Unlike other ethnic minorities in the United States, American Indians are not only defined by their ethnic identity, but also by federal, state, and tribal laws. The University of Minnesota is situated on Dakota land, yet, only one percent of its students are American Indian. How can the campus be more welcoming and what role does the University play in closing the achievement gap? How does the University’s role in advancing agricultural technology affect traditional crops? Panel members will share personal and professional perspectives and engage participants in a dynamic dialogue about the impact of historical and current laws, treaties, and practices on American Indian people.
This is a companion to the Office for Equity and Diversity's Critical Conversations about Diversity and Social Justice series at the University of Minnesota. Co-sponsored by the University Libraries.
If you are interested in learning more about this topic, check out some of the highlighted resources.
WebsitesOjibwe People's Dictionary
Governor Dayton's Executive Order with Tribal NationsState of Minnesota Executive Order 13-10
11 Tribal Nations of Minnesota
- Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
- Fold du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
- Grand Portage
- Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
- Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
- Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians
- White Earth
- Lower Sioux Indian Community
- Prairie Island Indian Community
- Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
- Upper Sioux Community
TreatiesKappler's Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties
Billy Frank Jr.
Reparations for Indigenous Peoples: International and Comparative Perspectives (Book)David Williams book chapter, "In praise of guilt: How the yearning for moral purity blocks reparations for Native Americans."
- Peggy Flanagan, (White Earth Band of Ojibway) Executive Director, Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota
- David Isham, (Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe) Robbinsdale Area Schools, Indian Education
- Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair, (Mdewakantunwan Dakota) Associate Professor at Saint Cloud State University in American Indian Studies and Director, Multicultural Resource Center
- David Wilkins, (Lumbee) Professor, University of Minnesota American Indian Studies
- Karl Lorenz, (Lummi) Director, Office for Diversity and Inclusion, University of Minnesota College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources Sciences
To explore further see the Selected Resources for American Indian Studies.