Erma Erikson received her Undergraduate degree in International Relations from Mankato State College in 1967. She worked for 40 years as a Cartographer for the Federal Government in St. Louis, MO. Her love for archeology started when she used to ride horses and would find artifacts while in the horse pastures. This lead to Erma becoming an avid collector of indigenous artifacts. She also would occasionally visit the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site which she found fascinating and grew her interest in this culture.
Erma really sparked an interest in Indigenous studies by reading articles related the 1862 hanging of the Dakota in Mankato, MN. She felt like she wanted to help make a small difference in impacting this tragic event. Now Erma has become a student again at Minnesota State University Mankato and is taking courses in Archeology. She does this for the love learning.