Opening Celebration for “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations"
WHAT: Opening Celebration for “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations,” a traveling exhibition that explores the Native nations in Minnesota and their history of treaty making with the United States. 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.”
WHERE: Seven Clans Casino and Event Center, Red Lake, Minnesota
WHEN: Monday December 5, 2011 6:00 PM, Includes Program. Refreshments will be served.
WHO: Special Guest Speakers: Red Lake Chairman Floyd Jourdain, Jr .; Annamarie Hill Kleinhans, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC); Mathew Brandt, Vice-President, Minnesota Humanities Center; Jim Jones, Cultural Resource Director of MIAC. Elected Officials or their representatives have been invited. Other guests will be on hand to give remarks and answer questions about the exhibit.
WHY: To provide an opportunity for journalists to preview the exhibit.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Gary Fuller, Treaty Committee Chair, 218-679-1831, or Michael Meuers, Treaty Committee Public Relations, (218) 766-6588, email@example.com
“Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations” is a collaboration of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. The project is funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation.
About the Minnesota Humanities Center
Founded in 1971, the Minnesota Humanities Center is a nonprofit organization. The Humanities Center is a resource of the state of Minnesota and affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Minnesota Humanities Center works to build a thoughtful, literate, and engaged society through education, partnership, and public programs.
About the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council
The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council was established in 1963 MN Statutes Chapter 888, Sec. 2 (3:922)
About the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian
Established in 1989, through an Act of Congress, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian is an institution of living cultures dedicated to advancing knowledge and understanding of the life, languages, literature, history and arts of the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere. The museum includes the National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall; the George Gustav Heye Center, a permanent museum in lower Manhattan; and the Cultural Resources Center, a research and collections facility in Suitland, Md.