2012 Scholar

Burdette J. Birdinground
Salish Kootenai College

Burdette J. Birdinground
Burdette is a member of the Apsaalooke (Crow) Tribe from south central Montana. Currently, he is a junior in the environmental and terrestrial land resources program at Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. He is an intern for the National Wildlife Federation's Northern Rockies and Prairies Regional Center, where he assists with national and tribal environmental issues. During the summer, Burdette interns at the University of Washington's graduate chemical engineering program, researching the conversion of biomass to biofuels using a mobile pyrolysis blanket producing biochar. He enjoys ecology and the arts.

How can you describe a weekend of student leaders from across the U.S. with an intense passion to change the world? The Orientation was a phenomenal experience to meet and build connections that I'm sure will last a lifetime.

Emily Bacha, 2009 Udall Scholar


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