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Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations

  • Event Date: November 3, 2015
  • Event Duration: 4:30-6:30pm
  • Event Location: Minneapolis Federal Courthouse atrium

The U. S. District Court for the District of Minnesota along with the Minnesota American Indian Bar Association and the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association hosted an Opening Program for an exhibition titled Why Treaties Matter: Self-Government in the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations. Chief Judge John R. Tunheim presided over this special opening program which included a keynote address by the Honorable Diane J. Humetewa from the United States District Court for the District of Arizona. Judge Humetewa is the first American Indian to serve as a United States District Court Judge.

Also making memorable remarks that evening was the Honorable Diana E. Murphy from the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. As part of the event, students from the American Indian Magnet School and Harding High School performed traditional Native American songs and dance to the sounds of their vibrant drum group. U.S. Magistrate Judge Leo I. Brisbois chaired the committee who coordinated this extraordinary program along with arranging for the exhibit to be displayed at the Minneapolis Federal Courthouse.

The exhibit included twenty panels and took over two years to create. The content of the exhibit was also vetted and approved by the elders of the Dakota and Ojibwe Nations.

* The exhibit was made available for display by the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, was developed by the MIAC, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

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