The events of 1862-64 were both destructive and formative in Dakota Territory. The Dakota War destroyed some peoples' ways of life, but not the peoples themselves. Their descendants on the northern plains inherit the legacies of this conflict and carry the historical memory of it. 150 years on, the Center for Heritage Renewal has commenced a reconsideration of the Dakota War in Dakota Territory.
This reconsideration comprises two branches: scholarly research, funded by the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service, examining the contested ground, the fields of battle; and public forums, funded by the North Dakota Humanities Council, discussing the meaning and significance of the Dakota War, historically and in our lives today.
Information on battlefield research being conducted by the center is in preparation for presentation here. Information on the public forums being organized by the center is given below.
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Tamara St. John (archivist, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), presenter
Dennis Gill (elder, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate), presenter
Louie Garcia (Cankdeska Cikana Community College)
Richard Rothaus (CEO Trefoil Cultural & Environmental, research associate of the Center for Heritage Renewal), lead scholar
LaDonna Allard, Director, Standing Rock Tribal Tourism
Dennis Cooley, North Dakota State University, program moderator
Additional participants invited in specific communities
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