Native American Congressional Internship

Meet our Interns

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Erika A. Salinas, Comanche Nation
University of Southern California

Erika is a member of the Comanche Nation and is of Kiowa descent. Her Comanche name is nai?bi wa?ip?. Erika is currently a second-year Ph.D. student at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. Her research interests center around improving compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act. Currently, she is a research assistant for the Tribal Medication Assisted Treatment Project under Dr. Claradina Soto (Navajo/Pueblo). Prior to her doctoral education, Erika worked as a social worker for Adult Protective Services in Sacramento County. Upon graduation, Erika would like to pursue a career in improving Tribal-state relations through policy for the State of California.

NAME TRIBE
Alayah C. Johnson-Jennings Quapaw Tribe of Indians
Caitlin E. Wanic Bay Mills Indian Community
Dustin A. Rector White Mountain Apache Tribe of the Fort Apache Reservation
Erika A. Salinas Comanche Nation
Garrett W. Briggs Southern Ute Indian Tribe of the Southern Ute Reservation
Hilary J. Edwards Swinomish Indians of the Swinomish Reservation
Imani M. Hicks Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians of the Pechanga Reservation
Janae A. Harris Arapahoe Tribe of the Wind River Reservation
Kenadi R. Mayo Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior
Stephanie M. Lefthand Pueblo of Taos
Tyra M. West Navajo Nation
Womsikuk James Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) of Massachusetts