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Indigenous Peoples' Day: General Sources

Our Campus is on Indigenous Land

The land Gustavus occupies belonged to the Dakota people until the Treaty of Traverse des Sioux was signed in 1851. In observation of Indigenous People's Day, the library is hosting a student-curated exhibit created for the 150th anniversary of the Dakota Conflict. The exhibit begins on the main floor and concludes on lower level.

It is also available in digital form, thanks to the Gustavus College & Church Archives.


International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs
A human rights organization that "supports indigenous peoples' struggle for human rights, self-determination, right to territory, control of land and resources, cultural integrity, and the right to development."

Indigenous World 2015
The PDF of a book that provides information about indigenous peoples in different parts of the world as well as information about international efforts and organizations.


A Note About Naming

Searching for information about indigenous peoples can be complicated by the politics of naming. Do catalogers use the word Sami, Sapmi, or Lapp? What about Eskimo versus Inuit? Dakota or Sioux? Ojibwe, Anisinaabe, or Chippewa? As you search, be aware that the names of groups have changed over time and subject headings or database descriptors may use a name that seems incorrect or even offensive. 

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