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An enduring presence and deep connection to the land.

Learn about Native communities in Minnesota, including stories of survival, resiliency, and adaptation.

Native Americans — Dakota, Ojibwe, as well as people from other tribal nations — have dwelled in this area for thousands of years and still live here today. This exhibit shares their stories, enduring presence, and deep connection to the land.

Selected items on view

Explore a wide range of objects spanning time periods, traditions, and materials. The exhibit draws on the depth and breadth of MNHS collections and archives, as well as objects on loan, to present the history and contemporary stories of the region’s Indigenous peoples.

Additional resources

The Seven Council Fires

Explore The Seven Council Fires

The Seven Council Fires (Oceti Ŝakowiŋ) is an overview of Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota cultural objects that can be found in the Minnesota Historical Society’s artifact collection.

Jingle dress

Ziibaaska’ iganagooday: The Jingle Dress at 100

The global influenza epidemic that killed millions of people worldwide in 1918-19 was the tragic inspiration behind a revolutionary new tradition of healing that emerged in Ojibwe communities.

Jingle dress

Dakota family history research guide

A Dakota person’s family history can reach as far back as stories can tell. Elders and other storytellers are often the best guide. This online guide may help with the more recent part of that history.

Jingle dress

Explore Ojibwe material culture

Ojibwe material culture is an overview of cultural objects — totaling over 2,000 items — that can be found in the Minnesota Historical Society’s collection.

Jingle dress

Books: Native American studies

Shop for books about Native American survival, resiliency, and adaptation.

U.S. Dakota War

The U.S.-Dakota War of 1862

the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 had a profound impact in shaping Minnesota as we know it today. Learn about its causes and its far-reaching consequences.

Native American art

Native American Artist-in-Residence program

The Native American Artist-in-Residence program was created for the purpose of exposing Native American artists working within traditional art forms to Minnesota Historical Society collections.

 

Native American art

Ojibwe family history research

Ojibwe or Anishinaabe people arrived in Minnesota from the east hundreds of years ago by way of the Great Lakes. This guide may help in researching your family history.

 

Native American art

Dakota language newspaper

Iapi Oaye, a Dakota-language missionary newspaper, was published monthly, first in Greenwood, Dakota Territory and later in Santee, Nebraska, between May 1871 and March 1939, when it ceased publication.

 

Native American art

MNopedia articles

Search our online encyclopedia about Minnesota to learn more about Ojibwe and Dakota history and culture.