Although Native people had lived in the Upper Mississippi River Valley for thousands of years, a drastic change occurred during the 19th century. The Dakota, Ojibwe, and Ho Chunk were forced into a series of treaties with the government of the United States that promised them money, food and supplies.

In this lesson, we will explore The Treaty Story, an interactive website created by the Minnesota Historical Society, to answer these Essential Questions:

Photos (a new invention in the mid-19th century), maps, quotes, and paintings help historians learn about the past. Be sure to click on each link to view the primary sources and notes about each treaty.

A Double-Entry Journal is a tool to help you respond to what you learn. Create a table with two columns.

Begin your exploration of The Treaty Story. Notice how the map changes drastically from 1805-1858.

Pair Share your Double-Entry Journal.

Copy/Paste this table into your submission below (the table will expand as you type). As you read, pause after each page of the website to record the date and name of each treaty in the first column. Write your response in the second column.


Date & Name of Treaty

My Response

Minnesota Studies by the Minnesota Partnership for Collaborative Curriculum is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.