Framework offered to evaluate, preserve historic Native American cultural resources in Minneapolis

A new Native American historic context study will help the City evaluate and preserve historic Native American resources including traditional cultural places, archaeological sites and buildings in Minneapolis. The study looked at cultural resources within the city that reflect thousands of years of Native American heritage. The Community Planning and Economic Development Department partnered with Neighborhood and Community Relations to perform the study.

The study documents the Native American heritage of Minneapolis and identified 24 properties and one district that appear significant to our community’s shared Native American heritage and that may be eligible for historic designation. This documentation and preservation of heritage resources will provide future generations with a connection to the rich cultural heritage of the city.

Staff and consultants conducted extensive outreach with the Native American community to create the report. The study encompasses time from the first human occupation of the region approximately 12,000 years ago to the close of the 20th century.

The work was funded in part with a $15,000 National Park Service Grant.

Members of more than 36 tribal communities live in Minneapolis.

Read the study.

One of the most popular aspects of the study is a city map that shows Dakota and Ojibwe place names, the first names given to features in our community:


Published Oct 4, 2016



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