Katie Lantz is a Ph.D. candidate in the Corcoran Department of History at the University of Virginia. Her work examines the competition for land and power between Anishinaabeg peoples who live in the upper Great Lakes and Americans who expanded into that region during the early nineteenth century. Anishinaabeg peoples adapted their culture in response to the pressures of American expansion by embracing secrecy to protect their knowledge of the land. The persistence of the Anishinaabeg further complicated American efforts to monopolize the land, leading American officials to produce narratives of vanishing Indians–an effort to achieve through culture what they could not fully achieve on the land. Katie has held fellowships from the Newberry Library, International Center for Jefferson Studies, Clements Library, Bentley Historical Library, and the UVA Americas Center, and has been a visiting fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at Oxford University. She received her B.A. from Reed College and her M.A. from the University of Virginia.