Breck recognizes Native American Heritage Month Week 2
Adapted from the Why Treaties Matter Exhibit
Dakota and Ojibwe peoples’ relationship with their homelands is rooted in cultural history and spirituality, including a powerful sense that they are related to everything that surrounds them. The Dakota express this as mitakuye owasin, “all my relatives.” This profound connection with their land includes a responsibility to maintain balance by caring and providing for one another. Throughout history, this connection has established Native nations’ sovereignty in this place. That sovereignty is upheld through over 300 unique treaty agreements developed between the US government and tribal nations.
Minnesota is rich with resources about Indigenous people's history and the repercussion of the past on today’s society. Offering a land acknowledgment is one small way institutions can recognize this longer history. A great resource when developing a land acknowledgement is the Native Governance Center. Why Treaties Matter is an exhibit developed by Native people (including Breck parents of alumni Amanda Norman and Ramona Stately) to broaden understanding of treaties, sovereignty, and culture. This video produced by NPR (featuring Breck community member, Frank Ettawageshik) tells the story of why these living documents still matter today. Both are wonderful ways to consider our own relationship with the land and the importance of understanding the longer story of this place.
This year for the first time, Breck’s Annual Giving Committee has three extraordinary students join us as volunteers. We are thrilled to welcome Josh Furman, Sahana Mangipudi, and McKenna Quam, all members of the class of 2021, to the team!
We hope you found the articles and interviews shared by Native American members of the Breck community insightful this month and that as a community we all learned more about Indigeneity. Our last highlight of Native American Heritage Month is an interview with the Sixkiller family. We are thankful for them and for their continued engagement in the Breck community!
During the month of November, we are introducing you to Native American families who are part of the Breck community. You can learn more about Indigeneity during our weekly updates throughout the month of November, which is Native American Heritage Month. This week’s spotlight is on the Goze families.