Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
Recipient Type
State Government
Start Date
April 2012
End Date
December 2012
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council in collaboration with the Minnesota Humanities Center will extend and deepen the ongoing partnership around the Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations exhibition, supporting host sites through December 2012.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Law 2011 (Special Session), Chp. 6, Art. 4, Sec. 2, Subd. 8
Appropriation Language

Councils of Color. $500,000 the first year and $500,000 the second year are for competitive grants to the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, the Council on Black Minnesotans, the Indian Affairs Council, and the Chicano Latino Affairs Council. Grants are for programs and cooperation between the Minnesota Humanities Center and the grant recipients for community events and programs that celebrate and preserve artistic, historical, and cultural heritage.

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

1. Exhibit attendees will amplify their knowledge of the experience of American Indian people and treaties.
2. Teacher training events will be held to enhance current curriculum on American Indian history.
3. Website monitoring for responses will occur and dialogue and discussion will take place as the result of responses submitted.

Measurable Outcome(s)

• During this grant period, over 29,400 people visited the exhibit in 20 locations.
• The exhibit was displayed at the Mayo Clinic, Minnesota Department of Health, Bethel University, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Historic Fort Snelling, and North Hennepin Community College, and Eden Prairie Schools.
• The Why Treaties Matter exhibit won the Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize for outstanding work in the public humanities.
• Between the planning period for this grant and the execution of the grant agreement, the Minnesota Humanities Center hosted a workshop for 57 educators to further the goals of the grant
• The in-person engagement with the exhibit was even greater than anticipated, and it was determined that the online engagement wasn’t as needed as originally thought. In-person interactions were prioritized.

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
Street Address
161 St Anthony Avenue, Suite 919
St. Paul
Zip Code
(651) 296-0041
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