Class of 2012
B.A., Political Science and Communication, University of Washington
Stacy DeMass didn't always embrace her Native American ancestry and culture.
After living with her father in New York for most of her childhood, she moved to Washington to live with her mom, a member of the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe, when she was 13. As a teenager, Stacy was more interested in typical high school activities than learning about her family history and traditions.
But as she grew closer to her mom, her curiosity and commitment to her tribal community deepened. Today, she is passionate about Indian issues a recipient of Seattle University School of Law's full-tuition Native American Law Scholar Award.
"There is a real need for tribal attorneys," said Stacy, who worked for the Tulalip Child Support Program for a year before law school. "There are a lot of opportunities to learn and practice the law. I want to give back something to my community."