This day in history, April 7, 1866: Bois Forte Band forced into treaty to open land for Minnesota’s ‘Gold Rush’

History offers several examples of white settlers’ greed for gold and how it led to violence, disease, land theft, and genocide of Indigenous peoples, the California and Black Hills gold rushes being prime examples.

Less well know is that it happened in Minnesota, too. Reports of gold in northern Minnesota led state business and political interests to seek the U.S. government’s help in securing a treaty to force the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe to cede lands coveted by gold speculators and prospectors. That treaty was signed on this day in history, April 7, 1866.

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Reads: Bois Forte faces casino boycott over anti-mining stance; Trump gets one vote from Red Lake Nation presidential primary; and more

In this blog:

  • Bois Forte Band of Chippewa faces casino boycott over its anti-mining stance
  • Trump got only one vote in Red Lake Nation’s presidential primary
  • Bad River Band in Wisconsin demands Enbridge pay millions in damages for its crude oil pipeline’s trespass
  • Los Angeles clean energy priorities are making changes in Navajo economy
  • Application withdrawn for $20 billion Alberta tar sands mining project

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