Minnesota Indian Affairs Council

The Minnesota Humanities Center's collaborative work with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) focuses on an exploration of treaties between Dakota and Ojibwe Indian Nations and the U.S. Government. This programming is a real and important missing story or "absent narrative" about our culture's genesis and in whose stories lie the foundation of indigenous issues still alive today.

Why Treaties Matter and American Indian Museum Fellowship (January – September 2013)

The Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations exhibit, made possible by previous Legacy Amendment funding, explores the relationships between Minnesota's Dakota and Ojibwe nations and the United States Government. In 2013, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Humanities Center will take the work and impact of the exhibit deeper by creating classroom content to complement the exhibit.

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The American Indian Museum Fellowship program – a three-week residential program, in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society –is designed to inspire Minnesota's American Indian undergraduates to consider careers in historical and cultural preservation with tribal governments, museums, and archaeology.

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Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations (April – December 2012)

The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, in collaboration with the Minnesota Humanities Center, extended and deepened the partnership around the Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations exhibition, supporting more than 30 host sites, reaching 46,000 people,  through December 2012.

Learn More | Companion Website | Exhibit Tour | Highlights | Reporting

Collaborative Programming and Events (2009-2011 Biennium)

Why American Indian - U.S. Treaties Matter

Learn why American Indian - U.S. Treaties matter to all of us today. Learn about the development of the traveling exhibit Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations, the collaborarion with the National Museum of the American Indian, and go deeper with video, additional content, and resources.

Learn More | Companion Website | Watch | Reporting

Absent Narratives Videos

Learn from the stories, histories, and contributions that are often left out of the mainstream story of Minnesota as well as K-12 standard curriculum. Hear community members speak on various topics and begin to understand our Minnesota Narrative in a more comprehensive way. You will learn about things like family experiences, adjusting to a different culture, and stories of journeys.