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.

2020/21 Hatfield Fellow

Simone Auger

Grand Ronde, OR – The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Spirit Mountain Community Fund are pleased to announce Simone Auger as the 2020/21 Hatfield Fellow. Auger lives in Vancouver, WA and is a member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Auger received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Marylhurst University and a Master of Interior Architecture from the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Environment. She also holds a Professional Certificate in Tribal Relations from PSU Institute for Tribal Government, and a Course Certificate from NW Energy Policy and the Columbia River - PSU Mark O. Hatfield School of Government.


The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde established the Mark O. Hatfield Fellowship in 1998 as a living tribute to Senator Hatfield to honor his accomplishments as Governor of Oregon and United States Senator. Each year, the Spirit Mountain Community Fund sponsors a highly motivated Native American to serve as the Hatfield Fellow and intern in an Oregon congressional office, enhancing the mutual understanding between leadership in Washington, D.C., and Indian Country.  

The Hatfield Fellowship usually begins in November with a month-long orientation at the American Political Science Association (APSA) in Washington, D.C., followed by an eight month office placement, but with COVID-19, this year’s fellowship will be a little different than in years past. Auger will attend a virtual orientation with APSA and will concurrently begin working remotely with Congressman Kurt Schrader’s office in November.

“I look forward to gaining insight to the inner workings of Congress and the political process, especially where it concerns Tribal affairs,” said Auger. “I have a background in utility energy programs where my role included helping tribes and businesses navigate program resources so they could take control of their energy destiny. With Rep. Schrader serving on the House Committee of Energy and Commerce, I am hoping to utilize my expertise in this area and work on energy policy that serves to enhance Tribal sovereignty through energy independence.”

“It is a great honor to have Simone join the Schrader team as this year’s Hatfield fellow. Simone brings a lot of experience working with Oregon Tribes to the Fellowship, which will be a huge benefit to our office. Despite the challenging circumstances due to COVID-19 and the current remote work environment, we are grateful to Simone for her enthusiasm and flexibility, and the Foundation’s desire to make this a valuable experience,” said Congressman Kurt Schrader.

“Last Spring, I attended the NCAI Tribal Nations Policy Summit where I heard influential Native women leaders speak, including Deb Haaland, Sharice Davids and Fawn Sharp. This was a pivotal moment and a big inspiration for me,” said Auger. “I feel so fortunate for the opportunity to serve as a Hatfield Fellow, and I greatly admire the accomplishments of past Fellows who have made incredible contributions in their chosen careers. I am committed to using this time to further my education and hone my leadership skills so I can give back and serve as an example for future Fellows.”

About Spirit Mountain Community Fund

The Spirit Mountain Community Fund is the philanthropic arm of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. The Tribe is committed to honoring the tribal traditions of sharing and giving back to the community. In 1997, in an effort to uphold these traditions, the tribe formed the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, dedicating 6% of all casino revenue to nonprofit organizations in an 11-county service area of northwest Oregon. Grants are awarded in the following categories: arts & culture, education, environmental preservation, health, historical preservation, problem gaming and public safety.

Visit www.thecommunityfund.com for more information about the Hatfield Fellowship program and the Spirit Mountain Community Fund.

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 fellows@thecommunityfund.com

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Application Timeline:

Applications Open: March 15, 2021
Application Deadline: April 30, 2021
Finalist Selections: June 7, 2021
Interviews & Selection Notification: July 2021
Fellowship Begins with APSA Orientation: November 2021
Office Placement: December 2021 – July 2022

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For Questions:  Email  fellows@thecommunityfund.com