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February 29, 2008

March Monthly Meeting

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The monthly research meeting will be held the first Tuesday in March, this coming Tuesday, March 4, from 10:00 to noon in the Publications offices’ Knight Research Suite.

Debbie will report on progress planning the program for the MN150 history conference at St. John’s May 28-30. A lot of interesting panel proposals and individual paper proposals as well were submitted.

If you can’t make the meeting but would like to send a message to the group (raising a question, asking for research help, making an announcement, or offering a suggestion), let Debbie know. We look forward to hearing about your current and planned research projects.

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February 28, 2008

“We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People” Book Event

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When: 2 March 2008 at 1:00 p.m.
Where: Fort Snelling State Park
Directions: Take the Post Road exit off Highway 5 and follow the signs.
For More Information: 612-725-2389, or call the Visitor Center 612-725-2724.

Bruce White, author of We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People, published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, will be at Fort Snelling State Park on March 2 at 1 p.m., to speak about his book and about the frequent visits by Ojibwe people to the area of Fort Snelling in the 19th century. Copies of We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe People will be available for sale at the program, and Mr. White will autograph copies for those who have them.

Beginning in the 1850s Ojibwe people in Minnesota were photographed by many different kinds of photographers who were interested in recording them, mostly for an audience of non-Indians. These photographs emphasized the exotic, stereotypical look of the Ojibwe, their chiefs, their birch-bark houses and canoes, sometimes recorded with the idea that the Ojibwe were disappearing from the landscape. As time went on, however, Ojibwe people began to obtain photos for their own purposes, recording communities, family members, and relationships. In the process they created a much richer record of people who have not disappeared but who survived and who thrive today.

The audio-visual presentation will be based on the book, We Are at Home: Pictures of the Ojibwe people, a book published in 2007 by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, which took the author over twenty years to research and write. The author will also discuss the many delegations Ojibwe people in the 19th century to the Fort Snelling area, where they traded with the local Dakota, shared ceremonies, and took part in U.S.-government sponsored diplomacy at the fort and at Coldwater Spring.

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February 27, 2008

Symposium on Sovereignty and Autonomy in the Americas

Filed under: Conferences — @ 4:58 pm

A day-long symposium on Sovereignty and Automony in the Americas will be held March 8, 2008, at the University of Minnesota Coffman Memorial Union, Campus Club, West Wing, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The symposium will feature John Borrows, professor of law at the University of Victoria, as keynote speaker; and:

  • Panel on Indigenous Self-Determination in the Americas (Ana Rosa Duarte Duarte, Lourdes Gutierrez-Najera, and David Wilkins)
  • Panel on Legal Pluralism in the Americas (Victoria Bomberry, Natividad Gutierrez Chong, and Anna Hunter)
  • Discussions on Indigenous Self-Determination and on Rethinking Sovereignty and Autonomy Among Native and Chicano Communities
  • TURIX: Digital Media and Mayan Automony (Byrt Wmmack and Ana Rosa Duarte Duarte).

The symposium is free and open to the general public, but reservations are suggested by February 29th. Lunch will be provided and the evening will conclude with a light receiption at 6 p.m. Contact Karen Carmody-McIntosh at or Bianet Castellanos at 612-626-7266.

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February 15, 2008

Call for Proposals

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“The State We’re In: Creative and Critical Approaches to Minnesota History at 150″ conference will be held May 28-30, 2008, in Collegeville, Minnesota, at Saint John’s University and the College of Saint Benedict.

Proposals are invited for presentation of scholarship, demonstrations, workshops, round-tables, works-in-progress on all aspects of Minnesota history. Individual or group proposals welcome. Proposals should be submitted in Word and should include title, brief abstracts, format, one-page vita for each participant. Deadline: February 15, 2008, to

The conference will include sessions on the latest scholarship, teaching sessions and workshops, material culture exhibits, book displays, and tours/local foods. A writing retreat will be held May 30-June 1 to revise for submission for publication of conference proceedings.

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February 14, 2008

Welcome to the Researchers Notebook!

Filed under: Blog Information — @ 4:39 pm

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