What is The Raptor Center?

Established in 1974 as part of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, The Raptor Center sees around 1,000 sick and injured raptors each year in our clinic, while helping to identify emerging environmental issues related to raptor health and populations.

An internationally renowned education facility, The Raptor Center trains veterinary students and veterinarians from around the world to become future leaders in raptor medicine and conservation.

In addition, The Raptor Center reaches over 150,000 people annually through its unique public education programs and events.

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The Raptor Center's land acknowledgement

The Raptor Center, and all of the University of Minnesota in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, resides on Dakota land. We recommend reading the Treaties of 1837 and 1851 that ceded this land to learn more about our history. Mni Sota Makoce (Minnesota) is the homeland of the Dakota people who have lived here for thousands of years and continue to reside in this state. Indigenous people from other Tribal nations, including the Anishinaabe, also live in Minnesota.

We make this acknowledgement to show respect for the land and its original and contemporary inhabitants, and to take the first step in correcting the erasure of Indigenous culture. We recognize that colonization is an ongoing process and that we benefit from occupying land stolen through broken treaties, colonization, and genocide.

A statement alone is not enough and can only be a beginning. We must strive to honor the true history of our land while also lifting up the voices of the many Indigenous peoples living here now, in what is their land.

Additional reading:
Learn more about treaties and land theft in Minnesota: Why Treaties Matter
Learn more about land acknowledgements: A Guide to Indigenous Land Acknowledgement

Dakota territory map by Marlena Myles
Dakota land map of what is now called Minneapolis and St. Paul by local artist Marlena Myles