Mural painted with the help of over 50 college students, located in the University of Minnesota-Duluth Kirby building, outside of the Multicultural Center.
There are stories and evidence to suggest that Indigenous people traveled from various points on Turtle Island - not all people remained in one place. This image reflects the Anishinaabe (aka Ojibwe) story of how we came to what is now known as Minnesota. The megis shell pictures here is one that the Anishinaabe followed from the East coast, in accordance with the 7 Fires Prophecies. According the prophecy, the Anishinaabe would know they found their home when the shell appeared above a place where food grew on water. The food is mahnomen, or wild rice, and it is one of the most important foods for the Anishinaabe, as a basis of both sustenance and economy, as well as because of what it symbolizes in connection to treaty rights. The birch tree is also a symbol of this connection to land.
It's important to remember that treaties do not give tribes rights, but rather, they afford rights and permissions granted by tribes to settlers and non-natives in order for them to live in what is now the United States. The Treaty of 1854 is what allows for the University of Minnesota - Duluth to exist on the land that it rests on.