In a statement, Minnesota Indian Affairs Council Cultural Resources Specialist Dylan Goetsch said neither the council nor the state archaeologist were made aware of the discovery as required by state law.
Teresa Peterson and Walter "Super" LaBatte of the Upper Sioux Community offer a treasure of Dakota stories passed down from the generations, as well as their own, in their book, "Voices From Pejuhutazizi: Dakota Stories and Storytellers."
After taking a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the UMN Morris Circle of Nations Indigenous Association hosted its 37th annual powwow on the University of Minnesota Morris campus Saturday, April 2, 2022.
They anglers included members of the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa from Bayfield, Wis., one of six Ojibwe bands from Wisconsin that retain fishing rights on Mille Lacs, along with the Mille Lacs and Fond du Lac bands in Minnesota.
For decades, Indigenous language speakers have been part of a larger movement for cultural revitalization for tribal communities in Minnesota and across the U.S. As the movement grows so does the need to engage language learners in new ways.
European fur trappers and explorers would often ask residents what a lake or river was called. Kate Beane is not sure if some titles are names, directions to a place or descriptions of food found there. As Europeans settled in large numbers they often changed those names. Beane said the renaming is just part of the larger process of erasing Native culture. That’s reflected in how many Dakota names are mispronounced or anglicized.
The move is part of a national push to rename the holiday celebrating Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer whose expeditions to the Americas ushered in an era of European colonization. Proponents of changing the day's name to honor Indigenous people argue Columbus' brutality toward America's original inhabitants should not be celebrated.
With Dennis Banks and others, Bellecourt in 1968 co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM), a grassroots group of Indians in Minneapolis that inspired a generation of Native activists on reservations and inner cities across the country.