As a University, we recognize the land on which we live, learn and work is the traditional, ancestral and contemporary lands of Indigenous peoples. We must build upon this acknowledgment and work to improve and strengthen our relations with the 11 sovereign Tribal Nations of Minnesota.
President Joan Gabel continues to meet with the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, tribal leaders, and community members to learn more about how the University can better support Native American students, faculty, staff, and community members within and beyond Minnesota.
Initial discussions have resulted in the development of goals and measures in the MPact 2025 systemwide strategic plan. The University is focused on establishing collaborative relations and increasing engagement with Tribal Nations, not just in the work rolled into our strategic planning, but in our work throughout the University system. Through these efforts and partnerships, we will foster a welcoming University community that is dedicated to the success and advancement of Native American students, faculty, and staff.
We are committed to the hard work of rebuilding trust and forming mutually beneficial partnerships, research, policies and practices that respect tribal traditions, languages and systems of governance. University leaders look forward to the actions we will take in the weeks and months ahead that can address that past and work toward a shared, successful future.