American Indians in Minnesota: Topics and Issues

Research and Collaboration

It is important to acknowledge that the history of mistreatment and destructive policies have done irreparable damage to tribal communities. Indigenous peoples have been experimented on and have been dehumanized within research. The land forests, plants, and other natural resources that hold spiritual, economic, and cultural importance to indigenous peoples in Minnesota have been exploited in several knowledge-grabs. Ancestors (burial remains) and burial items have been disturbed to be showcased in museums and private collections.

Researchers need to work with communities to support them and reconcile past wrongs. Part of this work involves exposing the unjust histories and shameful acts perpetrated by individuals and organizations in the name of science and research. Work with tribal nations requires thinking about ownership of research and knowledge not just as something that belongs to the researcher, the institution that researcher represents, or even the grant funder but something that belongs to the people contributing to the research and impacted by the outcomes of the research first and foremost. Research needs to become a truly collaborative endeavor. On this page, you will find resources about indigenous research methodologies and ways of knowing data sovereignty, codes of ethics, and tribal review boards.

Indigenous Methodologies

Data Sovereignty

Codes of Ethics

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA)

Tribal Intuitional Review Boards (IRB)

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2023 4:19 PM