Museum Administrator, Curator, Cultural Advisor
Oklahoma History Center, Kiowa Tribal Museum, & Wallraf Richartz Museum
Tahnee Ahtoneharjo-Growingthunder is an American curator who serves many roles as a metric based specialist, museum administrator, federal policy advisor, and humanitarian. She attended the Institute of American Indian Arts (BFA) and Harvard University (ALM) where she holds Fine Arts and Humanitarian degrees. A fellow of the American Indian Graduate Center, and Dodd Research Center (UpStander Project for Human Rights). Her research cultivates dialogues for contemporary issues in the arts and literature where Tahnee's work produces projects deeply rooted in relevant academic research that encourage conversations between both scholarly and non-scholarly audiences, and that present artistic communal experiences rather than posing inaccessible objects. Tahnee feels it is necessary to be a steward of the community making caring and ethical decisions for audiences by creating an attainable organization through technology and providing platforms for community engagement.
Tahnee has worked in the arts for twenty-two years with a deep understanding for those of the underserved, underrepresented, and is vocal for the common hurdles People of Color face for inclusion. She serves as a Capitol Hill lobbyist for American Indian Nations and works as a State liaison for the thirty-nine tribes of Oklahoma. Her affiliations include the American Alliance of Museums, Association of Art Museum Curators, and the National Congress of American Indians. Tahnee Ahtoneharjo- Growingthunder resides in Mountain View, OK (Zoltone- traditional territory of the Kiowa Tribe). She is the granddaughter of American Scholar, former Department of Interior Administrator Jacob Ahtone who contributed to policy and law advocacy for NAGPRA, IACA, and the AIFRA. Tahnee is an enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe, descendent of the Mvskoki and Seminole tribes, and relations to the Nakoda/ Dakota through marriage.