Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch has made history by appointing the first Native American ever to serve as a law clerk in the high court.
Tobi Merritt Edwards Young, who is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, will serve as Gorsuch's clerk for one year, beginning in July.
Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby said in a statement Young's selection marks an important milestone.
"It is difficult to overstate the significance of having a well-qualified, experienced Chickasaw such as Ms. Young serving as Supreme Court clerk," Anoatubby said.
"Justice Gorsuch is well respected by tribal leaders for his understanding of tribal sovereignty and Indian law. His decision to select a Native American to serve as clerk underscores his appreciation of the importance of the Native perspective on Indian law."
Justice Gorsuch gained experience in federal Indian law as a judge on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and received support from numerous Native American leaders and organizations during his confirmation process, according to the Chickasaw Nation.
Young currently works for the George W. Bush Foundation as General Counsel and Board Secretary, a position she accepted after working for President Bush in the Office of the White House Counsel.
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