FARGO — Gerard Baker, who also goes by Yellow Wolf, will speak at North Dakota State University Thursday, Feb. 27, on the subject of national parks and efforts to incorporate more Native American voices in park programs.
Baker, former National Park Service head of American Indian relations, will give his talk, titled "Yellow Wolf: A National Park Service Superintendent’s Story," starting at 7 p.m. in Room 230 of NDSU's Minard Hall.
The event is free and open to the public.
Baker's talk will feature his perspectives on how he incorporated Native American voices into various national parks, monuments, and historic sites, and how the Park Service has changed its interpretive programs and exhibits to involve Native American histories and cultures.
Baker grew up on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota and spent 33 years in the National Park Service.
His career with the Park Service began in 1979 at the Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site near Stanton, N.D.
Later, he moved to Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site, where he was its historian, then went to Theodore Roosevelt National Park as district ranger.
Baker served as superintendent of Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument in Montana, Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Oklahoma, and the Lewis and Clark Historic Trail and the Mt. Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota.
He served as assistant director of the Park Service overseeing American Indian relations before his retirement in 2010.