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The 330th anniversary of French people going into a river in Minnesota that the Dakota knew already

June 29th, 2013<-- by Warren --> · No Comments

Three hundred and thirty years ago, give or take a year, on June 29, French visitors to the homelands of the Dakota people, traveled for the first time into the Minnesota River or Wakpa Mni Sota, as it was known to the Dakota. There were five Frenchmen in the group, one of them named Pierre-Charles […]

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A Dakota invitation to Coldwater Spring in 1820

December 9th, 2012<-- by Warren --> · 2 Comments

This article was first published on this site in January 2010. The information is also discussed in the new book Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota. Although the National Park Service’s final EIS for the Coldwater/Bureau of Mines property in Hennepin County, Minnesota, contains the statement that “no historical documentation of American Indian […]

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Permits required for ceremonies at Coldwater Spring

September 26th, 2012<-- by Warren --> · No Comments

Anyone holding a ceremony at Coldwater Spring, a sacred and culturally important place for Dakota people, is required to get a permit from the local office of the National Park Service office in St. Paul, known as the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area or MNRRA.  However as of August 30, 2012, no permits are […]

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Six Years Ago–Park Service to Dakota People: “Drop Dead.”

September 12th, 2012<-- by Warren --> · 2 Comments

Could the National Park Service be a fit guardian for the Gettysburg Battlefield if it announced publicly that it did not accept the belief that a profoundly important battle took place there, one that was a turning point in the history of the Civil War and indeed for the history of the country, and that […]

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The Park Service must leave Coldwater Spring

September 4th, 2012<-- by Warren --> · 10 Comments

It is time for the National Park Service to leave Coldwater Spring in Hennepin County, Minnesota. The NPS, or its local branch, the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area (MNRRA), is unfit to manage this sacred and culturally important site which first entered federal hands through the Dakota Treaty of 1805. As reported in the […]

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Another opinion about the #1862 exhibit

August 28th, 2012<-- by --> · No Comments

In an August 24, 2012, Minnesota Public Radio interview, Jan Klein, a descendant of white settlers killed in the US- Dakota War of 1862, described her role as one of the 85 people advising the Minnesota Historical Society about the content of the 1862 exhibit now at the History Center in St. Paul. Klein began with the […]

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A new documentary on the causes of 1862

August 21st, 2012<-- by --> · No Comments

A new documentary, produced and directed by Dakota activist and artist Sheldon P. Wolfchild, chronicling from the tragic events of 1862 from the Dakota point of view, which has already been shown at several venues, will be shown again as part of a series of 1862 events on August 23, at Turner Halle, 102 South State […]

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One Word: #1862

August 14th, 2012<-- by Warren --> · 3 Comments

You are headed for the 1862 exhibit at the History Center in St. Paul, the exhibit of the hour, the thing to see in this 150th anniversary year. To get there you go to the third floor and reach a long hallway that leads to the exhibit. On the left you see a large open […]

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Where’s the Working Class at the Mill City Museum?

August 9th, 2012<-- by --> · 5 Comments

It’s easy to find the Mill City Museum. Just look beneath the Gold Medal Flour sign on the west side of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis. As I approached, in 2005, the old limestone walls of the Washburn Crosby A mill containing the museum within their shell, I could feel the goose bumps starting. […]

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Catching Up

May 22nd, 2012<-- by Warren --> · No Comments

It has been hard to find time to write articles for MinnesotaHistory.net in the last year. Four and a half years ago I got a call from some people asking me write a grant proposal and to work with some other people to do to do some research on a really compelling topic. Two grants […]

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