 

Wright will begin her Fellowship in November with a month-long orientation at the American Political Science Association (APSA) in Washington, D.C. Following orientation, she will assume her congressional placement in Congressman Peter DeFazio’s office. This is the congressman’s second Hatfield Fellow.

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. Click here to Submit applications. For more information about the Hatfield Fellowship, please email info@thecommunityfund.com

 Learn more about the Hatfield Fellowship and about some of our past recipients here:


Applications NOW CLOSED.  Thank you! 

Finalist Selections June 12, 2020

Interviews & Selection Notification July 2020

Fellowship Begins with APSA Orientation November 2020

Office Placement Begins December 2020

For Questions:  Email  fellows@thecommunityfund.com or call Angie Sears at (503) 879-1462