We finished our 2015-2016 cohort experience at the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post last week. What a fantastic group of teachers! We discussed reservations and sovereignty, treaties and AIM, and throughout the two days, our teachers were sharing and listening and learning.
Speakers Travis Zimmerman (site manager at Mille Lacs), Kurt Kortenhof (professor at St. Paul College), Leah Bowe (NAGPRA officer at Minnesota Historical Society), and Kevin Maijala (Manager of K-12 Programs and Services at MNHS) shared personal reflections and instructional wisdom about complex topics. The power of the place seemed to build a sense of camaraderie among the teachers, as Mille Lacs Lake and the museum became as much a part of the cohort as the participants themselves.
Heidi and I are grateful to our teachers for their outstanding participation this year, their dedication to their own learning, and their fierce loyalty to their students. We are also grateful to our knowledgeable speakers and to Historic Fort Snelling, Traverse des Sioux Treaty Site, and the Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post for their hospitality. Finally, we are grateful for the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, for making this engaging program possible.