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Minnesota Studies Resources

American Indian Responses to Environmental Challenges documents how four Native communities are responding to environmental challenges in their homelands.

Explore Minnesota History and Heritage allows students to explore Minnesota’s history, cultural traditions, people, and unique landscape. Students have the opportunity to experience ethnic heritage at events and festivals such as Native American powwows, Juneteenth, Cinco de Mayo, Oktoberfest in New Ulm, the Scandinavian Hjemkomst Festival in Moorhead, and many others from their school/home.

Fort Snelling is a great place for students to learn about military history from before the Civil War through World War II, fur trade history, slavery in Minnesota, the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862,and much more.

Indian Country Diaries is a two-part series of documentaries that explore the challenges facing Native Americans in the 21st Century, in both urban and reservation settings. In each program, a Native American writer reveals his or her personal struggle with many of these issues and invites you to come along as they seek answers.

Lakes 'n Woods is a student's complete in-depth guide to Minnesota communities. For each community, the following information is provided: business directory, maps, churches, history, government information, resort and motel guide, current weather information, and much more.

MN Geography and History provides students with educational resources based on Minnesota geography and history.

The MN Historical Society allows students to view Minnesotan artifacts ranging from Civil War-era flags to Prince's suit from Purple Rain. There are photos, letters, maps and a wealth of genealogical information.

MN Reflections provides students with more than 116,000 images, maps and documents from more than 133 of the state's cultural heritage organizations.

Ramsey County Historical Society inspires students to learn from and value their history by engaging in a diverse program of presenting, publishing and preserving. Ramsey County Historical Society programs include a research center, St. Paul & Ramsey County MN history magazine, historical exhibits, historic site attraction the Gibbs Museum of Pioneer and Dakotah Life.

U.S. Dakota War offers students a six-part series of articles that address the U.S. Dakota War.

Visit MN Site offers a list of its 26 historic sites and museums which provides opportunities for thought-provoking entertainment, learning and fun.
 

Why Treaties Matter allows students to learn about how Ojibwe and Dakota people in what is now Minnesota signed dozens of treaties with the United States. Among these treaties are famous land cession agreements in which sovereign American Indian groups retained ownership or use of natural resources – land, water, timber, minerals – or transferred these rights to the U.S.