Minnesota Historical Society Announces New Director of American Indian Initiatives

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Release dated: 
November 4, 2016
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Lauren Peck, 651-259-3137, lauren.peck@mnhs.org
Jessica Kohen, 651-259-3148, jessica.kohen@mnhs.org

Minnesota Historical Society Announces New Director of American Indian Initiatives

The Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) today announced the appointment of Joe D. Horse Capture as the new director of American Indian Initiatives.

MNHS created this leadership position to help develop and implement a vision and strategy for American Indian programs and services in collaboration with American Indian communities throughout the state and beyond. “MNHS has been building relationships with American Indian communities,” said Stephen Elliott, director and CEO. “We welcome the leadership Joe Horse Capture will provide in developing existing relationships and building new ones between MNHS and American Indian communities to better interpret and share our history.”

Horse Capture is an enrolled member of the A’aninin tribe of Montana. Since 2013 he has been a curator for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. Prior to that he served for 15 years as a curator of Native American arts at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. His work history has allowed him to build strong working relationships with many tribes. “This type of collaborative work is what I enjoy the most, and I have come to believe collaborative efforts should be paramount among the priorities of cultural institutions,” he said.

Horse Capture’s start date is Dec. 5, 2016.

About MNHS
The Minnesota Historical Society is a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1849. MNHS collects, preserves and tells the story of Minnesota’s past through museum exhibits, libraries and collections, historic sites, educational programs and book publishing. Using the power of history to transform lives, MNHS preserves our past, shares our state’s stories and connects people with history. Visit us at mnhs.org.

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