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Rockefeller Leadership Fellow: Cade Cross '15

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This ongoing series introduces the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Rockefeller Leadership Fellows (RLF) program provides fellows with resources in leadership theories and practical skills. Selected their Junior Spring, these Seniors take part in the workshops, dinner discussions, and team-building exercises as they gain a better understanding of the qualities and responsibilities necessary for leaders and successful leadership styles. Throughout the program, fellows learn from the insight and experience of distinguished guests as well as from each other.

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Cade Cross '15 is a Mandan, Hidatsa enrolled tribal member studying Government and International Relations. Following graduation, he expects to pursue a joint JD/MBA degree. His interests in government, investment, finance, and energy is reflected in his co-founding of Dartmouth's Native Organization of Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs (NOBLE). The organization promotes scholarship and engagement within the complex business environments in Indian Country. He is partnering with his tribe and NOBLE to assess the impacts of development in the Bakken oil field on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Particularly, he is looking at the different ways in which natural capital can be turned into human capital to increase the quality of life of his tribal people. Over the summer, he worked as an intern for Senator Heitkamp in Washington, DC with interests in assisting the senator with energy policy and legislation.

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