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University of Minnesota Leaders to Discuss Progress, Plans for Strengthening Tribal Relationships

Annual report reflects continued progress and commitment to long-term goals with Tribal Nations

Rebuilding and strengthening the University of Minnesota's relationships with Tribal Nations and Indigenous communities is a priority included in MPact 2025, the five-year strategic plan launched by the University in 2021. At its June meeting, the Board of Regents will review progress in this work during the past year, as well as actions and future considerations stemming directly from the landmark TRUTH Report.

The Towards Recognition and University-Tribal Healing (TRUTH) Report, produced by Minnesota's 11 Tribal Nations and other contributors, provides a thoroughly researched, analyzed and consulted report on the shared history of the U of M and Minnesota's Indigenous people. While documenting how the University and its work have affected Tribes throughout its history, the report also outlines how the University can solidify lasting relationships with Tribes and Indigenous peoples.

"Regular engagement with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, Tribal leaders and community members to listen, collaborate and take meaningful action toward open and respectful relationships has been a priority for this Board and University leadership in recent years," said Board Chair Janie Mayeron. "After we received the TRUTH Report last spring, my Board colleagues and I asked Interim President Jeff Ettinger and his leadership team to fully review the report and recommend next steps for us to consider as part of our ongoing commitment to working in partnership with Tribal communities. I look forward to discussing this important mission-related work."


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