This website was created as a supplement to Why Treaties Matter - Self Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations, a travelling exhibit on treaties between Dakota and Ojibwe people and the U.S.. The project is a collaboration of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. The 15-minute video presented above, produced by the National Museum of the American Indian, introduces the themes of the exhibit: that tribal government's exercise indigenous sovereignty today, and that indigenous sovereignty was not given in treaties, but retained in treaties.
This project is funded in part with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with a vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008, and The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation.
Video footage produced by the National Museum of the American Indian, Allies: media/art, and In Progress.
Website concept by Tom Ross, member, Upper Sioux Dakota Community.
Research supported in part by the Indian Land Tenure Foundation.
Web design and construction by thisCLICKS Interactive.
Images used with permission of the Minnesota Historical Society, the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Minnesota Secretary of State, Macalester College, and Allies LLC.