The Minnesota Humanities Center hosted an Open House at the Capitol this evening to highlight their exhibit on WHY TREATIES MATTER. The exhibit is on the third floor of the Capitol.
One thing that is brought out is that while the Dakota and Ojibwe people may have ceded land to the United States, they sometimes kept rights to minerals, timber and land use. These rights were not given, they were retained by sovereign nations. Even today, this concept is difficult for some to comprehend.
For more information, please refer to www.treatiesmatter.org