“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near St. Peter in Nicollet County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Ministering to the Dakota

Ministering to the Dakota Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 5, 2014
1. Ministering to the Dakota Marker
Inscription. The Reverend Stephen Riggs and his wife, Mary, arrived at Traverse des Sioux in 1843 to establish a Protestant mission for the Dakota.

He and other missionaries believed they had a duty to convert Indians to Christianity. Their efforts alienated most of the Dakota, who had their own deeply held spiritual beliefs and practices. When Riggs relocated to the mission at Lac qui Parle in 1846, the Reverend Robert Hopkins took over for him.

"Without their assent at all"

After the Dakota made a unanimous decision in 1849 to stop attending Christian worship services and the mission school, a disappointed Hopkins wrote his governing board: "We came here without the hearty assent of the Indians — perhaps without their assent at all. . . . We found Brother Pond (a fellow missionary) here. He had been encamped here several days and was acquainted with the feelings of the people. The Rev. Stephen Riggs asked Mr. Pond whether he should ask the Indians for leave to stay here, He answered, not if you wish to stay."

Minnesota Historical Society
Traverse des Sioux

Erected by the Minnesota Historical Society.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Minnesota Historical Society marker series.
Ministering to the Dakota Marker image. Click for full size.
By K. Linzmeier, May 5, 2014
2. Ministering to the Dakota Marker

Location. 44° 21.059′ N, 93° 57.046′ W. Marker is near St. Peter, Minnesota, in Nicollet County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of North Minnesota Avenue (U.S. 169) and Dodd Avenue (State Highway 22), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is along an interpretive trail that is adjacent to the Nicollet County Historical Society Treaty Site History Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1851 North Minnesota Avenue, Saint Peter MN 56082, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Archaeology (within shouting distance of this marker); Ecakensdonyapi (within shouting distance of this marker); The Rush for Land (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "Only a Memory Now" (about 400 feet away); Land-Seas (about 400 feet away); Welcome to Traverse des Sioux (about 600 feet away); Fur Trader Louis Provencalle (about 600 feet away); A Minority in Their Homeland (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Peter.
More about this marker. caption: Seth Eastman, Dakotah Encampment, 1852
Also see . . .
1. Missionaries to the Dakota. (Submitted on October 19, 2014.)
2. Dakota missions on the Minnesota frontier. (Submitted on October 19, 2014.)
3. Missionaries. (Submitted on October 19, 2014.)
Additional keywords. Samuel W. Pond; Gideon H. Pond
Categories. Churches & ReligionNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 260 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 19, 2014, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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