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Curtis Keltner

Ph.D. Student
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Curtis Keltner is a PhD student in Native American and American Military History. His research focuses on the Potawatomi tribe’s assimilation of an American identity. Curtis explores how the Potawatomi adopted an American identity through their service in the United States military. His current project focuses on Potawatomi soldiers in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Curtis’s other interests involve studying the French-Potawatomi connection in the Great Lakes region during the 17th and 18th centuries, and researching Native American religious beliefs. Curtis retired from the United States Army in 2019 and earned his Master’s degree from Texas A&M University-Central Texas in 2021.



  • M.A. in History (Distinguished Graduate), Texas A&M University-Central Texas (2021)
  • Texas A&M Lechner Graduate Grant Award (2021-2022)
  • TAMUCT Outstanding Graduate Student in History (2020-2021)
  • TAMUCT Outstanding Graduate Student in History (2019-2020)
  • Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Graduate Scholarship (2019-2020)
  • Vietnam Study Abroad Scholarship (2019)
  • US Army Special Forces Tab (2010)