The resources on this page have been selected by eLibraryMN and Minnesota Digital Library librarians and curators to support the MN English Language Arts and the Social Studies standards, both current and pending, specifically related to Indigenous peoples history and cultures, with a particular focus on the Anishinaabe and Dakota peoples. Resources in eLibraryMN and EbooksMN have unlimited simultaneous user access and are freely available to anyone geolocated in Minnesota. The primary source resources detailed are available to all, regardless of location.
Please reach out with questions or suggestions about linking to, using, or sharing these resources.
Below is a collection of available topic overviews that link to many related articles and resources within ELM.
PebbleGo Next: Ojibwe/Anishinaabe People
PebbleGo Next: Critical Thinking Guide to Ojibwe/Ansishinaabe article
PebbleGo also has great lesson plans built to help you plan interactive learning on these topics using PG resources.
Brittanica Elementary: Ojibwe Peoples
Brittanica Education Elementary Resource Pack on Indigenous Peoples (This is for educators- you will need a School UN/PW for Brittanica to access- all schools in MN can have this through the ELM agreement. Not sure of your school un/pw? Contact us and we can help!)
This is a curated group of fiction and nonfiction ebooks, Grade Interest Level K-8. All titles are available to students geolocated in MN without login. Linking directly to chapters is also possible. To link directly to the titles and share in your LMS or libguides, copy the link to the title(s) you want from our persistent link spreadsheet (if you are not accessing through the MackinVia app). Reach out to us with questions about linking.
The Santee Normal Training School instructed Dakota children in the Dakota language. These children came from families who were removed from Minnesota to Nebraska after the U.S.-Dakota War in 1863. The school developed a printing press in 1871 and produced many materials in the Dakota language.
Watch video interviews from the early 2000s with contemporary Ojibwe people in a public television series titled “Waasa Inaabidaa: We Look In All Directions.”
The Grand Portage Indian Reservation (Ojibwe language: Gichi-onigamiing) in the tip of Minnesota’s Arrowhead region is the Indian reservation of the Grand Portage Band of Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, established by treaty in 1854.
Primary Source Sets from MDL:
For in depth research into these topics, sometimes you need to request materials from other libraries. These can be digital or they can sometimes be printed books. There are two main options for requesting these materials. One, MNLINK, allows you to search all Minnesota libraries for the requires the use of a public library card and PIN. While many educators use their own library card to help students, it is recommended that students use their own. However, this is not always possible, so there is a second option: Minitex Resource sharing for schools. This allows one staff member per school to request items on behalf of students and have the items sent directly to the school building. If you have questions about which option is better for you and your students, reach out to us and we can help.