Reclaiming the Indigenous Identity of the “Jeffers” Petroglyphs; Criticizing Trump’s Use of “Pocahontas” as a Slur

Jeffers Petroglyphs (Wikimedia Commons)
Petroglyphs near Comfry, Minnesota. (Wikimedia Commons)

The “Jeffers Petroglyphs” are a collection of ancient carvings made by Native American ancestors more than 7,000 years ago in what is now southwestern Minnesota. As old as they are, they bear the name “Jeffers” because of a recent immigrant family that once owned the land.

The Minnesota Historical Society (MHS) is working on giving this site a more appropriate name and interpretation. This is part of a growing interest in recognizing the original inhabitants of this land, their contributions, and their original place names, such as restoring the Dakota name Bde Maka Ska to Lake Calhoun. Continue reading