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Monday, January 22, 2024

Annamarie Hill on the Mantyh Lab and Alzheimers Research in the Native Community


12/24/25 - Annamarie Hill (Repeat) First Voices Radio

...we're revisiting a conversation between Tiokasin Ghosthorse and Annamarie Hill. Annamarie is an enrolled member of the Red Lake Nation located in northwestern Minnesota. It was while she was studying Music and Business at a private women’s college in the southern part of the state that she realized the impact of inhumane treatment put upon her father and family and became determined to somehow help right the wrongs that had devastated American Indian communities.  After graduation, Annamarie moved to the Minneapolis–Saint Paul Metropolitan area and began a career in the state legislature and government for more than a decade before taking the role of State Government Affairs Director for Red Lake.

After lobbying for Red Lake Nation for several years, Annamarie went on to lead the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council as Executive Director for a decade.  It was during this time that the highly regarded and award-winning “Why Treaties Matter” exhibit and Dakota Ojibwe Language Revitalization program were developed. Annamarie currently works for the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Duluth Campus as the Strategy and Outreach Director.  Annamarie is a part of the Mantyh Lab, a research team led by Neurologist and Dementia Specialist Dr. William Mantyh.  The NIH- funded research project is to examine the APOE gene’s relationship with Alzheimer’s disease in the Native population.  Annamarie remains active in the lobbying and advocating world for her people and provides professional and executive coaching and mentoring to many.

Annamarie has a bachelor’s degree in music and business administration from The College of Saint Teresa in Winona, Minnesota, and a master’s degree in Tribal Administration and Governance from the University of Minnesota/Duluth. 

Production Credits: Tiokasin Ghosthorse (Lakota), Host and Executive Producer Liz Hill (Red Lake Ojibwe), Producer Karen Ramirez (Maya), Studio Engineer, Radio Kingston Tiokasin Ghosthorse, Audio Editor Kevin Richardson, Podcast Editor


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