The Minnesota Historical Society is planning to host five Native college students for a 10-week paid internship this summer.
The Native American Museum Undergraduate Fellowship engages Native students in exploring the world of tribal historic preservation and museum exhibits.
Ambar Annis, Mnicoujou Lakota, is Program and Outreach Manager at the Minnesota Historical Society.
She says the program is part of the museum’s efforts to indigenize story-telling about Native communities and culture.
“We’re trying to working to make sure it’s native people who are telling the stories, that it’s Native Nations and Native communities members who are coming to us who are saying these are the stories that need to be told and we need to be in control of those,” said Annis.
Because of Covid-19 the 10-week summer program will start online. Annis says they hope to gather all the interns in St Paul for the final few weeks of the program to visit sites and work safely in-person together.
Interns receive money for travel, food and their time. Housing is also arranged.
For those interested, search for Native American Fellowship at the website mnhs.org.
Melissa Townsend reporting for Minnesota Native News