January 2019 Undergraduate

Amerra Webster-Yaqui

Home Town: Ronan, MT
Tribe: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Scholarship: GMS-Undergraduate
School: Dartmouth College
Major: Government, Native American Studies
GPA: 3.56

Community Service

*Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, Pablo, MT
Tribal Education Department Youth Mentor
I served as a youth mentor for the Bitterroot Culture Camp which aims to bring together Salish youth of the Flathead Indian Reservation with non-Native youth who are currently inhabiting our traditional homelands. The camp encourages cultural exchange and understanding by teaching the Salish language, culture, and history.

*Native Americans at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH
Head Community Event Organizer- Powwow
I served as the head community event organizer for Dartmouth’s 2016 Annual Powwow. I helped the general powwow committee draft contracts, manage budgets, and organize meetings to ensure the powwow ran smoothly.

*Epsilon Kappa Theta Sorority INC., Hanover, NH
Through my sorority, I engage in philanthropy and service events that benefit WISE- Upper Valley. WISE is dedicated to ending gender based violence through survivor advocacy, education, prevention, and mobilization for social change.

Bio

Amerra Webster-Yaqui is an enrolled member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes from Ronan, Montana. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar and current senior at Dartmouth College where she studies Government and Native American Studies. While at Dartmouth, Amerra has interned for the College’s Native American Program where she focused on building and strengthening community for Native women at Dartmouth. Amerra has also participated in Indigenous-focused research by exploring the diverse reactions and responses of Tribes experiencing climate change in North America. As a Udall Foundation Intern for Senator Jon Tester, Amerra 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. Amerra’s academic, professional, and personal experiences have allowed her to explore her passions of defending tribal sovereignty and promoting self-determination. In recognizing her passions, Amerra realized that one powerful way she could help her community, and Indian country more broadly, was to pursue a career in public service. After graduation, Amerra will be working for her tribal government as a Lead For America Hometown Fellow. Ultimately, Amerra hopes to dedicate her life to public service to ensure a brighter and more just future for her community.