PROGRAM: Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations

Presented by:
Minnesota Humanities Center
Local Partner: Museums Subject: Cross-Cultural Understanding, History, Indigenous Peoples, K-12 Education Audience: All, Children and Families, Educators, K-12, Rural Communities

This traveling 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.

This exhibit is a nationally recognized, award-winning, traveling exhibit made in partnership with Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. It includes seven educator guides of innovative classroom material and an enhanced virtual exhibit available at

The exhibit is on display now at the Minnesota State Capitol and at Inver Hills Community College until May 15, 2017.