MINNEAPOLIS — A blistering new report accuses the University of Minnesota of decades of erasing Native families and cultures.
Researchers found that quote, “The Founding Board of Regents committed genocide and ethnic cleansing of Indigenous peoples for financial gain.”
“Before this place became Minneapolis, this was a very significant place for the Dakota people,” Audrianna Goodwin said.
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Audrianna Goodwin stands on land that taught her and also was taken from her ancestors. It’s what motivated her to become one of three core researchers, who invested thousands of hours into digging into the University of Minnesota archives for a project called: TRUTH — which stands for Towards Recognition and University-Tribal Healing.
Three years and 554 pages of research found Native land was forcibly taken by the U.S. Government and given to the University of Minnesota.
“It showed us that …