Minnesota Historical Society announces new director of American Indian Initiatives

The Minnesota Historical Society’s new Director of American Indian Initiatives, Joe D. Horse Capture // Photo courtesy of MNHS

Since 1849, the Minnesota Historical Society (MNHS) has developed into one of the largest and most prestigious historical societies in the U.S. On December 5, an esteemed curator will join their staff to helm the museum’s American Indian Initiatives.

The St. Paul–based MNHS announced the appointment of Joe D. Horse Capture in a press release. Horse Capture is an enrolled member of the Montana tribe, A’aninin. From 2013 to present, he was a curator for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, but Minnesotans may recognize his name from his previous role as curator of Native American Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

“MNHS has been building relationships with American Indian communities,” said Stephen Elliott, director and CEO of the MNHS in the press release. “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.”


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