Great Lakes Borderlands & American Indian Diplomacy

Session Description: Today there are nearly 600 federally recognized tribes each with their own unique relationship with the United States federal government. Using the 1825 Prairie du Chien treaty council as a case study this session will consider how intertribal relations between Great Lakes tribes shaped their interactions with the young United States. The resulting treaties continue to affect federal and tribal relations in the 21st century.

Session Information: Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 10:00-11:40 a.m. This is a live-streamed, online program. Registrants will receive information by email to access the program. The actual Join URL will be sent out to registrants two business days prior to the session. If you have not received it by then, please contact the Selim Center ( immediately.

Session EducatorJacob Jurss is an adjunct professor of early North American history at the University of St. Thomas. His recent article in the American Indian Quarterly, "Relations Across the Lands: Ojibwe and Dakota Interaction in the Indigenous Borderlands of the Western Great Lakes", argues that intertribal relations are central to understanding power in the eighteenth-century western Great Lakes. His current research builds upon this Indigenous borderlands framework in order to better understand power dynamics between Great Lakes communites.

Fee for the session: $15.00 per person (There are also discounted packages available by day and by single session- see the store page for more details.)

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