George Bonga (August 20, 1802–1880) was an African American fur trader who was the first African American born in what is now Minnesota. He was the son of Pierre Bonga, and an Ojibwe mother. Born after 1802, George was schooled in Montreal, and later became a fur trader. He was famous in Minnesota for being, as his brother Stephen claimed "One of the first two black children born in the state." He was also recognized for tracking down a suspected murderer in 1837, an Ojibwe named Che-Ga Wa Skung, then bringing the perpetrator back to justice at Fort Snelling. The ensuing criminal trial was reputedly the first in Minnesota.
Read more about George Bonga in an excerpt from Black Indians: a hidden heritage, by William Loren Katz, free from Google Books.