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All My Relatives…

Dakota and Ojibwe peoples’ relationship with their homelands is rooted in cultural history and spirituality, including a powerful sense that they are related to everything that surrounds them. The Dakota express this as mitakuye owasin, “all my relatives.” This profound connection with their land includes a responsibility to maintain balance by caring and providing for one another. Throughout history, this connection has established Native nations’ sovereignty in this place.

In this virtual exhibit, see for yourself how Dakota and Ojibwe treaties with the U.S. government affected the lands and lifeways of the Indigenous peoples of the place now called Minnesota and why these binding agreements between nations still matter today.