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Lewis & Clark and the Indian Country

Lewis & Clark and the Indian Country exhibition

Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country is a national travelling exhibition that examines the Lewis and Clark story from the perspectives of Native Americans that the explorers encountered on the trail. Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country will be on display in the James W. Miller Learning Resources Center at St. Cloud State University October 15-December 11, 2009.

The exhibit offers a compelling look at Indian country prior to 1800, the complexities of intercultural relations during and following the Corps of Discovery's journey through Indian Country, and how that encounter resounded throughout Indian country and across the United States for the next 200 years.

Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country: Two Hundred Years of American History was organized by the Newberry Library, Chicago in partnership with the American Library Association. The travelling exhibition is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: great ideas brought to life. Other major funding has come from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The Sara Lee Foundation is the lead corporate sponsor; Ruth C. Ruggles and the National Park Service provided additional support.

Ma to toh pah The Four BearsThe travelling exhibition is based on a major exhibition of the same name mounted by the Newberry Library to mark the 200th anniversary of Lewis and Clark's expedition. Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country is being displayed at 23 libraries and four tribal centers throughout the United States. More information about the exhibition can be found at:

A series of public programs around the themes of the exhibit will be presented in St. Cloud. This programming is supported by the following St. Cloud State divisions: The American Indian Center, the College of Social Sciences, the Office of Academic Affairs, Learning Resources & Technology Services, the Multicultural Resource Center, and the Department of History.


National Endowment for the Humanities
University of Illinois
Sara Lee Foundation

American Library Association

Learning Resources & Technology Services
Miller Center Library
American Indian Center
St. Cloud State University


Events and Programming

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    Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country: Two Hundred Years of American History
    October 15 - December 11
    St. Cloud State University, Miller Center Library-2nd Floor Reading Court
    "Getting Lewis and Clark Right: Who Cares? Why Worry?"
    October 15, 7 p.m.
    St. Cloud State University, Miller Center Auditorium
    Reception following lecture, Miller Center Library - 2nd Floor Reading Court

    Frederick Hoxie is the Swanlund Professor of History at the University of Illinois and curator of the exhibit. The former director of the Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History, Hoxie has published A Final Promise: the Campaign to Assimilate the Indians, 1880-1920, Parading through History: the Making of the Crow Nation in America, 1805-1935, and numerous other books and articles on American Indian history. This keynote presentation will discuss the exhibit, the process of organizing it, and his experiences working in Indian communities today.

    "Intercultural Relations in Central Minnesota"
    October 21, 7 p.m.
    St. Cloud State University, Atwood Memorial Center, Voyageurs South

Panelists: Hedy Tripp, Create CommUNITY; Eddah Mutua-Kombo, Communication Studies, SCSU; Mary Sam, Mille Lacs Area Human Rights Commission

Darlene St. Clair (Bdewakantunwan Dakota), director of the Multicultural Resource Center and board member of the Multicultural Center of Central Minnesota, will moderate a panel discussion focusing on the work of intercultural relations in the region with representatives of community organizations including the Mille Lacs Area Human Rights Commission and Create CommUNITY. This panel will also highlight community involvement and research on intercultural communication at St. Cloud State University. This discussion will connect the issues of intercultural contact from the Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country exhibit to the challenges and opportunities of intercultural relations in Central Minnesota today.


    October 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
    St. Cloud State University, Miller Center 114/115
    This workshop is designed to encourage teachers (elementary, secondary, community college and university) to use the exhibit in their classroom instruction and encourage local students/classes to view the exhibit and attend programming. Professors Galler (History Department) and St. Clair (Multicultural Resource Center) have taught on the elementary, secondary and university levels, and served as instructors at St. Cloud State's American Indian Workshop for Educators for the past three years.

Flier for Workshop for Educators

    "Hate Speech, Horses, and Hostages: The Untold Story of Lewis & Clark in Teton Territory"
    November 5, 7 p.m.

    St. Cloud State University, Miller Center Auditorium
    Reception following lecture, Miller Center Library - 2nd Floor Reading Court

    Craig Howe is the director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies (CAIRNS) and a faculty member in the Graduate Studies Department at Oglala Lakota College. He served as deputy assistant director for cultural resources at the National Museum of the American Indian, and at the Smithsonian Institution, and he was director of the D'Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian History at the Newberry Library in Chicago. He has taught in the U.S. and Canada, authored book chapters and articles on numerous topics, and co-edited, with Kim TallBear, the Oak Lake Writers’ Society anthology, This Stretch of the River.

    November 14, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    St. Cloud Public Library

    Liselotte (Lise) Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Ojibwe) is a graduate of the University of North Dakota and Minnesota State University and has been employed the last 25 years in various tribal programs, the Indian Health Service, and the Bureau of Indian Education. She currently works at the Circle of Nations School in Wahpeton, North Dakota. She is the author of the children’s books, Sacagawea and Bears Make Rock Soup.

Flier for Lise Erdrich Event

    “The Educational Experiences of American Indian Students”
    November 19, 7-8:30 p.m.
    St. Cloud State University, Miller Center Auditorium

    Panelists: Alaina Hanks (White Earth Anishinaabe) - English major; June Sayers (Red Lake Anishinaabe and Ho-Chunk) - Hydrology major; Wade Dauphinais (Leech Lake Anishinaabe and Ho- Chunk) - Chemical Dependency major; Linda Trosper (Dine’) - Criminal Justice major; Nikki Roundtree (Standing Rock Lakota) - Psychology major.

    This panel discussion will focus on the educational experiences of American Indian college students. Native students on the panel will also discuss their challenges, motivations and inspirations for continuing their education.

"Minnesota Indian Country Today"

November 24, 7-8:30 p.m.

St. Cloud State University, Atwood Memorial Center, Theatre

Panelists: Curt Kalk, Commissioner of Natural Resources, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe; Sheldon Wolfchild, Independent Filmmaker and Tribal Historian, Lower Sioux Indian Community; Robert Peacock, Director of Tribal College Programs, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

This panel discussion will highlight the persistence of contemporary Minnesota Indian communities and will connect to similar efforts of tribes described in the exhibit. Revealing current educational, cultural and environmental programs demonstrates the vitality of Minnesota Indian country today.


Additional Resources


Contact Information

  • Darlene St. Clair
    Project Co-Director
    Assistant Professor, and Director, Multicultural Resource Center, SCSU
    (320) 308-6476

  • Robert W. Galler, Jr.
    Project Co-Director
    Associate Professor, History, SCSU
    (320) 308-4902

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