American Indian Outreach

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2015
End Date
June 2016
Activity Type
Digitization/Online Information Access
Counties Affected
Project Overview
The MNHS permanent collection includes more than 6,500 objects related to American Indian culture and history. MNHS takes seriously its responsibility to provide stewardship of these items, in accordance with federal law (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) and our own collections management policy (Culturally Sensitive Objects Policy). For example, in August 2015, MNHS completed a six- to-nine month repatriation of 54 objects to the Bois Forte community in northern Minnesota. In FY15, MNHS began a series of outreach visits to Ojibwe bands in Minnesota to deepen meaningful consultation and strengthen appropriate stewardship of MNHS's culturally sensitive material. Past visits have included Mille Lacs, Leech Lake, and Grand Portage. In FY16, this effort will continue with visits to Fond du Lac and Red Lake. MNHS believes that meaningful partnerships with tribal communities are the key to successful stewardship. In FY16, collections staff has continued to partner with American Indian communities in a number of significant ways, including providing access to collections at the History Center, as well as in communities throughout the state. Outreach efforts include engaging colleagues and community members through participation in a regional conference, the Convening Great Lakes Culture Keepers Regional Institute, supporting indigenous nonprofit organizations (like Twin Cities Native Lacrosse) and facilitating tours for artists, researchers, students, educators, and interested community members. Two highlights this fiscal year include the display of historic and contemporary native material culture at the Owamni/Falling Waters Festival
Legal Citation / Subdivision
Session Law Reference: Laws of Minnesota 2015, 1st Special Session, chapter 2, article 4, section 2, subdivision 4 (b) (2) Programs
Appropriation Language

$5,525,000 the first year and $6,000,000 the second year are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

We will continue to evaluate the program based on demonstrated outreach in the community and increased online visibility of our collections catalog. Metrics include the number of events we participate in, the number of visits by Indian elders who consult with us on collections items, and the number of catalog records available to researchers online.

Recipient Board Members
Phyllis Rawls Goff, President
D. Stephen Elliott, Secretary
William R. Stoeri, Immediate Past President
William D. Green, Vice President
Kirby M. Law, Treasurer

Executive Council
Eric Ahlness
Kurt BlueDog
Grant Davis
Phyllis Rawls Goff
Martha Kaemmer
Kirby M. Law
Dean M. Nelson
William R. Stoeri
Ben Vander Kooi
Kathleen Blatz
Barbara Burwell
D. Stephen Elliott
William D. Green
Dennis L. Lamkin
Monica Little
Peter Reis
Bo Thao-Urabe
Eleanor Winston
Suzanne Blue
Brenda J. Child
Michael Farnell
David R. Hakensen
Jean M. Larson
Charles Mahar
Peter Reyes, Jr.
Karen Wilson Thissen
Warren Zaccaro

Mark Dayton, Governor
Steve Simon, Secretary of State
Rebecca Otto, State Auditor
Tina Smith, Lieutenant Governor
Lori Swanson, Attorney General
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
Zip Code
Administered By
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345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155