Fort Snelling Conversations: Bdote Memory Map

Tomorrow, Thursday night, Mona Smith will discuss the Bdote Memory Map as part of the Fort Snelling Community Conversations. Smith (Dakota) created the Memory Map, an online effort to share Dakota expressions of relationship to place, in the area called the Twin Cities.

  • The event is Thursday, May 19, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Visitors Center at Fort Snelling State Park, 101 Fort Snelling Road (enter off of Post Road exit on Highway 5). The event is free, but click here to get tickets. Light refreshments provided.

This is part of larger informal lecture series and public engagement effort. The Minnesota Historical Society is preparing for a major overhaul of Fort Snelling in anticipation of the Forts’ 200th Anniversary in 2019. MHS has announced its intentions to do more truth telling about the Fort’s painful past and to engage the community in the process.

Dialogues are facilitated by Historic Fort Snelling staff members trained by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

For more information, see our earlier blog: Fort Snelling Community Conversations to Tell Painful History.

MPR: Poor American Indian graduation rates may have deep roots

MPR just published a story saying:”Minnesota ranks 45th in the nation in on time graduation rates for American Indian students.”

If you’re an American Indian student in Minnesota, your chances of graduating from high school in four years are lower than any other racial and ethnic group.

You’re also less likely to graduate on time than Indian students in nearly every other state in the country.

For the full story, see: Poor American Indian graduation rates may have deep roots.


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