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History Revealed: Indigenous History
August 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Land Acknowledgments, Land Back, and the 10,000 Lakes: Indigenous History in Minnesota
Dr. Jacob Jurss
History Revealed Series
Thursday, August 11, 2022, 7:00 pm
In partnership with the East Side Freedom Library & Roseville Library
Live presentation on Zoom
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What do land acknowledgments and debates over land back reveal about the making of Minnesota? Increasingly popular, land acknowledgments can be heard at the start of meetings to introductions of large sporting events, but what does this acknowledgment signify? Whose land is being acknowledged? How did relationships to this land transform over time? What is the connection of the land back movement? Indigenous history is Minnesota history. Today within the physical boundaries of the State of Minnesota exist seven Ojibwe band reservations, four Dakota communities, as well as thousands of Indigenous individuals living in small towns to large urban communities. Understanding how this modern-day configuration came to be is an important element of understanding the making of Minnesota.
From early interactions between Dakota and Ojibwe Native nations to recent calls for economic, social, and environmental justice for Indigenous communities, Land Acknowledgments, Land Back, and the 10,000 Lakes: Indigenous History in Minnesota will survey the early history of interactions between Indigenous nations through the treaty era with the United States through the contemporary moment seeking to better understand how our collective past continues to shape our future.
Dr. Jacob Jurss is an adjunct professor of United States and Indigenous history at the University of St. Thomas and Metropolitan State University and was a member of the St. Thomas Land Acknowledgment committee. His recently published article in The American Indian Quarterly “Relations Across the Land: Ojibwe and Dakota Interactions in the Indigenous Borderlands of the Western Great Lakes” explores the history of intertribal diplomacy and his currently book project is Bountiful Boundaries: Western Great Lakes Indigenous Borderlands and American Statecraft.
Making Minnesota: Natives, Settlers, Migrants, and Immigrants
The Ramsey County Historical Society, in partnership with the East Side Freedom Library, the Ramsey County Roseville Library and other community organizations, will present a series of programs and events during 2022 that will center on the experiences of indigenous people, African Americans, and immigrants in Ramsey County from the 1800s through the current day. programs which focus on the too often lost, erased, forgotten or misrepresented histories and stories of Ramsey County and the state of Minnesota. We expect these presentations to enrich and complicate our understanding of the development of the county and the state that we call home.