Why Treaties Matter exhibit coming to St. Cloud State

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Students and visitors to St. Cloud State University will have the opportunity to learn about the continued importance of treaties when “Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations,” a nationally recognized and award-winning traveling exhibit, is displayed on campus.
It will be on display Aug. 25-Sept. 12 in the Cascade Room Lounge in the Atwood Memorial Center. St. Cloud State is the first stop “Why Treaties Matter” is making on the 2014-2015 tour of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) campuses. 
The exhibit explores the relationships between Dakota and Ojibwe nations and the U.S. government through video and 20 banners featuring text and images. The exhibit shares information on how treaties affected the lands and life ways of the indigenous peoples and how these agreements among nations still matter today. 
“St. Cloud State will model the type of interactive, hands-on learning that can take place for students, faculty, staff and community by hosting this exhibit on campus,” said Jeanne Lacourt, American Indian Studies professor. “All will benefit from seeing and participating in the activities associated with the exhibit. 
“The university has a history of acknowledging and supporting the tribal people of the state of Minnesota and recognizes the unique relationship tribal entities have with the state and federal governments. St. Cloud State strives to teach and learn from the histories and cultures of Minnesota’s indigenous people,” she said. 
The exhibit will be accompanied by preview events the week of Aug. 18, with an opening ceremony on the first day of fall classes on Aug. 25. Talks by representatives from Minnesota tribal communities, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council and professors of St. Cloud State will also accompany this exhibit. St. Cloud State students will visit the exhibit and incorporate what they learn into their in-class experience, and an educator’s reception will introduce St. Cloud School District administrators and teachers to the exhibit. 
“St. Cloud State is pleased to host this important exhibit, which will further educate our students, staff and visitors about the histories and cultures of Dakota and Ojibwe nations,” said St. Cloud State President Earl H. Potter, III. “This exhibit is another opportunity for St. Cloud State to inform students about the world around them and to help them become responsible global citizens.”


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