In Minnesota, St. Paul Public Schools Make Indigenous History Part of the Curriculum
Healing Minnesota Stories (HMS), an initiative of the Saint Paul Interfaith Network, works “to promote understanding and healing between Native American and non-Native people” in the state through the sharing of stories.
The HMS website puts it this way:
Our starting point is an understanding that Native people have suffered deep trauma over many years, losing their land, language and culture, and all who call Minnesota home are the lesser for it. While many people and institutions contributed to that trauma, it happened with the full participation of Christian churches. We all still need healing, healing is doable, and churches have a role to play. We are calling ourselves Healing Minnesota Stories because we believe in the healing power of stories. Stories heal because they make invisible pain visible.
The following HMS post, edited for clarity, explains how the St. Paul public school district’s Multicultural Resource Center is adopting a program in which all fifth grade students will go on a day-long field trip of six sacred Dakota sites in the Twin Cities area.