Native Nations of Minnesota
Connect with Mni Sota Makoce, an indigenous place.
The places we inhabit are layered in the stories they tell. We learn from Dakota and Ojibwe people through stories of this land and its first people, providing an experiential introduction to absent narratives — voices and stories that have been left out.
Minnesota Native American Lives Series
Now Available for Purchase
The Minnesota Native American Lives series highlights the history and experiences of individual Dakota and Ojibwe people: leaders, healers, culture-keepers, and other notable figures. These biographies of inspirational American Indian leaders are written for 3rd-5th graders.
Learning from Place: Bdote
Learning from Place: Bdote brings participants to sites of great significance to Dakota people. Participants will learn from Dakota community members through stories and histories that have often been left out of our state’s history.Learn More
Teaching Bdote: Tools for Teaching American Indian Content
Teaching Bdote: Tools for Teaching American Indian Content is designed for educators who have attended, or are planning to attend, Learning from Place: Bdote. This workshop is especially useful for developing unique classroom content to align with Minnesota State Social Studies Standards.Learn More
"Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations"
"Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations" is a nationally recognized, award-winning exhibit made in partnership with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.Learn More
Bdote Memory Map
The Bdote Memory Map began as a part of the “City Indians” multi-media installation at Ancient Traders Gallery on Franklin Avenue in Minneapolis in 2005. This resource provides better understanding about the Dakota people’s relationship to Minnesota. Educator materials are included.Learn More