Author addresses 'Why Treaties Matter' in M State presentation
The community is invited to hear author and researcher Martin Case speak on the topic of Native American treaties during a presentation at Minnesota State Community and Technical College at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16. Case’s appearance is a collaboration with the Otter Tail County Historical Society, where the exhibit “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations” is on display through Nov. 26. His appearance is free and open to the public. Case was a key participant in the development of the “Why Treaties Matter” exhibit, a collaboration of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. He also is the author of “The Relentless Business of Treaties: How Indigenous Land Became U.S. Property,” published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press this past summer. A summary of the book states that “Taking Minnesota as a case study, he describes the groups that shaped U.S. treaty making to further their own interests: interpreters, traders, land speculators, bureaucrats, officeholders, missionaries, and mining, timber and transportation companies.” His presentation at M State is in Room L120. He also will speak at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at the Historical Society museum in Fergus Falls.