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University of Minnesota initiative to examine school's history with tribes, teach residents about racial justice


January 14, 2021

Glen Stubbe - Star Tribune

The University of Minnesota is embarking on an initiative to examine the school's history with tribes and teach residents about racial justice.

A new University of Minnesota initiative will examine the school's historically fraught relationship with tribal nations and use public humanities projects to educate state residents on racial justice.

Faculty leading the Minnesota Transform initiative will work with Black, Indigenous and immigrant communities to tell stories through digital platforms and public exhibits, revitalize Indigenous languages and write a report on the U's relationship with American Indian tribes, among other things. The initiative will be funded over three years by a $5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, university leaders announced Wednesday.

"This statewide initiative deepens the university's relationships with our diverse communities, with a focus on developing new knowledge, visions and practices for inclusion and justice," said Rachel Croson, the U's executive vice president and provost.


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