Minnesota's Legacy

MNHS Indian Advisory Committee

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
Technical Assistance
Counties Affected
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)

Increased contact with IAC members, especially between the formally scheduled meetings. An increased perception by IAC members of authentic engagement by MNHS

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 Overview
The MNHS Indian Advisory Committee (IAC) is made up of tribally appointed representatives of the 11 Minnesota tribes, as well as representatives of key groups, such as educators. IAC advises on planning, developing, and evaluating MNHS activities and initiatives including exhibitions, publications, public programs, and curatorial policy as they relate to the research, collection, preservation, and interpretation of Minnesota and American Indian history in Minnesota. Relationships among IAC members, MNHS, and tribal communities are supported by thrice-annual meetings held at various tribal communities around the state. IAC members learn about current work happening within MNHS in their own communities. For example, the October 2015 IAC meeting was hosted by the Red Lake Nation. IAC members and MNHS staff toured the newly built Red Lake tribal college and government buildings and heard a presentation given by Brenda Child, MNHS Executive Council representative on the IAC and enrolled Red Lake member. Also, in a newly expanded role, the IAC coordinator now assists in developing and carrying out institutional community outreach strategies through the work of MNHS's Department of Inclusion and Community Engagement.
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Historical Society
Street Address
345 Kellogg Blvd. W
Saint Paul
Zip Code