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June 1-19 at Ridgewater College

The exhibit, which has been featured at 12 other Minnesota colleges and universities throughout this academic year, is an award-winning, nationally-recognized display that explores the relationships between Minnesota's Dakota and Ojibew nations and the U.S. government. It includes 20 free-standing banners with text and historical photos and maps, along with a 10-minute video called, "A Day in the Life of the Minnesota Tribal Nations." With emphasis on the American Indian sovereignty as an ongoing continental reality, the exhibit offers participants a chance to learn innovative ways to create community, build sustainable systems, and relate to each other.

Willmar Campus Exhibit: Mon., June 1-Wed., June 10
Open weekdays 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Students Services Building Main Floor
Opening Ceremony: Mon., June 1, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Student Services Building, upper level, refreshments available
Stories of Preservation: Dakota Land, Tradition and Language, with Grace Goldtooth-Campos, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer and site manager of the Historic Lower Sioux Agency, and Ben Gessner, collections associate, American Indian and Fine Arts Collections at the Minnesota Historical Society.
- Red Tree Singers, plus opening remarks by Casey A. DeMarais, director of programs at the Minnesota Humanities Center (View video of Red Tree Singers here)
- Local remarks
- Tribal Historic Preservation: Gace Goldtooth Campos
- Refreshments and possible closing performance by Red Tree Singers

Hutchinson Campus Exhibit: Fri., June 12-Fri., June 19
Open weekdays 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Front Concourse
Closing Ceremony: Wed., June 17, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Front Concourse, refreshments available
Preservation and Translation:  Towards understanding the past, present, and future of Dakota tradition. Presentations by Grace Goldtooth-Campos, manager of the Lower Sioux Agency Historical Site, and Gwen Nell Westerman, English Professor at MSU Mankato and author of Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota. 
- Traditional Dakota prayer and song by Red Tree Singers, plus opening remarks by Casey A. DeMarais, director of programs at the Minnesota Humanities Center (View video of Red Tree Singers here)
- Tribal Historic Preservation: Grace Goldtooth Campos
- Translation of the 1851 Treaty, and observations of Dakota Locations: Gwen Nell Westerman​
- Refreshments
- Closing performance by Red Tree Singers

This exhibit was created in partnership by the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. It was developed with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.​

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​Performing And Visual Arts

Ridgewater College’s Performing Arts exposes students to Theater and Music. This is a wonderful opportunity for students who have performed in high school to continue their passion and continue performing. This is also a great opportunity for students who were not involved in high school or have not performed in some time, to become involved and expand their horizons. The Performing Arts can be important in the provision of a broad, liberal arts education.

Ridgewater College’s Visual Arts exposes students to Art in classroom settings as well as the Art Galleries located on both campuses. In the classroom students have a wide variety of media that they can explore; at a time when students are exploring career and educational paths, what​ better time than to explore their own creativity.
The Art Galleries on campus expose students to a wide variety of art.  The galleries are free and open to the public.





Ridgewater College is an equal opportunity employer and educator.