Press Release for ILPC Student (and Udall Intern!) Chloe Elm

The ILPC is pleased to announce that first-year ILPC student Chloe Elm (Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians) is one of twelve recipients selected for a 2018 Native American Congressional Internship in Washington D.C! Additionally, Chloe Elm recently won NNALSA’s 1L of the Year Award. Please see below the cut for the press release describing Chloe’s background and her impressive qualifications. Congratulations, Chloe!Chloe Elm


TUCSON, Arizona – The Udall Foundation and Native Nations Institute are pleased to announce the selection of 12 students from 9 Native nations and 11 universities as 2018 Native American Congressional Interns. An independent review committee chose them on the basis of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to careers in Tribal public policy. 

The Udall Interns will complete an intensive, 9-week internship in the summer of 2018 in Washington, D.C. Special enrichment activities will provide opportunities to meet with key decision makers. From 1996 through 2018, 267 Native American and Alaska Native students from 120 Tribes will have participated in the program. 4 Udall Interns have been students at Michigan State University. 

Chloe Elm, Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians of New York, interning with the Department of Justice, Office of Tribal Justice 

Chloe Elm is a member of the Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians. She currently attends law school at Michigan State University College of Law. She is a graduate of Syracuse University, where she majored in forensic science and psychology with minors in Native studies and medical anthropology. Last summer Elm interned with the National Endowment for the Arts, where she worked on projects related to cultural revitalization. After earning her J.D., Elm plans to work on legislation and policies that directly affect indigenous peoples and underserved communities, and continue her work on cultural revitalization. Elm views this internship as an opportunity to be surrounded and inspired by likeminded people who want to work toward a better future. She believes this is the time to plant the seeds needed to sustain and help the next seven generations.


The Native American Congressional Internship Program provides Native American and Alaska Native students with the opportunity to gain practical experience with the Federal legislative process to understand firsthand the government-to-government relationship between Tribes and the Federal Government. The Udall Internship is funded and co-administered by the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona.