Circle of Indigenous Nations

Update 3.18.20

Han, Aniin, Hello our Relatives, 

The Circle of Indigenous Nations has transition services to a virtual platform. Here is how our office will be operating:

  • Monday through Friday our office will have virtual office hours. Please see Raul’s office hours at the MCAE Website.
  • Dakota & Ojibwe Language tutoring will transition to an alternative platform, online, through the remainder of the semester. Please see below for the tutor updates.
  • One on one check-ins with the Circle of Indigenous Nations staff are available online, and can be set up by emailing our office at 

Online appointments will be done through Google Hangouts or Zoom. Please make sure to familiarize yourself with these services as the university will be transitioning classes to online. If you need to support, please reach out to our office directly.  

Upcoming Circle of Indigenous Nations, AISCC, and AICH Events
We are cancelling a number of community events. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, elders, and community members is our top priority. Here our our event updates:

Elder in Residence hours: Still determining an alternative plan to engage
Monday March 16th Film Series: Cancelled
Friday March 20th Frybread Friday: Cancelled
Friday March 27th Native Graduate Showcase: Cancelled
Monday March 30th Film Series: Cancelled
Saturday April 1st AISCC Spring Powwow: Cancelled 
Friday April 17th Dakota Sacred Sites Tour: Cancelled

We know that the uncertainty is stressful and please know that The Circle of Indigenous Nations is here to support you through this time. If you have any questions or concerns, you can connect with us at 612-624-2555 or by email at 

Pidamaya, Miigwech, Thank you,
The Circle of Indigenous Nations

The Land

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



For Ojibwe and Dakota Language Tutoring services have moved all online. Please email:

Advice & Support
For your academic, personal, and cultural goals

Career Information
For students seeking employment, internship, and volunteer opportunities

Funding Opportunities
For students seeking scholarships, internships, and grants 

COIN Staff Online Office Hours Spring 2020

Contact Us

Monday - Friday | 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM | 612-624-2555 | Fax: 612-626-7840

322 Appleby Hall, 128 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Elders In Residence Postponed Until Further Notice:

Elder In Residence 2020

Cancelled: Dakota Sacred Sites Tours

Spring: Friday, April 17, 2020
12 pm to 4 pm

Behind Appleby Hall (128 Pleasant Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455) on the East River Parkway. The bus will leave by 12:00 pm (noon).

"We are living, learning, and working in a particular place with a long, fascinating, troubling, and frequently unknown story.

One goal for this tour is that participants begin to experience the place we live in as Mnisota Makoce, the Dakota homelands. We will be visiting several Dakota sacred sites located in an area that would later be called the Twin Cities.How has colonization impacted Dakota use and access to these places?

How have Dakota people asserted a continuing relationship with these places? This tour will provide participants with a more nuanced and complicated understanding of the place we call home." 
– Iyekiyapiwin (Darlene St. Clair, Associate Professor, St. Cloud State University)

Please note that there will be some light walking on the tour. For disability accommodations, please email the Circle of Indigenous Nations at


Interim Coordinator - Circle of Indigenous Nations

Raul 2017

Raul Aguilar Jr.

He/Him/His | 322 Appleby Hall | (612)-624-2555 |