Honoring Resilience: Learning from the Holocaust and Dakota Exile

Date: July 16-20, 2024
Location: Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota

Photo: Oheyawahi, a sacred Dakota site, attempts to balance the colonizing narrative with a greater indigenous perspective.

Sponsored by The Olga Lengyel Institute (TOLI), Honoring Resilience: Learning from the Holocaust, Dakota Exile, and Minnesota’s Tribal Nations explores both what can happen when people are dehumanized by a dominating group and the power of resilience and resistance. In the week-long seminar, educators will learn about the treatment of the Jewish people during the Holocaust and of the Dakota people as a result of Federal Indian Policy. Our community of educators use survivor testimonies, experiential learning, primary source materials, teaching tools, speakers, reflective writing, and discussion to examine historic and contemporary antisemitism, anti-Indian sentiment, and negative attitudes and stereotypes that continue to impact American Indians and Jewish people today.

We will also examine how both the Dakota and Jewish people have demonstrated resilience as they confront trauma, healing, and moving forward with hope. Our field experiences feature site visits to Mt. Zion Temple, St. Paul including Holocaust survivor testimony and participation in a Shabbat service and the Dakota sites of Bdote, Oheyawahe (Pilot Knob), and Hoċokata Ti.

Participants will gain confidence and learn best practices for teaching difficult topics. Educators will leave with numerous resources and a viable action plan for implementing study of the Holocaust, genocide, the Dakota, and human rights in their classrooms — areas of study included in Minnesota’s revised social studies and English/language arts standards.

Further details:

  • Books and materials are provided
  • Two meals are provided each day
  • Professional development credit: 60 PD hours at no cost

Click here to view our flyer.

Click here to apply for the 2024 Minnesota seminar.

Thank you to the following sponsors and local partners:

  • Jewish Community Relations Council, Minnesota & The Dakotas
  • Minnesota Writing Project
  • Mount Zion Temple, Saint Paul
  • St. Cloud State University Multicultural Resource Center


  • Kathy Robinson

    Kathy has been an educator at both St Cloud Technical and Community College and St Cloud State University since 2012. She teaches Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Sociology and classes in the Human Relations and Multicultural Departments. In recognition of her excellence, Kathy was awarded the Outstanding Impact Award at St. Cloud Technical and Community College in 2022.  Kathy received her Master’s Degree in Social Responsibility from St Cloud State University.  Before becoming an educator, she worked with homeless teens in Minneapolis and juvenile felons in a corrections/treatment facility. Kathy attended TOLI’s Minnesota Regional Seminar in 2017, the 2018 TOLI Summer Seminar in New York City, and TOLI’s Leadership Institute in 2019.

  • Anne McCarney

    Anne McCarney has over 15 years of experience as a high school teacher.  Anne began teaching through the PLACE Corps teacher service program in Los Angeles where she taught at Verbum Dei, a Cristo Rey Network school, and earned her Masters in Secondary Education at Loyola Marymount University. She then taught English for grades 10-12 in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and St. Cloud with a focus on social justice issues and educational equity. To support her work as a Holocaust and social justice educator, Anne completed the TOLI  Summer Seminar in 2018 and TOLI leadership institute in 2019 as well as the Bearing Witness teacher education programs in Washington DC in 2014 and Israel in 2016. Anne is currently a Learning Specialist with the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe’s Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures.


For more information about The Olga Lengyel Institute for Holocaust Studies and Human Rights (TOLI), please contact info@tolinstitute.org

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