Land Acknowledgments, Land Back, and the 10,000 Lakes:
Indigenous History in Minnesota
Dr. Jacob Jurss, University of St. Thomas History Department
What do land acknowledgments and debates over land back reveal about the making of Minnesota? Increasingly popular, land acknowledgments can be heard at the start of meetings to introductions of large sporting events, but what does this acknowledgment signify? Whose land is being acknowledged? How did relationships to this land transform over time? What is the connection of the land back movement? Indigenous history is Minnesota history. Today within the physical boundaries of the State of Minnesota exist seven Ojibwe band reservations, four Dakota communities, as well as thousands of Indigenous individuals living in small towns to large urban communities. Understanding how this modern-day configuration came to be is an important element of understanding the making of Minnesota.