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From Seven Rivers to Ten Thousand Lakes

From Seven Rivers to Ten Thousand Lakes

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Minnesota's Indian American Community

Author Preeti Mathur, Foreword by Dr. S. K. Dash

Minnesota Historical Society Press (October 15, 2019)


From the subcontinent to the North Star State, Minnesota’s Indian Americans—engineers and doctors, teachers and entrepreneurs, artists and chefs—enrich their new homeland with a vibrant cultural legacy.


Immigrants from the Indian subcontinent have been coming to Minnesota for more than half a century, and today more than forty thousand people of Indian descent live in the state, contributing to a wide variety of professional, educational, and cultural fields. Drawing on historical and cultural legacies from their ancestral home, first-, second-, and third-generation Indian Americans have played significant roles in shaping Minnesota’s community and culture.

Through personal stories and vivid photographs, From Seven Rivers to Ten Thousand Lakes offers an overview of the Indian people and the conditions that have spurred immigration to Minnesota; the experiences of settling in the state and establishing a community here; the professional, political, and economic contributions of Indian Americans in Minnesota, including both permanent and visiting residents; and the pursuit and celebration of cultural and religious traditions in this, their adopted home. Profiles of prominent individuals, businesses, and organizations that form the cornerstones of the Indian American community in Minnesota round out the narrative.

Based on extensive interviews and archival research, as well as on personal experience as an involved member, Preeti Mathur tells of this lively community’s past and present, while Dr. S. K. Dash’s foreword looks to its bright future.

Also of interest:
MNopedia article: From the Ganges to Ten Thousand Lakes: Immigration from India to Minnestota by Preeti Mathur
Becoming Minnesotan: Asian Indian
Minnesota Immigrant Oral Histories: Asian Indian

Author information

Preeti Mathur, an instructional designer and technical communication consultant, is a longtime resident and member of the Indian American community in Minnesota. She is a founding member of the School of India for Languages and Culture (SILC) and a past board member of the India Association of Minnesota (IAM).

Dr. S.K. Dash is an innovator, an entrepreneur, a community leader, and a philanthropist.

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“This informative and beautifully illustrated book brings the stories of Minnesota’s diverse Indian American community to life, revealing their long history in the state and the many ways they have enriched our community.”
Erika Lee, author of The Making of Asian America: A History and University of Minnesota Regents Professor

  • 144 pages
  • 100 color and b/w photos, index, bibliography
  • 8.5 X 11 inches
  • ISBN: 9781681341149

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