This traveling exhibit exploring 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.
In the News
Highlights of what people are saying and the Traveling Exhibit to date (PDF)
Classroom Content Development
The Why Treaties Matter exhibit continues to serve as an education tool. Classroom material has been identified as necessary to the ongoing impact of the Why Treaties Matter exhibit. In 2013, exhibit host sites will partner to pilot innovative classroom materials for students in grades 6-12 and enhance engagement with exhibit content.
While the traveling exhibit focuses on a single element of treaties – the sovereignty of Dakota and Ojibwe people today – the website presents relationships as a context for examining Dakota and Ojibwe – U.S. treaties.
Dakota and Ojibwe-U.S.Treaties Today
Learn from tribal members in Minnesota as they discuss treaties from a personal and scholarly perspective. How do these videos challenge or reinforce your current perceptions of treaties?
A Day in the Life of Minnesota Tribal Nations is a 14 minute video production by the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, created in partnership with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Minnesota Humanities Center.
Why Treaties Matter Program Development
Learn how Dakota communities and Ojibwe Tribal Nations led the exhibit development process and hear what community members are saying about the exhibit.
Meet our Site Selection Committee (PDF)
Follow the exhibit on Facebook
American Indian Responses to Statehood
In the months leading up to the state of Minnesota's sesquicentenial, the Minnesota Humanities Center began working with Dakota and Ojibwe people to record stories of how statehood affected their homes, their familes, their future.
Bdote Memory Map
The Bdote Memory Map (bdotememorymap.org
) is a geography-based, digital media resource for Dakota people to express connections to traditional places and to help non-Native citizens see Minnesota from an indigenous point of view.
Map of major land cessions in Minnesota treaties
Treaties involving Indigenous people and land with Minnesota Territory
Play the quiz: How much do YOU know about about treaties?
(will download a PowerPoint onto your computer)
This work is funded in part by The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation.