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NSCD Welcomes Anton Treuer—2022 Harold Hines Fellow
NSCD Welcomes Anton Treuer—2022 Harold Hines Fellow

North Shore Country Day welcomed Anton Treuer as the 2022 Harold Hines Visiting Fellow on November 30. Dr. Treuer is a prolific author and Professor of Ojibwe at Bemidji State University in northern Minnesota. 

During his time on campus, Dr. Treuer (pronounced Troy-er) gave a Morning Ex presentation about how Native Americans changed the world. He also met with several classes and small groups of students in all three divisions. 

In lower school, Dr. Treuer spent time with both fourth and fifth graders, in conversation with students about language, the Native experience in the United States and his own journey to academia. He also connected with seventh grade humanities classes, and upper school Mandarin, Spanish and history classes, where he shared his perspective on language, history and culture. Dr. Treuer then ended his day with a powerful presentation to faculty around the incorporation of Native voices and narratives in classroom curriculum. 

This year, the Hines Fellowship also aligns with NSCD’s Franke Fund project, which aims to center Native voices and provide a way for NSCD students and the schoolwide community to engage with and learn from members of Chicago’s robust Native community. 

Dr. Treuer has dedicated more than 30 years of his life to Ojibwe preservation and is currently working on two projects to continue that work. He is co-editing a set of five illustrated children’s books in a partnership between the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and the Minnesota Historical Society, and he is working with the Mille Lacs Band and Rosetta Stone’s Endangered Languages Program to produce a series of lessons that will “conserve the tribe’s authentic dialect and heritage.”

Dr. Treuer, who holds a B.A. from Princeton University and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, has published 19 books including “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask,” “The Language Warrior’s Manifesto: How to Keep Our Languages Alive No Matter the Odds,” and “Warrior Nation: A History of the Red Lake Ojibwe” (winner of Caroline Bancroft History Prize and the American Association of State and Local History Award of Merit). 

He has sat on many organizational boards including the United Nations Technical Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals through Inclusive, Just Energy Solutions and the governing board for the Minnesota State Historical Society and has received more than 40 prestigious awards and fellowships. In 2018, he was named Guardian of Culture and Lifeways and recipient of the Pathfinder Award by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums. His equity, education and cultural work has put him on a path of service around the nation and the world. 

The Harold Hines Visiting Fellowship was established in 1986 in memory of longtime trustee Harold H. Hines Jr. Hines provided exceptional leadership to North Shore as a trustee, having chaired numerous Board committees, including the Long Range Planning Committee and the 50th Anniversary Endowment Fund Campaign, as well as serving as Board Chair from 1971-1973. In addition, his three children graduated from North Shore as “Lifers” and his wife, the late Mary Pick Hines ’49, was a distinguished alumna of the school and served as a member of the Alumni Board, Benefit Board and Board of Trustees. 

The Fellowship has brought distinguished individuals to NSCD who have exemplified the school motto, “Live and Serve.” There’s a special emphasis on the ethical consideration of societal issues, giving students the opportunity to define their responsibility to society. Past Harold Hines Visiting Fellows include former president of Yale University and Commissioner of Major League Baseball, the late A. Bartlett Giamatti; Dr. Jane Goodall; Chinese dissident, the late Harry Wu; founder and president of Habitat for Humanity, the late Millard Fuller; award-winning poet, essayist, fiction writer, activist and professor Marjorie Agosin; and Georgia Congressman and civil rights icon, the late John Lewis with Andrew Aydin, co-author of the award-winning graphic-novel series March. 
 

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