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Tinta Wita / Prairie Island Indian Community

Suzelle (Bellanger) Sandoval
Tribal Research Fellow

The topic of recovering burial grounds is at the heart of some of the toughest issues we have to face as tribes, Tribal Research Fellows and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers for our tribes; with regards to burial mounds and also with regards to how archaeology was done by the University of Minnesota in the past. In this report we are going to take a look at how that past work impacts tribes today, and we’re going to take a look at some of the truth-telling work that’s being done by tribes today to correct some of these injustices.

The conversation of burial mound reclamation and what that looks like for many tribes today. It’s important to understand how the University of Minnesota has conducted archaeology and continues to conduct archaeology, specifically when it comes to burial mounds.

Tribal Research Fellowship Presentation (YouTube)
TRUTH Project Symposium
May 17, 2022

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