American Indian Programming

Educational Programming

The University of Minnesota is offering a series of educational programming in advance of the Sunday, Nov. 2 Washington-Minnesota NFL game at TCF Bank Stadium, with the goal to increase awareness, discussion and understanding of the effects of stereotyped American Indian mascots and logos.

The series of educational events kicks off Oct. 24 and was organized with input from students, faculty, staff, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media, the state’s other tribes and additional community partners.

The free events, all open to the public, are co-sponsored by the University’s American Indian Student Cultural Center, the Office for Equity and Diversity, the Circle of Indigenous Nations, and the Department of American Indian Studies, among others. They include:


  • Friday, Oct. 24, 6 p.m. - Opening reception for “Bittersweet Winds,” the Richie Plass Collection, Coffman Art Gallery, Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. The exhibit runs through Educational Programming PosterDec. 1, 2014, and includes more than 200 itemsthatintend to educate about diversity, stereotyping and racism in the context of using Native American imagery.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6 to 8 p.m. - Screening of the 1997 award-winning documentary, “In Whose Honor? American Indian Mascots in Sports,” followed by discussion with Charlene Teters, Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. A professor at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., Teters is a founding board member of the National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media, and her work is the subject of the film by Jay Rosenstein. » Download flyer (PDF)
  • Thursday, Oct. 30, 3 to 5:30 p.m. - “Sovereignty Matters,” a program hosted by the American Indian Studies Department, Best Buy Theater, Northrop, 84 Church Street S.E., Minneapolis. Topics include the 1862 Dakota homelands, the environment of American Indian sovereignty, the Ojibwe people’s dictionary, sovereignty and archaeological heritage. » Download flyer (PDF)
  • Thursday, Oct. 30, 6 to 8 p.m. - Perspectives Panel facilitated by Charlene Teters, Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. Panelists and attendees include Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN 4th District); Delise S. O’Meally, executive director, National Consortium for Academics and Sports; Michael Taylor, professor of sociology and anthropology, Colgate University; and Clyde Bellecourt, co-founder of the American Indian Movement; coordinator, National Coalition Against Racism in Sports and Media. » Download flyer (PDF)


» Download all-events poster


Additional Twin Cities campus events are planned to commemorate Native American Heritage month throughout November. 

For questions and media inquiries about this series of educational programming, please contact Julie Christensen, University News Service at or 612-624-5551, or Anitra Cottledge, Office for Equity and Diversity at or 612-624-0594.

University of Minnesota American Indian Resources

  • The American Indian Cultural House is the first of many cultural living learning communities on the Twin Cities campus created to engage students in activities related to academic achievement, campus life and civic engagement; leadership development; and racial and cultural identity exploration.
  • American Indian Scholarship Opportunities include college, departmental and University-wide academic Scholarships for prospective students, e.g., the Ethel Curry American Indian Scholarship, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Endowed Scholarship and the Multicultural Civic Engagement Program.
  • The mission of the American Indian Student Cultural Center is to promote cultural diversity and develop leadership in American Indian students of the U of M, and assist building understanding of American Indian people, issues, history and culture by bringing in American Indian scholars and hosting events open to the entire University campus.
  • The Circle of Indigenous Nations offers culturally relevant academic, social and professional support to indigenous students.
  • Dakota and Ojibwe Language Programs are designed to preserve and revitalize knowledge and understanding that is contained and transmitted in Minnesota’s Indigenous Languages. 
  • The Department of American Indian Studies was established in June of 1969, and is the oldest such program in the country with departmental status. 
  • The Lacrosse Camp for American Indian Youth, which is supported by the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses, as well as other community organizations, includes classroom sessions which cover culturally specific issues about health and wellness, nutrition, diabetes and obesity awareness, and leadership development.
  • The University of Minnesota Libraries offer a list of selected resources for American Indian studies.
  • The Master of Tribal Administration and Governance (MTAG) Program on the Duluth campus seeks to train future American Indian tribal leaders and managers.
  • The Native American Medicine Gardens, offered by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and Office for Equity and Diversity, educates about food sovereignty and indigenous ways of food production, culture and history.