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The Hiawatha Indian Insane Asylum

March 22, 2019  6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

No admission will be charged for this presentation. Call 605-394-6923 to reserve.

From 1902-1933, Native Americans who misbehaved in boarding schools or who angered reservation agents were incarcerated at the Hiawatha Asylum in Canton, South Dakota – described as the linchpin of federal “Indian” policy. By the time it closed, 400 Native Americans from across the U.S. had been incarcerated there.

Until recently, this part of our state and national history was virtually unknown. As Keepers of the Canton Native Insane Asylum Story, Anne Dilenschneider, Ph.D., and Jerry Fogg share the story. They will talk about the asylum during its years in operation as well as the shared healing process that came after its closing.

Dilenschneider is a counselor and researcher whose work focuses on restorative justice. She grew up in Ohio and was one of the first women graduates of The University of Notre Dame.

Fogg is a Yankton Sioux artist and cultural historian who grew up on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation. He says creating art helps him focus on the purpose that the Wakan Tanka (the Creator) gave him and that it’s a gift meant to be shared with others, particularly the people of South Dakota.

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