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Why Treaties Matter: What Should We Do About This History? Event Navigation

  • East Side Freedom Library 1105 Greenbrier Street Saint Paul, MN, 55106 United States (map)

The East Side Freedom Library, the Lower Phalen Creek Project, the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, and Wakinyan Luta Oyanke have been partnering to host the “Why Treaties Matter” exhibit at ESFL since late March.  We see this as an opportunity to explore the past, the present, and the future of our communities, in the hopes that we can better understand each other and work together for justice and equity.

We have learned from this exhibit and from the conversations that this exhibit has generated.  What should we do with this knowledge? What stories should the murals in the City Council chambers in St. Paul tell? How should the Dakota sacred space called “Indian Mounds Park” be treated by the city, by our neighbors?  What values are communicated when men like Alexander Ramsey are honored by having our schools and our county named for them? What should we do about this history?  Please join us for a closing conversation.

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East Side Freedom Library, 1105 Greenbrier Street
Free and open to all and 651-230-3294

Why Treaties Matter is a collaboration of the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. This exhibition was developed 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.