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Near Saint Paul in Hennepin County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Wokiksuye K'a Woyuonihan

Remembering and Honoring

 
 
Wokiksuye K'a Woyuonihan Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 11, 2011
1. Wokiksuye K'a Woyuonihan Marker
Inscription. This memorial honors the sixteen hundred Dakota people, many of them women and children, who were imprisoned here at Fort Snelling in the aftermath of the 1862 U.S.-Dakota Conflict. Frightened, uprooted, and uncertain of the fate of their missing relatives, the interned Dakota suffered severe hardship. At least 130 died during the cold winter months of captivity.

In May, 1863, the survivors from the camp were crowded aboard steamboats and taken to Crow Creek in southeastern South Dakota. Those who survived Crow Creek were moved again three years later to the Santee Reservation in Nebraska.

The pipestone in the center of the memorial was placed here by Amos Owen of the Prairie Island Indian Community during a ceremony in 1987. Please be respectful of this sacred place.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 44° 53.443′ N, 93° 10.91′ W. Marker is near Saint Paul, Minnesota, in Hennepin County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Post Road and Minnesota Highway 5. Touch for map. Marker is in Fort Snelling State Park (fee area). Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 Snelling Lake Road, Saint Paul MN 55111, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Wokiksuye K'a Woyuonihan Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 11, 2011
2. Wokiksuye K'a Woyuonihan Marker
are within walking distance of this marker. The Prairie (approx. 0.2 miles away); Colonel Josiah Snelling (approx. 0.2 miles away); Giacomo Constantino Beltrami (approx. 0.2 miles away); Elizabeth R. Snelling (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Army, Buildings 17 and 18 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Three Islands in the Mississippi (approx. mile away); Whiskey (approx. 0.4 miles away); De Dakod Makoce Unkitawapi E E (approx. 0.4 miles away).
 
More about this marker. [photo captions]
Dakota woman Photograph by B.F. Upton
Fort Snelling prison compound, 1862-63 Photograph by B.F. Upton
Wo-wi-na-pe and other prisoners Photograph by Whitney's Gallery
Little Crow's son, Wo-wi-na-pe Photographer unknown
All photographs courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society
 
Also see . . .
1. U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Minnesota Historical Society; Historic Fort Snelling. (Submitted on December 21, 2011.) 

2. 2012: How should Minnesota remember the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862?. (Submitted on December 21, 2011.)
 
Categories. Native AmericansWars, US Indian
 
Dakota Memorial image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 11, 2011
3. Dakota Memorial
Pipestone image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, June 11, 2011
4. Pipestone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 21, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,176 times since then and 81 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 21, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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