Journey to Wellness in Indian Country: "A fort is about a wall; not a bridge"

Nov 18, 2019

Fort Snelling, painted circa 1875 by Alfred Sederberg
Credit Minnesota Historical Society

Fort Snelling needs a name change, says the Minnesota Historical Society. That is, the historic site, not the fort itself. 

So they've been holding meetings around the state to see what Minnesotans are suggesting and the public comment period closed last Friday.  They want to know how to best reflect the different kinds of stories now being told there.

Roxanne Gould is Ojibwe and an assistant professor in the College of Education and Human Service Professions at UMD.  Dr. Jim Rock is Dakota and the Director of Indigenous Programming at the Marshall Alworth Planetarium.

They say Fort Snelling's name isn't the problem.  And furthermore, Dakota communities have told them what the problem is and what they should do about it - the state just doesn't like what they heard.

You can read more about the Fort Snelling project, including the conversation around renaming, online.