Treuer Contributes to National Geographic’s “Encyclopedia of American Indian History & Culture”

Bemidji State University’s Dr. Anton Treuer, professor of languages and indigenous studies, was recently listed as a contributor to the “Encyclopedia of American Indian History and Culture” published by National Geographic in 2019.

The book, written by Cynthia O’Brien, portrays and chronologically presents the history and life of Indigenous peoples and features traditional stories, maps and photos from numerous tribal collections.


An internationally renowned expert on cultural and language preservation, Treuer has authored 19 books and is a professor in the Department of Languages and Indigenous Studies at Bemidji State University. His book, “Ojibwe in Minnesota,” was named Minnesota’s Best Read by the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress in 2010. He edited “Awesiinyensag: Dibaajimowinan Ji-gikinoo’amaageng,” an Ojibwe-language children’s book that was named Minnesota’s Best Read for 2011. And In 2012, he won the Award of Merit from the American Association of State and Local History for his book, “The Assassination of Hole in the Day.”

At BSU, Treuer teaches courses on Ojibwe language, culture, history and literature. Prior to joining the BSU faculty, Treuer spent four years as an assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Treuer is a member of the Minnesota State Arts Board and has served on the boards for the White Earth Land Recovery Project and the Sanford/MeritCare health system. He has received dozens of awards and fellowships from organizations including the American Philosophical Society, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Bush Foundation and the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Treuer has a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and holds master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of Minnesota.



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