Lora Horgen (she/her) is a citizen of the Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma and descendant of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She joined NABS as the Communications Officer in June 2021 and is committed to bringing a culturally-focused approach to communications. Lora descends from a family of storytellers and believes that our traditional methods of storytelling and oral history are crucial to creating an intergenerational movement for boarding school healing. She is the grandchild of two boarding school survivors and descendant of several others, including those who attended Pawnee Indian Boarding School, Wheelock Academy, and Chilocco Indian School.
Lora has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and American Indian Studies from the University of Minnesota. She has previously worked as a staff reporter for the Star Tribune in Minneapolis and as a marketing specialist for the American Indian Family Center in St. Paul, Minn. Lora is also passionate about transforming early childhood educational systems to serve BIPOC children and families and is the Chair of the Board of Directors for a Montessori school in St. Paul, Minn.