An Garagiola

Pronouns: She/Her
Tribal Affiliation: Bois Forte Band of Chippewa


An Garagiola is a mother, graduate student, researcher, and writer born and raised in the Twin Cities. An works a data sovereignty specialist at Little Earth where she supports urban food sovereignty initiatives, and in the office of Native American Affairs at the University of Minnesota where she helps to coordinate projects such as TRUTH, a collaboration with 

MIAC and the 11 recognized tribal nations to tell the past, present, and future of University-Tribal relations. 

Broadly, An uses Indigenous research methods/analyses and modes of communication via cultural literary production to interrogate how colonial policies and ideologies (re)construct, control, marginalize, and suppress histories, voices, and knowledges. She seeks to complete and correct narratives colonial society has told about Native Americans. As a mixed-race Anishinaabekwe, her blend of poetry, research, and advocacy is a personal reflection of her lived experiences. An’s writing spans a breadth of subject matter including poverty, disability, addiction, suicide, love, loss, and Indigenous eroticisms. As she reclaims Anishinaabemowin, An seeks to incorporate it whenever possible. Trained in creative writing and policy analysis, her work is interdisciplinary, rooted in Indigenous Feminisms, and in the belief that healing happens in circles of relationality with ourselves, others, and the land.