American Indian Outreach

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Historical Society
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date
July 2016
End Date
June 2017
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview
The MNHS permanent collection includes more than 6,500 objects related to American Indian culture and history. MNHS provides responsible stewardship of these items, in accordance with the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and industry standards for collections management. Meaningful partnerships with tribal communities are the key to successful stewardship. In FY16, MNHS continued collections outreach programming by partnering with Dakota tribes and Ojibwe bands throughout the state and beyond. At the History Center and in Native communities, MNHS engaged colleagues and community members through participation in regional and national conferences; supporting and partnering with indigenous nonprofit organizations, like the Native American Community Development Institute; and facilitating tours for artists, researchers, students, educators and interested community members. In FY16, collections staff once again displayed historic and contemporary native material culture at the Owamni/Falling Waters Festival--held annually at Father Hennepin Park in Minneapolis. Additionally, MNHS worked to facilitate a visit from White Earth Tribal & Community College faculty and students to study collections at the History Center. Staff also brought collections to White Earth to display at the college and the Reservation Tribal Center. MNHS also provided hands-on training at the History Center for staff members of Sisseton Wahpeton College in acquisition and cataloging processing, safe artifact handling and display, and archival artifact storage techniques. Plans continue for additional collections-based events in Mille Lacs, the Lower Sioux Indian Community and with the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe in South Dakota.
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.

2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Successful collaboration with American Indian groups around Indian objects in the collections including activities at the History Center an in the communities.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
Zip Code
Administered By
Administered by

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155