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January 1, 2011 Volume 2

American Indian Graduate Center awards first fellowship to Shinnecock law student
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N.M. – The American Indian Graduate Center has awarded its first fellowship scholarship to a Shinnecock Indian Nation member. Kelly Dennis, a law student at the University of New Mexico School of Law, received the $3,000 award.

Kelly is a graduate of the Pre-Law Summer Institute at the American Indian Law Center. She also participated in the American Indian Law Certificate Program.

After graduation, Kelly De plans to represent the Shinnecock and other tribes.

“Kelly would like to use her expertise to assist tribes striving to find creative paths that will strengthen and rebuild their nations,” said Sam Deloria, AIGC director. “AIGC recognizes the potential of these dreams and considers it a privilege to lessen the financial burden of paying for a law degree in order to achieve such aspirations.”

This year, 350 Native American and Alaska Native graduate students were awarded AIGC fellowship money. The U.S. Bureau of Indian Education funds the  program with nearly $1,200,000 in annual awards. Fellowships usually range from $1,000 - $5,000 per academic year.

Since 1969, AIGC has awarded more than $44,00,000 in scholarships American Indian and Alaska Native graduate and undergraduate students.


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