Mille Lacs Indian Museum & Trading Post

Learn about the journey of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe— from their settlement in Minnesota 300 years ago to their culture, tradition, and lives today. Stop in at the 1930s trading post to shop for handcrafted American Indian goods.

Choose from the following field trip options to create a customized 1-3 hour experience for $6 per student. Each program is 30 minutes.

Academic Standards: 

All programs support state of Minnesota academic standards in social studies.

Field Trip Options

Cycles of the Seasons

Tour the Four Seasons Room, a life-sized diorama depicting traditional Ojibwe life and activities. Students learn about making maple sugar, harvesting bark, processing wild rice, and hunting and fishing that sustain Ojibwe people.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cost: $6 per student


Exhibit Scavenger Hunt

Students explore our exhibits to find items from the museum collections on display. Scavenger Hunts are age appropriate, from photo finds for younger students to quizzes for highschoolers.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cost: $6 per student
Details: 30 minutes


American Indian Communication

Students learn about a variety of American Indian communication methods including pictographs, petroglyphs, and sign language, as well as simple Ojibwe words and phrases.

Grades: K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cost: $6 per student
Details: 30 minutes


American Indian Games and Sports

Play American Indian games of skill and chance including the bowl game, snake game, deer and hunter, lacrosse, and the run and scream game.

Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Cost: $6 per student


American Indian Dolls and Toys

Through an examination of dolls, toys, and primary sources, students will see the larger connections between American Indian playthings and the cultures they represent.

Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Cost: $6 per student
Details: 30 minutes


American Indian Music and Dance

Students will examine materials used to make rattles, flutes, and drums to gain a better understanding of the instruments used by different tribes in different regions. Participants will also learn about differing dance styles and what to expect at a powwow.

Grades: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Cost: $6 per student
Details: 30 minutes


American Indian Sovereignty and Treaty Rights

Students learn about sovereignty and the treaties that relate to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, and get a brief history of treaty-reserved tribal harvesting rights in the Upper Great Lakes region.

Grades: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Cost: $6 per student
Details: 30 minutes