Justice is reclaiming our humanity by reclaiming our sacred earth–that earth is our homeland.
Gabrielle Tateyuskanskan, Dakota artist and poet
Where do we live? What is the history of this place we call home? Learning about the indigenous people of this region, and teaching it to our students, is both a legal and ethical responsibility for Minnesota educators. The MRC has compiled the following resources to help you do that. Please contact us if you have questions or comments about anything presented here, or if you know of something not included that would be useful to other educators. Thank you!
Pictured above is the MRC's Fur Trade trunk which is available for checkout. The MRC has many Native American resources you can check out for use in your classroom. You can find our searchable online catalog here and a list of our learning trunks here.
The Bdote Unit and Field Trip is a daylong field trip visiting sites in the Twin Cities that are culturally and historically significant to Dakota people. This absent narrative approach to local history is based on the Bdote Memory Map. It is being offered to all SPPS fifth graders as part of the MN State Social Studies standard for US History, 126.96.36.199.1: North America was populated by indigenous nations that had developed a wide range of social structures, political systems, and economic activities, and whose expansive trade networks extended across the continent. (Era: Before European Contact)
For digital teaching resources and more information about the Bdote trip click here.