Class of 2013
B.A., Political Science, Seattle Pacific University
Bree Blackhorse is Seattle University School of Law's 2010 Native American Scholar. She graduated from college in three years while working full-time so she could fulfill her goal of earning her law degree and working for her people. The School of Law established the full-tuition award to encourage more Native students to attend law school. Native Americans have one of the smallest bars in the nation.
Bree was also one of just 12 students nationwide selected for a 2012 Native American Congressional Internship from the Udall Foundation. She is completing her internship with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Office of Tribal Justice in Washington, D.C. during summer 2012.
Bree is a painter and ledger artist who has exhibited her work at the Heard Museum Indian Art Market and who has had her work published by Native People for Cancer Control to promote awareness for cancer prevention. She is also a traditional dancer, who has traveled with her parents to powwows and art shows around the country. She is an enrolled member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma; she is of the Beaver Clan and the Tom Palmer Band.
She looks forward to using her law degree.
"Historically, law has been a weapon of oppression used against my people, but now I see it as tool of empowerment," she said. "I look forward contributing more to the community."