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February 17, 2011
Oregon Army National Guard member selected for prestigious program at George Washington University
SALEM, Ore. (Feb. 16, 2011)—An Oregon Army National Guard member has been selected to participate in the Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) at The George Washington University in Washington D.C.

Spec. Rodolfo Soto, who is a member of 2-218th Field Artillery, A Battery, based in Portland, Ore., and a senior at Portland State University, has been accepted to participate in the prestigious program, sponsored by AT&T. Soto said he was thankful to his unit commander for allowing him to participate in the opportunity.

"I am also very thankful to the Oregon Army National Guard for their steadfast support," Soto said. "It shows the commitment of the Oregon National Guard to those of us who are pursuing our educational goals."

The program brings together undergraduate and graduate Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Alaskan Native students from around the country for an intensive semester of coursework, hands-on skills practicum with political professionals, and meetings and events with key national leaders and organizations.

The spring 2011 NAPLP class can anticipate visiting the US Supreme Court, the White House, The Canadian Embassy, Politico, and the Heritage Foundation.

"It's a humbling experience to be a student in our nation's capitol, in the midst of our nation's leaders," Soto added. "It is my hope to gain positive insight that can be put to good use back home in Oregon."

NAPLP students take advantage of their time here by interfacing with national leaders, including those at the National Congress of the American Indian, the Director of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the National Indian Education Association, the Smithsonian Museum, and the US Congress.

Specialist Soto is also completing a professional internship at the Democratic National Committee Outreach Division.

Contact Info: For more information on NAPLP, call 202-994-3284 or check the program's web site at www.naplp.gwu.edu