Minnesota History: Building A Legacy

U.S.-Dakota War of 1862 Publications

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Project Overview

The Minnesota Historical Society Press (MHS Press) published books and also articles in Minnesota History magazine to help people further understand the complex history of the Dakota in Minnesota. Projects include:

  • “Mni Sota Makoce: The Land of the Dakota” by Gwen Westerman and Bruce White (Published Sept. 2012). Winner of an AASLH 2013 Award of Merit.
  • “Dakota Women’s Work: Creativity, Culture and Exile” by Colette Hyman (Published April 2012)
  • Digital audio language resources to accompany the publication of “Beginning Dakota/Tokaheya Dakota Iapi Kin Teacher’s Edition” (Launched May 2012)
  • Four commemorative pieces in Minnesota History titled, “1862: Before & Beyond” in Winter 2011/12, Spring 2012, Summer 2012, and Fall 2012 issues.
  • Summer 2012 (Vol. 63/2) issue of Minnesota History devoted to the U.S.-Dakota War

The Minnesota Historical Society Press (MHS Press) will publish two books that will further explore the complex history of the Dakota in Minnesota. Books include:

  • “The Dakota Prisoner of War Letters/Dakota Kasapi Okicize Wowapi” Translated by Clifford Canku and Michael Simon with an Introduction by John Peacock (March 2013)
  • “We Are Still Here: A History of the American Indian Movement in Photographs” Photographs by Dick Bancroft, Text by Laura Waterman Wittstock, Introduction by Rigoberta Menchú Tum (May 2013) 

Project Details

The Minnesota Historical Society Press (MHS Press) will continue to publish new books and also articles in Minnesota History to help people further understand the complex history of the Dakota in Minnesota.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Laws of Minnesota for 2011 First Special Session, Chapter 6, Article 4, Section 2 Subdivision 5, as amended by laws of Minnesota, 2012, Chapter 264, Article 5, Section 4.

Appropriation Language
Programs. $4,800,000 the first year and $5,200,000 the second year are for programs and purposes related to the historical and cultural heritage of the state of Minnesota, conducted by the Minnesota Historical Society.

Funding Amount: $90,715

Direct Expenses: $90,715

Project Manager

Pam McClanahan
Minnesota Historical Society Press
345 Kellogg Boulevard West
St. Paul, MN 55102

Subject: History

Administering Agency

Minnesota Historical Society

Board Members:

William R. Stoeri, President
Missy Staples Thompson, First Vice President
Ruth Huss, Vice President
D. Stephen Elliott, Secretary
Dean M. Nelson, Treasurer

Suzanne Blue, Robert Bruininks, Brenda J. Child, Judith S. Corson, D. Stephen Elliott
Phyllis Rawls Goff, William D. Green, David R. Hakensen, Ruth S. Huss, Martha Kaemmer, Dennis L. Lamkin, David M. Larson, Charles Mahar, Dean M. Nelson
Dennis Nguyen, Elizabeth M. Nordlie, Peter Reis, Hussein Samatar, Simon Stevens
Susan Kenny Stevens, William R. Stoeri, Karen Wilson Thissen, Missy Staples Thompson, Eleanor Winston

Mark Dayton, Governor
Yvonne Prettner Solon, Lieutenant Governor
Mark Ritchie, Secretary of State
Lori Swanson, Attorney General
Rebecca Otto, State Auditor

Quick Facts

Project Type: Statewide Programs

Parent Project:

Funding Amount: $90,715

Source: Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund

Appropriation Years: 2012 2013

Activity Type: Education/Outreach/Engagement

Counties Impacted: Statewide

MN Senate District: All Districts

MN House District: All Districts

This site is updated regularly with descriptions and data related to Legacy projects funded through the Minnesota Historical Society by the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (ACHF).
Further information about the use and impact of all Legacy Funds can be found on the Minnesota Legislative Coordinating Commission's Minnesota's Legacy site.