The University of Minnesota TRUTH Project (Toward Recognition and University-Tribal Healing)

Friday, March 31, 2023, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Type: Panel Discussion

Tags: Education; Native Americans and Indigenous Peoples

Abstract

This panel discussion is a consideration of work on the University of Minnesota TRUTH Project (Towards Recognition and University-Tribal Healing) that began in 2021 in response to resolutions passed by the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council (MIAC) insisting the University investigate ways to be a better relative to the eleven federally recognized tribe in the state. University President Joan Gabel charged a TRUTH Task Force to take up all of the MIAC resolutions: part of these spurred the creation of the TRUTH Project, a collaborative effort between MIAC and the University to better understand the historical relationship with tribes. This panel takes up the work of the community-led participatory research element of the TRUTH Task Force, which involves thirteen tribal research fellows appointed by the tribal nations to investigate the history of relationships between the tribes and the University in plotting a path forward to bettering relationships with tribal nations into the future. The TRUTH Project secured funding for this work from the Mellon Just Futures grant Minnesota Transform.

Session Participants

Chair: David A. Chang, University of Minnesota

Panelist: Joseph Bauerkemper, University of Minnesota Duluth

Panelist: Misty Blue, University of Minnesota TRUTH Project

Panelist: Madison Bozich, University of Minnesota TRUTH Project

Panelist: An Garagiola, University of Minnesota

Panelist: Audrianna Goodwin, University of Minnesota TRUTH Project

Panelist: Samantha Odegard, University of Minnesota TRUTH Project, Upper Sioux Community