A Minority in Their Homeland

A Minority in Their Homeland (HM1CUS)

Location: St Peter, MN 56082 Nicollet County
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Country: United States of America
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N 44° 20.951', W 93° 57.05'

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For generations, the land stretching out around you was the homeland of the Dakota Indians. Through treaties in 1851, the Dakota sold all of their land in southern Minnesota. The treaties disregarded Dakota people's traditional decision-making processes and were written in a language they hardly knew. Making an "X" on a piece of paper was not the same as the Dakota way of taking council and obtaining the majority's consent.

After the signings, the Dakota were coerced onto reservations on the Minnesota River—but only until that land, too, was needed for white settlement. By 1860, white settlers in the Minnesota River Valley outnumbered the Dakota five to one. In a single decade, the Dakota people had become a minority in their homeland.

Minnesota Historical Society
Fort Ridgely
Placed ByThe Minnesota Historical Society
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 11:42pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 424216 N 4911096
Decimal Degrees44.34918333, -93.95083333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 20.951', W 93° 57.05'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 20' 57.06" N, 93° 57' 3.00" W
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Area Code(s)507, 651
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 128 Traverse des Sioux Rd, St Peter MN 56082, US
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