Native American historic context study

This document tells you about Native American history in Minneapolis. It looks at places, people and events that are key to the story.

What to know

Native Americans have lived on the land that became Minneapolis since time immemorial.

You can read:


Exterior view of Minneapolis American Indian Center on Franklin Ave. in 1986



In 2016, we received a federal grant to study the history of Native Americans in Minneapolis.

We hired a consultant team who:

    • Completed an architectural history survey of places across the city that reflect Native American heritage
    • Took photos and researched the history
    • Wrote the historic context 

We are grateful to everyone who shared information and their stories.

Photo: Minneapolis American Indian Center on Franklin Avenue in 1986, courtesy Hennepin County Library's Digital Collections

Contact us

Andrea Burke

Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED)




Public Service Building
505 Fourth Ave. S., Room 320
Minneapolis, MN 55415