Summer Collaborator Openings 2021

Application for open Summer Collaborator positions - Deadline is March 26 

Summer Student Researcher - Protecting Wild Rice in Partnership with the White Earth Nation

Dr. Ted Gordon is seeking a student researcher to join him for a 10 week long research project titled “Protecting Wild Rice in Partnership with the White Earth Nation.” The student’s primary role will be to conduct historical research on wild rice harvesting sites in partnership with the Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) of the White Earth Nation (WEN). The student will conduct both archival and oral history research to document the past and ongoing cultural and economic significance of wild rice sites across northern Minnesota.  Archival research will focus on digitized newspaper records and other primary documents.  Oral history interviews will be arranged through the THPO office and will include WEN tribal elders as well as younger tribal members who currently engage in wild rice harvesting. Oral history interviews will be conducted by phone or Zoom (if safe and practical, some may take place in person)  The student will work in partnership with the THPO to analyze these materials and incorporate them into a Traditional Cultural Properties (TCP) report, which will allow these wild rice sites to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP), so that they can forever be preserved.  All work can be completely remotely, but there may be opportunities to work in person on campus and at White Earth.

The student selected for the position will be funded through Undergraduate Research’s Summer Collaborative Grant, which provides 10 weeks of full-time, paid summer research (40 hours per week) and a room/board stipend.