Bringing Native History to Mackinac Island

Written by: Kathryn Fort

Primary Source : Turtle Talk, March 9, 2017


This has been the result of years of hard work and relationship building. Eric Hemenway has done amazing work on this.

“We want to show in the Biddle House that the tribes were not just these passive participants in history. They were making their own decisions, their own moves.”

And here’s a kid of TurtleTalk lucky enough to get a proper history lesson from Eric on Mackinac Island before the signs went up:

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Kathryn Fort
Kathryn (Kate) E. Fort is the Staff Attorney and Adjunct Professor for the Indigenous Law and Policy Center at Michigan State University College of Law. She joined the Center in 2005 as the Indigenous Law Fellow. In her role with the Center, she co-teaches an experiential learning class, researches and writes on behalf of Center clients and on topics in federal Indian law and manages administrative aspects of the Center. Ms. Fort has written articles on laches and land claims and the Indian Child Welfare Act. Ms. Fort graduated magna cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law with the Certificate in Indigenous Law, and is licensed to practice law in Michigan. Prior to law school, Ms. Fort worked for Congresswoman Lois Capps' 1998 congressional campaign, the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 Presidential race, the National Association of Letter Carriers, and the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee. She received her B.A. in History with honors from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.