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History of the Multi–Ethnic Resource Center

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  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
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  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
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  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
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  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
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  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
  • Office of Equity & Diversity at the University of Minnesota, Morris
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The Multi-Ethnic Resource Center—the oldest structure on the University of Minnesota, Morris campus—was constructed in 1899 as part of a building program instituted shortly after the federal government took over the jurisdiction of the Morris Industrial School for Indians in 1897 from the Sisters of Mercy who had operated the Indian school from 1887 until 1896.

Originally constructed as a boys’ dormitory, it is the only structure that remains from the 22 years that the campus was utilized as an industrial school for American Indians. The Multi-Ethnic Resource Center was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 because of its significance to the history of Indian education in the state.

Currently, the building houses the facilities of the Multi-Ethnic Student Program, The University Register—the campus student newspaper, the Resource Center for Gender and Sexuality, and a special purpose classroom used by the Elementary Education program.