Minnesota Humanities Center

Why Treaties Matter

Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations

About Why Treaties Matter

“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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Jennifer Tonko

About the Exhibit

The exhibit explores 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.

Permanent Display

“Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations is on permanent display at the Minnesota State Capitol.

Minnesota State Capitol
3rd Floor, Rooms 316-317
75 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
St. Paul, MN 55155

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Why Treaties Matter Host Communities

January 3-March 3, 2022
St. Cloud

April 4-April 8, 2022
Nevis

April 12-April 15, 2022
Minnesota Indian Education Association

September 19-November 30, 2022
Minneapolis

“Why Treaties Matter” Host Community Application

The “Why Treaties Matter” partners seek applications from potential host communities who will use the exhibit in two different ways: those who will develop public programming or resources to supplement the exhibit and those who will share the exhibit and its current resources with their community.

Proposals due: We have no deadline for submissions. The exhibit is currently available for hosting now-Oct. 31, 2022.

“Why Treaties Matter” Virtual Exhibit

In this virtual exhibit, see how Dakota and Ojibwe treaties with the U.S. government affected the lands and lifeways of the Indigenous peoples of the place now called Minnesota and why these binding agreements between nations still matter today.

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