Why Treaties Matter

December 8-March 9, 2019

At the History Center, 424 Warren Street, Mankato

In August 2010, a resolution creating a unique partnership of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. was approved unanimously by the tribes residing in Minnesota and made it possible for the exhibition to be developed as an educational tool for Minnesota audiences.

The exhibition will include 20 free standing banners with evocative text, historical and contemporary photographs and maps, and a 10-minute video titled, “A Day in the Life of the Minnesota Tribal Nations.

This exhibit reveals how Dakota and Ojibwe treaties with the U.S.government affected the lands and lifeways of the Indigenous peoples of the place we now call Minnesota, and explains why these binding agreements between nations still matter today. It is meant to share important cultural information with all Minnesotans, that they may better understand the true circumstances surrounding Minnesota land, its use, and even the treatment of the land Indigenous peoples today.

Programs around this event include:

December 20, Noon - 1 p.m. - History Bits & Bites - Documentary Showing - Dakota 38: Healing Journey of the Dakota People

December 26, History Center Open

January 12 - 10 a.m. to Noon - Young Historians - Connections to the Land

January 31 - Program details to come

February 9 - 10 a.m. to Noon - Young Historians - Dakota Traditions

February 16 - Program details to come

March 9 - Exhibit Closing Program

Why Treaties Matter Exhibit