Exhibit on Native Nations in Minnesota and the History of Treaty Making Opens Sept. 22 at MSUM Library
September 22-October 10 |Livingston Lord Library | Second Floor
“Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations” is a new traveling exhibition that will explore the Native nations in Minnesota and their history of treaty making with the United States. The exhibit will open Sept. 22 in the Livingston Lord Library, second floor, where it will be on view through Oct. 10.
Annamarie Hill, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, is the featured speaker at the opening ceremony, Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in Library 103. Her talk is entitled, “Creating and Sustaining Lasting Partnerships and Programs: How the ‘Why Treaties Matter’ Exhibit Came to Be.”
This exhibit is important, said Dr. Erma Vizenor, chairwoman of the White Earth Nation, because, “Treaties are the Supreme Law of this Country, therefore must be honored.”
Speakers are being scheduled for the week after homecoming. Visit the Why Treaties Matter website for an updated list of guest speakers.
About the exhibit
In August 2010, a resolution creating a unique partnership of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. was approved unanimously by the tribes residing in Minnesota and made it possible for the exhibition to be developed as an educational tool for Minnesota audiences.
The exhibition will include 20 free standing banners with evocative text, historical and contemporary photographs and maps, and a 10-minute video titled, “A Day in the Life of the Minnesota Tribal Nations.” Read the rest of this entry →