Recognizing CSKT’s Evelyn Stevenson

Evelyn StevensonThe University of Montana School of Law is saddened to recognize the passing of Evelyn Stevenson. Evelyn was a great friend to the Law School and was the recipient of the 2014 Mi-Ha-Ha-Ta-Kis award given by NALSA during Indian Law Week. She was a member of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and was the second tribal member, and first tribal member woman, to become a licensed attorney. In addition, Evelyn was a passionate mentor to countless graduates from the Law School and a fierce advocate for Indian children.

Evelyn touched many lives throughout her lifetime. She will be greatly missed, not only in Indian country but throughout the world. Fortunately, her strong and passionate advocacy for Indian people and tribal sovereignty will continue to ripple forward through those she mentored, mothered and assisted in a multitude of ways. Evelyn’s obituary paints a vivid picture of her generosity, dedication, determination, diverse interests and sense of humor. As noted by her son Craig Stevenson, Evelyn was a strong supporter of education in the broadest sense possible. Building on Evelyn’s recognition that education can be a powerful tool for protecting, preserving and promoting the vast array of components associated with tribal sovereignty, a scholarship has been established in her memory at the Salish Kootenai College. Individuals wishing to honor Evelyn Stevenson by donating to this scholarship should contact the SKC Foundation online, by phone at 406-275-4983 or by mail at P.O. Box 70, Pablo, MT 59855.

Photo credit: Tom Bauer, Missoulian.