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Learning Forum: Dakota War of 1862

October 13, 2019  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Learning Forums are thought-provoking presentations on a wide variety of topics. Each program features a 45-minute presentation, followed by an open forum with questions and discussion about the topic.

This week, South Dakota Rep. Tamara St. John presents, "The Dakota War of 1862." 

In 1862, the Dakota people were exiled from their homeland due to a violent and divisive war with the United States. This conflict resulted in the hanging of 38 Dakota men, marking the largest mass execution in U.S. history.

Explore the lasting consequences, viewed from different sides. How has the memory of war affected generations of Dakota people? What efforts have there been to heal? Learn how this conflict is remembered by cultural institutions and what’s being done to move forward.

St. John is an enrolled member of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe of the Lake Traverse Reservation of South Dakota. She is the Tribal Archivist and works with the Tribal Historic Preservation Office on cultural preservation issues.

As a Native American genealogist, she has done extensive research into the history of the Dakota/Lakota/Nakota, or Oceti Sakowin. She has worked with the Minnesota Historical Society, and along with other Dakota tribes, has collaborated on an exhibition called, “Commemorating Controversy: The Dakota–U.S. War of 1862.”

St. John represents District 1 in the state House of Representatives. She’s also a current board member of the South Dakota Humanities Council.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, half-off for members. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve tickets.

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Theater map below. Seats marked ADA indicate wheelchair accessibility. Blue seats indicate space for foldout chairs, but those with ADA requirements take first priority.

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Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.