There is today a broad range of cross-cultural initiatives to teach the painful history of the U.S.-Dakota War, as well as Minnesota and national history. These efforts focus on life today, the survival and resilience of the Dakota people, and collaborative work for education and awareness.
- Programs to revitalize the Dakota language
- Cultural awareness trainings and initiatives to bring Native and non-Native peoples together in understanding
- Emphasis on Indian education reform, with statewide initiative to create better teachers, improved learning environments for Native children, and more inclusive curriculum for all children
- Learning opportunities for Dakota cultural practices and lifeways
- Greater access to resources for genealogical and other research
- Commemorative ceremonies and marches
- De-colonization efforts and activism
- Action and awareness around museum collections items
- Education surrounding past and current assimilation policies, like boarding schools
Local and statewide events
Dakota Dictionary Online. University of Minnesota.
Krech III, Shepard. Indian Country Today. Nature Transformed. TeacherServe®. National Humanities Center
Lurie, Jon. Dakota Rising. Twin Cities Metro Magazine, 2010.
Wilson, Angela Cavender. What Does Justice Look Like?: The Struggle for Liberation in Dakota Homeland. St. Paul, MN: Living Justice, 2008.