Dr. Treuer is the Executive Director of the American Indian Resource Center at Bemidji State University and author of thirteen books, including Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask, Ojibwe in Minnesota, and The Assassination of Hole in the Day, which won the AASLH Award of Merit in 2012.

Hole in the Day was a nineteenth-century Ojibwe chief from central Minnesota whose daring life and mysterious death illustrate the changes in Ojibwe leadership and land ownership that were occurring in the 1860s.

Dr. Treuer addressed the Leadership in History Awards Banquet at our 2014 Annual Meeting in St. Paul, discussing both his award-winning book and his advocacy for Native American voices and history.


“Often we talk about tribal history like it’s ten thousand years of ancient history rather than ten thousand years of history still in the making.”

You can read an edited version of the address in our latest History News and listen to the full address here.