Pilots Knob

Dakota Sites Tour, Oct 23

Tour of Important Dakota Sites in the Twin Cities

Space is limited so please register early! Registration is required no later than October 18. Scroll to the end of this page for the online registration form. For more information call the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church office (952-888-4621).

Saturday, October 23, 2021 (8:30 am – 3:30 pm)
Meet at Oak Grove Presbyterian Church at 8:30 am
(2200 W Old Shakopee Rd, Bloomington 55431)

Please join us for a tour of important Dakota sites in the Twin Cities area including Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) 9–10:00 am; Coldwater Spring 10:30–11:30 am; Oheyawah (Pilot Knob) 1–2:00 pm; and the Fort Snelling Prison camp, 2:30–3:30 pm, where 1,600 Dakota women, elders, and children were imprisoned and over 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.

Pilots Knob
Painting by Seth Eastman of Oheyawah (Pilot Knob) in the background with Bdote, the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, in the foreground.