A special traveling exhibit, “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations,” will be on display on the Detroit Lakes campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College from June 27 through July 15.
An opening ceremony is set for 2 p.m. Monday, June 27, with spiritual leader Mike Swan of the White Earth Nation Pine Point Community in attendance and featuring the drum group Smokey Hills.
The cultural exhibit will be on display in Room C101 on the Detroit Lakes campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays (except Monday, July 4) and is part of a statewide tour with visits throughout the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
The exhibit reveals how Dakota and Ojibwe treaties with the U.S. government affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous peoples who lived in the area that is now Minnesota and explains why these binding agreements between nations still matter today.
“In order to create the vibrant Minnesota of the future we need to understand the importance of the agreements – the treaties – between the sovereign Indian nations and the United States,” said Minnesota Humanities Center President David O’Fallon. “Understanding these treaties is important now – it affects how we live – and will shape the future.”
This tour is made possible by a partnership with Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. Why Treaties Matter is a collaboration of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. The exhibition was developed with money from the Arts and cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008, and The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation.