Dakota And Ojibwe Perspectives

In 2008, Minnesota recognized its sesquicentennial. Some many, even celebrated. Others did not. In the months leading up to the sesquicentennial, the Minnesota Humanities Center began working with Dakota and Ojibwe people to record stories of how statehood affected their homes, their families, their future. These stories are painfully absent from traditional histories of Minnesota textbooks, and other educational resources.



  • What do you know about Dakota or Ojibwe history, culture, tradition?
  • Where did you learn about the Dakota or Ojibwe?
  • Who are your American Indian heroes?
  • What do you know about the founding of the state of Minnesota?
  • What were you taught about the settlement of the Northwest Territory and Minnesota?
This project funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities
and The Saint Paul Foundation.