Photo courtesy of the Regional Learning Project, The University of Montana, 2005.

Frederick Baker

Mandan Hidatsa

In 1991, Fred Baker returned to his home community of Fort Berthold, North Dakota, after forty years as a Bureau of Indian Affairs administrator and health official.

Having grown up speaking the Hidatsa language on land his ancestors had occupied for centuries, Fred is determined to preserve the heritage of Fort Berthold’s three tribes – the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara – for the next generation.

He is Executive Director of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Board of Directors of the Three Affiliated Tribes Museum, and serves as Treasurer of the Fort Berthold Community College Board of Directors.