A photo of American Indian graduates from the UMNTC. Atop the photo is the COIN official logo, and text that reads: Welcome to the Circle of Indigenous Nations.

COIN Statement on Place

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COIN Statement on Place*

Mni Sota Makoce, the original Dakota name for Minnesota, is the ancestral/contemporary homeland of the Dakota people. Just outside the windows of the COIN office is Wakpa Tanka (The Mississippi River), along which the Dakota have lived for many years. Wakpa Tanka is an important marker for many of us UMN-TC community members, as it creates the East and West Banks of the Twin Cities campus. Its convergence with Mnisota Wakpa (The Minnesota River) just downstream in Imnizaska Otunwe (St. Paul) is a sacred site of Dakota genesis and creation, called Bdote. 

Here at COIN, we take seriously the historical/contemporary legacy of the UMN-TC, a land-grant institution that was endowed with stolen Dakota homelands through various forms of violence against the Dakota. We also consider the historical/ongoing legacy of the greater UMN system, which was created through the theft of Ojibwe and Dakota lands, as well as through Ojibwe, Dakota, and Ho-Chunk dispossession and removal out of Mni Sota Makoce, and the attempted extermination of their relations. We believe it is important to be cognizant of our being on and occupation of Indigenous homelands (Dakota homelands specifically at the UMN-TC), as well as our collective and individual responsibilities to the land and the original peoples of the lands we are on. We ground our office’s work in these responsibilities, and support for American Indian Tribal sovereignty, and global Indigenous sovereignty.

* This living statement of place was written by Gabriela Ines Diaz (CHamoru and Pohnpeian) for the COIN office in February 2023 (last updated July 2023) and is NOT a university/institutional land acknowledgement.

Our Mission Statement

What's Happening at COIN:

Study Nights

Light orange flyer with darker orange elements. There are 3 images on the right side of the full flyer of students studying in COIN. Text reads: COIN Weekly Study Nights. Wednesdays from 4:00pm-6:30pm in the COIN Office located in 322 Appleby Hall. Questions? Email COIN@umn.edu.

Elders in Residence

Floral bordered flyer featuring two images of a Native male elder and a native female native elder. Text reads: Circle of Indigenous Nations: Elders in Residence Spring 2024. Located in COIN office 322 appleby hall. Nelda goodman will have hours on Fridays 12-2pm on 2/9, 2/23, 3/22, 4/5, 4/19. Jim Rock will have hours on Tuesdays from 12-2pm on 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 3/12, 3/26, 4/9, and 4/23. Please note that these dates are subject to change. See COIN instagram for any updates. Questions? Contact COIN@umn.edu

Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Lunch Gathering

Očhéthi Šakówiŋ Lunch Gathering in COIN, 322 Appleby Hall on Tuesday, March 26th from 12pm until 2pm. Visit with Očhéthi Šakówiŋ community on campus! Questions? Contact coin@umn.edu

Writing Support Drop-In Hours

Beige flyer with an image of a Native woman in a grad cap and stole smiling at the camera. There is an additional image on the right picturing the COIN office space. Text reads: Writing Support in coin during study nights with gabrielle farrell, Red Cliff Band. Held on Wednesdays from 4:45pm-6:00pm. Gabrielle earned her undergrad in Ojibwe Language and Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences (SLHS) at the U and is currently working towards a SLHS Speech Pathology Masters degree.

Dakota and Ojibwe Language Tutoring

Blue and pink background flyer, with white and yellow text that reads: Spring 2024 COIN Language Tutor Hours. Dakota Hours are wednesdays from 1pm-2pm in COIN and 4pm-6pm in AISCC during Dakota Language Table. Ojibwe hours are on Tuesdays from 11:30am to 1:30pm. Tutors are available in person and on zoom at z.umn.edu/coinoffice. Questions? Email coin@umn.edu.

Drop-In American Indian Studies (AIS) Advising Hours

Blue background flyer with yellow blocks surrounding texts there is a picture of a Native woman with long dark brown hair smiling. Text reads: Stop in COIN for American Indian Studies advising drop-in hours with Charissa Blue. Charissa blue is from the Upper Sioux Community, uses she/her/hers pronouns, and works in American Indian Studies as the Department Advisor as well as a CLA College Advisor. She is in Mondays from 1-2pm in COIN, 322 Appleby Hall.

Ribbon Workshop