Rebecca Comfort Joins
the WI Historical Society
From Wisconsin Historical Society

Rebecca Comfort to Join the Wisconsin Historical Society as the American Indian Nation

Madison, Wis. – The Wisconsin Historical Society is delighted to announce the hire of Rebecca
Comfort, an enrolled member of the Keweenaw Bay Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe, as the new
American Indian Nation Liaison at the Society. This is a newly formed position at the Society
and it was created to support relationships between the Society and American Indian Nations.

“It is important to the Society to build on our relationships, particularly with the 12 American
Indian Nations here in Wisconsin,” said Christian Overland, Ruth and Hartley Barker Director
of the Wisconsin Historical Society. “The Society values its partnerships and the critical work
being done to share the history of our tribal neighbors. Rebecca’s strong background in
bringing institutions and American Indian communities together will help ensure that these
tribal voices are heard.”

As part of the director’s office, Comfort will help to develop and strengthen relationships
between the Society and American Indian Nations. She will represent the Society on American
Indian projects and she will advise Society staff on American Indian relationships and issues.
Comfort’s most recent role was the scholarship coordinator for the Forest County Potawatomi
Foundation. She was previously employed by the UW-Madison as the interim American Indian
Curriculum Services consultant where she collaborated with faculty and staff to implement
Wisconsin Act 31 and obtain desired educational outcomes as identified by the Native
communities of Wisconsin.