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ILTF Internship Program

Each year, ILTF hires up to four student interns who work on a variety of special projects that help to advance ILTF's mission and goals. ILTF internships provide valuable opportunities for Native and non-Native students to broaden their understanding of Indian land issues and build skills that will prepare them well for a wide range of fields and professions.

Our Interns

Summer 2013

Maija Glasier-Lawson Maija is a graduate student in the Anthropology Department at California State University, Chico. (Pictured above, left.) At ILTF, Maija worked on a variety of initiatives during her weeks as Development Intern. She conducted extensive research on various tribes’ charitable giving programs, assisted in the submission of a complex proposal to a highly competitive federal grant program, and reviewed ILTF’s Lessons of Our California Land curriculum.

Christine McCleave (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) Christine is a graduate student in the Master's of Leadership program at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. (Pictured above, right.) During her  internship, Christine researched and documented information for the ILTF’s proprietary Indian land database, created a mailing to tribal land offices, and assisted with formatting and uploading lessons to ILTF's new curriculum website, Lessons of Our Land. After her internship, Christine was hired on as ILTF's Communication Officer.

Agata Miszczyk Agata is a recent graduate in Geography at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, and is enrolled in the Master of Geographic Information Science (MGIS) program at the University of Minnesota starting in the fall of 2013. (Pictured above, middle.) At ILTF, Agata's work as a GIS Analyst focused on creating maps using ArcGIS for tribal lands. The maps and information created by Agata were used in ILTF's North Dakota and South Dakota landowner trainings as well as in publications for ILTF's subsidiary, the National Indian Carbon Coalition.  

Summer 2012

ILTF's summer 2012 internships were made possible through a grant from Forest County Potawatomi Foundation.

John Marian John is a second year graduate student in Native American Studies at Montana State University in Bozeman. (See photo above, left.) His research and work focuses on Indian housing issues and land rights. John is also a new college instructor who believes in connecting new knowledge to past student experience through hands on learning opportunities.  

At ILTF, John’s intern responsibilities included updating the Foundation’s proprietary Indian land database that captures the status and acreage of lands owned by Indian nations. A key component of the project involved data verification, rebuilding the user interfaces and improving reporting functionality. Additionally, the project included creating user documentation and researching the best available data from various federal, tribal, state and county sources.

Charlie Thayer (Lac Courte Oreilles/White Earth Band of Ojibwe) Charlie is a recent graduate in political science and legal studies from Hamline University. (See photo above, right.) He plans to attend law school with a focus on federal Indian law and dreams of working with Indian nations on environmental and tribal sovereignty issues. At ILTF, Charlie's work as a development assistant focused on researching individual, government and other institutional funding opportunities. During his internship, Charlie will also assisted the program team by researching and producing training resources on tribal land office best practices.

Fall 2011

Cecilia Knapp During her internship, Cecilia, a 3rd-year law student at William Mitchell College of Law, conducted genealogical research for a tribe seeking to collect heirship and ownership information for several parcels of unclaimed land on the reservation. The tribe has an interest in acquiring the parcels, though neither the BIA nor the counties where the lands are located have any record of current or past owners of the lands since the 1920s. Cecilia's research helped the tribe to identify several potential living heirs to the identified the parcels.

Spring/Summer 2011

Jean Lam (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) Jean's summer project is to research and compile current land data for Indian reservations throughout the U.S. Jean is a senior at Stanford University majoring in American Studies with a thematic focus on "American Indians and the Law in American Culture and Society." Jean plans to attend law school and focus on mineral rights, land law, water rights or oil law. The ILTF internship supports Jean's interest in "helping Native American tribes to rebuild traditional tribal land bases through surface and mineral land acquisitions."

Angela Richards (Affiliated with the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge Reservation South Dakota/Miniconjou Lakota) Angela's summer project is to research and compile current land data for Indian reservations throughout the U.S. Angela attends college at the University of Minnesota-Morris, where she is pursuing a BA degree in Liberal Arts for Human Services and minors in American Indian studies. Angela hopes to be a drug and alcohol abuse counselor for Native Americans. Angela’s interests are growth on the Pine Ridge Reservation where she lived all her life, but to also witness reclaiming of the sacred Black Hills. She desires to one day run for tribal president or tribal representative and help her people strive like they once had.

Julius Snell  ( Navajo and Choctaw/Cherokee) Julius joined ILTF as an intern for the spring term. During his internship, he developed a research protocol and data collection flow chart for a database on Indian lands and conducted initial research on several Minnesota tribes. Julius has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado and a master's in economics from both University of Colorado at Denver and University of Arizona, Tucson. He is currently pursuing a PhD in social science from Syracuse University.

Summer 2010

Gwendolyn Gillson  Gwendolyn researched the appraiser profession in general, and in particular, what it would take to become an appraiser of Indian trust land. Her research helped ILTF to better understand the opportunities this career choice holds for Indian people as well as some of the key barriers to becoming an appraiser. Gwendolyn, an Oklahoma native, holds a bachelor's degree in religion from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and, when the internship ended, had planned to pursue master's degree in library and information studies at University of Oklahoma.

Summer 2009

Melissa Lorentz  While at ILTF, Melissa expanded upon the Wiki-based federal land transfer website initially developed by ILTF intern Adam Flood. In addition to adding many additional resources, she conducted interviews with and wrote case studies on tribes who had experienced successful federal land transfers. Melissa graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a double-major in anthropology and environmental science. Most recently, Melissa had joined the Minnesota GreenCorps and was working as a living green outreach specialist at the Upper Sioux Community. 

Summer 2008

Avery Armstrong  (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) Avery conducted research for ILTF's Model Tribal Land Office Initiative, including writing case studies of the land offices at Bad River, Umatilla and Pine Ridge. At the time of her internship, Avery was pursuing a dual master's degree in city and regional planning and landscape architecture at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Broderick Dressen  (Inupiat Eskimo) Broderick researched several different topics related to web communications and media that helped to inform ILTF's strategic marketing and communications planning. He holds a bachelor's degree in international relations from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. 

Adam Flood  As an ILTF intern, Adam researched and created a Wiki-based website on federal land transfers. The resource is geared toward tribes who are interested in learning about federal lands that might be available for purchase on or near their reservations. Adam earned his bachelor's degree from Carleton College and holds a law degree from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Summer 2007

John Reynolds  (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) During his three years as an ILTF intern (2005-2007), John compiled extensive information on tribal land offices throughout the U.S. for a password-protected online directory of tribal profiles. John holds a bachelor's degree in American Indian studies from the University of Minnesota. After his internship ended, John worked at the American Indian Community Development Corporation and then as the outreach and communications coordinator for the Minnesota Home Ownership Center.

Laurie Smith Small-Waisted Bear  (Sicangu Lakota) Laurie helped to develop an implementation strategy for the ILTF Indian land curriculum in Montana. She also created a teacher development tool to orient teachers to societal stereotypes around Native people and culture. Laurie is an educator and has taught language arts in Heart Butte, Montana, on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation.

Summer 2006

Melissa Buffalo  (Meskwaki/Lakota) Melissa worked on the distribution and marketing of the ILTF Indian land curriculum for tribal and public schools. She holds a bachelor's degree in child psychology from the University of Minnesota and, after her internship, worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Native Americans.

Lavette Holman  (Shawnee/Cherokee/Osage) Lavette researched the impact of and critical issues pertaining to irrigation systems on Indian lands. She holds an M.Ed. in counseling specialization from Heritage University, Toppenish, Washington and attended law school at Gonzaga University in Spokane.

Leah (Lussier) Sixkiller  (Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, Turtle Clan) Leah worked directly with ILTF's president, Cris Stainbrook, on a draft of a book on federal Indian policy and its effect on Indian land. Leah graduated from Harvard University in 2007 and received her law degree from University of Arizona in 2009. She currently works as an attorney with Faegre and Benson in Minneapolis in their Indian law practice area.

John Reynolds  (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) During his three years as an ILTF intern (2005-2007), John compiled extensive information on tribal land offices throughout the U.S. for a password-protected online directory of tribal profiles. John holds a bachelor's degree in American Indian studies from the University of Minnesota. After his internship ended, John worked at the American Indian Community Development Corporation and then as the outreach and communications coordinator for the Minnesota Home Ownership Center.

Summer 2005

Christina (Tina) Deschampe  (Grand Portage Band of Chippewa) Tina worked with the Grand Portage Band land office on a project funded by ILTF to provide data and informational access to all lands within the boundaries of the Band. Tina attended Hamline University, where she majored in criminal justice and law, and received a law degree in 2010.

John Reynolds  (Rosebud Sioux Tribe) During his three years as an ILTF intern (2005-2007), John compiled extensive information on tribal land offices throughout the U.S. for a password-protected online directory of tribal profiles. John holds a bachelor's degree in American Indian studies from the University of Minnesota. After his internship ended, John worked at the American Indian Community Development Corporation and then as the outreach and communications coordinator for the Minnesota Home Ownership Center.

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