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Oak Grove Presbyterian Dakota Sites Tour

Date(s) - 10/23/2021
8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Oak Grove Presbyterian Church


Please join us for a tour of important Dakota sites in the Twin Cities area, including:

8:30 a.m.
Meet at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church, 2200 West Old Shakopee Road, Bloomington, MN 55431

9-10:00 a.m.
Bde Maka Ska (formerly known as Lake Calhoun)

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Coldwater Spring

1-2:00 p.m.
Oheyawah (Pilot Knob)

2:30-3:30 p.m.
Fort Snelling Prison camp where 1,600n Dakota women, elders and children we4re imprisoned, and more than 130 people died during the winter of 1862-63.

The tour will focus on Bdote, the center of the Dakota homeland, how it was taken over by the United State Government in the 19th century, how Dakota people were exiled from the state, and how they have returned to their homeland. The tour will be guided by Jeff Williamson, John Crampton, Thomas Shaw, Corinne L. Monjeau-Marz, Syd Beane, Bruce Forbes, and others whose descendants, both native and white, were at these sites.

Participants will provide their own transportation, lunches, and admittance to the Fort Snelling State Park (annual state park pass or $7 daily permit per vehicle). Participants will receive maps and relevant historical materials. A free will donation of $10 or more will be accepted. The tour will be outside, so dress for the weather. Participants must follow all Covid safety protocols, including masking and social distancing.

Space is limited, so please register todayUPDATE: Registration is full, and we are not accepting new attendees at this time. For more information call the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church office (952-888-4621).