Salazar, a $3.4 billion settlement of a class-action lawsuit brought by American Indians against the federal government over mismanagement of Indian assets. She also kept communities informed about the issues surrounding the Crow Water Rights Settlement Act, which confirmed and quantified the tribe's water rights on a significant stretch of the Bighorn River.
But it remains the UW, Holds the Enemy says, "where my dreams became reality." Her two children both consider themselves proud Badgers and hope to return to Madison for their education, and even her parents put the word BADGERS on their Montana license plate.
"Native Americans remain at the bottom of nearly every social indicator," she says. "The legacies of historical trauma endure, and, perhaps most disturbingly, hopes and expectations remain dismally low. My experience at the University of Wisconsin sowed the seeds of a fruitful career that will be spent addressing those concerns."