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
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."
To explore further see the Selected Resources for American Indian Studies.