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Mankato in Blue Earth County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Ho-Chunk / Winnebago
 
Ho-Chunk / Winnebago Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Sheryl Dowlin, September 21, 2007
1. Ho-Chunk / Winnebago Marker
 
Inscription. Through treaty negotiations, the Ho-Chunk or Winnebago moved their homes to Blue Earth County in 1855, and by 1863 they were gone. Parts of what would become Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois had been their homeland for centuries. European explorers first contacted the Ho-Chunk near Green Bay, Wisconsin in 1614.

More than 2,000 Ho-Chunk resettled on a reservation located in present-day townships McPherson, Medo, Beauford, Decoria, Lyra, Rapidan and parts of South Bend, Mankato and LeRay. The Dakota welcomed the Ho-Chunk Nation when they arrived in Mankato with a celebration and feast. The goal of the U. S. government was to make the people self-sufficient farmers. By 1859, the Office of Indian Affairs felt the Ho-Chunk were making great progress and could succeed as individuals.

At the close of the U.S. Dakota War of 1862, a fearful white community called for the removal of the Ho-Chunk reservation in Blue Earth County. On April 10, 1863, the Ho-Chunk were informed that they had to leave their homes once again. They were then relocated to Fort Thompson, South Dakota. Following this, land was purchased from the Omaha Tribe in Northeast Nebraska where they remain to this day.
 
Erected 2007 by the City of Mankato. Researched and written by the Blue Earth County Historical Society, and approved by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska Tribal Council
 
Dignitaries at the Dedication Photo, Click for full size
By Sheryl Dowlin, September 21, 2007
2. Dignitaries at the Dedication
From left to right, Charles Noble, Leonard Wabasha, Matt Pilcher, Jim Snow and Mankato’s Mayor John Brady. Noble, Pilcher and Snow are HoChunk; Wabasha is Mdewakanton Dakota.
 
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Location. 44° 9.93′ N, 94° 0.61′ W. Marker is in Mankato, Minnesota, in Blue Earth County. Marker is on Minnesota River Trail, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The Marker is on the trail between the Veterans Memorial Bridge and the North Star Bridge, about ½ mile south of Reconciliation Park. Marker is in this post office area: Mankato MN 56001, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Lorin & Lulu Cray Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hubbard House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Dakota (Sioux) Memorial – 1862 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Sinclair Lewis House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lincoln Park (approx. half a mile away); Civil War Monument (approx. half a mile away); Washington Park / Fourth Street Route Depot Grounds (approx. 0.7 miles away); Highland Park (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Mankato.
 
More about this marker. This marker was installed by the City of Mankato to honor the history and heritage of the Ho-Chunk people who lived in southern Minnesota in the 1800s. It was dedicated September 21, 2007 in acknowledgement of the 1857-1863 presence of the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) tribe in the southern Minnesota. The Ho-Chunk people were removed from Minnesota along with the Dakota in 1863.
 
Matt Pilcher and Jim Snow at the Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Sheryl Dowlin, September 21, 2007
3. Matt Pilcher and Jim Snow at the Marker
 

 
Also see . . .
1. HoChunk (Winnebago) Marker Dedication, Mankato, MN. Video of the marker dedication taken by Sheryl Dowlin. (Submitted on November 30, 2008.) 

2. Ho-Chunk History. (Submitted on November 30, 2008.)
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on November 29, 2008, by Sheryl and Bruce Dowlin of Boise, Idaho. This page has been viewed 2,439 times since then. Last updated on December 2, 2008, by Sheryl and Bruce Dowlin of Boise, Idaho. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 29, 2008, by Sheryl and Bruce Dowlin of Boise, Idaho. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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