Tracy Potter received his B.A. and M.A. in history from the University of North Dakota. He was given the Tourism Industry Leader Award in 2005 and the GNDA Tourism Development Award in 1997. He is a historian and the executive director of the Fort Abraham Lincoln Foundation and the Northern Plains Heritage Foundation.
He resides in Bismarck with his wife Laura Anhalt. Potter served a term in the North Dakota Senate.
Sheheke: Mandan Indian Diplomat
Potter eloquently tells the story of Sheheke (White Coyote), the Mandan Indian who traveled from North Dakota with Lewis and Clark to meet President Thomas Jefferson in Washington, D.C., in 1806. The story of Sheheke’s life has been too long untold. Sheheke was an ambassador for the Mandan Nation, a consistent friend of the United States, and an important part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In sharing his story, his legacy of kindness, friendship, and courage lives on.