American Indian "Hands On" History Curriculum for Minnesota's Students
(c) Programs. $3,000,000 in 2010 and $4,750,000 in 2011 are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Recognizing the importance of hands-on learning, the Minnesota Historical Society developed new curriculum with a particular emphasis on American Indian history in Minnesota.
One activity from this curriculum allows students to create an Ojibwe shoulder bag. In another activity, students create a winter count, a tool used by the Dakota to record key historical events.
The Society offers complete kits for these learning projects that include all the resources a teacher needs to do the classroom activity. The kits also contain additional learning resources like a comprehensive teacher's guide, laminated classroom placards, instructional DVDs and a resource CD.
Through projects like these, Minnesota students are being introduced to Ojibwe and Dakota culture, history and arts, as required by the Minnesota learning standards.