We're on a Mission...

to preserve the rich history of the Dakota and their relationship with early Minnesota settlers and Christian missionaries, and to explore contrasting cultural and religious viewpoints.

Pond Dakota Winter History Festival

Learn More01/26/2020

Snowshoe your way through the Minnesota River Bluffs with an expert guide. Snowshoes will be provided. Bring your sled or toboggan for a thrilling slide down the hill, and play Snow Snakes and other frontier games. Warm up by the bonfire outdoors, or warm up with cookies and cocoa by the fireplace in- doors.

Sponsored by Bloomington Parks and Recreation.

Program and Tours: A Marriage Between Native and Missionary Families

Learn More02/16/2020

Learn about the history of the Hopkins family, which was Dakota, and how it is connected to the Williamson missionary family through the descendants of Robert Hopkins Chaska.

Sponsored by Pond Dakota Heritage Society.

Program and Tours: The "Sioux Affidavits"

Learn More03/15/2020

Jane Hayden-Hart, an independent researcher, will share her findings about the 1855-56 “Sioux Affidavits” which were taken from persons attempting to receive benefits from the treaty signed at Prairie Du Chien in 1830.

Sponsored by Pond Dakota Heritage Society.

 Prairie Profiles: The Pond House Video

the pond house videoSee VideoView the award-winning video, “The Pond House,” which traces the history of the house through its builder and his great-grandson, and focuses on their important relationship with the Dakota people.


Produced by filmmaker Barbara Britain.



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