Indigenous MN

This series of presentations by Indigenous scholars focused on the cultural heritage of Dakota, Ojibwe, Ho-Chunk, and other Indigenous peoples in Minnesota. The sessions included a question and answer period. This series was hosted by Do Good Roseville, City of Shoreview Human Rights Commission and the Ramsey County Library.

The speaker for this program was Pauline Danforth. Paula, White Earth Ojibwe, is a Senior Community Faculty  in the College  of Sciences at Metropolitan University will talk about Ojibwe Place Name Reclamation.

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The speaker for this program was Donald Eubanks. Don, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians, recently retired from Metropolitan State University as an associate professor in Social Work. He combines that experience with his previous leadership roles in state and tribal government to provide consulting/educational opportunities. 

Don has a Liberal Arts degree from Minneapolis Community College, BSW from Metropolitan State University and an MSW from the University of MN. Don resides in Roseville, MN with his family and Golden Retriever, Diggs.

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The speaker for this program was Sisoka Duta, talking about Dakota Language Preservation.

Sisoka Duta, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate, is a Dakota Language Teaching Specialist at the University of Minnesota. His undergraduate work focused on Dakota language, culture and history. Following graduation, he worked with two fluent Dakota/Lakota speakers for four years to improve his language skills. Prior to his current position, he taught Dakota language for three years at the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community.

Sisoka Duta is a member of the Sisseton-Wahpeton nation of South Dakota but was raised in the Twin Cities. He did not grow up speaking Dakota so he recognizes the need to acknowledge the first speakers of the language and to continue improving his own skills, so he can pass these on to his students. He sees himself as student of Dakota language and lifeways not a cultural or spiritual leader.

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