Why Treaties Matter exhibit on display through May 15

An interactive traveling exhibition emphasizing American Indian sovereignty as an ongoing continental reality is coming to Metropolitan State. Why Treaties Matter: Self Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations will be displayed in the Founders Hall reception area, Saint Paul Campus, April 25 through May 15.

The “Why Treaties Matter” exhibit is intended to bring understanding of how treaties affected the lands and lifeways of the indigenous people of this area, and why those binding agreements still matter today.

The exhibit is open to the public 7 a.m.–11 p.m., weekdays, and 7 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturdays. Dr. David Wilkins will speak about the exhibit 6 to 8 p.m., May 12, in the Ecolab Library 302.

The university community is invited to an opening ceremony, 6 to 8 p.m., April 28. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Lisa Poupart, associate professor of Humanistic Studies, First Nation Studies, and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin Green Bay.  Read her biography page here.  The program will include a traditional pipe ceremony and panel of leaders in the American Indian community discussing the state of treaties in today’s environment and the importance of them.

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Metropolitan State University was one of six MnSCU institutions selected to host the exhibit. The “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwa Nation” is a nationally recognized, award-winning, traveling exhibit made available by the Minnesota Humanities Center in partnership with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.

Learn from Dakota and Ojibwe Nations new and innovative ways to create community, build sustainable systems and relate to one another. For more information visit this link or contact Julio Vargas Essex at julio.vargasessex@metrostate.edu.