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Move for 'accurate' Indigenous history in Minnesota schools


February 8, 2021

GLEN STUBBE • Star Tribune

Lt Gov. Peggy Flanagan spoke about the need for education reform. Gov. Tim Walz and Flanagan previewed the education spending plan, called Due North, for 2021-22.

You may not have learned it in Minnesota public schools, but this state's history and identity are interwoven with and influenced by the culture and experiences of Indigenous tribes.

"Here we are in Mni Sota, right? It's a Dakota word," said Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, the force behind a push by Gov. Tim Walz's administration to improve how state schools teach Indigenous history and to improve the school experience for students from tribal backgrounds.

Flanagan is a member of the White Earth Band of Ojibwe, one among a group of Great Lakes-area tribes that collectively make up the Anishinaabeg. And as Flanagan notes, another tribe with long historical roots to the south gave the state its name: "Minnesota" is derived from the Dakota phrase Mni Sota Makoce, which means "lands where the waters reflect the clouds."


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