Carleton receives $1.5M grant to fund Indigenous Engagement in Place initiative

A $1.5 million grant from the Mellon Foundation will fund Carleton’s new Indigenous Engagement in Place initiative, a three-year project that will expand curricular and scholarly collaborations with Indigenous partners to enliven learning, teaching and public scholarship in the humanities and across the liberal arts…

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Students sit in a circle on campus with a Native American tipi in the background

“Making Relatives: Plants, Trees, and Waters”

Ida Downwind returned to campus April 24-28, 2023, following her attendance of the Minnesota Indian Education Association conference. At the conference, she shared her work at Carleton with teachers, students, staff, faculty, and state education leadership.

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Ida Downwind standing in front of river

Elder-in-Residence program continues at Carleton with Ida Downwind

Ida Downwind, Elder-in-Residence at Carleton for 2023, made her first visit to campus in January.

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Ida Downwind speaking at Carleton

President Byerly’s 2022 Indigenous Peoples Day Letter to the Campus

Last year, we were honored to entertain a presidential delegation from the Prairie Island Indian Community, the first of several wonderful exchanges with the community involving students, faculty, and staff. Following thoughtful conversations with Prairie Island President Shelley Buck and the Carleton Indigenous Peoples Alliance (IPA) last fall, we committed to advancing a number of priorities…

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Indigenous Peoples Day, fall 2021

Meet Marcy Averill: Carleton’s Indigenous communities liaison

Marcy Averill’s new position as Indigenous communities liaison at Carleton has a wide focus. In collaboration with Indigenous communities and organizations, her role works with faculty, students, and staff from across the college…

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Marcy Averill

Hard Truths and Healing: Elder-in-Residence Program Piloted at Carleton

Dr. Denise Lajimodiere’s week-long residency on campus increased visibility for Native students and prompted thoughts of healing and honest storytelling for attendees.

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Denise Lajimodiere in a bark-biting workshop

This Land is Their Land

Indigenous students — in collaboration with select faculty members, staff representatives, and leaders of the Prairie Island Indian Community — are working to help the college address their collective strengths, traditions, and needs.

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A tipi erected near the Bald Spot on Indigenous Peoples’ Day

“We’re still here”: Indigenous organizing at Carleton

Native students, professor, allies form community partnerships around Indigenous issues.

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Four Indigenous students stand behind a hand-painted banner reading: Indigenous Peoples Alliance