• American Bible Society, On Woyakapi.

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    American Bible Society, On Woyakapi
    • Date
    • 1880 - 1890
    • Creator
    • Dickinson, S. W.
    • Description
    • This short tract in the Dakota language describes the American Bible Society, founded in 1816. The Santee Normal Training School instructed Dakota children in the Dakota language. These children came from families who were removed from Minnesota to N... more
      This short tract in the Dakota language describes the American Bible Society, founded in 1816. The Santee Normal Training School instructed Dakota children in the Dakota language. These children came from families who were removed from Minnesota to Nebraska after the U.S.-Dakota War in 1863. Reverend A.L. Riggs founded the school in 1870 as an academy to train Native teachers. The school developed a printing press in 1871 and produced many materials in the Dakota language. less
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    • This document may be reproduced and used freely for educational purposes without written permission. However, to use the digital reproductions for any other reason, users must have the express written consent of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, 2115 ... more
      This document may be reproduced and used freely for educational purposes without written permission. However, to use the digital reproductions for any other reason, users must have the express written consent of the Synod of Lakes and Prairies, 2115 Cliff Drive, Eagan, MN 55122. less
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    • Minnesota Digital Library; Synod of Lakes and Prairies, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 2115 Cliff Drive, Eagan, MN 55122
    • Contributing Institution
    • Synod of Lakes and Prairies, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
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    • http://reflections.mndigital.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15160coll10/id/604

Loss of land, culture, religion, and livelihood began in earnest for the Native people of Minnesota starting with the early 19th century. The establishment of American Army forts not as places of trade so much as places to keep Indians out started in 1819 with the founding of Fort Snelling near modern-day Minneapolis. Though missionaries were in the area long before actual congregations, the oldest established church in Minnesota was St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Mendota in 1840; it was built with the specific mission to minister to both the settlers and the Indians of the area. The first railroad began to snake its way through the territory in the mid-1850s, bringing with it a new rush of White settlers.

All of these colonial missions necessitated treaties between the US government and Native nations ceding Native land. While treaties may have started out small-scale in the early 1800s, by the 1830s the United States was claiming huge swathes of Native land by force and coercion.