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Cultural Understanding

Friday, September 28, 2007

In an effort to increase knowledge, sensitivity and awareness of the histories, cultures and languages of the American Indian bands in Minnesota, SCSU held its first American Indian Studies Summer Institute in June. The weeklong program was sponsored in partnership with the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and the Minnesota Historical Society.

Sessions throughout the week covered "Minnesota Indians 101," tribal sovereignty, stereotypes and cultural misinformation, incorporating American Indian history and culture into the curriculum and language training. In addition, there were field trips to urban Indian communities and the Mille Lacs Indian Reservation.

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