Hennepin County Board acknowledges land and water taken from area Native Americans
December 28, 2022
For the first time, the Hennepin County Board adopted a historic document acknowledging land and water taken from the area's Dakota people.
The document, a three-year effort put together by a diverse workgroup including Native American county elders, was read to the full board and approved last month. It also cites a plan for today's county institutions to work more closely and reparatively with the Dakota people, "whose homeland we occupy."
"[The county] can create transformative partnerships and alliances, convening conversations to explore possibilities, creating increased engagement and consultation with the Native American community, organizing events and workshops on Indigenous history, culture, and contemporary issues, and looking at the potential for developing land and water-based projects together," the document said.