Why Treaties Matter: Dakota and Ojibwe History at Bethel

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, Bethel is currently hosting “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Objibwe Nations,” a traveling public history exhibition developed through a unique partnership of the National Museum of the American Indian, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, and the Minnesota Humanities Center.

Set up in the Brushaber Commons Atrium (around the main staircase and near the Student Life office), the exhibition consists of 20 stations with text, maps, images, etc. that set out to explore the history of how Native nations (four Dakota, seven Ojibwe) in Minnesota have made treaties with the U.S. government over time, and what those treaties mean today for the sovereignty of those peoples, how they relate to the physical environment, and the economic development of their communities.

The exhibit will remain at Bethel from November 6 through the 16th. Learn more at the exhibit website.


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