Photograph by Martin Olson, 2012. Today, Minnesota is a highly diverse and evolving state. Many initiatives are teaching residents about the state's history, helping people to make sense of the past.

Efforts to commemorate the past and honor the present while creating change and awareness for the future are priorities for the Dakota. Settler descendants are also active in initiatives that promote truth-telling and inclusivity in remembering Minnesota history. Many organizations seek to educate Native and non-Native peoples in acts of reconciliation and commemoration.