Cover

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Title Page, Copyright Page

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Contents

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p. vii

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Preface

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pp. xi-xvi

This book is about three museums—the Mille Lacs Indian Museum in Minnesota, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, and the Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways in Michigan—and their collaborative partnerships with Indigenous communities. My study of the history of the representation of Native Americans in museum exhibitions explores the significance...

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xvii-xxiii

Writing this book has been a long and incredible journey for me, and I wish to extend my gratitude to the many people who have helped me. The generosity of friends, family, colleagues, museum professionals, and other scholars has touched me deeply, and I am pleased to have this opportunity to acknowledge them. This study took root...

A Note on Names

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p. xxiii

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One: Introduction: Native Americans and Museums

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pp. 1-28

Museums can be very painful sites for Native peoples, as they are intimately tied to the colonization process. The study of the relationship between Indigenous peoples and museums—the tragic stories of the past as well as examples of successful Native activism and leadership within the museum profession today—has preoccupied my professional life both inside and outside the academy. Museums...

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Two: Collaboration Matters: The Minnesota Historical Society, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and the Creation of a “Hybrid Tribal Museum”

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pp. 29-72

In a letter dated 14 March 1997, W. Richard West, Southern Cheyenne and founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), wrote in support of the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) receiving an award from the American Association for State and Local History. MHS had recently opened the Mille Lacs Indian Museum at one of its historic sites and had collaborated...

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Three: Exhibiting Native America at the National Museum of the American Indian: Collaborations and Missed Opportunities

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pp. 73-122

In 1988, during the winter quarter of my junior year in college, I served as an American Indian Program intern at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. The experience marked my first extended period away from home and my first foray into the museum profession. I was awed by the National Mall museums and spent countless hours wandering the many exhibition halls of the Smithsonian...

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Four: The Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways: Decolonization, Truth Telling, and Addressing Historical Unresolved Grief

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pp. 123-167

I first visited the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan’s Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways in May 2006 while attending a tribal museum development symposium on their reservation. Since my first viewing, I realized that this community center embodies a decolonizing museum practice and creates an engaging learning experience for visitors. The 34,349-square-foot facility includes...

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Five: Conclusion: Transforming Museums into “Places that Matter” for Indigenous Peoples

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pp. 168-176

I would like to return for a moment to the lessons I learned while working at the Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) on community-collaborative exhibitions. In chapter 2, I discuss the process of building the new Mille Lacs Indian Museum that opened in 1996. From the start, the MHS curatorial team made the commitment to respond to the wishes of the Mille Lacs Band and to give them final authority in content decisions. The following exchange demonstrates...

Notes

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pp. 177-190

Bibliography

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pp. 191-212

Index

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pp. 213-221