The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is built within the traditional homelands of the Daḳota people. Minnesota comes from the Daḳota name for this region, Mni Sota Maḳoce — "the land where the waters reflect the skies."
Each day students, faculty, staff and community members who use our services look out our windows to the Ḣaḣa Wakpa, the River of the Waterfalls.
The Circle of Indigenous Nations recognizes the original peoples of this place and makes ongoing efforts to educate the campus community about the ongoing relationship that Daḳota people have to this area.
-Iyekiyapiwiŋ Darlene St. Clair, Bdewakaŋtuŋwaŋ Daḳota
The Circle of Indigenous Nations recruits, retains, and graduates American Indian/First Nations/Alaskan Native students by promoting cultural values that help indigenous students become self-directed, excel academically, and succeed in all areas of individual matriculation, academic pursuits, and career aspirations. In addition, it strives to bridge the richness of the surrounding American Indian communities with the strengths of the University’s research, education, and teaching.
Culture & Goals
The Circle of Indigenous Nations fosters an environment that allows students to feel a sense of community on campus. It contributes to the strengthening and development of all students through culturally specific services and activities by:
- Developing quality programs that support Indigenous students
- Strengthening Indigenous students in their academic development
- Maintaining Indigenous cultural and individual identities
- Preserving and utilizing Indigenous history and culture
- Build effectiving relationships with campus resources