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Why Treaties Matter

Why Treaties Matter

June 12 - December 31: Minnesota State Capitol, St. Paul

Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nation 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.

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.

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Rondo Immersion

July 11 8:30 am - 4:30 pm: Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, St. Paul

Spend the day learning about Saint Paul’s historic Rondo neighborhood with members of the Rondo community. Participants will enjoy bus and walking tours in which they will learn about the rich histories of a community grounded in unity and resilience. Educators will leave connected to the authentic community voices and resources of Rondo. This immersion is hosted by Rondo resident, Robin Hickman, and facilitated by Rose McGee of the Minnesota Humanities Center.

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Bdote Field Trip

July 23 8:00 am - 4:00 pm: Minnesota Humanities Center, St. Paul

Spend the day visiting local sites of significance to Dakota people and learning about them from a Dakota perspective.

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Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives

July 25 8:00 am - 4:00 pm: Minnesota Humanities Center, St. Paul

Increase Engagement Through Absent Narratives is an all-day workshop that prepares participants to have meaningful engagement with their communities. Participants will come away with broadened worldviews and the skills to deepen their personal and professional relationships — outcomes that set a foundation for increased engagement.

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Using Blues Vision in the Classroom

July 25 - July 26 8:00 am - 4:00 pm: Minnesota Humanities Center, St. Paul

Using Blues Vision in the Classroom prepares participants to have meaningful engagement with students through a deeper understanding of African American experiences and the black literary tradition in Minnesota. The two-day workshop takes Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota as the starting point for rigorous discussion and activities that cultivate practical strategies for using texts from the book as catalysts for change and conversation in the classroom. 

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Blues Vision in the Classroom

July 25 - July 26 8:00 am - 4:00 pm: Minnesota Humanities Center, St. Paul

Blues Vision in the Classroom prepares participants to have meaningful engagement with students through a deeper understanding of African American experiences and the black literary tradition in Minnesota. The two-day workshop takes Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota as the starting point for rigorous discussion and activities that cultivate practical strategies for using texts from the book as catalysts for change and conversation in the classroom. Educators will receive supplementary resources, strengthened relationships with colleagues and authors, clock hours, meals, and a copy of Blues Vision as part of this experience.

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War and Remembrance Educator Workshop

August 03 8:00 am - 4:00 pm: Minnesota History Center, St. Paul

Communities across Minnesota remember war with tributes and memorials, but the stories they tell do not always resonate with students. How can educators create opportunities to engage students with the history and memory of war? And how can visits to war memorials connect students to the lived experiences of Veterans past and present?

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Bdote Field Trip

September 17 8:00 am - 4:00 pm: Minnesota Humanities Center, St. Paul

Spend the day visiting local sites of significance to Dakota people and learning about them from a Dakota perspective.

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