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What is this website?

The Seven Council Fires (Oceti Ŝakowiŋ) website is an overview of Dakota, Lakota and Nakota cultural objects that can be found in the Minnesota Historical Society’s artifact collection, totaling approximately 1,000 artifacts.

These are items that were or were possibly used by Dakota, Lakota and Nakota individuals or communities, ranging from quillwork to powwow buttons. Information in these records should be considered open to further research and discussion.

Why can't I see some images?

Some items have been determined, through consultation with American Indian elders, spiritual leaders, tribal officers or lineal descendants, to be culturally sensitive. Images of these items will not be displayed on this site or in the Collections Online database.

Where are the rest of the collections?

To search for photographs and artwork associated with the Oceti Ŝakowiŋ, or materials associated with other American Indian cultures and communities, please visit Collections Online.

The Gale Family Library holds books and manuscript material related to Dakota people and culture.