Published December 22, 2016
SAINT PAUL – The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) welcomes Dr. Mattie Harper as a Program and Outreach Manager working with the new American Indian Initiatives team, beginning January 2017.
An enrolled member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe Indians, Harper earned a Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies from UC Berkeley and is a historian of the Great Lakes region of North America, U.S. settler colonialism and Native American women and gender. Most recently Harper served as an assistant professor at UC San Diego in the Ethnic Studies department. “I have deep personal and professional ties to Minnesota. I’m currently writing a book about the Bonga family in Minnesota, of which I am a descendant, that examines Ojibwe and Dakota history in the 19th century and the process of Minnesota statehood,” she says. “I hope to use my professional background and training to help deepen the Society’s engagement with Ojibwe communities in meaningful and mutually beneficial ways.”
Harper is the second Gale Fellow appointment and joins Program and Outreach Manager Dr. Kate Beane and Director Joe Horse Capture on the American Indian Initiatives team. MNHS created the team to help develop a vision and strategy for American Indian programs and services in collaboration with American Indian communities throughout the state and beyond.
Harper’s start date is Jan. 3, 2017.