This Sunday the Friends for the Upper Sioux Agency State Park's (FFUSASP) annual meeting will feature Upper Sioux Community, and 14-year tribal council member. Tom Ross.
Held at the State Park Visitor Center, at the meeting's 2:00 p.m. start Ross will speak on the topic of "Treaties and the Economy in the 1850s."
This past year Ross was a lead on an eight member committee, involving a partnership between the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, the Minnesota Humanities Center, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. that collaborated to develop the travelling "Why Treaties Matter Exhibit," which was shown at the Prairie's Edge Casino Resort in October.
The exhibit told a story of tragedy and revitalization in the context of treaties. It subsequently received the Helen and Martin Schwartz Prize from the Federation of State Humanities Council, a prestigious national award given for outstanding work in public humanities.
"We look forward to hearing Tom's historical perspective," said FFUSASP Chairman Dave Smiglewski. "He is always very thoughtful, compassionate and forthright,"