Oak savannah of Minnesota

Mnisóta Makhóčhe: The Land of Minnesota

Honoring the Dakota People

The land we are standing on is Dakota land.

As the state’s natural history museum, the Bell Museum seeks to ignite curiosity and wonder, explore our connections to nature and the universe, and create a better future for our evolving world. Our goal is to advance understandings of the natural world that will create a sustainable future.

These understandings include the traditional knowledge systems of Indigenous peoples, the first inhabitants and caretakers of the land. These systems capture histories, relationships, and ecological expertise. To advance our mission, we rely on and share some aspects of Indigenous knowledge systems and understandings of the land. We do this in consultation with Indigenous peoples.

The Bell Museum sits on the traditional and treaty land of the Dakota people who, along with the Ojibwe people, are the Indigenous peoples of the land now called Minnesota. In recognition of this fact, and to honor the Dakota people for their care of and knowledge of this land, we waive general museum admission for Dakota and all Indigenous peoples.


Map of Minnesota and Mississippi rivers showing Dakota names