Minnesota Humanities Center

Native Nations of Minnesota

Connect with Mni Sota Makoce, an indigenous place.

The places we inhabit are layered in the stories they tell. We learn from Dakota and Ojibwe people through stories of this land and its first people, providing an experiential introduction to absent narratives — voices and stories that have been left out.

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Minnesota Native American Lives Series

2022 American Library Association Youth Media Award American Indian Youth Literature Middle-Grade Honor Books!
Now Available for Purchase

The Minnesota Native American Lives series highlights the history and experiences of individual Dakota and Ojibwe people: leaders, healers, culture-keepers, and other notable figures. These biographies of inspirational American Indian leaders are written for 3rd-5th graders.

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Learning from Place: Bdote

Learning from Place: Bdote brings participants to sites of great significance to Dakota people. Participants will learn from Dakota community members through stories and histories that have often been left out of our state’s history.

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Teaching Bdote: Tools for Teaching American Indian Content

Teaching Bdote: Tools for Teaching American Indian Content is designed for educators who have attended, or are planning to attend, Learning from Place: Bdote. This workshop is especially useful for developing unique classroom content to align with Minnesota State Social Studies Standards.

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“Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations”

“Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations” is a nationally recognized, award-winning exhibit made in partnership with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

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