We’ve all heard the classic tale of pilgrims and native peoples celebrating the first Thanksgiving, but this Thanksgiving, step outside the traditional understanding of the holiday by learning about Minnesota’s first nations and how you can honor their contributions to our state.
Take a Day Trip
Plan a family outing to one of these museums that feature Ojibwe (also: Anishinaabe) and Dakota (also: Lakota) culture. In these spaces, you’ll take in traditional tribal art, learn about the histories of the peoples and grow cultural appreciation by listening to music and storytelling.
Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post
43411 Oodena Drive, Onamia
Pipestone National Monument
36 Reservation Ave., Pipestone
Grand Portage National Monument
170 Mile Creek Road, Grand Portage
Up Your Map Game
You don’t have to travel to learn more about Minnesota’s tribes. Learn more about native history in one click by downloading the Native Land app (available for free on Apple App and Google Play stores). You’ll discover which traditional native lands you’re on—wherever you are! You can use this information to prompt further investigation into the tribe and their history.
One way to support the native community is to purchase traditional artwork and goods. There’s a plethora of local shops you can support, and plenty that you can buy from the comfort of your own home.
861 E. Hennepin Ave., Mpls.
Birchbark Books and Native Arts
2115 W. 21st Street, Mpls.
Woodland Indian Crafts
1530 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls.
Make a Donation
Native American charities work to support native communities through many different services, from providing resources to educational support. By donating to these charities, you can help preserve native cultures and empower communities.