What’s up with the Minnesota Humanities Center?

I have recently posted 4 reviews of the Minnesota Humanities Center (MHC) website. These can be found under the “Website” category or by doing a search of this blog on “MHC.”

Considerable time and money went into the MHC website. It contains useful information. However it is so badly laced with incorrect, unbalanced and disrespectful statements that the visitor has to be careful what they use.

I separated the MHC website into 4 reviews:
     Why Treaties Matter
     Dakota/Ojibwe Perspectives
     Bdote Memory Map
     Lesson Plans

In total, the statements I included in my reviews had:
     351 incorrect statements
     34 unbalanced statements
     13 disrespectful statements
A statement is incorrect if it is wrong; or incomplete; or does not apply to all members of the group. A statement is unbalanced if it provides information about one group while corresponding information is not provided for other groups involved. A statement is disrespectful if people are criticized without showing proof. 

Overall, the MHC website is severely unbalanced. A good deal of it is devoted to the Dakota and Ojibwe. This is okay. But, little information is given on other ethnic groups in their settlement of Minnesota, their involvement in the Dakota War of 1862 or what happened to them after the Dakota War.

The MHC website lists two sources of funds:
     1. This work is funded in part by The Patrick and Aimee Butler Family Foundation.
     2. This work is funded with money from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund that was created with the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Why doesn’t the MHC website represent all ethnic groups that were involved in the Dakota War of 1862? Who holds MHC accountable?

For more information, refer to the MHC homepage at http://www.minnesotahumanities.org

A copy of this essay has been sent to David O’Fallon, President of the Minnesota Humanities Center.

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