Minnesota Public School Fund

In 1854, the United States took the mineral-rich lands of northeastern Minnesota Territory from the Ojibwe Nation after the signing of the Treaty of La Pointe. Four years later, it granted to the new state of Minnesota sections 16 and 36 of every one of its townships, either to be held in trust or leased to support state schools. Close to three million acres were dedicated to a public school trust fund, and the iron ore and forest lands of the Ojibwe generated over 85 percent of its value. In 2017, it is worth over a billion dollars.

Color image of students in a Malayalam class (level 1) pose for a photograph at the School of India for Languages and Culture (SILC) on Social Studies Day, ca. 2015, in St. Paul.

Students at the School of India for Languages and Culture (SILC)

Students in a Malayalam language class (level 1) pose for a photograph at the School of India for Languages and Culture (SILC) in St. Paul's Como Park High School during October 2006. Pictured are (clockwise, left to right): Manoj Shah, Vishnu Namboodiripad, Lata Menon, Prem Shah, and Aradhana Menon. Photographed by Ajay Patil.

V. Kokatnur

V. Kokatnur, a Ph.D. student and fellow at the University of Minnesota. From the Hindusthanee Student, September 1915.

Elmer Uggen, shown here with his violin in the Agassiz yearbook, (front row, third from left) served as concertmaster for the North Dakota Agricultural College Orchestra in 1914 and 1915.

N.D.A.C. Orchestra 1914–1915

Elmer Uggen, shown here with his violin in the Agassiz yearbook, (front row, third from left) served as concertmaster for the North Dakota Agricultural College Orchestra in 1914 and 1915.

Elmer Uggen, music faculty, as show in the July 1924 Northwest Monthly publication of the Northwest School of Agriculture.

Elmer Uggen, band and stringed Instruments

Elmer Uggen, music faculty, as show in the July 1924 Northwest Monthly publication of the Northwest School of Agriculture.

Elmer Uggen, music faculty, as shown in the 1926 Red River Aggie yearbook from the Northwest School of Agriculture.

Elmer Uggen, bandmaster and orchestra director

Elmer Uggen, music faculty, as shown in the 1926 Red River Aggie yearbook from the Northwest School of Agriculture.

Black and white photograph of the Visual Arts building at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, ca. 1970. Photographed by Alan Ominsky.

Visual Arts building at the College of St. Catherine

Visual Arts building at the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, ca. 1970. Photographed by Alan Ominsky.

Black and white photograph of Sister Antonia McHugh, St. Catherine College’s first dean and first president, 1936.

Sister Antonia McHugh

Sister Antonia McHugh, St. Catherine College’s first dean and first president, 1936.

Black and white photograph of Jeanne D’Arc Auditorium at St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul, 1927.

Jeanne D’Arc Auditorium at St. Catherine’s College

Jeanne D’Arc Auditorium at St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul, 1927.

Black and white aerial view of the campus of St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul, ca. 1927.

St. Catherine’s College campus

Aerial view of the campus of St. Catherine’s College in St. Paul, ca. 1927.

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