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.
"Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations" is a nationally recognized, award-winning, traveling exhibit made in partnership with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.Learn More
Learning From Place: Bdote
Sunday, Aug. 25, Friday, Sept. 13, and Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019
Spend the day visiting local sites of significance to Dakota people and learning about them from Dakota perspectives.
Teaching Bdote: Tools for Teaching American Indian Content
Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019
Join other educators who want to share their learning with students in an interactive workshop. We will address the fears and anxieties that non-indigenous educators may have around teaching Dakota content.
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
"Why Treaties Matter" Virtual Exhibit
In this virtual exhibit, see for yourself how Dakota and Ojibwe treaties with the U.S. government affected the lands and lifeways of the Indigenous peoples of the place now called Minnesota and why these binding agreements between nations still matter today.Learn More
"We Are Water MN"
Aug. 4-Sept. 16, 2019, Reif Performing Arts Center, Grand Rapids
"We Are Water MN" explores the connections between the humanities and water through an exhibit and public events.
Stories and Culture
Immerse yourself in Minnesota’s rich cultural heritage through literature, bilingual book projects, cultural events, and more.Learn More