"Why Treaties Matter:
Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations”
Minnesota State Capitol
“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.
The exhibit explores relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. government in this place we now call Minnesota. Learn, through a video presentation and 20 banners featuring text and images, how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples of this place, and why these binding agreements between nations still matter today.
"Why Treaties Matter" Host Community Application
The “Why Treaties Matter” partners seek applications from potential host communities who will use the exhibit in two different ways: those who will develop public programming or resources to supplement the exhibit and those who will share the exhibit and its current resources with their community.
Proposals due: We have no deadline for submissions. The exhibit is currently available for hosting Now-Oct. 31, 2020.
2018-2019 Tour Sites
Lower Sioux Agency
July 27–Sept. 2, 2018
Red Lake Nation College
Aug. 27-Oct. 14, 2018
Otter Tail County Historical Society
Oct. 15–Nov. 25, 2018
Minneapolis Community and Technical College
Oct. 22-Nov. 30, 2018
Blue Earth County Historical Society
Dec. 3, 2018–March 10, 2019
Cass Lake-Bena Public Schools
Dec. 10, 2018-Jan. 21, 2019
Whitney Senior Center
Jan. 28 – March 10, 2019
East Side Freedom Library
March 18 – April 28, 2019
Park Rapids Area Schools
May 6-June 16, 2019
"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