Guest Blog: What Will Be Minnesota’s Legacy?

A part of White Earth sought for preservation.
The White Earth Nation is trying to purchase this land for long-term preservation.

By Chris Knopf

A “legacy” can be a two-edged sword. On one hand, a “legacy” can mean something valuable that is conveyed from the past or present for the betterment of the future.  On the other hand, a “legacy” can refer to a heavy burden on future generations, such as the legacy of discrimination and intolerance.

Within the next two weeks, the Minnesota Legislature and Governor Mark Dayton will determine Minnesota’s legacy with respect to the opportunity to protect the natural resources of our state. At issue is 2,000 acres of forests, prairie, and wetlands in northwest Minnesota, efforts by the White Earth Nation to protect it, and efforts by some state leaders to block Native American access to Legacy Funds to buy it. Continue reading