Indigenous Minnesota: Ojibwe Place Name Reclamation

This program was recorded on July 8, 2021.

Minnesota is rife with the names inherited from both the Ojibwe and the Dakota Indians who occupied Minnesota when Europeans arrived.  I will talk about Ojibwe place names that have endured as well as efforts to reclaim and rename places in Minnesota.  These efforts are fueled by Native pride and language reclamation as evidenced by the many Ojibwe (and Dakota) names bestowed on social service programs.  This growing pride is also evident by Ojibwe Indians acquiring, remembering and using their Ojibwe spirit names.

Pauline Brunette Danforth, White Earth Ojibwe teaches American Indian studies courses and advises students at Metropolitan State University.  She is a creative writer and has published memoir, poetry and non-fiction over the years including histories of the Minneapolis American Indian community and of the Division of Indian Work.  She has a B.A. in Mass Communications from Bemidji State University and a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Minnesota.  She lives in Roseville, Minnesota with her husband, son, rambunctious dog and three neurotic cats.

This program is funded by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. This program is sponsored by Do Good Roseville and Shoreview Human Rights Commission.
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