Anishinaabe People of White Earth Reservation, Minnesota

White Earth, Minnesota

Anishinaabe People

In partnership since 2010

Participants live and work with the Anishinaabe people in White Earth, a reservation located in northern Minnesota.

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Site Specifics

Airport: Minneapolis (MSP)
Typical Foods: Wild rice, eggs, fruit and fry bread
Lodging: Communal lodging
Language: English, Ojibwe
Transportant to Site: Meet at designated place in Minneapolis and drive four hours to White Earth.

A Brief History of the Community

Created in 1867 by a treaty between the United States and the Mississippi Band of Chippewa Indians, the reservation is one of seven Chippewa reservations in Minnesota.

In the past, the White Earth Land Recovery Project has invited Xperitas teams to join them in their efforts in food decolonization. Many projects focus on maintaining the Anishinaabe culture, language and way of life.

CP Philosophy

Xperitas is committed to deep and intentional relationships with our primarily indigenous community partners. Projects are designed and led by the community and serve as a vehicle for cross-cultural learning. Participants agree that cultural exchange is the primary purpose and most important aspect of the program. As an organization we have cultivated sustainable relationships with our partners that are long lasting; it is important that our participants engage with the community respectfully and honor our partnership.

What will we do? Sample Activities

Because Xperitas CP programs are led by our partner communities, every program is unique. The day-to-day activities will be determined and led by the community and as a result participants experience an authentic immersion experience. Based on past programs, here are some activities you may engage in:

  • Collaborate on small construction projects, sharing cultural projects with the youth group and planting fruit trees.
  • Explore how traditional practices of the past are present today as the community connects with the land, the rice camps and the wildlife.
  • Learn about traditional food systems through the White Earth Land Recovery Project / Native Harvest.
  • Build relationships by sharing stories, cooking or playing games with community members.
  • Reflect on shared experiences with the team and developing knowledge of the community.

Extend your Trip Ideas

Many past participants have extended their stay in Minnesota to explore other enriching activities. While we are not a provider of these services, we may have recommendations and contacts near the site who can assist you with your trip extension. Contact Xperitas for more information.

Here are some ideas for other activities you might enjoy:

  • Explore the Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, where you might see bald eagles, otters or wolves.
  • Hike to the headwaters of the Mississippi River in beautiful Itasca State Park.
  • Relax lakeside with plenty of recreational activities to do in nearby Detroit Lakes.

Contact us to learn more about programs to White Earth.